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#2620641 Free agents this off season

Posted by kipwinger on 15 July 2015 - 12:52 PM

I'm only interested in another defenseman if he's a legit top pair guy.  A game changer.  A winner.  The kind of guy who would throw some punk kid's track suit into the showers without batting an eye. 


But where would you find such a defenseman?  Who could he be?



#2620634 Johnny Oduya signs with Stars 2 yrs $3.75 AAV

Posted by kipwinger on 15 July 2015 - 12:42 PM

Oduya isn't better than Ericsson OR Quincey.  He's very comparable to both though.  Signing him and shipping one of those guys out is just shuffling deck chairs. 

#2620365 Mitch Callahan signed 1-year - 600k

Posted by kipwinger on 13 July 2015 - 12:02 PM

I don't think his chances are "slim, to none".  Blashill loves the guy.  Called him "a player you win with".  Used him on the top line in GR.  He'll get every opportunity to break in with the big club. 

#2619996 Gustav Nyquist signed 4-Year Deal $4.75 mill AAV

Posted by kipwinger on 10 July 2015 - 03:22 PM

Hopefully this contract will help motivate Tatar as well.  If Gus can cash in like this, Tatar is looking at a hefty raise if he keeps being the better player. 

#2619955 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by kipwinger on 10 July 2015 - 01:16 PM


See, I don't buy that.


Babcock wanted Ouellet on last year's opening night roster. Before we'd signed Green, Ryan Martin said one of the kids would be making the team out of camp. Even now, with Green in the fold and one less spot "available," Kenny has indicated he'd like to start the season with Ouellet or Marchenko on the roster and that he may (but, realistically, surely won't) move someone out for the purpose of freeing up a roster spot for one of the kids. For Kenny to speak to that possibility...it means he himself realizes that starting both Ouellet and Marchenko in Grand Rapids would be pretty much inexcusable, especially given all his talk about how the young players need to take a step forward this season and how we need to get younger and faster as a team.


If both Ouellet and Marchenko start the season in Grand Rapids (and, by extension, spend the majority of another season playing against AHLers), it will be because 1) Smith ($2.75M cap hit x 2 years for a 26-year-old third-pairing defenseman who doesn't produce points and makes costly peewee mistakes on the defensive side of the puck) and Kindl ($2.4M cap hit x 2 years for a 28-year-old #7 defenseman who's a disaster in the d-zone) and Ericsson ($4.25M cap hit x 5 years for an error-prone 31-year-old "defensive defenseman") are all pretty much untradable, and 2) it's very important that the promising and NHL-ready young player who will be replacing Legendary All-Star Defenseman Kyle Quincey next season (and is fully capably of replacing him this season) sees as little NHL ice time this season as possible, because development!


I think you mean, renegade hardass defenseman Kyle Quincey.  Can baby-face Marchenko, or Le Francais, grow a beard like this?  I don't think so. 


If Kyle Quincey didn't already rule too much to have a nickname, I'd call him "The Outlander".  Just on the strength of that beard alone. 

#2619812 Pittsburgh: America's hockey capital? Lol

Posted by kipwinger on 09 July 2015 - 11:55 AM

U.S. Senator calls Pittsburgh "America's hockey capital".  What a maroon!



#2619805 Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

Posted by kipwinger on 09 July 2015 - 11:37 AM

McCarty is probably #1 on my list of Red Wings I'd like to have a beer with


I HAVE had a beer with him.  He used to regularly come into the main bar I frequented in college.  You'd be disappointed.  He's a wastoid.  It would be like having drinks with Jake "The Snake" Roberts (i.e. better in theory than in fact). 

#2619630 Wings‬ sign left wing Eric Tangradi

Posted by kipwinger on 08 July 2015 - 01:33 PM

This guy was a second round pick.  I wonder if that's because he was any good at hockey in lesser leagues, or if it's because he's a really huge guy. 

#2619603 Wings‬ sign left wing Eric Tangradi

Posted by kipwinger on 08 July 2015 - 12:22 PM

This guy is huge AND he fights?  He must be really good. 

#2619500 Free agents this off season

Posted by kipwinger on 07 July 2015 - 05:55 PM

There's a difference between trading him for a good player and "he sucks get rid of him."

I know. The difference is sarcasm.

#2619473 Free agents this off season

Posted by kipwinger on 07 July 2015 - 02:46 PM









I'd trade 3 Teemu Pulkkinen's for a defense that looked like this. 

#2619435 EC on paper for 15/16.....

Posted by kipwinger on 07 July 2015 - 12:35 PM

I don't want to go through them all, so I'll respond to just a couple of your assessments. 


I disagree that Ottawa is better.  They lucked their way into the playoffs, on the back of an insane goalie performance, after sucking all year.  Hammond falls back to earth and the Sens go back to the cellar next season. 


Panthers and Blue Jackets BOTH make the playoffs next season.  Boston and Pittsburgh drop out. 

#2619409 Free agents this off season

Posted by kipwinger on 07 July 2015 - 11:49 AM

There are a number of different scouting reports, talent analyses, and game recaps which all explicitly call his skating into question.  He was able to produce a lot in the AHL, despite of his slowness, because it's a much slower league.  The NHL isn't. 


Unless he's a can't miss top line player, I'd ALWAYS trade an unproven third line winger with question marks in his game for something better. 


Pulkkinen, 2016 2st, and Kindl/Smith (or something comparable) to Winnipeg for Dustin Byfuglien.  Upgrade the 2nd to a 1st if completely necessary. 

#2619360 Free agents this off season

Posted by kipwinger on 07 July 2015 - 09:37 AM

Pulkkinen sucks.  I'd start there. 

#2619356 Free agents this off season

Posted by kipwinger on 07 July 2015 - 09:22 AM

Happy to see former Red Wings Patrick Eaves and Carlo Colaiacovo sign contracts this off season. 


Patrick Eaves scored 14 goals in 47 games last year with Dallas.  That'll usually go a long way toward getting you a new contract.