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#2196952 WMU head coach finalist for Wings' assistant coaching spot

Posted by VM1138 on 06 July 2011 - 05:52 PM

He may be a finalist but there's no way he picks him. It was probably a family member or friend who leaked this as a means of getting his name out there for other teams moreso than a claim that the Wings are really leaning towards him.

#2196950 Wings re-sign Ericsson to 3-year, $9.75m contract

Posted by VM1138 on 06 July 2011 - 05:50 PM

Basically Ericsson deserves this contract because he's 6-foot-5.

I was just going to post something like this. Holland mentioned it twice in that article, as if it mattered. Who gives a damn how big he is if he doesn't know how to play his position?

#2196729 Salei to Play in Russia..

Posted by VM1138 on 05 July 2011 - 10:49 PM

The KHL: The NHL's Retirement Home.

#2195997 Wings offered Jovanovski 2 years, $5 million

Posted by VM1138 on 03 July 2011 - 10:42 PM

I'm no expert on White, but I do know enough to know that White > Jovo.

#2195744 Brett Lebda traded to Nashville

Posted by VM1138 on 03 July 2011 - 11:50 AM

I swear, the more stupidity I see among people in power (politicians, businessmen, GMs) irritates me all the more that an educated person like myself has such a hard time making money.

#2195387 Yandle on the block?

Posted by VM1138 on 02 July 2011 - 04:12 PM

You are kidding yourself if you think Yandle isn't a player to build a team around. He's af****** stud... and he's only 24.

He is, for sure. I wouldn't mind giving up Flip for him, either, but your previous assessment of Smith and Filpulla are just incorrect, I think.

Which would have to include Filpulla / Helm / Nyquist / Smith + 2 first round picks instead of Abby

I understand that the Wings will have to give up somethign to get a talent like Yandle, but as good as Yandle is and could be, he's no Hasek or Lidstrom, why on Earth would any team give up that much for him? I can see two players and a pick. I can see maybe three players, but not four players and two first round picks.

#2195050 Forward lines next season?

Posted by VM1138 on 02 July 2011 - 09:04 AM

well, looking on the bright side...

the main problem seems to be that homer and bert are keeping our top two lines from becoming elite...and that both are un-playable on the 3rd or 4th lines. well, next season both are UFAs. And even without replacing them with high-end FA's, I like the looks of these lines a whole lot more:


easier said than done with huds, but i agree full-heartedly

I see your point but I don't think it's bad to have Bertuzzi or Homer on the top lines. Homer still scores on deflections and Bertuzzi had a great year last year. We just need a bit more consistency from him, but everyone but Datsyuk suffered in that department last season.

I would gladly bump one of them if we could get a bona-fide second line scorer, though.

#2195039 Wings re-sign Ericsson to 3-year, $9.75m contract

Posted by VM1138 on 02 July 2011 - 08:48 AM

His exact words were, "if we don't find another top 4 defenseman, Ericsson will fill that role".

Read the article again. It's a definite possibility.

Thank you, I don't know why everyone jumped down my throat. It was written right in the article from Holland's mouth.

Top 4 is different from Top 2 as quoted by VM.

Lidstrom-Stuart-Kronwall-Rafalski/Ericsson. That's where I made that stretch. Ericsson filling a top 4 when there are already the other top 3 is the same as filling Rafalski's place. Maybe he won't be replacing Rafalski exactly in the sense that he'll be doing the same role, and maybe that's what people thought I was saying, but the reality is if E is in the Top 4 that means the Top 4 took a hit from last season, which is bad.

#2194962 Wings re-sign Ericsson to 3-year, $9.75m contract

Posted by VM1138 on 02 July 2011 - 12:48 AM

This is directly from our GM and Coach. See, we are looking for a top 4 d-man still, so everyone can stop freaking out and assume that we are sitting on our hands or that Commy was the only intended Defensive move. I'm confident Holland will do everything in his power to bring in a top 4 that MAKES SENSE. If Ericsson is it, than there will be a lot of pressure on him to perform and step up. Holland is right about the going rate and that Ericsson could have probably gotten somewhat more on the bloated market. Dallas really wanted him, I remember reading.

If this is it for our Defense, than we'll have some options next off-season or at the trade deadline perhaps.

Everyone keeps saying this like it's a defense of the signing. If he could make more elsewhere, LET HIM GO MAKE MORE ELSEWHERE! I see the point of the going rate for defensemen, but anyone who thinks theres even a tiny chance Big E fills Rafalski's shoes (successfully) in the Top 2 is delirious. I know Holland said he's still looking, but that "we could always just rely on Ericsson for our Top 2 replacement" quote sounds an awful lot like "this is what we'll be doing since there's nobody out there."

#2194476 Wings sign D Mike Commodore to 1-year, $1m contract

Posted by VM1138 on 01 July 2011 - 03:45 PM

Maybe it won't be a bad signing, but this guy is such a bad joke and a clown. He better not cause any drama. Every time he opens his mouth he's complaining about a coach or about how someone else got promoted ahead of him. This guy never works for anything, expects everything, and causes problems when he doesn't get his way. Babcock is going to eat him alive. I bet by mid-season he's on the bench for the rest of the season.

#2193970 Wings re-sign Ericsson to 3-year, $9.75m contract

Posted by VM1138 on 01 July 2011 - 01:17 PM


No idea. Thus the "lesser known" part of the equation. There are hundreds of defensemen in the league, are there not? THere's got to be someone out there who will play for 1.8, take penalties, hardly score and make bad defensive decisions.

#2193691 Wings re-sign Ericsson to 3-year, $9.75m contract

Posted by VM1138 on 01 July 2011 - 11:59 AM

I will ask again. Don't you think E could have made that much money on the open market?

And yeah, the difference between me and a lot of you on here is that I think he has the potential to be a solid defenseman. Especially with a good defensive coach hiring. The no-hope attitude about him on this thread is mind-boggling.

Maybe he could have. My point is we should have let another team overpay for him, we can find some lesser known defenseman who would be just as good for half the price.

#2193631 Wings not offering contract to Jagr

Posted by VM1138 on 01 July 2011 - 11:35 AM

So the Pens and WIngs have officially dropped out? Anyone know why? Were they just tired of him stringing them along? Or was he demanding too much?

With the Ericsson overpayment, we're going to need the salary that would go to Jagr to sign a real defenseman.

#2193629 Wings re-sign Eaves to 3-year, $3.6m contract

Posted by VM1138 on 01 July 2011 - 11:34 AM

Honestly, I would have paid Eaves more. The guy does it all for us. He definitely deserves more than Ericsson should have gotten.

#2192352 RFA/UFA Signings

Posted by VM1138 on 30 June 2011 - 11:31 AM

That sucks. I hadn't heard anything about him yet until now. I thought he liked his role on the team, but I guess he could get bigger money somewhere else playing on a second line or something. That loss is going to hurt, definitely dents our PK units and hard working role player stash.