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#2199730 Jimmy Howard Debate Thread

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 20 July 2011 - 08:27 AM


Overall he still played well in the playoffs all things considered.

Perhaps you need to be a little less paranoid about the goalkeeping. Can't stop 'em all and everybody let's in a bad one here and there. For Howard's salary and his situations the past two (and first two) seasons of full-time duty, he's done very well all things considering.

Let's not forget, if it wasn't for Howard, we don't make the playoffs in 2010. He was AMAZING during that stretch when the team was injured and not playing all that great. 40-50 saves for him was the norm. He was inconsistent this past regular season, but I felt was very good in the postseason. IMO, Howard's playoffs in 2011 was significantly better than in 2010. Those first two games in SJ would have been blowout losses with a lesser goalie.

#2198649 nashville's new home jersey

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 15 July 2011 - 06:46 AM

I like it. They're really embracing the "yellow" with the towels, t-shirts and now the jerseys. Good change and I still think the logo looks bad ass.

#2198519 Still some noise about Wings picking up a top 4 Dman

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 14 July 2011 - 01:00 PM

if ANYTHING happens it will be up front, Holland did not give Commie a million dollars to sit up in the press box! Holland could've just given Kindl the 6th spot and let Janik sit up in the press box for a smaller cap hit. Commie is your #6, get used to it.

Draper was making over a mil last year and was in the pressbox quite a bit. Hudler and Ericsson were healthy scratches last year and were making well over a $1 mil. Commodore is an injury prone, -17 defenseman over the past couple years and was waived by the friggin Blue Jackets. He'll be adequate stepping in as a number 6 defenseman in the event of an injury, but I don't feel like Commodore is a solution to our defensive problems. "Getting used to" Commodore being a 6th defenseman is like saying "get used to getting knocked out of the second round again". Better options are available and unless these defenseman want too much, there's no reason not to go with one of them.

#2198089 Backup Goalie?

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 12 July 2011 - 10:59 AM

Would be content with Ozzie (if healthy), Nabby, and or Conklin.

Unfortunately for Ozzie, there isn't a way to prove he'll stay healthy. He's played in just 35 games over the past two years. I would love to have him back, but the durability doesn't appear to be there and Howard can't play 75 games and be ready for the playoffs.

#2197838 Wings re-sign MacDonald to 2 year contract

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 11 July 2011 - 10:54 AM

I REALLY hope that he's back as a 3rd string goalie and not as the backup. I do not feel confident with him taking over if something happens to Howard.

#2197327 Red Wings Name New Assistant Coaches

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 08 July 2011 - 11:24 AM

For all we know, Boughner was offered the job and turned it down... I like these signings and Babs familiarity with Peters is good for the team too...

I would actually imagine that Blashill will probably handle the D, being a former goalie and Peters will handle the O being a former RW'er... but who knows, babs could wildcard us again and switch it up...

I'm thinking/hoping, Blashill is for the defense. The reason I say that is because we have so many young defensemen, especially after this last draft, that need developed and quick.

#2196422 Chicago's Getting Meaner

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 05 July 2011 - 10:58 AM

I don't see Chicago's acquisitions making them better. I thought when they moved Campbell and Kopecky, they were planning on doing something good with that money like extend Patrick Sharp or get a good UFA or make a trade. All these moves are relatively minor. They'll be more physical than they have been with these players, but they had pretty good success a couple years ago with a team that wasn't all that physical.

#2193463 Too early to panic?

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 01 July 2011 - 10:47 AM

Ian White might be a solid pick up. However, I'm waiting for a trade.

Trading for help is the best way to avoid overpaying for a defenseman.

#2192768 Wings re-sign Ericsson to 3-year, $9.75m contract

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 30 June 2011 - 08:48 PM

$3.25 mil cap hit? Yeesh. He has a higher cap hit than Kronwall. Not a great signing, but maybe he'll really improve under our new defensive coach.

#2190939 Cam Barker on waivers

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 28 June 2011 - 11:52 AM

$3,083,333 is too much? I think if he gets bought out in this market he could get MORE money.

I say take him for this salary.

