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#2179537 Notable Restricted/Unrestricted Free Agents in 2011

Posted by VM1138 on 25 May 2011 - 12:26 PM

Leaf fans also hated Murphy, and he worked out just fine in Detroit ;)

As for Kaberle he's a better player than most think - although I gotta admit he hasn't been too impressive so far in a Bruins sweater...He's a player I could see Holland possibly target if Lidstrom were to retire.



Did Pittsburgh hate Murph, too? Because Kaberle isn't exactly racking up love points where he plays. Honestly, we're screwed if we're hoping Kaberle can fill in for Lidstrom.


#2179291 Brian Rafalski announces retirement after 11 NHL seasons

Posted by VM1138 on 24 May 2011 - 09:50 PM

Some of you guys are thinking small. Let's replace Lidstrom THIS year, and enjoy a season of Lidstrom and his replacement dominating, and replace Rafalski next year. Think big, people. I know Weber is probably out of the picture but the future is now. Holland won't be going for a decent roleplayer, he's going to find a partner for Kronwall who dominates, and next season another guy who dominates to anchor the second pairing with Stuart when Lidstrom retires.


#2177497 Brad McCrimmon will not return for 2011/2012

Posted by VM1138 on 19 May 2011 - 11:25 PM

Bieksa is awfully hit or miss - but he at least drops the gloves, and is frankly good at it. I wouldn't mind seeing him in a Wings jersey. Wings have the cap to spend.


He's good at it because he only fights lightweights and superstars.


#2177493 Atlanta Thrashers move to Winnipeg

Posted by VM1138 on 19 May 2011 - 11:19 PM

Nashville will likely move to the Southeast.

Minnesota will move to the Central.

Winnipeg will move to the Northwest.


As I've stated before, the Wings are the only team in the West that guarantees ratings. The league will not be benefited by this move, even though us fans would love it.


You know, I really don't think this is true. I've even said that before, but when I think about it, it's silly. LA is one of the biggest markets, is it not? San Jose, Vancouver, Calgary, Dallas, Chicago, these are all big markets, I think. The only ones that really fail are Phoenix, maybe Minnesota, Nashville and Columbus, right? So the West doesn't NEED Detroit anymore than the East needs Detroit. In the end I think the numbers wash and they're a non-factor.


#2177162 Brad McCrimmon will not return for 2011/2012

Posted by VM1138 on 19 May 2011 - 10:41 AM

I think Bieksa is being way overrated on these boards. Like others have said, he makes tons of mistakes and would get crucified here worse than Rafalski or Stuart. Better for the Wings to go a more reliable option.


#2177126 Brad McCrimmon will not return for 2011/2012

Posted by VM1138 on 19 May 2011 - 10:06 AM

I've never been so excited for an assistant coaching change. Woohoo! We're on the right track!


#2176721 Subliminal Sidney Crosby Messages in NHL commercials?

Posted by VM1138 on 18 May 2011 - 08:23 AM

Good. Little bastard.


No, because if Crosby is done, now we will hear that he's the greatest to ever play the game if only he could have finished his career. Whereas if he finished his career everyone would realize he's just a talented player but not nearly the greatest.


#2176155 Homer needs to be a 4th liner/PP specialist next season..

Posted by VM1138 on 16 May 2011 - 08:13 AM

Homer had a pretty good season, and actually impressed me with his skating and puck handling. I don't get all the hate. The guy produces points.


#2176153 Ole-Kristian Tollefsen

Posted by VM1138 on 16 May 2011 - 08:10 AM

Leino would never had succeeded here. And it's not like he's a great player. Yeah, he puts up some numbers, but only when playing with other great players. He's also not a hard worker and not the kind of player to make his own points by working hard.


#2175952 Simple off-season post

Posted by VM1138 on 15 May 2011 - 06:29 PM

This off-season won't be about UFA's. There simply aren't enough good ones anymore. Holland will have to dip into trading. The first rule to trading is you find a team that needs something you have (perhaps someone needs a competent winger to play with their superstar (Hudler) or a playmaker (Flip), or both, and happens to have a solid Top 3 offensive D-man to spare. That's how deals are done.

Hudler and Flip will probably have to be packaged, but they've proven they are not essential to this team.

Which means you're probably looking at a weak team in the East as a trading partner.


#2175566 Interesting article about possible changes

Posted by VM1138 on 14 May 2011 - 02:50 PM

Am I the only one in favor of bringing back Miller? Sure, he doesn't score much, but I like his defensive game. I still like him as our 13th forward, which would give Mursak and whoever else more playing time.


You're not the only one. The guy has been nothing but excellent for us, always giving his all. I think he's a lock for at the very least an extra forward. He's cheap, does well, and seems to be a good locker room guy.


#2175497 Interesting article about possible changes

Posted by VM1138 on 14 May 2011 - 11:22 AM

The Ericsson news is great news, even if you like the guy. We have problems defensively, but we also have a backlog there. Lidstrom stays, Rafalski can't be moved (and should stay anyway), Kronwall and Stuart are too good to part with, Ericsson, Salei, and Kindl. Kindl deserves a shot, Salei will probably be gone, but maybe not as he's a stable 6th defenseman. We couldn't really add anyone of value without losing one of our top four. With Ericsson gone Holland can pursue an extra defenseman, preferably a guy who is underpaid and performs in the playoffs. And Ericsson can go chase his "big contract" all next season. Win-win, right?


#2175243 Simple off-season post

Posted by VM1138 on 13 May 2011 - 05:08 PM

I can't believe so many want Leino back. The guy is not a hard worker, has trouble focusing, and pretty much hates (or at least really dislikes) Detroit. Recipe for disaster.


#2175135 The New Reality

Posted by VM1138 on 13 May 2011 - 02:00 PM

Fil will get at least 70 points if he is healthy and plays with Pav all next year


So...he's only useful when playing with the best player in the world? I'm not going to say Flip sucks, because he doesn't, but he doesn't bring enough to the table to justify NOT being traded for a defenseman or a winger.


#2175012 Bigger Picture Question - What was the deciding factor?

Posted by VM1138 on 13 May 2011 - 11:31 AM

I honestly don't think it has anything to do with the teams as a whole. San Jose dominated often (like they usually do) because of their size and reach of their cycling game. But they weren't deeper, our stars are better than their stars. Let's look back at the series, shall we?

Game 1: Decided entirely by refs. Probably should have gone to Detroit.
Game 2: San Jose outplayed Detroit, deserved to win. Series tied 1-1.
Game 3: Very even game, Detroit could easily have won, but of course it needed the storybook ending of the team being dominated scoring an easy overtime goal. Series could be 2-1 either way at this point, but let's cede this to the Wings without the underdog reffing in the final minutes.
Game 4: Detroit eked out a win. Detroit up 3-1.
Game 5: Four and five were very evenly played, so we'll say the Sharks win this one. The Wings got pretty lucky, so 3-2 Wings at this point.
Game 6: The Wings dominate, close out the series. Wings win 4-2.

So no, I wouldn't say San Jose was obviously a better team in any way. Our powerplay sucked and the team got off to a bad start.