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#2527855 2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 01 July 2014 - 12:02 PM

Interesting that all of the other defensemen are going before Niskanen.  I figured, he'd go first and then the others would fall.  Seeing the others sign somewhere else, could hurt his value.  Yes, there's less d-men to go after, however, there's less teams in the running for Niskanen as other d-men sign elsewhere.  I think teams are looking at his asking price and saying "yeah right" and moving on.  This could cause his price to drop.

#2527562 UFA day looking up

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 01 July 2014 - 09:04 AM

I wouldn't mind having Niskanen in Detroit, but he'll want $6-7 mil per year and he's just not worth that kind of money.  He's worth maybe $5 mil tops.  His offensive numbers were a little up this year, but remember he's passing the puck to Crosby and Malkin all season, he should have at least 30 assists.  Before that, his numbers were nothing special.  This has Brian Campbell Part II written all over it.  Someone will pay him $7 mil per year and his play won't be worth that much and next summer or the year after that, they'll be trading him to some bottom feeder looking to make the cap floor.


I don't like Holland's inactivity as much as the next person, but Niskanen is going to want more than he's worth and Holland is smart not to pay it.

#2525420 HHOF Class of 2014

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 24 June 2014 - 07:18 AM

I'm happy for all of them, I think they're all very deserving of this honor, but I'm especially happy for Dom.  One of my happiest moments as a Wings fan was when he was traded to Detroit.  It was like we won the Cup in July.  We all knew that it was only a matter of time.  This guy on the Red Wings could only produce a Stanley Cup. 

#2525210 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 23 June 2014 - 09:49 AM

Well if Ansar Khan is to be believed, the Wings aren't likely to get a top defenseman or a top forward.  Instead, only a "secondary scorer" and a "lower cost" defenseman.  So that's good.  Because everybody knows the elite teams around the league are that way because of all the cut rate players they stock up on. 


I've still got my fingers crossed, but it's getting harder and harder to keep my head buried in the sand. 


I'm not saying the Wings should go out and sign or trade for some superstar, but a secondary scorer and a 5 or 6 dman with all that cap space would be really disappointing.  We just keep getting lower and lower in the standings to the point where we're barely making the playoffs.  You can't just sign a couple scrubs to cheap deals and expect that to improve.  We don't have to sign players to make a run at a Cup right now, but let's at least make qualifying for the playoffs a little less exciting.

#2524159 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 17 June 2014 - 09:05 AM

Is it starting to become clear to anyone else that with the exception of some lame ass acquisition like Dan Boyle or Tom Gilbert we're going to have the EXACT same team as last year? 


All the resources in the world won't make a difference if there's no will to use them.  Puke.


Expect D and Z to be hurt again, expect the kids to have good but not great seasons, expect Alfie to be re-signed and then be hurt/run out of gas, and expect our defense to be poor again.  Lather, rinse, repeat. 


It might feel like the same team, but it won't be.  The kids will be better.  Maybe still just good and not great, but they're heading in the right direction.  The defense... its a work in project.  Most teams in the NHL are having a tough time with defensemen, which is why they get so much in free agency these days.  Zetterberg and Datsyuk probably will get hurt again, but it can't be as bad as it was this year.  Rebuilding is a slow process, but at least we can say we're going in the right direction.  We could be watching Z and D get older with a bunch of UFA bands aid filling out the other lines because we don't have anything in the minors worth promoting.

#2524125 Dan Cleary may return...sigh

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 17 June 2014 - 07:25 AM

I'm not really sure what's going on with Cleary here.  Maybe he's good with the younger players or something.  15 points in 48 games last year and 8 points in 52 games this year doesn't exactly scream re-sign.  Plus, he's injury prone and can't really be relied on at this point.

#2520656 Shero & Bylsma Fired

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 15 May 2014 - 12:16 PM

I think Shero needs to go, but I'm suprised Pens fans want him gone too.  He's made some good moves like trading for Neal and signing Vokoun, but he's made just as many bad moves trading Joe Morrow for a rental, signing Letang to a big deal when you already have very little cap space, not acquiring a veteran back up for Fleury (for this year) after he fell apart in numerous playoffs already.  Re-signing Scuderi, trading away Michalek, one of the few defensive d-men on the team.  Pens fans get so excited when he signs or re-signs someone to a big contract or makes a big trade and rave about how he's "all in" and he's a "gamblin man!" and now that its all backfired on him, they want his head.  Its like when the home crowd urges their team to go for it on 4th and 1 and then when it doesn't work says, "well that was stupid!  what were you thinking?!"  


Trotz is a great coach and has a history with Shero, so maybe Shero stays as a way to lure him to Pittsburgh, but I don't think things will get better for them this way.  Trotz did well in Nashville because he essentially had a bunch of nobodies that listened to everything he said and played his system to a tee.  The Penguins are the opposite of that.  A new coach won't improve their salary cap situation nor will it prevent Shero from taking risky moves.  

