Wow! We better find someone really good or else we are going to be really hurting next season. And if Nick retires...oh man....
For everyone that wanted Rafalski out, you'll find out why you are an idiot. This is going to have a massive impact on our team next season and we all know Holland won't overpay for any player, especially with a salary cap.
now more than ever, we need to trade Hudler for some major defensive help.
Thanks for the cup Rafalski and thanks for all the great help and play these past handful of years!!!!!!!!!!
Wow, tricky is right! Not only do we need to get better than Salei and Ericsson, so we need to find a top 4 d-man? Well, at least it opens up $6M more! OF course now Lidstrom can sign a contract for about $5M, since he will STILL be the highest paid d-man on the Wings!
Lidstrom - Stuart Kronwall - ?????? Kindl - ????????? ??????
Lots of $ to spend. Fear not, we will make it work. Take your boy Hudler's 2.875 off the books and we are sitting beautifully.
Well, I already said I agree that the team will be very similar next season, so we do actually agree on that. But I do believe that we need the changes at least on D. Wisniewski and Babchuk wouldn't cost too much, yet will more than replace and actually improve our D over Ericsson and Salei. I do believe Holland has Nabakov up his sleeve and unless he can get him for a draft pick, it may cost us someone like Hudler, and out of him or Filppula, I'd rather keep Filppula. We may not need that much change up front, but with the Cap going up to $63.5M (at the most) why waste it on giving players raises they don't deserve, when there are exceptional players that wouldn't cost too much to try to better your chances? We'd really only lose Hudler and that would not be a loss at all. Miller brings less to the table than Eaves, so I would sacrifice his roster spot for more points like Jokinen or Tanguay. Erik Cole would help this team despite what people think, he would be MUCH improvement over Hudler as would Jussi...
But you are right, there is no reason to think they wont be just as good next year, hopefully the change in D coach will shore up our GAA and then maybe we win those 1 goal games, instead of lose them. If anything, I can wish for Wisniewski and Nabakov to be back-up... also I think Ericsson wants too much money and it can be better spent on Babchuk, who brings more to the table than Ericsson. So at the very least, you say goodbye to Salei and Ericcson for Wisniewski and Babchuk, then you trade for Nabakov...
Lol @ trading Hudler or Filpulla for Nobokov. This place has gone mad since elimination.
Leftwinger, can't say I agree with you at all. I believe our team will be very similar next season.
Why do we need so much change? And why don't you like our chances?
We were one goal away from mounting a historical comeback and advancing to the Western Conference Finals. We swept our first round opponents, and played an incredibly tight series against San Jose, losing in four 1-goal games, including two overtimes. Its not like we were blown out in the first round or missed the playoffs. This team was very, very close to advancing.
I don't see why our chances next year would be any different, especially with a few tweaks here and there and some players retiring and having youngsters get a chance. I like our chances a lot.
This is how I would re-align the divisions. Sensible.
NW: Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Colorado, Minnesota
PAC: Vancouver, LA, Anaheim, SJ, Phoenix (Wouldn't THAT be competitive)
CEN: St Louis, Columbus, Dallas, Chicago, Nashville
NE: Detroit, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Buffalo
ATL: NY Rangers, NY Islanders, NJ, Philly, Boston
SE: Tampa, Florida, Carolina, DC, Pittsburgh (just so we can have that Sid vs Ovi man-love fest for the east coast while an Yzerman-built team demolishes both of them)
Now THAT is sensible, Competitive, and great for ratings!