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#2525955 2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

Posted by DickieDunn on 26 June 2014 - 07:47 PM

There's a difference between wanting to talk to agents and players and actually going forward and signing someone.  Holland is talking to everyone in order to do his due diligence.  When/if he finds out that Niskanen won't sign for less than ridiculous money, Boyle only wants a 3 year deal, Moulson thinks he's worth 6 years, $6.5 mil per, etc. and he doesn't think that they're worth close to those deals, he'll move on and sign another player to a more or less sane contract.




#2525944 Wings to have face to face with Matt Niskanen

Posted by DickieDunn on 26 June 2014 - 06:54 PM

Signing Niskanen or any player coming off a career season in a contract year to a long term contract is a big risk.  Yes, he could continue to play at a high level, or he could fall all the way back to where he had been, or end up somewhere in the middle.  Only one of those 3 makes him worth the contract.  One is a disaster, and the other makes in bearable, but not good.  Given the fact that they have Kronwall, Ericsson, and probably Dekeyser and Smith long term and Sproul, Ouellet, Marchenko, Backman, Jensen, et. al. in the minors, and that at least 2 and possible 4 or 5 prospects who can turn into NHL players, I don't think that the Wings need to take that risk unless they make a major move something like Smith, Ericsson, and a prospect for a Norris caliber d-man who wants to leave his team that will open up a spot.




#2525817 Callahan re-signs with Lightning for 6 years 34.8m

Posted by DickieDunn on 26 June 2014 - 10:10 AM


No if his body breaks down they'll be paying $5.8 mil for 30 points and 60 games.


 
OR, he goes on LTIR or retires.  There's not just one possible outcome here.  And at least the two I've identified carry no long term fiscal exposure for the Lightening, which is probably why they weren't too worried about the contract. 
 
I agree that his contract carries some risks.  They all do.  But you're acting like it's a foregone conclusion that this contract is terrible and will bite them in the ass.  I'm just providing two realistic alternatives to that narrative which don't end with this being a catastrophe for Tampa.  You're welcome to disagree with their relative likelihood.  But surely you won't deny that a "Brian Rafalski" scenario couldn't happen with Callahan if his body deteriorated before his contract expired. 

He can't go on ltir because he's injury prone. He has to have a real documented injury. I can't see him retiring at 32 or 33 with that much money on the table either.


#2525798 Callahan re-signs with Lightning for 6 years 34.8m

Posted by DickieDunn on 26 June 2014 - 03:14 AM


So $5.8 per for 6 years for a second line winger who plays a style that will lead his body to break down well before the contract is up is market value maybe below?


 
Who cares if his body breaks down?  If his body wears down, they'll put him on LTIR (no cap hit) if he wants to fight through the injury and play another season or he'll retire if he can't (without a recapture penalty because it's post lock out).  He could literally play for three more years, retire, and the Lightening would owe him nothing more than the three years salary and have a lower cap hit than the actual salary on top of it.  
 
I don't see the problem with it. 


No if his body breaks down they'll be paying $5.8 mil for 30 points and 60 games.


#2525784 Adam Almquist signed with KHL club

Posted by DickieDunn on 25 June 2014 - 10:07 PM


It's not just size, you can be small if you're fast. He's not fast enough. It doesn't matter how well he moves the puck if 99% of the league can win most puck battles against you.


Actually it does. You haven't considered that one reason our current defensive squad looks so terrible is because they can't move the puck very well? We get stuck in our own zone because Lashoff, Kindl, Quincey, even Dekeyser, Ericsson and to some extent Kronwall struggle to cleanly start breakouts. It doesn't matter how good you are at winning puck battles if when you win the puck you do nothing constructive with it. 
 
Fingers crossed Holland has some big plans because if we go into next season with Kindl and Lashoff still around I'll be a bit upset that we let our best puck-moving d-man leave for Russia. 


So you want to trade one problem for another. I'd rather fix the issue.


