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#2425425 How much is too much?

Posted by T.Low on 03 July 2013 - 12:51 PM

"Competitive monopoly" is a rather unique situation that appears in sports more so than other areas of the marketplace. I haven't seen anyone post about it yet, but it's really a big reason on why UFA prices can be so ridiculous.

For example; While there may be five 2C's that are capable of 25 goals 35 assists per year, there is only one Vinny Lecavalier.

If you want a Vinny Lecavalier on your team, the local Sporting goods store does not have five Vinny Lecavaliers on the shelf. There is only one in all of the world.

You could buy a Weiss or a Filp instead, but its not the same as a Vinny. Vinny Lecavalier has a monopoly on Vinny Lecavalier's.  If you want one, you are going to have to bid against everyone else that wants one too.

When you have a monopoly on something,you are a price maker, not a price taker.

The salary cap was meant to level the playing field in regards to acquisition powers. It has proven to be kryptonite to Illitches checkbook and has taken the Mickey out of Hollands off-season. He has chosen not to overpay during UFA season. And I can't blame him. There is only so much pie to slice up for your team.

#2425313 How much is too much?

Posted by T.Low on 03 July 2013 - 10:04 AM

UFA's will be inherently over priced because demand is high and supply is low.  They will ruin the salary structure of your team, and quite possibly the attitude of the room.


We all know that Holland and Illitch understood after the '05 CBA that prices for UFA's would be waaaay hyper inflated and therefore went to a philosophy of building a team through the draft.


As you see, Wings fans are having a difficult time living on a budget when we never had to before.  We can't handle not buying every Lecavalier and Horton that we see become available, like the good ole days of  buying up a Lucky Luc and having no room for him except on the 4rth line.


That is one reason winning the Calder Cup was so significant.

#2424422 Canucks trade Schneider to Devils for 9th overall pick

Posted by T.Low on 01 July 2013 - 11:54 AM

I'll never figure things out in Vancouver.


And probably never will.





Don't worry, neither will Gillis.

#2424392 Edler is on the block?

Posted by T.Low on 01 July 2013 - 10:55 AM

Tatar and Smith I believe.




#2423129 Dreger: Filppula looking for $5.5m/season over at least 7 years

Posted by T.Low on 28 June 2013 - 02:27 PM


If you're an impending UFA and look around at the type of money paid to other guys that you know you're better than, I don't know how you can consider it greed.  Players around Flip's age have to lock down that one big deal to make the bulk of the money they'll make in their lifetime.  Logic and reason tell you that with the cap going down, players like Filppula can't be paid $5.5 mil per year, but experience tells you that somebody will pay that, or close to it.  Crap, teams like Phoenix, Columbus, etc. need to hand out a bad contract or two just to stay over the salary floor!


Have you ever left a job voluntarily that you weren't fired from?  I suspect most people have (or have considered it), and some people consider doing it on almost an annual basis.  Did you feel like a greedy traitor knowing that somebody else had to take over your work and clean your mess up so you could go earn a little more money somewhere else?





And, while he has done well and is a valuable part of the team here, he has not flourished.  It is not like Federov's situation; he will go on to enjoy success and hopefully get a good payday.  He may blossom a bit with a change of scenery.  


I appreciate all that you have done here and really enjoyed watching you play, but the time has come.

#2422441 Wings looking to trade before using buyouts

Posted by T.Low on 26 June 2013 - 12:48 PM




Now I love me some Helm but it seems everyone is forgetting the struggles he has to have his hands catch up with his feet...


If there's one thing Filppula has over Helm is that his hands are far more superior. Helm's skill set is ideal for a 3rd line center. 


He just doesn't have the finishing nor the playmaking ability to be a 2nd line center.



While I hope that I am right and you are wrong, I wish more people on this forum could respectfully counterpoint the way you do. Props.

#2422237 Wings looking to trade before using buyouts

Posted by T.Low on 25 June 2013 - 02:41 PM

I agree; I DO NOT want to trade away Mr. Butterfield.  That boy's got jump, and I luved the playoff Gordie Howe Hat Trick.  Tatar brings it.

#2420829 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by T.Low on 19 June 2013 - 03:40 PM

If he wants 2.5 mil for a couple years, great. If he wants more, bye. Very simple.




#2420771 Grand Rapids Griffins Win Calder Cup! 5-2 win in game 6

Posted by T.Low on 19 June 2013 - 01:42 AM

Andersson got the pass from Tatar on the empty net 2 on 1, but instead of getting the goal himself, he waited until Tatar was in he clear then fed him for the goal.  Very cool.

#2419406 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by T.Low on 12 June 2013 - 01:36 PM

I can't believe the numbers you guys are throwin out.  Compare him and his scoring to Hudler and then consider Hudler got 4 yrs @ $4m per on the open market.


Guys that primarily put the puck into the net are the hard one's to find. 

#2418148 Dekeyser on his way to Grand Rapids

Posted by T.Low on 06 June 2013 - 11:57 AM

Thanks for the post John9. I don't have any time to follow the AHL. It was very informative and will make the series that much more interesting. My friends went to Syracuse now I have something to tell them about the team and we can duke it out.

#2417963 Griffins GM 7 - tonight

Posted by T.Low on 05 June 2013 - 07:00 PM

All of this in the first.? I gonna get home and watch the game. Thanks DJ.

#2417834 Which UFA would help the Wings the most?

Posted by T.Low on 05 June 2013 - 11:46 AM

Clarkson or Horton. Ribeiro would be okay for the right price as well.

He's too old, I'd rather invest in someone who can benefit us for a longer period.

Regarding Iginla, for the right price he could be a great two year acquisition, His veteran leadership is undeniable his work ethic is undeniable and his presence around the younger players would be another great influence.

Plus he is still an effective scorer and would be awesome On Datsyuks wing.
Yes I prefer someone younger like Horton or Clarkson but of course there will be a huge bidding war for them, and if we don't win it Iginla would be a viable alternative.

#2416784 Will Brunner be back?

Posted by T.Low on 01 June 2013 - 11:11 AM

I d hire Brett Hull to coach/consult Brunner at finding open ice for the the one timer snipe And that is the best part of Brunners game. He just needs to adjust it for the NHL.

Add to that some defensive training and he could be a pretty decent player.

#2416410 Griffins vs Barons

Posted by T.Low on 30 May 2013 - 09:53 PM

Nyquist the Ginger Ninja has arrived!  I'm gonna have to watch this.