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#2428368 So.. what are our expectations for this roster?

Posted by VM1138 on 07 July 2013 - 09:34 AM

Cup or bust. They could've won it this year, or at least made Finals. Now they are better, deeper, and more dynamic up front. Plus, going to a new Conference in which there are very few real threats. Finals at the very least, but after a few years' hiatus I'm thinking championship.


#2428365 Wings Attempting to Re-sign Cleary

Posted by VM1138 on 07 July 2013 - 09:26 AM

This is the sound of Holland s***ting the bed. 16 forwards (including Andersson and Nyquist) and he signs #17. Say good bye to any chances of there being any youth on the team.


This obsession with youth needs to stop. None of the signings benches youth. Tatar, Nyquist, and Andersson are all guarantees roster spots. Smith, DeKeyser, and Kindl are still there. We are not an old team. If anything, we were too young and inexperienced so we pick up two top 6 vets to balance things out.

Five or six second year and young players is more than enough for a roster.


#2428009 Wings sign Stephen Weiss, 5-years, $24.5m

Posted by VM1138 on 06 July 2013 - 11:51 AM

I'll admit it - I dont really know him very well and I have been watching a lot of hockey over the past decade. He has never really come across my radar, but I am not sure if that is due to the "he's buried in a terrible franchise" or "he's got terrible line mates" or the dreaded "he's not really that good".

The one thing I have noticed watching his highlight videos is this: he goes straight at the net more often than not. Never going to complain about that. It will be interesting to see how he dishes to the 2 swedes on his line to start. Hoping for the best, but cautiously optimistic on this one.


Alfredsson goes for the net, too. We went from having no one in our top 6 go for the net to having two very good players who do just that. Plus Tatar's shoot first mentality.

We just became a more balanced team with greater work ethic, skill, and scoring ability.

Plus, imagine if this change rubs off on someone else. Either way we're better than last year with the potential to be really, really good.


#2427945 Wings sign Stephen Weiss, 5-years, $24.5m

Posted by VM1138 on 06 July 2013 - 07:49 AM

The kids will be the X-factor next year. We improved pretty well in the Top 6, but not by leaps and bounds. If Nyquist and Tatar have good years on the third, and give us three scoring lines, look out NHL.


#2427653 Dan Cleary Watch

Posted by VM1138 on 05 July 2013 - 06:24 PM

Cleary is a great grinder. But on the Wings he was a top 6 guy and it didn't work until playoffs. Even then he rarely made things happen, he just happened to be there at the right times.

I'd take him back, but short term and bottom 6.

We may be stuck with Sammu, but after the move he pulled I doubt Babcock ever plays him. Enjoy the press box all season like White, Sammy.
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#2427294 Bobby Ryan to Ottawa

Posted by VM1138 on 05 July 2013 - 02:53 PM

Wash for Ottawa. Gave up a lot. Ryan disappears at times. He replaces Alfie and is younger. So...I'd say it was a good move, but it doesn't really change anythig in Ottawa.


#2426707 Wings buy out Colaiacovo, will keep Bertuzzi

Posted by VM1138 on 05 July 2013 - 12:02 PM

Cleary the fourth line grinder who can chip in some ugly goals is great.

Cleary the top 6 would-be scoring superstar? Not great.


#2426586 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by VM1138 on 05 July 2013 - 11:27 AM

Just because he hit the free agent market doesn't mean he is gone. We've signed several players over the years after they hit the market. Is like to know if these writers have any real information indicating he is gone or if they are just assuming and being unimaginitive.


#2426525 Wings sign Alfredsson to 1-year, $3.5m deal (+$2m bonuses)

Posted by VM1138 on 05 July 2013 - 11:05 AM

If Alfredsson is the start of a big summer, it's going to be a good one.  If he is the end, next season is going to be every bit of the slog last was.




#2426509 Wings sign Alfredsson to 1-year, $3.5m deal (+$2m bonuses)

Posted by VM1138 on 05 July 2013 - 10:55 AM

Yeah, the big difference with Modano is that he had a reputation as a floater for a few years before he came to us.  Alfredsson, while old, still has game.

 

EDIT: As discussed in the other thread, the problem most people have with this signing is the money (rumored to be around $6 million), and the possibility that he is our big free agent acquisition this summer.  I don't think most of us actively don't want him here in any form.  But with all the talent we're losing, people are worried he isn't going to make that much of a difference.  We are still where we were a few weeks ago, and need help offensively.




#2426454 Wings in on Alfredsson

Posted by VM1138 on 05 July 2013 - 10:27 AM

Would take him for 1 year over Cleary for 3

Sure, how we perceive this Alfredsson signing depends on who he is replacing.  Is he replacing Cleary? Then it's a good move.  Is he our "big signing" of the summer expected to solve all of our problems?  Then it's a bad signing.  




#2426413 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by VM1138 on 05 July 2013 - 10:13 AM

I do, too.  Maybe I'm just naive, but Brunner has this doe-eyed "gee golly shucks" good naturedness about him.  He seems so happy with everything, and gets so excited about experiencing new things, he probably does just genuinely want to know, haha.  




#2426112 Wings in on Alfredsson

Posted by VM1138 on 04 July 2013 - 07:46 PM

Alfredsson, the captain who gave up on his team in the playoffs? Despite his talent, we are already fighting complacency on this team. I guess he fits what we need, I just wouldn't put him at the top of my list.


#2425637 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by VM1138 on 03 July 2013 - 09:30 PM

He's not a buffoon. But he is becoming overcautious. He is taking the long term approach. Which has flaws. For instance, you'll never win the Cup if you wait year after year for the solution to come from within. No matter how the kids develop, we will always have needs. So how many years can he just wait?

I don't hate his moves, but I worry that he has lost his "win now" mentality in favor of "make playoffs and win two rounds.". It's nice to be consistent, but we fans dont care about revenue. We want to see Cups.
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#2424380 Red Wings No Longer "Presented by Amway!"

Posted by VM1138 on 01 July 2013 - 10:30 AM

Still embarrassing.