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#2679340 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by LeftWinger on 25 June 2016 - 08:39 AM

I think Kenny should be shopping for that D-man HARD right now, before July 1.  The more attractive Detroit looks, the more likely we can land Stamkos.


I mean, we have Larkin, AA, Dekeyser, Mrazek, Mantha, we still have (even though he's older and slowing down) one of the best two way players in the NHL in Zetterberg, who can actually be more effective as a 2nd line winger.


I know Holland is pretty loyal, but he can always dangle the "A" out there with the chance of becoming "C" when Z retires.  Holland has to not only make a huge top dollar offer, but he has to make this team look much more attractive than the others.


If we could get a deal done with Stevie for a sign and trade, that would be awesome.  $11M for 8 years, then come up with a nice package deal.

#2679326 Detroit trades Datsyuk to Arizona

Posted by LeftWinger on 25 June 2016 - 04:12 AM

Let us not forget that even though Toronto will have Matthews and Buffalo has Eichel, we have someone named Larkin that just happens to be nearly as good as Eichel. Plus, Stamkos said how much he enjoyed and felt chemistry with him at the all star game. My point is, we have our pluses too that are an attraction.

#2678843 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by LeftWinger on 24 June 2016 - 12:51 PM

I am going with the idea that Holland makes this trade after he signs Stamkos. Of course it's a lot to give up with no guarantee. But it wasn't said in the quote that the trade would be made before July 1. As a matter of fact the rest of the quote referred to being after the fact if Stamkos is signed. If we land Stamkos then a 2nd and Nyquist is well worth it.

#2678474 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by LeftWinger on 21 June 2016 - 10:45 AM

Howard/Pav/Pulkkinen/Pick for Wideman.

It looks like we lose that trade, but we really win.

#2678423 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by LeftWinger on 20 June 2016 - 08:57 PM

If Holland does not trade Pav and Howard, he should be fired.

#2678210 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by LeftWinger on 19 June 2016 - 06:38 AM

I know that Holland doesn't want to give away too much in order to clear the contract, but look at it this way, if NOT losing someone like Pulkkinen and a 2nd round pick lets say is more important than not having a chance at Stamkos, then he needs to be fired.


He'll probably be successful in trading Howard, but he won't be able to trade Ericsson, so unless he gets rid of Pavel along with Howard, there is 0 chance at landing Stamkos...or any UFA that will make this team better.


You get one chance to land a player like Stamkos.  Like I said, if keeping Pulkkinen and a pick that may never make the NHL, then he has to go.


Not saying thats the deal, but in order to get the free cap hit, Pulkkinen and a pick is MORE than enough.  If they are talking Mantha or AA, then there better be a prime player coming back.


Pavel - Pulkkinen - Pick is plenty enough for any cap cellar team.  If Holland wont give that up, fire him.  If teams expect more than that, then I guess we're screwed for ANY quality UFA.

#2678045 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by LeftWinger on 17 June 2016 - 11:02 PM

Who wants to bet the trade is already set to go? I bet there will be a deal announced by Tuesday.

Let's do this Holland! Your job depends on it!

i believe they are allowed to trade his contract. However they cannot trade the cap hit once they terminate the contract.
Sounds to me like holland is doing datsyuk a favor by terminating the contract so that there are no issues between the NHL and KHL transfer agreements
kind of ridiculous holland would do that for datsyuk considering datsyuk is the one bailing on the contact. or holland is unwilling to pay the price to move the contract to another team

Read the post above yours.

#2677279 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by LeftWinger on 09 June 2016 - 08:40 PM

None of you are Darren Helm, don't you know my friends, brother dates his sisters next door neighbors dog sitters milk man? Sheesh, now that's Darren Helm!

#2677149 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by LeftWinger on 08 June 2016 - 01:20 PM

Helm should go, hopefully they offered him something like $3M. We don't need him.

I'd rather keep AA and Mantha all season long.

#2677132 The Wings request permission to interview Todd Richards

Posted by LeftWinger on 07 June 2016 - 07:47 PM

Yzerman pulling the rug out from under Holland.  

Again! ( ...and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and ag...)
We somehow gotta convince igor that being an assistant coach is much better than being an agent!

#2677002 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by LeftWinger on 05 June 2016 - 06:29 AM

That all depends on whether we bring back Helm and/or Miller. Without them, there's room up front to add a player or 2 even if we count Mantha as in from day 1 (but the 4th line will likely be bad).







any scenario where Z is still our #1 center is a disaster waiting to happen.

#2676120 Jeff Salajko named new Goaltending Coach

Posted by LeftWinger on 17 May 2016 - 07:31 PM

To use a term coined by our dear friend Mike Commodore.... "Howard, pack your s***!"

#2675841 New arena construction updates

Posted by LeftWinger on 12 May 2016 - 07:45 PM

Am I the only one who is not as excited about this anymore since the announcement? I should be, but I'm still just a little jaded over the roof...

#2675632 Doug Houda hired as an assistant coach

Posted by LeftWinger on 10 May 2016 - 03:47 PM

Another player coming full circle. Who's next? *cough cough* Yzerman *cough cough*

#2675258 Ownership shows Support for Kenny Holland

Posted by LeftWinger on 06 May 2016 - 10:50 AM

I have a hard time believing that this ownership group really believes that "less can be more exciting". 


Again, this term means that expecting less going in, can only be that much more exciting when those expectations are surpassed.  IMO this is what Kenny meant.


Remember a time when we had a lineup full of unproven, yet good players that created the Dynasty core? Lapointe, Draper, Maltby, McCarty, Brown, yes even Larionov, Fedorov and Yzerman had much to prove before they started winning.  That core grew together, and learned to become winners together, all along they way losing in the 1st rounds of multiple playoff years.  BUT, when they weren't "expected" to win Cups every year, don't you remember how exciting the season was when you just didn't know what was going to happen?


Remember when making the playoffs was the thing you looked forward to when the season started? Sure, you had fantasies about winning a Cup, but when those expectations weren't automatically there, the regular season was so fun to watch, individual stats were more fun to follow, certain teams were more fun to play against just because of who they were, not if they were possibly a 1st round matchup or not.  There was never "acquire this vet to win him a cup" attitude and "he could be our motivation," it was "none of us have been there before" and "win this for the fans."


For sure, I want to win Cups, but I also want to enjoy the entire season to.  When I look back, how lucky was I to "grow" with that core back then and watch them build from missing the playoffs in 1990 to what they became.  We need to go back to that attitude with this young group, Larkin, Mantha, AA, Mrazek, Dekeyser, yes even Tatar and Nyquist, and watch them with unbridled excitment and grow with them.  I do believe that if I watch the regular season with far less "expectations for a Cup" it can and will be a lot more exciting.  Doesn't mean I won't be as upset when they get elimintated, but then there's always next year...rememeber having that attitude? That is what made Red Wings Hockey for me.  I'm ready.