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#2536295 Regner: Next year could be Babcock's last

Posted by gcom007 on Today, 12:26 PM

Anyone who knows me on these boards at this point knows I'm no longer a Holland supporter, but you've got to be reaching here to be making a big deal out of this. Babcock should get paid, and will get paid, and Holland won't lowball him on money. There's no need and even he's not stupid enough to take that chance. He's just defending the line for the media. If Babcock leaves, it won't be about money. Any amount of money any team would reasonably throw at him would be matched by the Wings.




#2535949 Ericsson and Alfredsson not 100%

Posted by Jesusberg on 11 September 2014 - 10:52 AM

frankgrimes - translation - "Told you so..."

 

The more I think about it, the more worried I'm getting... I mean, I'm not so sure that Ericsson will be able to skate the same with his middle finger only at 95%... C'mon people, quit reaching...

 

And there were a lot of people that were completely okay with Alfredsson not being offered another contract this season, but now that he may not be 100% healthy, the sky is falling...

 

I can see the concern, though. While his skating is going to be unaffected, gotta wonder about his outlet passes/shooting. According to the article, he's having a hard time benching weight. The guy uses his strength to muscle guys around on the PK. I think it's also an issue of him getting hurt again, considering the way his finger was injured. Apparently they couldn't even put all the shards of bone back together, because they were too small. It's just worrisome.

 

As far as Alfie goes, you know I've been pro-Alfie throughout the entire off-season. I'm cool with the idea of keeping him around, even if he plays 60-65 games. It kind of sucks that he's having setbacks going INTO the season, though. You want him to at least start out healthy.

 

The sky isn't falling, but I think there's some room for concern (more on D than anything).




#2535431 Las Vegas rumored to get an expansion team

Posted by kylee on 03 September 2014 - 12:15 AM

We need relocation, not expansion.




#2535342 Expansion draft - how many players can each team protect ?

Posted by sibiriak on 01 September 2014 - 07:10 PM

That's kind of foolish. Once this next CBA is up there will be another lockout it's what the PA wants. There isn't any debating it, cause it's going to happen.

If the NHLPA wanted a work stoppage, they could strike. Lockout is, by definition, owners locking the players out.

Disclaimer: I do not wish to start any discussion of whose fault it was/is/will be. Just a word usage note.




#2535155 Lines Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 29 August 2014 - 10:43 AM

I wasn't really sure where to put this but this place seems as good as anywhere...

 

 

 

Expect Dan Cleary to don his third different number for #RedWings upcoming season. The veteran has ditched 71, flipping the digits to 17.

 

 

I know a lot of people will say they wish he wasn't going to don any Red Wings jersey this upcoming season but I still love Danny and I hope he has a solid season. And I for one, couldn't stand seeing that 71 on the ice, I think he will look great with number 17 on his back.




#2535029 Fedorov and Yzerman vs. Datsyuk and Zetterberg

Posted by Uncle Danny on 27 August 2014 - 01:29 PM

Many people are pointing out differences between eras, line mates, etc, all of which is interesting for discussion.  The question, though, is which pair would you take.  For me that's #19 and #91 all day every day.  No knock on the "kids," but I'd be hard pressed to find many duos I'd take above them on any roster, let alone the Wings.

 

(#66 and #68 come to mind... #99 and, well, anyone also)




#2534748 Trial date set in Steve Moore’s lawsuit against Todd Bertuzzi

Posted by Ally on 21 August 2014 - 11:46 PM

I love Bertuzzi. I feel bad for both of them and for their families and I just can't wait for this to be behind them.


#2534723 Trial date set in Steve Moore’s lawsuit against Todd Bertuzzi

Posted by frankgrimes on 21 August 2014 - 07:31 PM

There is still a chance for this going going to trial according to Westhead. Although the nhl would be really stupid letting that happen they are going to lose and still be in the news for all the wrong reasons.


#2534701 J-S Giguere to announce retirement

Posted by FireCaptain on 21 August 2014 - 04:25 PM

It's OFFICIAL (unlike that damn on-again/off-again Bertuzzi settlement) JSG is retiring from the NHL.

 

http://www.nhl.com/i...23&cmpid=nhl-fb

 

His pads are slotted in at a couple teams' training camps but if they can't find a job, they'll likely retire too. 




#2534593 Lidstrom honoured today with plaque next to Yzerman

Posted by FireCaptain on 19 August 2014 - 09:01 PM

Plaque reminds me of this guy..

 

10_duet_0.jpg

 

(I just wasted waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much time finding that picture on google image search.)