#2515813 Injury Updates

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 25 April 2014 - 02:12 PM


Soderberg crashed the net game 3 making contact with Jimmy's head, before the first goal. Jimmy was slow to get up and did not look as quick for awhile.


TSN pointed it out in there highlights but I cant find the link. 


This page has a couple animated gifs of the incident your talking about.



#2437131 Devils sign Brunner 2 yrs. $2.5 million AAV

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 17 September 2013 - 07:35 AM

I feel bad for Brunner.  I think he is a talented player, but his agent thinks his client is worth the world and now he's staying in the NHL by playing on a tryout contract.  I really hope he returns to Detroit, I think he could have really worked out well in the long run for us and would have fit in nicely with all of the other young guns we have coming up through the system.

#2437122 9/16 Pre-Season GDT : Red Wings 4 at Penguins 1

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 17 September 2013 - 06:34 AM

I just saw the third period, but it looked like a typical Wings-Pens game.  Wings winning, Pens getting swarmed with defense, Pens acting like thugs because they're losing, Crosby acting like a spoiled brat.  On one play, Crosby skated through the middle with the puck, was swarmed with Wings, Quincy ended up being the one that knocked the puck off his stick, it went to the boards, Quincy moves it over to the other d-man and Crosby takes a swipe at Quincy's head with his stick.  Seriously?  Its preseason, its 4-1, its the last half of the third period.  Kunitz blindsides Abdelkader.  Orpik took a couple of shots at players.  Its really disgraceful how they play, even in preseason.  


It may have been just a preseason game, but man, did it feel good watching the Wings beat them so badly.

#2425243 Report: Red Wings out on Lecavalier - signs with Philly 5@4.5 per

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 03 July 2013 - 06:42 AM

Philly is a prime example of how NOT to do it.  Sure they're making trades, making big signings, buying out players, but they're also over the cap even after buying out Briere and Bryzgalov.  They're stuck with Pronger's contract, Giroux and Brayden Schenn are RFAs next year and Giroux should be getting a huge deal coming up, they have just one goalie right now, Wayne Simmonds is signed through 2019(?), 7 of their 9 defensemen are making over $3.5 mil...  its things like this that make me glad we have a GM that takes a more patient approach.

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#2425061 Wings buy out Colaiacovo, will keep Bertuzzi

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 02 July 2013 - 07:57 PM

I think using a buyout on Carlo is a waste.  IMHO, he was one of our top 4 defensemen in the playoffs, and is paid less than at least one guy who he outplayed (Quincy).  I think he could and would crack our lineup even with DeKeyser back.  Now, we are relying on Smith to step it up and Quincy to play to his potential every night vs. having a guy that came in and played rock solid in our back pocket.  And we're doing this why? To keep Samuelsson??  WTF???


I agree 100%.  Colo actually did something this past season and is in a position of need.  Sammy did literally nothing for us, costs us more and plays a position we're log jammed at already.  I'm not sure why they're keeping him.  He's not good enough to be top 6 and if he plays the bottom 6, he'll take away a roster spot from one our younger players that should be with the big club.  I really hope there's a trade in the works here.

#2423115 Blackhawks Letter of Appreciation

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 28 June 2013 - 01:30 PM

This is just to make up for those Blackhawks t-shirts that said "Chicago Stronger".

#2423000 Letang Turns Down 8x$7m

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 28 June 2013 - 06:14 AM

This looks like "Jordan Staal Part II".  Quite frankly I'm surprised Shero made that kind of offer.  Does he not understand that one of the contributing factors to the Pens failures is the fact that they have no depth?  Crosby makes almost $9 mil per year, Malkin is over $9 mil, Fleury, Martin and Neal are all making $5 mil.  And now you want to blow another $7 mil on a one dimensional defenseman?  I think they're lucky he rejected the deal.  

#2422164 2013 Stanley Cup Finals - Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 25 June 2013 - 11:49 AM

Sorry man but I respectfully and wholeheartedly disagree. A Calder Cup championship in no way makes up for the fact that our franchise had three chances to put away the team that eventually hoisted. That is choke/heartbreak/salt in wound all over the place.


To each his own.  The Wings were not expected to do anything this year and I felt the most important part of this year was the development of our young guys.  I mean, if our top prospects don't perform well, we're looking at some lean years, lottery draft picking years.  Seeing them take it to Chicago, a team that eventually won the Stanley Cup, is very promising.  Seeing them win the Calder Cup down in the AHL is even more promising.  Losing never feels good, especially to Chicago, but there's a big shiny silver lining to this past season and maybe that makes me a glass half full kind of guy, but the promise these young guys showed this spring outshine the loss.  Again though, that's just me.