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In Topic: Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

07 July 2015 - 12:46 AM

A couple good reads:
I would be ok with trading Kindl or Quincey or Smith to a team that needs to reach the cap floor and giving the vacant spot to Ouellet or Marchenko. Both Ouellet and Marchenko are clearly NHL-ready. Hell, Babcock wanted Ouellet on the roster straight out of last year's training camp. These are not players who need to make major strides in Grand Rapids to prove they belong in the NHL. The only reason we're having this conversation is because there's a logjam (and the only reason there's a logjam is because Kenny rewarded Kindl and Ericsson with dumb contracts and now the two are pretty much untradable). Sure, Quincey and Ericsson are veteran NHLers and Ouellet and Marchenko aren't, and, in theory, a veteran is "better" than a kid. But we're getting dangerously close to Catch-22 territory.
"You need to be an NHLer for me to even consider rating you higher than a veteran NHLer, and until I rate you higher than a veteran NHLer, you can't be an NHLer. Grab dat cheez tho!"
I know, I know - better to have a veteran and a largely unproven kid than just an unproven kid. And that's fair enough. But, at the same time...if we're not planning on re-signing Quincey next summer, and we're not going to make a trade for a young stud defenseman, and we're going to continue to preach the need to get younger and quicker and how vitally important it is that the young players all take a step forward this season...maybe, just maybe, having Ouellet (probably the most promising of all our D prospects) on the third pairing instead of Quincey wouldn't be such a bad thing. Is it the safe play? No. Is it the smart play? Honestly, it probably isn't. But we have one of the weaker D groups in the league, and that's largely because we have a spectacular lack of young stud defensemen on the roster. If we're going to build ourselves a Cup-worthy D corps without the aid of a big trade, that means at least one of the Griffins prospects is going to have to become a stud NHL defenseman. Ideally, that happens while Datsyuk and Zetterberg are still elite, which gives us...two years? This may be a situation where "Eh, another year on the farm never hurt anybody" is not the right call.

thanks for the links both r good reads

In Topic: Nyquist Files For Arbitration

07 July 2015 - 12:30 AM

I like Nyquist but not sure we want to pay him what the league will say is his value I'm guessing they will say 4-4.5 I like him at 3.5

In Topic: Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

03 July 2015 - 01:58 PM

Win cup win cup win cup and did I mention win cup

In Topic: Grade the Wings 2015 Draft

29 June 2015 - 01:37 PM

Agree with Krsmith , could of waited a year to draft a goalie ... Wings main priority is to get some good dmen in the prospect pool since ouellet/marchenko will likely graduate and jensen/sproul will either be a wing this year or next or be elsewhere or a bust
Remove those 4 and not much to like at d right now ... We got some right handed dmen but ones 5'9 and from what I read struggled when he came down So returned back to Finland
Would of preferred trading back to get an extra pick at the time but I got no problem with the drafting of svechnikov as I see him being a big piece of the future with larkin mantha holmstrom bertuzzi
And I also think there's some potential of one of holway/marsh being a steal ... b- seems about right

that was my point also about the goalie we do have much greater need as in right handed dmen I would have been fine if every pick would have been defenseman but I do love there top pick great move

In Topic: Grade the Wings 2015 Draft

29 June 2015 - 01:30 PM

And re: them choosing a goalie. I do agree with it. We need someone past mrazek and while someone might emerge who's already in the pipeline, another option is a welcome addition imo. And I read somewhere that they almost took him in the third round and were shocked he was still there in the fourth so hopefully that ends up being a value pick. I can only imagine how upset people would be around here if they did that :P

yes I read the same thing there must have been a bigger need for a goalie then I thought that's why they get paid the big bucks I guess. I do here he has great potential so it's hard to knock the pick if nothing else he good be great trade bait later on if they don't need him.