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#2614204 Report: Cleary wants to return for 1 more season

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 13 June 2015 - 12:24 AM

Meh.  He played, what, like 10 games? Daniel Cleary is the least of our concerns. It's comical to even get worked up about what amounts to a manager living up to a promise he made because ethically he feels compelled to if the result is so miniscule.

#2436809 Gustav Nyquist (whats next)

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 16 September 2013 - 08:35 AM

well so much for Nyquist taking a huge step forward this season..


lol  Do you really think Holland plans on burying Nyquist in the minors for very long?  He's just making room so he can get a trade done for one of the veterans.  This is 100% about asset management.  Holland of all people wants Nyquist to play as much time in Detroit as possible.  Think of it this way-- it'll be easier to find a trade partner once Bert and Sammy have a chance to show that they can still play and other teams find the need to add a veteran due to injuries.  At this point in the season every organization is busy evaluating their young talent going into the pre-season.


It's in Holland's best interests to make sure the Wings' young talent has the optimal environment to thrive. 

#2436808 Oilers Headcoach Dallas Eakins removing past pictures

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 16 September 2013 - 08:29 AM

I think he's got the right idea.  He's just taking the pictures out of the dressing room...  if he feels that he needs to make a statement to his young players about looking forward instead of backward this is a pretty simple way to do it.  It's not like the Oilers are taking banners down or changing anything other than the home dressing room.

#2434223 Change to goalie pads.

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 27 August 2013 - 09:17 AM

I think it'd be interesting to have a private panel consisting of the following:

--Current NHL goaltenders (a mix of stars and back-ups/young guys)

--Former NHL goaltenders (who played in the last 10 years)


--Persons who previously worked on product development/strategy for big hockey gear manufacturers

--Persons who previously or currently work on product development/strategy for big manufacturers of protective gear for other sports (American football in particular, don't take companies with a hockey division)


Have the final recommendations made available to the public *but* all names of contributing members are kept secret from the NHL, NHLPA and everyone else.


As an engineer I'd be really interested to read what a group like that came up with in terms of recommendations for rules/gear changes and even ideas for new gear innovations.

#2433244 Who do we Unload, reload on before the season starts?

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 14 August 2013 - 08:22 AM

Holland's said a few times that Nyquist *will* be re-signed.  Don't worry about that.  I'd rather not take Cleary again because there's no roster space and it'd negatively impact the development of Tatar/Nyquist by pushing them back in the depth chart.


Unload Eaves (bummer but there's no room) and Tootoo right off the bat.  Emmerton will have to stick around until they know for sure that Helm's back is fine.

For the record-- I think it sucks that they'd have to say goodbye to Eaves because Sammy can't be unloaded. I'd rather have Eaves for his versatility, aptitude at playing on the checking line and comparatively young age.  Bert is worth keeping around for another year because the Wings need the size and he's helpful in the shoot-out if nothing else ;)

#2429428 Smith files for arbitration

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 11 July 2013 - 09:19 AM


Because he played terrible during that 1/2 season.  You could say the same thing about Dekeyser, only he played even fewer games.  You know what the difference is?  One of them didn't make several boneheaded mistakes each game, while failing to live up to the one thing that got them to the NHL in the first place.  Brendan Smith was awful, defensively (which I don't care about as much because it was always a given that he'd need to improve there) AND offensively (which is a worse sin since he was supposedly an offensive defenseman).


I'm sure he'll improve.  But you can't whitewash the truth.  Yes he was a rookie, so is every player at one time or another.  But not every rookie sucks doorknobs. 



Rookie Smith reminds me of rookie Kronwall.  Don't forget how many moronic defensive plays and ill-advised pinches Kroner made as a young d-man.

#2429423 Bruins Re-Sign Rask for 8yr, 7m AAV

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 11 July 2013 - 09:01 AM

Wow... players used to have to accept smaller cap hit numbers to get massive deals.  8 years at 7 mil per for a goalie is a HUGE deal.  I understand why they'd be willing to take a risk on Rask but this shouldn't be thought of as anything other than a calculated risk.  7 mil for a goalie in today's NHL is a real risk.

#2422683 Horton looking 6m for 5/6 years

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 27 June 2013 - 09:55 AM

We know Holland doesn't like paying market prices for free agents, so I don't see us signing Horton at that price.  Not sure if we should either.  


Holland is willing to play the 'quality NHL team' market price, not the Minnesota Wild inflated joke price.  There's a reason why those joke, overpayment contracts are attached to joke teams.

#2422659 McBeast

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 27 June 2013 - 08:55 AM

Well there's no fighting in college, so he is just going to have to play hockey and Andy Murray is a great coach especially for developing young kids.


Pretty crazy considering this kid was a nearly 300pim player in the USHL.  I think it was bold of him to sign with a college team. He's saying fighting isn't his all he has to offer and he wants to work on his playing skills elusively.


When you fight as much as he has it's really got to be come part of your hockey identity.  It's pretty cool that we got the toughest player in that draft year and he's willing to put that aside for the time being to focus on the rest of his game.  That shows that he's a focus, committed player who wants to be a pro.

#2422474 Should we trade our 2013 1st round pick?

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 26 June 2013 - 03:21 PM

The organizational depth is such that the Wings can likely afford to actually trade up right now.  They could really use a home run scoring forward right now.

