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#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.

#2530865 Kane & Toews Sign Identical 8-year, $10.5M AAV Extensions

Posted by _SP_ on 09 July 2014 - 03:18 PM

Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews have shared their NHL journey ever since they first took the ice together for the Chicago Blackhawks and combined their talents to produce a goal on Oct. 10, 2007.

It marked the beginning of their success together. The ending is still nowhere in sight.



Kane and Toews continued to align their NHL careers Wednesday by both agreeing to eight-year contract extensions which a source says are for $10.5 million per year, keeping them Blackhawks through the 2022-23 season.

Their arrival in 2007 represented hope for an Original Six organization which had fallen on hard times for nearly a decade. They haven't disappointed since.

Over the past seven seasons, Kane and Toews have played in nearly 500 regular-season games together. After four consecutive sub-.500 seasons prior to their rookie season, the Blackhawks have since gone 309-163-68 with them. The two players have combined for 933 regular-season points, including 375 goals.

As good as they've been in the regular season, they've been even more clutch when it's mattered most in the playoffs. They returned the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2009 after five seasons of failing to do so and immediately helped them to the Western Conference finals. A year later, they both raised their first Stanley Cup and ended the franchise's 49-year championship drought. They've since led the Blackhawks to a second Stanley Cup and made them a perennial contender.

From Day 1, they have accomplished it all together and never looked to outshine or outdo the other. While they already have money and fame, they could have even more. All it would have taken is one slightly larger ego, and they may have never agreed to identical five-year, $31.5 million contract extensions the first time around and certainly not their newest contracts.

Kane and Toews are being paid like superstars, but they could have certainly asked for more and would have had their share of more significant offers to choose from if they had waited to go onto the free market after next season. They left money on the table, allowing the Blackhawks some cap flexibility. The Blackhawks may have to eventually let some core pieces go and turn to their prospects who are NHL ready, but they should be Stanley Cup contenders for the foreseeable future.

The Blackhawks' main objective with that additional money will be re-signing Brandon Saad to a new contract. Saad will be a restricted free agent after next season, and there has to be some fear another team will come along with an offer sheet if he's allowed to get that far. Considering he's 21, has shown improvement in each of his first two seasons and the cap is expected to rise, Saad could fetch somewhere between $4-7 million a season.

Kane and Toews permitted their careers to be harmonious, realizing their opportunity in Chicago is rare and can ultimately elevate them to a special place in NHL history.

Kane, at 25 years old, and Toews, at 26, didn't attach themselves together through their athletic primes and into their 30s to make a run at just one or two more Stanley Cups in Chicago. They're out to deliver to the Blackhawks what Michael Jordan once bestowed upon the Chicago Bulls.

Like Jordan, to honor Kane's and Toews' shared success and shared commitment to the Blackhawks, the organization will undoubtedly unveil matching statues of them outside the United Center whenever they decide to retire. It'll be a fitting end to their NHL journey, as they'll have a permanent place on Madison together side by side.








Wow!  Kane is NOT worth $10.5M/yr... He better be thanking Toews for getting him this deal!

#2530270 Trial date set in Steve Moore’s lawsuit against Todd Bertuzzi

Posted by _SP_ on 06 July 2014 - 03:38 PM

A $20 million jump for "after hockey earnings"? How much should my "after career earnings" be?


Interest? Investments? Real Estate?  This guy graduated from Harvard.  If you don't think he stood to make a LOT of money, you're out of your mind.  Don't be hateful; the money isn't coming out of your pocket, it's coming from the NHL- a group of individuals who did everything in their power to essentially cover this up and make it his fault.


Also, there are such things a PUNITIVE damage. Better known as, "Since you screwed up, we're not only giving him COMPENSANTORY damages for what he lost out on personally, but we're penalizing you for your role."


