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#2682076 Darren Helm re-signed: 5 years, $3.85m AAV

Posted by _SP_ on 03 July 2016 - 01:19 PM


Dude, I disable Javascript on this site because it keeps crapping out in Firefox otherwise. The " " mess isn't something I typed.

But good call coming down on me and not the clown that can't find the period button.

I suppose irony wasn't the right word. It was more of your username than anything. Because punctuation seems unknown to the Internet. People suck at spelling and grammar to begin with, then you throw in Internet slang/shortcuts and people become zombies.

#2682000 Darren Helm re-signed: 5 years, $3.85m AAV

Posted by _SP_ on 02 July 2016 - 06:52 PM

The irony of Internet Unknown posting that amuses me.

#2677287 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by _SP_ on 09 June 2016 - 09:45 PM

I hate to overwHELM you all, but in this rHELM, am the only Darren Helm at the HELM of this ship.  

#Overkill #We'reDoneHere 

#2668267 ECQF Game 1 GTD: Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 ET

Posted by _SP_ on 13 April 2016 - 08:51 PM

Sky fell out in the beginning of the season, they didn't really earn their spot in the playoffs, it was dependent on other teams loosing!

I'm sorry, but that's a crappy argument. Just because they lost their last game doesn't negate the points they earned through 81 games.

#2666991 Playoff Lines + Mantha Back to GR

Posted by _SP_ on 11 April 2016 - 12:45 AM

Larkin - Datsyuk - Mantha
Nyquist - Zetterberg - Abdelkader
Tatar - Athanasiou - Jurco
Helm - Sheahan - Richards / Glendening

DeKeyser - Green
Smith - Quincey
Kronwall - Marchenko / Ericsson

Howard / Mrazek

I don't think pairing Datsyuk with a guy in the playoffs that he's hardly played with before is a good idea. 

Zetterberg - Datsyuk - Abdelkader
Nyquist - Sheahan - Tatar
Larkin - Athanasiou - Mantha
Helm - Glendening - Richards
Jurco - Pulkkinen 

DeKeyser - Quincey
Kronwall - Smith
Green - Ericsson 


#2621653 Wings sign Brad Richards 1 yr, $3 million

Posted by _SP_ on 27 July 2015 - 07:14 PM

Add Larkin to that line on the power play, DRZL

Fo shizzle


This deserved more attention than it received.


Actually 4 is composite. 2 is prime though, trade Smith.




#2620158 Gustav Nyquist signed 4-Year Deal $4.75 mill AAV

Posted by _SP_ on 11 July 2015 - 10:39 PM

Not only that, but $19M isn't an amount to turn your nose up.  If he gets seriously injured or otherwise unable to perform in two years, he'll be glad he signed this contract instead of holding out for $6-8M.


Think about it...  Let's say the alternative was playing under the RFA amount for two years and then signing a big contract:


2015-2016 $3,000,000  Two-year contract at lower rate to get to UFA.
2016-2017 $3,000,000  Two-year contract at lower rate to get to UFA.
2017-2018 $7,750,000  (big contract, presuming #'s keep rising and his performance increases) UFA

2018-2019 $7,750,000  UFA

So that's a total of 4-years, $21,500,000. Even if he signed a two-year, $6M contract - giving him the quickest out to UFA status - he's risking about $12M (difference between what he'd have at the end of the 16-17 season and what he's going to have now at the end of the 18-19 season) on the chance that he doesn't have a career-ending injury or otherwise harm his chances at a big contract.

So, yes, he maximizes his salary ceiling by signing a two-year deal, but he also maximizes his salary floor by signing a four-year deal.  Risk/Reward.

#2609591 Dylan Larkin turning pro... will play for GR immediately

Posted by _SP_ on 22 May 2015 - 12:44 AM

I think the change in sheer number of games, not only as a whole, but within a stretch of 4-5 days is the biggest challenge.  I would not be surprised to see him in GR for at least the next 13 months - if, for nothing more, to allow him the chance to build his endurance.  Not just skating, but in the weight room, in practice, and the physicality of the game.  That's gotta take some getting used to before someone is ready.

Do I think he could come up and be in the 80th percentile for three or four games?  Absolutely. Do I think he'd regress to the 20th percentile after 60 games?  Absolutely.


I think you leave him in GR just so he can get a feel for how to battle with a balance.  You can't go 150% all the time every time. 

#2605149 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by _SP_ on 30 April 2015 - 06:21 PM

So let's start with the UFAs:

Daniel Cleary (let go - 1.5M)
Erik Cole (let go - $4M)
Marek Zidlicky (let go - $3M)

Jonas Gustavsson (let go - 1.85M)


This puts us at a cap space of $10.5M.



