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#2680860 Darren Helm re-signed: 5 years, $3.85m AAV

Posted by BadgerBob on 01 July 2016 - 09:08 AM

Honestly I'd rather have Helm back than the majority of the junk that's out there right now about to get bloated contracts. So if this keeps him from signing Backes or Lucic or someone like that to a 5-7 year deal this is ok with me.


Just funny how much he stressed change was coming, then he brings back everyone who was on the team last year except Datsyuk.

#2673316 Potentially new GMs

Posted by kliq on 24 April 2016 - 02:25 AM


No argument concerning Holland's past contributions and successes, but since 2009 it's been a steady decline, and it's getting even worse now that Z, Dats, and Kronner are all in the twilight of their careers, Mike Babcock skipped town, other staff have left, he hasn't been able to sign any significant free agents, hasn't gotten lucky in the draft, has traded assets for broken down vets at the deadline who end up doing nothing to help, etc. It's time for him to move on. 


We are setup with a core of Larkin, AA, Mantha, DD, and Mrazek, and secondary scoring in Nyquist, Abby and Tatar, and potential prospects in Jurco and Pulkkinen. We have holes on D, but I am sure that will be addressed.


Its almost as if people would be happier if he were awful. I think the problem here, is people get their hopes up when we play well or appear to be a very good team, then when that reality comes crashing down after a bad loss, an early elimination etc. people get emotional and that is when you hear the "fire Holland" "fire Blashill" talk etc.


You have to look at this current situation as a re-build, and accept the fact they we likely wont be contenders again for a few years when Larkin and co. mature enough to lead this team.


I dont want anyone else right now as the GM of Detroit because who else out there has 3 cups as GM from essentially two generations of players, and has set said team up with a core of players that can hopefully lead us to another. Is it a sure thing, of course not. But, to truly assess this new crop, people need to give it time. We were contenders from 1993-2011, its just not reasonable to expect that to go forever.


There are no GM candidates out there that are better or more experienced then Ken Holland. But if I had to choose someone if Holland chose to step down, my choice would be Yzerman.

#2666585 25 YEARS BABY!

Posted by gcom007 on 09 April 2016 - 04:03 PM

I'm happy we're in and I'm obviously hoping for the best, but this doesn't feel like other years. I have a hard time saying honestly that I think this team belongs in the playoffs. Mrazek carried them for several months to a better record than they deserved as a whole, and when he slipped, the cracks became all the more clear. We'll see how it goes, but I hope they come out hard as a team and prove they belong there, because right now, they simply are lucky.

#2665462 4/7 GDT : Red Wings at Boston Bruins, 7:00 ET

Posted by Yak19 on 07 April 2016 - 06:53 PM

Mantha and smith should have been in for fresh legs. Helm Glendening and AA should get increased minutes

#2591336 4/9/15 GDT Red Wings 3 @ Canadiens 4 *Warning post #888 & 906*

Posted by MotorCityMadness on 09 April 2015 - 08:37 PM



That speed!!!

#2591215 4/9/15 GDT Red Wings 3 @ Canadiens 4 *Warning post #888 & 906*

Posted by chaps80 on 09 April 2015 - 08:04 PM

OK another PP...score one!!

#2567607 Meanwhile in Arizona.....

Posted by Aznknight on 31 January 2015 - 07:23 PM

It's my same reaction to when my wife comes home with her shopping bags

#2517335 Was Legwand worth it?

Posted by Shinzaki on 26 April 2014 - 06:41 PM

Jarnkrok was not our best prospect...Mantha is our best prospect. 

#2507271 4/8 GDT - Red Wings 4 at Sabres 2

Posted by KATIEBARTHEDOOR24 on 08 April 2014 - 06:24 PM

Buffalos sweaters are making my eye sockets bleed

#2504053 Proud to be.....

Posted by Motown4013 on 30 March 2014 - 11:39 PM

I've always been proud to be a Wings fan. Classiest organization in all of sports, great leadership, passionate fan base, original six. Pride has always followed this organization....YZERMAN playing on one knee to lead his team and then him handing that cup to Konstintinov to show his dedication to such a brave man. The way that Zetterberg carried this team on his back to win 4 huge games to get into the playoffs last year. The medical staff, players and coaches who literally saved Jiri Fischers life on the bench after his collapse.

There is a lot to be proud of a team so rich in history and yet, somehow i find myself in disbelief about that this current team has done.
Three weeks ago this team was in 11th....certain to break the 22 year consecutive years to the post season. Things looked dismal and everyone was critical. Great teams have great players and usually a 1-2 punch. Perry and Getzlaf, Crosby and Malkin, Kane and Toews.....Zetterberg and Datsuyk. Only, we no longer have that 1-2 punch. We have the second most man games lost, but no team has had to endure losing such impact players. We have 6 guys that didn't start the year with this team but will not go down.

They are relentless. I keep waiting for Nyquist to be a fluke.....and he has just gotten better. A kid who wasn't on the roster when the puck dropped on then season and he leads the league over the last month in goals? That's fairy tale stuff.....and it's happening right before our eyes, every time this team plays. How about Glendening? This kid wasn't even a thought at the start of the year...now he's up against the top lines of teams shutting it down. Tatar, the day he lost his dad, kissing up to the sky in admiration, playing with a heart as heavy as an anvil......I could go on and on about the pride I feel in this organization and they way that they have overcome adversity.

I think we will make the playoffs...I know we WILL but even if we don't. Even if somehow the bounces don't go our way and we find ourselves out of the race April 13th, this team...this unbelievably dedicated, classy and big hearted team has made me prouder to be a wings fan......that's a lot to say in such a consistently successful organization.
Good on ya boys......" Dont stop believin'" and we will be just fine!!!!!
LGW!!! 23 all the way!

#2486274 OYO Sports Toys: Red Wings

Posted by cusimano_brothers on 22 February 2014 - 08:09 PM

It looks like Rafalski with a smokestack.

#2421004 Ilitch reveals plan for new $450m, 18,000-seat Red Wings arena

Posted by Datsyukian-Deke on 20 June 2013 - 10:59 AM

What do you guys think the new arena should be called? Please don't call it something after a business like Maxi Pad Arena or something haha

#2391282 2013 Round 1 Photoshop War: Anaheim Ducks

Posted by Mitchmac33 on 27 April 2013 - 11:49 PM


#2391272 2013 Round 1 Photoshop War: Anaheim Ducks

Posted by kook_10 on 27 April 2013 - 11:08 PM


#2354525 Biggest mistake Red Wings have done

Posted by DSM on 12 February 2013 - 09:22 PM


losing hossa for franzen

trading for quincey

re-signing sammy

holding onto vets too long


Hindsight's 20/20 on the first two. If you combine the regular season and playoffs, Franzen and Hossa had the same number of goals that season. Franzen seemed to be on the upswing, and he came cheaper. Retaining Hossa would've meant dumping another player as well. Since the Wings were in a cap crunch, retaining Franzen made sense.


The Quincey trade made sense to help alleviate the loss of atleast Stuart. He wasn't that great at the end of last season, but he has been coming around as of late.


Can't really dog the re-signing of Samuelsson yet because he's only played two games...


And finally, other than Osgood's last couple of years, I can't think of any veteran players that were ever a liability to the team. Did we hang on to Lidstrom too long?


I'm going to come way out of left field with mine....


I'm not going to say it was a mistake, but I always thought Holland should have signed Belfour instead of Cujo in the summer of 2002.