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#2619589 Wings sign Brad Richards 1 yr, $3 million

Posted by hillbillywingsfan on 08 July 2015 - 10:51 AM

Their chemistry was noted to be the best in the league at some point, some consider it better than Sedin twins chemistry. Even at this age, some of the plays they make is absolutely ridiculous. They're all over the opposing team and their finesse is ridiculous combined. Their no look passes are godlike at times. 



nothing beats this one


#2619613 Which Sweater Do RWs Retire First - Feds or Ozzy?

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 08 July 2015 - 12:52 PM

Next year there aren't many flashy names. I'd say Ozzie and Lindros both go in and the hockey world EXPLODES.


Lindros will get in.  It's a matter of time.  Osgood, I'm not sure about.  I'd be shocked if he makes it next year.  


These players are not alike either.  One was a driver.  The other, a passenger.  


Come to think of it, though, if Housley is in the HOF, why can't Osgood be?  Osgood also accumulated stats and was never one of the best players at his position.  And unlike Housley, he's had some big team successes.  

#2619615 Wings‬ sign left wing Eric Tangradi

Posted by TheXym on 08 July 2015 - 01:02 PM

Depth signing for GR, as others have said. I saw him a couple of times in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre when he was with the baby Pens and he didn't really stand out.

#2619591 Wings‬ sign left wing Eric Tangradi

Posted by hillbillywingsfan on 08 July 2015 - 10:53 AM



Red Wings sign winger Eric Tangradi

#2619554 Retire Sergei Fedorovís Jersey Immediately

Posted by Buppy on 08 July 2015 - 12:58 AM

I don't see why it's a problem if Babcock didn't want him. It's the coaches will who he wants playing on his roster. You're acting like it's uncommon. Blashill will be the same way just like any coach in the NHL. You're either suited to play a coaches system or you're not. 


Remember than Bowman turned Sergei into a defenseman for a good month. It's what they do. The chess board is theirs and they can move each piece (player) they way they see suited in order to win the game. 


BTW it was Hollands decision to not bring Fedorov back. Columbus wanted Valterri Filpulla and a First round draft pick. Holland didn't want to give that up. So no, you can't blame Babcock because it was Hollands decision at the end. 

It's easy to blame Babcock. Now that he's gone, if we can convince ourselves that everything was his fault it gives us reason to be optimistic.


LW also tends to ignore reality at times. Like with Fedorov. The one season he played for Babcock was the one non-Wing season he had that was similar to his production with the Wings. But Babcock couldn't figure him out, misused him, and didn't want him on the Wings. Because then that's why he never came back, and why his number isn't retired, and now that Babs is gone there's hope for the future.

#2619470 EC on paper for 15/16.....

Posted by rick zombo on 07 July 2015 - 02:35 PM

I agree about Ottawa.


I also think the Habs rode a hot goalie ALL season. Price is going to have a mortal year and the Habs don't have the line-up to be any better than the 6-8th spot.


Pittsburgh will miss, Boston will miss.


Florida's not quite there yet. Neither are the Sabres.


Columbus will make it in.


Hopefully Detroit has home ice in the first round, but I'll settle for making it in.


Going to be tight

#2619182 Nyquist Files For Arbitration

Posted by FlashyG on 06 July 2015 - 04:05 AM

The mistake many making here is assuming that this case even gets before an arbitrator.


Neither side wants that, no player wants to hear his employer explain all his shortcomings in an effort to cut his salary. Nyquist has excellent regular season production but he'd be roasted on his awful playoff numbers to this point. Still I think he'd get a better offer by going to arbitration than what I think he's going to sign before it gets there.


I expect him to take a deal in the 3.75 to 4.25 million range, similar to Kadri's but perhaps a little longer. 

#2619131 Nyquist Files For Arbitration

Posted by Echolalia on 05 July 2015 - 06:07 PM

Ansar Khan ‏@AnsarKhanMLive  16m
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@evan_olive @georgemalik It usually speeds up process of getting deal done because both sides want to avoid unpleasant arbitration hearing.

Yeah, I think a few years back there was a conception that arbitration equals player, agent, and GM are butting heads and it's a power play, but I think I recall Holland saying its a routine process and it's for the best for all groups because it kind of encourages both sides to prioritize getting a deal done instead of putting it off. I tried looking for the exact quote but if I'm not making it all up then it was from a few years ago I think... Maybe someone else remembers this?

