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#2522655 Adam Almquist says hes considering returning to Sweden to avoid AHL

Posted by DickieDunn on 03 June 2014 - 06:02 PM

Small players can excel in the NHL.  It's harder for a defenseman though, and the few that do make it are far better skaters than Almquist is.  As it stands now, he'd be overmatched in his own end and offensively he wouldn't be able to win enough puck battles to be effective enough to compensate for the poor defense.


People who are saying he'd be better than anyone the Wings have now, or Sproul, Marchenko, or Ouellet, are the "grass is greener" crowd.  The same ones who said that Ericsson was going to be the Swedish Pronger, and every hot prospect was already better than half the roster before they played more than a dozen NHL games, and any given free agent would "obviously" be good here, until that player gets here and we see his flaws.  If Almquist was on the roster next year, everyone would be screaming to get rid of him by Thanksgiving.

#2522636 Shero & Bylsma Fired

Posted by DickieDunn on 03 June 2014 - 03:46 PM

Hey, hiring an analyst just because he can say words on TV that sound almost not stupid is a great idea.  Just ask the Lions.

#2522117 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by DickieDunn on 29 May 2014 - 04:23 PM

I agree with 1-3.

But the 4th....SMFH. At least make an offer to guys like Callahan or vanek. Just don't overpay and when/if we get outbid so be it. But at least make an effort.

I think we need three free agents or trades this off season...maybe four if we don't resign monster.


Why waste time making an offer that's less than their reported salary demands?  Callahan wants $6 mil per, Vanek wants $50 mil over 7 years.  Neither are worth close to that.


I don't go to Captain Cut and Paste's blog, I just go to milve and the Detroit paper sites directly, but I'm assuming Holland said they weren't going to get into a bidding war or something, unless the above post was it.  In that case, it doesn't say he wouldn't give their agents a call.


On Defense, I'd be happy to let Smith move into the top 4 and bring in a rookie for the third pair, and let Kindl and Lashoff fight it out for the 6 spot.  People always say they want to give kids a chance, then demand that they go out and get vets to fill holes.  Smith has 120+ NHL games in plus two playoff runs, and showed improvement.  He deserves the shot.

#2522116 The Franzen Hate.

Posted by DickieDunn on 29 May 2014 - 04:19 PM

krsmith17.....do I really need to name them?  I answered 30 teams have 6 guys that are better....so 30 teams means ALL....hell I will even say 31 teams and add in there Grand Rapids.


OK, what forwards on Columbus, Calgary, Florida, and Phoenix are better than Franzen?  We'll start with those 4 teams.

#2522009 The Franzen Hate.

Posted by DickieDunn on 28 May 2014 - 07:38 PM

Just out of curiosity how do you measure "he plays/doesn't play defense" because the Franzen I see is better than average defensively for a winger.

#2521877 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by DickieDunn on 27 May 2014 - 03:42 PM

Before the cap, there were usually multiple top end free agents available in any given year.  If a team didn't get their first choice, their second, third, and even fourth option were usually pretty good.  Now players get signed to super long term contracts to try to keep the cap hit down, and they're not hitting the market as frequently.  If you miss on Suter, the next best guy should be a second pairing guy.  This year the best d-man potentially hitting the market is coming off a career year that just happens to fall in a contract season and very easily could fall back to being a second pairing guy even though he'll get top pair money and term.  The rest of the top guys are either old, injury prone, or both.

#2521707 Mantha named CHL player of the year

Posted by DickieDunn on 25 May 2014 - 12:16 PM


I understand trading potential but before even seeing what he can do at the AHL level?  Not to mention that getting the type of player you're talking about would cost much more than just Mantha.  Who knows, Mantha could end up being a bust but I'd like to see him get a chance first before considering trading him away.  And with Holland's track record lately, I'm not so sure the return would be that great...


Because his value is high.  If he gets to GR and struggles, his value will drop.

#2521606 Emmerton-ov: Cory heading to KHL

Posted by DickieDunn on 24 May 2014 - 08:32 AM

2nd round. 41st overall. I cringe looking at some of the names that got picked "right afterwards," but at the time Emmerton was in the top ten of central scouting's NA skaters and not the only one in those top ten that didn't make much of a dent in the NHL.


You can do that with any draft from any team in any given year.  When you're trying to project where an 18 year old kid is going to end up 5 years later, it's a crap shoot, even in the top 5 overall.

#2521551 Emmerton-ov: Cory heading to KHL

Posted by DickieDunn on 23 May 2014 - 07:06 PM


#2521401 Regner: Next year could be Babcock's last

Posted by DickieDunn on 22 May 2014 - 07:13 AM

If Torts is worth that Babcock should get about eleventy bajillion dollars a year.

#2521348 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by DickieDunn on 21 May 2014 - 06:30 PM

Vanek is going to get a ridiculous contract despite the fact that he has 2 seasons of 70+ points in his career and hasn't scored 30 goals since 10-11. He's on the back half of his career and his numbers won't get better. Someone (Philly? Minny?) Will still give him $50 mil over 7 years. I hope Holland laughs at him when he hears that number.

#2521306 Blues re-sign Elliott, announce Miller won't be back

Posted by DickieDunn on 21 May 2014 - 07:07 AM

The Wings should have no Millers

Would you rather have Budweisers?

#2521260 So we've got a pretty good system...

Posted by DickieDunn on 20 May 2014 - 09:55 AM

HF let's just about anyone write for them, including yours truly once upon a time when I thought I wanted to be a journalist when I grow up. Matt and Sarah at RWC do a much better job.

#2521001 Hindsight Drafting (2005-2012)

Posted by DickieDunn on 17 May 2014 - 05:37 PM

Not that anyone has done this yet, but I kind of laugh when people bring up how other teams are built through the draft, then you look at their top players and they're almost all drafted in the top 10.  Then you look at Detroit.  Their top few scorers other than Alfredsson were drafted 121, 210, 97, 60, and 171 overall, their top 3 D 29, 291, and undrafted, and their starting goalie was taken 64th.  That's one player of their top 9 players taken in the first round.  The Pens, on the other hand, have gotten almost nobody outside of the top 5 in the last dozen years.

#2520936 Regner: Next year could be Babcock's last

Posted by DickieDunn on 17 May 2014 - 03:30 AM

Yes, Holland is incompetent.  Total nincompoop.  He's so bad, he took over as GM, won a Cup after losing one of the most important pieces of his team to a limo accident, oversaw the transition from one core of players to another, won another Cup, and is currently overseeing another core change all without missing the playoffs or having a bunch o top 10 picks.  Total idiot.