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#2196416 RFA/UFA Signings

Posted by SwedeLundin77 on 05 July 2011 - 10:40 AM

Is this why we've signed two mid-rate UFAs and an RFA third/fourth string goaltender in the first four days of free agency?

You're right, though, it is important to get depth within the organization. That's why it's good that there are only six or seven contracts left the Wings can actually sign players to - it means you don't have many contracts like Pearce's distracting from the pursuit of excellence for the big club. If he spent more than 10 minutes on negotiating this contract in the last four days, I'd be disappointed.

But when the big club has some glaring holes at backup GA and a spot for a top-six forward (when Hudler is pushed off a cliff), it's probably a good idea to focus 100 per cent on that first.

I love when people speculate on how good/poor someone is doing at their job when they have no idea what it takes to actually do said job, as well as not having the understanding of what goes on behind closed doors. There are deadlines and CBA restrictions that make signing players by certain dates necessary to the job. Do you not think that Holland has calls into various teams regarding trade options, as well as calls into UFA's with possible offers? Frankly, it would be assanine to think otherwise as he's been doing this job for over 10 years, with success, praise, and very little (earned) ridicule.

#2195828 Wings sign D Ian White to 2-year, $5.75m contract

Posted by SwedeLundin77 on 03 July 2011 - 02:52 PM

he rarely fights, like red wings rarely, thats veryf****** rarely.

Because fighting a ton wins you games? The correlation is as outdated as disco.

#2194968 Wings re-sign Ericsson to 3-year, $9.75m contract

Posted by SwedeLundin77 on 02 July 2011 - 01:05 AM

110% agree with everything you said.

There's a difference between being positive and sticking your head in the sand.

There has been a pattern of your peers with the same viewpoint to put down those who accept what is at hand and not provide any suggestions for how you would do things better, other than "let him walk."

I was pissed about the signing at first, but you know what, I got over it. I realized that he would command that money on the open market, and frankly, his potential matches that of Babchuk or White. We weren't going to get any big names that were young. And our trade pieces aren't that enticing at this point in time.

#2194964 Wings re-sign Ericsson to 3-year, $9.75m contract

Posted by SwedeLundin77 on 02 July 2011 - 12:54 AM

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."

If you read what Holland has said and what I said, you'd understand that no one is stating Ericsson is replacing Rafalski. Where do you get this s***? Read! Holland is doing what he can to get a top 4 defender, but pickings are slim. If we can't, he'll expect the ENTIRE defensive unit to pick up their games to offset the loss. It is, after all, a team sport.

I'm making the best of the situation instead of bitching about it. It's called being positive and trying to see the bright side. Give it a try.

Oh, and who do you suggest we replace him with? White? Babchuk? Wizniewski was never coming here, Ehrhoff was already locked down in Buffalo. Enlighten me. The fact of the matter is that no matter what Ericsson has done to this point, he has potential. The entire management wouldn't have approved of this, otherwise. I don't agree with the way we paid him, I'd rather he prove it beforehand, but it was a risk that Holland felt we needed to take. He has faith in the guy, and I'm sure there was conversation of expectations. His contract is not too big to trade, in this market.

#2194937 Just Read This

Posted by SwedeLundin77 on 02 July 2011 - 12:05 AM

The fact of the matter is the Wings team that got eliminated in second round twice in a row just lost their #2 defeseman. The same team that also had trouble scoring more than two goals a game against SJ (their defense isn't that great) did nothing to add some firepower to their second line.

I don't care what Holland's damn excuse is. When you lose your #2 guy, you HAVE to be aggressive. I don't care if that means handing out a rental player contract to get us by until the market has more to offer. Once again, he sat on his hands and said "meh".

At this point we'd be lucky to make the playoffs.

Haha... you're ridiculous.

#2194918 Wings sign D Mike Commodore to 1-year, $1m contract

Posted by SwedeLundin77 on 01 July 2011 - 11:48 PM

Screw tough, screw physical, the two question Holland HAS to answer are:

Has he done anything to replace Rafalski's lost production?

Not even close.

Has this team gotten any better defensively and are now able to reduce the GA in proportion to the points lost by not addressing the concerns of the first question?

Not even close.

If what Holland has said in interviews today is true and this is the team hes taking into next season, you have to realistically ask yourself do you see this team competing against any of the other top 7 teams in the west. If your answer is anything but no, than you really are kidding yourself.

Rafalski - Good for 45-55 points.

Overall 2010/11 Defensive production (including Kindl/Janik): 196 Points.

2011/12 Projections:

Lidstrom - 55 points
Kronwall - 50 points
Stuart - 20 points
Ericsson - 30 points
Commodore - 20 points
Kindl - 15 points
Janik/Smith - 6 points

= 196 points

Now these are pretty reasonable projections. Kronwall has a 13 point increase from last season due to seeing 1st powerplay unit time more often and an increased role overall. Lidstrom will drop off just a touch, Stuart will be steady, Ericsson will see 2nd powerplay time, Commodore will put up his typical point total (if healthy), Kindl will put up Ericsson type numbers, and Janik/Smith in fill in roles here and there will chip in 6 points.

So our point total on the back-end should not drop off much at all. And we had the second best offense in the regular season last year, so there is no worry there.

I just don't understand where all this bitching is coming from. We are day 1 into a weak UFA market. There are legitimate rumors of Holland trying to trade Hudler, which could mean he is looking at other trade routes as well to improve the team. We could make a push for Gagne to add some scoring punch in the top 6.

