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In Topic: Datsyuk Announcement to Officially Leave NHL

08 August 2016 - 07:54 AM

Easier, yes, easy, no. And his hometown team and the team he will play for are in different conferences, so, he'll visit his hometown exactly once, unless both team make it to Gagarin Cup finals, which is extreeemly unlikely.

He went for most money he could get in Russia, regardless where he will be in relation to his family. If Vladivostok paid him the most, he'd played there, 7 time zones away from his family, while still in Russia. As it  is he is "mere" 2 time zones away. Family? What family?


This is actually a very logical post that hopefully ends the posts claiming: "OMG it's not 30 hours away people, don't you guys get that airplanes are way faster than cars". Thanks for the helpful insight. So instead of a 30 hour drive in his AvtoVAZ, he's actually only an 8 hour travel commitment away from his daughter - which means his excuse (to walk out on a commitment in which he was contractually obligated to fulfil) that has everyone siding with him, is actually bull$***. 


Truth be told, he has 2-3 good years of hockey left and probably wants to win something before he's done. He picked a team in Russia that paid him a reasonable base salary (packed with performance based incentives I'm sure) with a good chance to win and never looked back. Who can fault him for doing something he'd rather do, right? Unfortunately that's why multi-million dollar contracts exist... To prevent people from doing something they feel like doing more, because they don't really feel like doing the first thing anymore, that much.


Great player, great career - but I stand by what Ive said so many times - he handled his departure worse than any other notable Detroit Red Wing, and shouldn't be recognized much moving forward.

In Topic: Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

27 July 2016 - 03:59 PM

The reality is don't overpay mediocre players, not even by as little as $500K.

Making thE playoff 25 in a row results in less than top tier players...but don't overpay them. That's the problem.


Hindsight is 20/20.


I was happy about the Ericsson contract when it was announced, after watching him play on the top pairing with Kronwall the majority of that season. I was also happy about the Weiss, Modano, and Howard (after making an all star team) signings when they happened as well.

In Topic: Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

27 July 2016 - 02:23 PM

Ok, with LTIR it'll bring us back under the cap, but we'll still be the top paid team in the nhl. We have got to dump Jimmy and E somehow. This cap just cannot be justified. We are nowhere near cup sniffers let alone contenders, let alone favorites, but our cap puts us right up there with champions and favorites.

Buy Jimmy out now. You'll have 6 years at a cap hit of around $1.6M. At least we'll have all that savings. Dammit Kenny, someone will take him, just stop over valuing him and accept a 7th or future considerations! Or hell, just retain $1.5M of his salary for only the 3 years left and you won't have to give him buyout money. We will need that cap space this season for sure!

Would you rather use Tampa Bay's formula?


Miss the playoffs 5/6 seasons from 2008-2013 - stockpile draft picks in those years, compete in 2015 and 2016 (without winning anything) and then face Stamkos, Kucherov, and Killorn in free agency that summer, and then Bishop, Hedman, Johnson, Palat, Drouin, and Sustr the next?


I'm not saying Yzerman hasn't done a fantastic job retaining his core players so far (as Stamkos stayed for alot less money) - but in Detroit we don't have the tax benefits they do in Florida, and you can bet that TB will soon be a cap team without some of the names I just mentioned.


That's the reality of making the playoffs 25 consecutive years in a salary cap system.

In Topic: DeKeyser re-signed to a 6 year deal

26 July 2016 - 10:30 AM

Almost the same contract that Brian Rafalski got... Which is fitting, because this contract will look a lot better when we trade for a #1 Defenceman and pair them together.

In Topic: Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

25 July 2016 - 01:01 PM

I ***** about wasted money....at least I'm consistent and don't flip flop.

I also agree Miller could've have been let go, and Ott was pointless. All 3 aren't needed and kids would've filled better.

Vanek is going to surprise everyone and be twice as valuable to this team than helm. Unless they cater to useless 4th liners by putting them top 6 and Vanek bottom 6, which may just happen with an inflated salary.


That depends on what your definition of valuable is.


Vanek's skillset prevents him from playing in the bottom 6... So if he puts up 15-20 goals from the 1st or 2nd line, I don't know that he's even as valuable as Daren Helm who may put up 10-15 from the 3rd line, but also kill penalties at an 84-88% clip.