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#2536310 Dekeyser signed. 2 yrs $2.187 million AAV

Posted by F.Michael on 16 September 2014 - 02:17 PM

It was definitely a small sample size with Dekeyser, but I think him being 24 years old and playing 4 years in college helps with that. He's not some 19 year old kid.  I also think his performance last season is being understated a bit.  It's in great part due to Ericsson's injury but Dekeyser was arguably the 2nd most important defenseman on the team.



Among Wings d-men:


23 points, only 5 of which came on the PP.  (2nd only to Kronwall's 49, 25 of which were on the PP)

21:38 minutes a game (2nd only to Kronwall's 24:18)

averaged 2:13 per game on the PK and 1:34 on the PP

+10 (tops among Wings defenseman)

30 PIMs (lower than everyone but Kindl, who plays significantly fewer minutes)



It is only 81 games total in the NHL, but he was thrown in the deep end as a rookie and handled himself admirably (think Kindl or Smith for examples of how else it could've gone). He played big minutes and played all roles on the ice.   The question is obviously how much will he improve, but I'd be surprised if he took any steps backwards. 

A bit off topic...


DD didn't get to spend any time with Lids - unlike Ericsson, and Kronwall - he was thrown in full speed ahead, and didn't look outta place one bit.


IMHO - he's our 2nd best Dman, and with Ericsson questionable...Well - Holland better get this kid signed.

#2536306 Dekeyser signed. 2 yrs $2.187 million AAV

Posted by F.Michael on 16 September 2014 - 01:41 PM


Exactly, this off season has been the worst in almost 2 decades if Danny has to sit out now and god forbid miss training camp, the defense will take a huge hit.

To add - Ericsson not being 100% (finger not healed, and not in top condition) worries me.

#2536302 Dekeyser signed. 2 yrs $2.187 million AAV

Posted by F.Michael on 16 September 2014 - 01:35 PM

^ Exactly.


I love DD but if any of you armchair GMs think it's easy to negotiate a contract with a kid who has only played 70 games or whatever, then you're snorting the crack dust, plain and simple.


To me, DD is to the D what Tatar is to the offence. Both have had similar career arcs so far, except Tatar has a Calder Cup MVP under his belt and almost scored 20 last year in his first almost full season.  


If you ask me, something like 2.75-3M/year for 3 years would have gotten this deal done a month ago. I have a hard time thinking Holland wouldn't offer that. Makes me think that it's DD's camp that is being unrealistic, not Holland.

I could be wrong, but I'm thinking DD would've taken that offer ($2.75 to $3 million per season for 3 seasons), but I'm guessing Holland is looking to offer less since DD is a RFA.


We obviously don't know what's going behind the scenes, but this is exactly what I feared...One of our more promising Dmen not getting signed, and potentially sitting out for some time.

#2536061 Dekeyser signed. 2 yrs $2.187 million AAV

Posted by F.Michael on 12 September 2014 - 11:51 AM


I wonder if he quietly chuckled to himself as he walked back to the locker room after giving this interview. 

Shortly after - he went out for fish tacos.

#2535798 Ottawa Senators are trying "European style" supporter sections

Posted by F.Michael on 09 September 2014 - 10:52 AM

I predict the games will be more fun...right up until fans from the supporter sections start beating the hell out of opposition fans.  I get the feeling that in North America this will turn violent.  Then again, maybe not.  The Canadiens already have an atmosphere very much like this, and as far as I know nobody had been injured.

Unless those Canadien fans go to Boston...


Euro football hooliganism remains to be a problem, and I don't wish to see that behavior here in N.America.

#2535639 "But I don't want to be a pirate."

Posted by F.Michael on 05 September 2014 - 07:55 PM


The Dude could abide that:










Bathrobe themed jerseys? 



I like the Seinfeld idea - its a pretty bizarre thing to do, but what the heck!

And 'white Russians' instead of water for the players on the bench.