I'm not saying this is exactly how I wanted things to go, but it's not all doom and gloom. We finally have a steady stay at home d-man who will clear the crease and isn't afraid of a confrontation or physicality. Stuart and Kronwall do fine, but they're too passive at times too.

#2194855 Yandle on the block?

Posted by SwedeLundin77 on 01 July 2011 - 10:13 PM

If Holland has even the smallest of chances to obtain Yandle, he had better take it. As long as it doesn't cost Smith, I'm fine with it, within reason.

At some point, Holland is going to have to give up some picks to make these things happen. When it's someone young and already becoming established, it's not wasting a pick.

#2194655 Wings sign D Mike Commodore to 1-year, $1m contract

Posted by SwedeLundin77 on 01 July 2011 - 06:01 PM

Detnews.com interview

Yeah, that was a really good interview. It sounds like him and Babs worked their s*** out. It was 8 or 9 years ago, so anyone still bickering about that needs to tuck their string in.

I initially met this move with horror, as my only real memory of Commodore was back in 2009 when he missed that hit and ended up in our bench. I was looking over his stats and his play in Carolina was stellar. It's the classic kind of signing by Holland and Co. They picked a guy with good potential, he's 31, and he's definitely a reclamation project. If he does well enough, he'll warrant an extension (low cap hit).

I don't mind this player since I'm not delusional like some on this board and know full well that he's a 5/6 guy. He essentially replaces Salei, and I was not impressed with Salei. It'll be nice to have a guy who clears the crease out and plays physical. He's definitely a defense first type of guy. Maybe he can teach Ericsson and Kindl something about being physical.

Again, for 1 year at a $1 million hit, this is not a terrible signing. People on these boards always want us to get physical players, yet when we do finally get one who really isn't all that bad (for the role we got him for), they ***** and moan. Get over it. You don't have to like the guy, but I guarantee after a few good hits, people will start to come around some.

Welcome Commy, work hard and you'll reap the benefits of being on a World-Class Team.

#2193577 Wings not offering contract to Jagr

Posted by SwedeLundin77 on 01 July 2011 - 11:16 AM

Yay! It's time to get Rich...ards! I'm just joking. Time to get Erik Cole, though. Or maybe one of the several other affordable top 6 forwards.

Bye bye Hudler, hello effective player.

#2192376 J.P. Dumont bought out

Posted by SwedeLundin77 on 30 June 2011 - 12:18 PM

He could be a pretty nice pick-up, because only the past couple seasons has he seen a dip in production. He should be good for 60 points if healthy, and maybe a change of scenery will revive him. He's only 33 years old, so he's not to a point where he should be considerably slowing down.

If we could get him in for 1.5 million, especially with Eaves possibly on his way out and Miller in questions, it might not be a bad pick-up. He could play on the second line, either wing.

#2191013 Our Free Agents not locked up yet -

Posted by SwedeLundin77 on 28 June 2011 - 01:34 PM

The problem is that Eaves can contribute on a nightly basis on the third line and can perform spot duty on the second line with some powerplay time mixed in. He has the scoring touch, but he has been so converted to a defensive forward that he rarely sees the time.

I want Eaves here, and I want him permanently on the third line. The only reason Eaves leaves is if he doesn't feel he can get adequate playing time or is platooning from the 4th line to the bench.

#2190329 RFA/UFA Signings

Posted by SwedeLundin77 on 27 June 2011 - 12:04 PM

I still don't get it.

They're trying to say that if anyone offers Doughty an offer sheet, he'll decline it, and then LA will enact arbitration for him... I don't think it's that cut and dry, but that's the gist of it.

Again they are assuming that will happen, but everything is just speculation.

#2190314 RFA/UFA Signings

Posted by SwedeLundin77 on 27 June 2011 - 11:27 AM

Why? I don't get it.

Yeah, I'm with you on this. While I highly doubt Holland will send an offer sheet to Doughty, ANY team has the right to do so, under the current CBA. Unless LA enacts the arbitration process for Doughty, he's not immune to offer sheets.

I think Crymson just likes to think that he can ultimately predict anything sometimes. Not trying to start anything Crymson, just the impression I get.

#2188704 Wild Firesale Could Mean Wings Benefit

Posted by SwedeLundin77 on 24 June 2011 - 01:15 AM

Can someone please explain a trade to me between Detroit and Minny that Minny would find beneficial that includes Burns? I'm just having trouble seeing one.

I honestly believe you just do not want Burns on this team... so you don't even look at any options. Filppula, Kindl, and a pick. There.

#2188701 Hudler's Future

Posted by SwedeLundin77 on 24 June 2011 - 01:08 AM

Why don't we try and figure out how Hudler works in this system instead of all these hypothetical trade situations? I think Hudler can work here but I'm not really sure how yet. If he doesn't than good riddance but the focus should be on player development from a team's perspective rather than just trying to trade everyone and honestly, this is an area that the Red Wings organization does very well at.

Except Hudler had all season and the playoffs to prove how he fits here. This team needs size, speed, and strength... three attributes that don't exactly describe Hudler. I seriously wish he could work here, but his defection to Russia, in my estimation, likely ruffled some feathers in the organization and a different player returned. Even before Russia, as good as he was, he was streaky at best.

If we can trade Hudler in a package to receive a top 4 d-man or a top 6 forward that better fits the direction the organization would like to take, then why wouldn't you do so? We have some good up and coming prospects and even freeing up a spot for Mursak to play more significant minutes could be beneficial.