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#2178763 Brian Rafalski appreciation thread

Posted by Red Wings Addict on 23 May 2011 - 09:08 PM

I'm still waiting for him to actually say it

Me too.

#2178757 Brian Rafalski appreciation thread

Posted by Konnan511 on 23 May 2011 - 08:59 PM

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#2178732 Brian Rafalski appreciation thread

Posted by Guest on 23 May 2011 - 08:16 PM

I could be wrong here, but I think that Brian Rafalski put the Detroit Red Wings ahead of himself today. I think he still wants to play. I think he realized that he was no longer worth the 6mil/season he was being paid. And I think he realized that the organization could make better use of that cap space elsewhere.

He essentially donated $6,000,000 to next year's Stanley Cup run (maybe more, as Lidstrom can now take a pay-cut and still be our highest paid defenseman). Not a lot of professional athletes would have done that, especially in this day and age. It deserves serious recognition and applause, imo.

He had a he!! of a prime with us, won a Stanley Cup, and always gave it all he had.

#2178830 Brian Rafalski announces retirement after 11 NHL seasons

Posted by Majsheppard on 23 May 2011 - 10:45 PM

I also might consider giving up a few picks for Yandle. I doubt Phoenix would match an offer sheet.

#2178828 Brian Rafalski announces retirement after 11 NHL seasons

Posted by Guest on 23 May 2011 - 10:41 PM

According to recent interviews that's true. He's never expressed a desire to leave and from what I've read he was confident a deal could be worked out to keep him in Nashville.

But that doesn't mean he's closed every other door.

I think that our speculation about Weber is the sort of thing that members of other forums point and laugh at.

#2178506 Brian Rafalski announces retirement after 11 NHL seasons

Posted by MacK_Attack on 23 May 2011 - 04:10 PM

Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos just tweeted that Brian Rafalski will retire this week.

In a surprise if not shocking move sources tell Sportsnet the #RedWings will announce retirement of D Brian Rafalski as early as this week.


#2177108 Brad McCrimmon will not return for 2011/2012

Posted by HankthaTank on 19 May 2011 - 09:47 AM

I support...
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#2177104 Brad McCrimmon will not return for 2011/2012

Posted by HankthaTank on 19 May 2011 - 09:43 AM

Step 1: Fire McCrimmon
Step 2: Hire/Promote new defensive coach
Step 3: sign Ehrhoff/Bieksa
Step 4: Howard plays like he did in playoffs all season...
Step 5: Win Jennings for least amount of goals conceded..

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#2177083 Brad McCrimmon will not return for 2011/2012

Posted by Jesusberg on 19 May 2011 - 09:17 AM

Per Darren Dreger's Twitter:

"In an hour or so, the Detroit Red Wings will announce veteran asst coach Brad McCrimmon won't be back for a 4th year on the Wings bench."

#2176292 Holland or Yzerman?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 16 May 2011 - 07:03 PM

Starting now and for the future?

Yzerman of course. Same reason Emperor Palpatine wanted Luke Skywalker to replace Darth Vader as his new apprentice.

Holland has accomplished a lot here, but every GM moves on eventually, and I would have loved to see Yzerman move in as Wings GM because he'll always be a Wing to me.

Only problem I see is him being conflicted and loyal to players he used to play with, which is a large part of this team. I think he would have felt uncomfortable making moves on some of these players who were his former teammates and friends.

But alas, it's too late. Yzerman is not going to leave Tampa anytime soon. Doesn't strike me as that kind of person.

Holland just re-signed for 5 years anyway. But when that contract is up, seems like a perfect time for Stevie to come home. Let Stevie get more experience under his belt there, and by then most of the guys he played with for years in Detroit will be long gone.

#2176137 Notable Restricted/Unrestricted Free Agents in 2011

Posted by brett on 16 May 2011 - 02:02 AM

weber :thumbup:
gill :thumbup:
parise :thumbup:
doughty :thumbup:

#2175911 Jaromir Jagr

Posted by Guest on 15 May 2011 - 04:47 PM


Valtteri Filppula ($3.000m) / Pavel Datsyuk ($6.700m) / Daniel Cleary ($2.800m)
Todd Bertuzzi ($1.937m) / Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) / Johan Franzen ($3.954m)
Jiri Hudler ($2.875m) / Jaromir Jagr ($5.000m) / Tomas Tatar ($0.870m)
Justin Abdelkader ($0.787m) / Darren Helm ($0.912m) / Tomas Holmstrom ($1.875m)
Patrick Eaves ($0.750m) / Jan Mursak ($0.550m)

Nicklas Lidstrom ($5.000m) / Brad Stuart ($3.750m)
Niklas Kronwall ($3.000m) / Brian Rafalski ($6.000m)
Jakub Kindl ($0.883m) / Ruslan Salei ($1.000m)
Logan Pyett ($0.950m)

Jimmy Howard ($2.250m) / Thomas McCollum ($0.816m)

CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $62,200,000; CAP PAYROLL: $61,745,377; BONUSES: $210,000
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $454,623

I wonder if Lidstrom and Jagr would be willing to take about 2 million less than they are worth on the open market. Probably not, but is there a way the Wings could get Jagr?

#2176004 Jaromir Jagr

Posted by Kira on 15 May 2011 - 08:37 PM

Oh hell no. Run as fast as you can the other way from this one. He'd be about as useful as a screen door on a submarine.

#2171784 Finish these fuckers off

Posted by thegreat66 on 10 May 2011 - 09:26 PM

Can't stand the Sharks. Wings are team of destiny this year. What a fricking game!

#2172605 Fan FAIL

Posted by Carman on 11 May 2011 - 04:28 PM

Ah, my nemesis the "-" is back just when I get in the green. Back to -300 or whatever I was at again.