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@Jay Argentina If Gus plays more than 1 game, he can't go down (unless we give him away over waivers). Any more than 1 game, and we have to move a contract. No need to, only have to.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Nyquist is Back
@Twig @ThroatShot Only $925k off the cap if he makes it through as opposed to $1.9m off if he's claimed. It's not the roster spot that is the new problem- it will be $$$.
4 months ago on Tootoo on Waivers...
We all need to hope he gets claimed. If not, that means someone else has to be waived or traded (and waiving Sammy won't solve it). I'm afraid of what would have to come next.
@marti783 My big problem with everything is Tatar and Nyquist. They are Top 6 players. They had the best points-per-minute on the team during the regular season last year. As it stand now, they both are looking at being put in a grinding role on the 4th Line if they are lucky. More likely, they will be press box'd. Most likely, one will experience one of those fates and the other will be traded. Both are just too good to be sold off for a 2nd Rd. pick. Would I rather have one year of Bert than a career of Tatar? No, I'd rather Bert have gotten compliance bought out. Would I rather have one year of Alfie than a career of Tatar? Nope. Would I rather have Cleary for a few years than a career of Tatar? LOLOLOLOLOLOL. We have to let the kids play. I was enraged last year with them on the 3rd line, and now we are looking at cheap trades to clear roster space and/or the press box with no AHL options let? Wow...
8 months ago on Honest Question
@Jon Lobsinger Mid-season, people will be talking about Filpulla's amazing numbers. Why? Because he will end up playing with Stamkos. Will he be any better? No. Remember who Fil really is and what is going to get numerical credit for not doing lol
A Wings team that took the President's Trophy team to Game 7 in OT for Round 2, and an AHL-affiliate Griffins that win the Calder. Too much talent on the big league team and in the system to fail. We can bicker about whether we sign the right FAs, don't ever make a useful trade, have the right lines, etc., etc.; however, this system is so loaded with talent we showed STILL ARE and LONG WILL BE a dominant franchise. Great finish to the season for some of the Winglings!
8 months, 2 weeks ago on They Closed
@Twig @ThroatShot Emmerton for rights to Weiss. 2 birds, one stone.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Signings, Rumors and Griffins Updates
So, we have 20 roster players signed right now, not counting our free agents of Andersson, Nyquist, Brunner, Kindl, or Smith. From our attempts to sign Brunner, I would have to assume we are looking to grab all of them. That puts us at 25 roster players. Sounds like they want Cleary back too, so 26. Acquire Weiss, and that's 27. 27, as in 4 over the max. Throw two buyouts in there (hopefully), but that leaves a minimum of 2 other players who have to be moved. Who will they be, how, and why?
@FiveforFive I want him to stay as much as the next guy, but let's look at the lineup of forwards without any additions (these are my line theories based on what I think Babs might do)...Nyquist-Datsyuk-AbbyTatar-Zetterberg-FranzenBert-Helm-SamuelssonEmmerton-Helm-EavesNow, I suppose if we buyout BOTH Bert and Sammy, that might make room for Miller for a year or two (too many young guys coming up with more potential upside that will need the roster spot). If we buyout one or both, I would seriously hope it is to clear space for the Top 6 guy we just signed to take Abby's spot on the higher line.
9 months ago on Players We Need to Keep and Let Go
@behood19 Hossa almost certainly will not fulfill the final years of his contract. Because of a penalty in the last CBA targeting those handful of contracts like that, the Hawks would have a $9.1M cap hit the first year he didn't play and an $18.2M hit each subsequent year. An $18.2M cap hit penalty basically means that their AHL affiliate that year will be better than them. They can't take that ludicrous risk on him. Honestly, they will probably do it next summer (why not get one more year with him at no risk?), but still it seems like it's got to happen.
@AnthonyC @ThroatShot“We have Franzen on a long-term contract. We’ve made a commitment to him, so he’s somebody we have to live with. But at least once in a while he scores a few goals. That he does do.” ~Jimmy Dhttp://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxsportsdetroit.com%2Fnhl%2Fdetroit-red-wings%2Fstory%2FFranzen-is-here-to-stay--for-now%3FblockID%3D908837%26feedID%3D3706&h=bAQF2ZSG0Seems like they have been prepping him as trade bait for a while.
@AnthonyC KH has made is overly clear he's not going to buyout Franzen, and he has a good point. Streakiness aside, he's a 30-goal scorer for $3.95M per year in cap hit. That's a value you can't argue with when we are paying guys who are totally useless almost the same amount. Any penalties we risk with him couldn't be large and that's a risk you take with any player you sign to a long-term contract. Really, he isn't signed into an abnormally late age.
Keep Tootoo for Line 4. Matt Cooke and Raffi Torres are UFAs. Sign them and make it a line. Rather than Line 4 being "The Grind Line," it could be the "Line of Douchery and Death." Of course I kid, but wouldn't that be a hilarious line to line up across from Crosby and Malkin the first game we play them and tell the guys to go for broke the second the puck is dropped? el-oh-el
I think there's trade value in Quincey. No where near the 1st Round Pick, but I'm sure we could get a 2nd Round pick for him or something. No need to buy him out, just market him. Sammy and Bert for the buyouts, imo.
@HoweRYa You sound almost literate enough to be a Blackhawks fan...
9 months, 1 week ago on Red Wings Game 7 Recap
@Reddy The Wings needed to read the previous NOHS post on how to beat Crawford... Abby, to a small extent, earned his spot at the top (to me). I hated that he was there, but I guess he's OK given our roster. I would really like to have seen Cleary down a line in favor or Brunner/Nyquist/Tatar/Eaves.
@marti783 Smith probably did cost us a game or three. However, I'm OK with that. If it were Bert or Sammy costing us games, no. The difference? Youth gotta learn somehow. Unfortunately, our D is too shallow with good veterans to cover for them, so that's going to happen. Of course I'd rather us win, but like Twig said above, I hope Smith learned a lot and will be a reborn player next season.
I really hope we re-sign Brunner for a long time at a bargain price (i.e. Franzen-style contract). He's going to be great, but right now, he's a little too weak. He needs to bulk up over the summer and become more stable on his skates. Once he does that, Brunner, Tatar, and Nyquist can truly become the Euro Triplets. I am excited about our future, and I hope we chill our with signing washed-out old guys and give more and more young guys opportunities to succeed in the big leagues.
@drw91 Didn't Ovechkin come out publicly just a few weeks ago and accuse the NHL of rigging series to get them to Game 7 in order to get more revenue and push a narrative? BTW, he's right.
9 months, 1 week ago on Recap: Game 7 Awaits
"unquestionably poor officiating"- I would argue with you, but the evidence suggests otherwise. Last night after the penalty shot call, Edzo- YES, EDZO- said he thought it was a poor, weak call. In other news, pigs were sighted flying around the JLA wearing striped jerseys.
9 months, 1 week ago on Not Looking Good, But...