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#2617807 Alexander semin being bought out

Posted by krsmith17 on Today, 05:12 AM

I'd definitely take him on a 1 or 2 year deal worth no more than $2-2.5M per... He is lazy, but he was lazy back in his Washington days too. That didn't stop him from potting 30-40 goals per season. We have more than enough two way guys that could make up for his lack of defense. Put him on a line with Pav and he would put up 30+ for sure. He would be a massive upgrade on our power-play. Imagine having Semin on one unit and Pulkkinen on the other, coached by someone that will actually use them properly, around the left circle, where they could let off those nasty one-timers...

#2617803 Weiss bought out (confirmed)

Posted by krsmith17 on Today, 05:00 AM

I'm really surprised on the timing of this. I thought they were going to give him one more season to see if he could get back on track under a different coach, one that may have given him a better chance to succeed than Babcock ever did. I don't love that we'll have Weiss on the books for the next 6 seasons, but the cap hit isn't anything unmanageable, so I'm okay with the decision. We're freeing up a fair amount money, and we now have about $14.4M to spend on our RFA's (Nyquist, Jurco, Pulkkinen, Ferraro, and Callahan), with (I'm thinking) r roughly $5-7M in cap space to go after a UFA. I think if we do go after anyone, it's pretty obvious it has to be a defenseman. I want Franson, and I'd pay him anywhere between $4-5M on a 3-5 year contract. If we don't land him, I'm quite content to to stand pat and go with the kids. The only other defender than remotely interested me is Ehrhoff and he's another left handed defenseman, so I'd prefer to see Marchenko or Jensen over him. Franson or nothing for me...

#2617234 Grade the Wings 2015 Draft

Posted by krsmith17 on 29 June 2015 - 12:19 PM

I didn't like that we didn't address our biggest need, a high end, first pairing potential defenseman. However, there wasn't a single defenseman available that I would have rather taken over Svechnikov, when we were ready to go up at 19. I think he's going to be a great player and between Larkin and Svechnikov, I believe we have our one two punch of the future.

I love our first pick, not a fan of either of our picks in rounds 3 and 4, but think any of the round 5, 6 and 7 have potential to be steals. I don't think we needed to draft a goalie this year, as I believe we had more pressing needs to fill. I think there were much better players available in the 3rd round when we picked Saarijarvi. I was hoping we would pull off a trade to get a 2nd round pick or two as there were a few players I really liked.

All in all I think it was a decent draft with the picks we had. I would give it a B-...

#2617157 #73 OA - Defenseman Vili Saarijarvi

Posted by krsmith17 on 28 June 2015 - 09:24 PM

Buppy, like I said previously, under 5'11" is what "I" consider small for a defenseman. I have no problem with skilled defenseman at that size, but when they are 5'10", 5'9" or 5'8", that's a bit undersized in my opinion... So no, I don't consider Kronwall to be too small, or Eriksson, who is also 6'0" by the way, Shinzaki...

I also disagree that any of those 4 guys would make our blue line better. Sure, they may provide a bit of offense, but none are great defensively. I'd take a Kyle Quincey over a Torey Krug any day. That's just my opinion.

PavelValerievichDatsyuk, no, you didn't have to read my mind. I thought it was pretty clear we were talking about defensemen here...

Anyway, I'm not thrilled about the pick, but like I said numerous times in the "Draft" thread, I'll reserve judgement for now... I hope this kid becomes a stud.

#2617051 #19 OA Evgeny Svechnikov

Posted by krsmith17 on 27 June 2015 - 06:07 PM

I've always liked Helm on the wing, I think his speed makes him much more dangerous offensively on the boards than it does down the middle. For the same reason, I think Athanasiou would be much more effective as a winger at the NHL level. Both players are huge assets because of their speed and versatility. I don't think Helm should be going anywhere.

I doubt it will take Svechnikov 4 years to crack the Red Wings lineup, but I don't think it will be a year either. My guess would be 2-3 years. He's not eligible to play in the AHL next season, so he will be sent back to the Q for another year. I would guess he will play at least one season in Grand Rapids the following year, then possibly make the Red Wings in the 2017-18 season.

I think the '17-18 season is going to be a good one. New Arena for all these stud kids we're going to have coming up over the next few seasons...

