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#2250820 Suter not signing before Feb 27 deadline

Posted by VM1138 on 30 January 2012 - 10:53 PM

So why not give Suter what he's worth come July 1st? If Kenny can keep his cap hit under 7m then why not go for it? The Wings will have the cap space to sign both him and probably a top 6 forward. They also will know before July what the future for Nick is. They will never get Suter from the Preds it has to be a FA signing.

Holland will. You can't just sit around waiting for players to take a discount. We have the money to blow on Suter or some other major defenseman and still resign everyone and add a top 6 scorer. Quite frankly, this off-season is probably the best crop of free agents in a long time. Probably for many years, too. With Lidstrom about to retire in a few years, with Zetterberg and Datsyuk getting older, and with a dearth of mid-20 year old players with lots of upside, the Wings simply cannot afford to sit this one out just to save a few millions.

If they do, then the decline everyone talks about every year may actually begin, because other teams equally good (Boston, San Jose, Chicago, Vancouver) will make those additions. And if you could have Suter and Parise and everyone else on the Wings...why wouldn't you? Even if you're paying 7 or 8 million. Holland probably won't make them really long contracts, though. I think we'll see a return to 4-5 year contracts instead of this 10-12 year stuff.

#2250624 Blue Jackets Fans Protest Management

Posted by VM1138 on 29 January 2012 - 11:14 PM

I heard someplace there were around 300. Not a bad showing, surprisingly. It's hard to get anyone to actually show up to a protest, let alone to protest something as small as a sports team's management.

#2250546 Suter not signing before Feb 27 deadline

Posted by VM1138 on 29 January 2012 - 10:13 AM

Based on quotes directly from Suter, I wouldn't be too sure of that...

Suter told NHL.com prior to the All-Star break. "If we're winning, I hope that David will maybe go out and get that extra piece; work the other way rather than deal me, and we'll take care of the rest later. I tell David, and I'm telling you right now, straight up, that I like it in Nashville and it's a great place to live."

Suter said the last part with an emphatic tone in his voice.

Full article: http://www.nhl.com/i...s.htm?id=614048

If he likes rednecks so much, someone tell him Michigan has its fair share, haha.

#2250370 How Would You Fix the All Star Game?

Posted by VM1138 on 27 January 2012 - 11:00 PM

I think it's just that we're not kids anymore. It's a lot of fun seeing superstars playing together when you're a kid. But now there are international competitions, Olympics, etc. And the game is not a real game. Too many people are too busy to watch a game that doesn't matter or in which the players don't take it seriously. It's not that the game is decaying, just that it's no longer enough to entertain a lot of us.

#2250366 Who Could be Dealt at the Deadline?

Posted by VM1138 on 27 January 2012 - 10:56 PM

It sounds like guys like Parise might be available for relatively cheap. I imagine there are other options out there in similar situations. Teams need to unload some salary or fix unstable locker room situations. I don't see Holland parting with anyone in the top two lines, or even the third line.

I see him giving up picks (our 1sts are worthless anyway) and guys like Brunnstrom (unlikely anyone wants him), Miller, Emmerton, or some prospects not named Smith, Nyquist, Jarnkrok or Tatar. That should net us a relatively cheap 2nd liner (Parise) or some grittier playoff presences like Morrow or Moen.

I doubt we'd trade even Hudler for anyone, because the return would be relatively limited. Think about it, would you rather have a slight upgrade, or a deeper team? I think going into the playoffs you want to be as deep as you can be. So in an imaginary world Hudler for Parise wouldn't be as beneficial as a bunch of picks for Moen or a few prospects and picks for Parise because we would be that much deeper. (Not a realistic example, it's just that...an example)

#2250260 Datsyuk No 1 Pick for All Star

Posted by VM1138 on 27 January 2012 - 12:36 PM

Man, Team Chara (in a real game) would absolutely destroy Team Alfredsson.

