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#2620492 Remaing RFAs to be signed - Jurco, Pulkkinen, Aubry

Posted by Buppy on 14 July 2015 - 12:05 PM

Do we have cap room to re-sign all three?

Yes. I would guess both Jurco and Pulkkinen will get around $900k. That would put us $200-400k under the cap, depending on which of Ferraro and Andersson goes to GR. Aubry is irrelevant since he'll be in GR.


Next season will be tricky though. Wouldn't be shocked to see a move or two this year in anticipation of that. 

#2620391 Mitch Callahan signed 1-year - 600k

Posted by Buppy on 13 July 2015 - 03:18 PM

Jensen's not out of exemptions. He's got one more year.

2015-16: Jurco & Pulkkinen
2016-17: Frk, Jensen, Marchenko, Mrazek, Nedomlel, Ouellet, Sproul & Tvrdon
2017-18: Athanasiou, Campbell, Coreau, Mantha & Nosek
2018-19: Nastasiuk & Paterson

Games played in the NHL could change some of that, but that's where most of our guys stand right now.

Mantha may have an extra year. It's confusing determining the official age of a player. Sometimes they use age as of Sept. 15th, sometimes they go by calendar year. I know he counted as an 18-year-old in regards to the slide rule, and I think also for his waiver exemption. If so, it would give him 5 years, which would be the 18-19 season. 

#2620300 Brian McGrattan

Posted by Buppy on 12 July 2015 - 06:27 PM

Best 4th line potential in the NHL

He's wearing that life vest to keep it from drowning.

#2620284 Brian McGrattan

Posted by Buppy on 12 July 2015 - 02:53 PM

McGrattan can kill rock and roll and touch MC Hammer. He could also buy love, but he doesn't have to.

#2620153 Brian McGrattan

Posted by Buppy on 11 July 2015 - 08:27 PM

If Brian McGrattan had a nickel for every time he's had his ass kicked, he'd be $infinity in debt.

#2620032 Preliminary Red Wings Training Camp Roster

Posted by Buppy on 10 July 2015 - 06:21 PM

Pulkkinen does suck.  He's got one-dimensional depth scorer written all over him.  He'd be REALLY lucky to have a Mike Cammalleri type career, but he'll more realistically top out as a Michael Ryder, Brad Boyes, type guy. .... 

Wait, are you saying he'll have multiple 30+ goal/60+ point seasons? 

#2619689 Retire Sergei Fedorovís Jersey Immediately

Posted by Buppy on 08 July 2015 - 06:19 PM



Buppy, it was said on HNIC that season that Babcock was getting frustrated getting Sergei to play 100% all the time and called to ask Scotty how to approach him differently.  Obvious all efforts failed as early the next season, he was traded.  I just assume he ended up in the famed Babcock doghouse we are all familiar with...

Babcock was no longer with Anaheim when Fedorov was traded, he had nothing to do with that. Nor, I'm sure, did Babcock's previous experience with Fedorov have anything to do with not wanting to trade for him. 


And that doghouse is largely an overblown fan creation. 

#2619554 Retire Sergei Fedorovís Jersey Immediately

Posted by Buppy on 08 July 2015 - 12:58 AM

I don't see why it's a problem if Babcock didn't want him. It's the coaches will who he wants playing on his roster. You're acting like it's uncommon. Blashill will be the same way just like any coach in the NHL. You're either suited to play a coaches system or you're not. 


Remember than Bowman turned Sergei into a defenseman for a good month. It's what they do. The chess board is theirs and they can move each piece (player) they way they see suited in order to win the game. 


BTW it was Hollands decision to not bring Fedorov back. Columbus wanted Valterri Filpulla and a First round draft pick. Holland didn't want to give that up. So no, you can't blame Babcock because it was Hollands decision at the end. 

It's easy to blame Babcock. Now that he's gone, if we can convince ourselves that everything was his fault it gives us reason to be optimistic.


LW also tends to ignore reality at times. Like with Fedorov. The one season he played for Babcock was the one non-Wing season he had that was similar to his production with the Wings. But Babcock couldn't figure him out, misused him, and didn't want him on the Wings. Because then that's why he never came back, and why his number isn't retired, and now that Babs is gone there's hope for the future.

