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#2184057 Wings - Flyers Trade Partners?

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 09 June 2011 - 11:44 AM

Jeff Carter would be GREAT, $5 mil cap hit per year, 25 years old, signed through 2018-2019, he has 40-50 goal abilities. He would be a monster addition at a relatively low price. However, Philly will explore all options before dealing him.

#2184053 Mike Modano

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 09 June 2011 - 11:37 AM

I think he's really depressed about how things turned out. He was excited to join his hometown team and then scores a goal on his first shift with the Wings. He had to be absolutely thrilled, but he struggled to get chemistry with his linemates (Hudler's really slow start didn't help), he gets injured, misses most of the year, fights to get a spot in the lineup, basically doesn't play during the playoffs despite all the injuries. He was expecting to make one good solid run at a championship with the Wings, a proven winner and wanted to go down swinging. If he wins, great, if not, he gave it his all. That didn't happen. He barely played, didn't get an opportunity to give it his all and went out while sitting in the press box. He's proud guy and I think he's just really depressed about how the past year went for him and how he'll never get another shot like that one again.

#2183997 SCF: Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 09 June 2011 - 10:19 AM

It was great, the cbc broadcast panned to Rogers arena and the fans were clapping when Lou got pulled

I'm surprised they weren't all saying "LOOOOOOOOO". They say that for everything else he does.

Make a save, "LOOOOO"
Stop a 50 foot shot, "LOOOOOOO"
Stop the puck behind the net, "LOOOOOOOO"
Get a drink from his water bottle, "LOOOOOOO"


#2182018 SCF: Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 02 June 2011 - 11:30 AM

Did I say Nucks in 6? Better make it 5.

No quite sure why you would change your prediction in favor of Vancouver more after that game. It ended 1-0 with the one goal being scored with 18 seconds left and the shots on goal being pretty much even. If anything, I get the impression this series will go 7, as it seems after one game, they are evenly matched.

#2181691 Brooks Laich

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 01 June 2011 - 11:28 AM

He's definitely someone I'd want on the team, but I wouldn't go higher than $3 mil and that's the absolute most I would go with him. He's a good two way player, a good leader, a real playoff kind of guy, but his best numbers were 25 goals, 34 assists, and that's playing on a offense first minded team with Ovechkin against Eastern teams. We're looking at a 15-20 goal scorer here, maybe. It'd be very easy to overpay for him and all this is assuming he has any interest in leaving Washington in the first place.

#2179518 Changes in the offseason

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 25 May 2011 - 11:50 AM

I said to myself a while ago that I would never do one of these, but its just so damn easy. If I were GM, here's what I'd do.


Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) / Pavel Datsyuk ($6.700m) / Valtteri Filppula ($3.000m)
Daniel Cleary ($2.800m) / Brad Richards ($7.000m) / Johan Franzen ($3.954m)
Justin Abdelkader ($0.787m) / Darren Helm ($0.912m) / Patrick Eaves ($0.850m)
Todd Bertuzzi ($1.937m) / Drew Miller ($0.650m) / Tomas Holmstrom ($1.875m)
Jan Mursak ($0.550m)

Niklas Kronwall ($3.000m) / Scott Hannan ($4.750m)
Ed Jovanovski ($3.500m) / Nicklas Lidstrom ($6.000m)
Brad Stuart ($3.750m) / Jakub Kindl ($0.883m)

Jimmy Howard ($2.250m) / Jean-Sebastien Giguere ($1.000m)

CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $62,200,000; CAP PAYROLL: $62,233,711; BONUSES: $0
CAP SPACE (21-man roster): -$33,711

1. Trade or waive Hudler.
2. Sign Brad Richards to a 9 year, $63 mil deal with it front loaded, of course. I figure a team like the Rangers will offer him $8 mil. Is playing for a contender worth a $1 mil a year? If you want to be successful, its a good idea to be strong down the middle. We COULD have Datsyuk and Z on separate lines, but then we have a need at wing. Richards can also help make up for the loss of Rafalski at the point on the PP.
3. Scott Hannan, a physical defenseman who blocks shots and can really help on the PK.
4. Ed Jovanovski, another physical defenseman with decent puck moving skills. As long as he's not logging a ton of ice time, he'll be effective for us.
5. JS Giguere, he hasn't been on top of his game for the past few years, but I think he'd be a great back up for Howard and would really play well behind this defense. Should be cheap considering his recent decline in numbers.

