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In Topic: What's your roster lines ?

19 August 2015 - 03:03 PM

Staal is trash I'd rather have Franzen.. And that contract? Hell no I wouldn't even consider the guy a 1st line center
yes he has, the last thing we need on this team is another bad contract..


Staal's an excellent player. He's not Kopitar or Toews or Bergeron, but he's still a top-tier talent, which is what we need. If you don't consider him a first-line center, guess what - he'd be our second-line center. A second-line center who put up 54 points on last season's terrible, toothless Hurricanes team. (And, really, when was the last time the Hurricanes were relevant? When was the last time Staal was surrounded by high-end talent? If he were a Blackhawk, everyone would love him. If Patrick Kane were a Maple Leaf, everyone would hate him.)


As for the contract...I seem to recall you saying we should try to acquire Dion Phaneuf, whose contract is infinitely worse than Staal's because it has another 500 years left on it. Staal, on the other hand, would be entering the final year of his contract (which is why we might be able to land him). Maybe Ron Francis agrees to eat some of his salary. If he doesn't, it shouldn't be too difficult to clear the requisite cap space. Quincey's eating up $4.25M. Smith's eating up $2.75M. Kindl's eating up $2.4M. Miller and Andersson are eating up about a million apiece. (Like I've said, we have a lot of money tied up in non-essential personnel.) Trade them for futures. BOOM! Cap space! And then we sign him to a brand new deal that would keep him in Detroit for the next four or five years, which would give us a bridge between Datsyuk-Zetterberg and Sheahan-Larkin.

In Topic: What's your roster lines ?

19 August 2015 - 02:10 PM

Is the addition of Green and Richards enough to make this a division contender that can go deep in the postseason?


Probably not.


Ideally, the younger players all step up, Blashill works some New Coach Magic, we add a top-tier player, and the goaltending is excellent. Even just one or two of those might be enough to push us deep into the playoffs.


The last four teams we've faced in the playoffs were all serious contenders - and yet, we actually did surprisingly well against three of those teams. And this season's roster should be superior to any and all of the past three Wings teams. And, honestly, I feel the only Atlantic team that's flat-out better than us is Tampa.


So...we're not a legit contender, but I don't think we're far off. I really believe my roster could win the Cup. Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Staal, Tatar, Nyquist, Sheahan, Richards, Franzen, Pulkkinen, Abdelkader, Helm, Glendening, maybe Larkin and/or Athanasiou - tell me that wouldn't be one of the best forward groups in the league.


Get Eric Staal in a Wings uniform and jettison the replaceable defensemen. Oh, and collect underpants.

In Topic: Getting bigger.

19 August 2015 - 12:59 PM

For what it's worth, neither the Lightning nor the Blackhawks are especially big.

In Topic: Number One Center vs. Number One Defenseman

19 August 2015 - 01:50 AM

That's not fair.


It would explain why he looks like a zombie.

In Topic: What's your roster lines ?

19 August 2015 - 01:35 AM

Eh. Somehow injuries always seem to solve this problem.


It sounds kinda sinister when you put it that way.