#2619155 Nyquist Files For Arbitration

Posted by Buppy on 05 July 2015 - 09:05 PM

Saad 52 points, 203 lbs, 22 years, 2 cups
Goose 54 points, 180 lbs, 24 years, no cup

I mean if people know another comparable please name him. So Saad is worth 6 mill per do people honestly think Goose is worth a million less than him? A few hands here and there sure but if it goes to sa I think something north of 5 will be awarded. Maybe I'm totally off base and he'll get less but I just don't see it.

I don't think anyone around here believes Saad is worth $6M. 


The Wings are normally pretty generous with RFAs, but we haven't really had any that have put up the numbers Nyquist has either, and now it seems RFAs are getting UFA money. I'm still going with around $4.5M, since that's what we can afford without moving anyone. Might have to go short-term to get that. If we do that and he keeps up his production, we could be looking at $7M+ in a couple years. I think I'd rather go higher and get a better term. 

#2619132 Preliminary Red Wings Training Camp Roster

Posted by Buppy on 05 July 2015 - 06:12 PM

Was Bert a 50 goal scorer in junior?

Only 43, but scoring was higher in Maltby's day. Did have 57 total OHL+AHL, regular + playoffs. Still counts I think.

#2618926 Preliminary Red Wings Training Camp Roster

Posted by Buppy on 03 July 2015 - 05:25 PM


I'm not sure which top line I love more...

Holmstrom - Larkin - Svechnikov


Bertuzzi - Athanasiou - Mantha

That is a TON of talent up front, but unfortunately very little on the back end...

Holmstrom taking #96. Seems unlikely to be a coincidence.

#2618903 Tj oshie to washington

Posted by Buppy on 03 July 2015 - 03:13 PM

None had below 5. Everyone I listed had at least 7 attempts or more. And there's plenty more I can list.

Just stop. He's no where close to being great at shootouts and is in fact probably below average. Do you seriously want to argue that a 36% SO makes him valuable?

He had a bad year, but he's still near the top all-time. Neilsen's better, but that's about it. Silfverberg maybe, but he has less than half as many career attempts.


Oshie may be way over-rated as a player, but he is very good in the shootout.

#2618803 Depth chart for RW/Griffins

Posted by Buppy on 02 July 2015 - 09:07 PM

On Callahan, yes we may want him back. But does he want to return? What else can he do in the AHL? he is blocked with the RW's and may want to go to another team where he would get a shot at the NHL. If Svech goes back to junior the is a need for him with the Griffs.

Callahan is RFA. He doesn't have much choice. Barring the unlikely event of someone claiming him off waivers, he'll be back in GR. Same goes for Aubry. Also, none of Turgeon, Hicketts, or Svechnikov are AHL eligible. If I had to guess at the GR roster (barring any UFA additions):





Frk with Hoggan or one of Ferraro/Andersson possible for the last spot (and if one of those three, they probably bump one of the bottom six out of the lineup). 




Lashoff - Jensen

Probably a revolving door of Toledo scrubs





What is with "need" to get rid on Quincey. They guy played good last year and is a pretty good guy to be on our third pairing. I think some people have just branded him in a certain light, and it doesn't matter how he plays they will always see him that way.

That, and some people are obsessed with the kids, even though none have yet shown to be a definite upgrade over Smith/Kindl let alone Q or E. Also, he is in the last year of his contract and seems destined to move on after the year.

#2618490 Wings sign Brad Richards 1 yr, $3 million

Posted by Buppy on 01 July 2015 - 05:59 PM

Ward still got 19 goals and is a big body that hits and is a beast in the playoffs every year , he brings something we lack ... 

He has 5 goals and 18 points in his last 35 playoff games. Exactly the same as Richards has in his last 35. 

#2617650 Weiss bought out (confirmed)

Posted by Buppy on 30 June 2015 - 06:03 PM

So, saving about $3.8M in cap space just to re-activate Franzen's $3.9M and sign Cleary to $1.5M with a $1M bonus. Save $3.8M to spend $6.4M on broken players.  This off season is beginning to smell like rotten eggs.

There will be NO extra roster space.  Not with Holland giving Cleary a contract and Franzen a spot. Say goodbye to some good young kids via waivers.

If Franzen is healthy there's no choice but re-activating him.


If Cleary is signed (which I doubt) it would maybe cost us Andersson or Ferraro. Not "some", and not particularly "good" either. Not saying I'd like it, and it would kind of defeat the purpose of dumping Weiss, but it wouldn't be nearly as bad as you and most of the board would make it out to be.