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#2311422 Predictions on where players will land

Posted by F.Michael on 30 June 2012 - 02:15 PM

Ryan Suter to Detroit
Zach Parise to Pittsburgh
Rick Nash to Boston
Justin Schultz to Edmonton
Shane Doan to Chicago
Alexander Semin to Anaheim
Bobby Ryan to NY Rangers
Jaromir Jagr to Flyers
Keith Yandle to Maple Leafs
Jay Bouwmeester to Flyers


What do you think Boston will send in return for Nash, and likewise the Maple Leafs to Phoenix for Yandle?

You might be onto something with Doan to Chicago; if anyone could use Doan's veteran presence/leadership it would be their problem child Kane.

Me - I'm thinking we'll got Suter - I'm 99% certain he'll become a Red Wing...There's also a good chance on Doan, and possibly Jagr, or Semin...Prust is also on Holland's radar; would fill in on the 3rd/4th line quite nicely.

#2311415 Armstrong done in Toronto

Posted by F.Michael on 30 June 2012 - 02:00 PM

That was yet another atrocious contract that Burke has handed out. Why hasn't he been fired yet?

Armstrong has a bad attitude and a fragile body to go along with his lack of production, and it's probably likely that he'll want more than the average team is willing to offer him for a third-line role. He was vastly overpaid by the Leafs.

Crymson - where do you come up with this stuff?

Quote - It was a tough blow for the popular Armstrong, who posted a message on Twitter after being delivered the news: "Thanks to the leaf nation for the support over the last couple seasons. Although I had tough luck thanks for everything."

Extremely popular with teammates and members of the media, Armstrong did his best to remain upbeat under trying circumstances. The Leafs alternate captain only began to show hints of frustration after returning to full health in the second half of last season and being made a scratch repeatedly by former coach Ron Wilson.

#2308796 Trade Ian White?

Posted by F.Michael on 22 June 2012 - 02:08 PM

IMHO Ian White is a respectable #3/#4 Dman in this league, and right now we are much better off keeping him than send him packing (even if Schultz were to sign in Detroit these next few weeks).

White's also making less than Ericsson, and I think it's pretty safe to say that White is the better of the 2...Now moving Ericsson ,or Kindl would make more sense if Holland had the itch, but even then we're better off keeping all our Dmen (including a multi year deal with Quincey) since there's this thing called the injury bug - ya never know when it'll hit.

#2308707 High End Trade Options

Posted by F.Michael on 22 June 2012 - 10:40 AM

The thing is, if we trade fil for a winger, we need to find another future top 2 centre to replace him (maybe Jarnkrok). It would make sense to replace Franzen (winger) with Ryan (winger) and then we add to make it even. Would cost a lot more than franzen though.

Well - I'm thinking Dats as the #1 center, Hank as our #2, and Helm at #3...Yes - in 2, or 3 years there may be some issues with a top 2 centerman, but that's a bridge Holland would have to cross when he got to it if he were to move Flip for Ryan.

ryan for filppula isnt even close.

4 years scoring 30 goals is quite an accomplishment to say the least... and at 25 years old? get real people... flip is a solid 2nd liner... ryan is a bonafide 1st line sniper.

Agreed...Ryan would make us forget all about Flip...Kinda like how we didn't miss Schneider when Holland signed Rafalski.

#2307575 Winter Classic Prices Announced

Posted by F.Michael on 15 June 2012 - 05:26 PM

I have never been more upset with the Red Wings than right now.

They have completely sold out the average fan on this event to make as much money as possible by making it nothing more than marketing for season tickets. I understand the tickets being pricey, and I think that is fine and okay... but if you make them so limited with thef****** stub hub s*** then you are putting the tickets out of reach of the fans. At least with a public sale you are going to get some actual fans to get their hands on tickets.

I would love to go to this event, but the average ticket price would use up 10% of my savings because the economy sucks and I have college debt.

I would have rather they sold the tickets directly to the Detroit fans at three times the cost and that way the scalpers wouldn't be able to invest as much.

Honestly, they want me to drop 800 bucks down for season tickets so I can drop another 150 down on these... Can't I just give you 800 for the tickets and call it even?

I know for a fact I would never give that to a scalper. I did it once for the Pistons championship game and it remains one of the biggest regrets ever.

Lets not kid ourselves; Mike Ilitch, and his beloved Detroit Red Wings are great at making a profit for themselves; this fleecing of Toronto Maple Leaf fans - aka - the Winter Classic - is a prime example of such.

I'm of the opinion Mike Ilitch could care less as to who shows up wearing whatever color of sweater - just that they pay full price for the ticket.

#2307570 Winter Classic Prices Announced

Posted by F.Michael on 15 June 2012 - 04:40 PM

Don't get me wrong, I have a nice job and I want to go. But the cost of the seats are ludicrous. Especially for a nice seat where you can see the puck and where it doesn't look like a bunch of ants on a rink from the nosebleed seats. $200 per ticket? No thanks. 2 hour drive for me? No thanks. Watching for free in HDTV quality? No problem!

