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#2518132 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by kipwinger on 29 April 2014 - 09:09 AM

Why I want Holland gone...He thinks this series was close.


“It was a learningicon1.png experience,” Holland said. “When you look at it, Game 5 was 3-2 (before a Boston empty-net goal), Game 4 went into overtime. Those were close games.”

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitne...5#ixzz30HeHvCoW


I'm not going to try and talk you into liking Holland, you seem pretty dead set against it.  But those were close games (on the scoreboard).  Only problem is that despite their closeness, we had no realistic shot at winning any of them. 

#2518026 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by kipwinger on 28 April 2014 - 03:31 PM


I already explained this but I'll do it again because you suck at reading. I am not good at CapGeek and so we'd get better players for Abby, Nyq, Howard. Those were trades and I didn't figure out how to get players in return.




I was goofing around. And yet that team definitely goes further against the Bruins than we just did.

Players are about chemistry, too. 

The Leafs are not good. Bolland would be good with Dats and Jagr. He is hard on the puck and can score. He is quicker than Abby.

Brodeur would teach Petr to be a real great goalie. 

Blah, it doesn't matter, we are not the GMs. We are just goofing around online.

Ken Holland will ultimately f*** this all up however he pleases.


Just an observation...


I think the reason you're finding such antipathy to your ideas is because many of your posts have been matadorish and confrontational. 


I assure you, we're all perfectly reasonable people who would gladly hear what you've got to say and respectfully debate with you, provided you would stop being so insulting during the exchange. 

#2518021 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by kipwinger on 28 April 2014 - 03:22 PM

(Spoiler alert:  I'm going to talk about James Wisniewski a lot in this post.  I'm not pining for him, or lamenting any past decisions.  I'm just using him as an example to explain why we should pursue Niskanen.  If your response to the post is, "Wisniewski suckz!" you missed the point).


I don't want to get into the weeds too much on this issue (that's what this summer is for), but I do think we should sign Matt Niskanen. Sure you'd have to overpay (a little) for him, but we've got the money and he fills a TON  of needs.  He's an up an coming young, right handed, top four, puck mover, who's very good on the pp.  He's also coming into the age were d-men finally hit their stride.  


All summer everyone will nitpick and find reasons to not like this move, just like they did back when we were all debating about whether to acquire Wisniewski a couple years ago.  They'll say the contract is bad, they'll say it's an overpayment, they'll put a microscope on each and every one of his shortcomings.  But at the end of the day, the amount you'll overpay will less than what you'll pay all the scrubs you'll bring in trying to find a cheap alternative. 


Think about it this way, using Wisniewski as an example.  Let's say he's getting paid a million more than he's worth (he'd be worth every penny of 4.5 million for his pts., aggressiveness, and pp shot alone).  Over the life of his contract you overpaid him by six million dollars.  How much did we pay Commodore, White, and Colaiacovo total?  A good bit more and got worse players.  At the very least the 51 extra points and physicality might have been nice this season.

#2517925 What Happened to Nyquist?

Posted by kipwinger on 28 April 2014 - 08:58 AM

Beg to differ. Adding guys like Nyquist and tatar is much easier-as the wings have proven time and time again. We come up with guys like them every year. Finding guys like Lucic is the hardest thing to do and most costly to trade for. If you took the 2 of them and tried to get Lucic, Kopitar, backus, etc.... in a deal, the answer would be no everytime.



Backus?  I wouldn't trade Emmerton for him.  That guy is terrible!



#2514768 ECQF - Game 4 - Bruins 3 at Red Wings 2 (F/OT)

Posted by kipwinger on 24 April 2014 - 04:10 PM

I truly hope Bert has one last insane series left in him and he propels us past the Bruins.  Just so that everyone who talked s*** about him all year (including me) can suck an egg.  Also, so that he'll get the Cup handed to him first before Alfie.

#2514762 ECQF - Game 4 - Bruins 3 at Red Wings 2 (F/OT)

Posted by kipwinger on 24 April 2014 - 04:01 PM

His hand exploded. He will come back next season with a hockey glove made of solid gold.


I heard they were doing something like this...



#2514714 Bertuzzi in, Jurco out

Posted by kipwinger on 24 April 2014 - 02:27 PM

I'm only ok with the roster change if Bertuzzi does this to Lucic...



#2514630 Bertuzzi in, Jurco out

Posted by kipwinger on 24 April 2014 - 11:13 AM

Well at least Babs has finally identified the source of our goal scoring problems and taken steps to mitigate the issue...(puke).

#2514625 ECQF - Series C - Penguins versus Blue Jackets

Posted by kipwinger on 24 April 2014 - 11:09 AM


We'd have to play the Habs first though.


And Pittsburgh would have to beat Columbus, which is not a guarantee.

#2514543 ECQF - Series C - Penguins versus Blue Jackets

Posted by kipwinger on 24 April 2014 - 08:20 AM

If Columbus doesn't blow two third period leads this series is over and Crosby's back in Halifax (or wherever the hell he's from), cod fishing and playing tiddlywinks (or whatever they do there). 

#2514410 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by kipwinger on 23 April 2014 - 03:25 PM


What's market value?  Who's deciding that?  Certainly not you.  And you have no idea why the coach is playing him on that line- could it be that he's trying to get Legwand to play with people he's comfortable with?  We've had one of the most active rosters over the last four weeks, with a crazy number of different lines.  Nobody seems to be comfortable out there right now.



