There were only 33 people with 100+ PIM last year league wide, the leader was Sestito with 213. Staying under 100 PIM isn't much of an accomplishment. He was second on the Jets in PIM, was far and away their worst +/- player, took 38 minor penalties (5 more than KFQ).
BTW in 97-98, 121 players had 100+ PIM, Brashear had the most at 372.
I figured $6 mil per for 7 years for Niskanen. That was pretty close and unless he continues to play like he did last year it's a bad contract. Boyle, Ehrhoff , and Vanek took less to go to teams they wanted to play for.
I don't need a top pairing D to be happy. Just someone right handed that can move the puck that can replace Kindl. They don't even have to be very good, just get Kindl out of here.
Exactly there are a lot of players in the league that would fit that bill and make our defense more solid.
Other GMs seem to be able to make trades and improve their teams but Holland constantly has his hands tied behind his back.
Other GMs also make moves just to make them and don't get any better, they just look different.
OR, he didn't want to trade Mantha + Jurco + Sproul + 1st for Yandle or Green.
See, I can be over-zealous too.
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Nobody on these forums wants that trade. What a lot of us DO want is for the manager to do something to actually improve the team. But, apparently, mediocrity and status-quo are perfectly acceptable in the bowels of the JLA.
But if the options are trade a huge package for Handle or Myers, get a guy who is beat suited as a second pair guy, or nothing, then what should he do? Anything he does at that point will lead to Holland is a moron screaming
Kronwall Smith Kindl and most of the prospects ate puck movers.
Pulk has little trade value because of his size speed and how he'd be viewed league wide.
Tatar put up more points Datsyuk was still better his rookie year.
Offer sheets are a waste of time.
I appreciate the optimism, and yes, this team will make playoffs. It's just that we didn't get any better. And yes, Quincey will hurt us if he plays like he did the past few seasons. Especially last year. The guy single-handedly cost us double digit games. If he plays solid, then obviously this is fine, but that's not his track record.
He did not cost the team double digit games single handedly.
Quincey isn't as bad as people say and he was one of the better guys available. He's still not worth close to that much. It's like going to the prom with your cousin so you don't have to go alone. The only way the D will improve now is if they trade Dekeyser, Ericsson, or Smith in a package for a legit top 4 guy and/or they move Kindl or Lashoff to make a spot for a rookie and use the guy who stays as the 7.
Ever been? Ever wonder why there are many multimillionaires in the suburbs of Detroit? It's because no one lives in the damned city, the live in the suburbs which are considered some of the best places to live in the whole country.
Yes, but you're not being offered a contract to play for the Bloomfield Hills Red Wings. They also want to live in places with thriving downtowns, and for the more business minded players, areas that have a lot of potential endorsement deals. Warmer weather helps too.
I really hope this spurs KH to offer sheet Subban. Make the deal as rich and unmatchable as you can.
It's not like their are any negatives to doing so, nobody will sign with us and nobody will trade fairly with us now anyway.
And Montreal would call him and say thanks for doing the negotiating for us. Offer sheets don't work.
Del Zotto would be a reasonable signing, if it was short term (preferable one year, no more than two) for around $2.5 mil per. He's struggled recently, but that was under Tortorella and then trying to catch on under Trotz. He might be worth a flier on a reclamation project. But only if they move Kindl.