#2534595 Trial date set in Steve Moore’s lawsuit against Todd Bertuzzi

Posted by Hockeytown0001 on 19 August 2014 - 10:28 PM

About time.


#2534496 Lidstrom honoured today with plaque next to Yzerman

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 18 August 2014 - 03:03 PM

I had a chance to go the HHOF when I was about 22.  Back then, I was a much bigger hockey fan than I am today (I watched every game televised), but I didn't know as much about the game's history and its players.  Sure, I knew Gretzky, Howe, Richard, etc, but not that much otherwise.  

 

Nine years later, I don't watch as much hockey anymore (thanks Bettman), but I'd love to go back to the HHOF, because I know more about the game's history and the players who are enshrined there.  I would appreciate it more.    

 

Anyway, that's what I thought when I saw Lidstrom's plaque.  That and the fact that it looks more like Clint Eastwood than Lidstrom.   ;)   




#2534342 Ice Bucket ALS Challenge: Bettman edition

Posted by 55fan on 15 August 2014 - 07:22 PM

 

Dan Cleary accepted the challenge.  I like that he put up the info for donating online.  I haven't seen anyone do that yet.




#2534315 Holland signs 4 year extension with wings **MOD Warning Post 130**

Posted by Jesusberg on 15 August 2014 - 01:05 PM

Things I will give Ken Holland full credit for:

 

-Restocking the prospect shelves. Let's face it, the drafting was pretty hit and miss during the early to mid 2000's. Kenny doesn't get full credit here, but he was part of turning around the prospect pool.

 

-Being smart with prospect progression. I know a lot of people hate the whole overripe thing, but Nyquist and Tatar are examples of players who have greatly benefited from gaining experience in the minors.

 

-Signing younger players to solid deals. I think his "bridge deals" are a real positive. Guys like Zetterberg, Filppula and Kronwall all got them, now it's guys like Tatar and most likely Nyquist next year. He seems to be good with the younger player's deals.

 

-Rebuilding on the fly. Most teams need to tank, sell off their assets and completely alter their team. Detroit's managed to keep their superstars, and nearly all of their promising young players while staying competitive. Whatever your definition of competitive is, Detroit hasn't been a basement dweller - that's a plus in my eyes.

 

Things I don't think are Ken Holland's fault:

 

-Missing out on big name free agents. The salary cap has changed the playing field in the NHL, but I also think that the attitudes of players have changed. It's almost as if they want teams to chase them. The whole Suter thing was mind-boggling to me. You're a GM and you get on a plane to go talk to a player? Guys wanting to play in their hometowns, with their best friends, etc. is out of Ken's hands, I think. Does he need to change his approach, perhaps? It's a situation now where players want three things: comfort, comradery and cap hit. The one thing Kenny can control is giving out money, so luring players here is going to be a matter of over payment, I think.

 

Things I want to slap Ken Holland for:

 

-Misguided loyalty to veteran players. The list of players could go on and on, but we know the deal here.

 

-Bringing back familiar talent. I think you can also accuse Kenny of playing it "too safe" here. Bringing back talent to take the places of prospects he feels aren't ready yet. It's kind of a double-edged sword, but at times I think Kenny holds guys back too much. It was great for Gus and Tatar to stay down, but then the team also had that mess at the beginning of the year with Bert, Sammy and Cleary taking up spots.

 

-Poor judgement with trades and contracts. The Quincey and Legwand trades still bother me. Giving out 3 million dollar, NTC contracts to 35+ year-old vets, and a 4.25 million dollar contract to a pylon.

 

All things considered, I don't think there's another guy for the job right now, but that doesn't mean I think Kenny is totally effective in his post. He's done a lot of great things for this team, and recently some not-so-great things. If he could just alter his approach to trading, I think he would be totally set.

 

This team is entering a situation where the star players will be done in a few seasons, and there's quite a bit of talent waiting in the wings to take their place. The question is, which guys are going to become legitimate superstars, and what is Kenny going to do with the excess talent? I think Nyquist, Mantha, Jurco and Tatar all have potential to be star forwards on this team, DeKeyser, Ouellet and Sproul strike me as the future of the blueline, but who knows what will happen when they're not insulated anymore. Kenny's going to have some big decisions to make with the talent on this team, and they're going to determine if this entire "rebuild on the fly" process was really effective or not.




#2534317 Holland signs 4 year extension with wings **MOD Warning Post 130**

Posted by WingsAlways on 15 August 2014 - 01:23 PM

Best signing yet. Hollands offseason acquisition is himself. His deadline acquisition will be Babs.

 

I wonder if he gave himself a NTC...