Well, while it's mind boggling that he got re-signed at all, let alone for $1.5 million and a $1 million bonus, it doesn't really matter. Since they're not going to use up the cap space, they could've given him $10 million and it wouldn't have affected anything but Mr. Ilitch's pocketbook.
The team has struggled for a few years, but I don't remember the Wings ever taking such a beating in the eyes of the media and general public. Utterly pointless signing. And the fact that it's for so much money and it's one way doesn't make sense to me. If this were pure loyalty, it would've been under a million and two way.
Cleary is here to actually play in the NHL, guys. Good lord.
We should start a drinking game. Every time Cleary falls down without being pushed or touched, we take a drink.
the money isn't an issue. it's a roster spot and the reason why he was signed that people should have an issue with
But in the end, old guys were benched for the kids. It didn't start well, but in the end the best players did play. If it continues to be that way, this isn't a big deal.
it is a big deal. not having nyquist last season cost the wings points in the standings early on. that could have been the difference between playing against boston or against a more favorable team like the penguins come playoff time. every single point matters
I think it would lighten the mood in the locker room if they had a team/teammates that they could be proud of and have confidence in.
I don't understand telling Alfie (who was actually pretty good last year, and actually has great leadership) he has to wait and see if he's healthy enough to play, but Cleary, who can barely stand up (and even if he could is totally useless anyway) gets a pass.
from what i've read it was alfie that said he wanted to wait to see how his back feels before deciding if he wants to play
...not unless there is a trade to be had, but hell, even Buffalo and Florida are getting better...
Kenny, nobody cares that its Detroit, Original 6, Storied Franchise, Rich History...they aren't going to come here for less money and they aren't going to come here to lose. You failed this team over and over and over again. You failed these fans...you haven't won crap without a Scotty Bowman influenced team...Even Lidstrom recognized this and left us...
Holland needs to step up NOW and tell Niskanen...$8M, 7 years...let's do this! And show the entire NHL that he is serious about making this city THE only logical choice for UFA's... I feel so bad for Datsyuk....Zetterberg should ask for a trade. He will rot here for the rest of his contract if he doesn't get out now...
and yet holland did offer boyle and ehrhoff better contracts, yet they still went somewhere else.
panicking and massively overpaying for niskanen would be a huge mistake. i say roll with the kids and see what happens at this point
BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl reports Sabres GM Tim Murray isn’t concerned about spending to reach the cap floor. Murray also decided not to qualify the rights of RFA defenseman Jamie McBain, making him eligible for UFA status on July 1.
what time does it start on tuesday guys? Im 4-5 hrs in front of yous over here
I'm a guy that mentioned Niskanen months ago but honestly the more I think about a 7 year deal the more I think it could backfire. What if he just a good year and doesn't end up being what we thought and we're stuck with this guy and a big contract. If the Wings sign him I hope it's not over 5 mil per. 5 year/25 million would be a great contract but that's not going to cut it.
this is why i would rather go with ehrhoff. might not be a righty and a few years older, but you know what you're going to get with him. niskanen has had one good season