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Would You Trade For Matt Greene's Rights?

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The idea of signing Greene or Fayne-who is a better choice is a good idea. Adding a RHed stay at home guy to pair with Smith. We have the money and our young Dmen need time. Going with a BL of Dekeyser, Kronwall, E, Smith, Sproul and Oullett is not a good idea. There is no need to rush the last 2. They have 2 more full years they can play in GR. let them grow up and develop. Its not like smith and dekeyser don't have more work and developing to do on their own.

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The idea of signing Greene or Fayne-who is a better choice is a good idea. Adding a RHed stay at home guy to pair with Smith. We have the money and our young Dmen need time. Going with a BL of Dekeyser, Kronwall, E, Smith, Sproul and Oullett is not a good idea. There is no need to rush the last 2. They have 2 more full years they can play in GR. let them grow up and develop. Its not like smith and dekeyser don't have more work and developing to do on their own.

I agree. I however think that the Red Wings should bring in TWO Dmen this summer on short term contracts. These two Dmen will have defined roles that will hopefully add stability to a blueline that is patched together with too many "question marks".

I mean, lets look at the Red Wings dmen this season and try to quantify wether they have a defined role or placement:

-Kronwall - #1 Dman, PP QB. Defined role.

-Ericsson - Proven to be able to play top line minutes. Plays well paired with Kronwall. Defined.

-DeKeyser - Already plays well in his own zone, kills penalties, PP. Cemented spot in second pairing and also played well on first pairing with Kronwall. Defined.

-Quincey - Seems like he has finally settled down his defensive game and has been decent with DeKeyser, but if re-signed can he continue that into next season, or will he go back to the way he played early this season and last season? Question Mark.

-Kindl - Regressed after locking down a top 4 spot last season. Can he return to that level of play, or will he continue to struggle to even hold onto a third pairing spot? Question Mark.

-Smith - Is lamented for penalties and turnovers, but seems to be playing better with Kronwall. Can his game settle down and mature to where he can be a top 4 guy? Question Mark.

-Lashoff - Can he become a regular 3rd pairing shut down type guy, or is he destined to always be a #7 plug? Question Mark.

That's just too many unknowns to me.

I think the Wings should let Quincey walk and target two veteran UFA's that play established roles:

- An established top 4 RH shot that can also play the point on the PP. (Dan Boyle, Marek Zidlicky or Tom Gilbert)

- An established big physical Dman that can play a shut down role on the 3rd pair. (Brooks Orpik, Willie Mitchell, Greene, Cory Sarich, etc.

Each could probably be had for 1-2 years, which would create some openings for when Sproul, Ouellet and Marchenko are ready to claim spots on the big club or run out of waiver exemption.

With five proven dmen, Smith and Kindl in the mix, and Sproul, Ouellet and Marchenko able to fill in if needed, I think Lashoff can easily be waived to get down to 23 men and play in GR if unclaimed.

That way you have Kindl and Smith battling to hammer down the last spot, or can rotate with the UFA 3rd pairing guy brought in.

Edited by DSM

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I didn't see the game so can't speak to specifics, but the Kings got shelled in the game without Greene as well. I don't know that he's what's going wrong with LA right now.

That being said, my main concerns with acquiring Greene though would be his health and his lack of footspeed.

This... San Jose is absolutely skating circles around LA and Greene's severe lack of foot speed is the main reason he hasn't played much.

He's worn down a lot over the recent years and would struggle to fill anything more than a 6/7th spot in the upcoming season.

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