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#21 evilzyme

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:23 AM

It will be a 1-year, 2-way contract from the looks of it.


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Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:35 AM

Nice pick up, if we have in fact signed him. I'll be interested to see him play in the preseason and see how quickly he adjusts to our team. My only concern was his size, but on EliteProspects.com it says he's a "gritty" player. So maybe Helm with a better scoring touch?

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:36 AM

But who would rather play with Dats and Z over Danyf****** Heatley? And of course Granlund, the next big thing in Minnesota...

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:36 AM

Great low-risk signing. Doesn't give Kenny permission to go golfing July 1st though. :no2:
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:37 AM

He killed it in the playoffs this past year (9 games - 14 points), had two strong showings at The World Cup, and seems to play well at the international level in general. This is all based on stats, as I have never seen him play but I believe this signing will turn out very nice.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:39 AM

Best thing about this guy - he shoots right handed.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:41 AM

Best thing about this guy - he shoots right handed.


Absolutely. We were spoiled all those years having Yzerman, Shanahan or Hull play the left circle on the powerplay.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:42 AM

Low risk high reward. Im glad the Wings got another option but will hold off on getting excited until he shows how his game will translate to North American hockey.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:53 AM


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Red Wings may have signed Swiss goal-scorer Damien Brunner...is he the next coming of Filppula's older brother?


Or Leino for that matter.


Willing to give the guy a chance though but I think he will have to prove himself in the AHL first.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:56 AM

"He's a Juri Hudler type of player, except with speed." :lol: Burn!

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:58 AM

Ted Kulfan@tkulfan
Red Wings may have signed Swiss goal-scorer Damien Brunner...is he the next coming of Filppula's older brother?

Or Leino for that matter.

Willing to give the guy a chance though but I think he will have to prove himself in the AHL first.


I think so too. I don't think the Wings will give a player with no North-American experience 2nd or 3rd line minutes right out of the gate.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 10:11 AM

I'm not so sure he goes to the AHL first. I'm skeptical that he can actually become a consistent secondary scorer, but as people said it's low risk high reward, right?

But the Wings are in such an awful crunch right now that there's not really time to let a 26 year old develop in the AHL for a season or two. We need the scoring, and he may be a replacement for Hudler if he doesn't re-sign. There's just not a lot of options. I say he gets the green light right off the bat, and whether or not he stays depends on his success.

I know that Holland's style is to send him to the minors first, but I just have a feeling they break with tradition this off-season.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 10:22 AM

Unless he's terrible during the preseason, I think he needs to be on the big club from the start. You can't take a 26 year old scoring champion of another league, that multiple teams wanted and put him in the minors. That would really affect our ability to sign other players like this in the future knowing that they'll probably be sent to the AHL if they sign with Detroit. I don't see a problem giving him at least 4th line minutes.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 10:38 AM

Unless he's terrible during the preseason, I think he needs to be on the big club from the start. You can't take a 26 year old scoring champion of another league, that multiple teams wanted and put him in the minors. That would really affect our ability to sign other players like this in the future knowing that they'll probably be sent to the AHL if they sign with Detroit. I don't see a problem giving him at least 4th line minutes.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 10:39 AM


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Posted 22 June 2012 - 10:49 AM

"He's a Juri Hudler type of player, except with speed." :lol: Burn!

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Which at the very least could knock down Hudler's price a bit if the Wings re-sign him.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 10:55 AM

I'm sure he learned from the Fabian Brunnstrom ordeal & wants to earn his way onto an NHL roster instead of being handed a spot immediately, which he easily could have done signing just about anywhere else. For Kenny's next step: Now paging Justin Schultz. Paging Justin Schultz. Please pick up the nearest red courtesy telephone...

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 10:59 AM

Which at the very least could knock down Hudler's price a bit if the Wings re-sign him.


Which is a major bonus. Hudler was solid for notching goals a little more regularly than the average Joe and his Shootout skills were helpful. Perhaps this kid has the touch to do the same but for far less.

Not even to mention the fact that his speed will help make up for early-NHL career mistakes that are bound to happen.

As has been mentioned....low-risk, high-reward scenario here.
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 11:23 AM

Watching his hightlights i am most impressed by his ability to get that shot off in tight. He will need that because he isn't gonna have as much room to work in the nhl.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 11:30 AM

Best thing about this guy - he shoots right handed.


I dunno, I think the best part is he's a no risk signing. The Wings don't have to give up assets to aquire him or promise him a roster spot (two-way contract).
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