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In Topic: Wings re-sign Cleary $1.5 mill + $1mill in game bonuses

10 July 2014 - 07:53 PM

Is anyone really surprised? We all knew this was coming, Cleary was a waste of a roster spot for just the past 2 seasons.

The Red Wings loyalty rewards program clearly states you must be a waste of a roster spot for a minimum of 3 seasons before the Wings will consider not resigning you.

 

Exactly, the writing was on the wall for this signing since last summer. 

 

As Holland said about Cleary at training camp "at some point and time as the season wears on or next summer, we'll try to find a way to keep him in a Red Wing uniform for longer than a year." http://www.youtube.c...h?v=mG6LST7PPLc

I'm a bit surprised they needed to bother with a bonus - 1 year at 1 million should've been plenty. I agree with Holland that Cleary could be a solid depth player if he's healthy, but agree with pretty much every fan that this will be regrettable if it results in a better player sitting on the bench or in the minors (e.g. Jurco, Ferraro, Callahan). I recall reading that Callahan would be happy to re-sign with GR to continue to work on his game, so if Alfie does not re-sign, perhaps it will only be Ferraro left in the lurch. The good news is that Cleary's deal is only 1 year, so that gives more flexibility moving forward.  


In Topic: Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

27 April 2014 - 05:43 PM

I agree that the D probably needs the most attention, but given the potential exodus of forwards, I'm curious what folks would think about Kulemin (UFA)? I think he would be a guy who could play anywhere in our forward group, including a winger with Datsyuk and/or Zetterberg, and more affordable and younger than guys like Moulson, Vanek, etc. 


In Topic: Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

23 April 2014 - 07:26 PM

We don't really need any big name players, our prospects are the real deal. Get a second line winger for the PP and another D-man then let Pulkinnen get minutes in GR until the playoff push (unless he's still not ready). 

I would agree, don't need the flashiest names. I think a good fit upfront would be Nik Kulemin.
- He's a guy who can play in the corners, in front of the net, and in all situations
- has a very good shot 
- has size and relative youth: about 6'1, 225lbs, 27 yrs old

- scheduled to be a UFA if Toronto doesn't or can't re-sign
- would cost much less than a guy like Callahan

On D, I like Matt Greene. Big right handed Michigan fella. Not having a great playoffs with LA right now, but if he tests free agency I think he'd be an upgrade over Lashoff or Quincey. Would be tempting to look at a vet offensive D man like Boyle or Zidlicky but we have so many offensive type guys that I would worry we'd be even more porous on the back end. Keeping Quincey is an option of course, though I suspect another team might offer him more than Detroit is willing to. 

Lines could look something like:
Z - Dats - Kulemin (3 mil) 
Nyquist - Weiss - Franzen
Abdelkader - Helm - Tatar
Miller - Andersson - Sheahan
Ferraro/Callahan
*Glendening, Jurco are call ups 

Kronwall - Dekeyser
Ericsson - Smith
Kindl - Greene (3 mil)
Lashoff, (Almquist)


In Topic: Howard = Average

13 March 2014 - 09:31 PM

I'm sure this has been mentioned somewhere over the last 36 pages, but what I notice most about Jimmy's play this season is he seems to be playing extremely aggressively, coming quite far out of his net and whatnot.

I can understand why he might be doing it: if you're struggling, you are just trying to make yourself big. But I think it is a big part of all of the "bad bounce" type of goals that seem to be constantly going in against him.

It actually reminds me of what he looked like when he first entered the league, and the Wings had to learn really quickly to take away the pass, or the other team had an open net. A great example was the other night's game where he got beat so hard on a 2-on-1, because he had come out so far to challenge the shooter and didn't anticipate the pass...can't even remember the opponent but there have been enough examples. 

And of course, the defense won't want to just take the pass and let Howie take the shooter, if those shots are going in with increasing frequency. And so it is a terrible feedback cycle: they aren't confident in him, so they play the shooter more, the puck is passed into the net and he looks even more terrible. The confidence of him and the whole team erodes. Wash, rinse, repeat. 


In Topic: UFA/RFA Re-Signing, What Does Everyone Get?

13 March 2014 - 09:15 PM

A question I have is do we re-sign Monster? And for how long?

If we don't Mrazek gets more NHL playing time and we get a lower cap hit. The problem is who would be our third guy? Coreau? He hasn't been good since leaving college. Paterson? Too young. Re-sign McCollum? Who's found his form again this season.

Gotta think Gustavsson will get re-signed, but I doubt he'll want a 1 year deal. Another 2 year?

I for one might be ok with giving McCollum another try

Would be nice to give Mrazek a shot at the back up role but given Jimmy's shaky season my bet would be that they'll try to bring in someone with more NHL experience. The Monster is an option. Just the other week I was thinking he would be a shoe-in to resign. But based on this most recent injury it makes me wonder whether the Wings might decide "enough is enough." I think this is especially the case because, as you note, he would probably prefer a multi-year deal where the Wings only need a guy for one-year, in my view. Perhaps it will come down to whether he will want to continue his career here or not. He might get some two year offers elsewhere but I don't see anyone bringing him on to be a starter.