I didn't see this already being discussed, if there is one already please delete this one...
Once again, I am having trouble with my paste commands on here but if you go to detnews.com the article is there.
This is sad news, I hope he can beat it! I am having one tonight in honor of the man who help build our Dynasty!
quick little funny story, when he was coach/gm for us, I was pushing wheel chairs at metro and always was on the look out for NHL players traveling. I ran into Bryan Murray on his way to GM meetings and they were in the middle of a 10-15 game unbeaten streak at the time. A lot of people were starting to recognize him and I jokingly asked him, "Its kind of hard to remain anonymous now-a-days isn't it?" He laughed and answered yes. He then started asking about what I do at the airport and just being friendly in general. During our conversation I mentioned that I was going to the game the next night. He said make sure his assistants coaches do a good job while he was gone. I said no problem! Well they lost. Oh well. Now, fast forward a few days later after the meetings and I am at work in my work station and I happen to see him walking through towards baggage claim. He saw me and approached me and asked me what happened and that he thought I was going to take care of things...lol! I told him I submitted some line changes but they wouldn't listen to me! He had a laugh! I thought is was so cool that with all the business of the NHL and the thousands of fans he meets, that he actually remembered our conversation and even was down to earth enough to give me a little egg on my face...
Great, great guy and great Hockey mind. It's just too bad he hasn't been able to win that Cup yet...stay strong Bryan and beat this!
If Quincey could play like he did the last 3-4 weeks of last season, I'd actually be pretty happy with him on the team.
The key is no more Smith/Quincey pairing. Keep them apart, along with a healthy Ericsson and the defense is already a lot better than late season. Not even counting the fact that DeKeyser and Smith will only improve.
While I don't think Holland is done with the defense at all, even if all that happens is getting rid of Kindl and bumping Lashoff down to #7, the defense is much improved. Because once Q and Smith were split up, the issue was always the 3rd pairing.
Kudos to Quincey's agent by the way. Seriously. How he managed to get his client a raise is beyond me.
You know who I feel bad for? Kyle Quincey. I know he's not that good, and I know that he should be playing for someone else, and I know that he's now getting drastically overpaid. But you can't blame him for signing the contract. He just wants to play hockey. But because Holland was such a massive failure yesterday, Quincey is back, and now any little mistake he makes will be magnified 2000% because people are (justifiably) pissed off.
Final thought: How funny is it that the story prior to free agency was "The Wings would like to re-sign Kyle Quincey but it's believed he'll seek a raise on the open market". The irony is killing me.
Guys, it's only a 2 year deal. If we signed someone as a FA, we'd have to pay more and for a longer term. For a defenceman who plays 20 minutes a night, it's a good contract. Quincey would have got more if he hit the open market.
Quincey did hit the open market and no other team appeared to have interest since free agency kicked off earlier. Quincey playing 20 minutes per game is exactly the Wings problem defensively. They just made their issue a solution.
NINE MILLION DOLLARS FOR ROBIDAS AT 37 WITH REPEATEDLY BROKEN LEGS? THANK YOU FOR SAYING NO KENNY I THINK.
For once, I agree with his analysis.
Problem is, if Kenny HAD signed him, Malik would have had a blog post out tonight explaining why it was such a shrewd move and going on and on about how "with just a little luck" it'll be a genius acquisition.
He's never wrong because he never commits to anything until after it already happens.
I'm not sure if it's good or bad that all these bottom pairing defensemen are getting bought out. I definitely don't want any of these guys, I just hope Kenny feels the same way and his priority remains with one of the big name guys. We desperately need a right handed defenseman so for me I want Niskanen and if that doesn't pan out I want Gilbert, then Boyle. All these defensemen being added to this years UFA class can be a good thing, lowering the asking price for the top guys a little. However, it could also be a bad thing, because for every team buying out one of these players, there is a new team added to the list that need a defenseman...