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#2526054 NHL Draft 2014: First Round

Posted by kipwinger on 27 June 2014 - 08:23 AM

Yeah, I see him trading down.  Someone they like is going to slide down the chart given how bunched together everyone is after the top five or six picks.  I called Kempe a few months ago, and I'm sticking with it.  They'll trade back two or three spots, still get their man, and get a 2nd to replace the one lost in the Legwand clusterf***. 

 

Edit:  Larkin wouldn't be a bad pick either, and he's a center (Tyler Wright seemed to indicate this would matter).  But I'm sticking with Kempe.




#2526025 Teams to be compensated for losing personnel to other teams

Posted by frankgrimes on 27 June 2014 - 12:06 AM

Oh nice. Now that the Hawks and Kings are losing guys, they implement this. Where the hell was this rule 4 years ago when the rest of the league started slurping on Detroit’s teet? 
 
Typical. 
 
One would have to think that sooner or later hockey karma will kick in. 


Wings aren't team Bettman west..


#2526016 Wings to have face to face with Matt Niskanen

Posted by Richdg on 26 June 2014 - 10:58 PM

As for those worrying about the young Dmen, don't. Yes Oullett, Sproul, and Marchenko only have 2 years that they can go down to GR without passing waivers. But what is the chance that all 3 turn out? About 0. Plus 2 years from now Kronwall will be 36. His NTC is also gone. Lashoff is our 7th as of today. That makes 2 possible spots right there. Not to mention since when is having to much talent a bad thing? maybe 1 or 2 get moved to fill another whole on the roster. There is no down side here.




#2525903 Wings to have face to face with Matt Niskanen

Posted by VM1138 on 26 June 2014 - 03:59 PM

I'm sure they've already talked tentatively about cost/term, etc.  Nisknanen's agent isn't going to waste his time.  Whatever Holland offered they'e at least considering, which means it isn't absurdly off the mark.




#2525567 2014 NHL Awards Winners and Losers

Posted by BottleOfSmoke on 24 June 2014 - 08:08 PM

I guess that means there's only 12 #1 defensmen in the league


:lol: :lol: :lol:

@DFriedmanOnNYI: Gustav Nyquist received 13 Hart Trophy votes. Not bad for a guy who spent half the year in the AHL.


#2525558 2014 NHL Awards Winners and Losers

Posted by BottleOfSmoke on 24 June 2014 - 07:47 PM

@TPLhockey: Niklas Kronwall finishes 13th in Norris voting, one spot ahead of Subban and Ekman-Larsson.


#2525461 Alfie informs Wings he wants to return

Posted by Jesusberg on 24 June 2014 - 11:31 AM

I think some of you gents need to just breeeathe. At lot of points that I agree with have already been made, but for me it comes down to this.

Did Alfie help this team last season? Yes?
Can he help them this coming season? Yes, I believe he can.
Lastly, are any of the UFA's on the market this off-season "game breakers", who will inevitably bring us straight to the cup?

Not that I believe any single ever player can, but definitely not.

In my eyes, there's no one being pushed out of this line-up because of Alfie's inclusion that is going to have a drastic impact on this team in the future (no disrespect to Ferraro/Callahan). And even in their case, I believe that Andersson should be traded to make room for one of those two guys (we're good at center right now).




#2525367 Markov retained by MTL - 3 years/$17.25

Posted by cusimano_brothers on 23 June 2014 - 07:11 PM

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"I approve this deal".




#2525233 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by kipwinger on 23 June 2014 - 10:52 AM

If i meant them getting Sproul in the lineup who is much cheaper, letting them resign young talent like Jurco, Goose, etc, and can provide offense on the 3rd pairing and the PP? Yes. 

 

I mean, I don't disagree with your logic.  I just have a hard time imagining KH moving ANY roster player.  The combination of Ericsson being "home grown" and Holland being so loyal that he'd rather watch his team tank than move a guy who has value, makes me believe he'll never...EVER...trade a homegrown top pairing d-man. 




#2525235 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by e_prime on 23 June 2014 - 10:58 AM

 

I mean, I don't disagree with your logic.  I just have a hard time imagining KH moving ANY roster player.  The combination of Ericsson being "home grown" and Holland being so loyal that he'd rather watch his team tank than move a guy who has value, makes me believe he'll never...EVER...trade a homegrown top pairing d-man. 

This is going to be his downfall.




#2525213 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by e_prime on 23 June 2014 - 09:57 AM

 

Yeah, I read that Mlive Q&A as well.

