I'll never understand you folk that don't get the idea that the Wings could use a guy who'll drop the gloves with some regularity during the season. One guy taking a penalty here and there while giving the opposing team something to think about when it comes to taking liberties with our players certainly isn't going to cost us in the win column. AND HELL, I'm not even talking about a guy that JUST fights.
Hell, I'll even throw this little nugget out there for you to ponder over.
Seguin is healthy scratched last night in favor of Thorton. Sure, he might not be on the scorers sheet in the way of points... but I tell you what... his presence was felt and it certainly helped spark some team-mates and get some opposing players off their game.
I know this sounds stupid but I don't want James on the Red Wings. My oldest brother went to high school with him and apparently he was a total ****** bag, your classic school bully. I know people can change their ways but that isn't the type of guy that I think about when I look at the Detroit Red Wings.
Hmmmm. You don't say. Most high school students are ******-bags in their own way.
Just like I refuse to hold the fact that he's been traded several times against him, I refuse to hold his high-school douchebaggery against him.
Now if you think that what he did in high school might translate to his behavior in the locker-room... Searching ye olde' interwebs there is very little to report about his locker-room presence other than speculation and opinion by various bloggers.
He was supposedly a very good teammate in Chicago and did not want to leave there. He enjoyed his time with Anaheim and was happy that he got a deal done, only to be traded to the Islanders. It's obvious that he never wanted to be traded to the Isle, but while he was there he was a seemingly good teammate. Snow is Snow. So, who knows why he wasn't kept around longer. I think it was mainly the fear of his impending paycheck. Montreal is unlikely to re-sign him for that very reason as well.
I still think what he brings to the table in the way of hockey play is exactly what this club could use if the price is right.
Apparently he hates the Wings, but stranger things have happened.
He hates that he's never played for the Wings. ...and yes, stranger things have happened. Hossa.
Any idea why he's been on 4 different teams in 5 years?
On the trade from Chicago to Anaheim:
In a move made right at the NHL's trade deadline on Wednesday, the Blackhawks acquired center Samuel Pahlsson from the Anaheim Ducks in exhange for defenseman James Wisniewski and center Petri Kontiola. The Hawks also received defenseman Logan Stephenson and a conditional draft pick.
Wisniewski had two goals and 11 assists in 31 games for the Hawks this season and was popular with his teammates. In his third season with the Hawks, Wisniewski missed most of the first half of the season recovering from off-season knee surgery. Coach Joel Quenneville made Wisniewski a healthy scratch for two games in mid-February but the blue liner had been seeing significant playing time the last nine games.
"It's a little heart-breaking but there are very few guys in this league who play for one team their whole career," Wisniewski said. "It's going to happen sooner or later. It's sad to go but it might be better off for me.
"I thank the Chicago organization for sticking with me and all the help they've done to get me back to 100 percent. Coming off the injury they threw me right in there with the wolves and they had a lot of confidence in me and now they needed a checking centerman and they got it for me and it's probably best both ways. For me, I have to turn the page now. I have a job to go to Anaheim and help them win."
Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski was worried he was going to be dealt by Anaheim on trade deadline day, reports the Orange County Register.
Wisniewski, who is in the final year of his current contract, was the subject of numerous trade rumors heading into Mar. 3's deadline. He is set to become a restricted free agent July 1 and could command a hefty raise.
"I think you just kind of look at it as a business," Wisniewski told the Register. "If it happened, it happened and I'd go somewhere else and play. But, you know, I'm happy to be here. I like playing for this organization. It's just a great bunch of guys.
"Hopefully we can do what we did last year and crawl into the playoffs. You never know what can happen."
(The 4th Period)
When I read that the Ducks avoided arbitration by signing James Wisniewski to a one-year, $3.25 million deal, I wondered how the cash-strapped Anaheim Ducks would really act. It didnít take long for the team to show its penny pinching ways, as Ducks GM Bryan Murray decided to trade the defenseman to the New York Islanders for a conditional third round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, according to Katie Strang of New York Newsday.
(James O'Brien - NBC Sports)
On the trade from the Isles to Montreal:
The Islanders pulled off a nifty buy-low, sell-less-low maneuver by picking up James Wisniewski for a 3rd and then flipping him for a 2nd and change after 34 games (minus two for the Avery suspension). They become the third team to trade Wisniewski while a contract extension was looming. As discussed round and round in comments yesterday, I suspect that has to do with a difference between his expected asking price and his performance: Wisniewski collects points -- playing 5 minutes per game on the powerplay will do that for you -- but the rest of his game leaves questions.
Holland has stated he wants to keep E. There are also reports that he turned down two million per year from us...
If Holland is worried about team continuity, which he shouldn't, he might overpay Ericsson.
Now maybe that Bogo trade that was rumored to be on the table could resurface and take care of that for us. Though I doubt Atlanta would want the rights to a UFA for a week in exchange for the rights to an RFA. Even if we through in Hudler and a pick.
Pretty sure that those reports have been refuted, by Ericsson himself.
I think he will try to keep Ericsson. I just hope it's at the right price. I think hope he can grow into the #4 role. He's still not a $2 million/year player though... I hope he realizes that. If not, we can replace him.
I really don't get all the excitement for him leaving.
Every replacement plan has cons that outweigh the pros. Considering that the amount of time left for us to win with Lidstrom... You just cannot expect this to help us take advantage of a closing window. This truly makes for a rebuilding project, one that I really do not want to do at this stage of the game.
I was expecting him to stick around at least two more years, and get a ton cheaper too. Now we have to spend more money to get someone else who will produce less. Not good.
Keep in mind that Rafalski was 12th in the league in scoring and played only 63 games. Look at his place at the end of the season in total points over the last 5 seasons.
People can knock is defensive game, but he is a point producing machine. I see the same upswing from Brendan Smith as he has the same skillset just in a bigger body.
On a sidenote, I am pretty disgusted with some of the comments here. The "Don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out" comments in specific. He helped bring a Stanley Cup to Detroit. He took a hometown discount to come play here. A little respect would be in order.
With his knee and back. He was not going to stick around for more than his contract. Thinking otherwise was wishful at best. It may have been a bad move for him to stick around, even if he signed for less.
I'm not sure that I see the "don't let the door hit ya" comments. (Albeit, Raffi has his haters.) I do admit to a little excitement to the possibilities that his retirement brings, including the possibility of seeing Smith sooner.
His point production will be missed, certainly. He did help bring a Cup here. Much props. A Hometown discount is debatable.
Guys......Check the CBA. While the Wings will get some cap relief from this (obviously) I do not believe they will have all 6 million come off the books instantly. I believe the remaining portion of the contract is applied to the cap over a period of 3 years (may be 2) thus they would have a 2 million hit each of the next 3 years for Rafalski because he retired while under contract.
Maybe I'm confusing this with another sport's CBA, but I don't think so.
This has already been discussed. His cap hit comes off the books because he signed his deal prior to age 35. The cap relief you speak of has to do with a contract that is signed after the age of 35.