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In Topic: Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

20 May 2015 - 06:52 PM

I got deja vu while reading this, like someone posted the exact same thing before.

And Ericsson isn't overpaid, he's paid like a top four dman, which is what he is.
He's not a #2, but he's not a bad contract.


You?  Sorry, I skipped over a few pages!


My problem with his contract isn't the cap hit, it's the length.

In Topic: Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

08 May 2015 - 08:51 PM

- I would like to see all of our RFA's re-signed with maybe the exception of Andersson.

- Cleary to retire (though I think he has one year left on that hand shake deal with Holland a couple years ago).

- Franzen to retire (again, not because its better for us, but because I want the guy to be able to enjoy the rest of his life)

- Cole/Zidlicky gone

- A top 2 D-man to push E down to the 3rd pairing

- Weiss traded

- Kindl traded

- Smith........traded if it means a good return, but I wouldnt get rid of him for the sake of getting rid of him

- Holland/Bacbcock still with the team

- Not sure what I want to do in goal. Mrazek as the guy for the entire season scares me, but Jimmy has too big of a cap hit to be the backup. I guess I would only get rid of Jimmy if it got us a return in a guy like Thornton.

- An elite #2 centre as long as it doesnt cost us our future

- NOT to stray from the re-build, please do not trade any of Mantha, Larkin, Nyquist, Tatar, Sheahan, AA, or Sproul......Marchenko, Oulette, or Jurco ONLY if it brought a big piece back that would be here for a long time, but I would still rather keep them.


I pretty much agree with this.

I'm on the fence with Andersson... I don't mind him in a 4th line role, if he stays on cheap and doesn't keep Ferraro off the roster, I'm fine with him coming back.

Franzen shouldn't play again, for his future's sake.  If he won't go on LTIR or insists on trying to play, Holland should buy him out and let him take his chances elsewhere.  It is not worth the risk.

Kronwall struggled a lot this year, in part because he really isn't a #1 D, and if he's going to be a #2, he needs to play with a superstar, but also in part because of Ericsson.  He's just one of the bad contracts on the books.  (I think there are 6 or 7.)

If Weiss and Kindl can't be traded, buy them out.  (2 more bad contracts.)

Right there with you on Smith.  Too soon to just give up on him unless he's traded for a valuable piece.

Same for the prospects.  In fact, I'd like to see them get more NHL looks during the regular season.

In goal, Mrazek is obviously the future, but is the has the future already started?  I don't know.  Howard was trying to return from a groin injury, which is not easy.  I fully expect him to be better next fall.  If Howard isn't moved, I expect a real battle between those two.

Unless Datsyuk and Zetterberg are on separate lines, this team hasn't had a real #2 center since Robert Lang.  Weiss has failed, Filppula failed... Sheahan has been the best option, but he's still a year or two away from being able to handle that role regularly.  A good #2 center from outside the organization will be very costly.

Babcock can stay or go, there are positives and negatives to both.  One thing that has surprised me over the last couple years are the team's tendencies to start slow, fall apart late in games, and simply disappear for games at a time.  Babcock preaches preparation and attention to detail, but those are the 2 big problems when the team struggles.  Is that the players or the coach?

As for Holland, I wouldn't lose sleep if he were to no longer be the Wings' GM.  I think he still gets a lot of credit for things that were in place when he took over the GM job and for his successes in the pre-Cap era and in the few years of adjustment under the Cap.  Over the last 5-6 years, we've seen Holland make a number of bad signings, fail to improve the team at the trade deadline, and generally seem to lack direction in running the team.  He sounds lost in interviews, likes to make excuses, and has been out of touch with the "it's a man's league" and "kids aren't the answer" comments.  Also, he doesn't run the draft, his scouting director does.  I will say this though, something I think Holland does very well is hire good people, delegate authority to them, and trust their opinions.  He lets them do their jobs, which is a very good thing for a manager to do.

My bottom line, though, is that this team hasn't been to the conference final in 6 years.  6.  That's the longest stretch since 1989-94.  I honestly don't see that being any different next year unless some changes are made, whether on the ice or behind the bench.  For an organization that prides itself on contending for the Stanley Cup every year, that shouldn't be acceptable.  Nor should it be to a fanbase that has come to expect the same.  "The Streak" shouldn't matter one single bit.

In Topic: Team next season?

21 March 2015 - 02:33 PM

The Wings have to begin to make room for the young defensemen.  Rather than make the mistake of "overbuilding" the roster again (like last season, then embarrasing players like Tootoo and Eaves by sending them to Grand Rapids), there should be a job or two available to be won at training camp by Ouellet (ready), Marchenko (ready), Jensen (maybe a year away), Sproul (at least a year away), and a possible veteran FA depth-type guy.  There isn't room in GR for all of them again next year, and it'll get to a point where keeping them in the AHL will hinder their growth more than help it.  With no expiring contracts other than Zidlicky (who they may even want to re-sign), one or two D will need to be moved.  Obviously, Kronwall and DeKeyser aren't going anywhere, but they could trade any of the other 4.

Up front, Franzen's situation is a dilemma.  His long-term health is in question, and his play when he is healthy leaves much to be desired.  He could be bought out, retire, or put on LTIR permanently, a la Savard and Pronger.  Pulkkinen is the only prospect really knocking on the door.  The others, including Mantha, are maybe a year away.  A couple forwards are candidates to be moved out as well.

Mrazek should be here full-time next year as the backup to Howard, but he will challenge for more playing time right away.  He's the goalie of the future.


My roster next year:

Forwards (14)--Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Tatar, Nyquist, Helm, Abdelkader, Sheahan, Jurco, Pulkkinen, Glendening, Miller, Andersson, Cole re-signed, Callahan promoted.  Weiss traded or bought out, Franzen no longer on (active) roster, Cleary not re-signed.

Defensemen (7)--Kronwall, DeKeyser, Ericsson, Quincey, Zidlicky re-signed, Ouellet promoted, Marchenko promoted.  Kindl and Smith traded.  (I would gladly trade Ericsson, but Smith would probably fetch more in return.)

Goalies (2)--Howard, Mrazek promoted.  Gustavsson not re-signed.


Any traded players bring draft picks and prospects in return.




Quincey is the least of our worries, with how well he's played add to that he's only got the rest of this season and next season remaining on his contract, the gritty new player for the fourth line will most likely be Callahan.
And I don't See Ericsson being moved all the way down the third pair.
He has his gaffes but he is a top four defenseman, and this year he came in less than 100% with his finger still being messed up and not being able to train fully.

So I give him a mulligan for the beginning of this season.


Finger injuries don't affect your brain.  Ericsson has been awful this year.

In Topic: Marchenko recalled from GR... Ouellet sent down

31 January 2015 - 03:38 PM

For picks to help their rebuild.


That would make sense if he was 33, but not if he's 23.

In Topic: Marchenko recalled from GR... Ouellet sent down

31 January 2015 - 03:32 PM

If OEL is so good, why would Phoenix give up on him at age 23?