#2619088 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by Dabura on 05 July 2015 - 04:00 PM

I mean, I don't actually believe we're going to see a roster defenseman moved out before the start of the season. Kenny's not going to move Quincey to clear cap space and a spot for a kid. He's not going to pull a sign-and-trade with Smith. Maybe (maybe) he moves Kindl, but it sounds like Kindl is being treated as a reclamation project, and we all know how much this organization loves reclamation projects. Even if Kenny did trade Kindl, Ouellet/Marchenko would still have to overtake Quincey/Smith. So, Lashoff would be Kindl's logical replacement.


Oh, and there's also the fact that we spent a first-round pick on each of Quincey, Smith, and Kindl. (And McCollum. Who was just re-signed...for reasons no one can seem to understand...) (Curious, that.)

#2619025 Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

Posted by krsmith17 on 04 July 2015 - 04:23 PM

With the 1-3-1 power-play setup, using one defenseman, I think it kind of defeats the purpose of having that great left-handed (Kronwall) and right-handed (Green) offensive defensemen on separate units.

I'd love to see two different units with two completely different setups, using the 1-3-1 with one defender on one, and the standard 3-2 with two defenders on the other. I've heard people say in the past that a team wouldn't adopt this strategy because it would be difficult to practice two different setups. I really don't think it would be at all, and I think it would really keep the opposition guessing...

I'd like to see something like this...

Power-Play Unit 1

Pulkkinen Datsyuk Zetterberg

Power-Play Unit 2

Nyquist Richards Tatar
Green Smith

#2618967 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by Dabura on 04 July 2015 - 07:11 AM

A couple good reads:






I would be ok with trading Kindl or Quincey or Smith to a team that needs to reach the cap floor and giving the vacant spot to Ouellet or Marchenko. Both Ouellet and Marchenko are clearly NHL-ready. Hell, Babcock wanted Ouellet on the roster straight out of last year's training camp. These are not players who need to make major strides in Grand Rapids to prove they belong in the NHL. The only reason we're having this conversation is because there's a logjam (and the only reason there's a logjam is because Kenny rewarded Kindl and Ericsson with dumb contracts and now the two are pretty much untradable). Sure, Quincey and Ericsson are veteran NHLers and Ouellet and Marchenko aren't, and, in theory, a veteran is "better" than a kid. But we're getting dangerously close to Catch-22 territory.


"You need to be an NHLer for me to even consider rating you higher than a veteran NHLer, and until I rate you higher than a veteran NHLer, you can't be an NHLer. Grab dat cheez tho!"


I know, I know - better to have a veteran and a largely unproven kid than just an unproven kid. And that's fair enough. But, at the same time...if we're not planning on re-signing Quincey next summer, and we're not going to make a trade for a young stud defenseman, and we're going to continue to preach the need to get younger and quicker and how vitally important it is that the young players all take a step forward this season...maybe, just maybe, having Ouellet (probably the most promising of all our D prospects) on the third pairing instead of Quincey wouldn't be such a bad thing. Is it the safe play? No. Is it the smart play? Honestly, it probably isn't. But we have one of the weaker D groups in the league, and that's largely because we have a spectacular lack of young stud defensemen on the roster. If we're going to build ourselves a Cup-worthy D corps without the aid of a big trade, that means at least one of the Griffins prospects is going to have to become a stud NHL defenseman. Ideally, that happens while Datsyuk and Zetterberg are still elite, which gives us...two years? This may be a situation where "Eh, another year on the farm never hurt anybody" is not the right call.

#2618798 Which Sweater Do RWs Retire First - Feds or Ozzy?

Posted by dave989 on 02 July 2015 - 08:41 PM

My vote is just Fedorov. 


Fedorov is a first ballot HOF that was one of the best players in hockey (won the Hart Trophy) in the 90s. Osgood has the numbers and might get in the HOF, but he was never considered among the elite goalies in the league. I might have a different opinion if he won the Conn Smythe, had we won the 2009 Cup, but it is what it is.

#2618828 Holland doesn't expect to be busy this offseason

Posted by mvanpop on 03 July 2015 - 04:53 AM

I almost think that Holland wasn't too confident he would be able to sign anyone so that's why he said that but maybe Weiss was bought out because Richards had shown interest in signing here.

#2618822 Holland doesn't expect to be busy this offseason

Posted by kickazz on 03 July 2015 - 01:23 AM

I'm guilty of it too but it's just another example of how you can't read too much into what these guys say to the press.  It's the actions that matter, not so much the quotes.

I mean if I were a GM I would probably do my best to keep media busy by saying bs comments while I did my work behind the scenes. 

#2618768 Tj oshie to washington

Posted by frankgrimes on 02 July 2015 - 04:31 PM

I think this is to create capspace for Tarasenko otherwise it doesn't make sense at all, they gave Oshie away for peanuts