I don't dictate the market.  Supply and Demand does.  And there aren't a lot of 50 pt. centers on the market.  Expecting Legwand to make the same money in a thin free agent class after putting up 51 pts. as well as being a quality veteran, leader, and 2 way player is silly.  If you don't think so, I don't know what to tell you. 


You're right, I don't know why Babcock is playing him down there, but I do know that Legwand looked plenty comfortable with Nyquist and Franzen when that line was singlehandedly carrying us into the playoffs. 

#2514406 Magic Man has Baby, Hank skates first full practice

Posted by kipwinger on 23 April 2014 - 03:07 PM

Even know my irritation with Babcock is at an all time high, I've got to admit this is pretty awesome...


"Pavel Datsyuk didn’t skate because his wife delivered a girl. Niklas Kronwall’s girlfriend is expecting.


Coach Mike Babcock expects both to be in the lineup for Game 4 of a playoff series Thursday against the Boston Bruins (8 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit). Boston holds a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.


I would assume that they’re both playing,” Babcock said. “They’re not giving birth. Their wives are.

#2514372 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by kipwinger on 23 April 2014 - 01:27 PM

Compliant Buyout Franzen.

Regular Buyout Tootoo.

Trade Stephen Weiss, 2014 2nd, and 2015 3rd round pick to St. Louis Blues for rights to RFA LW Patrik Berglund. Immediately sign him to a 4-year, $4.45M/yr contract.

Sign LW Tomas Vanek to 3-year, $9.00M/yr contract.

Sign D Dan Boyle to a 1-year, $6.00M contract.

Re-Sign C David Legwand to a 2-year, $4.50M/yr contract.

Re-Sign D Danny DeKeyser to a 3-year, $3.50M/yr contract.

Re-Sign G Jonas Gustavsson to a 1-year, $3.50M contract.

Re-Sign RFA LW Tomas Tatar to a 1-year, $950K contract.

Re-Sign RFA C Riley Sheahan to a 1-year, $950K contract.







So Gustavsson and Boyle move on/retire after next year.  Frees up money for re-signing Gustav Nyquist ($3.75M/yr for 3 years?), Tatar ($2.75M/yr for 4 years?), and Sheahan ($2.75M/yr for 4 years?).  The last two basically sacrifice their first year or two years of UFA for a big raise over their RFA years.  By the time Legwand is done with his contract, the team will have Mantha, Ouellett, and Sproul up.  Only thing the team would be missing is a #1 C for Datsyuk, depending on his health/ability/desire to play in NHL... Vanek would be 34 and the team could assess him then, too.


If I were David Legwand and I just got demoted to garbage minutes on the fourth line after I put up more points than anyone on the Red Wings team, waived my no-trade clause to come here in the first place, and centered the team's highest producing line of the year, I'd tell Ken Holland to go f*** himself if he called and asked me to re-sign with no raise. 

#2514362 Injury Updates

Posted by kipwinger on 23 April 2014 - 01:00 PM

@DetroitRedWings: UPDATE: Henrik Zetterberg said he will talk to the team doctors before making a decision about tomorrow #RedWings



Here's hoping, because the Wings definitely look like a team without a Captain. 







Yes please.

#2514218 ADQF | Game 3 | Boston 3 @ Detroit 0, BOS leads series 2-1

Posted by kipwinger on 22 April 2014 - 11:24 PM


This whole thing is just insane. Babs is just bracing Jurco and Kindl for next year, when a) Jurco is back in GRs and b) Kindl is on the 2nd pairing.  :w00t:




This whole thing is just insane. Babs is just bracing Jurco and Kindl for next year, when a) Jurco is back in GRs and b) Kindl is on the 2nd pairing.  :w00t:


The only thing that I can think of is that the man we know as "Mike Babcock" is actually a performance artist named Skye Rainwater who got his liberal arts degree from UC Berkley.  For years Skye had toyed with the theory that the American public was getting slower, duller, and more obtuse by the second.  It's not hard to imagine someone from UC Berkley holding such an opinion.  Eventually, Skye found an opportunity to prove his theory when Gary Bettman cruelly tricked Marian Illitch into biting an apple from the Tree of Knowledge, thus tearing the organizations' decision makers out of their pre-2005 enlightenment and into the dark age of "parity" and "Mike Babcock". 


Ever since that fateful day, Red Wings fans have been the subject of hockey's biggest social experiment.  The man we know as Mike Babcock (aka Skye Rainwater) does the dumbest s*** possible all the time...yet cleverly misdirects scrutiny by consistently uttering meaningless platitudes such as tonight's postgame "You shouldn’t give up easy access to your blue line" and "The second thing is we got to have a better plan and execution on our power play". 


Convinced that nobody will notice, his idiotic decision making and meaningless gibberish will continue until one day the Messiah will return, flanked by the Mahdi, and Dale Earnhardt (R.I.P) to vanquish the serpent (Bettman), send Skye Rainwater back to bowels of California, and promote Jeff Blashill to coach the Detroit Red Wings.


Blashill's first act as newly appointed head coach, and survivor of the fight between good and evil...