Since Colorado is giving everyone away and making horrible trades, why don't we make a call about Stastny?
Stastny would be a nice addition - however with his cap hit of $6.6 million he might be a challenge to squeeze under the cap...Hudler, and Filppula would probably get moved (if that's possible) to help make room.
I'm gonna add 1 Dman to my predictions; White/Kaberle/Hamrlik.
Your post reminded me of what Mickey Redmond and other teams announcers said during the regular season. They were gushing how Detroit got such a good defenseman in Ericsson with a 7th round pick, and he will easily get $3.5+ million in the open market, but Detroit will probably get a generous home team discount. This was before the cap went up mind you.
So according to hockey announcers, Ericsson would get $3.5 million. Wings got him for $3.25 in a thin FA market and the salary cap significantly increasing.
I don't think Holland did bad considering the circumstances, and rest assured, Holland can trade Ericsson for nice draft picks (better than a 7th that used on him, that's for sure). Assuming he doesn't have a NMC, of course.
When was all of this?
I honestly don't recall any of that - however there were times when I hear "Ericsson", and any form of praise I tend to tune it out.
The lot of you are shockingly spoiled. Which other team has had the success that the Wings had? Which other GM has brought success like Holland has? And now you feel that because of one bad move, because of one rough offseason, he should be fired. Fans of every other team tell me that they think Holland is the BEST. I feel pity for he and for others in the organization that so many of you have so utterly lost perspective, from so many years of success that they have given you, that you have lost the ability to be appreciative for the fact that you have a great team to cheer for every year.
This signing hasn't done much to improve the team.
Just because we don't agree with you doesn't make us spoiled fans; Holland is better than this.
It's very annoying. There's a salary cap for a reason. If you send a player to the minors/overseas...you should be responsible for 50% of his salary against that years cap. Only way I can think of to solve it.
Above poster is correct about same agents/players being 'turned off' by how players are treated this way....but that seems like too small of a penalty to me.
Wish we could have a soft cap with a 'luxury tax' in the NHL....oh well.
In response to the bold - I'm pretty certain this will be pushed by the Don Fehr led NHLPA after the 2011/2012 season.
Jagr was probably the most dominating player in the Worlds. You don't believe it until you see him play. I didn't think he would be in shape anymore, but as he said himself usually it's the loss of pure speed that makes many older players worse.
Players who succeed at an older age usually either have to find a way around it (Lidstrom with his amazing hockey sense) or just somehow maintain it (like Selanne). Jagr's game has never been about speed; he's strong, skilled and relies more on holding on to the puck and making plays that way (I always say Leino is extra lite version of him).
Anyways. He's in shape. You have to see it to believe it. That doesn't mean I want him to the Wings, but I still see him as a +50 point player.
Jagr may do well in a Euro league such as the KHL that plays 40 to 50 games per season, but how will he tolerate the grind of a 82 game reg season plus playoffs?
In all due respect - ya cannot compare the KHL, and Worlds to what players go thru that play in the NHL.