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#2429001 Holland on SiriusXM w/ audio link

Posted by frankgrimes on 09 July 2013 - 01:00 PM

Holland can disagree with the arguement "the east is bigger" all he wants, it is still a fact. Only bigger wouldn't be a problem but the east is also a lot tougher and filled with tough guys, that will drop the gloves and take runs at the Wings. Having said that, I like his low key approach that's the way GMs should behave and thankfully most are doing it that way. Listened to Holmers presser before and thought it was over the top. Anyway I really hope Holland isn't done for the summer and has some surprises in his sleeve.

#2428585 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by frankgrimes on 07 July 2013 - 05:03 PM

Great idea just increase the damn offer a bit and sign this guy, he should easily be the top priority right now. If the Wings lose him and re-sign Cleary it would be stupid.

Although I wonder how much of Holland pursuing Cleary has to do with Brunner not coming back?
Signing both Brunner and Cleary would have been stupid to begin with.  Too much cap room wasted.    
In any case Brunner not returning doesn't mean Holland should go after the ugliest girl at the bar.  

The thing is this should have been done some weeks ago why did he wait so long. It is not like the Wings played till January...if Brunner goes I hope he signs with the Islanders they are a young and coming team him and Tavares would be deadly

#2428581 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by frankgrimes on 07 July 2013 - 04:53 PM

Why doesn't Holland just increase the offer by taking money away from that Cleary contract he was planning on burdening the team with?  
I'd rather have Brunner for an overpayment than have him for 2.5, plus Cleary for whatever the hell he was offered.  

Great idea just increase the damn offer a bit and sign this guy, he should easily be the top priority right now. If the Wings lose him and re-sign Cleary it would be stupid.

#2428367 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by frankgrimes on 07 July 2013 - 09:32 AM


Wings tolerated players like Hull or Robitaille that had shoot-first mentality. Those guys were established and had reputation of scoring big goals though. Babcock's Red Wings are all about hardwork and so we can't allow a rookie to be THAT lazy. It may have a huge effect on other players.


Ever since Yzerman transformed into the 2 way genius, everyone is expecting pure forwards/goalscorers to become superb two-way players, guys like Toews, Zetterberg and Datsyuk are the exception not the norm. So expecting people with less god given talent to have such a great two-way game is just asking too much. if the guy can score around 30 - 35 goals a year I couldn't give less about his defensive responsibilities, primarely this should be the job of the defenders.

#2428358 Parros signs with Montreal

Posted by frankgrimes on 07 July 2013 - 09:01 AM

It is useless to discuss the need for grit, size and an enforcerif people just don't want to understand it. The Habs adding another tough guy in Tarnasky should be a big warning shield in terms of what to expect in the east. Canadiens got pushed around, run around and punched around last year like nothing, that's why MB is adding size and tough guys to the line-up.

I'm oldschool if someone runs our young-guns or stars I want him to pay on the ice for it, you can't count on that NHL clown Shanahan because not even the players know, what is and what isn't a suspension. Remember when Lidström got kneed by that Avalanche jerk? Downey was there to take care of business and it was a binding element for the whole team. There is a reason why those guys are getting jobs and players feel  saver with having them in the lineup. Guess what I think Prust has to be one happy guy now, he can focus on taking on guys in his weight-class instead of going up against the beasts from the east.

There is no harm in having a guy, playing 10 - 20 games a season with a salary of around 700 - 1.000k to protect your star players and young guns. Maybe the Wings and some guys who don't believe that the Wings need to get meaner and tougher to play against have to see the actions in the east firsthand before acknowledging that fact.

#2428329 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by frankgrimes on 07 July 2013 - 02:17 AM

I think people are upset, because this could have been done way before. During the last seasons most fans complained about the lack of a pure goalscorer, well here is 27 year old pure goalscorer playing his first season in the NHL and even a shortened one. For sure there is room to growth and he will make mistakes, because basically he is just an older rookie so no surprises here. Is he worth 3,5 m ? Probably not, will he be worth it soon? maybe if the Wings are offering 2,5 I wouldn't sign for that either if I were hi. Give him 3 x 3 or 7 over 2 years if he pans out, fine if not move on. At the end of the day, the Wings are paying Sammy exactly that and Brunner IS better, worth more than Sammy at this point in his career, also a 40 old Alfredsson at 5 million? I understand why Brunners camp is pushing for a better deal. Time to face reality here, the Wings aren't the powerhouse they once were so paying heavily under market value will not get the job done. Tatar, Nyquist, Brunner would really be a good round up for a top 9 bottom 3 type of style.

