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#2013374 Red Wings Making Play for Modano

Posted by BUHdactyl on 09 July 2010 - 08:55 PM

Your posts are being minus'd because by not wanting to sign Modano you basically admit you don't realize how important depth is because Modano would be an incredible depth signing. Without Modano our bottom 6 is average, with Modano it's one of the best in the league. Combine that with one of the better top sixes in the league and you're looking at making a really deep run in the playoffs. Like I said before, we won in 08 because of our depth. We were out in the second round this year because we had none.

If you are concerned with depth we have a gaping hole in our defense that needs attention and I'm not sold on Smith just yet. If you just want a Modano jersey with a funny number on the back keep clicking the minuses on posts that suggest anything other than Modano is God.

Losing prospects (Ritola), young players (Miller), or much needed NHL ice time (Abdelkader) to sign a washed-up NHL legend for ONE season is not a depth move. He was just offered a contract by the team he watched as a kid... I don't know about you, but if I still had passion for the game I wouldn't hesitate, let alone drag my toes for what seems like an eternity to make that decision. The fact that he hasn't signed a contract yet makes me question whether or not he still has the hunger. Dallas dropped him like a bag of s***, and for them to do that to their legendary player - their Yzerman, is pretty unsettling. Don't get me wrong, I like the guy and I'm sure he's got something left in the tank but I'm not comfortable with Abdelkader wasting another year in the AHL or Ritola being waived just to find out exactly what that something is.

I was on the Modano bandwagon at first but his whole thing has become a terrible joke and I'm over it. There's no denying he was a force back in the day, but I think most of us are giving 2010 Modano just a little too much credit.

#2012708 Brendan Smith Hopes to Earn Spot on Wings This Season

Posted by Din758 on 08 July 2010 - 02:45 PM

"If its not broken, don't fix it"

In other words, the wings should stick to their normal strategy of marinating their players in the A for a year or 2 before they bring him up. Training camp is a lot different than regular season hockey. I'd hate to see talent like that forced into the fire and get burned up. Look at abdelkader...

#2012683 Brendan Smith Hopes to Earn Spot on Wings This Season

Posted by DatsyukianDeke13 on 08 July 2010 - 02:14 PM


DETROIT -- Under ordinary circumstances, a kid coming out of college would have no chance of cracking the Detroit Red Wings' lineup without spending at least one or two seasons in the minors.

Odds are, Brendan Smith will play for the Grand Rapids Griffins this season. But the Red Wings still need someone to seize the sixth spot on defense, and the 21-year-old Smith will get a good opportunity in training camp and the preseason.
I know their whole (tendency) is they like for you to go to Grand Rapids and get a year under your belt, even more,'' Smith said Thursday, during the first day of the Red Wings development camp at Joe Louis Arena. "(General manager Ken Holland) kind of told me the skys the limit for me. I can either come in here in great shape and try to put myself on the squad, or do the opposite.''

If the Red Wings sign Mike Modano, they will be less likely to acquire a low-priced, veteran free-agent defenseman this summer. That would result in a three-way competition for the No. 6 spot between rookie Jakub Kindl, veteran Doug Janik and Smith.

Derek Meech, a restricted free agent who is expected to sign shortly, is expected to be traded before the start of the regular season if he can't crack the top six.

Smith, the club's 2007 first-round pick from Wisconsin, talked about the benefits of playing a limited role in Detroit vs. a major role in Grand Rapids.

Its always great to play 20-plus minutes a game with Grand Rapids, but if Im always practicing with (NHLers), its kind of the equivalent because youre playing the best players.

"Obviously, you want to be playing 20-plus minutes in a game. Were going to have to judge that, how I do in Traverse City and how everything goes. As of right now Im going to try to put everything towards making the team.

Smith's maturity has come into question after a few off-ice incidents in Wisconsin. He was charged last month with disorderly conduct after a fight at a house party, in which he was accused of punching a man multiple times in the face.

Red Wings management has told him he needs to straighten out his act.

I just want to show everybody in Detroit who I actually am'' Smith said. I just want to put it behind me. I dont think that (type of behavior) would go along with my name.''


Hmm. Personally I would rather go with Kindl at the 6 spot, but thats just me. Obviously, Smith has to make the team first, which is probably unlikely

#2011754 Red Wings Making Play for Modano

Posted by Icesurfer on 07 July 2010 - 03:53 AM

I know, best f***in dream ever.

My link

granted its 08-09, the Mouse still has some wheels! and a shot!!!

Yeh ....in 2008-2009 Modano had some real good wheels and a great shot..... that great shot got him a fantastic 15 goals and those great wheels made him a fantastic two-way player..... he was MINUS 13 !!!!! Give me a break!!! Any player on the Wings who is minus 13 does not get any kudos from the fans... that is for damn sure.

His point production has been decreasing steadily every year the last three years (from 57 to 46 to 30) while Dallas has been sinking in the standings.

And consequently his ice time has also been decreasing steadily over the last three years .... from 19:14 to 14:18. I guess it was the coaches fault for not playing him more. LOL.

