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Touche. That's a good point. I'd rather "overpay" for someone than not use the cap space if signing that person helps us win.
You've sold me - I think we should have given him the $25/5.
5 months, 1 week ago on About that Lecavalier Guy...
Wasn't sold on the 5-year term, especially with some of the kids we have coming up. But we add Vinny to this team and have his contract run out 1 year after Pav's does, seems to make sense given that would be our real window to win another championship. Will Lecavalier still be wort $5M in 4 years? Probably not. But if we became contenders for the next 3 years as a result of this signing, isn't the risk of the last 2 years worth it?
And if Dallas is where he ends up - is it because of the money/term? Could we have offered up $5M over 4 years? Would that have mattered to him? After getting paid out $8M in signing bonuses and 2/3 of his huge contract? I feel like there may have been room to negotiate here but maybe not?
I heard state taxes were a factor (neither Florida nor Texas has them and this is key in getting the full amount of BOTH his buyout and new contract).
What have you guys thought of Lashoff's play? I feel like he's a bit uncomfortable out there (and that's not an indictment on the guy, he's a rookie) and I wouldn't mind seeing a better puck mover out there instead. I can't believe I'm saying this but, you think Coliacovo might be an upgrade at this point?
7 months ago on You Can't Win 'Em (In OT) - Game 5 Recap
Hahahaha. But you're right, he is very good at fighting for postiion in front of the net. Either way, I'd like to see Bert back in and have Buckets on the 4th for 5 on 5.
7 months, 1 week ago on It's Time To Release the Bertuzzi
100% agree. And Cleary on our 4th line is really nice depth. And while Buckets did score on the PP last game, I still think Bert is a better option on our 2nd unit.
Replacing a 4th liner with Bert shouldn't affect our chemistry one bit either.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on It's Time To Release the Bertuzzi
I think the Wings should host a charity event where they auction off the right to hand deliver the compliance buyout agreement to either or both of Sammy and Coliacovo. I'd bid heavy on both.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Gameday Movie Poster - Keep Calm
Sorry, Minny has $12M not $17M and that's probably $4M less now with Pomminville. But the point is, they're not cash strapped or "handcuffed" like you suggesed.
8 months ago on Babcock: Helm Out For the Season
1. We didn't offer Parise nearly as much money and we actually had to go and re-up our offer to Suter. But if we had offered the same amount of money to Parise, I think we could have convnced them. Regardless, my point was there was a good free agent class last year and we got Sammy and Coliacovo.
2. Minny has $17M in cap space next summer AFTER the drop in the cap.
3. Are you shitting me about J-Bo? Why would we have had to givve up any of those guys? Stl didn't give up any of their A-prospects. And since you clearly didn't do any research intowhat they actually did give up, one of the prospects was some shittgoale. ot saying we'd have to give up Mrazek, but Jake Paterson would have probably sufficed with a B-Prospect and a 1st.
4. We gave up a 1st in last year's draft for Quincey and NOW we're being stingy with them? Give me a break.
5. And nobody is dropping anybody significant with the amnesty buyouts. It will be overpaid players who don't produce. Think guys like Mike Komisarek or David Booth.
@JOHNxJOHN We only have a couple of more years Datsyuk and Zetterberg's prime. Prices for guys like J-Bo werent even that high. Epic free agent class? Like better than Parise and Surer when we have $20MM in cap space? Cap space and free agents mean shit when we can't sign them.
@reecardoraul @ThroatShot Exactly. This is why Kenny shouldn't have been banking on him coming back and acquired someone to help out upfront.
You know what pisses me off about this? The fact that Holland kept saying that we don't need to make a deal with guys like Helm coming back. All year he kept holding out that Helm would be back. And now that he's not, we dd jack shit at the deadline and no signiicant additions to a team tha needed it.
Hahahahaha I'll agree with that!
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Sorry Kenny, Shero is the Best GM in the League These Days
Agreed, it's too tough to speculate but they've got a good core and have some good young prospects/players to grow with (Grandlund and Brodin to name 2). I like where this team is at.
@marti783 Agreed that Kronner is a much better value. However, 1. he wasn't a UFA and 2. Suter is 3 years younger and has more upside. Now, as mentioned earlier, I'm not suggeting that Suter is worth the money (I did say he was overpaid) but you don't get a lot of opportunitites to get guys like Suter and Parise for no assets and continue to give your team a chance to win both now and in the future.
With respect to Minny's cap situation next year, look at the guys they have to replace. The biggest need will be their goalie who won't get $6MM next season. They're in good shape next year and per the CBA, the cap will never be lower than $64MM.
@marti783 Are you joking?
Minnesota Cap situation: 2013-14: http://capgeek.com/wild
Ryan Suter's season: http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/stats/byposition?pos=D
2nd in D scoring, leads league in ice-time.
I'd also like to point ou that the Wild are 3rd in the conference and have beaten us twice this season.
@Reddy I don't know Reddy. $7.5MM cap hits for 2 franchise (or semi-franchise players) seems to be a good rate. And it's not like they don't have the cap space still. The Wild have like $13MM in space this summer and not a lot of work to do.
Agreed. Not saying he should start offering up Nyquist and Tatar in deals but Pav is 34 with 1 year left on his deal, Z is 31, Kronner is 30. We don't have that many years left where we can take advantage of these generational talents while they're still playing at this level. I still think we blew it in the off season when we undercut Parise and had to go and up our offer to Suter. Yes I think they're a tad overpaid but we were promised an aggressive offseason and all we're left with is an aging core and a 2nd tier contender. Not sure this team can get it done over 4 rounds.
9 months ago on Red Wings on Facebook: Pav's Computer
I like this idea to give it a shot but as much as I like Fil, I don't think he's a 2nd line center in this league. I think he's a top 6 winger but he's never produced as a top 6 center. Maybe this year will be different after his breakout season last year but him and Mule have never really had much chemistry.
But we're a deep team up front and we also have a shit ton of cap space for a rental.
11 months ago on NOHS Top 6 Forward Preview
If we go into the season with these 12 forwards + Eaves (not even including Mursak and Emmerton), I don't think Nyquist will start the season with us. Babs has indicated that Brunner will be given every opportunity to start in the top 6 and from what I've read, Sammy appears to be the Hudler replacement which is why I had him on that line. And if Gus isn't playing a top 6 role, I can see them sending him down to GR.
Basically, I think Brunner has the leg up here but I could be wrong.
If Brunner doesn't make the team, I'd agree wtih you - Bert with Pav on the top line and maybe Gus can be a nice fit with Cleary and Helm. Or maybe Eaves slots in there. We're a lot deeper than I thought...
1 year, 4 months ago on Forward...Arms! | August