At this point I'm going to assume Kenny is going to do nothing. Players don't want to come here like they used to and Kenny won't open the wallet up for anyone so here is to another possibly disappointing summer.
How many teams in the league are having bad cap and depth issues cause their GM opens their wallet too frequently like a kid in a candy store trying to get one of everything? Half of them at least. I don't like seeing the good UFA's go elsewhere constantly, but I'd rather be the only one with money left when someone really good comes along and no one else has money to sign them.
I want to see guys like Jurco, Frk, Tvrdon, Pulkkinen and Jarnkrok on the Wings in a year or 2, not a declining has been. And they are the one's getting lots of money from lots of teams that will have lots of cap problems when they can't re-sign their young players cause they have too many old ones. Maybe Kenny has a master plan and that's why he wants to dish out 2-3 year max contracts. The new CBA doesn't have the same old loopholes it used to, and new rules have superseded old rules of the 35+ variety and what not, so not dishing out a 5 year deal to Vinny is ok by me, and not wanting a one-time 30 goal guy for 7 years at $6mil is also fine by me.
Sign Weiss and Ryder short term and you have a good top 9 set up and we have solid D and great goaltending. A full season for DeKeyser and Smith will work wonders as well. Wings will push for the Conference finals again next year.
Here is a better prediction. Holland buys a rocking chair and falls asleep till July 10th. Wakes up and frantically signs Filpulla to a 6 million dollar deal after Fil gets no bites in free agency.
My prediction is a little more realistic. Flip would go to the KHL for tax free hookers like Huds before he's a Wing next year at the money he wants.
"I play hockey, but I am not very good. Can someone please tell me what it would take to sign with the Wings ? I can use a million or two." ~ arag
Dan Cleary is an Xbox 360. While good for a while, it's time for the new generation to take over.