#2178700 Brian Rafalski announces retirement after 11 NHL seasons

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 23 May 2011 - 07:27 PM

What really hurts about this is that its totally unexpected. I was thinking next year could possibly be his last and their was all this focus on Lidstrom retiring and now Raffy is gone. Kind of sucks. I mean, it should make our off season more interesting now that we have another $6 mil to work with, but honestly I was really looking forward to another Lidstrom-Rafalski pairing, but as the second defensive unit.

Congrats to Raffy, a great player for the Wings, for US hockey and a class act. His go ahead goal in Game 5 of the 2008 Finals will always stick out in my mind as one of the most memorable Wings goals of all time. Enjoy your retirement buddy, you will be missed!

#2178070 Tampa Bay vs. Boston

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 22 May 2011 - 07:54 AM

Start Smith in game 5..I know Roloson got you this far, but Smith seems to be on top of his game, ride the hot goalie.

Absolutely not. You ride Roloson all season, he gets you to conference finals and you bench him after one bad game in favor of a guy that was spending time in the minors? Roloson is their guy for better or worse.

#2177184 Brad McCrimmon will not return for 2011/2012

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 19 May 2011 - 11:03 AM

Every team needs a scapegoat. We could definitely use a guy with better defensive schemes, but he isn't the reason our guys sucked.

He wasn't the REASON, but he was definitely part of the problem. How big a part, we'll find out now that he's gone. I'd like to see Hitchcock here and I think he'd want to be here. A couple years with the Wings, we re-establish ourselves as a great defensive team and Hitchcock's getting offers from everywhere to be their head coach. It'd be smart for him and us.

#2175933 (1) Vancouver Canucks vs. (2) San Jose Sharks

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 15 May 2011 - 05:42 PM

If it was possible for me to care less about this series than I already do, I would.

If it wasn't for the Carolina vs Edmonton Finals, this would be the least cared about series of all time for me. I don't even like hearing the announcers mention that its going on.

#2174403 WCSF Game 7 GDT: Red Wings 2 at Sharks 3

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 12 May 2011 - 11:04 PM

I don't even care who wins the West now. The Nucks and Sharks can kill each other for all I care. All I know is if its Boston and anybody, I may be disinterested enough not to watch the Finals.

#2173018 WCSF Game 7 GDT: Red Wings 2 at Sharks 3

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 12 May 2011 - 11:19 AM

Here's some good Game 7 mojo. Gives me chills everytime I see it.

#2171981 WCSF Game 6 GDT: Sharks 1 at Red Wings 3

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 10 May 2011 - 09:50 PM

OMG! I cheered so hard for the Filppula goal that I almost threw up and I'm not even drinking! Just nerves and how HUGE that goal was. GAME 7!!!!!!!!! Let's go Red Wings!!!!!

#2170751 WCSF Game 6 GDT: Sharks 1 at Red Wings 3

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 10 May 2011 - 11:35 AM

McClellan saying it's an upper body injury now, not the flu as previous, but not related to being Kronwalled. Riiiiiiiight....

It doesn't have anything to do with Kronwall. Clowe JUST HAPPENS to have a Kronwall size dent in his body. What? It has nothing to do with him!

#2169735 WCSF Game 5 GDT: Red Wings 4 at Sharks 3

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 08 May 2011 - 09:39 PM

Okay, who sold their soul in the third period? Who was it? ;)