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#2379954 Holland retirement watch?

Posted by Richdg on 03 April 2013 - 09:12 PM

I woulnd't be upset... This isn't a knee jerk reaction. I think this organization needs a bit of a shake-up at some point. We also need a shift in outlook in my opinion. 

One of the things that happen to many organizations over time is, they get very top heavy. Every company that goes into reorganiztion reduces the number in management. Some streamlining could be very much in order. Commitees to make decisions never work. Go look at congress........LOL

#2379944 Holland retirement watch?

Posted by Richdg on 03 April 2013 - 09:04 PM

Just thinking out loud for a minute here, haven't heard or read anything.


Holland joked for many years that once Nick retired, he was going to do so. His close friend and long time Assistant GM Nill is the choosen succesor. keeping those 2 things in mind and today, it isn't to much of a stretch to beleive Holland may be retiring as GM this year.

The last thing Holland would want to do to his friend is set him up to fail. Moving pieces and not having it work, would fall on Nill's head not Holland's. Other than a couple of UFA's that could leave/should leave, what else will chnage between now and summer time? Nothing. This way Holland can walk away with the team in an ok place. Full set of draft picks, not to many big decisions to be made, cap space to spend money on, and a team still capable of going to the playoffs.

Now the team is in a decent place for the next GM to come in and do things his way.


Again, just my thought. But it would explain things if true.

#2377463 Brunner hasn't hit the wall. He has slammed into it.

Posted by Richdg on 31 March 2013 - 06:40 PM

One of the things we all have to keep in mind is, brunner, Z, and Datsyuk were all in game shape when the season started. part of the reasons for their hot start. Now that the rest of the leahue is in shape, the league "caught up" to them. This is part and only part of the reason why all 3 are struggling to score lately. Now add in the offensive limits of the others on the team and yes it does make our O weak.

#2376239 Wings sign D Dan DeKeyser to 2-year deal

Posted by Richdg on 29 March 2013 - 08:26 PM

Great signing by the RW's. yes it will take him some time to adjust to the NHL. he needs some practice just to learn everyones moves, habits, and the communications on ice. No rush. That does give us 10 Dmen now, so yes some one or ones will be moved in some form or another.


On a different note. My gosh. Some of you are just plain silly. Just because you didn't get the info YOU wanted when YOU wanted it, you go off into bizzareland. In fact, I would like to invite all of you guys to my house to play poker. Bring lots of cash.

This was DD'd biggest day of his life to date, and HE had all the right to due it whatever way HE wanted to. This day was all about HIM not any of us. You only get one first pro contract. It is kinda like your first kiss, first "time" first job, first love etc.....

#2374328 "Fight Night at the Joe" 16th Anniversary

Posted by Richdg on 26 March 2013 - 11:48 AM

One of those days as a Wings fan that you will never forget like the cup win in 97

Best part-it was McCarty that did both.

#2374324 Wings Make Offer to Danny D!

Posted by Richdg on 26 March 2013 - 11:45 AM

Where did all this talk of Dekeyser demanding #5 come from?

Where did all this talk of Dekeyser demanding #5 come from?

peoples minds getting the better of them.

#2370904 long 3 day break.......

Posted by Richdg on 18 March 2013 - 08:34 PM

Yes I understand that we can't have hockey games every other day for very long. The bodies wear down. But I do enjoy seeing the RW's on TV every other day. Now we have a 3 day break and I find myself going into withdrawls..........

#2370750 Next 5 games could define season.

Posted by Richdg on 18 March 2013 - 02:05 PM

I've got some news for you: seven points in 12 games, which equates to 1.167 points per game, is almost precisely the pace that every team in the west save Colorado, Anaheim, and Chicago is riding.


I guess all of them aren't good enough either.

No it is not. we are a team that competes for Cups! not to be "like everyone else".

#2370644 Trading Filppula

Posted by Richdg on 18 March 2013 - 10:37 AM

Fil isn't a goal scorer. He is a passer. We have a bunch of those guys. No need to spend 4+ million to resign him. Move for picks prospects and spend our money of guys that put the puck in the net. How many years have we heard Babs, Holland, Micky and others talk about Filppula needs to shot more, needs more confidence, etc..... well he is 28 going on 29. If he ahsn't figured this out by now, he never will.

Now, this doesn't mean I hate Filppula or anything like that. But we have a bucnh of Filppula's. We don't have any Perry's or Clarksons. That is what we need.

#2369518 WMU's season.....

Posted by Richdg on 15 March 2013 - 09:09 PM

Hopefully after they lose whatever game ends their season, Dekeyser gets notice from his coach that Ken Holland is on the line with a contract ready to sign.

would it be in poor taste for Holland to go to every game that WMU has left? With his briefcase.......

#2369427 Red Wings close to re-signing Howard

Posted by Richdg on 15 March 2013 - 08:05 PM

If the rumored amounts are true-5 million, Howard would be the 12th best paid G in the league. 12th! That is a bargin.

#2369424 WMU's season.....

Posted by Richdg on 15 March 2013 - 07:52 PM

Ok Michigan won, but as I was watching they mentioned it is a best of 3 series. So at least 1 more game. But the same questions are there. if WMU is out of the CCHA this weekend, is their season done? if so Dekeyser gets signed when?

#2367943 4 Forwards that are/may be available, that help us:

Posted by Richdg on 12 March 2013 - 10:35 AM

Ok here are 4 guys that have been rumored to be available/could be available, that fill needs for us:


Drew Stafford 27, RW, 6-2/215, 2 years left on contract, good 2 way player, good for 25 goals per year. 4 million cap hit.


Nikolai Kulemin 26, LW, 6-1/225, 1 year left on contract, very good defensive player, when played on scoring lines he has scored 30 goals in a season, 2.8 million cap hit.



Brandon Dubinsky 26, LW/C, 6-1/210, 2 years left, gritty 20+ goal per year guy, 4.2 million cap hit.


Patric Hornqvist, 26, RW, 5-11/190, RFA this year, true front of net player, good for 25+ goals per year. current cap hit is 3.1 million.


Now the first 3 have all been mentioned in various rumors. Hornqvist may be a cap move. the preds have a bunch of holes to fill this off season. All of these guys are good solid, young, hard working players that would help us a ton. These 4, plus datsyuk, Z, Brunner, and franzen, gives us 3 solid lines that can score. These 4 would add 100 goals in scoring per season, for around 16 million.

While thye may not be true homerun tranactions, we would get a bunch of doubles. Also have great depth once again. The trick of course is the how? Filppula in a sign and trade, tatar, Nyquist, Andersson, and some picks would all be in play no doubt. But all 4 are young enough we could expect them to be around for another 5-7 years. making each of them 31-34 years old depending on length of contracts. Not terrible at all.


#2366771 Ducks re-sign Getzlaf 8 year-contract

Posted by Richdg on 08 March 2013 - 09:34 PM

Well..... not surprised. But think about this for a few minutes. Getz.... averages .93 points per game. Perry is at .82 and Ryan at .74. Those are each players NHL caareer numbers. he is also soon to be 28. So when his contract ends, he will be 36, not a real old age. According to capgeek, after this extension, the Ducks still are 19.5 million UNDER the cap for next year-64.3 million. They only have a handfull of UFA/RFA's to deal with. TBH this isn't that bad of a deal for the Ducks.

#2366493 3/7 GDT : Oilers 0 at Red Wings 3

Posted by Richdg on 07 March 2013 - 10:04 PM

A shutout and Abby finally breaks through....... He has hit everything else this year, skates, stikes, posts, crossbars, goalies....... not the twine...... maybe he can get going a little bit now.