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#2618417 Wings sign Brad Richards 1 yr, $3 million

Posted by kipwinger on 01 July 2015 - 04:47 PM

It's laughable at how people complain about Holland doing nothing in years past, and now he goes out a makes some deals today, and some people still complain.

 

Holland signed one of the biggest d-man F/A's today, then picks up an UPGRADE over Weiss, for only one year, and people still aren't happy.

 

I'm 100% happy with what Holland did today.  Well done, sir!

 

The Richards' deal doesn't hurt us, so it's not a "bad signing".  It's just confusing given our center depth and the Weiss buyout. 




#2618396 Wings sign Brad Richards 1 yr, $3 million

Posted by kipwinger on 01 July 2015 - 04:38 PM

 

I am too.   And I can't see Richards coming here to be the third line center behind Sheahan. 

 

I mean, if I think of it as swapping Weiss for Richards it kind of seems like a win.  But I wouldn't have considered this a pressing need relative to the blueline or scoring winger.

 

Why not just move Helm back to center for the duration of Datsyuk's injury, and sign a winger.  Could Helm possibly be less productive than Richards' 36 points in 76 games for the Hawks?




#2618369 Wings sign Brad Richards 1 yr, $3 million

Posted by kipwinger on 01 July 2015 - 04:29 PM

I guess if they're planning on making Z the first line center, Sheahan the 2C, and Richards the 3C, then I'm fine with it...I guess.  I mean, he did just have similar season to Sheahan...except for the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. 

 

I'm confused. 




#2618279 Wings sign Brad Richards 1 yr, $3 million

Posted by kipwinger on 01 July 2015 - 03:40 PM

 

That's what I thought last year when he signed with the Hawks. 

 

Except he hadn't just won the Cup. 




#2618121 Holland doesn't expect to be busy this offseason

Posted by kipwinger on 01 July 2015 - 02:44 PM

I think you're taking my posts a little too seriously.  Given my long standing love of Drew Miller, and my long standing criticism of Holland's "stand pat" strategy, I thought that would have been clear.  Apparently not. 




#2617971 Brendan Smith re-signed 2 yrs $2.75 mill AAV

Posted by kipwinger on 01 July 2015 - 12:36 PM

Smith's shot isn't really all that great.  His one timer almost never hits the net.  He might be a little more effective if he's allowed to skate in a bit, but if you're thinking his shot is an improvement over Dekeyser's you're probably going to be disappointed. 




#2617929 Phil Kessel Traded to Penguins

Posted by kipwinger on 01 July 2015 - 12:03 PM

Good to see Rutherford still has no idea what he's doing.  




#2617894 Free agents this off season

Posted by kipwinger on 01 July 2015 - 11:18 AM

Too lazy to look can someone tell me how much cap space the Wings have?

 

About 38 bucks. 




#2617871 Holland doesn't expect to be busy this offseason

Posted by kipwinger on 01 July 2015 - 10:46 AM

The only thing I want Holland to do today is get rid of Drew Miller.  That way, when we win the Stanley Cup this year, we'll do it with a 100% homegrown roster.  Thus making Ken Holland the greatest GM in the history of sports. 




#2617869 Free agents this off season

Posted by kipwinger on 01 July 2015 - 10:43 AM

1 way AHL contract for Miele?

 

Yes. 

 

I like this move.  Keeping GR competitive (with veteran players) has a HUGE, and understated, impact on the development of our prospects.  I love having guys in GR who work hard, and win, even if they'll never get a call up.  Their influence on the young guys cannot be overstated. 




#2617867 Weiss bought out (confirmed)

Posted by kipwinger on 01 July 2015 - 10:40 AM

I wonder if Weiss will get signed by someone else today?  That'll be an interested sub-plot. 




#2617819 Free agents this off season

Posted by kipwinger on 01 July 2015 - 07:41 AM

Back in 2010-2011 I'd have been fine with signing Ehrhoff with a top four spot in mind.  But I'd be really reluctant to now.  He's not been great over the last few seasons.  Ultimately it's in the scouting staff's hands, but I'm generally worried that he's on the decline. 




#2617187 New Ultra-Enhanced Video/Renderings of the Arena District

Posted by kipwinger on 29 June 2015 - 09:46 AM

 

Why?  They actually enjoy life.

 

My point was, they wouldn't tear down a Yankee Stadium or a Montreal Forum or a Boston Garden.  There's history in those buildings and players and fans felt something special when they went to a game.  Now you have these big corporate named arenas with more seats and more comfort, but less atmosphere.  It's not as memorable and not as great an experience.  Every time I meet someone who went to a sporting event at the Boston Garden or at the Chicago Stadium, I ask them about it.  Don't really care about the TD Garden or the Air Canada Center, and nobody will care in 30 years about them, because they will probably be demolished by then.  Not much time to make history there.  As a fan, I want to attend a stadium where legends played.  You can do that in Europe, but not here.  Unless you go to Lambeau Field, Wrigley Field or Fenway Park.  We'll see how long those last.  

 

Maybe it's a cultural mentality.  In Europe, they have famous soccer stadiums that have been around, in some cases, over 100 years.  They'd never think of demolishing those.  Maybe it's because Europe has more history than North America and has been around much longer.  We haven't been around long and want to make our stadiums look brand new every 20 years.  

 

So yeah, I'm sad they're demolishing the JLA arena.  It's where Yzerman, Lidstrom and so many other greats played.  


 

Couldn't they hold other events there?  Concerts and such.  


 

You're a European-American aren't you?  Or are you Native American?  

 

I'm black. 




#2617186 2015 Draft

Posted by kipwinger on 29 June 2015 - 09:43 AM

Awesome story about the Wings' last pick, Adam Marsh.  Considered a "problem" by some, he may turn out to be a late round steal.  This may be the first pick that has Blashill written all over it, given that the kid was originally drafted by the Indy Ice, Blash's former team. 

 

http://www.chicagotr...umn.html#page=1




#2617182 New Ultra-Enhanced Video/Renderings of the Arena District

Posted by kipwinger on 29 June 2015 - 09:22 AM

I'm still pissed they're going to demolish the arena with the greatest non-corporate name in sports.  

 

This new arena looks cool, though, and I understand they want to be on par with other new arenas around the league.  I just wish we weren't so keen in this country with demolishing legendary arenas. They don't do s*** like that in Europe.  

 

We're not European.  Thank god.