Bring back all minor UFA/RFA's:

Mitch Callahan 

Nick Jensen

Louis-Marc Aubry

Jared Coreau

Tom McCollum

Andy Miele 

Kevin Porter 





Brendan Smith (2-years, $2.5M/year = +$1.25M)
Gustav Nyquist (1-year, $1.5M/year = +$0.5M)

Tomas Jurco (1-year, $1.5M/year = +$0.75M)

Joakim Andersson (let go, saving 0.75M)

Teemu Pukkinen (2-years, $1.25M/year = +$0.5M)

Landon Ferraro (2-years, $1.25M/year = +$0.75M)


This leaves the team with roughly $7.25M in cap space.


So we're looking at a loose forward lineup of:

Abdelkader - Datsyuk - Zetterberg
Miller - Glendening - Ferraro

How do you fulfill the other two lines?  I think you have to give a long look to Tatar, Nyquist, Sheahan, Pulkkinen, Mantha, and Helm.  I'm moving Weiss to the first team that offers to absorb his contract.


Kronwall - ?

DeKeyser - Quincey 

Ericsson - Smith 


You have to consider Marchenko and Ouellet for a spot too.  Maybe move Ericsson and his salary ($4.25M)?

Let's say both Weiss and Ericsson are moved (getting nothing in return but spare minor league parts and cap space).  That gives the team $16.5M in space.

My two targets are Arizona/Chicago C Antoine Vermette and Washington D Mike Green.  2-years, $5.5M/year for Vermette and 5-years, $6M/year for Mike Green.



So we end up with:


Abdelkader - Datsyuk - Zetterberg
Nyquist - Vermette - Tatar
Sheahan - Helm - Pulkkinen  
Miller - Glendening - Ferraro

Callahan - Jurco


Kronwall - Green

DeKeyser - Quincey

Smith - Marchenko




... what's that, you say?  Yep, with $5M in cap space, I'm offering Ottawa G Andrew Hammond a $3M deal to play 1-year here splitting 50-50 with Mrazek, giving him the chance to springboard a 40-start season into a long-term contract. That's a 400% increase in his current salary.


So where does Howard go? My goal is to offer him and a player like Jurco-Pulkkinen-Sproul for a true #1 PWF or DEF.  What teams need a goalie?  Buffalo, Florida (if Luongo retires), Dallas, Edmonton, Arizona, and San Jose, in my opinion.  And with there only being one "true" #1 Goalie in FA (Niemi) I think there could be quite a bit of interest.

My most realistic top target: Joe Thornton.  Of course, his contract is an average value of $6.75M and, with trading Howard ($5.25M), the Red Wings have $0.50M in room or so based on conservative projections here.  I'm offering D Joe Hicketts / F Tomas Nosek / mid-round draft picks if necessary.  Nothing more, not with Joe going head-to-head against their front office so much.


So my final roster...


Abdelkader - Datsyuk - Zetterberg
Nyquist - Thornton - Tatar
Sheahan - Vermette - Helm
Miler - Glendening - Ferraro

Jurco - Callahan

Kronwall - Green

DeKeyser - Quincey
Smith - Marchenko


And we keep Pulkkinen, Larkin, Mantha, Ouellet, Sproul, Athanasiou...


#2603286 Kronwall suspended one game

Posted by _SP_ on 29 April 2015 - 11:05 AM

Just tweeted a big F U to NHL Player Safety... Where's Palat's suspension?!  To the head, INTO THE BOARDS, and left his feet.


Left his feet WELL before the hit, MUCH earlier than Kronwall's.

#2589245 4/4 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Wild 2 (SO)

Posted by _SP_ on 04 April 2015 - 10:55 PM

Pens have too much help in the NHL Offices for that too happen



#2554992 san jose sharks "holiday sweater."

Posted by _SP_ on 08 December 2014 - 10:51 PM

Yep.  42 seconds.  Or 46.  Whenever the "chorus" started. I don't even want to scroll back up to verify the exact time...

#2551437 Nestrasil Waived / Claimed by Hurricanes

Posted by _SP_ on 24 November 2014 - 12:59 AM

My girlfriend has to dress me my color blindness is so bad. Shame on you for making light of my peoples disabilities


Off topic... my best friend is color blind. My friend's blue neon? Yeah, it was purple.


Or, as he tells us now, Amethyst.. since that was on the title.

#2549158 Malkin hit on Girardi

Posted by _SP_ on 16 November 2014 - 12:57 AM

I honestly thought it was a bad hit live. So I understand the Rangers being upset. I think they'd agree that it was a solid hit after seeing the replay, though.

#2530186 2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

Posted by _SP_ on 05 July 2014 - 10:14 PM

I'd sign subban for7 or 8m and gladly lose four first rounders when you get a guy like that. But like others have said it will never happen for various reasons.


Risk Management. You can sign a guy like that, use up 1/9th of your cap space, move him into a different system, and pray that he still performs at the same level-- all while giving up chances in the next FOUR drafts to make up for it if he busts, or you can pass, fill from within, or take a shot in the next FOUR DRAFTS to find FOUR players who have similar potential to be as good.