#2617019 2015 Draft

Posted by krsmith17 on 27 June 2015 - 02:11 PM

One kid I was hoping we would draft (for personal reasons) but am absolutely shocked he didn't get drafted at all, is local kid Nathan Noel. He's a right handed winger, not overly big at 5'11", 172lbs. but he was ranked 54 by NHL Central Scouting. He was drafted 3rd overall in the Q two years ago and had very reasonable numbers. He scored just under a point per game with the Sea Dogs last season. How does he go undrafted through 7 rounds?...

#2617010 #19 OA Evgeny Svechnikov

Posted by krsmith17 on 27 June 2015 - 01:07 PM

I didn't want us to take a winger in the first round, but there isn't much question this kid was the right choice at 19. I was hoping Conner was going to drop to us (he almost did) but when I seen them going to the stage, indicating they were making the pick at 19, he was one of the top guys on my list. I still would have liked to move back and take Roy and Spencer but I'm quite okay with taking Svechnikov. I think he will be a really good player. I'm even more excited after reading he could potentially play center... Larkin, Svechnikov, Sheahan and Glendening down the middle sounds pretty good to me.

#2616982 2015 Draft

Posted by krsmith17 on 27 June 2015 - 12:13 PM

I'm not in any way saying that I know much of anything about any of the kids beyond the 2nd round, because I don't. But I do remember being excited about the Bertuzzi pick two years ago. I also remember being excited about the Holmstrom pick last year (I was also excited about Kadeykin). I'm not thrilled at all about some of these picks but I'll get over it...

#2616980 2015 Draft

Posted by krsmith17 on 27 June 2015 - 12:08 PM

darkmanx, I am one of Holland's biggest supporters and I have said several times that I'm not going to make too big of a judgement too early. I also stated what a great job he does at the draft table... I would never sit down with Holland and call him out for any of his picks, because he and his staff undoubtedly know a hell of a log more than me about any of these kids. Does that mean that fans that know very little about these guys can't debate amongst themselves whether or not they were good or bad picks? I don't like the picks, you do. Not a big deal. We'll find out in a few years whether or not they were good picks or not...

#2616948 2015 Draft

Posted by krsmith17 on 27 June 2015 - 11:44 AM

darkmanx, you say we can easily trade for a defender, but we can't trade for a backup or minor league goalie?...

#2616945 2015 Draft

Posted by krsmith17 on 27 June 2015 - 11:43 AM

Why is everyone assuming McCollum is gone? I wouldn't be at all surprised if he resigns and stays in Grand Rapids. All the fans are so sure that Howard is on his way out so why wouldn't McCollum be thinking the same thing? With Howard "100% on his way out" maybe Tommy Boy can make his way up as a backup to Mrazek. Also, why are Paterson and Perry not viewed as guys for Grand Rapids? And like I said, we have our number 1 in Detroit. Filling a backup / minor league role has to be the easiest to fill. There are always a dozen options in free agency every year...

#2616935 2015 Draft

Posted by krsmith17 on 27 June 2015 - 11:32 AM

Under Howard and Mrazek we have McCollum (if he re-signs), Paterson and Perry... How many goalies do we need? A backup / minor league goalie has got to be the easiest position to fill via free agency. I don't believe a goaltender was a need. Certainly not more so than defensemen...

Yeah, we did pick a defenseman. But how often do 5'9" defenders make the NHL, let alone become an impact player?

Like I said, I'm not going to judge too much too early, but at an initial look, so far I'm not at all impressed with out picks after Svechnikov...

#2616920 2015 Draft

Posted by krsmith17 on 27 June 2015 - 11:15 AM

I'm not going to judge too early on this draft because Holland and co. have proven successful at the draft table, but I'm not at all impressed so far either. Really haven't addressed and needs in my opinion. Big skilled Russian winger looks good, but undersized defenseman and a goaltender... Not impressed...

#2616283 2015 Draft

Posted by krsmith17 on 25 June 2015 - 05:38 PM

I don't get how a goalie is "needed"...

We don't need a goalie and we don't need wingers. We NEED defense...

#2616276 2015 Draft

Posted by krsmith17 on 25 June 2015 - 04:58 PM

We definitely need to take a defenseman with our first pick, most likely first couple picks. I'd go with all defenseman with the exception of maybe one center mixed in there somewhere. I really don't want to see us take a goalie and I'd be surprised if we did to be honest...