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#2425157 Wings buy out Colaiacovo, will keep Bertuzzi

Posted by gcom007 on 02 July 2013 - 10:48 PM

Cleary at $3 million for 3 years but we can't do $4.5 million for five years for Lecavalier? I get why people defend Holland, but seriously? Seriously? We'll pay a guy who spends half his ice time on his knees $3 million for 3 more years because we're worried about the "pace" of a guy who's ten times the player Cleary ever was?



#2425149 Report: Red Wings out on Lecavalier - signs with Philly 5@4.5 per

Posted by gcom007 on 02 July 2013 - 10:27 PM


I'm guessing Vinny may have gone for the team that offered him term and a NMC... I'm sure Detroit or Dallas offered him at least $4.5 but probably only for 2-3 years.  ...and hopefully Holland has learned that not every player deserves a NMC.


I am a little disappointed... but more in Vinny than Holland.  So... Whatevs.


Why are you disappointed in him? He obviously believes he can play for 5 more years and he doesn't want to move his family again. That's a pretty reasonable thing to want, and that he was willing to sign for a very reasonable $4.5 million is also telling that he wasn't out for the money, as he probably could've gotten close to that much in less years of playing. On a 2-3 year deal, he's easily still a $6 million and up caliber player, so 5 and $4.5 isn't bad at all, and it'll be even easier in those 4th and 5th years when the cap gets back up to around $80 million. Again, I don't think Vinny will put the Flyers over the top as there are other issues at play, but I think he could've gone a long way to putting the Wings over the top the next few years.


This frustrates me a whole lot more than not signing Parise and Suter. I gave no f*** about not signing those two individuals, but this is just very frustrating any way you shake it. That Sammy was signed to a multi-year deal for $1.5 less last year just hurts my brain, two-year term or not. I've got a feeling that Holland's going to have to have a hell of a weekend if he doesn't want to lose the faith of those that still believe that the "best GM in the business" isn't just resting on his laurels and a strong scouting staff.

#2425140 Report: Red Wings out on Lecavalier - signs with Philly 5@4.5 per

Posted by gcom007 on 02 July 2013 - 10:16 PM

When we sign the guys we do at what we do and then I see deals like this, I wonder if Holland even tries. I don't know how people can continue to defend him when he seems to so clearly be unable to maneuver well with free agents anymore. Lecavalier at $5 million for 5 years at worst wouldn't have been as bad as Sammy for $3 million, ever. That he went to Philly for $4.5 though is even sillier. Franzen has close to a $4 million cap hit and he's already more worthless than Vinny would likely be in his 4th and 5th years.


At this rate, I think we'll be lucky if we can sign Brunner again.


And by "at this rate," I don't mean one guy that we didn't before free agency even began, I'm talking about the last four off-seasons of failing to truly make this team better via free agency or trade. I get that development and the draft are vitally important, more than ever in the cap era, but it takes a fool to think development alone will put you over the top. Clearly Holland doesn't believe that it'll work, otherwise he wouldn't pursue anyone, so don't even try to kid yourselves into thinking his schtick about being focused on the draft and development after he comes up empty is anything more than lip service to his local lapdogs at MLive and the Free Press.


Again, what shouldn't worry anyone is whether or not Holland believes you need to be able to add NHL talent to your roster via trade or free agency. What should cause you to just shake your head is that Holland just doesn't seem able to get that job done anymore, and it's a shame. Any team built around Datsyuk and Zetterberg with decent goaltending is close to being a contender. We saw that clearly in the last playoffs. But it's going to continue to go to waste if Holland doesn't pull up his britches and take some chances. So what if deals don't always work out? For the love, grow up and deal with it, that's life!


Maybe Lecavalier had other reasons to go to Philly, but at this moment, given what is known, it's hard to imagine. He doesn't automatically make them a contender by a long-shot, but if he had signed with the Wings, after what we saw from our young guys and what he'd add, I'll be damned if I wouldn't be very, very confident heading into the playoffs the next couple of years at least, probably more. But as of now, it's hard to have confidence in that because once again, I just don't have confidence in Holland's ability to make the moves that will put us over the top, and we're just too close to keep wasting opportunities.

#2424054 Red Wings select RW Anthony Mantha 20th Overall

Posted by gcom007 on 30 June 2013 - 04:48 PM

He needs to add 20 lbs of muscle, 2 periods per game of stamina, and learn to play balls out.

Will take at least 3 years.


Oh, to be young...and stupid naive.

#2424041 Red Wings select RW Anthony Mantha 20th Overall

Posted by gcom007 on 30 June 2013 - 04:37 PM

Ansar KHAAAAAAN!!! tweeted that Mantha's goal is to "Make the Wings roster next season..."


Aww, that's cute.

#2424004 Red Wings select RW Anthony Mantha 20th Overall

Posted by gcom007 on 30 June 2013 - 04:22 PM


NHL team: Montreal Canadiens
NHL player: Sidney Crosby
Goal celebration: “Knee down, hand glide on the ice”
Video game: Call of Duty, NHL
Movie: Fast and Furious
TV show: Vampire Diaries
Website: Facebook, Twitter


We are going to have to fix this....


I was just about to post the same...his entertainment choices could use some beefing up too. Fast and Furious and Vampire Diaries?!? I mean, has he never heard of Breaking Bad?!? Who cares let alone watches many movies anymore anyways? TV has just gotten too good.