#2535194 Las Vegas rumored to get an expansion team

Posted by F.Michael on 29 August 2014 - 04:50 PM


Someone posted a link to an article in the Toronto Star that referenced the billion dollars in potential franchise fees the existing owners would collect from expansion, so that's not glue they're sniffing.  It's cash. 


Bettman's track record demonstrates that he is willing to risk the integrity of the league in order to make his owners as much money as possible, so it's not really that surprising.  He has his circle of cronies on the BOG, and can probably drum up support from owners drooling at the prospect of the new franchise fees.  That fee is not considered Hockey Related Revenue so it's not something they even have to share with players. 


Plus with the CBA set for at least 7 more years, if there's a couple more struggling franchises it really won't effect owners until then.  And even when the CBA ends they'll likely just have another lockout and hammer the players salaries down further instead of increasing revenue sharing.  So it doesn't seem like there's  a ton of financial risk to the existing owners.

I agree with you that Bettman is selling this like he had in previous years to the BOG - you'll get more $$$, and that alone will get many members to sign on.


The issues in Glendale, AZ are far from over, and then there's the Panthers in Miami, and who knows who'll be next on the list of financial doom & gloom.


This league has some serious issues, and placing teams in non-traditional markets continues to dog them...I know I'm beating a dead horse here, but I'd much rather see a team in Quebec City, and a 2nd team in Toronto before any city here in the USA, but that's just me.

#2535151 potential team names for las vegas!

Posted by F.Michael on 29 August 2014 - 09:09 AM

How about the 'Quebec Nordiques'?


oops - wrong thread

#2533933 Greatest Wings game ever

Posted by F.Michael on 09 August 2014 - 08:39 AM

Ugh...So many to choose from.


March 26th 1997.


June 7th 1997.


May 29th 2002.


Numerous others

#2533930 Marchenko

Posted by F.Michael on 09 August 2014 - 02:20 AM

Aw man I can't wait until they do one of those for Hampus Melen. Then we can have a Hampus Melen thread, and I can get a Hampus Melen jersey to wear to games at Hampus Melen Arena in honor of our new captain Hampus Melen. The future sounds amazing!

But anyway Alexei Marchenko!

Edit: Alexey? Alexee? Hampus?

Have you been hittin' the Lagavulin again?

#2532900 Jim Paek leaves Griffs to help run Korean Hockey

Posted by F.Michael on 23 July 2014 - 06:19 PM

We're so bad, that people would rather go to North Korea than work with the Wings.






I've already registered with letsgopanthers.com


GMR.....I need to go welcome you there then...Hillbillypantherfan is my name there.......hahahahahahhahahah 



You losers need to follow a team with a bright future.....Join me here http://www.leafsforever.ca/

#2531879 Confused on the direction of this team going forward

Posted by F.Michael on 12 July 2014 - 09:45 PM

As far as the 2014/2015 season - this is what I keep telling myself...  

#2531407 Who is this player

Posted by F.Michael on 10 July 2014 - 10:12 PM


Liam Neeson played for the Wings?



I'll give it a try.  Who's this guy?  



Why it's Thomas Hayden Church. 





#2529155 Quincey re-signed by DET. 2 yr s $4.25 mill AAV

Posted by F.Michael on 01 July 2014 - 08:52 PM

And somewhere in a dark, quiet room, Brett Lebda & Derek Meech are waiting for their calls from Kenny too at this very moment.  

...and Ian White is wiping his butt in the bathroom across the hall.

#2528939 Quincey re-signed by DET. 2 yr s $4.25 mill AAV

Posted by F.Michael on 01 July 2014 - 06:40 PM


Who cares? The other players went elsewhere. It's not like that money was gonna be spent elsewhere. I get being disappointed in not landing a big UFA today, but the amount of hate and overreacting going on in here is ridiculous. 

I personally would've rather seen kids from GR get their chance at the #5, and #6 spots on defense.