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#2618511 Wings sign Brad Richards 1 yr, $3 million

Posted by VM1138 on 01 July 2015 - 07:03 PM

The Richards signing kind of confuses me. I'm not sure what he brings to the table that we don't already have.  I guess he is center depth but we already have so many third-line caliber centers.  We already had veteran presence but I guess they felt we needed a bit more.

#2617455 Free agents this off season

Posted by VM1138 on 30 June 2015 - 09:10 AM

Saad is reportedly only asking for $4 million and Chicago is hesitant. Offer sheet him $5 and watch the Hawks squirm. What's that, two second round picks? Worth it.

#2615370 Will Wings Revisit Signing Phaneuf?

Posted by VM1138 on 19 June 2015 - 08:07 PM

Khan says Wings are no longer interested in Phaneuf.  I'm betting Babcock nixed any deal, like most of us believed he would.

#2615000 Free agents this off season

Posted by VM1138 on 17 June 2015 - 10:10 PM

Saw on twitter something about how the flyers haven't made any contact with lecavaliers agent on buying him out .... I was curious and went and check

Lecavalier has 3 years 4.5 cap hit left

I'm Not saying id do it but weiss has 3 years and 4.9 cap hit left

Would anyone take a gamble and make the trade?and then buy out lecavalier if he's god awful?

Contracts similar so it's 2 teams trading a problem for another

I'd probably try and trade weiss with some of his salary paid , rather then dealing with his contract for 4 years , or the 2nd option would be to just bury him in Grand Rapids for the season


Lecavalier is worse than Weiss at this point.  Weiss can still rebound. Lecavalier is done.

I can see a Phaneuf for Weiss, Smith and a 1st trade happening at the draft.


Babcock will never let this happen.  His going there has basically killed any chance of getting Phaneuf.


I know he's not a defenseman, but if the Sharks are shopping Thornton I'd definitely inquire about what it would take to get him.  He'd really solidify us up front, where we still need a little work, even if it's not the number one priority.

#2614427 Wings open to trading Mantha and/or their 1st Round Pick

Posted by VM1138 on 15 June 2015 - 07:29 AM

The Wings really dropped the ball on this.  Refused to trade him, then threw him under the bus (Thanks, Jimmy D!) which I imagine further lowers his trade value.  I'm not sure what we'll get for him, if anything, now.

#2609294 Datsyuk's House

Posted by VM1138 on 21 May 2015 - 07:30 AM

In all seriousness he's probably just interested in moving to a different house or area.  I mean, he's under contract for two more years and seems pretty happy here. 

#2608433 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by VM1138 on 18 May 2015 - 07:40 PM

I'm going to predict he'll resign for 4 mil for 5 years.

It better be a multi-year deal if we're losing Blashill as a backup, you know?

#2608163 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by VM1138 on 17 May 2015 - 09:54 AM

All the news lately points to him staying.  Which I'm fine with.  But what worries me is his stated desire to switch to one year contracts.  What if we lose him next season, and no longer have Blashill in the wings?

#2606876 Kronwall

Posted by VM1138 on 09 May 2015 - 09:44 AM

His point is, can you name twenty or more better defenseman? No. He's a top 10 defenseman I think. If feel even safer saying he's top 15z. He is a number one, especially without Ericsson.

#2606671 WCSF : (6) Minnesota Wild vs. (5) Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by VM1138 on 08 May 2015 - 06:49 AM

I hate seeing the Hawks win, but I think this is Anaheim's year.

#2606075 Jim Devellano on Mantha's play: "Very disappointing"

Posted by VM1138 on 05 May 2015 - 07:37 AM

Jimmy D needs to be put out to pasture.  Mantha had a rough year but from reading about his play (haven't seen him play yet) he's not playing badly.  He's just sort of average.  That tends to happen with prospects one of their years.  Very unusual for a prospect to be called out after one year.

#2604898 Who is the coach next season?

Posted by VM1138 on 30 April 2015 - 08:07 AM

I'm ready for whatever happens, I just hope it happens soon.  We could be better off with a new coach and a new system. I feel Babcock misuses players and his defense-only mentality hurts us.  But on the other hand, he gets the most out of these players.  I wonder how much worse we would be without him, you know?


I don't much buy into the Holland vs Babcock stuff.  They seem to be on the same page every year, things just don't work out.

#2604897 should mrazek get #1 tag next season

Posted by VM1138 on 30 April 2015 - 08:02 AM

I disagree with this. Conklin (V2.0) was a disaster in St. Louis and Holland brought him back and he was a disaster here. Then Gustavsson ended up being a horrible signing. The only good goaltending signing Holland has made recently is Joey MacDonald.

Holland even gave Gustavsson A RAISE after proving he was more useless than Magic Johnson at a blood drive for two years. Guys like Greiss, Montoya etc were available last summer for half as much, but Holland decided to overpay Glasstavsson.


Gus wasn't a horrible signing.  He did exactly what we all thought he would.  He plays very well (when he plays) and gets injured a lot, giving Mrazek a chance to get some experience, which paid off.  I don't think anyone can seriously say Gustavsson was a disappointment.  We just all knew what to expect. 


And who cares how much he made?  Cap hit doesn't matter much when you're not spending to the cap.  It's not like we were paying Gus a fortune.  We could afford it.

#2604610 ECQF Game 7 GDT : at Lightning 2, Red Wings 0 (Tampa wins series, 4-3)

Posted by VM1138 on 29 April 2015 - 09:48 PM

So Stamkos gets a pass for not scoring how many years in a row, but not Nyquist or Tatar?  Zetterberg is not healthy.  I'd bet on that. 


Maybe, but he didn't strike me as injured.  From what I've heard so far from the radio and from watching with my own eyes, Abdelkader, Glendening, Ericsson and Datsyuk were definitely injured.  Zetterberg was just slow and his shots weren't very good.  He was still setting people up, though.

#2604561 ECQF Game 7 GDT : at Lightning 2, Red Wings 0 (Tampa wins series, 4-3)

Posted by VM1138 on 29 April 2015 - 09:35 PM


Z isn't going anywhere but his role needs to be redefined, he's turning into a top 6/9 guy who can kill penalties, play on the pp and win some faceoffs.  Reminds me so much of Yzerman in his last few years. Still can help but need to be realistic about it. 


Honestly we need to re-evaluate a lot of players' roles.  Helm, for instance, is not a top 6 player. 


On another note, am I the only one really leery about Blashill?  If Babcock is part of the problem, I'm not sure bringing in a clone is the right move.  If we need an overhaul from strategy on up to players, bringing in a coach with an identical strategy isn't the way to start.