 

Basically, he speculates that Holland won't overpay either in UFA dollars or in tradable assets. So no Niskanens, no Boyles, no Keslers, or Yandle type guys.

 

Honestly, I'd be happy with Tom Gilbert. He'smobile, has a great first pass, can eat up a ton of minutes, and has that right shot.

 

One of the "secondary scorers" he mentioned was Jussi Jokinen. I will be absolutely furious if we sign that guy.

...but in the same breath he mentions Moulson and Stastny.  Those are names I could live with.

 

Ansar

 

Possibilities include Dan Boyle, Anton Stralman, Derek Morris, Tom Gilbert and Stephane Robidas.

As far as defense goes... Those are fine.  Not what I really want, but Stralman has simplified his game and would be a solid piece.  Morris and Gilbert are decent puck-movers.  Can't complain too much.  If we're not going for broke I don't see why we'd want to take on Boyle (he wants cash and term) and Robidas is just aged and broken down. (38 and 48 games played in the last two years)




#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.  




#2524785 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by e_prime on 20 June 2014 - 08:25 AM

Yzerman played the game with integrity. Thornton is a diving, embellishing scumbag.

Sather is likely to overpay for him, anyway, if the rumors are true that he is indeed interested.

 

So not only will they take on Thornton's cap-hit after dumping Richards' through a buy-out.  They'll probably have to send  Brassard (maybe not the caliber player of Big Joe, but he's, as they say, "on the right side of thirty.")  plus other pieces...because you know it's not going to be Brassard for Thornton straight up.  

 

...and ultimately they'll be right back in the position they are right now... almost $54 up against the cap with 7 forwards, 4 d-men, and 2 d-men signed. If they keep themselves in that position they will not be able to re-sign Stralman, Boyle, or Pouliot. Certainly not all three.

 

Sather is an idiot.  I swear to gawd! He needs to realize that they New Yawk Rangers made it to the Finals on the good fortunes of seeding, a Montreal team determined to beat Boston, just enough talent to beat a couple of dysfunctional teams from Pennsylvania team, and a player's personal loss turned into team motivation.

 

Thornton passing to Nash sounds great.  Doesn't it.  Until you realize there's no more depth after that. 

Sather needs to maybe take a breath and realize that he needs talent around Henrik if he's going to get the Rags back to the Cup Final.  Not just a star center in Joe Thornton. 

 

I would be very surprised to see the New York Ranger back in the Cup Final next year.

 

On topic:  Marleau would look pretty good in a Wings jersey.  Would take him over Thornton.

A big bodied winger that's still pretty fast, a two-way player, and that can score... bringing him East might give him a boost.


Well my position isn't to win a cup every year, had you read my position you would have seen it was to either be a contender or be making tangible steps towards becoming a contender again, 

 

I'm pretty sure I pointed that out.  Hence points my points A) and B) to mirror yours. 

...but you read it the way you want to, bro.




#2524749 Wings officially have vacancy in asst coach spot

Posted by Dabura on 20 June 2014 - 12:11 AM

What's to stop Chris Chelios?




#2524624 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 19 June 2014 - 04:05 PM

Or those players are less able to produce, and given the lackluster defense and jekyll and hyde nature of Howard they finish just on the outside of the playoff picture at the end of the season.

 

This really, isn't what I'd called being 'realistic' though. It's being negative and bringing a defeatist attitude when the draft, free agency and our roster for next season hasn't even formulated yet. 

 

If you're expecting the Wings to win the cup every year then you are setting yourself up for failure because it'll never happen. Yes all of us here want the Wings to do well, but surely being a realist would mean realising that the Wings won't win the cup every year?? I mean, winning one is hard to do, let alone two. 

 

You obviously disagree, but IMO this team is trending up. They're getting rid of excess baggage (aside from Clearly but that remains to be seen), are healthy, will most likely have their two best players back and ready to go (Z looked great in the two games he played against Boston, and there's no reason to suggest why a summer of rehab and conditioning shouldn't have him even better), we've got young guys coming up who are largely responsible for getting us in last season and have bright futures ahead, and we've got arguably our most exciting prospect for as long as I can remember (Mantha) turning pro and possibly challenging for a spot. So what's not to like? Rebuilding on the fly isn't exactly a painless process and we've seen that the last two years. But with the pieces we have, it definitely doesn't suggest we're going to suck. Too many people here I think are getting down on the Wings already even though the offseason really hasn't even started to get going yet. Am I the only one who's excited about the future of this team?