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#2536587 Training Camp Thread

Posted by hooon on 19 September 2014 - 10:56 AM

More interested than anything else to see how Weiss is doing


This is a great point. Weiss was a disappointment and his name gets lost in the shuffle a bit, but his health and ability this season actually have a huge impact on this team. If he returns to form, the Wings are already MUCH better off than last season.

#2536554 Mantha's Injury

Posted by hooon on 19 September 2014 - 12:09 AM

While I love the Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco line, it would be awesome to see Jurco get some real top 6 time. He had a couple games with Datsyuk and they looked good together.


I'm bummed about the Mantha injury and the blip in his development, but I also expected him to play mostly in GR to start the season. Additionally, I expect big things from Jurco this year, and would love to see him take the opportunity and run with it.

#2536184 Nice article on Mantha

Posted by hooon on 14 September 2014 - 11:31 AM

My left shoe could put up more points than Abby playing with z and d.


Left shoe on the right wing. Another leftie on the right side in Detroit, nothing changes.

#2535611 "But I don't want to be a pirate."

Posted by hooon on 05 September 2014 - 12:07 PM

As much as I like Seinfeld - I'd get into it more if it had a 'Big Lebowski' theme night.


Bathrobe themed jerseys? 



I like the Seinfeld idea - its a pretty bizarre thing to do, but what the heck!

#2535373 Nice article on Mantha

Posted by hooon on 02 September 2014 - 11:43 AM

As excited as I am about Mantha - if we're being honest, his presence on the Wings this season affects our cup chances exactly 0%. He isn't going to put us over the top, so I really don't mind giving him one transitional year in the AHL, a league that I believe he can he can score a lot a points in, while refining the other parts of his game.


We all want to see him play, but the last thing I want is for him to get small minutes on the bottom two lines with the Wings with non-offensive linemates when he could be getting big minutes in GR with other offensive and two-way guys. 

#2534620 Zetterberg Foundation fundraiser

Posted by hooon on 20 August 2014 - 12:23 PM

Mmmmmmm Emma.

#2534270 Holland signs 4 year extension with wings **MOD Warning Post 130**

Posted by hooon on 14 August 2014 - 04:17 PM

Pretty expected, actually. I'm more curious about the Babcock extension to be honest.


This upcoming off-season is a big one for KH, there are quite a few decent dmen on the market (assuming they get to UFA) and with mostly missing out on FAs the past couple of seasons he needs to shed the dead weight and get a solid player or two. 


I'm not the hugest fan of Hollands last couple of seasons, but I don't think it is as bad as some folks are suggesting. 


People are acting like he signed Cleary and Quincey INSTEAD of going after a better free agent, but the fact is, he missed out on the free agents and then signed Cleary and Quincey well after all the good FAs signed elsewhere. Sure, I'd rather have some youngsters in there instead, but I see fans kind of twisting it around a bit. 

#2534150 What Might Have Been: Gretzky to Detroit?

Posted by hooon on 13 August 2014 - 11:40 AM


Don't get me wrong, I love Yzerman as much as the next guy.  But I don't even think twice about that trade.  You take the same teams as we had in 97, 98, and 2002 and swap Yzerman for Gretzky and we're WAY better. 



I'll take a somewhat injured Yzerman over a retired Gretzky easily for 2002.


Also, in 97-98 Yzerman was scoring almost as much as Gretzky but also provided world class defense. I don't see at all how an old Gretzky in his final 2 seasons as a player makes us "WAY" better than Yzerman in his 2-way prime.


In fact, it is not even possible to do any better than back to back cups in a two year stretch.

#2533463 Paul McCartney and the Red Wings

Posted by hooon on 01 August 2014 - 03:09 PM

Take these broken Wings... and get a new training staff.

#2532459 Dekeyser signed. 2 yrs $2.187 million AAV

Posted by hooon on 18 July 2014 - 10:09 AM

I'd be very surprised if we sign either of these guys for more than $2M per year, look at Smith and Nyquists' contracts over the last two years as a guide.


This. Neither has even played a full NHL season yet.


These are RFA contracts, not UFA guys that any team can sign. Nyquist is making 950k a year and Smith is making 1.2. While I do think both TT and DD will make a bit more, it won't be MILLIONS more as some people are suggesting. That isn't how it works with restricted free agents.


They will be short "bridge" contracts to hold them over until they get paid for real (and prove they're worth it over a larger sample size). 

#2532341 Dekeyser signed. 2 yrs $2.187 million AAV

Posted by hooon on 17 July 2014 - 01:42 PM

I could be way off but I was expecting DD to get around 1.7-2m on a bridge deal, and Tatar to get around 1-1.5 tops. One thing Holland has always been pretty good at is getting our RFAs to sign cheap deals, but it is curious that they're "far apart". 


However, this isn't too uncommon for RFA negotiations and really there isn't much risk of losing them, maybe the Wings will have to pay a few hundred K more than they'd like but that's about it.

#2531436 NHL-Game of Thrones Edition

Posted by hooon on 11 July 2014 - 12:14 AM

Pretty darn good. 


I saw another one recently that compared all the NHL teams to the Game of Thrones house/families. I believe the Wings were House Stark - former greatness, but everyone dying off.

#2527712 Ehrhoff or Niskanen

Posted by hooon on 01 July 2014 - 11:21 AM

So, 1 year 4 million.  I don't want to hear anyone say that Kenny had his hands tied and couldn't improve the D, without hurting the team.  1 year, 4 million.  If he fails to hit his target it will show that his judgement with regards to free agency will have failed 5 years in a row.


Maybe Ehrhoff wanted to Sign in Pitt? 

#2525407 Alfie informs Wings he wants to return

Posted by hooon on 23 June 2014 - 11:38 PM

One year, 3-3.5m and I think it is a perfectly fine deal. 


I sorta doubt the Wings had any plans to go after any of the top forward FAs anyways, and would have had to overpay to land any of them.


I hope they can now just focus on defense.

#2524588 Slow News Day Thread

Posted by hooon on 19 June 2014 - 01:00 PM

Don't tell LeftWinger but I hear the Wings are scouting European super forward Fabias Leinstrom from the EHSKDHL. He's 5'4", 108lbs, and had a career season with 3 points in 4 games. Its rumored Holland promised him top line minutes.