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#2677404 Gordie Howe has passed away. 1928-2016.

Posted by VM1138 on 10 June 2016 - 06:11 PM

Not close to being the Wings best player of all time, let alone the GOAT. Lidstrom, Feds, Yzerman go before him

Careful, you might cut yourself on all that edge.

#2677215 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by VM1138 on 09 June 2016 - 07:23 AM

Helm is one of the best puck hounds and bottom sixers in the game. The problem only arises when he's in the top six, and then the issue of cost and term.

#2677106 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by VM1138 on 07 June 2016 - 10:38 AM

I probably said this earlier in this thread, but Stamkos is the fun move I'd like to see.  We'd have an elite all-star franchise center on our roster again for many many years.  He'd score tons of highlight reel goals and generate excitement.  Plus, I'd like to see us win something.  Anything.  Landing the big UFA would be fun.


However, the "adult side" of me feels like using that money to build up the team as a whole would be better.  Dumping $10 mil into one player, that's coming off of blood clot issues, will leave holes in other areas of the roster and based on how well we finished this year, we already have a ton of holes.  Maybe Stamkos's goal production helps cover those holes (giving up 3-4 goals isn't a big deal, when you score 5) or maybe it just makes those holes bigger as they don't get addressed.


Either way, the Wings management need to convince Stamkos that Detroit is serious about rebuilding a contender fast and that probably means signing someone else like a Radulov.  For all the crap we give Holland on this forum, I don't envy this task of trying to lure Stamkos away from a warm weather championship caliber team (Bolts) or an up and coming team with loads of young talent, the first pick in the NHL draft and a great coach (Leafs).


The problem is, we're not going to get an elite superstar through drafting, and probably not through UFA if we miss out on Stamkos.  These types of players don't come along very often, and we're not going to win a Cup without one.  Sure, money is a big issue but if we're serious about rebuilding and COMPETING, we have to make a huge play for Stamkos.  Filling the team with capable but non-spectacular players is exactly how we ended up being a perennial playoff team with no shot at the Cup. I agree that you can't rely on one player, but you also can't move forward without a big superstar.

#2677058 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by VM1138 on 06 June 2016 - 03:13 PM

And honesty the more I hear from our beat writers the more it seems we haven't changed our mentality at all. It's Radulov OR Stamkos? They aren't even on the same ballpark. No one should hesitate to pay Stamkos $10 million. That's just the cost these days and we HAVE to have a ready number one center to compete.

#2676961 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by VM1138 on 04 June 2016 - 02:44 PM

They're going to ask for a sweetener because they can. Because who else can we go to? Because this is a situation in which our team has no leverage, and if you think any team is going to do us the favor of getting us out of a $7.5M hit without taking anything in return, you're nuts.

Except it's not a favor. It's an even swap in cases like Phoenix. They get the cap hit they want and don't have to pay actual money.

Now teams could be dicks but that's where reputation comes in. Kenny has good relations with everyone and no in the old boys club almost no one is going to try and so obviously put the screws to the Wings.

In fact the favor would be in taking a scrub or failed prospect that we can't unload anywhere else. I'd imagine the sweetener is just Holland trying to unload chaff to free up roster spaces.

#2676928 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by VM1138 on 03 June 2016 - 06:30 PM

I still don't understand why a sweetener would be needed. As discussed repeatedly all over the Internet, the deal would be a fair one as an even swap for another contract, like Pronger's. Mutually beneficial.

#2676805 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by VM1138 on 31 May 2016 - 03:46 PM

Why are we still discussing this is there's been no indication he'd be available other than the "cap problems" we predict for almost every team every year that rarely materialize?

#2676750 Alexander Radulov: Wings on short-list of desired teams

Posted by VM1138 on 29 May 2016 - 09:48 AM

How could it be an accident? Why would he which is arm and stick back so hard and fast? I've never seen another hockey player do that on the bench. And the double take looks more like a sneering "what of it?" look but that's obviously a bit of imagination on my part. Doesn't look like an accident at all.

#2676215 Mantha

Posted by VM1138 on 19 May 2016 - 07:38 AM

The fan base would've hated Gordie Howe, too. He was a "floater" as well. In reality smooth skaters and strong positional players often look lazy because they're not flailing around to make things happen.

#2676190 Mantha

Posted by VM1138 on 18 May 2016 - 05:44 PM

Mantha doesn't have to be a Z or Dasyuk replacement. I've always figured him for a Franzen replacement. Kind of a floater but a safe player and effective scorer.

#2676082 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by VM1138 on 17 May 2016 - 07:54 AM

Stamkos is a no-brainer, even with the clot issue.  1) I think there are multiple kinds of blood clot issues, not all of them are dangerous enough to be fatal risks, but I'm not sure.  2) If, God forbid, something did happen to him, he's young enough to not hurt us with a cap recapture penalty if he retires.  He's light years ahead of any other talent available, it's not even close, so Holland has to make a push.

#2675894 WCF: St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks

Posted by VM1138 on 13 May 2016 - 02:58 PM

Blues. Easy. I'm pegging them with the Cup. Hate the Blues but it's an old, stale hate. Rather them than Pittsburgh or San Jose. Still pretty neutral about the Lightning.

#2675629 Fixing this mess....

Posted by VM1138 on 10 May 2016 - 03:37 PM

If we signed Todd Bertuzzi I really don't get what the argument is against signing Radulov.
Bertuzzi paralyzed a guy and ruined his health for the rest of his life. Moore still suffers from headaches and lightheadedness everyday.

Bertuzzi was never a locker room cancer or a coaches nightmare, at least not that I'm aware of. Different scenario.

#2675624 Fixing this mess....

Posted by VM1138 on 10 May 2016 - 02:59 PM

I don't think Radulov is a slam dunk solution. We just don't know how he'll transition to the new NHL. And of course, attitude issues. But if there's no one else and it's not a long term contract what could it hurt?

#2675575 WCSF : St. Louis Blues vs. Dallas Stars

Posted by VM1138 on 10 May 2016 - 07:23 AM

Wow...Game 7 for this, and the Preds/Sharks.
Would be strange to see a Preds/Stars Western Conference final.

I really do miss the West.