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#2684015 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by Rick on 27 July 2016 - 08:56 AM

Are the Red Wings the ‘new Canucks’?


If Danny DeKeyser is worth six years, $30 million (i.e. $5 million per year), then I guess next year when Brent Burns’ contract comes up he’ll sign for 10 years at $500 million ($50 million per year). That’s the only way to properly pro-rate the DeKeyser contract.


Do you want to know why there is a lockout every time the CBA expires? This is why.


I was called out by a reader a number of weeks ago when I was caught saying about Matt Martin “he’s only overpaid by $500k”. And the reader was absolutely correct. And that just exemplifies the way all of us think! A player who is worth $1.2 million signs for $1.6 million and we don’t blink an eye. But someone worth $4.7 million signs for $5.6 million and we all go ballistic. I think DeKeyser is worth $3.25 million per season. This $5 million is way, way, way high. And I don’t care if the Wings bought out four years of his unrestricted free agency. I’d let him walk. Sign him for one year at $3.25 million, and then let him walk away next summer. The cost of this deal goes deeper than the mere $5 million. The Red Wings are way over the cap and trading Jimmy Howard won’t fix that (they still have to sign Petr Mrazek – who probably deserves that $5 million more than DeKeyser does, though I peg his value at about $4 million).


Do you know what I am starting to compare the Red Wings to? The Vancouver Canucks of three years ago (and look at them now). Now that was a team that was overpaying players $500,000 here, $1 million there. Times 23 players. It adds up. I still respect GM Ken Holland’s legacy, but he’s not adapting to the new reality. The old reality was – they have Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Lidstrom. With that core you can slightly overpay the supporting cast (Kronwall, Draper, Holmstrom, Franzen, etc.) and you’ll have a competitive team. But here is the difference between then and now: then you had three Hall-of-Famers. These are A+ superstars. But now you have “potentially” B+ stars, but at the moment they’re just C+. Tomas Tatar is no Zetterberg. Zetterberg is no Zetterberg (anymore). Gustav Nyquist is no Datsyuk. Neither is Dylan Larkin. And DeKeyser is no Lidstrom. If you overpay the supporting cast around this new ‘lesser’ core, you’ll run your team into the ground.


GMs need to be reminded that it’s okay to say no once in a while and just walk away from a player. Even over $500,000.


Tampa Bay signed Vladislav Namestnikov to a two-year deal according to Craig Custance. The deal is worth $3.875 million (or just over $1.9 per season). In other words, if Detroit signed him it would be $4.5 million. That’s how I think I’ll discuss new contracts from now on: by providing the currency exchange in ‘Detroit dollars’. Anyway, I haven’t arrived at Tampa Bay yet in my Guide so I’m not fully educated on their situation and where Namestnikov slots in, so all I can give you is my guess that he sees more ice time on a scoring line and takes another step forward this year. He was up to 14 minutes per game last year and I’d be shocked if that didn’t top 15 minutes this season.


For the record I like the DeKeyser signing.

#2520220 Will Mantha join GR after the QMJHL playoffs?

Posted by Rick on 13 May 2014 - 12:17 PM

Why is the Hockey media saying Mantha could join the Griffins for the remainder of the playoffs?


I don't know enough to know either way. but you'd think they would know right?


Why aren't they mentioning any paper transaction? If you search "Mantha AHL" on twitter all you see are reputable hockey analysts saying Mantha will join Grand Rapids if Val D'Or is eliminated.


I'm not saying anyone in this thread is wrong because I don't know. 

What I am saying is how does some anonymous poster on a message board know this rule but people whose livelihoods depend on knowing hockey inside and out don't? I'm confused damnit! :lol:

#2519586 Wings will buy out Tootoo, not Franzen.

Posted by Rick on 07 May 2014 - 10:45 AM

Wish things could have worked out with him. Seems like a good dude.



#2474577 1/20 GDT: Blues 4 @ Red Wings 1

Posted by Rick on 20 January 2014 - 04:55 PM

So glad Helm is back in the lineup.

