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#2679726 Drew Miller re-signs... 1 year deal $1.025 million

Posted by kickazz on Yesterday, 05:43 PM

They won't scratch Miller for a GR kid. Miller only recently turned 32. He'll be playing all 82 games. Will have to wait to see Betuzzi or Callahan another year I guess. Overripe to the max. Hope I'm wrong though.

Them signing him today also likely means Helm is moving on.

Silver lining in all this is Berzeench is probably crying. Which is a funny thought.

#2679571 Detroit trades Datsyuk to Arizona

Posted by Bannedforlife on 26 June 2016 - 12:55 PM

Did it ever occur to you that there is a reason about 10 other teams after the initial top picks passed on him as well? 

Did it ever occur to people that some guy on a message board read 2 paragraphs of a scouting report and decided that this kid is the next Scott Stevens and therefore Holland screwed up yet again and now this franchise is doomed forevarz?!?!

#2679509 Detroit trades Datsyuk to Arizona

Posted by Bannedforlife on 25 June 2016 - 05:28 PM

What if Coyotes decide to retire his jersey?

He is the best player theyve ever had

#2679472 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 25 June 2016 - 01:37 PM

Well Toronto acquired Rychel...they keep taking guys I wish we could've gotten!

Maybe we'll score with Stamkos. Maybe they'll steal him too!!!

Rychel is garbage

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#2679478 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by Dominator2005 on 25 June 2016 - 02:08 PM

Rychel is a piece of s***

#2679230 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by SwedeLundin77 on 24 June 2016 - 09:20 PM

So...If Stamkos does sign with Detroit...Does he get #91?


I think if he's attached to that number, you throw that in there as a possibility for him when coming here.  He's that caliber of a player.

#2679194 The Holiday tradition: 2016 Draft thoughts.....

Posted by Wings10 on 24 June 2016 - 08:52 PM

Dennis Cholowski started off his draft season without much fanfare, as the NHL Central Scouting service initially ranked him as a ‘C’ prospect, signifying a prospect expected to go in the middle rounds. Committed to play hockey next season at St. Cloud State University, Cholowski’s play in the BCHL had done little to inspire confidence he would be taken with a high draft pick in the 2016 Draft.

However, he improved in leaps and bounds this season, upping his point totals and leading his Chilliwack Chiefs squad on a deep playoff run as the team’s leading point scorer from the blueline. He also captured a gold medal in the World Jr. A Challenge in December playing alongside fellow first-round prospects Tyson Jost and Dante Fabbro for Team Canada.

Cholowski is one of the biggest risers among prospects this year, as his strong play has catapulted him from a mid-round prospect to one who has the look of a late first-rounder. His skating ability and puck skills are valuable to a team with aspirations of strong possession numbers, and his recent growth spurt hasn’t sapped him of his agility or strong edgework.

His passing ability and offensive instincts are impressive for a player out of the BCHL, as he is able to use strong gap control to steal the puck in his own end and then transition the play up to his forwards in the blink of an eye.

He’s no defensive slouch either, as he uses his long reach effectively to maintain good spacing on opposing forwards and relies more on sound man on man play to negate scoring chances than his physicality.

He’s a weapon on the power play thanks to his vision in the offensive zone, which led to an impressive 28 assists in the regular season and then 11 more in Chilliwack’s playoff run. His play in the World Jr. A Challenge really solidified his surprising draft stock boom, as he played alongside two of the best Junior A players in the country in Tyson Jost and Dante Fabbro and excelled on their journey to the gold medal.

He is still a candidate to slip out of the first round, however, as his recent growth spurt means he’s quite skinny and physically raw for a player in this age group and could definitely stand to pack on some muscle before entering the pro ranks.

His defensive instincts also aren’t quite as strong as his offensive abilities, as he was sheltered from playing on the penalty kill with the Chiefs and doesn’t possess strong defensive positioning.

His shot could also stand to improve, as for a player with his large frame his lack of strength shows in his relatively weak shot. His release is solid, though, suggesting he can eventually develop into a respectable shooter from the point.

Cholowski is a noticeable step down from the top tier of defenders eligible for the draft, be he still offers tantalizing upside as a late bloomer and someone whose ceiling remains somewhat of a mystery. His skating is a promising glimpse into what his ultimate upside could be, as a gifted puck moving defender who is able to take care of business in his own end and play big minutes in all situations.