To please LGW, he is only 25 years old. Ht: 6-3 Wt: 215

ASSETS: Possesses a hard, accurate shot from the point, which is especially effective on the power play. Can play a physical brand of hockey.

FLAWS: Must improve his decision-making and defensive-zone coverage in order to become a complete blue-liner. Needs more game-to-game consistency.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Mobile defenseman with all-around upside.

Remember, Ericcson is going to get 2.7... This might be a deal at 3.

"Must improve his decision-making and defensive-zeon coverage". That scares me off at $3 mil. If he's going to be bought out anyways, just wait. If he does get bought out, he should be really cheap and then it'd be worth it to see if he could fit in our system. Its a good gamble, I would be interested to see how he does, but not at $3 mil.

#2190933 RFA/UFA Signings

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 28 June 2011 - 11:46 AM

How is that overpayment? He has numbers and the cap just inflated by 5% this year. If you are comparing it to Franzen... Who had a long term deal that brought the number down and was a hometown discount, the cap number is comparable given a few years inflation. Plus supply and demand is a big factor as well. He is the number two PLAYER available in UFA. Center is also the thinnest.

It is a high number, but this is the market value for him. Not overpayment. This is why the CBA is still broke, or at least needs some serious tweeking.

If I were the Caps, I would pay him that in a heart beat because they could always trade it later, someone will be desperate for a center and this is a steal two years from now.

$4.5 mil for a guy that scored 16 goals last year is overpayment. It doesn't matter that he's the number two available UFA, you don't pay him over $4 mil. He's a good leader, locker room guy, good defensively, but is that worth that much? Just because you have extra money to spend doesn't mean you just burn it the first chance you get. Laich is an important part of their team, but the best part of his game is that he's good defensively and a good defensive forward could be had for cheaper than $4.5 mil. Dupuis has a lot of those qualities and he went for $1.5 mil. If you let the market dictate what you pay for a player, you'll be screwed because then you'll be overpaying for everyone.

#2187166 Lidstrom agrees to 1-year, $6.2m contract

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 20 June 2011 - 10:39 AM

He's the face of the franchise, team captain, will be playing until he's 41, is a finalist for the Norris trophy once again and people want him to take a pay DECREASE? We should be glad he's back for that cheap.

#2187087 Lidstrom agrees to 1-year, $6.2m contract

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 20 June 2011 - 08:49 AM

Come on, Wings, let's get 5 for #5!

#2186494 No, No, NO! Jagr interested in Detroit.

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 17 June 2011 - 12:18 PM

I agree with the Hudler proposition. If Jagar has any left in the tank, it's maybe 2 years at best. I know he wouldn't sign for a million, that's why I suggested it. Can anyone get his stats from Russia. I mean I know Russia doesn't have what the NHL has but if he is performing and putting up some points, maybe he will be worth trading Huds and getting him. Also, if he is older, isn't he more prone to injuries!?!? What happens if we get him and he gets hurt first 2 weeks....it was a waste. I just think the risks outweigh the potential rewards here.

Show me his stats and prove me wrong please! I want the Wings to be better, I just don't know if picking up Jagar alone or swapping him and Huds is what the Wings need to make a run next year.

Jagr has been a point per game player in the KHL and apparently had a good showing in the WC, as I've heard.
Jagr stats

He is older, of course, but I mean, Lidstrom is older too, should we not sign him? Jagr could very well get injured in the first two weeks of the season, but you run that risk every year with everyone. We signed Franzen to a lifetime contract in '09 and at the beginning of the next year he injures his knee and is out for 55 games. Same thing happened with Derian Hatcher. You can't sign or not sign people because you think they might get hurt, else you wouldn't sign anyone. I don't know how Jagr would do with the Wings, but based his last few NHL seasons and what he's done in the KHL, he HAS to be better than Hudler. I think if he comes in, replaces Hudler and puts up 25 goals, 50-60 points, its a successful move.

#2186197 No, No, NO! Jagr interested in Detroit.

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 16 June 2011 - 01:04 PM

What have we learned from Modano?

That a serious injury to a player, one month into the season when he's starting out on a new team, can reduce his effectiveness for the entire season.