#2423974 2013 NHL Entry Draft Discussion

Posted by gcom007 on 30 June 2013 - 04:10 PM

13? Seriously?


Did all of you eagle-eyed observers not notice that every player is getting a #13 jersey today, I don't know, maybe because it's the 2013 draft?

#2423892 Canucks trade Schneider to Devils for 9th overall pick

Posted by gcom007 on 30 June 2013 - 03:55 PM

Really isn't surprising when you look at every angle of it. It's not like they haven't tried to move Luongo, and it's not like Luongo is truly a bad goalie. But I really can't imagine what's going through Luongo's head right now, let alone how he'll respond. I think it'll go better than some think though, just given how it went this year. If things were really going to explode, I think it would've already happened. I think it'll be weird, but I think he'll come around by training camp. If he comes out and plays solid, people will forget these few years ever happened and he'll be fine. 


At least until he implodes in another game 7...


But seriously, I think half the drama from the situation comes from having two #1s in the room like they had. We should know after the Hasek/Cujo situation how "fun" that can get, and we also know that sometimes your contract makes it next to impossible to trade you, and you might have to come back and be the number one guy again. But that's gone now for Luongo, and what happens next is up to him.


I'm no Luongo fan in general, never have been, but if he comes out and plays well next season for the Canucks and has a good Olympic run, he'll be fine. And again, as much as I'm not fan, I do think he's capable of playing his way out of this drama.

#2423825 2013 NHL Entry Draft Discussion

Posted by gcom007 on 30 June 2013 - 03:12 PM


Doesn't matter what he wants, he was unmoveable.  Now that he's full time starter again and the team's only option, Luongo will be great for them.


Except in game 7s, of course.

#2423082 Blackhawks Letter of Appreciation

Posted by gcom007 on 28 June 2013 - 11:38 AM

I don't want to say it, but there really are a lot of things to admire about the Blackhawks organization these days.

#2416831 Datsyuk: I want to sign extension with Wings this summer

Posted by gcom007 on 01 June 2013 - 03:25 PM

He sounds so dumb. One of the best players in the world wants to say and you say that. Holland you should know who pav is and his personality. He's not gonna break the bank on you. You should be saying the same things that you were saying in lidstroms contract negotiations. Pav is that important to this team.



That he was willing to throw the kind of money he was throwing at Parise and Suter last summer and make the comments he is now is low class if you ask me. Some might argue, but this team is a shell of itself at this point without Pavel Datsyuk. I'm not saying he shouldn't negotiate and get Pavel a deal that helps the team, but you don't go crazy to land a guy like Parise last summer and then come back and make comments to the press like Holland has about signing Datsyuk. I doubt it'll come to Datsyuk wanting Holland to pay big time money, but it just screams all sorts of bats*** insanity to me that he'd make any reference to money and the cap in the press in regards to Datsyuk. It's fine in the negotiations with the agent in a private setting, but to me, it's just utterly and completely disrespectful to Datsyuk at this point, given what Holland's done in the last year, and what Datsyuk's done his whole career for this city.


And I don't give a flying f*** about the new cap. You don't play the money card to the press about someone as important as Pavel Datsyuk.

#2415890 # 51 JOKE

Posted by gcom007 on 29 May 2013 - 11:23 PM

^ I could see him getting a short deal for a modest raise to see if this season or last season was the fluke.To all the doofuses who think that we didn't lose anything with Flip getting injured, he was the difference in game 7 against Anahiem and he could have easily been the difference in this game. If it wasn't for that jackass Shaw, we could be celebrating right now. Flip was far from consistent and far from great, but he made some key contributions, and that can't be denied.

So, what about games 5 and 6 when we also had a chance to close up shop on the Hawks season?

#2415741 WCSF Game 7 GDT: Red Wings 1 at Blackhawks 2 OT (CHI wins series, 4-3)

Posted by gcom007 on 29 May 2013 - 10:28 PM

Ok let's see a weakest Red Wings team in last 20 years was one goal away from making WCF playing against both #2 and #1 seeds and without 2 very important players is supposed to be choking...come on
Great Playoffs for the team and coaching stuff...Ken Holland,it's your time shine.
Signed Pasha,Z and LGW members

I'm really not holding my breath with Holland. I don't think four years of consistently NOT making any significant moves besides sitting next to retiring legends and stars in press conferences is going to change. I hope I'm wrong, but I was hoping I was wrong about still being worried about Chicago this whole time too, and that didn't turn out too well. I just hope we don't overpay Flip. I think I'd rather have Cleary back cheap than pay Flip $5 million, and that's saying a whole lot.

#2415654 WCSF Game 7 GDT: Red Wings 1 at Blackhawks 2 OT (CHI wins series, 4-3)

Posted by gcom007 on 29 May 2013 - 10:13 PM

I think what actually sucks the most about this is that it's not entirely surprising because a) Chicago in fact is a better team than most of us would ever like to admit and b) our team still just isn't good enough. You get this feeling, like a tease, that maybe the reverse is true, and it feels good. But then reality comes crashing down in one painfully elongated swoop.

And it just sucks.

#2415460 WCSF Game 7 GDT: Red Wings 1 at Blackhawks 2 OT (CHI wins series, 4-3)

Posted by gcom007 on 29 May 2013 - 09:42 PM

I can't handle this s***...