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#2529367 Dont Jump Yet...

Posted by WingedWheel91 on 02 July 2014 - 09:58 AM



I am as pissed off as most Red Wings fans today out of our lack of ability to sign (any) big name free agents, and even more pissed off that our only substantial move was re-signing Kyle Quincey to a contract that pays him as much money as Jonathan Ericsson, more money than Johan Franzen and only 0.5 Million less than Nick Kronwall makes (still a top 10 defenceman in the league).


But as much as we can complain about Quincey, and predict that next season will be a complete disaster - I am seeing more and more tank for McDavid posts - I ask myself when did Matt Niskanen become worthy of a 7 year contract? Isn't Dan Boyle 37 years old coming off a 36 point season on a great team where he was a -8? Why did the world end when we didn't sign these two? Lets just try to use some perspective before we completely turn our backs...


Last season, in a 16 team conference - we finished 1 point behind 6th place PHI and 3 points behind 5th place NYR (who eventually played in the Stanley Cup Final) while having an historically bad (by our standards) record of 5-9 in the shootout. More importantly, we also had our top 3 forwards (when measured by salary) D, Z and Weiss miss 37, 37, and 56 games respectively. I hate to make excuses, but of the 6 teams in our conference that had more points than us last year, not a single one of them could relate to our injury situation (in terms of man games lost to star players). For ex. the top 6 scorers on the Boston Bruins all played in atleast 78 games, and 5 of them played in 80 or more - please don't tell me this would not have helped us or improved our position in the standings.


If we look ahead to next season - what do we have to be optimistic about? Well, we haven't really gotten worse since last year... No we haven't signed any big names either, but we still haven't lost anyone yet. (Alfie remains to be seen). Can you say the same about...


#1 BOSTON - Subtractions: Thornton, Iginla, Meszaros, Moore. Additions: None.

#2 PITTSBURGH - Subtractions: Jokinen, Vitale, Orpik, Glass, Engelland, Niskanen, Conner. Additions: Comeau, Ehrhoff.

#3 TAMPA BAY - Subtractions: Lindback, Aulie, Desjardins. Additions: Nabokov, Boyle, Blunden, Stralman.

#4 MONTREAL - Subtractions: Briere, Gorges, Vanek, Gionta, Blunden, Dubnyk. Additions: Parenteau, Gilbert, Malholtra.

#5 NEW YORK - Subtractions: Pouliot, Stralman, Richards, Boyle, Bickel. Additions: Hunwick, Glass, Kostka, D. Boyle.

#6 PHILADELPHIA - Subtractions: None. Additions: Jones.


The point here is that outside of Tampa Bay, the 5/6 teams that had more points than we did last season have not improved either - and to take it a step further, I certainly feel that Boston, Pittsburgh, Montreal, and the NYR have all regressed. In terms of teams within striking distance who have also improved, NJ and WSH certainly stand alone.


When you consider the possibility of a healthy team, the emergence and continued development of our younger players, the cap room and prospect pool we have to acquire pieces (which Holland MUST use at this point) and the lack of improved teams conference wide + number of teams in our division who have taken a step back (BOS, MTL, TOR, OTT,) I don't think the sky is falling as fast as it seems.

#2529073 Quincey re-signed by DET. 2 yr s $4.25 mill AAV

Posted by number9 on 01 July 2014 - 07:47 PM

Come on guys...


He's our best back-checker



#2528392 2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 01 July 2014 - 02:43 PM

Small, left handed borderline NHLer originally from Detroit. 


Are the Red Wings now the Make a Wish Foundation? 

#2528120 2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

Posted by vladdy16 on 01 July 2014 - 01:20 PM

Calgary got Jonas Hiller, Dallas got Spezza, Detroit gets a rock.

Do you have a source to support your claim of Detroit actually acquiring said rock?

#2528043 2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

Posted by Dabura on 01 July 2014 - 12:56 PM

On the bright side: we could never be as hilariously incompetent as the Toronto Maple Leafs.

#2527950 2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

Posted by Diluvian04 on 01 July 2014 - 12:28 PM

Epic fail on 97.1

#2526871 Wings to have face to face with Matt Niskanen

Posted by Datsyukian-Deke on 29 June 2014 - 11:23 AM

Trade Lashoff and Kindl to Florida for a free appetizer with purchase of an entre at Chilis.

#2526828 BUF to buy out Christian Ehrhoff

Posted by Dabura on 29 June 2014 - 09:48 AM

Guess they really want McDavid.

#2524536 Slow News Day Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 19 June 2014 - 08:32 AM


Wasn't it more a case of the fact that he was a Wings fan growing up?


I'm sure that's why he had it on his car.  But the fact that he showed up to meet another team and didn't remove it seems to suggest his sympathies hadn't changed. 


Probably 90% of the people on here would do the same.  If I had my pick of every team in the NHL I'd probably meet with the Blackhawks and Maple Leafs wearing my Maltby sweater lol. 


That kid was never going any place else.  Thank god Dekeyser is a Detroiter, lord knows how bad our defense would be without him haha.

#2524498 Slow News Day Thread

Posted by BottleOfSmoke on 18 June 2014 - 09:35 PM

@JasonGregor: MacT admits they went after Dekeyser last summer. Met him for dinner and had great meeting, but his licence plate had Red Wings on it.

@JasonGregor: "That was not a good sign for us," laughed MacTavish about DeKeyser's licence plate. #Oilers


#2524391 Dan Cleary may return...sigh

Posted by Son of a Wing on 18 June 2014 - 10:23 AM


#2523996 Avalanche are taking Ryan O'Reilly to club-selected arbitration

Posted by Dabura on 16 June 2014 - 08:54 AM

RYAN: "You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain." I can do those things, because I'm not a hero, not like Duchy. I lost the Minnesota series. That's what I can be.


GENERAL MANAGER JOE SAKIC: No, you can't! You're not!


RYAN: I'm whatever Denver needs me to be. Call it in.




RYAN: You'll hunt me. You'll condemn me, set the dogs on me. Because that's what needs to happen. Because sometimes the truth isn't good enough. Sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded.


SAKIC'S SON: Ryan? Ryan! Why is he running, Dad?


GENERAL MANAGER JOE SAKIC: Because we have to chase him.


SAKIC'S SON: He didn't do anything wrong.


GENERAL MANAGER JOE SAKIC: Because he's the hero Denver deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So, we'll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a two-way dynamo. A Lady Byng candidate. A Hard Day's Knight.


SAKIC'S SON: That sounds like a lot of bulls***.



#2523926 Slow News Day Thread

Posted by Dabura on 15 June 2014 - 10:48 AM





Jello, baby.

#2523158 Kesler still wants a trade.....

Posted by Richdg on 07 June 2014 - 04:25 PM

If the rumors are true of Thornton, Kesler, and Spezza all being on the market, it will drive the price down. Fewer teams competing for the same resources. Basic econ guys. This could work in our favor if Holland..........nevermind......

#2522876 Rendering of Joe Louis Arena from NHL 15

Posted by vladdy16 on 05 June 2014 - 12:07 PM

Hey, I'm just thrilled they have the lower bowl paying attention to the game instead of their phones.