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#2451683 Tootoo Waived

Posted by kipwinger on 07 November 2013 - 05:34 PM


i think you are overvaluing hollands role in the points you mention above.


aside from using the cap circumvention tricks that many used for several years to keep cap hits down, there aren't really any red wings who have signed well below market value to stay. i do not believe that holland has helped keep costs down.


hossa and alfredsson came here to play with top quality players and in hossascase to win a cup. in 3 or 4 years when 13 and 40 have retired, who will wnat to come play here with the top talent we dont have? regardless, this point speaks to the talent we already have not hollands ability to attract free agents. both player fell into his lap, that doesnt exactly scream 'highly skilled gm' by getting them signed.


DD is another bad example because there was nothing holland could do to woo him. all teams were able to offer the same max entry contract. there was nothing creative or mind blowing that holland needed to do to make the deal happen. at the end of the day DD is from michigan and went to college in michigan, it once again is not a signing that should be a feather in a gms cap.


brunner i guess is a decent example of a nice signing. however, what is the point when they let him go a year later for nothing in return?



my point in all of this is that overall KH has had more misses than hits in recent years. i believe that he and babcocks resistance to youth is about to hamstring this team for years to come. i am really excited about so many prospects in this organization, but when they never are put n a position to succeed, then it doesnt matter how deep the prospect pool is...


i am not saying KH is a moron or should be fired tomorrow. i just worry that he is leading the team in the wrong direction. i also feel like his reputation is overblown and thats how he gets by so easily. 


There isn't any resistance to youth.  There's just resistance to the youth that you personally want to see.  Smith is young, Dekeyser is young, Andersson is young, Tatar is young, Lashoff is young.  All of them have seen significant playing time this year and last.  Mrazek will next year, and so will Nyquist.  If Nyquist were playing right now you wouldn't be saying either Babcock or Holland were resistant to youth influxes.  You're only saying this because you'd rather have Nyquist than Cleary or Sammy.  We all would.  But not playing one guy does not make an organization resistant to youth. 


But, but, but...Quincey is terrible and Quellet is sooooooooooooo good!  Everybody used to say the same thing about Smith.  In truth, most guys in GR need to be there another year at least, Nyquist, Mrazek, and Glendening aside. 

#2451515 Tootoo Waived

Posted by kipwinger on 07 November 2013 - 01:42 AM

I keep coming back here hoping to see that someone has picked him up.  Not because I don't like Tootoo, but because I'd love the cap relief.

#2451145 11/4 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Jets 4

Posted by kipwinger on 04 November 2013 - 10:34 PM

Kind of a crooked one, then my nose scrunches up like I smell something bad, then I close one eye like a pirate and then puff out my cheeks. Then I throw up in my mouth because the Jets score again.


"Clitsome's going to the box".  C'mon Ken Daniels.

#2451091 11/4 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Jets 4

Posted by kipwinger on 04 November 2013 - 10:17 PM

Well in spite of everything, Brian Lashoff has looked really good tonight eh?

#2450908 11/4 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Jets 4

Posted by kipwinger on 04 November 2013 - 08:53 PM

it was pretty bad, most everyone sleepwalking


Jimmy kept it from being an early blow-out, made several highlight reel saves before giving one up on a breakaway courtesy of Quincey falling on his ass



There are at least five or six guys on the Winnipeg team that I would absolutely love to have on our hockey team.  I have no idea why they're as bad as they are.

#2450701 Nyquist taking things in stride, with class

Posted by kipwinger on 04 November 2013 - 08:44 AM

Look who's keeping pace with Nyquist down in Grand Rapids.  Tomas Jurco is going to be the real deal.

#2450506 11/2 GDT: Red Wings 5 at Oilers 0

Posted by kipwinger on 03 November 2013 - 02:39 AM

So that's what speed through the neutral zone looks like.  Welcome back #43.

#2450505 stephen weiss

Posted by kipwinger on 03 November 2013 - 02:37 AM

You guys have made this thread all about whether Weiss is a more skilled player than Filppula, which I think misses the point.  The real concern is whether or not Weiss can be a better player, FOR US, than Filppula was.  And in spite of his struggles, I'm not sure that he won't be.  He's looking better, and so far this season it's not like anybody else on our team has set the world on fire...to include D and Z.  Who cares what Filppula's totals are, we've seen what our teams looks like with him (for several years now) and it didn't win.  Time to try something new.

#2450126 Helm in, Franzen out against the Oil tonight!

Posted by kipwinger on 02 November 2013 - 03:52 PM

So happy for him, Helmer is just a great player. Feelng bad for Franzen but the guy has not done a lot lately so maybe it is a wakeup call for him.


What's a wakeup call, getting the flu?

#2450115 It's time - to predict 2014 Team USA

Posted by kipwinger on 02 November 2013 - 03:23 PM

Any team with Ryan Callahan and Dustin Brown on it is going to be pretty awesome.



One of my favorite players. I've wanted him on the Wings for some time now.


Yeah, I'm really pumped in general for team usa, but I definitely want to see Wheeler on there.  Guy is all over the place against Chicago.  For a while now I"ve been pining for E. Kane.  But after watching them for a bit it's pretty clear that Ladd and Wheeler are the bosses on that team.


p.s. Don't forget Backes!  Callahan, Brown, and Backes.  Prepare to get hit every single time you touch the puck.

#2450106 It's time - to predict 2014 Team USA

Posted by kipwinger on 02 November 2013 - 02:55 PM

I'm currently watching Winnipeg and Chicago and if Blake Wheeler isn't on team USA there's a problem.  That guy is a serious beast.  If Mantha turns out to be a Wheeler type forward I'd be thrilled.  Dude is big, fast, and has a killer shot.

#2449999 Philly Capitals line brawl

Posted by kipwinger on 02 November 2013 - 02:37 AM

I'm all for fighting and everything was fine at first IMO. But once holtby was down it shoukdve been done. Emery continued to hit the back of his head and the ref didn't help. Imo the ref and emery should get suspensions.

Also in the next game I fully expect emery to be ready to handle a little bit better of a fighter next time. He def. Went to far and should be dealt with accordingly.


So your only is problem is that Holtby got beat up TOO BAD?  You don't think it's a little silly that he had to fight at all, considering he didn't start anything, nothing illegal happened, and he didn't want to do it in the first place?


Why should Holtby get punched, even one time, because Philadelphia can't play defense?  They should let Emery punch the Philly defense, and if that doesn't work then punch Berube...and then Holmgren. 


This is stupid.

#2449995 Philly Capitals line brawl

Posted by kipwinger on 02 November 2013 - 02:01 AM

Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo stupid.  Wanna know the best way to get fighting out of the game?  Make sure every fight is pointless (Orr vs. Parros) or barbaric (Emery vs. Holtby).  Not a single fight in this very short NHL season has been necessary. 


As a matter of fact, wanna know what fight would have been necessary?  The one where some Washington goon went out to protect his goalie who was getting pummeled by Ray Emery and didn't want to fight.  What's that?  Such a fight never happened?  I rest my case.

#2449855 11/1 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Flames 3

Posted by kipwinger on 01 November 2013 - 10:14 PM

I know all the cool kids are talking about how crappy and old Bertuzzi is these days.  But for those who aren't watching these games with their heads up their *sses, is anybody else really impressed with the old man this year?

#2449844 11/1 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Flames 3

Posted by kipwinger on 01 November 2013 - 10:10 PM

Textbook dive.