The point was, that just because we didn't get a guy doesn't mean that we COULDN'T get a guy. I don't know what Ehrhoff was thinking. But I know it's a little premature to say "he obviously wanted to go to Pittsburgh", which is speculative. One day ago he "obviously" wanted 5 years and 5 million too. Nothing is definite, least of all Christian Ehrhoff's "obvious" intentions.
Sure, no one can prove anything and it is technically speculation. But, it seems pretty obvious and certainly a lot more likely than what you were suggesting.
And 3 years at 4.5 or 5 million couldn't have convinced him otherwise?
Don't start making excuses yet. My least favorite part about FA day is that in the end, when we're left holding a bag of s***, everyone tries to explain why it wouldn't have happened any other way.
That team has had no more success the last five years than our team has had. I'm not sure why you think so.
No, I don't think it could have convinced him otherwise. Why? Because I think he could have gotten 3 years at 4.5 or 5 million from a large number of teams. He clearly wanted to sign with Pittsburgh, in my opinion, so that's what he did.
1985 called...they want your movie reference back.
Holland has stated many times over, the old days are over, they will take a wait and see approach. If Detroit signs anyone big, or makes any big moves before training camp, I will be utterly shocked. They will wait with Alfie, because if they resign him they only have $4-5 million left. That means no Iginla, Stastny, Vanek...nobody. And Holland even said they are done giving up prospects. Do the math, tell me what other outcomes do you see, especially with Cleary banging on the door again?
Haha! Back to the Future is still an awesome movie. And, I think that joke is just about as old.
I don't usually try to predict the future and try to pass it off as fact like it has already happened. But, I agree that they probably won't end up with Iginla, Stastny, or Vanek. I don't think 'nobody' will happen either, though. I think they'll make a good run at Ehrhoff and/or Niskanen... and I think either one of those guys makes more sense to sign than Iginla/Stastny/Vanek. Nothing's written in stone, though, and you never know what could happen.
This exactly. Either way we lose out on signing a better player longer term to help the team while Alfie sees if he can play with our without Geritol. We've basically handcuffed ourselves waiting for him.
It's not hypothetical, we wait until training cap to see if he can play, a large chunk of what's left in salary cap is tied up with Alfie playing / not playing. Which means we won't see any big signings... at all, because the Wings are in a wait and see hold patter. Rather then go and make the team better, now.
Unless you're getting out of your DeLorean with Doc Brown to type on LGW, I'd say you're putting the cart before the horse and it'd probably be best to wait and see what happens before you freak out.