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#2533832 Flyers agree to terms with Del Zotto

Posted by rick zombo on 07 August 2014 - 09:04 AM


Which people feel that way?


Perhaps the 29 teams that didn't sign him + the one that desperately needed a player of his type and still waited until over a month into free agency to sign him to a deal (1.3M) that probably acurately reflected his value as a UFA?


Who knows exactly what took place with DZ's camp with regards to negotiations with other teams on terms and salary, but the proof of what type of player Del Zotto is, currently, can be found in the contract details and date of signing IMO.


But, like I said, IMO.

#2533539 Candiens, P.K. Subban agree to 8 year contract

Posted by rick zombo on 02 August 2014 - 02:07 PM

Yeah, that's a good salary cap we have. FML.

10.5 for Toews & Kane and now 9M for PK?


#2533343 Confused on the direction of this team going forward

Posted by rick zombo on 30 July 2014 - 08:21 AM

Tatar knows what direction this team is going.......



#2533274 Predictions for the DRW 2014-15 Season!

Posted by rick zombo on 29 July 2014 - 09:39 AM


First of all, you're overplaying your hand a bit.  Tatar was a regular in the lineup after 9 games...so it's not like those three guys were all getting huge playing time for the first half of the season...they weren't.  After the first ten games any two of the three were scratched on a given night.


Secondly, that doesn't really address my point anyway.  Cleary, Bertuzzi, and Samuelsson weren't the reason we got butchered by Boston in the playoffs.  They weren't the reason we blew a 3-1 series lead against Chicago the year before that.  They weren't the reason we couldn't beat San Jose for two years.  And they definitely weren't the reason we got embarrassed by Nashville in 5 games. 


But here's the kicker...neither were injuries.  In only one of those series (Boston) did injuries play a significant role.  There are fundamental issues with this team that haven't been addressed in a LONG time.  Acting like those issues have been resolved because we let a couple of frequently scratched third and fourth liners walk is the equivalent to burying your head in the sand. 


I wasn't arguing your point Kip.


I was only saying that this year's team should have less plugs than last year.


But yes, if this team continues to play on the outside, have crappy D, suck on special teams, and have average goaltending then they're screwed.


But, an improved Smith and DeKeyser combined with hopefully more Ouellett/Marchenko and less Kindl/Lashoff, and the D should improve.


The small forwards should get stronger.


Jimmy has nowhere to go but up, after last year.



#2533272 That Time Mike Vernon Used the Jedi Mind Trick

Posted by rick zombo on 29 July 2014 - 09:31 AM

It always blows my mind in hockey how two guys can have this much mutual respect and then pummel each other during one of  the best goalie fights ever.

#2533262 Tatar Signs 3 Year Deal $2.75 mill AAV

Posted by rick zombo on 29 July 2014 - 08:40 AM

Holy overpayment batman!


It's not overpayment enough to call it overpayment.


A touch high? Maybe.


Fair market value +/-? Absolutely.


It's criminal that Holland got Sheahan signed for less than 1M. But he just couldn't get away with low-balling Tatar.

#2533260 Predictions for the DRW 2014-15 Season!

Posted by rick zombo on 29 July 2014 - 08:35 AM


Not from Grand Rapids they won't.


Also, how can you honestly blame our bad start at the beginning of last season on lame plugs without immediately acknowledging that those same "lame plugs" are mostly still on the team.  We have the same problem we did a year ago.


We haven't made it past the second round of the playoffs in half a decade.  You can't blame that all on Sammy, Cleary, and injuries.  And if you do, you're setting yourself up for disappointment. 


Cleary > Cleary, Bertuzzi, and Samuelsson.


It's not ideal, but this year's team should have less deadweight than last year's. So we actually have less of a problem really.

#2533174 Predictions for the DRW 2014-15 Season!

Posted by rick zombo on 28 July 2014 - 02:02 PM

I too would love to have everyone play 70+ games. It is not out of the question, and I really hope it happens.  IF it does happen, I can see a lot of your predictions happening, bcause a full 100% healthy team makes this team a top 5 Eastern Conference team.  Minus the suppression of the kids that is...



Zombo...tsk tsk tsk, so just because someone works for the Wings, means that no one is allowed to know them on a personal basis? Ya, ok, as soon as they get hired or play for the Wings or any NHL team they are supposed to ditch their friends.  I am personal friends with Manny Legace's father-in-law, who is personal friends with tons of former, current players, trainers, coaches, JLA employees along with similar people in the St. Louis Blues, Carolina Hurricanes association.  And even if it was just one person's opinion of Helm that I was told about, that doesn't mean that it's true or untrue, it just makes it someone within the organization personal opinion, who is closer to the players and the NHL than you are.  So yes, when lets say for example, a trainer may play pick up hockey at the JLA with someone who isn't part of the organization expresses his personal opinion, that would be info from a Red Wings insider, as compared to all the rose colored homerism from most Wings fans.  Keep in mind that for every trainer you see on the bench there are about 20 that are behind the scenes that work with the players.  So instead of just trying to knock someone down, think about what you are about to say.  Just because you don't know anyone, doesn't mean nobody does. Helm has that rep. Sorry to burst you love bubble over him.