#2525783 Callahan re-signs with Lightning for 6 years 34.8m

Posted by DickieDunn on 25 June 2014 - 10:06 PM

So Yzerman thinks a guy is good and signs him to a market rate-maybe slightly below contract, and a bunch of internet forum GM's think he screwed up? I wonder who's side I should take on this one???????


So $5.8 per for 6 years for a second line winger who plays a style that will lead his body to break down well before the contract is up is market value maybe below?


#2525698 Adam Almquist signed with KHL club

Posted by DickieDunn on 25 June 2014 - 12:37 PM

It's not just size, you can be small if you're fast. He's not fast enough. It doesn't matter how well he moves the puck if 99% of the league can win most puck battles against you.


#2525663 Adam Almquist signed with KHL club

Posted by DickieDunn on 25 June 2014 - 09:58 AM

This is what happens when you completely ignore your defensive prospects like what Holland did with Adam last year. He essentially realized that if he didn't get a chance last year with all the problems Detroit had on the blue line he's never going to get a chance in Detroit.


He wasn't ignored, he's not good enough.


#2525660 Callahan re-signs with Lightning for 6 years 34.8m

Posted by DickieDunn on 25 June 2014 - 09:56 AM

200k as year isn't much of a discount. TB will be regretting this deal in 3 years, if not sooner.


#2525446 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by DickieDunn on 24 June 2014 - 09:59 AM

As long as we continue to make the PO's each year Holland isn't going to make bold moves. That is my humble opinion. Being in the top 53% is fine with him, that is becoming very clear.


Or he realizes you can't restock your team in free agency anymore and he doesn't want to trade most of their good prospects to get 2 or 3 guys. You're not going to get a good young player for Franzen Pulkinen and Ferraro or the other proposals thrown out around here.


#2525151 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by DickieDunn on 22 June 2014 - 05:14 PM


Glendening and Helm have the same value??
Pulkkinen is about to replace Jurco??
Ummm no.


 

no one said that. I said they are the same player, which they are. Both a small fast checking line C's. I said very clearly that I trade Helm because he has MORE value. read before you type.


Helm is one of the best 3rd line centers in the NHL. Glendening is a border line NHL player. That's like saying Lucic is like Shanahan because they're both big wingers.


#2524933 Shawn Thornton will not be returning to the Bruins

Posted by DickieDunn on 20 June 2014 - 06:53 PM

True - however a good portion of said fighters could make the opposition miserable by hitting them hard, and clean each time that player hits the ice.


Most players in the draft don't make it to the NHL - be it skilled or thuggish.

 

Forgive my ignorance - I don't recall the Wings drafting anyone with a penchant for the rough stuff in quite some time, but then again I really don't follow Major Junior, nor the AHL.

 

13-Bertuzzi and McNulty

12-McKee

11-Hudon and Nedomlel

10- Sheahan (not a fighter but projected as a physical center)

09-Callahan

08- Cayer is a big guy

07-Smith

06-Matthias was supposed to be a power forward

 

Before that they had guys like Kolosov, Bootland, and Ryan Barnes.




#2524909 Shawn Thornton will not be returning to the Bruins

Posted by DickieDunn on 20 June 2014 - 05:54 PM

Players of that ilk are out there - just that it's best to draft them which is something Holland & Co have shied away from.

 

They've drafted guys like that.  They just haven't made it to the NHL.  Most guys "of that ilk" who get drafted don't.




#2524908 Brad Richards bought out by Rangers

Posted by DickieDunn on 20 June 2014 - 05:52 PM

the sad thing is, all these quality players becoming available and Holland is thinking about re-signing Cleary...horrible.

 

 

Yup, because he can only do one thing at a time.  Talking to Cleary about a possible 2 way contract is the only thing he's working on.  




#2524455 Shawn Thornton will not be returning to the Bruins

Posted by DickieDunn on 18 June 2014 - 03:18 PM

When Babcock has had a pure fighter in Detroit the guy barely played. Why get an old guy that forces a young still improving player out just so he can play 5 minutes a night in maybe 50 games then not sniff the ice in the playoffs?