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In Topic: Holland Content with Current Roster

19 July 2012 - 05:03 PM

Really the only loss to this line-up is Nick Lidstrom, which is a huge loss and not replaced, but really you are never going to replace Lidstrom. As many in the front office have stated, Lidstrom's departure will need to be filled by other players stepping up.

Hudler --> He is gone and replaced with Samuelsson, who is a Right Handed Shot for the PP point and was on pace for 47 points despite the injury. Sammy has similar offensive potential to Hudler and he is better defensively and a much better skater. Additionally he is a Righty, which our line-up is lacking.

Holmstrom --> Replaced by Tootoo...At this point in his career Homer is a novelty player for the PP and a liability 5 on 5. Tootoo will be a solid Dallas Drake like presence that the Wings have lacked since they won the cup. Homers net front presence has been replaced by Franzen, Cleary, Bertuzzi, etc. on the PP already. Nobody does it quite like Holmstrom, but I think Tootoo is a better use of that roster spot.

No other losses occurred up front but the Wings still add Brunner or Nyquist or both to the line-up moving Emmerton/Mursak out of the line-up. If either Brunner or Nyquist hits and has a decent rookie season, that is a huge addition to the Wings line-up offensively.

Thus the case can be made that the Wings are an equal if not better team up front.

On the point: The Wings acquired Quincey as a 2-fold move last year. To make a cup run and to replace Stuart if he leaves. So Quincey is Stuart's replacement. Lidstrom is gone...He is not replaceable. Suter or Weber would have been nice, but it was never a guarantee we would get either. So our Defensive circumstance has a lot to do with a poor FA market the year Lids retired.

Hopefully guys like Kronwall, Ericsson and Quincey can step up and hopefully Smith is as good as we all hope.

Looking Forward:

Many teams have spent up to the current cap now. When the CBA is resolved many of those teams will need to ditch cap space, and they will not want to lose guys for nothing, though they will not have the negotiating strength they have now when teams know they need to move money...So I guess my whole point is, I am comfortable with this team that it is a playoff team. When the cap issue is resolved I bet Holland can grab a decent D-Man to supplement the depth when it comes time for teams to move money.

This is an odd off-season, I will not judge until October starts. (Or Later if there is a delay)

In Topic: Flyers sign Weber to offer sheet: 14y/$110m ($56m 1st 4yrs)

19 July 2012 - 09:14 AM

Wow. $14m a year for the first 4 years? :blink:

13 million which is signing bonus, protected from rollbacks...he made the right choice to sign this now. It won't exist in 3 months.

In Topic: Flyers sign Weber to offer sheet: 14y/$110m ($56m 1st 4yrs)

19 July 2012 - 08:24 AM

...And if Nashville doesn't match, the Pred's top defense pairing is... Someguy and Someotherguy.

And we whine about Holland. Imagine how we'd howl about Poile if we were Preds fans.


*Just for the record- had to look it up- if the Preds don't match/sign Weber, their D consists of Gill, Blum, Ellis, Josi, and Klein.


Ellis and Josi are solid young D-Men, Klein is a good Top 4 Penalty Killer as is Gill. other than their top pair problem (Which ours is just as bad) they have a pretty solid Defense. Better than ours possibly.

In Topic: Flyers sign Weber to offer sheet: 14y/$110m ($56m 1st 4yrs)

19 July 2012 - 07:56 AM

We all know that Preds will match this offer sheet, so that is not the point. But Weber would easily be worth 4 first round picks in my opinion. It is not like the Red Wings have a fantastic draft record for defensemen taken in the first round the past 20 years -and it is not like they aren't trying. Detroit used 8 of 10 possible picks on defensemen and traded ten 1st picks (in 97, 99, 01, 02, 03, 04, 06, 09, 11 and 12). The exceptions are McCollum in 08 and Sheahan in 10.

1993 Anders Eriksson
1994 Yan Golubovsky
1995 Maxim Kuznetsov
1996 Jesse Wallin
1998 Jiri Fischer
2000 Niklas Kronwall
2005 Jakub Kindl
2007 Brendan Smith


Kronwall is a top pair d-man and Fischer likely would have been had he been able to continue playing. Smith still could be. I'd say with the little 1st rd picks (All being High 1st rounders) we've done a pretty good job.

In Topic: Flyers sign Weber to offer sheet: 14y/$110m ($56m 1st 4yrs)

19 July 2012 - 07:41 AM

What people also need to get is this will definitely create a domino affect, driving up the value for elite defensemen exponentially. Any hopes we had of trading for Yandle, Enstrom, etc. is all but gone.

That is the truth. I think that is what affects the Wings more than anything. Is Phoenix would be crazy to trade Yandle now.