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#2320347 Does Babcock walk?

Posted by F.Michael on 19 July 2012 - 12:19 PM

With the spate of Free Agents seemingly passing us by/the perceived inactivity by Holland RE: preparing for Lidstrom's departure, does anyone see Babcock walking? I doubt he does as he's been a big part of shaping this team and working with them to create pretty much HIS system here. But he's got to be pissed now. As far as I know from mainly rumour surrounding forums such as this one, he doesn't like it much when he says he needs a piece or two and the management say we're all good so can you see this, or another such situation soon, as being the final push towards the door?

He is probably the premier head coach in the league and could walk into any other team, so maybe he does soon?

Just what I happened to think of when I heard the Weber news, because if I'm pissed that we've once again missed out on a guy that was supposed to be at the top of our list, imagine how he feels having to coach...

I agree that it must frustrate Babs that certain needs aren't being met - however the reg season hasn't yet begun so technically speaking - there's time to fill a few holes - however the realist that I am I'm not expecting much.

To answer your question - I don't think Babs will walk...I'm certain he realises that in today's NHL acquiring players isn't as easy as some would think.

#2320172 Flyers sign Weber to offer sheet: 14y/$110m ($56m 1st 4yrs)

Posted by F.Michael on 19 July 2012 - 07:57 AM

The only bright side of this could be that if the Preds don't match - Philly may have to move a player, or two to ensure cap space.

Braydon Coburn would look nice in a Red Wings jersey.

#2319769 Red Wings make "helluva" offer for Nash, no response

Posted by F.Michael on 18 July 2012 - 12:23 PM

You are right in that it is high risk, and for a winger mind you. I think that price is too steep, especially with the 1st rounder added in too which is what you didn't discuss.

Would you make that trade? I wouldn't.

If a 1st rounder were to be included along with Franzen/Filppula/Nyquist - then I'd say no thanks - too steep.

For all we know Nash may never hit 80 pts again, and Nyquist could be a 60 plus pts a season if given the ice time, and playing alongside either Dats, or Hank.

A deal with the Ducks for Ryan is more realistic; they'd want Filppula, and a 1st round pick...That seems reasonable.

#2319715 Mike Modano pondering comeback?

Posted by F.Michael on 18 July 2012 - 10:22 AM

Holmstrom should be the Red Wings consultant for HBO's 24/7.

#2319713 Red Wings make "helluva" offer for Nash, no response

Posted by F.Michael on 18 July 2012 - 10:19 AM

I think that price is very high for Nash.

Let me expand on this a bit.

Why give up the 50 points that Franzen puts up, along with the 50 points that Flip puts up, along with the 30 points that Nyquist will put up this season, and a first rounder for a player that will probably get only 80 points this season?

Well - the way I see it...Franzen is most likely on the decline...Fillpula will go back to being a 35 to 40 point guy...Nyquist could be a 30 pt guy - then again he could shock us all, and become a 60 to 70 pts guy.

Why not make a trade for a guy who'll ride on Datyuk's wing, and possibly get 40 plus goals, and 80 plus pts?

To me it's high risk - high reward.

#2318878 How bad are we if our roster is now finalized?

Posted by F.Michael on 13 July 2012 - 09:09 AM

We're so bad that even Crymson and Nightfall probably believe deep down that we'll miss the playoffs.

:lol: - good luck in getting either of them to admit it.

Seriously, I keep saying this, it seems there is no middle ground here... its either 'the Wings are fine and they will win forever and ever and ever' or 'The Wings better start scouting the top draft candidates now, because they are a lottery team'. This team is clearly a bubble team as it stands right now, its neither good enough to be considered elite nor bad enough to be considered a bottom feeder. As I said in other threads, I am afraid this team will become like Calgary, coming up a little short, not making it in the playoffs, or getting bounced early, and the management never seeing the forest for the trees and addressing the problems because they are always 'that close' to being there.


Right now I feel the Wings are a team that can finish anywhere from 7th to 10th in the Western Conference.

#2318620 How bad are we if our roster is now finalized?

Posted by F.Michael on 12 July 2012 - 12:04 PM

Cheapness has nothing to do with it it's not his money and Illitch wants him to spend it. They're goal is winning the Cup and overpaying for players just because we have the cap space would make it harder to achieve that goal.

Honest question here...

How much $$$ does Ilitch make when his team is bounced outta the 1st round of the playoffs?

How much $$$ does he make by having the team play golf by mid/late April?

I understand the need to "watch your pennies" in a cap world, but there's alot of space to play with, and Detroit has been a team that's sat around, and watches as others improve...Over paying on 1, or 2 players isn't gonna wreck this franchise - we're not Phoenix.

#2317142 The Next Move

Posted by F.Michael on 08 July 2012 - 09:01 PM

How do you know this? Have you spoken with Bob Murray? If so, what else did he say?

Bob told me to ignore you.

#2316927 Semin

Posted by F.Michael on 08 July 2012 - 02:52 AM

Semin will come to Detroit, and the season will have a happy ending in June.

I can foresee it.

Semin plays the "bongos" on Sid the Kid's head as a form of celebration just after he scored the OT game 7 winning goal of the Cup Finals?

#2316274 St. James: Wings have inquired about Rick Nash

Posted by F.Michael on 06 July 2012 - 09:52 AM

If Columbus wants our entire farm system, well that's too bad for them. We're not giving up everybody for Nash.

Would I make that deal? Absolutely. Franzen and Flip's combined salaries would make Nash's cap hit almost non-existent. Not to mention, Flip is a UFA next summer. I would think Columbus would want an extension in place before a trade, but if not, we could always get him right back next year. Hate to lose Nyquist and Smith, but I'll always take proven talent over unknown commodities.


Ya never know what ya got in guys like Nyquist - however Smith seems to have all the makings of a top 4 Dman; I'd rather keep Smith, and toss Franzen into the deal.

#2315500 Jonathan Ericsson. Knock, knock...

Posted by F.Michael on 05 July 2012 - 07:19 AM

I personally feel for Jimmy Howard...He's gonna have to wear his superman underoos on a nightly basis in order to make this team playoff worthy.

#2315496 The Ever-Increasing Cap, Ridiculous Contracts, and Hitting

Posted by F.Michael on 05 July 2012 - 07:07 AM

If the owners of NHL franchises push to eliminate hitting from the game - that's when they lose me as a fan.

If anything - the owners should push to get rid of the instigator rule; let the tough guys handle the rats.

#2314817 We Need to Trade

Posted by F.Michael on 04 July 2012 - 02:10 PM

Cleary, Mursak, Tatar, Emmerton - Yandle

I could be wrong, but I doubt the Yotes want our garbage.

#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.