Another UFA in the league either traded or bought out. More proof the UFA market is overrated and drafting is the way to go.
If Holland give Nyquist $5-$6.5M a year, then this team is doomed. Tell us Mrazekfanboy, if you think Gus is worth that, then what the heck is Mrazek going to get next year? Nothing because after giving NYquist $6M and then having to pay the other FA's similar money because if Nyquist earned it, so did they, there will be no money to even ice a complete team. I indeed, Gus is asking or this kind of money, trade his rights to someone who will overpay or him. Please lets not let Nyquist be Hudler 2.0, money hungry and puts himself in front of the team. For Christ's sake, Z's cap hit is just barely over $6M, you honestly think Nyquist earned that much?
Well, they did have to make room for Franzen and Cleary...this was the obvious thing to do!
No surprise, I've been saying this for months. UFA's are over priced anyway, and we have a number of our RFA's to sign. With guys in Grand Rapids ready to make the jump to the NHL, I'd rather see what we have first.
Good read. I also read his other article from January where he mentions how much $ the players actually see. If they sign for $13 Million, after the Feds take 50%, their agents 25%, and the NHL 20%, they only see $660,000 of that! ESPN's 30 for 30 "Broke" mentioned how much athletes actually make too. Considering what they put their bodies through, I think athletes earn every penny.
It's not a strawman argument at all. I'm not suggesting you think he's dumb. I'm saying he's dumb. He turns the puck over , frequently blows his coverage, and was benched the first two games of the playoffs for playing the puck from the bench. His judgement is questionable, to say the least.
I'm not really sure why you're being contrary here. All I've said is that he needs to earn powerplay time, not be handed powerplay time. Seems like a truism.
Are you suggesting he should be used on the powerplay just because it seems like he'd be good there based on his skill set? Because that's a horrible way to run a team.
Nobody would argue that Jurco should replace Abby in the top six because he's faster and a better stickhandler. Nobody would suggest Gustavsson should start over Howard because he's bigger, more athletic, and is safer with the puck.
They actually have to play better, consistently, when they're called upon. To date, Brendan hasn't done that. Which is why Babs didn't trust him, why his icetime was reduced, and why his stats suffered. Not because he was being misutilized. If Smith gets an opportunity and runs with it, good. If not, too bad. He's not entitled to powerplay time just because he has more raw talent than somebody else.
I've watched a lot of games the last couple years, I understand people have different opinions, but I like the the Smith plays. Yes, he makes mistakes, but I like how he takes risks, and he's always stirring things up. I like to have a few players like Smith on a team, because he disrupts the opposition and keeps them on their toes. Just pair him up with a more responsible defensive partner, and things should be fine.
I'm looking forward to Blashill taking over the Wings. Considering he coached most of the team in GR, he's the right man for the job.
As for Babcock, thanks for the 10 years, but it's time for both sides to move on. Goood luck in Toronto, you'll need it. I don't think the majority of the fans and media in Toronto are aware this rebuild will take 10 years. The media is saying they'll be bad for a couple years. A COUPLE? They have nothing, it's like taking over an expansion team. They're going to have to bottom out for 5 years to go anywhere. The media and fans need to leave Babcock alone, but I doubt they will. In 3 years they'll probably demand he be fired.
Other then the guaranteed money, I think this is a horrible decision by Babcock.
Recent public comments by Jimmy D and Babcock about our future have been "very disappointing" to me. It's fine if they think Mantha was "very disappointing" and they aren't sure who's going to replace Pavs, but don't say it to the media.
Some people don't understand parity and what the salary cap does. They can't get over the fact this isn't pre 2005 anymore.
Boston was the president trophy winners last year. Missed the playoffs.
LA Kings won the Stanley Cup last year. Missed the playoffs.
Wow, must really suck to be a Wings fan....
Yea I don't understand what fans expect. If people want to cheer for a team that signs UFA's, then they should switch teams. Is there Red Wings fans out there that still don't understand how the organization builds a team? I think it's obvious.
I'm not expecting too many changes, which I'm ok with. We have a number of guys who are RFA's we need to re-sign, and that will take us to the cap. I think people expecting big changes, other then a new coach, and some UFA signing in the off season will be disappointed.
After what Babcock said last night, about not being as good anymore (despite making a 7 point improvement over last year, and taking the highest scoring team in the league to 7 games), mentioning the ages of Dats, Z, and Kronwall, and asking who's going to replace Pavs, I'd like to see him go. We have a lot of great young players on the team now and coming up soon, if Babcock doesn't think he can win here, then bring someone in who knows he will.
If Babcock wants to start nit picking, I'd like to point out he was here 10 years, and for 7 of those years he had the best defenseman since Bobby Orr, and only won 1 Cup... Dats, Z, and Kronwall have a few more good years left, and with Tatar, Nyquist, Abby, Helm, DeKeyser, Smith, Mrazek, Mantha, Larkin, Jurco, Marchenko, Ouellet, Sheahan, Pulkkinen,Glendening, etc. all in their 20's, we're going to be good for a while.