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#2605714 DRW Free Agents / Salary Thread

Posted by paulwoodsfan on 03 May 2015 - 02:31 PM

Interesting to note that we have six RFAs and just five open roster spots although if Franzen stays on LTIR we could sign all six. I think Andersson is closest to being on the bubble. Ferraro, amazingly, seems as if he is and should be in our plans as a fourth-liner. Never expected that to happen. No room for Zidlicky.

#2586402 3/28 GDT : Lightning 0 at Red Wings 4

Posted by paulwoodsfan on 29 March 2015 - 07:59 AM

What does one have to do to "deserve" ice time on a particular line? IMO Babcock's plan all along has been to develop Abdelkader into a power forward, and part of that development required going head to head with the top lines on our opponents, which means top-six ice time even when he wasn't scoring at nearly a top-six pace.

#2524803 Wings officially have vacancy in asst coach spot

Posted by paulwoodsfan on 20 June 2014 - 10:22 AM

Jiri Fischer might be a dark horse candidate. He was worked with our young d-men and seems to be rising through the org. But that said, I'd prefer a career coach type, and I think that's the direction Babs will go.

#2523932 Wings sign Tomas Nosek to 2 year entry level deal

Posted by paulwoodsfan on 15 June 2014 - 11:51 AM

If there was a "local boy" available right now who was a 21-year-old free agent and as good as Nosek apparently is, then the Wings could be criticized. Clearly, however, there isn't any such player available.

#2522656 Adam Almquist says hes considering returning to Sweden to avoid AHL

Posted by paulwoodsfan on 03 June 2014 - 06:08 PM

Kindl is obviously expendable, but those suggesting that Almqvist is more valuable than Smith and Lashoff are guilty, IMO, of overvaluing potential and the unknown. He can't kill penalties, which Lashoff does quite well. By all accounts Almqvist is below at least three other defencemen in Grand Rapids, in terms of NHL potential. If he turns into Rafalski, I will be stunned.

#2521263 Blues re-sign Elliott, announce Miller won't be back

Posted by paulwoodsfan on 20 May 2014 - 10:06 AM

Can't win a shootout if you don't score. We were far worse shooting than stopping in shootouts this season.

#2521156 Blues re-sign Elliott, announce Miller won't be back

Posted by paulwoodsfan on 19 May 2014 - 12:19 PM

The Ducks are loaded in goal, and Gibson is a fantastic prospect. They would be near the bottom of teams I'd expect to pitch for Miller.

#2520915 2014 Memorial Cup

Posted by paulwoodsfan on 16 May 2014 - 09:37 PM

Val D'or's goalie (Bibaud -- a Leafs sixth-rounder) was unconsciously good. Mantha was the best skater on the ice -- a superb goal, a rocket off the post and he got stoned by the goalie in tight on a partial breakaway.

#2520836 2014 Memorial Cup

Posted by paulwoodsfan on 16 May 2014 - 01:02 PM

To make this tournament work financially, tickets have to be sold far in advance. Only way you can guarantee that is to give the home team automatic entry. Fortunately, host clubs have historically loaded up and been strong contenders -- and in some cases earned their way in by winning the league championship. London lost out a month ago, but to Guelph. London was arguably the second-best team in the O all season so they're not likely to fall flat on their faces even though they "backed in."

#2520752 2014 Memorial Cup

Posted by paulwoodsfan on 16 May 2014 - 08:29 AM

Mantha also scored five goals in six games at world juniors, so he has 86 goals in 87 games so far. Hopefully he puts up at least one more goal than games played in the tournament. Ninety-two total goals for the year would be a nice, Gretzky-esque stat.

#2519874 Holland Holding on to Jeff Blashill

Posted by paulwoodsfan on 09 May 2014 - 03:54 PM

He has already done as well as it is possible to do at every elite level -- NHL, Olympics, world championships. He may not feel he has anything left to prove.


He could make a lot of money at Michigan, get job security that is unimaginable in pro hockey, live in his current house and face an entirely new set of challenges. I don't think it's beyond the realm of possibility in the least.

#2509822 flyers sign macdonald to 6 year $30 million extension

Posted by paulwoodsfan on 15 April 2014 - 01:58 PM

This is why I always laugh when, every time the Wings re-sign any of their RFA types, letsgowings blows up with "we overpaid!" It happened with Ericsson and Kronwall, and it has happened with others. Invariably those "overpaid" contracts start looking pretty darned good later when other teams pay more for lesser players. Not saying Holland has never made a mistake, obviously, but for most of the in-house guys who would be considered core players, he has locked them up for less than the market soon became.

#2507609 Is the Real Brendan Smith Finally Starting the Show Up?

Posted by paulwoodsfan on 09 April 2014 - 09:42 AM

I'm liking Smith more and more. Yes, he makes some mistakes (as do all of our defencemen) but he seems to have fantastic offensive instincts -- he knows when to move up on the rush and when to attack the net. I think he would bring way more to the power play than DeKeyser does at this point, altho DD's slapshot seems harder.

#2507151 A plea to Holland.

Posted by paulwoodsfan on 08 April 2014 - 09:37 AM

For those saying we should have tried some of these young defencemen sooner, how would you have done it cap- and roster-wise? The roster has space for only 23 active players. If we were going to give a young d-man a 20-game trial, wouldn't we have needed fewer defencemen than we actually had? I'm sure some will say it's all Holland's fault for signing Cleary and Bertuzzi and Samuelsson, but those guys are irrelevant when it comes to giving defencemen NHL tryouts. I believe if we were to try waiving Lashoff or Kindl and banishing one of them to the minors, there's a good chance they'd get snapped up as NHL-experienced depth guys with manageable cap hits. Then we would have lost our own depth and been forced to ride 20- or 21-year-old defencemen on a playoff push. Doesn't make sense to me and it obviously wouldn't make sense to Holland or Babcock.

#2506943 A plea to Holland.

Posted by paulwoodsfan on 07 April 2014 - 06:50 AM

For some reason I can't get Quotes to work, but Dabura is correct about what I meant. There was post early in this thread asserting that this year proved the Wings are stupid to leave the kids in GR as long as they do. I am arguing the opposite -- that this year proves the strategy works. We were decimated by injuries and forced to use kids from the farm, and lo and behold most of them were ready. To me that proves success, not failure.