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#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?


#2524298 Dan Cleary may return...sigh

Posted by DickieDunn on 17 June 2014 - 06:55 PM

 

We have plenty of Veteran Slots with Grand Rapids available this season. Tootoo, Emmerton, McIntyre, and Eaves are all gone, and Evans and Grant aren't signed. Even with them brought back we still have a spot open for another vet.

 

And as bad as Cleary is now a days, he's still better than almost all of those guys. He won't hurt Grand Rapids at all...The Wings on the other hand would be insane to give him a spot.

 

 

Yup.  He'd be a good guy for GR, bad guy for Detroit.




#2524288 Detroit re-signs Gustavsson 1 yr $1.85 mill

Posted by DickieDunn on 17 June 2014 - 05:40 PM

Don't like it at all. Mrazek doesn't need another year in Grand Rapids with nothing to prove. Monster is too much of a risk as a backup and quite frankly, he wasn't good the second half of the season either.

 

Mrazek needs to play.  If Howard is healthy, he's playing 60 games or so, leaving less than 25 for the backup.  It's not very often that a kid with waiver exemptions is brought in to backup an established starter.  It also gives them a 3rd goalie that they can trust to com in and play if there is a long term injury.  Would you really like to see a tandem of Mrazek and McCollum for a month if Howard goes down with a serious injury?  This way Mrazek can come up and split time with a guy who has shown he can be at least adequate in Gustavsson.




#2524084 Jiri Sekac

Posted by DickieDunn on 16 June 2014 - 08:22 PM

Yep, Holland's M.O.
 
How many times is he going to go to this well?  I wouldn't mind these undrafted, unproven European "projects" if they were for GR only to learn the NA game and EARN a spot in the NHL.  If Holland wants to sign Nosek and Sekac or Ballsek for all I care for GR then fine, but these guys expect NHL spots...we already have a log jam up front and NEED legit top line scoring....not projects.


Where does it say they're being given a spot? Nowhere. Mantha says his goal is the NHL immediately, "oooh such confidence.". Nosek says something about the NHL immediately, "he's being handed a spot wtf stoopid Holland.". Even Brunner wasn't just given the spot, he played well enough in the brief camp to earn it. It seems like you're complaining before there's anything to complain about.


#2524081 Shawn Thornton will not be returning to the Bruins

Posted by DickieDunn on 16 June 2014 - 08:09 PM

Nosek is signed for the future. Think of him as a draft pick they just signed. The rest of your post is nonsense. Thornton isn't what the team needs but Holland is stupid for not having any interest in him even though nothing about Thornton or that type of player has been mentioned at all by the team.