#2428196 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by frankgrimes on 06 July 2013 - 06:05 PM

Brunner is a VERY poor man's Briere. I would have let him walk too. 2.5 mil per for whatever term he chose was a fair offer.

I already got it some people hate him no need to repeat 10 x a day

#2428186 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by frankgrimes on 06 July 2013 - 05:50 PM

Well Brunner just wait 8 more years and the Wings are going to give you 5 mil plus and if you are finally 35 + you might even get a ntc you are just too young sorry...

3 years around 3m per would havebeen fair forboth sides

#2427906 Matt Cooke Signs with the Wild

Posted by frankgrimes on 06 July 2013 - 02:28 AM

I know, Crosby the guy to hate on the Pens for many but for me it was always that stupid idiot Matt Cooke. The only reason he never had to answer for his dirty behaviour were: Uncle Bettman #1 team, Steven MacIntyre and Derek Engelland now he won't have those three and finally has to answer for his antics.


Although to me this still isn't good enough, guy should have been ejected from the league years ago, FU Cooke.

#2427202 Filppula to Tampa 5 yr $5 million

Posted by frankgrimes on 05 July 2013 - 02:17 PM

Thanks for everything Filps, good luck in Tampa

#2426532 Wings sign Alfredsson to 1-year, $3.5m deal (+$2m bonuses)

Posted by frankgrimes on 05 July 2013 - 11:08 AM

Not liking this at all Alfredsson doesn't help the Wings and he should have retired as a Sens legend, stupid stupid move not impressed

#2425836 Players of Interest

Posted by frankgrimes on 04 July 2013 - 12:43 PM

Not sure if this has been brought up yet, but today TSN is reporting that the Wings have legit interest in Tyler Bozak. IMO Weiss would be the better option to replace Fil. Bozak is a pretty solid player don't get me wrong. But really only seemed to shine on a line with Kessel and Lupul. I would even say Ribeiro before Bozak

Lebrun reported that Bozak is asking for 8years and a bit under 5 m annually from the Leafs, this would be a huge mistake and an incredible overpayment. I'd rather have Weiss then but Bozak would still be better than Ribiero the guy just is an idiot.

#2425824 Dreger: Filppula looking for $5.5m/season over at least 7 years

Posted by frankgrimes on 04 July 2013 - 12:23 PM

Columbus sounds like a good place for Filppula

And maybe Horton too.  They're gonna be very good very soon and they did really well in the 1st round of the draft with their 3 picks.  Look for them to make the playoffs next year or the year after.

Columbus is for sure on the rise, they are building a hardworking team first mentalit, and their VP Davidson is leading by example. They did draft well added Gaborik if they now Filpulla and Horton watch out..western conference.

#2425357 The Overreaction Thread

Posted by frankgrimes on 03 July 2013 - 10:59 AM

I wish the series against the Chicago would be seen in a different way. The Wings joked away a 3:1 series lead the Hawks played their 4 worst games of the season once they've turned it on the Wings didn't even have a chance - this team is not close to Chicagos level. Statements like the above are exactly why I would have been fine with missing the playoffs, because at least it would have shown the higher ups that changes are needed standing pat will not get the job done, period. Other teams a re improving getting better each season and the Wings are - like it or not - falling behind which also means it will get harder and harder to attract players in free agency. Holland has done a lot of great things and nobody will take it away from him, but the guy does have problems with overpaying you can't expect UFAs to go to a non contender and take a discount anymore, the current Wings edition is not close to the cup, so the only option to get these guys is to take the risk and sometimes overpay. It may or may not turn out but at least itshows the league, that the Wings are still a force to recognize come draft, free agency and trade deadline...something, this team hasen't been for almost 5 years now. It would be even longer if Hossa didn't take a paycut in order to get his chance at the cup. No this is not an overreaction its the pure and sad reality. Like others mentioned, there is still time but the top guys are getting signed soon so waiting and then sign some meh players will not make this team better or bring back the WOW or ROAR effect this team used to own.

#2425203 The Overreaction Thread

Posted by frankgrimes on 03 July 2013 - 01:02 AM

How is it overreaction to expect the best franchise in all of hockey to get the players they want?

The top UFA players next year will want to cash in too...! So at some point the Wings have to show their financial power again.

Heck the Flyers don't have enough capspace but yet are finding ways to land UFAs.

Building from within is nice but you have to surround the only two remaining superstars with other pro ven guys and this not willing to overpay mantra will not get the job done.

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