#2422448 The CapGeek Thread

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 26 June 2013 - 01:10 PM

Here's my shot at it:

Johan Franzen ($3.955m) / Pavel Datsyuk ($6.700m) / Justin Abdelkader ($1.800m)
Tomas Tatar ($0.840m) / Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) / Nathan Horton ($5.000m)
Gustav Nyquist ($1.788m) / Joakim Andersson ($1.605m) / Damien Brunner ($3.050m)
Drew Miller ($1.350m) / Darren Helm ($2.125m) / Patrick Eaves ($1.200m)
Cory Emmerton ($0.533m) /
Niklas Kronwall ($4.750m) / Danny DeKeyser ($1.350m)
Jonathan Ericsson ($3.250m) / Brendan Smith ($1.827m)
Jakub Kindl ($2.050m) / Kyle Quincey ($3.775m)
Brian Lashoff ($0.725m) /
Jimmy Howard ($5.292m)
Jonas Gustavsson ($1.500m)
Buyout: Mikael Samuelsson ($0.000m)
Buyout: Todd Bertuzzi ($0.000m)

Trade: Carlo Colaiacovo

Trade: Jordin Tootoo

CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled with the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $60,547,254; BONUSES: $1,010,000
CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $4,762,746


Notes: Blue font denotes transactions/re-signings I made, red font denotes UFA signings from outside the organization.



That's a nice, young roster (only 4 people that are 30 years of age or older and 4 players aged 29). 


I assigned large costs to re-signing UFA and RFA players just to be safe.  Holland can likely get better numbers than the ones I assigned.


Ideally I'd like to ditch Quincey and pick a true top pairing offensive defenseman up somewhere but the pickings are very, very slim. I'd avoid the UFA pool of offensive defensemen all together and look at RFA players. 


Alex Pietrangelo is an RFA who is sure to be coveted by the entire league.  St Louis has 20million in cap space to re-sign their RFA and UFA players.  They'll have to get deals done for Chris Stewart, Kevin Shattenkirk and Alex Pietrangelo, though, so that money is definitely needed (all three players would command significant salaries).  Pietrangelo is easily the best player on that team in my opinion and you can bet it'd be virtually impossible to pry him away from them... but hey it's worth making a note of it.


David Rundblad is an RFA in Phoenix who might be of interest. He's big (6'2", 190lbs), young (22yrs) and a right hand shot.  Phoenix acquired him from Ottawa in 2011 as part of the Turris trade. 


Zach Bogosian is an RFA in Winnipeg who is also big (6'3", 215lbs), young (22yrs) and a right handed shooter. 


Nick Leddy is an RFA in Chicago who isn't exactly big (5'11, 180lbs), but is young (22yrs), although he has a lefty shot.  Chicago is going to struggle to sign their RFA/UFA players and may be forced to let some juicey ones go. I doubt they'd let Leddy go but hey, it's possible.  With the move to the East it will be easier than ever to make a deal with Chicago.


Travis Hamonic is an RFA on the NY Islanders who fits the desirable profile: big (6'2", 206lbs), young (22yrs) and a right hand shot.  His offensive numbers are mind-boggling (10g, 60pts in 183 NHL games) but he's a very solid two-way player.

#2417910 Carolina Hurricanes unveil new uniform design, "New Storm"

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 05 June 2013 - 02:58 PM

I like it.  They simplified the jerseys without losing the look they're known for.  Overall I think this is a definite upgrade for the 'Canes.

#2416154 Trade Smith ASAP!

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 30 May 2013 - 12:17 PM

His rookie season is noticeably worse than that of Kindl, Ericsson, Kronwall, etc.  Will he get better?  Sure.  But that doesn't mean that he isn't a god awful rookie.  He is. 



*lol*  That's some pretty hilarious stuff right there.  Kronwall, Ericsson and Kindl were all defensive whipping boys their first years.  Kindl wasn't even able to hold the #6 spot down until late this season.  Smith is most like Kronwall of any recent Wings rookies.  The horrible defensive plays Kronwall authored as a new NHL player are still seared into my mind.

#2416148 Darren Helm - Career in Question?

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 30 May 2013 - 12:08 PM

Helm suffered a significant set-back during the Anaheim series.  While he was doing on ice work-outs in the 1st round his back flared up so badly the doctors shut him down completely.  Apparently since then he's only been able to use an elliptical trainer for cardio. 


If this was something doctors had a clear understanding of how to fix the Wings and Helm would have already moved forward with any necessary surgeries. The fact is that in this type of situation you need to know what's wrong and how to fix it before you consider a surgical solution. 


At this point Helm's been struggling with his back since early January and his quality of life has been significantly impacted.  When the injury flares up he can't even sit long enough to ride a bike.  Back pain is no joke.

#2416143 Franzen Buyout?

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 30 May 2013 - 12:00 PM

For those that think illitch wouldn't buy him out frankly don't know anything. Illitch has always been willing to throw money at his teams. They're also businesses and sometimes you have to cut your losses. The question isnt if illitch would be OK with it.

Its a question of if Holland would do so and basically admit it was a bad contract. Which I don't see happening. This team needs to free agents to play on the second line. Not paying fil or FTA Zen gives us the money to do so.


By "don't know anything" do you mean "clearly understand the cap value of scoring wingers in today's NHL"?  He has a sub 4 million dollar cap hit and has averaged 0.37 goals per game since signing the contract (0.37, 0.37, 0.38 and 0.34 goals/game in the seasons from 09-10 to 12-13).  That is a pro-rated 30 goals per season over 82 games.  Simply said- you can't get 6'3 30 goal scorers for that cheap anymore unless they're on an entry level or short-term RFA contract.  Calling Franzen's contract a 'bad contract' displays true ignorance of the reality of contracts in today's NHL.