Oh I hear ya - I too have the $$$ - just that I don't wish to spend it...This upcoming November sees the return of F1 to the USA with the event taking place in Austin, TX...I can afford that as well, but don't feel like shelling out roughly $1000, or more (3 day ticket, airfare, hotel, etc etc).

The older I'm getting the less likely it is of seeing me at these events that specialise in gouging the fan base...My comfy sofa, and hdtv will do just fine for both events.

#2306452 Red Wings Prepared to Offer Hudler Contract

Posted by F.Michael on 10 June 2012 - 09:29 PM

If the Wings sign Hudler I will completely have lost all faith in Ken Holland.

Pretty much how I feel.

I don't dislike Hudler, but IMHO Hudler needs Detroit more than Detroit needs Hudler...Better off spending that $$$ on someone else.

#2303922 Nick Lidstrom retires after 20 seasons

Posted by F.Michael on 30 May 2012 - 04:35 PM

John Buccigross from twitter: "And when Nick senses a big moment, he turns into Kobe Bryant without the trash talk and the false bravado. He is a silent assassin. He stalks, he sees, he pounces. He is one of the best of all time at that. There has never been anyone like him."

Sad to see you go Nick, but s*** you were a great player

Why in the world would Buccigross use a comparison Nick Lidstrom with that ****** that goes by the name Kobe Bryant?

Oh wait - he works for ESPN...Nevermind.

#2303329 Excellent 'Parise and Suter to Detroit' article

Posted by F.Michael on 26 May 2012 - 06:19 AM

Got a good chuckle at the bottom of the page with all the reader comments; surprisingly many sound as optimistic as centcougar07, Richdg, and myself :rolleyes:

#2303306 Who's going to make it big if anyone?

Posted by F.Michael on 25 May 2012 - 11:23 PM

When you say "elite", I think of star players, as in Datsyuk or Zetterberg.

Based on that, the safe answer is none.


Many here may have forgotten that back in 2002 - Hull was praising Datsyuk for his high level of skill, and Zetterberg was by far the best player that wasn't in the NHL (he even made the Swedish Olympic team).

I'll be the 1st to admit that I'm not the most informed when it comes to Red Wing prospects, but from what I've seen/read - there's not alot of high-end talent coming up...I really do hope I'm wrong.

The prospect game is one of the biggest traps fans fall into. Every teams site has the same thing going on. these 5, 10, 15 whatever players are going to be great in a few years. maybe 1 out of 10 every turns into anything. There are towns in the northern part of the US and in canada, where just about every man played junior hockey, yet none make it to the NHL. You have to remember, Juniors is for 17, 18, and 19 year old KIDS! High school age players. Even moving up to the AHL is a major step.

If we return to the days on building only through the draft, we will become the Dead Wings once again. Then after 3-6 years of drafting the top talent we can move back up. I don't ever want to see that type of hockey from the Wings again! I still have nightmares from the late 70's and early 80's....... 20 win seasons........ YUCK!


And to think the Oilers with all their top picks may become a top-end team for several years while our beloved Red Wings slowly slide down the ranks...Retro 80's anyone?

#2302640 The truth of our decline.

Posted by F.Michael on 22 May 2012 - 03:08 PM

If only more Wings fans could be like you.

You can toss me in with Richdg, and centcougar07...Many here are in for a rude awakening.

#2301725 Chances of landing Parise?

Posted by F.Michael on 17 May 2012 - 12:50 AM

The thing is he will get offered insanely high contracts by teams that need to do so. And as you said yourself, we're not the only contenders. In 2-3 years we might not even be that if Holland can't flip the age factor while keeping the talent and production relatively linear. Which would be impressive and awe inspiring if you ask me. It also doesn't help that we haven't done much of anything in the playoffs recently despite getting there against beatable teams. I would have more confidence if I thought Detroit was still THE place to be when it came to FA's. I think they look now and see a team declining unfortunately.


#2299732 What's Kenny Holland's Offseason Plan?

Posted by F.Michael on 07 May 2012 - 01:37 AM

Also, no way Parise and Suter command that much in free agency.


Did anyone predict Ericsson's payday last summer?

#2299731 The new guys thoughts.....

Posted by F.Michael on 07 May 2012 - 01:30 AM

Wow - looks like someone else shares my views on the future of the Red Wings.

#2299100 What's Kenny Holland's Offseason Plan?

Posted by F.Michael on 04 May 2012 - 12:11 AM

You're really struggling with the concept of term. Players are willing to take smaller cap hit contracts that are front-loaded and long term. I'm surprised this is news to you...

Well - the reality is that these 6 plus year front-loaded deals may become extinct with the next CBA - however the last time I checked July 1st comes before September 15th so there may be some "wiggle room", and grandfather clauses.

My concern is that both Suter, and Parise see Detroit as a team in decline, and opt for a team with whom they feel has a greater number of players in their prime, and not in their twilight.