I think the Red Wings biggest need right now is a top-pairing d-man. Less necessary because of the DeKeyser emergence, but I still believe someone to complement Kronwall would really solidify the defense.
Granted, most teams aren't willingly going to give up such an asset. I'm sure the asking price was/would be insane, but the one name that comes to mind for me is Alex Edler. There were rumors earlier in the summer of his availability and the Red Wings being interested, so he was at that point reasonably available.
Again, without question one of Nyquist or Tatar is going the other way for starters. Beyond that, I would just be guessing at what it would take to acquire Edler.
Call me when Cleary becomes one of the best net-front presences in the league and an important part of the power play. Beaten-up, slow, 39-year-old Holmstrom in his last season was valuable in ways that 2013 Cleary wasn't.
Conversely, Cleary did many things that Holmstrom never could. Nobody could replace Holmstrom's ability in front of the net. I would argue Cleary was one of the few on the team willing/able to fill that role. In fact, Cleary and Abdelkader were the two forwards consistently willing to play in the tough areas of the ice last season.
The point still holds true. You ripped anyone that didn't want Holmstrom around, yet practically everyone here loves to jump on the anti-Cleary bandwagon.
To clarify, I don't want Cleary back either, but the whipping boy status Cleary has garnered went way overboard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.