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Hudler to test free agency

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Don't worry, Flip will make up those 25 goals, right?

...Right?

...Right?

...Guys?

...Anyone?

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Nah, it'll be Brunner. He's going to be the Hudler replacement, and score 30 goals. Maybe Nyquist or Brunnstrom can come up and replace those 50 points.

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Because at least for me he's a one dimentional player thats bearly even one dimentional. If his only talent and selling point is that he's a stick handeling scorer at least put up more goals than 25g playing with Z a lot of the time. If your a small player you with out a doubt have to play much bigger than you are which Hudler doesn't. He doesn't have speed, defense, size, grit, bearly a scoring touch, doesn't crash to the net. I don't honestly know what Holland see's in him even offering him a contract period just let him go you tried to develope him he didn't work out just let him go.

I watch the game so I know what he brings. I also know that he is not well liked because he took a payday to go to Russia and that did not sit well with most ppl. I too thought it was crappy BUT I don't let that overshadow what I think of him as a hockey player. People make him sound awful n the boards and do not give him credit. He is not a lazy player...he can be tentative but he is not lazy. For a small man, he has very good vision on the ice and he has a good shot and for the price, I don't think there is a better bargain than Hudler. Telling me he doesn't have any grit does not explain why he is the goat for this team or explain the hate ppl have for the guy. If he goes someplace else with DECENT teammates, Hudler will put up 60 plus points easy. I wish him the best

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I don't think there is a better bargain than Hudler. Telling me he doesn't have any grit does not explain why he is the goat for this team or explain the hate ppl have for the guy. If he goes someplace else with DECENT teammates, Hudler will put up 60 plus points easy. I wish him the best

Considering what Hudler is likely to get on the market, Franzen is a better bargain than Hudler. I have no problem with Hudler's scoring ability or even his compete level, its his lack of speed that makes me wish he were replaced.

I'm also not sure why you highlighted "decent" teammates since its extremely unlikely he'll be playing with anyone better than Zetterberg and Filppula. They were the highest scoring line in the NHL last year.

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Brunner and/or Nyquist, plus UFA (Parise, Semin, etc.) seems like a much better option than Hudler and Bert in the top 6. Having our two slowest forwards up in the top 6 definitely softened the 1-2 punch of a Datsyuk-Zetteberg center combo.

Like others have said, I wouldn't be devastated to see Hudler back, but changes need to happen somewhere, and I worry that if we keep Hudler it will be at the expense of a better UFA option.

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As for Hudler, I'm not going to be that upset if he takes a larger offer elsewhere. However, it does concern me that the Red Wings are losing 25 goals and were already in need of adding to the top-six with Hudler around. There's nobody internally on the roster that is going to score 25 next season. As one-dimensional as Hudler is as a player, the Red Wings are lacking that dimension. Holland really has his work cut out for him.

This.

I think a lot of Wings fans opinions of him are clouded by the fact he bolted for the KHL, then came back and took half a season to get into NHL shape.

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It's worth noting Hudler only peforms when it's a contract year as well.

2007 - 15 goals, 76 games (contract year)

2008 - 13 goals, 81 games

2009 - 23 goals, 82 games (contract year)

2010 - Russian Hooker Year

2011 - 10 goals, 73 games

2012 - 25 goals, 81 games (contract year)

Money motivated indeed.

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If he goes someplace else with DECENT teammates, Hudler will put up 60 plus points easy. I wish him the best

He does have decent teammates already and is spotty goal scorer if anything he should be flourishing in our style of hockey but he doesn't. He's too easy to play against for other teams when it matters and he isn't going to wear anyone down. The general problem imo with this team is having too many playmakers and not enough shoot first mentality. I don't believe huds has shoot first mentality and the already glaring cons of him that everyone has mentioned makes him an easy replacable player.

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If we replace him with a more complete, multi-dimensional player then I'm all for it. I don't think he'll get amazing offers on the market so I think we have some time to play with. People know he's a small player with a one dimensional role on a talented roster. If I were a GM I would not expect his point production to keep up on a non-puck possession style team without amazing centers.

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Does anyone want to predict how much he is gonna get on the open market? I think that GMs are gonna be idiots and actually give him somewhere in the neighborhood of 4.5 and 5 Million. I just get that feeling that someone is gonna go crazy. Would have never predicted the contracts from last year so we'll see what happens.

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Does anyone want to predict how much he is gonna get on the open market? I think that GMs are gonna be idiots and actually give him somewhere in the neighborhood of 4.5 and 5 Million. I just get that feeling that someone is gonna go crazy. Would have never predicted the contracts from last year so we'll see what happens.

That is probably the safest prediction on any forum anywhere. Calgary signing Wideman for $5M-plus, and the number of teams below the cap floor, means crazy money is all but assured, again. I think it will take at least $4.5/yr to sign Huds, and Suter is going to get above $8/yr. And for the record I would have no problem signing Suter for $8-8.5.yr.

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Is it wrong of me to hope that some team offers him more money and he doesn't play that well? I just want to see him fall on his face for being so smug about his talents and the Wings holding him back.

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Heard a rumour that Nucks and Jets are interested. But it was from a supposed insider who hasn't seemed to get anything right today. So don't necessarily trust it but still a rumour

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He's too small too slow. Wings are better off without him. Bring in someone who can skate and not be bumped off the puck.

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Ansar now reports the Yotes are talking to Hudler. Can we just do a Yandle for Hudler deal and get it over with?

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