And now that he is 40 years old do people honestly think he will get better. Give me a break! Quit living in the past!

#2011751 Red Wings Making Play for Modano

Posted by Aussie_Wing on 07 July 2010 - 03:24 AM

Yeah awesome, lets sign a 40 year old and dispose of potentially many years service of Eaves and Ritola. :thumbup:

#2011748 Red Wings Making Play for Modano

Posted by Aussie_Wing on 07 July 2010 - 02:54 AM

Tell me this is a bad dream.

Mike washed up Modano? Are they serious???

#2011485 Red Wings Making Play for Modano

Posted by dragonballgtz on 06 July 2010 - 08:28 PM

The 1.5 million dollar man is gonna be sitting in the press box if Modano signs. What a waste of cap space

#2011330 Miller signs 1 year deal

Posted by HankthaTank on 06 July 2010 - 03:51 PM

He's better at not being a healthy scratch.

We have a winner.... :siren:

#2011310 Red Wings Making Play for Modano

Posted by titanium2 on 06 July 2010 - 03:42 PM

As much as I want Filppula to have consistent minutes on the PP I have to admit that PP lines of


can help the Wings get back the best PP in the league again.

#2010631 Bob Probert passes away at 45

Posted by TheDetroitRedWings on 05 July 2010 - 06:02 PM

unfortunately, being the pricks that they are, the Hawks will probably beat us to it, like he was theirs and theirs only...

Well we all know which team he played for the longest. And he also had his greatest seasons here too.

#2010616 Bob Probert passes away at 45

Posted by miller76 on 05 July 2010 - 05:32 PM

memory lane

#2010068 Who's left?

Posted by SwedeLundin77 on 04 July 2010 - 06:20 PM

everyone has their wish list and some people agree and some people don't. In this very slow off season for the Wings who just look to add veteran grit and some secondary scoring have already welcomed Hudler back to add (hopefully) 30-40 goals. Big Bert should again get near or just over 20, as will Holmstrom, and Nick, well, Nick will be Nick... They need to decide on their RFA's, Helm and Abby are no doubt coming back, Miller and Eaves are questions, if Holland already offered them all contracts, what is the hold up? I am sure he did not low ball Helm or Abby, but he prolly tried to scale back on Eaves and Miller, anyway, my wish is (and this is just me) sign Modano and Aaron Ward for a combined less than $2M and spend $3M on your remaining three of the four RFA's. Are they what we need to make us the team to beat? Prolly not, but they both add veteran leadership and even at 37 years old, Ward still plays with some snarl, and Modano can net 10-20 goals along with adding some help on the power-play. It's obvious we aren't making a big UFA splash, but these two can come in here, add depth and scoring to the bottom 6 and 5-6 spot on D, and they could be the little spark we need, along with Hudler adding his scoring to put us that much closer to Stanley...

I completely agree with you LeftWinger. I think that we will be as good as any team in the Western Conference just because we'll be one of the more balanced teams. I haven't seen Ward play too much since he left, but he has a held a job everywhere he's gone and not been sent down or any crap like that, so that's good. I'd go with Ward or McKee at this point. Ward would probably like to come back and play with the remaining guys and he doesn't have to worry about being in Bowman's doghouse, although Babs has a pretty strict demeanor too.... I really think we should let Miller walk. I'd like to keep Eaves as I believe he can be a pretty solid force for us and can play 3rd line and put up points when properly utilized, not a lot, but you know - 10-15 goals....

This is a good gameplan.

#2007428 Modano done in Dallas

Posted by EZBAKETHAGANGSTA on 30 June 2010 - 10:07 PM

Well, I meantthe part about the lack of cap space, how many times have we heard that come UFA or trade dealine, but if you want to turn this into a "Leftwinger is not a real Wings fan" response then go ahead. I would expect nothing less...

Considering you seem to complain far more then anyone else on this board, it's easy to see how you would think that. No disrespect meant, just stating the fact that not everything in the World will always go the way you want it. I can deal with boring offseasons if the exchange is long post seasons.

#2007353 Modano done in Dallas

Posted by Hockeytown_Ryan on 30 June 2010 - 09:18 PM

From Spector.

DETROIT NEWS: Ted Kulfan reports the Red Wings lack of cap space means they won't be bidding for major talent in this summer's UFA market although GM Ken Holland didn't rule out possible affordable depth signings later in the summer. He also wondered if former long-time Dallas Star Mike Modano might be interested in joining the Wings if they were interested in signing him, although Kulfan admits that would be a long shot.

Would love to see this. I always wondered how well he would do surrounded by the guys we have. Franzen Modano and Bert?

#2007315 Modano done in Dallas

Posted by Z and D for the C on 30 June 2010 - 07:36 PM

Let Miller walk, Sign Modano.

The way I look at is that we already have five bottom five forwards. (Helm, Abdelkader, Eaves, Draper, Ritola). Miller has no place here. If a veteran is going to come along for cheap that could help strengthen the top 9, then pull the trigger.

My thoughts exactly. I really like Miller, but he's redundant. We have better players that fill his role.