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#2520430 Canada can support 3 more teams in 20yrs

Posted by DickieDunn on 14 May 2014 - 07:09 PM

I don't like sticking teams back where they failed once. It's like getting back with an ex-girlfriend.

#2520417 A cap/salary question for you all.

Posted by DickieDunn on 14 May 2014 - 05:31 PM

First, I highly doubt he starts his NHL career with 3 seasons of 40+ goals. Second, he'd still be an RFA and have less leverage. Third, I don't believe any one player is worth that much, it makes it too hard to build a team with quality depth.

#2519965 So what do we have to trade?

Posted by DickieDunn on 10 May 2014 - 04:01 PM

There has to be a team looking, or at least willing, to trade a top flight player though.  No top d-men have been traded recently.  Only one hit free agency.  

#2519956 So what do we have to trade?

Posted by DickieDunn on 10 May 2014 - 02:34 PM

Suter is the only defensemen who is clearly better than Kronwall who has moved, and he went to the team willing and able to pay his BFF a ridiculous matching contract.  Over $15 mil for Suter and Parise is not a good deal, especially when it runs through 2025.  Weber was a RFA but Nashville wasn't going to lose him right after losing Suter.


So I guess my question is, how the f--- do you replace Lidstrom?


The answer is, you don't.  You take the younger guys you've drafted, add Dekeyeser, and hope that e of them can grow into top 4 D to play with Kronwall.  Ericsson and Dekeyser are 2nd pairing guys now, Dekeyser is getting better and Smith might be there next year.  Then there are Sproul, Backman, Ouellet, Marchenko, and Jensen.


You can say "well, those types of guys would be moved for the right package," but the odds are that the right package would mean a ridiculous overpayment.  They don't need a player bad enough to trade something like Tatar, Jurco, Sproul, Backman, and Mrazek to get him.

#2519879 Abby named Captain of the Men's US World Championship team

Posted by DickieDunn on 09 May 2014 - 04:47 PM

Its Belarus, how bad does Dekeyser have to play to look bad?


Now see, I try to compliment a Wings player, and you have to turn it all mean.  Why do you hate like that?

#2519660 So what do we have to trade?

Posted by DickieDunn on 07 May 2014 - 07:16 PM

There are a ton of tradable assets, just not many most fans want to see go. Hence the Miller+Almquist+Ferraro for a good player suggestions.

Define 'good player'?
Not trying to be a smart ass - just bloody honest that this team has very little that would interest other GM's into trading what we'd consider a  'valuable' return.

Smith Dekeyser Sproul Ouellet Marchenko Blackman Mrazek Helm Nyquist Tatar Jurco Mantha even guys like Kindl Pulkinen and Athanasiou have good trade value.

#2519641 So what do we have to trade?

Posted by DickieDunn on 07 May 2014 - 04:17 PM

What teams need a goalie?  What do they have the Wings want that they'd be willing to give up?  Why would they trade for Howard instead of using a pick on one or signing Miller, Halak, or Hiller?  If the Wings sign Miller first then try to trade Howard, they other team will know that the Wings have no choice but move him and it would kill any trade value he has.

#2519627 So what do we have to trade?

Posted by DickieDunn on 07 May 2014 - 03:19 PM

Ask the Canucks how easy it is to trade a goalie with a long contract.

#2519478 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by DickieDunn on 06 May 2014 - 05:22 PM

Vanek should be our target then, right?



Good God no.  Vanek isn't worth close to what he's going to get on the market.

#2519189 Was Legwand worth it?

Posted by DickieDunn on 04 May 2014 - 06:23 PM

In the long run no, he was quiet in the Playoff, but so were many other players. Time to shake up the roster


Datsyuk wouldn't have scored with Legwand's line mates either.

#2519033 Ken Holland Quotes (Apr 29th

Posted by DickieDunn on 03 May 2014 - 07:20 AM

People really need to stop taking what they hear in interviews literally.


"Overripe" means "we don't want to let a vet we trust walk away to call up a kid, then have to send the kid down because he's not ready, hurting his confidence and leaving us with a hole in the roster."


"We like our team" means "yeah, we have holes, but I'm not going to call anyone out publicly, and it's not like we're the f--king Isles or Panthers."


"Kicked the tires" means "I made a bunch of calls but they wanted our first round pick and our best players and I didn't want to trade any of them.  Deal with it."


"Getting him back is our deadline acquisition" means the same as "kicked the tires" only they're also getting a good player back from injury, and it will help.

#2518931 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by DickieDunn on 02 May 2014 - 05:14 PM

The problem I have with Niskanen is that he hasn't been nearly this good for the last few years. I've seen too many guys have a career year, sign a big contract, then drop back off.

#2518829 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by DickieDunn on 02 May 2014 - 03:56 AM

Niskanen isn't a #1 D. It would be stupid to pay him like one just because he's the best free agent D.

#2518141 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by DickieDunn on 29 April 2014 - 10:06 AM

Or I can join a forum and talk about it.

Which does nothing to try to convince those in power that the streak is "meaningless."
You can shout it here again and again, but until Holland et. al hears and agrees, the Wings' philosophy isn't going to change.

Ownership can think of several million reasons the streak means something. People act like Holland doesn't have a boss and makes every decision based on what he wants. It doesn't work that way.

#2517637 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by DickieDunn on 27 April 2014 - 01:42 PM

A first, a 3rd line winger, and a youngish d-man who hasn't shown any kind of consistency in the NHL isn't going to bring the type of player a lot of people seem to think it would.  There just isn't the value there with the roster players.  Abdelkader, for all his limitations, plays a fairly unique style of play compared to the rest of the guys in the Wings' system.  Helm is similar, Callahan might get there when he gets stronger, but Helm is smaller (and thus far more fragile) and Callahan doesn't skate as well.  Putting a team together isn't all about getting the 18 most skilled players you can and throwing them out there, you need guys like Abdelkader.  That doesn't mean I love the idea of him on Datsyuk's wing, unless maybe he was playing with Nyquist or Zetterberg on the other side, but he does add a lot of things that they won't get from another guy.