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#2630645 Cleary NOT reporting to Grand Rapids

Posted by FifeHockeyNut on 14 October 2015 - 04:12 AM

This is almost identical to how the wings approached Maltby's retirement, I don't remember the same animosity aimed at Maltby at that time.

#2629585 Cleary NOT reporting to Grand Rapids

Posted by FifeHockeyNut on 09 October 2015 - 10:32 PM

This is what Maltby did a number of years ago.  Get a contract.  If it works out and he outplays the kids, then that's fine.  He deserves to be on the team.  If not, he retires and that's that.  Everyone was mad at Malts for hanging around until he retired.  Then everyone got some clarity and said, "Hey.  He was just giving it another shot." and all was well.
I don't blame Cleary or Holland.  In Holland's case, it was a win-win.  If Cleary REALLY outplayed the kids (as if) he's be icing the best team possible.  If Cleary didn't, then he'd either have a great guy in GR or he could let him go in peace.  In either case, giving the kids a little more competition never hurts, and they got the benefit of Cleary's teaching while he was there.  Remember that game when he and Larkin were on the bench after their shift?  Larkin was intent on what Cleary was explaining to him.  Since Cleary didn't play during the season, it didn't cost the Wings a dime.
In Cleary's case, it was a chance.  It was one more training camp.  One more pre-season.  One more time hearing the roar of the crowds and feeling the comradery in the locker room.  One last hurrah before skating off into the sunset.
I wish him well.  I will always remember him as the Guy Who Almost Lost an Eye Fighting Chris Elbowf***  Pronger.

This is exactly what Malts did, if I remember rightly it was because he neededa contract to come to camp. Any player that was with that team the season before needs a contract to attend, can't sign a PTO with them.

#2628535 Dylan Larkin on opening night roster

Posted by FifeHockeyNut on 06 October 2015 - 12:03 AM

so....question is...Larkin comes in, continues his high end play from preseason...Pav and Helm return, who becomes a trade asset in order to keep Larkin here?

Surely the waiver wire is more likely?

#2621374 Wings lose scout to leafs

Posted by FifeHockeyNut on 23 July 2015 - 06:02 PM

I doubt very much that Babcock is hiring scouts, Shanhan wanting to poach from the Redwings scouting team is entirely different and very likely.

#2620538 Remaing RFAs to be signed - Jurco, Pulkkinen, Aubry

Posted by FifeHockeyNut on 14 July 2015 - 06:23 PM

Did it sound like he wants out of Detroit in that, or is it just because its being translated?

I remember reading similar type interviews with Tats when he was pushing for roster spot and negotiating last summer. I think its a combo the translation and I also I think Jurco is just being honest in his assessment of the situation.

#2619191 Landon Ferraro re-signs with a 1 year deal

Posted by FifeHockeyNut on 06 July 2015 - 10:19 AM

I think Andersson is waived before Ferraro.

#2619183 Nyquist Files For Arbitration

Posted by FifeHockeyNut on 06 July 2015 - 05:10 AM

2 years circa $4m, Datsyuk's contract is up then, cap will be up. Give him a 'show me' contract.

#2617330 Preliminary Red Wings Training Camp Roster

Posted by FifeHockeyNut on 29 June 2015 - 05:31 PM

A guy from the Korean National team..wow. Didn't even know they had a hockey program!

Jim Paek, Blashill's former assistant in GR is the senior programme's head coach:

#2612973 Free agents this off season

Posted by FifeHockeyNut on 03 June 2015 - 07:28 AM

I'm likely in the minority but I don't want the Wings to sign any UFAs. The class is weak to say the least.

New coach and potential new roles for Jurco/Weiss + Pullkinnen in the line up means that signing a UFA this year would just crowd the roster and offer very little.

#2610014 Ovechkin Top 5 Goal Scorer all time?

Posted by FifeHockeyNut on 25 May 2015 - 07:16 AM

I've been thinking about this too, was listening to MvsW the other week and they said Ovi was 9th in scoring since 1992 (NHL debut in 2005), fair to say he doesn't reach Gretzky but he might reach Bossy and Hull. Even if he doesn't, in an era where scoring is down, goalie pads are bigger etc he will surely go down as one of the greatest scorers the game has ever seen.

#2609601 Dylan Larkin turning pro... will play for GR immediately

Posted by FifeHockeyNut on 22 May 2015 - 07:18 AM

Our next coach! Hows that for motivation.

I have watched this at least 10 times over the last year.

#2601360 Brian McGrattan

Posted by FifeHockeyNut on 27 April 2015 - 04:10 AM

At the end of the Guinness Book of World Records, there is a disclaimer: 'all records are in fact held by Brian McGrattan, these are just the guys who got closest'

#2598474 Datsyuk Finalist for Lady Byng

Posted by FifeHockeyNut on 23 April 2015 - 09:43 AM

Forward only trophy..
Don't worry he had plenty of hardware to retire with (;

Lids was a finalist in 2011

#2592645 Nonis Gone

Posted by FifeHockeyNut on 12 April 2015 - 11:49 AM

Expect the Leafs to write a 'blank check' to Babs to fill the roles of both head coach, and general manager.

I can't see Babcock going to the Leafs, he'll got all manner of riches but I don't see the fit. I'm still hopeful that he stays with Wings but not 100% confident.

#2577538 Red Wings acquire Marek Zidlicky from NJ for Cond. 2016 3rd Round Pick

Posted by FifeHockeyNut on 02 March 2015 - 01:16 PM

Kenny's done a good job here. All in we've not given any real assets today and brought in some solid pieces to strengthen our team.