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#2430580 Brendan Smith signs 2-year, $2.525m contract with Red Wings

Posted by GoWings1905 on 17 July 2013 - 09:25 PM

I really don't see Cleary signing elsewhere. How do you explain to your brand new team mates and coaches and media circus that it's ok that your knees are shot and you fall down every shift, because you're a respected leader? Unless we're talking about, like, Florida.


Beyond the physical limitations, it's not like Cleary is incapable of providing value to a team at this stage. The Red Wings don't lack for quality leaders and Cleary was widely respected by his teammates here, so that impact could easily translate to another organization. 


I'm not really even advocating for the Red Wings to keep Cleary. I just think the LGW consensus (not you, specifically) has turned Cleary into a villain when he still provides qualities that are necessary to win hockey games. 

#2429337 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by GoWings1905 on 10 July 2013 - 07:56 PM

The Wings are loaded with solid defensive forwards. I can overlook Brunner's deficiency in that area because he provides the Red Wings with something they severely lack in goal-scoring ability. 


I still hope Brunner comes back, but the ship seems to have sailed in Detroit. 

#2429107 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by GoWings1905 on 09 July 2013 - 06:31 PM

Emmerton IS our 4th line center. They will play Andersson and Helm in the top 9, if both are healthy.

Both are centers and very strong ones at that, so I don't see Helm or Andersson moving to the wing. Emmerton is quite expendable. His spot is entirely contingent on Helm's back.

#2428826 So.. what are our expectations for this roster?

Posted by GoWings1905 on 08 July 2013 - 03:14 PM

Because I don't think theyll be able to hold up in the east. Not with the current roster and if they sign clearly it gets worse.

But if by some chance they stay healthy. They can make the playoffs but they won't be cup contenders either way.

The Eastern Conference angle is way overblown. Chicago just won it all with skill and very little physical presence. Besides, Boston and Toronto are really the only imposing threats of "big teams" in the conference. The Flyers too I guess, but they aren't any good.

The West had the Blues, Kings, Ducks and to an extent the Sharks for awhile. They were all built on size, so it's not like the Red Wings have never been exposed to playing bigger opponents.

I'm a believer the Red Wings could certainly use some more size up front (especially on the wing), but moving to the East doesn't suddenly mean they will get run off the ice.

#2428640 Question about Buying out Samuelsson

Posted by GoWings1905 on 07 July 2013 - 07:41 PM

Not to harp on the issue, but this signing was a disaster from the start. It's a no-win situation at this point. Either Sammy is healthy and not playing well next season -- likely taking a roster spot from someone else in the process. Or he's "injured" and the Wings can't get rid of him and his salary entirely.

#2428391 Wings Attempting to Re-sign Cleary

Posted by GoWings1905 on 07 July 2013 - 10:33 AM

Why This is such a joke with Him Like he is some elite player Have you seen him play he is like the slowest play on the ice He must have some stuff on Kenny and Babcock

I don't know many elite players signing for ~2.5 million, so that doesn't appear to be the Red Wings impression of Cleary either. Holland and Babcock both like Cleary because he works hard and is a leader in the room. Despite his physical limitations, he still brings value to the Red Wings.

I would rather have Brunner back like everyone else, but it appears Cleary has taken over the role of scapegoat for anything wrong. Pretty strange for a player where effort is never a question and he just had a very strong playoff run.

#2426807 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by GoWings1905 on 05 July 2013 - 12:32 PM

Just think Sammy's contract has turned into a major obstacle in keeping Brunner.

That's why you don't do multi-year deals to roster filler garbage.

#2424891 Red Wings won't pursue David Clarkson

Posted by GoWings1905 on 02 July 2013 - 05:45 PM

At this point, the only free agent target I see the Red Wings pursuing is Weiss. Between the prices and Holland's unwillingness to "overspend", it's a recipe for nothing happening again this summer.

#2424790 Report: Red Wings out on Lecavalier - signs with Philly 5@4.5 per

Posted by GoWings1905 on 02 July 2013 - 03:30 PM

"We kicked the tires and decided a healthy Mike Samelsson and our comfort level with Val Filppula at five million worked best for our team."

#2422290 Dreger: Filppula looking for $5.5m/season over at least 7 years

Posted by GoWings1905 on 25 June 2013 - 06:45 PM

Why do we have to acquire anyone?

Bye to Flips, Cleary, Bertuzzi, and Samuelsson.

That leaves:


And 10+ million in the bank for a deadline pick up.

Weiss? Come on. He blows.


Because the roster you just proposed stinks? That forward group is atrocious, even if you include the missing Franzen. 

Ok GM wanna bees, it's that time of the year.  No, we are not going to get a top six FA forward that is big and tough because there are none available.  Cleary will be re-signed.  Flip will go.  Bert will stay, Cola will be bought out.  Sammy will not be bought out because he will claim to be injured.  We will trade for a mediocre player and that will be it.


I'm not saying this as a Holland critic, I am saying that that is realitically what will happen.  There are no superstars available and the really good trades are to expensive. 


Remeber the trade deadline - Iginla, Jagr, Morrow.  None of them worked out.  Jagr got to the finals but didn't score a single goal in the playoffs.  And don't forget Nash last year. 


Holland is alot smarter than most fans.


Clarkson, Horton, Clowe, Bickell are available to name a few. I don't know that tough qualifies for all of them, but they would provide size and skill.

#2421104 Flyers to buyout Briere

Posted by GoWings1905 on 20 June 2013 - 07:00 PM

Small, aging and declining in production.

Everything the Wings don't need this summer.

#2418958 2013 Stanley Cup Finals - Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by GoWings1905 on 09 June 2013 - 10:46 PM

Original Six is definitely cool. Just wish a different team was representing the Western Conference portion.


I will hate the Bruins next season, but certainly not now. I want to see Toews and Edzo weeping when the Bruins win the cup. 

#2418573 Babcock named Head Coach for Canada at Sochi Olympics

Posted by GoWings1905 on 08 June 2013 - 11:27 AM

Good for Babs. He certainly deserves the honor.


Won't be rooting for him in this instance, though. 

Team Canada with Yzerman and Babs? How am I supposed to support Team USA?


Sidney Crosby?

#2418176 If Hossa gets bought out..

Posted by GoWings1905 on 06 June 2013 - 02:05 PM

In a heartbeat. Then the Wings can do the same to Franzen and make 2009 right.

#2418132 Wings interested in Stalberg and Bickell

Posted by GoWings1905 on 06 June 2013 - 10:43 AM


Hahaha indeed. Not always about stats.


The Blackhawks weren't the best team in the league or anything this regular season. You must have missed that.


Comparing his numbers to Abby's? Bickell not playing with Dats? Seriously?


What a joke indeed.


p.s. It's also nice to see in another thread POLL What UFA would help the Wings the most?


That the board on here so far the majority is not for Bickell.


Amen to that.


That poll includes David Clarkson and Nathan Horton. Obviously, they are going to have more of an impact. 


Doesn't mean Bickell couldn't help the Red Wings.