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Video- 11 Years Ago Tonight And Libor Sulak Off To The KHL

Anyone want to guess what happened 11 years ago tonight?

Watch below.

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Libor Sulak has signed with a Russian team rather than spend another season in the AHL with the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Sulak, a restricted free-agent defenseman who appeared in six games with the Detroit Red Wings last season, inked a one-year deal with Severstal Cherepovets of the KHL.

The 6-2, 207 pound Sulak would have been hard-pressed to earn a roster spot with the Red Wings at the start of the 2019-20 season.

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WingedRider's avatar

I liked Libor, especially his physical presence in front of the net and in the Wings end.  He probably needed more AHL and some call ups.

The biggest issue is there are too many Plus 30 DMen with NTC, high $$ and nobody wants them.

The kids are knocking at the door, get out of the way Errorson, Kronner should retire (but he deserves to make his own decision), Green should find a team with Cup potential (whatever that is), ...

You can replace the names with others on the Roster.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 06/04/19 at 01:59 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

cheese

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 06/04/19 at 02:11 PM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

Kudos to Libor, no more buses, just rickety planes!  In all seriousness, the dude is being paid to play professional hockey, and is going to the league where he belongs, and where is skill ceiling caps out. 

You can replace the names with others on the Roster.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 06/04/19 at 01:59 PM ET

Sure worked out well the 1st month of last season when we went with Libor and the Rookies.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 06/04/19 at 02:27 PM ET

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Sulak was so coveted by other NHL teams that, as a pending free agent, he went to the KHL instead of even testing free agency.

Or maybe his agent couldn’t drum up any interest.

Yes, its Holland’s fault that he didnt play a non-NHL player at the NHL level.

Posted by ilovehomers on 06/04/19 at 02:30 PM ET

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Still seeing articles about how the Wings can move Green, Ericsson and Daley
for picks by the deadline.

It’s not the biggest deal to pick high again next year in what’s supposed to be a strong draft.

And do we really think a competitive D this coming season is going to
include Cholowski, Hicketts, and Kaski (in addition to Hronek and Bowey)?

It’s doubtful those three vets will make it through anything like a full season.
Which means some playing time for young D, which is good.

But doesn’t it seem the ship has sailed on getting any real value for Daley, let alone Ericsson, and even Green? I’d expect Yzerman to be more proactive and creative if there is any possible interest. But they have to each be healthy and reasonably effective. If Green is healthy and putting up points maybe he still has value. What would Daley be worth - a 4th round pick with a 6th bundled with him? Ericsson a 5th? Will there be any market at all for chronically injured bottom pairing D nearing the end?

Posted by lefty.30 on 06/04/19 at 02:46 PM ET

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What is so satisfying about that 2008 win was how dejected the NBC stooges sounded at the end.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 06/04/19 at 03:22 PM ET

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Kronner should retire (but he deserves to make his own decision)

Sure.

It’s also completely up to Yzerman if he decides to offer Kronwall a contract.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 06/04/19 at 03:42 PM ET

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But doesn’t it seem the ship has sailed on getting any real value for Daley, let alone Ericsson, and even Green? I’d expect Yzerman to be more proactive and creative if there is any possible interest.
Posted by lefty.30 on 06/04/19 at 02:46 PM ET

If by creative you mean each of them is in the last year of their deals, making them rentals, giving the club the ability to retain salary with no long term effect, thus making them lot easier to trade, sure… “creative”

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 06/04/19 at 04:29 PM ET

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Simply not waiting until two weeks before the deadline to even broach the topic of possibility moving Green (and hoping he’s healthy) counts as more creative and proactive than Holland’s approach.

Posted by lefty.30 on 06/04/19 at 08:22 PM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

Does anyone here even know how many games Sulak played for the wings?

6 is the answer. 6.

How many with GR?

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 06/04/19 at 09:08 PM ET

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Posted by ilovehomers on 06/04/19 at 02:30 PM ET

Holland signed him squirt

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 06/04/19 at 09:09 PM ET

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Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 06/04/19 at 09:09 PM ET

Nice one tiny

Posted by ilovehomers on 06/04/19 at 09:47 PM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

Simply not waiting until two weeks before the deadline to even broach the topic of possibility moving Green (and hoping he’s healthy) counts as more creative and proactive than Holland’s approach.

Posted by lefty.30 on 06/04/19 at 08:22 PM ET

Historically, selling teams are known to get the best return for assets at the deadline vs. the offseason, of course there’s risks like injury supply and demand, and this does not apply to goalies (see Holland-Howard, also Yzerman Bishop). So Yzerman is going to look to get creatively less less in return? I thought he was going to be a better GM?

Holland signed him squirt

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 06/04/19 at 09:09 PM ET

Confused on the point of the dig?  Holland signed him to tryout, he didn’t work, no harm no foul, he should’ve done it then and more of that stuff, its free you never know.  Yzerman just signed a similar dman, Holland was working on, so is that bad?

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 06/05/19 at 11:10 AM ET

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Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod’s pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 06/05/19 at 11:10 AM ET

I would wager most contending teams are looking to compliment their team at the trade deadline and not make a blockbuster. Moving guys with playoff experience on an expiring contract might just be what puts them over the edge. I don’t mind Detroit picking up a few late round picks knowing they do pretty well at finding NHL level players in that part of the draft.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 06/05/19 at 11:24 AM ET

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