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Wings release Aaron Downey

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Was hoping he could have improved his game a bit and came back a bit better then last time but it didn't work out, this position needs to addressed through the draft I'm starting to think, not a guy who is past his prime that no one else wants.

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@GeorgeMalik

For the record, Downey's skating worked, but his problem was simple--his HANDS remained enforcer-strength cement.

Shame.

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Was hoping he could have improved his game a bit and came back a bit better then last time but it didn't work out, this position needs to addressed through the draft I'm starting to think, not a guy who is past his prime that no one else wants.

I agree. However, it seems that most enforcers don't break into the NHL until they are a bit older. I believe that Brian McGrattan is still unsigned (but on a tryout?) if the Wings are set on an enforcer this year. Hopefully they at least pick up someone willing to play in the AHL that can be called up. Is there a reason Downey wasn't signed to play in GR?

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I agree. However, it seems that most enforcers don't break into the NHL until they are a bit older. I believe that Brian McGrattan is still unsigned (but on a tryout?) if the Wings are set on an enforcer this year. Hopefully they at least pick up someone willing to play in the AHL that can be called up. Is there a reason Downey wasn't signed to play in GR?

Probably a front office job is in the works.. lulz

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I agree. However, it seems that most enforcers don't break into the NHL until they are a bit older. I believe that Brian McGrattan is still unsigned (but on a tryout?) if the Wings are set on an enforcer this year. Hopefully they at least pick up someone willing to play in the AHL that can be called up. Is there a reason Downey wasn't signed to play in GR?

I think the wings should take a risk in the 3rd round or so on an enforcer type, someone who could potentially become a macarty. Instead of the small high risk Euro or the potential thrid line center, take a risk oin a Lucic or Macarty type

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Wings have proven they can win without a goon in their lineup time and time again. I'm sure if guys cheapshotting our stars becomes an issue we can get someone to deal with it.

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I think the wings should take a risk in the 3rd round or so on an enforcer type, someone who could potentially become a macarty. Instead of the small high risk Euro or the potential thrid line center, take a risk oin a Lucic or Macarty type

Oh come on man... For an enforcer groupie such as you this misspelling is a travesty.

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I think the wings should take a risk in the 3rd round or so on an enforcer type, someone who could potentially become a macarty. Instead of the small high risk Euro or the potential thrid line center, take a risk oin a Lucic or Macarty type

You mean Mitch Callahan?

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I agree. However, it seems that most enforcers don't break into the NHL until they are a bit older. I believe that Brian McGrattan is still unsigned (but on a tryout?) if the Wings are set on an enforcer this year. Hopefully they at least pick up someone willing to play in the AHL that can be called up. Is there a reason Downey wasn't signed to play in GR?

McGrattan is on a tryout with Bruins (which already have Thornton, McQuid, Boychuk, Lucic, Campbell, Stuart, Reich...) He was really solid against Habs last week. McGrattan CAN skate, fight, hit... So yes, if Holland is looking for enforcer (at least is what he's saying every summer that Detroit needs to get tougher) I just don't see why he don't go after McGrattan.

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Good we don't need a useless plug on the 4th line.

There is no room for a one dimensional enforcer in today's game, especially on the Red Wings.

Our powerplay is our enforcer.

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Candidates still available to fill the spot:

Brian McGrattan (on a try-out with Boston)

Nick Tarnasky

Steve Begin

Begin is great hitter and that's it... don't expect him to fight.

Good we don't need a useless plug on the 4th line.

There is no room for a one dimensional enforcer in today's game, especially on the Red Wings.

Our powerplay is our enforcer.

What a poor comment - is that Schneider who's speaking?!

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Good we don't need a useless plug on the 4th line.

There is no room for a one dimensional enforcer in today's game, especially on the Red Wings.

Our powerplay is our enforcer.

I sense some sarcasm here... :hehe:

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I sense some sarcasm here... :hehe:

None what-so-ever.

I'm not saying fighting is useless, but I am saying a player that can only fight is useless.

I would of liked a Brandon Prust type player, but not a Aaron Downey type player.

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