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#2428004 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by whitey on 06 July 2013 - 11:42 AM

Losing Brunner will amount to almost nothing when this season gets underway - because what exactly are we losing?

With the depth at forward this year, Brunner would be in the same position he ended last season, playing RW on our 3rd line. If you remember, Brunner scored his first 10 goals playing with Zetterberg in the first 19 games of the season getting close to first line minutes. When the rest of the league started to get their legs back and the quality of play increased, he scored only 2 goals in the remaining 25 games from the third line. The playoffs showed a better GPG rate, but 5 goals in 14 games isn't worth gambling on a 3 year contract when he hasn't played an 82 game season yet.

So, back to the original question which was what are we losing? Considering that Tomas Tatar will be taking his spot, an equally fast but better two-way winger, the answer is almost nothing. I understand depth, but there is no room in the top 6 for Brunner and certainly nowhere on the checking line. You could argue that with Tatars cheaper contract, the fact he is 5 years younger and plays with Grit, this is probably an upgrade. Oh, and not to mention Tatar also proved to be a pretty good playoff scorer last year in the Calder Cup.



Well said

#2426957 Wings sign Alfredsson to 1-year, $3.5m deal (+$2m bonuses)

Posted by whitey on 05 July 2013 - 01:18 PM

Stephen Weiss to DET is done. 5 years, $4.9M.


Very good deal

#2425387 Report: Red Wings out on Lecavalier - signs with Philly 5@4.5 per

Posted by whitey on 03 July 2013 - 11:59 AM

The problem for Holland is that Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Howard, Kronwall and Franzen are all in their 30's, all signed to long term contracts, and together will account for an estimated 40% or so of the current cap.  Add another 5 million player for a long term contract and the result is that the team will have somewhere between 35% and 45% of their cap taken up by an aging roster, aging at the same time, and declining together with limited ability to sign rising stars.  


Consequently, I don't think there is any way that Holland goes beyond more than three years for a player 32 years and older.  And, the pickings are slim for younger UFAs, particularly at the position of need.  I think that is why Weiss' name continues to come up frequently - price, age, and maybe term coming off an injury.