A reliable Swedish poster over at RWC just posted that Liv will sign 1 1 year contract with the Wings after the WCs. That pretty much says what'll happen to McIntyre.
My guess is a deal with hefty bonuses to make up for the (comparatively low minor league salary).
I don't think this necessarily spells the end for MacIntyre. He showed that he can play this year. If they cut Macintyre, they'd be left with Howard, Macdonald, and Liv..all of which are too accomplished to be sent to the ECHL. If they trade Macdonald, they'd have the option of sending Macintyre to the ECHL for another year of seasoning and have a Howard/Liv tandem in Grand Rapids with the occasional call up for Macintyre. I think it'd be a good situation. But, of course there's always the possibility that one of Howard/Liv/Macdonald will serve as the backup in Detroit next year, in which case Macintyre would probably be let go so the other 2 could be a tandem in GR. Who knows though!
They ought to sign Jamtin too. Give him a shot on NA ice and see if his game is a fit - it just might be.
It would be interesting if Jämtin where signed. He is a bit smaller and not as skilled as Franzen, but he is faster and have a pretty god shoot. Tremendous attitude and drive. However I don't think he would improve at all playing in the AHL.
id also like to see what blatak can throw up in the AHL
"Of course giving Sather cap space is like giving teenagers whiskey and car keys." - SBOB "Watching Sather build a team is like watching a blind man with no fingers trying to put together an elaborate puzzle." - Shadowtron
Sestito still on the make a wish tour. - rholt168
Stefan Liv, who is expected to sign today. "We'll bring him to camp and see what he can do," Holland said. "He'll decide where he fits in." Liv, 25, will get a chance to compete for the back-up spot in Detroit, with possible competition coming from Chris Osgood and Manny Legace
Jimmy Howard is best off with another season starting for Grand Rapids, and are going to look for a veteran who can fill the gap the next two seasons.
A few years back he was a better goalie then Henke Lundqvist but Henke has developed much much more and its mostly due to Livs lack of consistency which from my analysis comes from having a bit of a slacker mentality.
When he is good he can play at Lundqvists level... problem is that its only about 10% chance he plays at that level in a game.. and his lowest level of play is very low... rollercoaster...
Hopefully the increase in competition will force him to focus more and hence he will perform. Thing is that with HV he has been their undisputed nr1 for years... too much comfort too little effort syndrome...