I have no love bubble for Helm. I have no personal dislike for the guy either.


And I'm so sorry, by the way. When I asked for proof of Helm's softness I really thought you were just quoting hearsay and clubhouse rumors. Little did I know that you source was Manny Legace's father in law!!!!! I feel so silly for second guessing you.


And believe it or not, just because one person that's about 3-4 people removed from you says Helm is a puss, that doesn't make it true. And when you were unloading your pessimitic rant on all of us it certainly seemed to me like you were presenting it as fact.

#2533142 Tatar Signs 3 Year Deal $2.75 mill AAV

Posted by rick zombo on 28 July 2014 - 01:13 PM

$7M? Overpayment.... No more than $1.5M per please. Maybe $5M for the term.


I don't think 2.3M/yr is overpayment. That third year could end up being a bargain.


Although Holland is terrific with his RFA signings (see: Sheahan, Riley) so I wouldn't be shocked at 1.5M per either.

#2533123 Predictions for the DRW 2014-15 Season!

Posted by rick zombo on 28 July 2014 - 12:47 PM


Helm is a ***** (from a Wings Insider) and will sit each time he breaks a nail, its fact, don't hate me for it. 



Not that I like to admit that I plowed through that entire long-winded pile of gloom, but I have to call you on this. Helm's a wimp because you heard this from an inside source? :lol:

#2533106 Predictions for the DRW 2014-15 Season!

Posted by rick zombo on 28 July 2014 - 07:41 AM

My predictions?


Half the roster is injured by November and they barely scrape into the playoffs again.


That's pretty advanced analysis. Did you use corsi for this?

#2533085 Confused on the direction of this team going forward

Posted by rick zombo on 27 July 2014 - 04:28 PM

He very well could play 82 games next year, and so could the also injury prone Zetterberg.  Both had back issues, both are apparently on the mend.  Helm had a rash of injuries all in a row which sometimes happens.  When you have a serious injury and then come back, your body sometimes doesn't transition too well.  Sort of like jumping on a treadmill that's going full speed...  Either way, I'm gonna stay positive on both of those guys as they're 2 of my 3 favorite players.  With Helm as well, he was concussed on a dirty hit by none other than Jared Cowen, so we can't really use the injury prone card on that one, or we'd have to use it on Dats as well, who was also concussed by that meathead Cowen.  Last year sucked terribly for injuries.  All I can say is I hope that changes this year and we get to watch our best players every night.

I can dig your positivity.

Also, I almost forgot about Cowan. That dude needs to be dealt with early this season.

#2533030 Confused on the direction of this team going forward

Posted by rick zombo on 25 July 2014 - 11:14 PM

In 3-4 years, Helm will be skating circles around a pile of crows for LGW to feast upon ;)


I hope he plays 82 games next season and everyone forgets the past 2 years.


I think we’d all love that. 

#2532995 Ferraro re-signed: 1-year $550K (2-way)

Posted by rick zombo on 25 July 2014 - 10:43 AM

Worth it's own thread perhaps, but mostly a "meh" signing?


The price is right: 1 year, 2 way, 550k.



#2532994 2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

Posted by rick zombo on 25 July 2014 - 10:39 AM

Zombo, I'm not sure I get how you think Cleary has so much more potential than Booth.  Booth has been very good every year in the league, except last year, not just 2 good years.  I think the only question with him is health.  He's done the following:


2008 - 40pts

2009 - 60pts

2010 - 16pts in injury shortened 28 games (extrapolates to 47pts over 82 games)

2011 - 40pts

2012 - 30pts in 62 games (extrapolates to 40pts over 82 games)

2013 - write-off due to injury

2014 - 19pts in 66 games.


So, yes, health is definitely a problem, but for a guy that can put up 40 - 60pts or more if healthy, a 1 year, $1.1M contract is basically zero risk.


For Cleary, he's been on a steady decline, which shouldn't be expected to change as he's continue to get older (he's 35 vs. Booth who is 29).  Cleary signed for $1.5M + potential $1M bonus + NTC.


Honestly, I don't think either deals are bad since the $$ are really low (below league average), but if I had to pick the better deal, it's obvious to me.


It's not so much that Cleary is better than Booth. It's that siging Cleary instead of Booth is not the scrotum-crushingly bad move that a few here were eager to declare.


Neither guy has been healthy recently. Booth has had some good regular seasons and Cleary has had some good playoffs. To me it's a wash. Booth might get the edge based on age where Cleary might get the edge based on time-served and past history (I know this is an unpopular opinion).


Regardless, it's certainly not a scenario where Booth at 1M is an unbelievable steal and Cleary at 1.5M makes Holland a terrible GM. (I know this is not how you feel, but my original response was directed at less even-tempered LGWers)