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#2617814 Free agents this off season

Posted by amato on Today, 07:07 AM

If we were to sign ehrhoff for the first pair, I'd rather keep the second pair Dekeyser and Quincey.. They played well together last season.


Not an amazing defensive lineup but not terrible. But, I don't think Ehrhoff will be signed by Kenny.. although if I remember correctly, didn't we have interest in him before he signed with Pittsburgh? If he could stay healthy, he'd be a decent addition on a short deal.

#2617812 Weiss bought out (confirmed)

Posted by amato on Today, 07:01 AM

So pissed about this entire Weiss situation. Holland screwed up by signing him over Filppula (yeah yeah I know I still miss him), Babcock managed him like s*** two years in a row and Holland should have just bought him out when he had the chance to do it without penalty (admittedly I'm not sure if we could have bought him out without penalty).

We couldn't have. Players had to be signed before the new cba was signed to be eligible for the compliance buyouts.

And, krsmith, I thought they'd give him another season under a new coach to play well here too.. I'm guessing the new coach didn't want him as much as one of his kids from GR. Mayyybe we're planning on signing franson/green/whoever, but I think it's more blashill didn't have Weiss in his plans. I'm sure Kenny was trying to include him in a trade before buying him out but obviously no potential trade scenario panned out.. best of luck to Weiss, I wish he would've had a better time in Detroit.

#2617790 Weiss bought out (confirmed)

Posted by joesuffP on Yesterday, 11:22 PM

I'd rather go after Franson personally

#2617768 Brendan Smith re-signed 2 yrs $2.75 mill AAV

Posted by F.Michael on Yesterday, 09:49 PM

Oh good Lord...How the f*** are we going to upgrade our D now? We have 6 D under contract and one spot going to a kid...


Will Holland continue to pay Kindl $2.4M to sit in the pressbox or will he bring up Marchenko and sit (waste) him?


Even if Kindl gets traded, that still leaves a kid in the pressbox if he signs someone... I just think going forward with the corps we have and only having a rookie come up does not bode well for us...


We really need to upgrade this position by signing Green or Franson if possible.


This offseason is turning into a turd.  Ya, I am comfortable with going with kids, but why fill all your roster spots before you even see if you can upgrade at a decent price?


I am not even going to waste my day tomorrow seeing everyone else upgrading and Holland sitting still with Cleary, Andersson and Smith being our signings. Sure Weiss is now gone, but that just opens the door for a broken down Franzen to take a roster spot up.  IMO, Cleary, Franzn and Smith should have all been gone. RIght now Detroit has $13M in wasted cap space on D in Ericsson, Smith, Q and K. I'd dump all of them to give Green and Franson contract and then fill the rest with kids. Right now our former coach is laughing is ass off...maybe sending Blashill flowers in condolences...

With our luck - there's always an opportunity for a youngster to get ice time courtesy of injuries, and with this upcoming UFA class - outside of Franson - there's not alot of major upgrades available, and some would consider Franson an 'ok' addition to our blueline, and certainly not worth the rumoured $6 million that he could command.


Truth be told - now is the time to see what the kids from GR can do; Blashill is now the coach so he knows these kids well, and since we're not Cup favorites there's no need, or pressure for Holland to pull some dumb stunt by overpaying (thus getting us in cap woes in a few years), or trading for some disgruntled 'star' from another rival who'll in turn cost us our youth/draft picks.

#2617753 Weiss bought out (confirmed)

Posted by Playmaker on Yesterday, 08:53 PM

This reminds me of one of the things I really didn't like about Babcock, though I didn't dislike him overall.


I don't think he put a lot of guys, most of those mentioned and David Legwand comes to mind as well, in a position to succeed.  Every guy is not a two way player that can play all three forward positions on all four lines. Seems like he was hell bent on forcing square pegs into round holes.   Not to sound like Dennis Green, but they are what we thought they were.  This is where I think there was a disconnect between Holland and Babcock.  Hated the Tootoo signing and he always annoyed me, but I actually felt sorry for him and for how he was treated.  Feeling the same with Weiss, although I think injuries were a major part of his issue.  I'm a little disappointed that we won't get to see if he could have succeeded with Babcock gone.

#2617682 Weiss bought out (confirmed)

Posted by nyqvististhefuture on Yesterday, 07:02 PM

Oh look after the ridiculous Mantha hype now it's Larkin .. This team isn't going anywhere so why not let him get used to the pro game in the ahl and call him up for a few games here and there
Best of luck to Weiss

I got high hopes for larkin but I agree , unless it's a bonfide star rookie I always prefer they start down for one year ... Let's see how larkin does there , if he dominates the game in all aspects and has like 55 pts in 50 games let's say then I'm all for giving him a call up and see what happens

But I think he needs to start down and dominate with the other kids

#2617618 Weiss bought out (confirmed)

Posted by gcom007 on Yesterday, 05:15 PM

5 or 6 year deal coming for Goose 5-6.5 mil cap hit probably, maybe 4-5.5


No way in hell.

#2617715 Free agents this off season

Posted by jimmyemeryhunter on Yesterday, 07:55 PM

One thing I really like about kh is, he generally doesn't get involved in bidding wars...
He offers you what you'd be worth to this team, and when you don't accept, he moves on.
Its shrewd, but smart.

#2617683 Brendan Smith re-signed 2 yrs $2.75 mill AAV

Posted by derblaueClaus on Yesterday, 07:04 PM

Nice, I like it.

#2617602 Brendan Smith re-signed 2 yrs $2.75 mill AAV

Posted by amato on Yesterday, 04:46 PM

Good deal. I have a feeling blash will use him better than babs did.

#2617598 Brendan Smith re-signed 2 yrs $2.75 mill AAV

Posted by Hockeymom1960 on Yesterday, 04:44 PM

I'm happy  :yahoo: .  Here's to a better season Smitty!

#2617559 Brendan Smith re-signed 2 yrs $2.75 mill AAV

Posted by wings87 on Yesterday, 03:26 PM

I figured they'd re-sign him anyway.  At no point did I think he was going anywhere. 

Yeah, it was inevitable. Gotta give him props though, other then a few bone headed plays he had a fairly decent season.

#2617558 Brendan Smith re-signed 2 yrs $2.75 mill AAV

Posted by F.Michael on Yesterday, 03:25 PM

A great offensive dman that doesn't score or set up plays :P

Well - did he ever get a fair chance under Babs?


I for one would get frustrated with Smith in his own zone, but he always appears to have strengths with skating the puck out, and jumping into the play on the offensive side of things, but under Babs system he always seemed a bit lost when trying to read the plays in his own end of the ice.


EDIT - I forgot - while trying to cover up for his defensive lapses - he'd take the bad pen...At times I thought I could see steam emitting from Babs ears when the camera would focus on him as Smith skated to the box.

#2617544 Brendan Smith re-signed 2 yrs $2.75 mill AAV

Posted by matt198913 on Yesterday, 03:10 PM

Whoooooohoooooo stick with the Smith

#2617540 Brendan Smith re-signed 2 yrs $2.75 mill AAV

Posted by Nightfall on Yesterday, 02:52 PM

Solid deal for a defenseman of his caliber.  Good 2nd pairing.