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In Topic: Remaing RFAs to be signed - Jurco, Pulkkinen, Aubry

24 July 2015 - 07:32 PM


Pleiness actually said the same thing yesterday. Some times they get it wrong, Holland loves smoke and mirrors. Just glad everyone is under contract now.

Didn't even notice that Pleiness tweeted about it yesterday.

Savage has been on the defensive for the past few hours over it. I actually feel bad for the diggers sometimes - we tend to remember when they swing and miss, more than when they're right about something.

In Topic: Remaing RFAs to be signed - Jurco, Pulkkinen, Aubry

24 July 2015 - 06:19 PM

Pleiness is fairly reliable, in my experience. Brendan Savage is actually the beat writer who disputed the rumor that Jurco was going to sign this deal. He said that a "source" was insisting that Jurco and the Wings were very far apart as of yesterday.

In Topic: Johnny Oduya signs with Stars 2 yrs $3.75 AAV

17 July 2015 - 11:24 AM


I thought Sharp played the Wing? Either way, like I said earlier, his moves look good on paper but lets see if it translates to the ice.



Sharps a winger.

This and this. Sharp is essentially taking Cole's spot in Dallas' top-six group. Cody Eakin serves as their third-line centerman.

I don't really follow Dallas, but I'm guessing that they're hoping for Nichushkin and Ritchie to step up. They have a pretty potent offense as it is, so if either of those two prospects can contribute, they'll be good to go up front.

In Topic: Lovable Dan Cleary update thread

16 July 2015 - 01:36 PM

Considering the situation Detroit is in cap wise, if he signs for 1.5M or so, then I'll be annoyed about 575K of dead money sitting there because of a "promise". If he signs for 925K or less, then whatever - it comes off the books. I won't be upset about the financials in the deal, but what kind of message does it send to the younger guys in GR about getting a spot in the lineup?

Don't get me wrong, I'm all about earning a spot and creating competition - I want these kids to earn it. I took the wrong approach with Backman when he was moved (admittedly). I don't think Frk or Nastasiuk "deserve" a spot, but I do think they deserve the opportunity to earn it. It has to be a little deflating, mentally, for some of these kids to see a guy given a spot out of loyalty, when they constantly hear "the best players will play". If they can't outplay Cleary for a spot in GR, then so be it, but at this point it feels like the guy has been gifted a lot of stuff.

In Topic: Remaing RFAs to be signed - Jurco, Pulkkinen, Aubry

15 July 2015 - 04:29 PM

No.  That's the thing.  He may or may not even be ready to return at the beginning of the season... or at all.  Ever.  So all this worrying and being flustered over the possibility of him taking/wasting a roster spot may be moot anyway.

I think this is what's got the anti-Mule crowd worked up:

Source: http://www.foxsports...t-market-062915



"Where's Mule going to be in September?" Holland asks. "Certainly we expect him to be healthy. Everything I'm told is that he's making good progress. He's healthy. He's practicing. We expect him to be ready."

Could be legitimate. It could just be KH protecting his a**. If you flat out admit a guy is done, I assume that works against you keeping him on LTIR - league would just expect him to retire. You have to at least keep up appearances.

Also, I can't seem to find anything on it, but I'm sure someone mentioned him even pushing to get into the second round if Detroit beat Tampa Bay. I'm not 100% if it was just something floating around or if someone had a legitimate source. Either way, it seems as if the teams expects him to be in the lineup. The only thing keeping him out is a setback during training camp or the preseason, which is probably 50/50 at this point.