Loooch brings entertainment and can act as a bodyguard for some players. If the term is right I wouldn't be against it although he doesn't fix the huge need for a number 1 center and defenseman so yeah.
He brings a physical element, but the term is not going to be reasonable. He's only going to get slower at this point, and he was noticeably slower than his linemates last year.
3 years at under $4.5 per or it's too much
He'll be looking for at least 5 years at $5 mil + per year.
Detroit is rumored to be interested in Lucic. As much as I think we need to get heavier and more difficult to play against, throwing a 6-year contract at Lucic would be an idiotic move. I just don't see Holland doing it. I don't see his production rising much, if at all, for the rest of his career. Let Edmonton or Vancouver make that mistake.
- I'm confident the contract will be dealt. I don't think Pulkkinen has a future here and it'd be great if he was a part of the package. If Jurco has to go, so be it.
- It's clear that Richards won't be back, which is the right move as far as I'm concerned.
- I could stand to see Quincey walk, though I thought he played well last year.
- I think Miller needs to be let go.
- Helm isn't a top 6 player on this team. It'll be really interesting to see what takes place with him.
- Backes and Lucic are going to be looking for 5+ years, so it's best we stay away. Their game will likely decline after a couple more years.
- I'm not really into speculating about Stamkos, but adding him to the lineup would instantly put us in a better place than last year.
- Matt Martin is a guy that this team needs in the bottom 6. Hits hard, can contribute offensively, and generally plays a disciplined game. One of the reasons Tampa was able to win in 5 was because they established a forecheck that got the defense in trouble and they were able to muck it up in the corners and win puck battles. Martin adds these elements.
- I'm open to the idea of trading Nyquist or Tatar. Not sure what Holland would be looking to get in return.
We knew it was coming. One of the most well-rounded players I've ever watched and it's sad to see him go. Thanks for all the memories, Pav. He'll always be remembered for his uncanny stick-handling skills, but he was also an exceptional defensive player and always carried himself in a humble way.
Here's to a happy future in Russia and a #13 in the rafters soon.
Probably not going to pay much attention to this series. Both teams have players that I seriously dislike. Never want Thornton to win a Cup, Ribeiro is a scumbag, Neal is a ******, Weber is a cheapass, and Couture annoys me.
Right, but he also played the sixth fewest minutes of anyone on the team. I'm not saying you're wrong - it would be great if he had scored more - but directing your criticism at a secondary role player who was the second-leading goal scorer for our team in the regular season and our best player in the playoffs seems counterproductive.
He played the sixth fewest minutes on the team. Our problems are with the people assigned to actually show up and blow people away.
I don't disagree. It's clear that Blashill mismanaged the team's young talent. Datsyuk and Zetterberg can't carry the team anymore, and guys like AA should have been getting more time.
Smith played a great game last night. Energized the crowd with the big hit on Paquette in the opening minutes. Made a few real nice defensive plays. We need him to play like this every game from here on out.
Mrazek stood on his head. We've scored 2 goals every game in this series; Mrazek is going to need to continue to play stellar if we're going to take this series.
Good on Abdelkader to leave Boyle and Tampa Bay walking away from game 3 with nothing to rally around. At some point he needs to square up with Blunden after what happened in game 2, but this wasn't the right time to do it. Super pumped that this series has taken on such a physical and nasty tone.
Is the criteria that we had to have hated these players first? Cuz I've always loved Kopitar.
Maybe Crosby. I used to absolutely loathe him but since he's cut the whining and entitlement issues down considerably, and continues to play at a phenomenal level I've really grown to respect him. I don't know if I "like" him, but I certainly don't hate him anymore.
I think a lot of people have adopted that attitude with Crosby recently.
I used to hate Patrick Kaleta, especially in the first few years of his career. All the dirty hits, diving, and spot-picking made him impossible for me to like at the time. As time has went on, especially after he was demoted to Rochester, he seems to have gotten the message from management that they wanted the antics to stop. I watched him last year and he still hits like a truck, stirs the pot, and drops the gloves occasionally. The major difference is he doesn't seem to dive or head-butt or pull any of those antics anymore. It doesn't look like he'll be brought back by Buffalo but I'm really hoping someone picks him up.
Don't let the title confuse you. This is a Howard vs Mrazek/ trade Howard/ waive Mrazek thread
Well it should be taken to an appropriately titled thread. It's annoying how every thread turns into some s***show about the goaltending situation or Franzen. I know it's the offseason, but some people here want to discuss things besides the Wings.
I have no clue what waiver options he has, but they might as well send Mraz back down to GR just to get some starts. It's gonna be the Jim Howard show as soon as the season starts.
That won't happen. We'd lose him if he were on waivers.
I think it's silly to assume that the #1 tag belongs to either one at this point. Howard has the experience and Mrazek is surely held in high regards by Blashill. Unless an injury takes one of them out or one severely under-performs, there's no reason to believe that they won't split starting time.
Could someone who's more familiar with Dallas than I am tell me what their plan is for defense?
There's a lot of hype around Klingberg. He is supposed to come into his own next season. They've got a pretty young, inexperienced blueline at the moment. I think they'd benefit greatly from a guy like Oduya, though I'm not sure if they have the cap space.
They've got Stanley Cup-caliber offense. I'm sure Nill recogizes that something else needs to be done for the defense before the season starts.
After Tootoo being buried in the minors it seemed everyone was afraid to throw down, so we had guys like Miller and Quincey dropping the gloves. The liberties opposing players would take on our guys made me sick, and I still want to see an imprint of Chris Neil's face in the boards.
Lol. Neil could wipe the floor with Abdelkader, Ericsson, and Quincey all at once.
Tangradi and "enforcer" don't belong in the same sentence. He may be big, but he hasn't even fought 10 games in almost 150 NHL games. The highest number of fighting majors he's had in an NHL season is 2.
That said, he likely won't make the team, but could be a call-up if injuries hit. Basically an AHL depth signing.
Ok. I have a question for you then. Would you rather keep the old building around and have big advertising on the front of the Jersey like European soccer. Or would you rather have no Jersey advertising and a corporate name on a new arena?
I'm not sure that is the real situation.
"Okay guys, either we demolish the arena or we have ads on the jerseys to keep the arena standing. What's it gonna be?"