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Member Since 28 Jul 2005
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In Topic: WHY NOT DEREK MORRIS

03 July 2014 - 03:19 PM

Obviously Morris doesn't hold the luster of the players that Holland lost out on, but I think he could still make the team better. Find a way to dump Kindl in a trade, then sign Morris. He won't cost much more than Kindl, but would be a definite upgrade. Gives them some more experience, a RH shot and someone a little more willing to be physical.

 

I really hope Holland doesn't pull the trigger on trading for guys like Green or Myers...


In Topic: Detroit re-signs Gustavsson 1 yr $1.85 mill

19 June 2014 - 07:55 PM

Blaming the team and injuries for Gustavsson's crappy late season play is moot. As I've pointed out, other backup goalies put up way better numbers playing infront of teams that were bad all season.

 

In fact, here are Gustavssons numbers from January first till the end of the regular season.

 

10GP

5-2-2

3.04GAA

.896SV%

 

Also of note: He allowed four or more goals in five of those ten games.

 

Pretty not so good.

 

For comparison, here are the numbers that got Joey McDonald demoted to the AHL this season:

 

7GP

3-3-1

3.16GAA

.885SV%

 

Not very far off....


In Topic: Detroit re-signs Gustavsson 1 yr $1.85 mill

19 June 2014 - 06:14 PM

More evidence that Holland should have waited till July 1st:

 

With Gustavsson re-signed, there remains 13 goalies heading for UFA status that appeared in 20 or more games this past season (Not counting Giguere since he is retiring).

 

If you throw Gustavsson into the mix, he ranks 7th out of the 14 in GAA, and 9th in SV%

 

Of note, three goalies that would have likely came cheaper than $1.5M for one year did BETTER than Gustavsson in both categories. Thomas Greiss (2nd GAA, 3rd SV%),  Al Montoya (3rd GAA, 4th SV%), and Justin Peters (5th GAA, 5th SV%). Curtis McElhinney also edged out Gus at 8th in SV%, but took 8th in GAA. Those three goalies all played for teams that didn't make the playoffs.

 

I hope Gus buys Holland and his agent a nice steak dinner. In my opinion, he would not have found a better deal than what he got here on the open market. He would've been competing for a job with the better and more durable options I mentioned and also against more experienced options that had worse numbers like Bryzgalov, Thomas, Nabokov and Emery. You could even throw Vokoun and Dubnyk in the mix...

 

To me, the eye roll this caused me today ranks up there with when I read Holland is in talks with Cleary.... Bad move.


In Topic: Detroit re-signs Gustavsson 1 yr $1.85 mill

19 June 2014 - 04:01 PM

Ugh.

 

Waste of about $750k in cap space in my opinion...

 

There are going to be much better (and much less injured) backup goalies available on July 1st that would have likely cost much less than Gustavsson's $1.5M cap hit...

 

I don't get the draw to this guy... In his two years since joining the Red Wings, he's had ONE good stretch of play, which was from October to December this past season. Every other time, he's either injured or play mediocre to not so good.

 

I would've rather had Greiss or Montoya, who would've been cheap and durable for one year. Both also had way better numbers this past season.


In Topic: Blues re-sign Elliott, announce Miller won't be back

20 May 2014 - 12:33 PM

Not unless they trade niemi. I don't see either goalie playing backup.

 

Not like Niemi has a choice, although since Miller is apparently after a CA address, he could make some concessions. Letting Boyle go, and especially if they use a compliance buyout on Havlat, they'll have enough cap space to carry both. However, it sounds like they would like to keep Stalock as backup, so if they do grab Miller, they would likely trade Niemi. Niemi doesn't have any sort of no-movement clause, so peddling him to an interested team that might have trouble attracting a starting goalie in the UFA market (Winnipeg, Vancouver, NYI if they can't get Halak locked up, Calgary) wouldn't be difficult.

 

I still strongly believe that Miller will end up with the Ducks, albeit short term. He can give them a proven starter while they continue to develop Andersen and Gibson into their goalies of the future. The Ducks are also one of the only teams that will be in the goalie market that will be favorited to make a Cup run next season.

 

No chance that Miller comes to the Wings. At this point, I doubt he would be an upgrade over Howard, and the teams could better use their cap space for other needs. I also doubt Miller would want to come to a team that barely made the playoffs the season before and already has a starting goalie. Howard would also be tough to move coming off a down season, with five years left and a big cap hit.