Not to mention prevailing plantiff $$$.  Basically, in a civil court, the court can put a percentage on negligent responsibility of both parties- meaning that the plaintiff may only be awarded a "partial win" in that they too were worthy of a portion of blame for the incident and therefore not entitled to all of the money they are seeking.  But if they are labeled a prevailing plantiff, it means that they are reasonably entited to having attorneys' fees paid for by the other party due to their "prevailing" win.

#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.

#2530160 2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

Posted by _SP_ on 05 July 2014 - 08:30 PM

Any offer sheet over 3.5M will cost a 1st round pick... do you all really want to give up a 1st in the "best draft evar"?

#2530015 2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

Posted by _SP_ on 04 July 2014 - 06:27 PM

Do you even watch the wings? Like I'm not tryig to be mean...but really. Do you not remember ANDERSON as our top line center? What caused that? Injuries. The same injury prone players being injured and you think it's going to change this year why?

Why do you think year after year when the same players are injured Itll change this year? Legwand is just a cheap insurance policy that we now wont have.


Are you kidding??? Who was injured when AndersSon was playing??? Datsyuk... Zetterberg...Helm... Weiss... all those guys we just listed.  DEPTH = 6-8 guys who can play center, NOT who can play center ON THE FIRST LINE. 


I get the feeling you just like to argue with people.  Half your arguments make no sense, other than to rile people up.

#2530011 Hockey News: Red Wings ‘D’ hunting

Posted by _SP_ on 04 July 2014 - 06:16 PM

By the way, 'D' hunting sounds like the PMS-version of a golf outing....

#2529453 TANK IT! 2014-2015 Season

Posted by _SP_ on 02 July 2014 - 12:18 PM

LOL As someone who was expecting big things this off-season and is HIGHLY disappointed... it's a SHAME to think some of you are so blinded by your hatred for KH that you don't think this team can compete.


NOBODY thought the Rangers would come out of the East- not with the Bruins, Penguins, Canadiens, or Red Wings in the playoffs.


But they did.  Because they made a good move at the deadline, were healthy, and believed in themselves.



Do you all think that Nyquist, Sheahan, Jurco, Smith, Tatar, and DeKeyser are ALL going to play WORSE than they did last year??  Let's say Nyquist regresses to a norm of 25-goals... with Zetterberg and Datsyuk back, that should be enough!  If Weiss puts up even just 40 assists, this team is going to be better.  The strides made between years one and two are usually very noticeable (ie. Brendan Smith, anyone?).  And if you think all of the rookies are going to regress, why not have some faith that Kindl improves to his average after an awful season last year?


This isn't a bad team.  This team should finish anywhere from 4th-10th in the conference.  You don't initiate a firesale before the season's began if you know you have a fighting shot.

#2529220 2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

Posted by _SP_ on 01 July 2014 - 10:03 PM

If you would have told me the Red Wings signed absolutely nobody, I would have been okay with that, over the alternative.  Bringing back Quincey to play in a system that doesn't work for him doesn't make a lick of sense to me.





Great? No.  Better than Quincey at $4.25M for TWO years (with Ouellet and Sproul coming on strong)? NO THANKS!

The forwards don't look horrible...


Is it what I wanted? No.  Is it OMG FIRE EVERYBODY horrible? No.  I don't like Franzen, I wish we were able to get Iginla, and I have NEVER liked Weiss -- even the day he was signed.  But do I think it gets us to the playoffs? Yes.  Do I think there are pieces that can be moved around for a run at a dominant blueliner or winger? Sure.  Drew Stafford, Bobby Ryan, Martin St. Louis, and Chris Stewart are all candidates to move on after this upcoming year.  Paul Martin and Mike Green might be moved, too, as their teams won't be able to pay them for extensions.  The team has trade pieces and I wouldn't mind seeing a guy like Tatar being moved straight up at the deadline for a player whom won't remain with his current team anyway.  


This team isn't broken by any means.  And further strides by Smith and DeKeyser could make a world of difference in the top-4.