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#2530990 Article on FAs and Red Wings

Posted by krsmith17 on 10 July 2014 - 10:10 AM

Damn it! Baertschi is in Calgary not Edmonton, otherwise that deal would have been all but done...




#2530963 Article on FAs and Red Wings

Posted by krsmith17 on 10 July 2014 - 06:16 AM

Kip, I don't think anyone is saying that there was absolutely nothing Kenny could have done since losing Rafalski, Lidstrom and co. or that we agree with every single personnel decision that he has made in the past few seasons. Obviously there have been plenty to scratch your head about. But there have also been plenty of players that have signed elsewhere that we really didn't have any chance with, without giving up way too much in assets or salary cap. If a player has his mind set where he wants to go, like DeKeyser for us, there isn't much else you can do other than crazily over pay, and even that isn't going to guarantee they come here...

 

You can't argue that some pretty good players have been going to other teams for reasons other than having a better chance at competing for the Stanley Cup as of late. Do you really think any of the players that signed elsewhere, other than maybe Ehrhoff, Richards and Heatley (there were a lot of people that didn't even want these players anyway) believe that any of these teams they signed with have a significantly better chance at competing than the Red Wings? Does anyone believe that Washington, Tampa, New York, Dallas, Colorado, Minnesota or Nashville, were significantly better than us, prior to the signings? Or even after their big signings for that matter?... I certainly don't.

 

I think Holland is doing a great job managing this team, and keeping them afloat while building on the fly. To go through two successful rebuilds in both pre and post salary cap, without missing the playoffs once in over two decades would be pretty damn amazing wouldn't it?

 

Sure, I would have loved to have a shiny, new piece to the puzzle on July 1st, who wouldn't? But I'm quite content waiting another year and see what these kids can do.




#2530803 Red Wings Target Mike Green

Posted by krsmith17 on 09 July 2014 - 12:23 PM

Dabura, how many times does it need to be said that Green could very well be a rental?... Why would you give up any promising assets for a guy that could bolt after this season? No way, any of our top prospects should be involved in a trade to get Green.




#2530801 Red Wings Target Mike Green

Posted by krsmith17 on 09 July 2014 - 12:20 PM

It's been very clear for quite some time now that we are "retooling". We're definitely not going to rebuild and dump our three captains, nor are we going to trade away all of our promising prospects for a quick fix. I'm more than okay with the retooling that is in progress. Our team will be stronger because of it, knowing that this team does not accept losing (tanking).




#2530793 2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

Posted by krsmith17 on 09 July 2014 - 12:13 PM

Toews and Kane signed identical 8 year, $10.5M contracts...

 

Anyone else feel that the Hawks could be screwed cap wise in the near future?...




#2530777 Red Wings Target Mike Green

Posted by krsmith17 on 09 July 2014 - 11:16 AM

Yes Dabura, let's mortgage the future. For what? A year of Green? No, thanks!

Jurco, in my mind is much more of a sure thing than either of Nyquist or Tatar. You're right he is 21, 2-3 years younger than either of the other guys, and has accomplished much more than either at the same age. I'm not saying we should trade any of these guys, because I would be crushed if we lost Nyquist or Tatar but if I were to say that only one is untouchable, it would without question be Jurco, hands down...

I'm not worried though, Jurco isn't going anywhere.




#2530770 Red Wings Target Mike Green

Posted by krsmith17 on 09 July 2014 - 10:42 AM

How do people not see how special this Jurco kid is going to be? He has a much higher ceiling than Tatar and I would possibly even consider trading Nyquist before Jurco. Kid is going to be unreal.




#2530728 2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

Posted by krsmith17 on 09 July 2014 - 05:42 AM

Frank, no way this team finishes worse than last season. They will make the playoffs, probably around the 4 or 5 spot.




#2530691 Red Wings Target Mike Green

Posted by krsmith17 on 08 July 2014 - 06:34 PM

I agree Son of a Wing. I'm a huge fan of Athanasiou as well... Hell, there are very few prospects I would want to trade lol.

 

I know only one in like every three prospects turn out but I would be afraid we would trade the ones that turn out and keep the busts. Although that is one thing I think Holland has been great at. He very rarely gives up on prospects that turn out to be great and usually flips some of the prospects that he doesn't feel will work out for something in return.




#2530683 Red Wings Target Mike Green

Posted by krsmith17 on 08 July 2014 - 06:23 PM

I obviously don't know for sure who is going to be better between the two small, skilled wingers but I without a doubt believe Pulkkinen will be the better player and the bigger need in a few years. Like, I've made clear many times, I really like Tatar and I would love to keep him, but if we are making a trade, to me, he is the most expendable forward. Yes, he just had a great rookie year, which should increase his value even more in a trade.

 

Pulkkinen has a better shot than any prospect we've had in a long time, probably ever, and we probably haven't had a weapon of a shot on our team since Brett Hull. I hate comparing prospects to retired greats, but you cannot deny the similarities in the two. They're both identical in size, 5'10, 195-200lbs. they both shoot right and have a cannon, hell, Pulk even goes down on one knee, when one-timing from the hash marks, the same way Hull did.

 

So isn't it obvious now that Pulkkinen will put up nearly 1400 points in the NHL the same way Hull did... :P

Seriously though, I really like this kids potential. :)




#2530667 Red Wings Target Mike Green

Posted by krsmith17 on 08 July 2014 - 05:06 PM

Relax Kip, if you go back and re-read everything I've said about Green, I've said several times that I wouldn't part with any of our top players or prospects, including Tatar. There is no way Green on an expiring contract is worth that. I just stated to the people that would be offering up Pulkkinen, I would think twice about trading him away...




#2530659 Red Wings Target Mike Green

Posted by krsmith17 on 08 July 2014 - 04:48 PM

I am going to say it again. I would much rather include Tatar over Pulkkinen in any trade. Tatar has much more value in a trade right now and I think Pulkkinen, if he reaches his potential, would have more value to us in the future.


#2530616 Red Wings Target Mike Green

Posted by krsmith17 on 08 July 2014 - 02:03 PM

Keep Tatar over Jurco? Really?? Please tell me you're the only Wings fan that would do that... Jurco has top line winger written all over him. Tatar on the other hand is a middling 2nd, 3rd line winger. I guarantee when GM's are talking to Ken Holland, they are asking for Jurco long before Tatar is mentioned. But no need to worry because Green shouldn't cost anything close to any of those guys...




#2530612 Red Wings Target Mike Green

Posted by krsmith17 on 08 July 2014 - 01:59 PM

He would absolutely be a great addition to the team, like everyone else is saying, as long as it doesn't cost us too much in assets. There is no way the Caps would get any of our top players or prospects, so no they would not be asking for Jurco. Green is on the last year of his contract, and is slightly overpaid in my opinion, and the Caps need to trim a player from their blue line and they need cap space to sign another decent forward. All of this is what makes the Caps (Green) a perfect trade partner for us. But then again, I'm sure there are a lot of other teams that may be thinking the same thing, so let's hope Holland can make a reasonable offer without giving up too much of the future...




#2530592 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by krsmith17 on 08 July 2014 - 11:59 AM

I honestly wouldn't be at all surprised to see either Zetterberg or Datsyuk to play close to a full season.

I'm going out on a limb and predicting that between the two of them they play over 140 games and put up over 130 points.

 

I'll add to that by saying that Weiss has a career year putting up over 60 points, and Franzen will be at his usual 55-60 point pace.

 

I also think Nyquist and Tatar will beat last years point totals and between the both of them, they will put up 100+ points.

 

I may be a little overly optimistic, but hey, someone needs to counter all of the overly pessimistic people on here... :lol: