You're assuming Kenny would actually pull the trigger on a trade of any kind.
Honestly, at this point I'd let Quincey go, I'd let Alfie go, and I'd fill every available spot with a kid. At least keep the damage to a minimum. Don't make it worse by making panic moves (see: Samuelsson, Legwand, etc.).
I'm watching NHL Network and just now catching the scroll and just shaking my head...Canadiens sign Manny Malhotra? Sabres sign Brian Gionta? Buffalo got Josh Georges for a draft pick? Avs get Brad Stuart for 2 picks? Matt Moulson signed 5 years with the Sabres for 25 mill? Camillari is in NJ?
Gorges for a 2nd round pick...Sabres fleeced the Habs.
The Boyle hate is hilarious. Our blue line generates no offense, can't break out of its zone, can't run an effective power play - but yeah, there's absolutely no reason why we should be interested in Rafalski-esque Dan Boyle. At the very least, he'd give as an actual power play. You know what would've helped our cause against the Bruins? An actual power play. You know what would've helped our cause against the Bruins? Better puck management, a stronger possession game. Boyle would help on those fronts.
Niskanen - he's worth overpaying, because the need is that great, because our blue line is that bad. You may overpay by a couple million, but you're getting what you need, which is a right-shooting power play quarterback in his prime who weighs 200 lbs and isn't afraid to throw his weight around. And with the cap going up every year, there's a good chance that it looks like a great deal in a couple years. We can't be too picky here.
If we don't add a high-end top-four defenseman, we have absolutely no shot at competing for the Cup. None whatsoever. We have Kronwall, two pretty good defensive defensemen, and Brendan Smith (who's 50/50 in re: whether he's going to put it together before he becomes a reclamation project). That's it. We'll be incredibly fortunate if any one of the kids ever becomes as good as Niskanen is now or even as good as Boyle is now. Talk about risk - going with the kids would be the ultimate risk, if money alone could get us a big name who could really help (and that happens to be the case here).
Get Niskanen or Boyle and we'll be a much better team.
He's not coming back. Ok? We'll never know if it's PR spin or not. You have ur Red Wings live in fantasy land opinion, I have a different one, but at the end of the day the loser is gone so lets just be happy about it.
Ken Holland: Hello Daniel, I am calling to personally thank you for your many years of great service. You have been an integral part of the Detroit Red Wings since you signed on with us. However, despite earlier promises, I must regretfully inform you that we will not be offering you a contract for the upcoming season.
Daniel Cleary: Wow, Kenny… I mean… where did this come from?!? I've devoted the last ten years of my life to the Detroit Red Wings. I left money and term on the table last year in Philly so I could play here with the promise of another contract to come...
KH: I know Daniel, and we thank you for that, but based on you performance last year, and how well our prospects played filling in for you and other while the injury bug hit, we feel this is the direction we need to take as a franchise.
DC: C’mon man, you know I only played poorly last year because I was injured. There’s still plenty left in the ol’ gas tank. I know I can get back to my old form, and deep down inside, you know it too Kenny!
KH: That may be the case, Daniel. However we are simply not in a position where we can afford to bring you back on. I’m sorry.
DC: Wow!, what happened to you, man? You use to be cool.
KH: What?!? I’m still cool, Daniel.
DC: No, you’re not. You've changed man, and not for the better. Loyalty use to mean something to you. I guess it doesn't anymore.
KH: Loyalty is very important to me.
DC: Whatever, man. You’re all talk. Take your lies and broken promises elsewhere. Talk to you later…
KH: Wait! Don’t hang up! Let me see what I can do, Daniel. I’ll prove to you that I’m still cool. I’ll call your agent and see if we can’t work something out right away; perhaps a two-way contract?
DC: Two-way contracts aren't cool, man.
KH: You’re right, you’re right… I knew that. Definitely not cool. I can do better... just let me talk to your agent, ok? We’ll work something out, don’t worry Daniel.
DC: Cool, man. I’ll see you when camp opens. Ciao.
I get that the Wings want to treat their veteran players a certain way, but at some point, they have to put the needs of the team first. The re-signed him last year, knowing they had no cap or roster space. It hurt the team and other players. It turned out exactly how we all thought it would. So he has another unproductive, injury plagued year and it's like hey, lets give him a contract? It's mind boggling. This isn't a team lacking leadership or a veteran presence. Give him a figure head scouting job or off ice position, I don't care. But any talk of a contract of any kind is complete insanity. He was a semi decent player for a few years. This isn't Steve Yzerman or Nick Lidstrom we're talking about. The Wings owe him nothing.
Don't like it at all. Mrazek doesn't need another year in Grand Rapids with nothing to prove. Monster is too much of a risk as a backup and quite frankly, he wasn't good the second half of the season either.
The best argument against signing Boyle for more than one season is that, barring injury, only one of our kids is going to get a legitimate shot over that span of time, assuming Smith isn't traded. I can respect that. At the same time, you have to weigh it against pushing for the Cup. It's not that I don't think we can push for the Cup with a couple of kids on the back end. I just think it's unlikely, versus what we might get from a name talent. Yeah, Boyle isn't the player he once was, but he's still valuable.