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#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.

#2186141 No, No, NO! Jagr interested in Detroit.

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 16 June 2011 - 11:31 AM

I'd rather go Zherdev. If he pans out, we could have a player with phenomenal talent for a decade. If it doesn't pan out, we've lost nothing.

You'd rather go with a winger that has potential, but hasn't done anything over a guy that's won Stanley Cups, scoring titles and MVP awards? Not sure about that one. Obviously the Jagr the Wings would sign wouldn't be the one that achieved that greatness, but Jagr's worst year in his mid 30's was better than Zherdev's best ever.

#2186048 No, No, NO! Jagr interested in Detroit.

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 16 June 2011 - 07:12 AM

In another Jagr thread I had said that I don't see how he would fit in with the team and he really isn't a Wings type of player. However, after some thought, if he signs for $3 mil and we drop Hudler, we essentially replace Hudler with Jagr, which, in my opinion, would be a very nice upgrade. Yes, he's 39. Yes, he hasn't been in the NHL for a couple years. But we're pretty thin at wing and I don't think its unreasonable to think he could put up 20-25 goals and get 50-60 points. He's been a point per game player in his last few years in the NHL and in the KHL. I know a lot of people are sour on signing old future hall of famers after the Modano experience, but what are the odds that Jagr will have a serious injury and miss 3 months of the season, which I think had a major impact on his effectiveness with our team. We need a top 6 forward, preferably at wing, a guy that shoots more than passes and as a bonus he could come relatively cheap. Definitely deserves some consideration.

#2186041 Question: Why do Wings fans hate the Canucks?

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 16 June 2011 - 06:59 AM

Bobby Lou is such an asshat and we're sick of hearing the "Loooooooooou" chants after every routine save.

Yep, that's my reason. Well that and the Sedin's are REALLY annoying whether it be diving or guaranteeing victories.

#2185290 10, no 8 - oops - 9 Years Ago today...

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 15 June 2011 - 08:35 AM

I remember that game like it was last week....that being said, '01 Avalanche > '02 Red Wings

HA!!! No, no, no. The '01 Avs were really good, but you'll never see a team like the '02 Wings... EVER. It was literally an all star team that played as a TEAM. I mean, Pavel Datsyuk was playing on the 4th friggin line. Best team ever, hands down.

#2184875 SCF: Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 13 June 2011 - 01:51 PM

I'm expecting to see the B's roll over the Nucks tonight. Get this thing to Game 7 and then watch Aaron Rome get the GWG on a shot that deflects off 10 things and trickles into the net.

#2184335 Wojtek Wolski

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 10 June 2011 - 11:51 AM


Are we talking about the same player? For his size, he's pretty damn quick... defense can be taught, look at Bertuzzi...

Meh, I never really thought of him as a fast skater. Good shooter, good offensive instincts, but not fast. Defense can be taught, but it doesn't necessarily sink in. See Robert Lang and Jiri Hudler. I'd rather have a player that fits in our system naturally rather than have a project player.