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2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

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Of course not. Holland only gives up draft picks for valuable players, such as David Legwand and Kyle Quincey. I would have taken Stuart back for that price over giving up nothing to keep Quincey around.

Stuart's career hasn't been what it used to be with us. I'd rather have Quincey.

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Stuart's career hasn't been what it used to be with us. I'd rather have Quincey.

Agreed about Stuart declining. Still think Stuart is better defensively and a superior penalty killer/shot blocker. Probably semantics though, as neither is the impact d-man the Wings needed.

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Finally getting to take a look at all the transactions from today. A few thoughts:

*Unsurprisingly, Tampa made a lot of moves. Brought in Brian Boyle to replace Nate Thompson, which is an improvement, as far as I'm concerned. Signed Evgeni Nabokov to replace Anders Lindback. Brought Anton Stralman on board. Don't really like the contract, but this year's free agent class at defense is pretty weak, so it is to be expected. Not sure where (or if) Mike Blunden fits into the Lightning's lineup. He may be a replacement for Pierre-Cedric Labrie. Labrie played a good chunk of last year in Syracuse and signed with the Blackhawks.

*Buffalo was relatively active today. Signed Matt Moulson to an idiotic contract. Brought back Cody McCormick on a 3-year deal to replace Zenon Konopka on their 4th line. Brought Brian Gionta in on a 3-year deal.

*I can't believe the Panthers gave Dave Bolland a 5-year deal worth $5.5 million/year. Unbelievable. Have fun with that. On the other hand, Tallon brought in Shawn Thornton (I've been calling this since it was announced he wouldn't be back with the Bruins). Good move to bring a veteran in for the younger ones. I guess Krys Barch will not be back with them next year. Jussi Jokinen will provide some much-needed offense. They needed a veteran on the blueline, but over $4 million/year for an aging 3rd-pairing defenseman in Willie Mitchell is silly. I love the Derek MacKenzie acquisition for them. As far as I'm concerned, MacKenzie is one of the most well-rounded 4th liners in the league. Good deal for both sides, there.

*Washington will regret the contracts given to Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen within the next few years. That is all.

*Mason Raymond is a solid pickup for the Flames. Wished we could have brought in Deryk Engelland. Instead, he is off to Calgary. Pretty tough looking team out there.

*The Stars are going to be stacked in their top 6. Also, congrats to Patrick Eaves. Hopefully he can stay healthy and in the Dallas lineup

*Leafs fans must be happy to have Leo Komarov back. I'm not sure about the Robidas deal. Does he have 3 years left in him?

*$7 million/year for Stastny. Lulz.

*Colorado is really making a move to become serious contenders. Couple veterans in Iginla and Stuart brought in.

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the only thing that is going to make up for this is a trade for a realistic number 1 D or a proven goal scorer or both because otherwise Holland is under fire and it will be a long offseason ass of right now especially if we don't resign alfie we would have possibly

Z Dats Goose

Franzen Weiss Abby

Tats Shehan Jurco

Miller Helm Glendening

Kronwall Big E

DD Smith

Q Kindl/lashoff

not a productive bunch especially with pending hurting players

How these guys are considered NHL Hockey players is beyond me

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either holland ******* sucks or players dont want to come here

we NEEDED to improve the defense, na we keep it the same

looking at some of the contracts that we couldve got

stralman 4.5mil better than quincey

ehrhoff at 4 mil better than quincey

i think i wouldve even took dan boyle at 4.5 than quincey

moulson @ 5 mil. rather him then alfie @ 5 mil

the worst part is, holland wont be making anymore moves on defense except resigning dekeyser

yeah not interested in watching last season all over again. just ruined my day thanks

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I this is a pretty reasonable summary. In the end, I think we gave too much money to Quincey, but it's not a complete bust. We could have pulled a Washington and thrown an extra $62 Million at two defensemen, one of whom is aging poorly and the other has had only one good year. Looking at the players that went, I think the Wings missed out more at forward than in a weak D market.

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