With Lidstrom's retirement and Stuart probably leaving, I see the Wings spending some bucks to get Suter (UFA) unless they think they have a better shot at Weber (RFA) next year. We all got to see how the Wings played without Lidstrom during the injury period, so we all know there is no replacing him; however, the Wings have some depth on D, so they have some options. Kronwall-White; Ericcson-Smith; Kindl-Quincey, then pursue a checking defenseman (Jackman), a puck mover-shooter (Wideman), or a rental (Gill) for one of of the D slots and rotate Smith, Kindl, Quincey, and Ericcson. It will be interesting to see what happens.
To comment on Nash - Some of you realize he is only 28 and probably has a lot of years left. I realize the possibilty of getting him are slim, since he is not a free agent and would have to be traded for, but I think it would be awesome to have him playing with Datsyuk.
In response to the Nash thing again...Jarnkrok, Pulu, Nyquist, Tatar (Pick 3) add in Smith and add in probably Mrazek and out 1st in 2013...that would be something like the package we would have to give for Nash who has never proven he can play well while having to share the puck. He has never played with another high profile player. Yeah he is a good player but he has never played with anyone else how do we know that he will do as well? I smell Jeff Carter in Colombus.
As far as other D men I think promoting Smith and signing one of Suter, Wideman or Jackman and we will be fine.
Pulu just signed his entry level deal the other day. Fantastic news! Too bad he's staying overseas, yet again, where he should be in Grand Rapids improving his defensive awareness.
I knew he signed I could have sworn I read he was going to stay and play for GR....I am wrong again...he really needs to work on that
In regards to the Stu replacement. I just don't see Q filling his role if he does bolt for the west coast. Just looked at Wideman's cap hit and it's pretty close to Stu's. Might not be a bad fit. But I do want to see Smitty up next year so I dunno...
Dennis Wideman is going to cost a decent chunk of change, considering he was just an all-star. Why get Wideman, when we have Ian White? I know Wideman's better, but we don't need another puck moving defenseman. Quincey's an RFA, not an UFA. He'll be back.
Kyle Quincey - puck mover, decent defensive game.
Niklas Kronwall - puck mover, solid defensive game.
Ian White - puck mover, decent defensive game.
Jonathan Ericsson - defensive defenseman, though a secondary guy really.
Jakub Kindl - puck mover, meh defensively. Weak, really.
Brendan Smith - puck mover, average defensively (solid for a rookie).
That's 6 that will certainly be in training camp. So getting Dennis Wideman would be pointless, considering we need a defensive defenseman. If we got Ryan Suter, that would be perfect. No thanks to Matt Carle (similar to Ian White), and Dennis Wideman.
Rick Nash probably comes here, and puts up 38/35. Something like that, if he can remain healthy. He's not worth the huge prospect dump considering we'll need a few of them up shortly. We'd also be stuck with his HUGE contract. I'd prefer Alexander Semin actually. Someone's said this, but:
Zach Parise>Rick Nash
We wouldn't have to put a big deal for Rick Nash. Similar cap hit, less for Parise actually, but a lot more years. Parise and Zetty seem like two players that would absolutely mesh together. Semin and Datsyuk.
I really haven't been so excited, and worried for a big off-season for awhile. I usually like going into the off-season set, and just adding a touch up (Eaves, Commodore, Modano). That Marian Hossa signing shocked me, and got me really excited though.
Yeah look how Jeff Carter is doing now on his second team...thats my point Col thought he could be an was a #1 guy they brought him in to be that and yeah he had bad health but he failed even when he was healthy. Anyways I was just bringing him as an example im not debating Jeff Carter. My point is that maybe Nash cant play with another couple #1 guys in Z and Pasha. And also the prospects to give up would destroy us in coming years when Cleary and Bert retire or leave. As stated above Parise would put up the same or better numbers and cost us just a huge contract, not all the prospects and setting our development back 5 years.
As far as Wideman goes the reason I want him is for his right handed point shot. Im not going to lie I havent paid too much attention to Semin on the PP so I am not sure if he can play the point, but it would help to have another right handed point shot so if Semin can fill that im fine without Wideman. Focus should be Suter, then maybe Allen (I believe he is a FA) but I also would not have a problem with Carle. I know he is another puck moving D man but he has made amazing strides EVERY year on his defensive game and has mostly been a + player.
Matt Carle would greatly struggle in Detroit.
Im not so sure about that. I really feel he could be like Stu. Stuart was thought of as an offensive D man early in his career (like Carle) but greatly progressed at the D side and became a shut down. Carle is going through the same process.
Brad Stuart's defensive game was better than Matt Carle's from his San Jose days, to Boston, to Calgary, to Los Angeles, and then to Detroit.
Oh I agree his D game has always been better, but Carle is making progress. Im just saying if we lose out on Suter and Wideman I would be perfectly fine with Carle