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#2313671 Suter Watch: Decision today, down to Wings/Wild

Posted by VM1138 on 03 July 2012 - 01:58 PM

This for sure! Can live without Parise... I am intrigued to see if Holland seriously goes after Ryan or Nash after this or heck even before this. I can imagine if the Wings picked up Nash or Ryan, it would sway Suter even more to Detroit...then Parise will be like...F*** ME! I should have picked Detroit!

I don't think Holland will pull the trigger on a trade so long as Parise is still an option and wouldn't cost us anything but money.

#2313498 Parise Watch [update x2]: Red Wings OUT of Running

Posted by VM1138 on 03 July 2012 - 10:33 AM

George Malik provided a bit of clarification regarding Babcock in MSP...

Right. On the day rumored to be the day Parise (and thus maybe Suter) make up their minds, he just happens to be going home. Right when potential signees might want to meet with the coach he's headed out to the middle of nowhere, going AWOL. Something doesn't smell right with that story.

EDIT: He may very well be going home but I find it very hard to believe he's not making a pit stop first.

#2312256 Red Wings Sign Jordin Tootoo to 3-yr deal, $1.9M/yr

Posted by VM1138 on 01 July 2012 - 06:38 PM

Come on guys, you all wanted grit and agitation. You got it. Who did he have as linemates last year that he had a career high 30 points?

#2312243 Red Wings Sign Mikael Samuelsson to 2-yr, $6m deal (w/full NTC)

Posted by VM1138 on 01 July 2012 - 06:33 PM

I think people should relax and realize that this doesn't really affect our Suter/Parise sweepstakes bid. It's a secondary scoring move, one the team had to make.

#2311619 Ilitch, Chelios to fly to Suter, Holland to fly to Parise

Posted by VM1138 on 01 July 2012 - 08:35 AM

Great news. I doubt we'll see any decisions made today, though. I've been looking forward to the start of free agency, but that's all this is: the start. Could still be a long summer.

#2311139 Paul Gaustad re-signs with Predators

Posted by VM1138 on 29 June 2012 - 02:59 PM

Welcome to Detroit, Mr. Gaustad! Bring Mr. Suter with you.

#2310969 Valtteri Filppula - we should get him locked up as soon as possible

Posted by VM1138 on 29 June 2012 - 08:09 AM

I think he's plateaued to be honest with you. I would give him 3.5 or 4 million a year if we had to, it wouldn't be outrageous, but I don't necessarily see him being a career Red Wing.

#2310967 Hudler to test free agency

Posted by VM1138 on 29 June 2012 - 08:07 AM

If he leaves Kenny's job just got harder. For all the flak Hudler takes, he's still a 25 goal scorer, which means now we need to find TWO top 6 scorers if we want to improve on last year.

As with most people the cost is the big issue to me. I'd take him at 3 million, but at more than that he just doesn't provide the grit or the reliability we need as a team.

#2310663 Red Wings OUT of bidding for D Justin Schultz

Posted by VM1138 on 28 June 2012 - 08:08 AM

People are acting like children in here. "Well, if he doesn't want to come here, he's just a loser. I'll take my toys and go home."

Anyone think maybe he just wants to play for his hometown (Vancouver) and it wasn't a slight against the Wings? Or perhaps the Wings only offered him bottom pairing minutes and some other team offered him something better?

#2310264 Parise Likely Out. Next Options

Posted by VM1138 on 26 June 2012 - 10:06 PM

I get the mentality of some of you with his price tag, but I wish this bad nightmare of Semin would just go away. We don't need another lazy floater.

However, I would love for Doan to play for the Wings. If we can't get Parise there are some interesting second tier combos that will give us some well rounded depth but not the natural firepower we need.

#2309616 Pens Targeting Suter and Parise

Posted by VM1138 on 25 June 2012 - 07:33 AM

I still think we land both. All we know is that Parise went to the same school as Crosby, but that doesn't mean they like each other or are friends. Holland just has to realize that it's okay to slightly overpay for great talent.

#2309184 Top Swiss-leaguer Brunner to sign with Wings, Babcock has big plans

Posted by VM1138 on 23 June 2012 - 10:39 AM

Sounds like he has a good head on his shoulders, though, which sets him a bar above Grigs, Brunnstrom (when he first arrived in the NHL), Leino, etc.

Grigs was arrogant and entitled, as was Brunnstrom. Leino was obsessed with finding a girlfriend and having fun. But from what I've heard Brunner is a no-nonsense kind of guy and that could help him over here. Although credit where credit is due, Brunnstrom has evolved and now has a much better attitude and work ethic.

#2308866 Tim Thomas.

Posted by VM1138 on 22 June 2012 - 05:40 PM

I still find it funny that everyone trashes him for "antics" when as far as I know, he only refused to go to the White House and only commented when pressed to. As far as I know he's not a trouble maker or not well liked among players. But I guess politics has a way of blinding people even in sports.

#2308865 High End Trade Options

Posted by VM1138 on 22 June 2012 - 05:38 PM

Flip is one of those players who puts up nice numbers, and he's a solid player, but he's never wowed me (or a lot of other people). I would only trade him for a player who is as close to a guaranteed upgrade as you could get. He's a great defensive player, but I just don't see him breaking out like so many people hope for every year. He had a good year this year, but does anyone really see him as a game changer like Datsyuk or Zetterberg? Or even someone like Helm, who can string together amazing plays and change the momentum of a game?

Again, not trashing Flip, he's got great talent and has some great games, but I just don't see him as indispensable if we can get an upgrade for him and a pick or something.

#2308697 Top Swiss-leaguer Brunner to sign with Wings, Babcock has big plans

Posted by VM1138 on 22 June 2012 - 10:11 AM

I'm not so sure he goes to the AHL first. I'm skeptical that he can actually become a consistent secondary scorer, but as people said it's low risk high reward, right?

But the Wings are in such an awful crunch right now that there's not really time to let a 26 year old develop in the AHL for a season or two. We need the scoring, and he may be a replacement for Hudler if he doesn't re-sign. There's just not a lot of options. I say he gets the green light right off the bat, and whether or not he stays depends on his success.

I know that Holland's style is to send him to the minors first, but I just have a feeling they break with tradition this off-season.