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#2024466 Wings sign Ruslan Salei

Posted by NeverForgetMac25 on 09 August 2010 - 02:47 PM

Realistically, as long as Kenny wants to stand pat at the deadline, Detroit could even pay both Modo's and Salei's bonuses with this years' cap money. Let's say Abdelkader gets an equal deal to that of Helm (which I feel is slightly overestimating it rather than under) at a Cap-hit of $912,500. That's puts the Wings at a current Cap Payroll of $60,300,377 (or Cap Space of -$900,377). Given both Miller's and Meech's salary are removed (either through waivers or trade) Kenny then has $249,623 in Cap Space remaining for injury call-ups.

Granted its half of what he was looking for but as long as the Wings stay relatively healthy, the call-ups shouldn't take away too much of that cap space. Even if it chews up the entire almost $250k, all of a sudden the Wings have zero carry-over bonuses next year (which wouldn't be the worse thing to begin with give the current state of the team for 2011/2012).

Now, if Kenny really wants to go for broke, he could choose to apply the bonuses to next year's team and literally add a player with a cap hit of roughly $4 million at the deadline to put the team over the top if he feels its necessary.

No matter how you slice it, Kenny's assembled an incredible team with the Cap Space he's had and barring an epic meltdown of Howard, there's no reason to think this season won't be great for Wings fans.

#2024454 Wings sign Ruslan Salei

Posted by Jericho613 on 09 August 2010 - 02:19 PM

I think I'd rather just go with Meech, don't like this signing one bit.

#2024495 Wings sign Ruslan Salei

Posted by LeftWinger on 09 August 2010 - 03:49 PM

Well, he's worn #24 his entire NHL career, he damn sure better not get it in Detroit!!!

#2024564 Wings sign Ruslan Salei

Posted by mindfly on 09 August 2010 - 05:48 PM

Well boys, I think we should get ready for another season with a good chance of going all the way, Yes I'm serious.

Rested...Motivated..Deep... Oh yes.

#2024557 Wings sign Ruslan Salei

Posted by Carman on 09 August 2010 - 05:37 PM

I like this signing a lot.

Lilja wasn't happy in his place on the team, he wanted more opportunity than anything else, and there was just no way he was going to crack the top 4 on a consistent basis.

Salei is a solid cheap depth defenseman, I don't care how old someone is on a one year deal. If the Wings think he's good enough to play, then he's good enough to play.

Can't wait for this season to start.

#2022822 Mike Modano signs with Detroit

Posted by Kira on 05 August 2010 - 02:36 PM

Modano to wear either #89 or 90

"Also of extremely important note: Modano says that he has not ruled out playing for the Red Wings for more than one season".



#2022813 Mike Modano signs with Detroit

Posted by Kira on 05 August 2010 - 02:03 PM

I'm with Aussie Wing on this one. He'd better do everything up to and including walk on water to impress me. Otherwise, I'll still believe it was a waste of money.

#2021902 Mike Modano signs with Detroit

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 03 August 2010 - 09:23 AM

i must be still drunk. i cant believe this. ken holland is really liking these one year deals. and then bring the player back again. ok so tuzzi AND modano. am i the only one NOT liking this? :ranting:
nick has started to age, malts is getting NO love. am i the only one who thinks we should have gotten a damn good d-man for a few years than sign modano for one? i think kenny is experimenting with something...

No, you're definitely not alone.

Modano has the upside of giving the Wings three scoring lines, which they're gonna need because right now their bottom defensive pairing is suspect, and if a D man gets injured this season it's gonna be big problems. And all of that in front of a sophomore goaltender.

I like that Modano makes three scary lines for the Wings, I just think it only leaves money for a plugger on the bottom pairing instead of a guy who we could've had for a few years and would've been a slight upgrade.

#2021899 Mike Modano signs with Detroit

Posted by Broken 16 on 03 August 2010 - 09:22 AM

Malts' time for free love is over. Same as Cheli's was last offseason.

As for defense, I completely agree that a stable, veteran Dman is *essential* for the bottom pairing, but Modano's signing won't eliminate the chance of bringing in a $1 million guy, which is all they really need. on top of that, Modo gives the Wings so much depth up front it'll be sick.

