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#161 brett

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 07:17 PM

holy s***. that one is going to hurt us especially if lids retires too there goes 90% of the offense from the defense. im going to miss raffy a lot. no matter what you haters say he was one of the top defense men in the league.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 07:22 PM

I would prefer Wisniewski over Markov, he wouldn't cost as much and besides, who is gonna score goals next year? Besides the urgency on D all of a sudden, they still need a pure scorer...

I wouldn't mind Wisniewski, but I disagree with needing a goal scorer. The Wings were 2nd in the league in goals for with 3.13 g/gm and increased their production to 3.27 in the playoffs. Scoring was not a problem and the only changes to the forwards would be Mursak in, Modano and Draper out. The problem was defense, and now with Rafalski gone defense should be the priority. If there is cap space left after defense is taken care of then I'd be fine with signing a scorer or trading Hudler to get one.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 07:22 PM

BOoooooOOOooOOO!!!! Hissss!


Don't shoot the messenger.

Holland has stated he wants to keep E. There are also reports that he turned down two million per year from us...

If Holland is worried about team continuity, which he shouldn't, he might overpay Ericsson.


Now maybe that Bogo trade that was rumored to be on the table could resurface and take care of that for us. Though I doubt Atlanta would want the rights to a UFA for a week in exchange for the rights to an RFA. Even if we through in Hudler and a pick.
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Tootoo does NOT belong on this team. He is classless and I would rather see the Wings be bad than classless. I feel the same way about Bertuzzi as well, but he at least CAN make the team better. With Tootoo the team becomes worse and in danger of being classless. Would you have liked Claude on the team? Or Roy? No. So why would you be okay with that POS.

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#164 Carman

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 07:24 PM

Forget Weber and Doughty. It ain't happenin'.


Forget Hossa that will never happen.

Forget Hasek that will never happen.

etc. There is always a chance, always.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 07:27 PM

What really hurts about this is that its totally unexpected. I was thinking next year could possibly be his last and their was all this focus on Lidstrom retiring and now Raffy is gone. Kind of sucks. I mean, it should make our off season more interesting now that we have another $6 mil to work with, but honestly I was really looking forward to another Lidstrom-Rafalski pairing, but as the second defensive unit.

Congrats to Raffy, a great player for the Wings, for US hockey and a class act. His go ahead goal in Game 5 of the 2008 Finals will always stick out in my mind as one of the most memorable Wings goals of all time. Enjoy your retirement buddy, you will be missed!

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 07:28 PM

Forget Hossa that will never happen.

Forget Hasek that will never happen.

etc. There is always a chance, always.

Agreed!

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 07:29 PM

I wouldn't be surprised if they employed Logan Pyett as their 7th defenseman. I can already see the "We hope he can provide a similar role that Derek Meech did for a couple years."

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 07:32 PM

Forget Hossa that will never happen.

Forget Hasek that will never happen.

etc. There is always a chance, always.



I like the way you think.

However, I don't like the odds. However it shouldn't upset people so much to WANT this to happen and hope for it.

I stand by the fact that a one year deal could force the Preds to allow it to happen, better still would be it forcing him to become a UFA a year from now where he could go anywhere but Nashville.

I HATE NASHVILLE!

I wouldn't be surprised if they employed Logan Pyett as their 7th defenseman. I can already see the "We hope he can provide a similar role that Derek Meech did for a couple years."



I wouldn't mind that either. Logan Pyett has that quality about him to fill that role. I don't ever think he will contribute much but there are worse options for spare parts. Too soon though for that IMO. Janik would be a better option for a 7th.

That being said, let us not worry about our 7th guy when we now have to worry about our number 2 and possibly number 1 dman...
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Tootoo does NOT belong on this team. He is classless and I would rather see the Wings be bad than classless. I feel the same way about Bertuzzi as well, but he at least CAN make the team better. With Tootoo the team becomes worse and in danger of being classless. Would you have liked Claude on the team? Or Roy? No. So why would you be okay with that POS.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 07:32 PM

Forget Hossa that will never happen.

Forget Hasek that will never happen.

etc. There is always a chance, always.



It is highly unlikely that Doughty and Weber are moved. However, one name that isnt mentioned on this site and has been involved in trade rumors is Brent Burns. IMO, he'd be a great fit. Right Handed Shot. Big and Mean, etc.

