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#2189381 Habs shopping Wisniewksi's rights + for a 2nd rounder

Posted by Matt on 24 June 2011 - 10:59 PM

Even if they did lose out on him, not worth a 2nd. We are the Wings. We can sign a UFA. Honestly if we missed out on him and had to go down and sign someone like Andy Greene or Montador. We could take that second pick and trade for someone better.

Oh, please. The "WE ARE THE WINGZ" talk only reaches so far. And if we did miss out on him and he was the Wings' true target... Who are we going to get for that second rounder that's better and available? At that age, skill level, etc.. Let me know and ease my mind a bit.

BRYZ WAS TRADED FOR A 3RD!!! That was a while ago, and included the number one goaltender, where there is only two quality UFA's. Liles got traded for a second for crying out loud. Not the rights.

Comparing a defenseman to a high-priced goaltender is apples and oranges. Phoenix had a VERY limited market to sell him to because of all the talk from Bryzgalov's camp about breaking the bank this summer and the fact that he's gotten shelled in the playoffs for two years now. Phoenix was lucky to even get anything, let alone a third, before he hit the market. Heck, Vokoun was still out there, so that even further diluted the market for elite netminders.

The market for young, skilled defenseman about to hit free agency is markedly higher.

#2189375 Habs shopping Wisniewksi's rights + for a 2nd rounder

Posted by Matt on 24 June 2011 - 10:55 PM

This is the dumbest thing I have ever heard.

If this were to happen, and I give it a 1% chance. I would demand Holland retires immediately.

Ugh, I wouldn't make that deal even if there was a contract in place.

Bottom line, he is from here. If the kid wants to play for the Wings he will have his chance to play for us. If he wants money more than that, would theyf****** be able to convince him to sign before the UFA anyways? When you are talking about a UFA, unless that guy is going to be the most coveted player at the position why would you give up a second rounder?

The only way I see a trade like this happening is if Montreal grants Detroit permission to speak with Wisniewski's agent prior to July 1st (think Marian Hossa in 2009, though Detroit didn't trade him prior). If they have a deal in place and Detroit doesn't want to run the risk of another club offering bigger money and term clouding things you make that deal. That's it.

The moves made today now makes Chicago a potential suitor (another tour there? meh), and the Montreal beat writer that first mentioned the Habs were shopping his rights replied to me via Twitter that he's heard on the draft floor that the Wild were interested in trading for Wisniewski's rights as well.

There are plenty of suitors for Wisniewski -- and all the warm fuzzy "pls home HOME!!!1!" talk means less and less the more years and million(s) you attach to a contract. Make no mistake, if Wisniewski hits the open market I would be shocked if the Wings would have the highest offer on the table for him.

#2184909 Paul MacLean named head coach of Senators

Posted by Matt on 13 June 2011 - 04:35 PM

Detroit Red Wings Hockey: "We'll Beat You With Our #%!@s"

#2182848 Judge rejects NHL deal with Molson-Coors:

Posted by Matt on 05 June 2011 - 09:55 PM

The Wings are one of the two molson clubs IIRC

Correct. (And "Boooooo!"... Labatt > Molson)

#2182417 LGW Members donate $875.40 to Children's Hospital of Michigan

Posted by Matt on 03 June 2011 - 03:34 PM

I wanted to thank every member that took part in LGW's "Money on the Board" playoff donation drive that raised a total of $875.40 for the Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation!

vladdy16 did an absolutely amazing job keeping track of and arranging everything -- this would not have been possible without her help -- thank you!

She sent in the donation to the Foundation on Wednesday this week and I spoke with Sally at the Foundation today and filled her in on how the donation came about and made sure to have it dedicated to the members of LetsGoWings.com.

I'm incredibly proud of all of you that took part and I can't wait to have more drives just like this one in the future!

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#2178666 Brian Rafalski announces retirement after 11 NHL seasons

Posted by Matt on 23 May 2011 - 06:38 PM

Found it: http://www.usatoday....-redwings_N.htm

The important bit:

Rafalski's agent, William Zito, said five teams tried to sign the defenseman — including one offering a six-year, $40 million contract — but he wanted to play for his hometown team.

... Which works out to roughly $6.67-million/season. Almost $700K -- a nice chunk of change to save.

Rafalski was a fantastic signing and a great compliment to Lidstrom on the power play. (Schneider did us a favor!) We will desperately miss that first-pass and the right-hand shot on the power play. Thanks Brian!

#2178661 Brian Rafalski announces retirement after 11 NHL seasons

Posted by Matt on 23 May 2011 - 06:32 PM

I know that at least for me it wasn't an issue of being "happy" that he is retiring -- but despite his point production you knew that his overall health was going to be a serious factor going forward into next season. When he's healthy he's a $6-million defenseman, but when he's not -- and lingering issues this season lead one to believe that he would continue to deteriorate -- he's a major strain on the Red Wings' flexibility.

Looking forward to the offseason, it'll be interesting. One new factor to consider too is that Holland won't be saddled with salary-for-salary player trades. He can afford to take on higher salary players due to the cap space. So the answer may not come via free agency, but by trade.

A Hometown discount is debatable.

It's not. He was offered more than Detroit's $6-million when he hit free agency. (It might've been the Devils to try to keep him at around $6.5-million, but I haven't looked back to confirm.) Regardless, he absolutely took a lower offer to play here. It was a big point made in the press when he signed here.

#2173195 WCSF Game 7 GDT: Red Wings 2 at Sharks 3

Posted by Matt on 12 May 2011 - 04:06 PM

"We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish the job."

~ Winston Churchill

#2172588 Bring back the minus rating!

Posted by Matt on 11 May 2011 - 03:45 PM

I have re-enabled the negative rating, with the anti-spamming safeguard of 24-hour caps on the number of +/- reps you can give. We'll see how this goes (I prefer to have both available, too) and if the caps need to be adjusted I'll do that.

(I believe in a future forum update that posts that hit a certain neg rating will either lighten and/or be made invisible. So the option may be for that down the road, too.)

#2172078 Finish these fuckers off

Posted by Matt on 10 May 2011 - 10:13 PM

There's a GDT. That's where posts about the game are supposed to go.

I'll let it slide. I don't mind everyone getting a little crazy with the multi-threads -- this series has been legendary.

#2171998 WCSF Game 6 GDT: Sharks 1 at Red Wings 3

Posted by Matt on 10 May 2011 - 09:54 PM

I look forward to witnessing the Red Wings' first empty-net goal of the playoffs tonight.

/that is all


I love this team. I know we're all spoiled as fans to have such a 20-year run, but I can honestly say I haven't felt this exhilirated with a win like this in years... Maybe even as far back as Game 4 of the Cup Final. That was for different reasons, of course, but coming back this way -- and hopefully being able to complete the miracle on Thursday night... Wow.

It's hard to be more proud of this team than I am right now. Unbelievable.

#2170388 2011 Round 2 Photoshop War: San Jose Sharks

Posted by Matt on 09 May 2011 - 06:41 PM

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#2169839 WCSF Game 5 GDT: Red Wings 4 at Sharks 3

Posted by Matt on 08 May 2011 - 09:56 PM

Exclusive Sharks' lockerroom reaction video:

#2169751 WCSF Game 5 GDT: Red Wings 4 at Sharks 3

Posted by Matt on 08 May 2011 - 09:41 PM

Sorry it took a few minutes to get that "6" up top there, guys... I had to pick myself up off the floor.


#2159782 Round 2 Bracket Wallpaper Now Available!

Posted by Matt on 28 April 2011 - 01:45 AM

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