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Dylan McIlrath re-signed 2 years $1.3M $650 AAV

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4 minutes ago, krsmith17 said:

To build a contender, I believe you need to be willing and able to make trades. I don't think it's possible to build a team strictly through the draft / free agency. We are still a few years away from contention, so there is time. I'm just not confident that when the time comes, Holland will be capable of pulling off the trade that puts us over the top...

He's not unwilling to trade, he makes trades, I just wouldn't expect any blockbusters like it seems many are hoping for. 

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48 minutes ago, ChristopherReevesLegs said:

As a fan I can't complain, fighting is one of the aspects that made me fall in love with this sport.

I'm just not positive it's the right move... yet. However, I am happy they are taking a fresh approach. All the blah blah blah complaints that Holland is just going to do the same old same old and will never change, I think are demonstrably false. He sold off Vanek, Smith, Ott, and is quickly revamping the team to be more aggressive in the size and physicality departments. This team is not doing the same old typical stuff. I like that.

While it's obvious the Wings are trying to add some size, I don't think it represents a philosophical change. It's just addressing a weakness that stems from most of our past big/gritty players not panning out. Things would be different if Ryno, Andersson, Ferraro, and Aubry had worked out better, or even if Sheahan and Abdelkader were better, and Franzen was still healthy.

Rasmussen isn't just big. He was also one of the best players available and his skillset addresses a major weakness in our roster and prospect pool. And we have drafted bigger players pretty much every year even during our peak years...most of those players just didn't work out.

Witkowski is certainly a nod to toughness, but no more so than Ott, or Tootoo, or May, or Downey... in other words it's not something out of the ordinary for the Wings, despite what people think.

McIlrath is pretty irrelevant. It's a GR signing more than anything. He could see some games if we have a lot of injuries, but that's about it. Maybe still has a little potential to be better, and at one time was thought to be a potential shut-down defenseman. His play in GR showed he isn't just some goon at the AHL level, so it makes sense for them. He's better than many of our defense prospects right now, and fits in well considering most of our prospects lean more toward offense.

Despite that one report, I don't believe McKee was signed by the Wings. None of the cap sites show him having an NHL contract, and I couldn't even find anything to suggest he even has a deal with GR. I'm fairly certain that the contract he signed is only with Toledo.

 

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5 minutes ago, ChristopherReevesLegs said:

He's not unwilling to trade, he makes trades, I just wouldn't expect any blockbusters like it seems many are hoping for. 

As I said previously "impactful" trades is what I'm referring to. I wouldn't consider trading for or trading away rentals at the deadline to make any sort of real impact. Those "blockbuster" trades that you speak of are what teams usually need to get over the hump. I don't want Holland to make a trade just for the sake of making a trade, but if he could pull off one big trade to acquire a top two defenseman, I believe it would go a long way in advancing this "rebuild" / "retool"...

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8 minutes ago, Buppy said:

While it's obvious the Wings are trying to add some size, I don't think it represents a philosophical change. It's just addressing a weakness that stems from most of our past big/gritty players not panning out. Things would be different if Ryno, Andersson, Ferraro, and Aubry had worked out better, or even if Sheahan and Abdelkader were better, and Franzen was still healthy.

Rasmussen isn't just big. He was also one of the best players available and his skillset addresses a major weakness in our roster and prospect pool. And we have drafted bigger players pretty much every year even during our peak years...most of those players just didn't work out.

Witkowski is certainly a nod to toughness, but no more so than Ott, or Tootoo, or May, or Downey... in other words it's not something out of the ordinary for the Wings, despite what people think.

McIlrath is pretty irrelevant. It's a GR signing more than anything. He could see some games if we have a lot of injuries, but that's about it. Maybe still has a little potential to be better, and at one time was thought to be a potential shut-down defenseman. His play in GR showed he isn't just some goon at the AHL level, so it makes sense for them. He's better than many of our defense prospects right now, and fits in well considering most of our prospects lean more toward offense.

Despite that one report, I don't believe McKee was signed by the Wings. None of the cap sites show him having an NHL contract, and I couldn't even find anything to suggest he even has a deal with GR. I'm fairly certain that the contract he signed is only with Toledo.

 

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1 hour ago, Krayzie_Bone said:

This guy is rated an 80 on nhl17 and Witkowski is like a 71 or 72. Crazy.

I wouldn't put too much stake into NHL17

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22 hours ago, ChristopherReevesLegs said:

I wouldn't put too much stake into NHL17

I don't thats kind of what I was getting at. I dident really explain myself that well.

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