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In Topic: 09-10 Number Juggling

31 July 2008 - 08:19 PM

QUOTE (Konnan511 @ July 31, 2008 - 09:13PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We're not keeping Hossa. Problem solved.

Keep Hossa and not re-sign (resign means quit) a chunk of our core is stupid. Plus, no way Raf gets traded lol.


Assuming Lids lets us know beforehand that he plans on playing an additional 2-3 more years after his current contract, then it is a no-brainer to trade Raf (assuming we want to keep Hossa). Think of it this way, are we really not going to keep Hossa and solidify our top 6 forwards for the next 5 years so we can keep a guy who may only be our 3rd best D-man? Add to that, that we would still have a great top 6 and I don't see the problem...

Lids- Stuart
Kronwall- Big E
Quincey-Meech
Kindl/ Vet UFA

Or something to that effect. You don't pass on a chance to have 3 top 15 forwards if you can manage a way to get it done.

In Topic: 09-10 Number Juggling

31 July 2008 - 06:32 PM

QUOTE (thedisappearer @ July 31, 2008 - 07:29PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
He's got a no-trade clause, right?


I looked at his contract details on this website, and it never said he did.

In Topic: 09-10 Number Juggling

31 July 2008 - 06:23 PM

If Hossa wants to stay, and we want him to stay, we will make it work. As others have said, the cap will rise, and that will help.

One option to clear up a lot of cap space, at a position of strength, is to trade Rafalski and his $6 million cap hit next off season. I'm not saying I would do it, b/c that would leave us thin on the blueline assuming Lids does not play past the age of 40. But, if Lids and the Wings do know that he wants to sign a contract extension, and with the continued development of Kronwall and Stuart, and the anticipated development of Big E, then Rafalski would probably be the guy to go to make room for all of our forwards.

In Topic: Obligatory forward lines thread for next season

02 July 2008 - 07:55 PM

QUOTE (LidstromIsASuperhero @ July 2, 2008 - 06:52PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Okay I just can't get over my excitement over the acquisition of signing Hossa, and combine that with the fact I'm a little drunk and just sat on my front porch messing with line-ups, I decided to start the thread we all knew would come from somewhere. I feel as though Hossa has filled in the final hole and the possibilities of our forward lines are nearly endless now. Here is what I have come up with:

Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Holmstrom
Hossa-Filpula-Franzen
Cleary-Draper-Samuellson
Maltby-Kopecky-Hudler

I feel as though with these lines you have a little of every element on each line. I think you soulc swap the positions of Zetterberg and Filpula, since Filpula is basically a poor man's zetterberg who doesn't shoot (or pass) as much, and you could also have kopecky trade places with draper if you wanted a fourth line that is more geared with extra players for special teams versus having it set up to roll four lines, even though I think Draper is a little too good a player to be stuck on the fourth line.



I expect Z and D to be split up. I also think you will see Draper taking a reduced role this season, and Hudler asked to play top-6 minutes (at least, initially, and he will be on a short leash.)

Here are the lines:

Homer-Dats-Hossa
Franzen-Zet-Hudler
Cleary-Flip-Sammy
Maltby-Draper-Kopecky

This is, of course, assuming Flip re-signs (and it would be a big loss if he did not). Also, any contribution from Leino or Helm, etc. would be completely unexpected but it certainly could happen. I just think with these lines, we can roll 3 scoring lines, and one grind line to play physical and provide some hits and defense. It also allows Drapes and Maltby to take reduced roles.

In Topic: Red Wings, little Drama

27 June 2008 - 11:16 PM

QUOTE (LeftWinger @ June 27, 2008 - 11:30PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
...this just in, I can reaf the headlines now!

...Fans turn Fedorov boos to cheers as he skates onto the ice with the #91 Winged Wheel!

...ok now to the subject of my post. Fedorov is approaching 500 goals. I would love to see him get that 500th in a Wings uniform. He would come cheap, probably cheap for a couple of years, if not only one. Hey, he would be my 4th choice behind Rolston, Sundin & Hossa. I'd prefer Feds over Bertuzzi for sure...

...Holland wanted him at the deadline, but refused to give up Filpulla (I am glad.) Maybe Holland is still interested. Sure he wouldn't have that Cup-less veteran drive, but he would bring tons of experience, provide a little scoring, bolster up our power play and like I said, I'd love to see that #500 be scored while wearing a Wings Uniform...

...if you're looking for a small move to shore up our Power Play and give us scoring depth and playoff experience, this is the move. Saves you tons of cash, even though we have tons to throw around for one season, but it also allows you to save cash for the trade deadline if something huge is needed...

....heck with all the names being thrown around as 1 year players, Fedorov may as well be thrown in there, he would probably come the cheapest and like I said, he ranks 4th on my list, maybe 3rd if Sundin is pretty comitted to Montreal...


At this point in his career I would not want Feds to take ice time away from Flip or Huds on the second line. However, if he accepts his role and understands that we need his strong defensive play, then I think he would be an upgrade over Draper as the 3rd-line center. This would shift Draper down to the 4th line, preserve his legs for the playoffs and make him more of a Pk and faceoff specialist. It also will allow Helm to play 20 minutes a night in GR and play in all situations, and grow more as a player. Feds also would take Sammy off the point of the PP, and he would obviously fit right in with our system. And, interestingly enough, he was there at Chell's Chilli Bar when the players were celebrating their cup win. Could it be a sign of a reunion? Perhaps, but I would bet that he would stay in Washington.