Abby is still in the top 6? Come on! its time to put tatar up with Z and Gus. enough is enough.

#2470841 1/4 GDT : Red Wings 5 @ Stars 1

Posted by Rick on 05 January 2014 - 09:28 AM


#2442814 Tomas Hertl

Posted by Rick on 09 October 2013 - 07:20 AM

Teenage Mutant Ninja Hertl

#2441437 Patrick Roy goes crazy on Bruce Boudreau

Posted by Rick on 03 October 2013 - 07:52 PM


#2359461 Isles place Rick DiPietro on waivers

Posted by Rick on 22 February 2013 - 01:40 PM



$4,500,000 per year.




Per rules of the new CBA, DiPietro still carries cap hit of (pro-rated) $3.6mil ($4.5m minus $900k) even if he stays in Bridgeport

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#2321103 Holland losing his moxie? Is Detroit slipping as UFA destination?

Posted by Rick on 23 July 2012 - 07:45 AM

Dobberhockey perspective:

Puck Daddy – Red Wings GM criticized for lack of offseason splash, but is it premature? First of all, any criticism is stupid. Secondly, it’s not premature because even if nothing is done by the Red Wings this summer, they’re fine. So they were runner up in the Ryan Suter sweepstakes. You can’t win every free agent. So now what, they’re supposed to settle for the next best guy? Dumb. They need another defenseman, but there is certainly no rush. If they don’t get one until January or February, will that hurt? Not one bit. They don’t need to make a big splash. I love the forward group:

Valtteri Filppula Henrik Zetterberg Johan Franzen
Gustav Nyquist Pavel Datsyuk Mikael Samuelsson
Dan Cleary Darren Helm Todd Bertuzzi
Drew Miller Justin Abdelkader Jordin Tootoo
Patrick Eaves Cory Emmerton Jan Mursak

With Damien Brunner, Joakim Andersson and Tomas Tatar as the first three call-ups. I like it because I’m high on Nyquist making a splash right away. And on defense, Kronwall is a fine No.1 guy and White and Quincey are fine as No.3 and No.4.Brendan Smith can certainly slide in as a No.5. So the only hole is a No.2 defenseman. And until January or February, just give more responsibility to the rest of them. The Wings are fine, no need to make a splash. Suter would have been nice, but if I’m a Wings fan I don’t want them to settle or rush

#2259311 freeredwings.tv stops streaming NHL games

Posted by Rick on 20 February 2012 - 12:30 PM

My response was aimed solely at the "blaming" comment. It's one thing to set up such a site, but another to then complain when the copyright owner steps in and exercises their legal rights.

Yes, it's a bummer that it's gone, but its days were numbered from Day 1, and the URL might have accelerated things a bit.

read it again perhaps?
I know people get instantly defensive when it comes to an issue like this and love to argue their side and lecture other adults about morels, right/wrong but if you look at his last sentence he isn't blaming the nhl. he simply states he would love to continue to provide this service but the party's been ruined. I'm just saying he is already being forced to close his site; chastising the dude like he is ignorant of the law comes off as a little insulting.

#2259280 freeredwings.tv stops streaming NHL games

Posted by Rick on 20 February 2012 - 11:19 AM

I don't know why you got hit with a lot of negative reviews for something that is just so obvious. I for one also thank the OP for his efforts. At the same time, I have to agree with you. This kind of thing wasn't going to last forever. The NHL is a big business, and every major sport out there is looking to squash these free streaming sites. Its a shame when it happens, because all they are doing is making this content available to those of us who don't have cable TV or don't have access to the game. At the same time, we shouldn't be surprised.

Thanks again for your efforts! It was good while it lasted.

It probably happened because it's so obvious it didn't need to be mentioned. OP isn't naive I'm sure. No need for "Duh, what did you expect" (paraphrase)or other remarks. thanking him for his time and efforts was really all that needed to be said.