EDIT: I'm also a fan of the idea of Gaborik and Datsyuk playing together.

#2250000 why is Emmerton instead of Mursak?

Posted by VM1138 on 26 January 2012 - 12:40 PM

This whole season I think I've only noticed Emmerton a small handful of times. The kid has shown absolutely no spark whatsoever. Nothing against him, he's not really hurting, but he's certainly not helping and I don't think he'll ever amount to much. He's playing because we've lost our depth at center.

#2249554 1/25 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Canadiens 7

Posted by VM1138 on 25 January 2012 - 08:16 PM

This is garbage. It's just one game, true, but it reflects problems they've had for a few years now. Stop being so apathetic!

#2249175 Props to the DJ at the Joe

Posted by VM1138 on 25 January 2012 - 12:11 AM

I noticed he was taking requests, never noticed that before. At any rate, I don't much care for generic techno music, but it seems to be necessary for modern sport events. I love the classic rock, but I think the DJ needs to do a better job of picking good songs, not just songs that happen to have a relevant lyric.

Also, as much as I love "Don't Stop Believing" I think it should be reserved for special occasions. When the crowd started singing it in Game 6 or 7 of the San Jose series, that was special, I got chills. Hearing people sing it when the Wings are up 3-1 in a regular season game...not so special.

Also, I loved the old Detroit Rock City intro...didn't notice it during the Buffalo game, did he stop using that?

Sweet Caroline is a good way to end a win, though. Totally unrelated and not a very "sportsy" song, but it's a happy song and when the crowd starts singing it it puts a smile on my face.

I also noticed at the Buffalo game he played two Black Keys songs, both of which I immediately thought "sports anthem" when I heard them on the album...even though they're not sports songs. (Lonely Boy and Gold on the Ceiling) They didn't seem very loud when he played them, though. Gold on the Ceiling especially would be a good song to use prominently mid-game or something.
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#2246809 Brad Stuart to the West Coast?

Posted by VM1138 on 18 January 2012 - 12:02 PM

We could get a lot for Stuart. I'd hate to see him leave, but if that's what he wants, he's contributed and done his part. There's nothing to criticize about wanting to go be with family. He's done everything we as fans asked of him. He'll be hard to replace, but I think it's obvious he is the highest trade value on the team right now. Package him with a role player or a pick and we could get a top 6 scorer. Then either call up Smith or trade for a mid-level defenseman. I don't much like counting on Ericsson-Kindl-Commodore going into the playoffs.

#2246691 1/17 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Dallas Stars 2 (SO)

Posted by VM1138 on 17 January 2012 - 11:17 PM

I bet Hudler told Zetterberg he was going to do that. It just seems like something Hudler would do.

...and Conks with the save! Conklin is getting his game back, I hope.

#2245194 Next Captain?

Posted by VM1138 on 13 January 2012 - 10:02 AM

The sudden anti-Zetterberg attitude on these forums is beginning to sicken me. How the guy went from untouchable to trade-worthy in the eyes of fans is beyond me. I shudder.

#2245185 Next Captain?

Posted by VM1138 on 13 January 2012 - 09:10 AM

They've been pretty clear the past year or two that the next captain WILL be Zetterberg.

#2244278 Pavel Datsyuk is lazy and he sucks.

Posted by VM1138 on 11 January 2012 - 10:28 AM

Jimmy Howard played a pretty crappy game, too. Posted Image

Trade them both for an enforcer.
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#2244217 Losing: a reoccuring theme

Posted by VM1138 on 11 January 2012 - 12:08 AM

Just in 2008, they had some ugly games and losses where nothing energized them. I remember a game against Atlanta when we lost 5-1 and everyone was flat that game. The Wings are on pace for another 100 point season and defensively, they are better than last season.

They are going in the right direction, but you don't feel like something is missing? I think scoring has still been their achilles heel, as well as stupid defensive lapses. They've improved, but when push comes to shove, we haven't improved faster than other teams.