Overrate DeKeyser much? He's 23 and will have played less than 100 nhl games....
Guess you haven't read much of my posts on him, I am more curious if the Wings buy in that much.
DeKeyser makes more mistakes than many who have tagged him with Golden Boy status want to admit. But at that same time, do you go for a deal on him where you buy high now and have him for cheap years on the back-end of the contract. They did just that with Filppula and Kronwall. I am curious if they have bought in a similar way.
You can buy low now for a couple years, but you wind up paying bigger on the back-end. His 7 points in 9 games or whatever is changing the narrative on his contract negotiations as did his invite from Team USA to Olympic camp.
Oh and I want nothing to do with Alfie next year. Bye. I wouldn't mind bringing Bert back at like 1.5M for one more year. But ideally Bert, Cleary, Sammy and Alfie are all gone next year. Bring up the kids and see who's available in free agency.
And if he does there is no excuse by upper mgt not to fire him if he attempts to do this.
In fact, upper mgt has to approve all deals offered, so if the new regime would approve signing the complete dead weight we all complain about then our focus should go to whoever takes over for Illitch.
I'm assuming that Sammy, Quincey, Cleary,Eaves, Bertuzzi(maybe offered a job in the org), wont be offered contracts.
I expect tats, Big Rig, and dekeyser to be resigned. I think girardi will be way too expensive this year due to being the "premier d fa" so want nothing with him. Vanek if he doesn't want a 5+ year contract could be worth looking at on a 3 year deal so the winger kids (jurco, mantha) have enough time to grow. However depending on how the rest of the season goes for grand rapids ironhook (not looking good due to weiss 4+ years left but could make a case) and jurco in addition to ferraro (bottom 6 winger can take faceoffs as well), sheahan (battling andy for bottom 6 center spot or 13 or 14th forward), and nyquist (if this ****er is not atleast on the 3rd line i will freak the **** out) will need to be brought up next year due to no waiver options so I could see us not picking up a forward at all.
yeah i know bud but i think id rather take a chance on him than smith as of now no?
of course. but i don't think it would be worth it because
1) of the cost it would to acquire him from division rival
2) the risk that he really doesn't help that much right now.
he does his share of bad mistakes of almost every game in his own zone.
the upside is there and it's intriguing and it think the issues are not that bad they couldn't be overcome with experience and good coaching but i think they price is just too high on for what he would bring. he would be more of a 'future acquisition' than one what would help win this year or next.