Edited by wingsownnhl43, 23 May 2011 - 07:41 PM.


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Posted 23 May 2011 - 07:34 PM

Forget Hossa that will never happen.

Forget Hasek that will never happen.

etc. There is always a chance, always.


spot on.Chris Chelios agrees as well :lol:

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 07:35 PM

It is highly unlikely that Doughty and Weber are moved. However, one name that isnt mentioned on this site and has been involved in trade rumors is Brett Burns. IMO, he'd be a great fit. Right Handed Shot. Big and Mean, etc.

Why would Minny wanna move Burns?? But I agree, he'd be a wonderful pick up.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 07:36 PM

I have never been overly impressed with Burns.

The only reason I think anyone can poach Weber is because he is almost a UFA and Nashville sucks as a place to play.

I would debate it sucks to live there too, but that is completely a perspective thing. I know that if I was drafted there I would count the days until I could leave.
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Tootoo does NOT belong on this team. He is classless and I would rather see the Wings be bad than classless. I feel the same way about Bertuzzi as well, but he at least CAN make the team better. With Tootoo the team becomes worse and in danger of being classless. Would you have liked Claude on the team? Or Roy? No. So why would you be okay with that POS.

This thread has been closed due to emotions being higher than people's ability to read, interpret, and properly respond to simple posts.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 07:38 PM

Don't shoot the messenger.

Holland has stated he wants to keep E. There are also reports that he turned down two million per year from us...

If Holland is worried about team continuity, which he shouldn't, he might overpay Ericsson.


Now maybe that Bogo trade that was rumored to be on the table could resurface and take care of that for us. Though I doubt Atlanta would want the rights to a UFA for a week in exchange for the rights to an RFA. Even if we through in Hudler and a pick.


Pretty sure that those reports have been refuted, by Ericsson himself.

I think he will try to keep Ericsson. I just hope it's at the right price. I think hope he can grow into the #4 role. He's still not a $2 million/year player though... I hope he realizes that. If not, we can replace him.
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#174 Carman

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 07:39 PM

It is highly unlikely that Doughty and Weber are moved. However, one name that isnt mentioned on this site and has been involved in trade rumors is Brett Burns. IMO, he'd be a great fit. Right Handed Shot. Big and Mean, etc.


Yeah, I'd love Brent Burns. I think he's a UFA after next season right?

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 07:40 PM

Why would Minny wanna move Burns?? But I agree, he'd be a wonderful pick up.



Type in Brent Burns trade rumors on google. There are rumors swirling that they might not want to pay him when he hits the open market. He is an unrestricted free agent next off-season. To me, he seems much more likely than Doughty and Weber. Weber is restricted, Nashville would match any offer, and we play in their division. Doughty is also restricted, and LA would match any offer.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 07:40 PM

I am now so sick with anxiousness...

Edited by Majsheppard, 23 May 2011 - 07:45 PM.

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Tootoo does NOT belong on this team. He is classless and I would rather see the Wings be bad than classless. I feel the same way about Bertuzzi as well, but he at least CAN make the team better. With Tootoo the team becomes worse and in danger of being classless. Would you have liked Claude on the team? Or Roy? No. So why would you be okay with that POS.

This thread has been closed due to emotions being higher than people's ability to read, interpret, and properly respond to simple posts.

#177 Z and D for the C

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 07:41 PM

Well, this would suck.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 07:44 PM

Yeah, I'd love Brent Burns. I think he's a UFA after next season right?


Indeed he is. Maybe Minny would take Hudler and a pick for Burns?
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Posted 23 May 2011 - 07:44 PM

If they are young or haven't hit their primes yet, they aren't coming here. The Hossa signing corrupted the way LGW thinks. I understand being hopeful, but you also have to be realistic. Bieksa would be a good fit here, but he is going to be overpaid by whoever signs him, and that somebody won't be the Wings overpaying unless it's a one year deal, which i highly doubt Bieksa would take since he has one, maybe two more big contracts left in him.

Holland will wait for the second wave like he always does, save for the Hossa signing (he wasn't in his prime anymore) and Rafalski signing (he was past his prime as well).
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Posted 23 May 2011 - 07:44 PM

Sad to see him leave, I hope we can sign Weber.





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