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#1 Aki

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 11:41 PM

4 year deal for Abs...around $1.7M per season. Not too shabby.

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DETROIT – The Red Wings are likely done with roster moves for the summer after signing their own restricted free agent Justin Abdelkader on Friday.

The Michigan native signed a four-year deal to remain with the Wings, who now have 16 NHL forwards under contract. He became a restricted free agent on July 1 and could have filed for arbitration. However, Abdelkader was confident that a deal could be struck without the services of an arbiter


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Posted 14 September 2012 - 09:57 AM

Per Khan, looks like Abs' cap hit will be $1.8m.

Abdelkader's new 4-year deal has a $1.8 million cap hit. Breakdown is $1.4M, $1.55M, $2.0M and $2.25M.


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Posted 14 September 2012 - 11:47 AM

This kid is slowly turning into the LGW whipping boy, but I think he's the most underrated player on the team, especially his defensive play. I'm happy to see him stick around.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 12:39 PM

Agreed. I think this is a perfect signing. Even if Abby doesn't live up to his original potential, he will be at least an upgraded Draper. Me likey.
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Posted 14 September 2012 - 12:39 PM

This kid is slowly turning into the LGW whipping boy, but I think he's the most underrated player on the team, especially his defensive play. I'm happy to see him stick around.


I agree. He may not be a future star, but he brings a number of elements to the team that we would otherwise be lacking. His defensive play is very good, he adds a measure of sandpaper, will throw when he has to (granted, not often or particularly well), and perhaps most importantly brings youthful enthusiasm and energy. I think anything more would've been an overpayment, but I'm happy with these terms and glad to see him remain on our roster.
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Posted 14 September 2012 - 02:14 PM

I don't mind this. Abdelkader is solid defensively and drops the gloves on occasion (Although he's not particularly good at it).
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Posted 14 September 2012 - 02:26 PM

I'm a fan of Abs, I just wish he'd play more on the wing. That's not something within his control, though. Solid deal.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 02:33 PM

He should be on the wing. Maybe when Sheahan comes up.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 03:25 PM

Too much in my mind, he still takes too many boneheaded penalties, his offense is easily replaced by others with a lower cap hit, and his defense is suspect in key situations.
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Posted 14 September 2012 - 03:38 PM

This kid is slowly turning into the LGW whipping boy, but I think he's the most underrated player on the team, especially his defensive play. I'm happy to see him stick around.

I agree. He fills a nice niche for the Wings and I like that he is locked up for a few years. I need to find a player shirt with his name now.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 05:17 PM

I hope there is a "no fighting" clause in his contract. I cringe whenever he drops the mitts. The boy needs to get some lessons from Joe Kocur -- fighting coach?

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 06:21 PM

Too much in my mind, he still takes too many boneheaded penalties, his offense is easily replaced by others with a lower cap hit, and his defense is suspect in key situations.


I'm with ya. I know it isn't really his role, but I expected more from Abby offensively at this point in his development. He has also been terrible in two consecutive playoffs.

As others have stated, he's better suited at wing than center. I think his best attribute is his physicality and forechecking ability, which is more limited playing center.
 
 
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Posted 14 September 2012 - 07:00 PM

I hope there is a "no fighting" clause in his contract. I cringe whenever he drops the mitts. The boy needs to get some lessons from Joe Kocur -- fighting coach?

Well, at least he can beat Max Lapierre. But yes, I agree that he is a lousy fighter. Maybe Tootoo can give him a few pointers. Guy is small but a pretty good fighter.
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Posted 14 September 2012 - 09:30 PM

Even if Abby doesn't live up to his original potential, he will be at least an upgraded Draper.

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Huh? Are you saying he'll be better than a 4 time Stanley Cup Champion and someone who played over 1,000 games as a Red Wing?
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Posted 14 September 2012 - 09:50 PM

I hope some of you guys are right. I don't see it, though. Too much and too long, imo.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 10:14 PM

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Huh? Are you saying he'll be better than a 4 time Stanley Cup Champion and someone who played over 1,000 games as a Red Wing?


Not to mention a consumate professional, ultra hard worker, fourth liner who wore an "A", Selke winner, and the closest Chuck Norris look alike in the Western hemisphere. Drapes would still school Abby. Who knows what Drapes' career would look like if he had been given the opportunity his whole career that he was given during 03-04.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 10:47 PM

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Huh? Are you saying he'll be better than a 4 time Stanley Cup Champion and someone who played over 1,000 games as a Red Wing?

Totally agree. Drapes was super wheels, great defensively, all heart and awesome in the face off circle. not even comparable

Not to mention a consumate professional, ultra hard worker, fourth liner who wore an "A", Selke winner, and the closest Chuck Norris look alike in the Western hemisphere. Drapes would still school Abby. Who knows what Drapes' career would look like if he had been given the opportunity his whole career that he was given during 03-04.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 11:23 PM

I always thought Abby was more of a Maltby type player than a Draper, minus the agitation factor, but I think he's carving his own role out as a shut-down specialist; at least that's how Babcock seems to be grooming him.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 12:15 AM

im just glad we didnt over pay him

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 10:50 AM

He should be on the wing. Maybe when Sheahan comes up.

Yeah its a shame really. The difference is night and day when you see him playing wing. But theyre desparate for a fourth line center so he gets stuck there. Between Sheahan and Andersson, a capable 4 C is on the way soon and we will see him moved to wing I'm sure

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