This. Not to mention that this combined with Hudler coming back is going to give us two legitimate powerplay lines. Wings offense could be absolutely SICK this coming season.

#2024033 #24 should be retired? But to who?

Posted by Jedi on 08 August 2010 - 06:38 PM

Neither. No reason #24 should be retired, imo.


If you look at the 6 numbers that are up there, is there any way that Probert or Chelios can compare? I know one was a fan favorite, and I know that another played with us for 10 years. They had their ups and downs, and are beloved members of the Red Wings alumni, but neither had the kind of exemplary career that would warrant a number retirement. Had Cheli been drafted by the Wings, and played his entire career here, you *might* have an argument for his number, but that isn't the case, so it's a moot point.

IMO, the current standard seems to be the best, and that is the standard that Yzerman set. I realize that that might be setting the bar a bit high, but isn't that kind of the point? Number retirement is the highest honor the Red Wings can give to a player. If you give it to #24 (either Probert, or Cheli), doesn't that then seem to cheapen it for the other absolute legends that are already up there?

There are more Red Wings players in the Hall of Fame (49) than there are with retired numbers. IMO, that's the way it should be.

The only current or former Red Wing right now that I would even consider as being worthy of number retirement is Lidstrom.

#2020622 Wings offer Aaron Downey Tryout?

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 29 July 2010 - 09:31 PM

Williams was a potential 20-goal scorer. He had done it more than once before. He was also somewhat of an emergency signing, as the time spent waiting for Hudler had seen a big thinning in the UFA pool.

In other news, I don't remember the last time you had a good idea. Further, you're one always predicting doom and gloom.

Way to stay on topic there ace. At least you're not biased against me or anything.


Didn't realize I was supposed to make great ideas. I thought that's what all those idiots in Washington were for.

#2020588 Wings offer Aaron Downey Tryout?

Posted by Crymson on 29 July 2010 - 08:43 PM

If Williams and Maltby can make the team, why can't Downey?

He at least gives us something that we don't already have. What did those players add to the team last year?

Williams was a potential 20-goal scorer. He had done it more than once before. He was also somewhat of an emergency signing, as the time spent waiting for Hudler had seen a big thinning in the UFA pool.

In other news, I don't remember the last time you had a good idea. Further, you're one always predicting doom and gloom.

#2019947 Wings offer Aaron Downey Tryout?

Posted by Shaman on 28 July 2010 - 05:17 AM

An old washed up fighter who will add nothing but a single attribute to a team that needs minute eaters not bench fodder... If this is what people want can't the wings just send a player to sit in the locker room for 10 mins every 5th game? It'll be the exact same, because the most time on the scoresheet down will ever have is penalty time.

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#2019871 Wings offer Aaron Downey Tryout?

Posted by Yellowknife Redwing on 27 July 2010 - 09:08 PM

It's times like this that I wish Franzen knew how to fight so we could kill this conversation for good. Holland wants to add a 40 year old first-ballot hall of famer in a 3rd line scoring role for around a million bucks and people get all up in arms ("we're hindering the development of our kids!!" etc). Now a 35 year old washed up scrapper gets a tryout and people get excited. Downey's an awesome guy and he deserves to play hockey somewhere, but it's not worth the roster spot for him to be a pylon and take on the other team's goon once every 4 games. If you're going to pick a vet as your 13th forward, why not go with Maltby?

#2019417 Red Wings Making Play for Modano

Posted by 55fan on 26 July 2010 - 01:34 PM

:ninja: Yeah, like when we pushed that one new kid to the fourth line in 2001-2002 in favour of some old folks like Hull and Luc. What was that kid's name? Oh, yeah. Datsyuk. Yeah, he never forgot that. :ninja:

Sarcasm mode off.
Helm and Abby have worked hard to make the team, and make the team they will. No one is promised anything. A contract does not mean that you can't be traded or that you won't be sitting in the press box. Only training camp can decide that.

If they spend one single year at the beginning of their careers on the fourth line, is this going to stunt them any? I say no. If they are better than Modano, then they will rise to the third line. If not, then they stay on the fourth.

Of course they want to push up in the line-up. All players want to be at the top. This is just one more runner to pass in the race. Competition is a good thing.

If we get Modano, great. If not, great. Either way, we have enough forwards to cover the positions. Adding Modano only means that the competition goes higher.