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#2552417 Are the Wings a Contender?

Posted by Barrie on 28 November 2014 - 04:08 PM

The thing with a cap, there isn't a dominating team. Every team has holes with talent spread out. On paper, we're probably not a major contender, but we're consistently outshooting the opposition, and Howard's playing well.

#2545593 Anyone attended a game in Nashville?

Posted by Barrie on 30 October 2014 - 03:28 PM

You can cheer on Jarnkrok


8 Games, 0 Points, 11 SOG

#2544258 Myers close to become a wing?

Posted by Barrie on 24 October 2014 - 03:21 PM

As already mentioned, with Smith and Nyquist up for new contracts, I'm not sure how we can fit Myers under the cap. Unless we can get rid of Kindl and Weiss's contracts, we've don't have room.

#2544257 Lines Thread

Posted by Barrie on 24 October 2014 - 03:16 PM

My only complaint so far is that Tatar should get more ice time. Other than that, I like the decisions Babs had made. I think sitting Weiss has been the right move too.

#2544255 TANK IT! 2014-2015 Season

Posted by Barrie on 24 October 2014 - 03:13 PM

I guess I was in the huge minority this offseason thinking we had a very good hockey team. Holland, stayed away from overpaying for UFA's, and built a team with a lot of depth. I'm not surprised we're 4-1-2.

#2542021 10/17 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Maple Leafs 1

Posted by Barrie on 17 October 2014 - 09:36 PM

I was wondering if the reason Franzen left was so he'd be ready to go for tomorrow.

Tough situation for monster tomorrow btw, unless he plays lights out he will face heavy criticism.


Ah, we'll win tomorrow too...

#2539314 TSN Radio - McKenzie: Enforcers in the NHL

Posted by Barrie on 09 October 2014 - 01:53 PM

Enforcers are a waste. The game right now is based so much on speed that it doesn't make sense to have an enforcer who only plays 4 minutes a game. Team now have 4 lines that they just put out there one after the other.


The league needs to step up to keep the players safe, like the NFL does. I was watching an OHL game last year, and I was very impressed with the "Hit to the Head" penalties. Banning hits to the head didn't take anything away from the game. The NHL needs to do something like this too.

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#2536378 Dekeyser signed. 2 yrs $2.187 million AAV

Posted by Barrie on 16 September 2014 - 08:05 PM

Good move!


Ok so after the Tatar and DeKeyser deals, Holland will need about $5.5 Million cap space to sign Smith and Nyquist next off season. Don't expect any UFA or deadline moves.

Good deal. Glad it's done. lol @ Quinceys contract even more now.

The Quincey deal makes more sense. There will be cap space available when DeKeyser's deal is up.

#2534459 Holland signs 4 year extension with wings **MOD Warning Post 130**

Posted by Barrie on 18 August 2014 - 05:42 AM

Good move.


I'm still not really sure what Holland could have done since 2009 to make things any better. We're rebuilding through the draft. With the Cap, and how over inflated the UFA market is, it's the way to go. We haven't missed out on a thing by not signing guys like Ehrhoff, Clarkson, and Wisniewski, or Suter or Parise to 13 years.

#2533575 2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

Posted by Barrie on 02 August 2014 - 10:26 PM

I think we all know by now and it's obvious that Holland is a respected man around the league but a terrible decision maker and was made to look like a hero when he took over a star-studded team that everyone wanted to play for and there were no cap concerns in stopping players from coming here. Well those glory days are over and we now see how truly incompetent Holland really is as a GM. I'm just wondering how long the Illitch family will be fooled into thinking he is still a top GM.


Another person on this board that has no idea how the Salary Cap works.


I was around here when the 2005 lockout was going on. I was only one of a few posters who didn't want a salary cap, because I knew it meant we couldn't go out an sign guys like Hull, or get Chelios at the deadline anymore.


The majority of people here wanted a salary cap, and now they expect things to still be like it was in 2001-02. Can't have it both ways.

not sure if anyone posted that Gardiner re-signed with Toronto for $4.05M...he was a RFA defenseman.  So, this will probably be the starting point for DeKeyser.  He will more than likely get a similar contract.


How many people have looked at the Leafs http://capgeek.com/mapleleafs/ they're in trouble next year!

#2532756 Alfie wants to play

Posted by Barrie on 21 July 2014 - 11:33 PM

There isn't any room for Alfie. We have $8 Million Cap space left, but once Tatar and DeKeyser sign, we'll have 23 players on the team. Add to that next off season Smith, Nyquist, Jurco, and Andersson are RFA's, with only Cleary and Gus off the books after this year. We need Cap space and spots for our RFA's.


When you look at the Wings cap situation and who's an RFA, there was no room for an over priced UFA. Makes the Quincey 2 year deal look that much better, instead of being on the hook for 7 years and almost $6 Million with someone else.

#2532586 Babcock Interview on 105.1 this morning

Posted by Barrie on 19 July 2014 - 11:24 PM

Babs also said the Wings didn't hand out any bad contracts in free agency. Out on the lake when the Quincey deal happened?

Quincey isn't a bad contract, it's only for 2 years. Niskanen and Orpik, are bad contracts.

#2532255 Kane & Toews Sign Identical 8-year, $10.5M AAV Extensions

Posted by Barrie on 16 July 2014 - 01:03 PM

The downside of winning is thinking you have to keep guys instead of moving forward. Since there's a cap, and at that price, if I was Chicago I would have signed Toews, but let Kane become a UFA. Having $21 Million tied up in 2 players is insane! Looking at Chicago's cap situation, they better win this year, because a fire sale will happen next off season.


Those contracts have just increased and already over inflated UFA market. Drafting and developing your own players just became even more important!

#2531927 Holland Wiki page edited

Posted by Barrie on 13 July 2014 - 10:25 AM

Yea, but no one says what they'd do as GM. I bet if the average Red Wing fan became GM, he/she would make horrible trades and sign over priced UFA's. We'd be like the Leafs and our team would be build around guys like Kessel, Phaneuf, Lupul, Clarkson, van Reimsdyk and Bozak for the next 4 years plus. No thanks, I'll take Kenny, who's building the team with the draft, isn't signing any over priced UFA's, and actually knows how the cap works.


I understand signing Quincey and Cleary isn't "sexy", but they're only 1 and 2 year deals. That Niskanen deal is insane! Smith and Dekeyser are going to be better then him. Unless a team has drafted the player, I don't think any UFA should be signed for over 4 years. Do an online search and see how many horrible long term UFA signings there's been since 2005-06. The Wings don't have any bad ones over 3 years. The only potential bad one could be Weiss, but he's got a few years to still make the deal a good one.

#2531875 Confused on the direction of this team going forward

Posted by Barrie on 12 July 2014 - 09:18 PM

People here seem to forget there's a Salary Cap. I think it's obvious Holland is building through the draft, and won't overpay for UFA's. Teams that build through the draft win Championships, teams that sign over priced UFA's don't.


Hindsight is always 20/20 vision, after the 2009 playoffs if Holland signed Hossa over Franzen there would have been a riot! Hossa was a letdown in the playoffs, while Franzen had 12 goals, and 13 the year before. I think based on what both players make, and the points they've put up, Franzen vs. Hossa has been a wash.