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Wings offer Aaron Downey Tryout?

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It's times like this that I wish Franzen knew how to fight so we could kill this conversation for good. Holland wants to add a 40 year old first-ballot hall of famer in a 3rd line scoring role for around a million bucks and people get all up in arms ("we're hindering the development of our kids!!" etc). Now a 35 year old washed up scrapper gets a tryout and people get excited. Downey's an awesome guy and he deserves to play hockey somewhere, but it's not worth the roster spot for him to be a pylon and take on the other team's goon once every 4 games. If you're going to pick a vet as your 13th forward, why not go with Maltby?

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What a game. I hated seeing the captain go down like that though, scary stuff.

I wonder if the tryout is just to provide a little extra pressure for some of the other guys competing for a spot.

That game forever cemented Downey and Babcock as Red Wing heros.

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if Downs has been trg for a year to beef up and get fitter then Ken should give him a chance to show him what hes still got. 2 way contract would be ideal, he did a good job with the Griffs in 08-09 he could look after the kids and come up when needed.

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:carrot: Give him a 2-way contract at league minimum,let him play in his 40 games and use him as a black ace for the playoffs.This made my day :thumbup:

Nobody even considered using him in the playoffs in '08. He was below Meech, Hartigan and probably Ritola on the depth chart.

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It's times like this that I wish Franzen knew how to fight so we could kill this conversation for good. Holland wants to add a 40 year old first-ballot hall of famer in a 3rd line scoring role for around a million bucks and people get all up in arms ("we're hindering the development of our kids!!" etc). Now a 35 year old washed up scrapper gets a tryout and people get excited. Downey's an awesome guy and he deserves to play hockey somewhere, but it's not worth the roster spot for him to be a pylon and take on the other team's goon once every 4 games. If you're going to pick a vet as your 13th forward, why not go with Maltby?

Simple, because Maltby doesn't scrap... and not much else good either. Maltby is pretty useless nowadays.

Side note: It wasn't a dirty hit or anything but it is so nice to see Downey step up in that game. I loved to see Babs yelling too! Babs got heart and passion.

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