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#2526081 Wings to have face to face with Matt Niskanen

Posted by rick zombo on 27 June 2014 - 10:14 AM

Unless he really likes a team offering less I think he takes 8 years over $6 mil.

 

Unless he re-signs with Pitt, he can only do 7 years.




#2526059 NHL Draft 2014: First Round

Posted by rick zombo on 27 June 2014 - 08:56 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.

 

Agreed. Holland is going to do what he can to get that 2nd rounder back.

 

Ritchie, Tuch, Perlini, Larkin one of those 4 pls stay the hell away from guys like Ehlers, Barbashev. If they pick him might as well throw the pick away because he will go to the khl if things arent going his way Also enough with the small soft euros need some hometown boys and size and grit

 

The last two first rounders were Sheahan and Mantha. Combine that with the fact that Nastasiuk and Bertuzzi were taken in round 2 and it seems less likely that you'll have anything to complain about on the "small soft euro" front.

 

Just look at what Wright has to say:

 

 

"We're confident we're going to get a good player at 15," Wright said. "Whether it's a forward or defenseman, we'll take the best player available."

 

 

"I think the center position is a major piece of a building block in a lot of organizations," Wright said. "You can never have enough centers."

 

 

"We'd like maybe a right-handed shot on the back end – size, speed through the middle of the ice," Wright said. "You can never have enough puck-moving D and scoring wingers.

 

"Passports are really irrelevant," Wright said. "We have to be visionaries. We have to start projecting who's going to be the best player 4-5 years down the road. The Red Wings have done a tremendous job developing players once you get them in the system. We just got to get good players. We want passionate, hard-working players who won't stop at anything to get into the National Hockey League. Passion and character are big to me."

 

All signs point to a big, mobile, hard working center.

 

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#2526030 Teams to be compensated for losing personnel to other teams

Posted by rick zombo on 27 June 2014 - 12:17 AM

Wings aren't team Bettman west..

 

It blows.

 

It seems no one great wants to come here to play. Because of parity. All the management wants to leave. Because of parity. Chicago either wins the cup every year or makes the conference finals. Because of parity? 

 

A truly great organization like Detroit’s deserves to be looked after better by this league. 

 

If this were baseball, Illitch would just *****-slap Selig for a few hours, and we’d get a non-homoginzed team that reflected ownership’s passion. 

 

Instead, we get a league that not only doesn’t really promote successful Red Wing’s hockey, but actually implements practices that have helped make Detroit worse. 




#2526006 Teams to be compensated for losing personnel to other teams

Posted by rick zombo on 26 June 2014 - 10:31 PM

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. 




#2525928 2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

Posted by rick zombo on 26 June 2014 - 05:48 PM

I’d do Tatar + Ouellet + Andersson + Kindl + 1st

 

for

 

Kesler and Vancouver’s 2nd round pick (36th). 

 

Would they do that I wonder?




#2525867 Wings to have face to face with Matt Niskanen

Posted by rick zombo on 26 June 2014 - 01:12 PM

I would realy applaud Kenny if he gets this done...hell, I applaud him for going after him...

 

As long as he doesn't offer him one of those under paid "because we're Detroit" contracts.  Holland needs to outbid the other GM's on this. Show us and his team that he means business and business is winning a Stanley Cup, not just making the playoffs.  Give him 7 years $50M and a NTC.

 

7M per year for Niskanen as token gesture that one of the best GMs in the NHL means business. As in, he cares about winning?

 

Let's say this happens:

 

Kronwall - Ericsson

DeKeyser - Niskanen

Smith - Kindl

Lashoff

 

Where do Backman, Ouellet, Sproul, and Marchenko fit in two years?

 

I'd much rather sign Gilbert - 2 year deal

 

Mark my words, if Gilbert signs in Detroit, he'll outscore Niskanen for the duration of his two year deal.




#2525862 Wings to have face to face with Matt Niskanen

Posted by rick zombo on 26 June 2014 - 12:46 PM

Well his recent moves he had made and hasn't made support that....
 

 

Even if it you were just stating this as opinion you'd be way off base.

 

To state it as some sort of proven fact is just insane.

 

Well his recent moves he had made and hasn't made support that....
 

 

My friend, the onus is on you to be clear with your original statement. It isn't on us to ask you to clarify.




