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In Topic: Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

01 July 2015 - 08:19 PM

I haven't heard good things about Green from any Caps fans, or anyone other than Wings fans, for years.


Then you're not talking to very many people.


"Yeah but I went to a Caps board and everyone was glad to be rid of him!"


OK. I can play the some-random-anonymous-person-on-the-internet-said-something game.




Down in the comments section, dcsportsfan85 says:


The Capitals are severely going to miss Mike Green and I think he's going to absolutely THRIVE in Detroit. This is a huge loss for the organization especially since we've lost another young gun for nothing in return.


As much as I like Brooks Orpik and what he brought to this team I'd still rather swamp him for Green any day of the week. I would have been ecstatic if the Caps top 4 had been Carlson-Green & Alzner-Niskanen last season.


I've watched Green. (I pay special attention to the players I'd like to see the Wings target.) I've gone over his stats, both basic and "fancy." I've looked at him through the lens of all manner of metrics. I've watched our team struggle to move the puck, struggle to establish a precision transition game, struggle to score at even strength, struggle to get pucks on net from the point, struggle to squeeze point production out of a scoring-challenged D corps. All things considered, Mike Green at $6M x 3 is, to me, a great move - and I say that as someone who tends to be very cynical and pessimistic about Ken Holland's decision making.


Is there some inherent risk? Sure. But I'm not expecting him to set the world on fire and win the Norris and Hart. I'm hoping for a good second-pairing defenseman who can give us 10 goals and 40 points and help us spend more time with the puck and, by extension, on the attack. We have more than enough left-shooting "defensive defensemen." Adding a high-end right-shooting scoring defenseman for nothing but money? I'm totally down with that.

In Topic: Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

01 July 2015 - 07:11 PM

Mike Green and Brad Richards. I love it!!!!!


Green's reputation as a total liability on the defensive side of the puck is ridiculous. This is a very good defenseman whose strengths are perfectly suited for the kind of hockey the Wings play (now more than ever, with Blashill coming in). I'd love to see what he can do with DeKeyser; I think that could be a great pairing.


We didn't need Richards like we needed Green, but depth is the name of the game in today's NHL and Richards certainly makes us deeper. He's always struck me as a "very Red Wings" player. I expect him to be big for us while Datsyuk's out.


Good work, Kenny!

In Topic: Holland doesn't expect to be busy this offseason

30 June 2015 - 09:58 PM

This idea that some people perpetuate that Holland intentionally hasn't pursued a big deal because of the cap is simply not factual at all.



In Topic: Alexander semin being bought out

30 June 2015 - 02:51 PM

We didn't take him the first time on a 1 year deal, why would we take him now.


Because we struggle mightily to score at even strength.


We need defensemen before forwards, unless you are trading Nyquist / Tatar for a dman.


Defense is the priority, but it doesn't mean it has to be addressed first. We could sign Semin and then we'd have until the trade deadline to land a defenseman.

In Topic: Alexander semin being bought out

30 June 2015 - 02:33 PM

As much as we need a defenseman, I wouldn't necessarily be happy to get one at the cost of losing Pulkkinen.


It's pretty clear that Kenny is following the Tampa model - get a ton of young, homegrown, cost-controlled stud forwards and flat-out overwhelm the opposition with your superior scoring depth. All Pulkkinen has done, at every level, is score, score, score, and there's really no reason to believe he won't do the same at the NHL level. He could be another Nyquist or Tatar. Maybe not quite as dynamic as either of those two, but, by all indications, very much capable of giving us a couple 25-goal seasons as an RFA. As much as I love Byfuglien and would love to see us add him, would it truly be worth losing Pulkkinen? What if Datsyuk breaks his leg right before the playoffs, we get bounced in the first round, and Byfuglien signs elsewhere in the summer? It's a tough call. Having Semin on board might make it an easier call, though.