I don't see the point of adding a $2.2 million dollar 5th/6th defensemen. Especially when Wings have Ericsson and Kindl (not to mention Janick showed he can handle the 6th d-man role).
Meech is as good as gone. Not sure why you are bringing his name into the equation. Why do you want to give up on the kids for a an overpaid 6th D-man who is already 35+ years old. If nothing else, Holland might be able to re-sign Lilja to a two-way contract down on the real-cheap. Why pay $2+ million for a guy that won't get much ice time?
With Modano, Wings will have one of the best 3rd lines ( bottom 6, and the most depth) in the league. You want to throw all that away for a guy to play minimal ice time on the 3rd defense pairing? Hell, why not at least trade Stuart and give him Stuart's minutes why you're at it? It just makes no sense to have a $2.2 mil player on the 5th/6th role. Have you gone mad?
Ericsson holds his own physically when it matters. He's shown spurts of nastiness... And he's over a million cheaper. I say keep Ericsson and Kindl so they can further develop their game, and get a cheap depth guy like Lilja or Janick. Red Wings doesn't have the ice time available (or cap space) to offer a 2nd pairing guy. Unless you are suggesting Holland should get rid of Kronwall or Stuart?!?!
A third pair defenseman is more important than a 3rd line forward. They usually get more icetime than 3rd line forwards, especially since teams dress half as many D-men than forwards.
Your post greatly diminished the importance of a 3rd pair defenseman and overrated the role someone like Modano will play, when we have plenty of other guys who have shown they can play on the 3rd line, like say Helm who'll be demoted to the 4th line now.
And my post wasn't just specific to Sutton. I was talking more about a physical defenseman who's big and can move bodies from the crease. Doesn't have to be Sutton necessarily, or someone who makes $2 million a year. It's just an blank that needs to be filled.
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