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#2509821 flyers sign macdonald to 6 year $30 million extension

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 15 April 2014 - 01:41 PM

Paul Holmgren being Paul Holmgren.


It's idiot GMs like him that create salary mismatches like this. He just set the market for the thin UFA d-men this year. I expect Niskanen to make $15M per.

#2495445 Ryan Ellis

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 15 March 2014 - 10:00 AM

Once upon a time Nashville also had Cody Franson and Ryan Suter.


I want their defensive scout...

#2489990 Official 2014 NHL Trade Deadline Thread

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 05 March 2014 - 11:26 AM

BREAKING: Ken Holland is at Meijer buying a new pair of boots. The old pair are worn out.

#2488436 Trade deadline fast approaching - who should we target?

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 01 March 2014 - 09:21 PM

Cowen (retarded) in the play for Stewart


Geez, Mule must have really gotten to them with that "can't play hockey". Neil's replacement being brought in?

#2488048 Ryan Miller, Steve Ott traded to St. Louis Blues

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 28 February 2014 - 09:53 PM

Ok, I guess you guys need to set me straight because I am seeing a large overpayment from the Blues....


  • Miller (age 33) is an upgrade over Halak (age 28) but I think their value is quite close.
  • Stewart is a top 6 forward and has more value than Ott who is a bottom 6 forward.
  • Prospect and two draft picks (one being a 1st rounder)

What am I missing here? :confused:

#2481167 So what do we call the 26 - 15 - 21 line?

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 04 February 2014 - 11:12 AM

The Borrowed Time Line

#2478025 Babcock's comments on playing time

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 28 January 2014 - 10:11 AM

This is just like every other Babcock cliche.  It's not saying much to say "the best players will play" when there's no competition for jobs at the moment.  Bring Dats, Z, and Weiss back and there will be, and I'd be amazed if "the best player played". 


He might as well say, "the best player (who can effectively alleviate cap constraints) will play".  Which is no different than two months ago when Tootoo and Eaves were waived. 


Talk is cheap.  It's time for Holland and Babs to actually DO SOMETHING to prove that "the best players will play".  And that doesn't mean waiving Sammy either.


Well, the blame is passed from one to the other in different circumstances.


It is on Babcock when he can pick and choose who he wants to play and he picks incorrectly.


It is on Holland when everyone is healthy, and we have to send down guys who make the team better because he kept signing a bunch of guys we didn't need. 

#2476193 Turning point!?!?!

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 22 January 2014 - 11:33 PM


Montreal is not a bad team.  That will be a tough game.  


Florida is a team we've had trouble with for whatever reason, although we did beat them last time.  


My point is, if we can play like that against Chicago, we have no business losing to Montreal or Florida.


This team needs to stop playing to the level of it's competition and start to take care of business.

#2476191 1/22 GDT : Blackhawks 4 at Red Wings 5 (SO)

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 22 January 2014 - 11:31 PM

Negative Nancy time.


This win doesn't mean a DAMN thing if we don't beat Montreal and Florida in these next two games.


If we can play like that against Chicago, we have no business losing to those two teams.

#2474500 Blessing in disguise?

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 20 January 2014 - 12:25 PM

It just too bad it's been the "wrong" people out.


LOL, I'm embarrassed to say that I've thought about this as well.


Pav was having seemingly a career year and he goes down, but Cleary has stayed healthy all year? Mule was starting to heat up then gets hurt, but Quincey has been available to lead the team in penalties and play every game? Cool....


Ok, I'm done being an insensitive jerk...

#2474495 Blessing in disguise?

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 20 January 2014 - 12:05 PM

Like it has been mentioned, I'll have to believe it when I see it.


I'll be at full optimism mode when Bertuzzi, Cleary, Samuelsson, Quincey, etc. are no longer on the team.


We have been scorned by the Holland/Babcock duo enough to lead us to not be sure what to expect. I thought there wasn't a chance in hell that Cleary would be back. And then the season started, and Tatar was sitting while Cleary was falling over his own feet.


They do a lot of head scratching things, so I dunno...

#2473768 Has anyone noticed this trend? 3 years now

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 17 January 2014 - 11:41 PM

How does training avoid Darren Helm's wrist injury?  Or Pavel Datsyuk getting clocked in the jaw? Or Patrick Eaves taking a puck to the face?  I realize people are upset by the injuries and are grasping at straws, but there just isn't any solid evidence that the Wings aren't well trained. Just exactly how do you train to avoid a concussion?  Sure you can play smart to avoid open ice hits, but these aren't Eric Lindros/Scott Stevens type hits.  I think the increased awareness has quite a bit to do with more players missing due to concussions.  


The injuries in question aren't concussions or wrists or broken jaws.


They are muscle strains, groin pulls, etc. There is a difference....

#2463318 Why does this team sleepwalk against bottom feeders?

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 10 December 2013 - 11:38 PM

They can kick Boston's ass out of the building and win 2 out of 3 against them, but they lose 2 straight to a team who doesn't beat anyone, they get manhandled by a bad Ottawa team at home, all the issues with Columbus and Calgary last year, etc.


We were riding high after winning 5 of 6 (and should have beat Philly) until we ran into Tomas Kopecky and the big bad Florida Panthers.


Valuable points being flushed down the toilet.


***The Red Wing teams that competed for Cups in 2000s would take the bad Central Division teams behind the woodshed.

#2456700 ****(Stuff) no one says about the Wings

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 22 November 2013 - 01:55 PM

Ken Holland understands that to relieve cap problems, he must resign Dan Cleary.

#2455995 Lines Thread

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 21 November 2013 - 12:39 PM


Judging by how things go with Babcock, Cleary will be on the top line


Called it.