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#2524029 Hemsky testing market

Posted by DickieDunn on 16 June 2014 - 12:35 PM

He'd be in the press box within a month.

#2523898 Wings sign Tomas Nosek to 2 year entry level deal

Posted by DickieDunn on 14 June 2014 - 08:20 PM

Who cares where a person was born? They sign the best available players. It could be none of the local boys were as good.

For me and some very good friends (both male + female) this is very important, because it helps building that "us" feeling with a club. Just look at how much people are already liking Dekeyser and it will only get better as he improves. I didn't want to mention the Habs because for them it's not "doing the right thing" driven its politically driven and thats hugely different to just wanting some local heroes on your team.
Anyway I guess the michigan boys on this forum will know better how important that is for them :-)
As for non of the local boys being as good well how do you/we know if they aren't getting a chance?

I'd rather win with nobody from Michigan on the team than lose with a half dozen local boys. This isn't juniors or college.

#2523737 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by DickieDunn on 13 June 2014 - 08:14 PM

The only thing you do when you sign a player to an offer sheet is do the other team's negotiating for them unless you make the world's worst offer. There's a good reason nobody makes them often and only one hasn't been matched.

#2523685 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by DickieDunn on 13 June 2014 - 10:13 AM

What we really need is a top end defenceman...  Kronner is a solid #2, or a fantastic #3...  What he isn't is a #1 d-man.
I know I'll get slammed for this BUT...  I think the Wings should fire an offer sheet off to PK Subban.  Max money, max years with as many poision pills as Montreal can swallow.  If nothing else it will "cost" a division rival  some cash.

Who's better than Kronwall?

#2523637 Fedor Malykhin

Posted by DickieDunn on 12 June 2014 - 05:27 PM

People get way too caught up on these guys.  Fedorille Brunnerstromov is just another guy who has torn up Europe and has a lot to learn about what it takes to be more than a role player in the NHL.

#2523542 The Franzen Hate.

Posted by DickieDunn on 11 June 2014 - 07:44 PM

Wait, what? Vanek? He was a ghost in the playoffs

Did you even watch the Canadians? Hell even NBC guys commented in it a couple times. He was always a threat and putting pressure on the opposing team.

Vanek was such a threat he was demoted to the 4th line and the Habs won't even try to re-sign him.

#2523489 Dan Boyle's rights traded to the Islanders…..

Posted by DickieDunn on 11 June 2014 - 09:55 AM

Kronwall has never been the shut down guy. That was Stuart's job, now it's Ericsson's. Smith puts up decent numbers for his role and who he's on the ice with.

#2523322 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by DickieDunn on 09 June 2014 - 08:07 PM

Sometimes the easiest way to improve is to let your young players get better. Smith is ready to be a top 4 guy. Dekeyser is improving his puck movement. I don't want them to get someone who isn't head and shoulders better than those 2 kids. No Boyle. No Orpik. No Markov.

#2523244 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by DickieDunn on 08 June 2014 - 10:28 AM

Would people rather have lashoff or almquist as our 7th dman?


#2523160 Dan Boyle's rights traded to the Islanders…..

Posted by DickieDunn on 07 June 2014 - 04:42 PM

The Wings aren't in a position to need a small piece.  Adding Boyle and Penner or another lower level free agent forward won't make them that much better.  Moulson or Vanek plus a higher level D wound't get them over the hump either.  At this point, regardless of where Zetterberg and Datsyuk are in their careers, the only two good options are either using the youth to trade for 2 top flight players, better than the guys in free agency, or letting the young guys develop.  That includes Kindl and Lashoff staying, starting the year witha  rookie on the 3rd pair, and giving Smith an extended shot at a top 4 role, and using Nyquist, Tatar, Sheahan, and Jurco a scoring line players along with Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Franzen, Weiss, and one other guy to fill out the top 3 lines.  Then roll out a checking line of Miller-Helm-Abdelkader, or use Helm or Abdelkader on the 3rd line and plug Glendening or Andersson into the 4th line.

#2523108 The Franzen Hate.

Posted by DickieDunn on 07 June 2014 - 10:41 AM

People are judging this contract based on the length.  He wasn't supposed to play the last 2 or 3 years of it, and under the rules that were in place when it was signed there would have been no cap implications for him retiring.  The only thing that makes it a remotely bad contract is the NHL retroactively punishing teams with front loaded contracts.  Consistency issues aside, Franzen puts up a good number of points for his cap hit.  How many guys who have signed as a UFA are putting up better numbers for the same money or less?  Virtually all of them are still on entry level or RFA contracts where they had less leverage and therefore got less, or had done nothing to indicate that they could score 25+ goals before signing their current contract.  People are talking about giving Vanek $3 mil more.  Over the last 3 full seasons plus the lockout, you get something like 3 more goals and 10 more points from Vanek than you do Franzen, and Vanek is less engaged away from the puck or when he's not scoring.  If Vanek is worth $6 or 7 mil, Franzen certainly is worth $4 mil.

#2523098 Dan Boyle's rights traded to the Islanders…..

Posted by DickieDunn on 07 June 2014 - 09:25 AM

They won't have a rookie as the reserve.  It would be stupid to have a kid who could be playing major minutes in Grand Rapids sitting in the press box on a regular basis.  you see that from a bottom feeder occasionally, but Detroit won't do it.  Lashoff will be kept as the #7.  Kindl and Lashoff together wouldn't come close to bringing a second rounder anyway.  Maybe a 4th.

#2522926 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by DickieDunn on 05 June 2014 - 05:35 PM

Honestly, everyone wants us to sign a dman in free agency and if he plays like he did end of last year, there's not a ton on the market better. Those that are better want long deals. Lock up Q to play on the third pair while the kids develop and get shots isn't the worst thing that could happen. Plus, the devil you know..



Nope.  Other players are better, at least until they get to Detroit and people see their flaws, then they suck too.

#2522655 Adam Almquist says he’s 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.