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In Topic: Who is YOUR most under-appreciated/unsung Red Wing?

04 August 2014 - 10:26 AM

Rafalski.  He did it all...and did it all at a world class level.  Unfortunately, as so happens when you play with one  of the best ever at a particular position, he was often overshadowed by Nick.  I also think Nick learned a lot from him on the blue line in terms of offense.  I have seen very few "skate the line" with the puck like Rafalski did.  At the beginning of his term with us, he was much better at this than Nick.  His lateral movement with the puck at the blue line to find a shooting lane was second to none.  As a result, Nick soon became much improved at this, and eventually you'd have to say that they were equally as good.  But Rafalski was underrated in my opinion.

In Topic: Red Wings new assistant coaches

14 July 2014 - 01:19 PM

I can't imagine that being an assistant under Babs would give you much freedom as a coach.  I could be wrong, but I imagine it's like..."welcome aboard coach....here is the PK set up I like to run...and this is the pk set up you will be setting up an coaching."

In Topic: Who has been Ken Holland's worst recent free agent signing?

11 July 2014 - 03:04 PM

Dishonorable mention should also go to Cory Cross as a consideration.  16 games-2 points.  Benched and then traded.

In Topic: Wings re-sign Cleary $1.5 mill + $1mill in game bonuses

11 July 2014 - 10:10 AM

I respect Kenny for honoring his word on a verbal agreement.  I absolutely astonished and livid that he would make that verbal offer in the first place. 


Re-signing a healthy scratch???


My last thought...I think we are seeing the beginning of the end of the Red Wings methodology of keeping our young talent down in GR for many years until they are 100% NHL ready.  The parity that comes along with the salary cap is going to make this difficult.  Players now have a lot more options than they did previously.  The money is available in multiple destinations for free agents.  We are going to have to pay competitive market rates and even overpay in some instances for proven NHL'ers that fit a need....Kenny Holland is not used to ***-for-tat negotiating for players with other teams, he's pretty used to getting what he wants....which is the current problem.  The Wings used to get a lot of discounts on players because..."we are the freakin Detroit Red Wings and every player wants to play here".  With a salary cap, money talks and Minnesota looks just as appealing as Detroit these days if the contract $ to the player is similar.  You're no longer going to be able to stack your NHL roster to be playoff/Stanley Cup contenders, while keeping your young talent shelved in your farm system for years on end.  These young players are more-and-more going to have to learn their NHL game at the NHL level.  It's hard to imagine all of this young talent that we have and we are 1....not willing (or able as the new DC signing presents) to bring up to the NHL yet and 2....not willing to trade.  Unless, unless, your fan base is so loyal (or stupid) that they'll go through 10 bad years of hockey in hopes of building a future team from scratch from your farm system. 

In Topic: Dan Cleary may return...sigh

17 June 2014 - 11:50 AM

Three major problems I have with this:

1.  Kenny should have never made any commitment (verbal or otherwise) to Cleary beyond a one year deal after we had essentially let him go by not opting to match Philly on their offer.

2.  Cleary accepting a verbal offer is just foolish.  Serves him right IF the Wings don't honor this.  His agent must have been livid....ohh wait...this is the Wings....they're loyal to a fault!!

3.  It's almost certain that IF Kenny did commit to him verbally on this, that we will honor this.  It's just the way the Wings/Mr. I/Kenny are.  It's what has made us a desirable franchise/owner to play for in the past, so in this one instance, it's coming back to bite us.  "Live by the sword, die by the sword".