He’s still very raw, as the highest competition he’s faced has been in the second-tier BCHL, but he’s committed to play at one of the top hockey programs in the country next season with the St. Cloud State Huskies. A team with depth that can afford to take a chance on Cholowski could do worse than to grab a player with his upside, allow him to develop at a slow pace in the men’s college ranks, and then have a pro-ready possession monster to plug into their lineup in three years’ time.

NHL Draft Projection:

Cholowski has risen from a potential mid-round draft pick at the start of the season to a potential first rounder in 2016. The Pittsburgh Penguins’ success with smart, strong skating defensemen likely piqued the interest of many other organizations and the NHL in general is trending in the direction of smooth-skating possession defenders. Cholowski isn’t a lock to go in the first round, but his strong season in the BCHL shouldn’t see him drop further than the middle of the second round.


Two-way defenceman with good offensive instincts. Quarterbacks PP. Was outstanding during BCHL playoffs. He plays a steady game but not dimensional in any area. Retrieves pucks well and has a very good transition game with quick decisions and a crisp hard first pass to get his team started up ice. Mobility on the offensive point gives him the advantage in finding open lanes. Good gap control and good stick positioning defending the rush. Makes a good first pass. Intelligent player who keeps the game simple on the defensive and offensive sides of the game. Needs to bulk up and add strength.


Dennis Cholowski is a strong two-way defender. Offensively he moves the puck very well, with a strong first pass out of the zone to get the transition game started. He has good vision and can make tape-to-tape passes through small openings. Due to high-end hockey sense and IQ, Cholowski often makes the right play with the puck on his stick. Cholowski doesn’t have a cannon from the point, but it has decent power. Cholowski’s speed is slightly above average, but he could improve by working on being more explosive in his stride. In terms of lower body strength and power, he could stand to add some muscle.

Ben Kerr, Last Word on Sports

Cholowski is an extremely raw young defenseman. He is very thin and undeveloped physically. He is an elegant skater who moves around the ice with great footwork and fluidity. While clearly lacking in strength, he still is able to zig-zag around the ice powerfully. He consistently breaks up plays with great stick positioning and makes it difficult for players to generate offense by constantly pestering puck carriers. Cholowski shows great vision through the middle of the ice and is a constant threat to expose mistakes with his quick identification of developing opportunities. He has everything that is very difficult to teach—anticipation, instincts and a long, athletic stride with great edges. On the other hand, everything that he lacks—such as strength and defensive positioning—can be taught.

Future Considerations

#2679147 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by Wings3:16 on 24 June 2016 - 08:31 PM

Can we move down again and lose Howard?! Haha

#2679124 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by BottleOfSmoke on 24 June 2016 - 08:24 PM

@THNKenCampbell: The Detroit Red Wings have just emerged as the frontrunner in the Steven Stamkos Sweepstakes, in my opinion.

#2679116 The Holiday tradition: 2016 Draft thoughts.....

Posted by Jesusberg on 24 June 2016 - 08:21 PM

I'm sorry about all of the mean things I've said about you, Kenny. I know you're reading this. Good job, chief. 

#2679096 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by Datsyukian-Deke on 24 June 2016 - 08:17 PM

If we get Fabbro at 20 I'm gonna jump up and down

#2679082 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by Hockeymom1960 on 24 June 2016 - 08:15 PM

We're going for Stamkos!!!

#2678567 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 21 June 2016 - 10:32 PM

I don't usually take much stock in trade rumors, but I can't help but salivate over the thought of Trouba in the Winged Wheel... I know I've mentioned it a hundred times, but Kenny needs to be all over that. I'd also welcome Fowler, but Trouba is my number one choice...

#2678359 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by kickazz on 20 June 2016 - 03:04 PM


They have vasilevsky who's just as good and cheap , and with expansion draft coming they'll lose a goalie guaranteed

Ben bishop is as good as gone

Vasilevsky is just as good as Ben Bishop? Lmao. By what stats exactly? GAA? Save %? Wins?

Larkin isn't a top 6 center? ... Ok there


Wait you think Larkin is a top 6 center? Oh boy. Ok show me all the NHL games he played top 6 center and how his numbers were from face off to possession. Do you even remotely know what you're talking about? Or are you picking out notes from a bowl and just reading random things?

#2678349 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by kickazz on 20 June 2016 - 01:57 PM

I'm not a fan of giving 10 million to stamkos and his bloodclot issues and his demands to play center ....anyways Again we'll see who's right soon enough ... Like 10 days left

Lol. IF ONLY the Wings had MORE players that would demand to play center. We have zero top 6 centers. 


I think you just listed the primary reason why the Red Wings might throw money at Stamkos.