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05-24-2011, 07:28 AM
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Of all the big name FA's we've lost over the years, Rafalski's definitely stung the most. Such a good puck-mover. We've missed that dimension ever since he left. He turned out a pretty darn good career for a guy who didn't even get drafted.
Rafalski > Niedermayer?

Gotta disagree there. He was a big loss, but nobody's departure had as crappy timing of Niedmybrother compounded by the skillset.

Raffy's departure to Detroit wasn't bookended by our other best defenseman retiring/leaving the same year either unless you consider Brad Lukowich better than most.

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Rafalski > Niedermayer?

Gotta disagree there. He was a big loss, but nobody's departure had as crappy timing of Niedmybrother compounded by the skillset.

Raffy's departure to Detroit wasn't bookended by our other best defenseman retiring/leaving the same year either unless you consider Brad Lukowich better than most.
The point is, the way I see it, Nieds was a goner, however Rafalski could stay. And didn`t. That`s the joke. Save what can be saved.

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05-24-2011, 07:55 AM
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i was very upset that lou lowballed that cueball...one of my favs on defense. he always handled himself with a quiet dignity, like al franken urinating at a bennigans. enjoy the retirement

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Ahhh Brian Rafalski...

I'm gonna miss all those times that you would wait for a player to stand right in front of you and you'd shoot the puck right into their shins.

You weren't one of my favorites, but you did a decent job. Thanks for those memories.

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05-24-2011, 08:43 AM
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Lou should have resigned him. However, like Gionta, I didn't believe he was worth his contract. My bad on both accounts.

Anyway, good luck to Brian and thanks for the memories!


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05-24-2011, 09:01 AM
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He shouldn't have his jersey retired but the next time the Wings are in I wouldn't mind a Rafalski night just to celebrate his career. He was the perfect complimentary Dman to a number one dman - without Stevens or Lidstrom I felt he struggled but with one of them at his side to help him defensively he was such a dangerous weapon. Congrats on a great career and for helping open the door again for smaller fleet footed dmen.

PS - The Wings can have Kaberle - he has been awful in the playoffs.


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05-24-2011, 09:36 AM
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I'm guessing the Wings will suck next season - noob goalie and two veteran dmen retiring. There's no way they will shrug off the loss of Raf+Liddy.
Never count out the Wings until you know for sure that they are out of the playoffs. And even then, check the standings again to make sure.

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Wish we had resigned him but that's days gone by.

Sad thing is the last thing I really remember about rafalski is his awesome D coverage in the Gold medal OT game of the olympics.

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I wish I could have saluted Rafalski before he left the league. Good luck good sir. On a side note, I initially saw "Rolston" in my head. I was elated and then sad when I realized it would make no difference and saddened again when I realized that my reading comprehension was similar to Chico's.

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Ahhh Brian Rafalski...

I'm gonna miss all those times that you would wait for a player to stand right in front of you and you'd shoot the puck right into their shins.

You weren't one of my favorites, but you did a decent job. Thanks for those memories.
Really? I thought he was one of the best at getting and shooting deflectable shots through to the net. He was also really good at holding the puck in along the blue line and running a power play. Lou just didn't think he was worth that much.

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05-24-2011, 02:35 PM
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It's unfortunate that Rolston retiring would do nothing for the cap situation.

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Rafalski > Niedermayer?

Gotta disagree there. He was a big loss, but nobody's departure had as crappy timing of Niedmybrother compounded by the skillset.

Raffy's departure to Detroit wasn't bookended by our other best defenseman retiring/leaving the same year either unless you consider Brad Lukowich better than most.
Kinda came out wrong, but what I was trying to get at was that when we lost Rafalski, he was kind of the last semblance of offense we had from our blueline. Niedermayer's loss was definitely more impactful, no doubt. The fact he waited, and waited, and waited before making up his mind, and then left, was a huge burn because the UFA market had already been plucked dry.

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Kinda came out wrong, but what I was trying to get at was that when we lost Rafalski, he was kind of the last semblance of offense we had from our blueline. Niedermayer's loss was definitely more impactful, no doubt. The fact he waited, and waited, and waited before making up his mind, and then left, was a huge burn because the UFA market had already been plucked dry.
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I'm sad to see Rafalski go, he was a great Devil in his time here. I wish him well in his future after hockey.
Took the words out of my mouth.

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Really? I thought he was one of the best at getting and shooting deflectable shots through to the net. He was also really good at holding the puck in along the blue line and running a power play. Lou just didn't think he was worth that much.
Yes really!

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Probably would have gotten Hall consideration if he played a couple more seasons.

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Really? I thought he was one of the best at getting and shooting deflectable shots through to the net. He was also really good at holding the puck in along the blue line and running a power play. Lou just didn't think he was worth that much.
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you're correct sir- he had a knack for floaters that could be tipped, and was one of the best puck retrievers we've ever had. very underrated

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I would have been upset if Lou gave Rafalski $6M a year. I did love him as much as the next guy, but at his age at the time, it was too much money.

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Rafalski was willing to give a hometown discount prior to July 1st, so we hypothetically could have kept him for cheaper than 6 mil. The other issue was the years. Lou only wanted to commit two years, which would have put Rafalski at 35+ for his next contract. His agent probably realized that would be a major handcuff eventually.

But once he reached free agency, Detroit (and a couple other teams apparently) blew our short term offer out of the water.

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Really? I thought he was one of the best at getting and shooting deflectable shots through to the net. He was also really good at holding the puck in along the blue line and running a power play. Lou just didn't think he was worth that much.
Agreed, sure sometimes they got blocked, but when they didn't they were very effective shots. Always like dmen who took the smart wristers/half slappers and aimed for something instead of trying to prove themselves and rip a slapshot wide

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Lou lowballed Rafalski, that was why he left. Unlike Gomez, I believe him when he said he wanted to stay a Devil but just couldn't come to a fair agreement with Lou.

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I would have been upset if Lou gave Rafalski $6M a year. I did love him as much as the next guy, but at his age at the time, it was too much money.
In retrospect, the contract looks even better, as he's now retiring before his senior citizen years.

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Lou lowballed Rafalski, that was why he left. Unlike Gomez, I believe him when he said he wanted to stay a Devil but just couldn't come to a fair agreement with Lou.
The problem was Rafalski got overpaid on his previous contract because of that snafu that forced Lou to give new deals to both him and Madden quickly. So this time around Lou in my opinion offered only a small raise but it really was the value he was worth and Rafalski said no and the Wings blew us out of the water.

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Loved Rafalski. Enjoy your retirement mate.

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Rafalski!
You will be missed.

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