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BigWinston

Member Since 05 May 2008
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In Topic: 2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

02 July 2014 - 10:09 AM

And this, in a nutshell, is the problem. 

 

"We made pitches to a number of defensemen," general manager Ken Holland said. "For a variety of reasons, they opted to go elsewhere. I don't know why they're not coming here."

 

No Ken.  They opted to go elsewhere for one reason.  Detroit is not realistically competing for a Stanley Cup any time soon.  We've barely made the playoffs lately.  A variety of reasons have contributed to that fact.  Largely, that you're a miserly, penny pinching, son of a ***** who is utterly befuddled by the player acquisition part of your job. 

 

I won't pretend to know why. But its more than likely for a combination of reasons.  Chances of winning the cup, how they see themselves fitting in to the team and area, ownership/management, and of course, money.

 

Before yesterday, I don't think the Capitals, TBL, Cannucks or Wild had a better chance of winning the cup than the Wings (if they do, its negligible), but managed to sign some big name FA's. so I doubt its just that. Also, KH may be tight fisted, but supposedly did offer good money to players we were genuinely interested in.

 

If I was a FA thinking about coming here, one of the things that might put me off is the (for want of a better term) "homerism" for home grown talent - if you weren't drafted here, you're almost like a second-class citizen.  Also, what FA's have come here and excelled since Hossa?  FA's don't seem to gel or perform here for some reason - be it the system, quality of talent we have acquired recently, etc.

 

Finally, any decent company to work for identifies the need to hire and keep key talent.  They all run investigations and programs to ensure they are successfully doing this.  If I were KH I'd be investigating why players are choosing elsewhere, not just throwing my hands up in the air and lamenting that I don't understand their reasoning.


In Topic: Quincey re-signed by DET. 2 yr s $4.25 mill AAV

01 July 2014 - 07:59 PM

Hey. It's not the best signing I've ever seen, but it's not Cleary or Samuelson!! Knock on wood.

In Topic: 2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

01 July 2014 - 02:01 PM

Fourth year in a row I've been excited for "FA Frenzy" only to be disappointed when 9 out of the 10 top FA's are signed up already...  When will I learn?!

 

I didn't have anyone in particular in mind - I just wanted to see us get better.  Its getting pretty close to us just needing asses to fill bench seats.


In Topic: ECQF - Game 5 - Red Wings at Bruins - 3:00 PM EST

26 April 2014 - 03:36 PM

If I'm a bruins fan, I not worried. Even with a one goal lead - wings are showing pretty much nothing offensively. It's in and out or a weak shot from just inside the blue line that rask sees all the way. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

In Topic: ECQF - Game 4 - Bruins 3 at Red Wings 2 (F/OT)

24 April 2014 - 10:14 PM

Lucky f***s.