#2525858 Wings to have face to face with Matt Niskanen

Posted by rick zombo on 26 June 2014 - 12:32 PM

I've said several times I only want him if he is cheap less then $5m. But I wouldn't mind having him on the team.

And the suter thing. Really? Holland did everything possible to get him here, he'll suter even promised him he was coming, not Holland's fault

 

Agreed. That's what I was trying to express. Kenny offered Suter big money and term. It wasn't his fault that he signed in Minnesota.

 

It's really unfortunate that people here get the impression somehow that Holland doesn't actually give a s*** about this team.




#2525853 Wings to have face to face with Matt Niskanen

Posted by rick zombo on 26 June 2014 - 12:15 PM

Holland sucks and he's lazy and he only likes to play golf and he hates the Red Wings, loves Dan Cleary and never offers fair market value to guys like Weiss, Suter, and Alfredsson.
 
In related news: I've enjoyed coming here since 2003 and it would be nice to get back to a place
 
where
 
every
 
single
 
thread
 
didn't
 
degenerate
 
within 3 seconds
 
into a Holland bash.



#2525843 Wings to have face to face with Matt Niskanen

Posted by rick zombo on 26 June 2014 - 11:56 AM

 He is what we need....I just personally don't want him I feel a forward is more important. But I wouldn't complain if we signed a free agent to fill a NEED.

 

Well maybe you should have worded your original statement a little more clearly if that's what you meant. Because I'm in the camp that thinks that this:

 

Not the free agent I want BUT if signed I would applaud holland for finally signing a bigger name free agent.

 

means this:

 

 I don't want Niskanen on this team BUT I'll be happy if Holland signs him because he's a bigger name free agent

 

You realize how silly that sounds right?




#2525836 Wings to have face to face with Matt Niskanen

Posted by rick zombo on 26 June 2014 - 11:38 AM

I assume it'll be a short meeting when he offers a 3 year term.

 

 

So... sign a "big name" for the sake of signing a big name? OK then.

 

That's the new LGWs mentality. That and blindly bashing management for everything that happens in Michigan except for maybe the price of a 6-pack of Founder's.  

 

FTR, I think it's in Detroit's best long-term interest to have Gilbert at $3,500,000/yr for 2 years (which I think is what Holland will do) vs Niskanen at $6,000,000/yr for 7 (which is what I think he will get on the open market)




#2525813 Detroit re-signs Gustavsson 1 yr $1.85 mill

Posted by rick zombo on 26 June 2014 - 09:33 AM

We've got a potential backup goalie in our system already and we re-sign Gustavsson? Let's see what the kid is made of at the NHL level before we anoint him as the successor. It would be good to know if he is the real deal or another Stefan Liv. 

 

Seriously, I think sometimes Kenny just wants to get things done so he can play golf. One year deal, same old same old, sure, why not? It worked so well last year! 

 

What are you talking about?

 

Mrazek is a potential starting goalie, not a backup. He needs another year in GRs playing 60 games way more than he needs to play 25-30 games in the NHL.  And wtf with the Liv comparisions? That's like comparing Mantha to Dick Axelsson.

 

The Wings and budding PGA hopeful, Ken Holland, made the right move. Cut and dried. It's only debateable here on LGWs forums because people are clearly either crazy or so spoiled they can't see straight.




#2525789 Alfie informs Wings he wants to return

Posted by rick zombo on 25 June 2014 - 10:54 PM

 

I hope so.  I'd love to see it.  I'm thinking that kid is going to be really good.

 

He already has an absolute bomb. I’d play him now just for that. Detroit hasn’t had a shot like that from the blue line since Bowman had Sergei playing defence. 

 

Same as Pulkinen. I almost don’t care that either prospect can't play a complete 200 ft game yet. Put ‘em in the line-up and let them fire bullets on the PP. God that would be awesome. 

 

Sorry, got carried away.  :w00t:




#2525779 Alfie informs Wings he wants to return

Posted by rick zombo on 25 June 2014 - 09:48 PM

 

I'd like them both.  Wiz's shot on the other side of our PP would be lethal. 

 

Sproul’s will be better  ;)




#2525777 Alfie informs Wings he wants to return

Posted by rick zombo on 25 June 2014 - 09:44 PM

Wiz hits, stands up for his teammates, right handed, none of which Kronwall or Ericsson do...and he outscores them...you can have E, I'll take the better player. You don't need to research if the answer is obvious.

 

You can have Wiz. I’ll take Kronwall 10 out of 10 times.