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Red Wings early overnight report: on Alfredsson, Cleary, Renney and Peters (staying), etc.

On Monday evening, the Free Press's Helene St. James revealed that the Red Wings have decided to retain Jonas Gustavsson as the team's back-up goaltender, and she Tweeted that the Wings will buy out Jordin Tootoo if the team can't trade him.

This morning, St. James lets us know what's going on in terms of Daniel Alfredsson and Daniel Cleary's respective statuses:

[T]he Wings are waiting to hear whether the 41-year-old right wing wants to play another season. If he does, the Wings are interested in working out another contract. Alfredsson, who joined Detroit last summer after 17 seasons with the Ottawa Senators, contributed 18 goals among 49 points over 68 games and provided leadership.

Alfredsson and backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson are among the few potential unrestricted free agents the Wings have interest in retaining. The team also has been in talks with forward Cleary; despite a subpar and injury-plagued season, the Wings will be good to the word they gave to Cleary last fall when he left behind money and terms with Philadelphia to sign for one year and $1.75 million with Detroit. At the time, there was a verbal agreement the Wings would take care of Cleary past 2013-14. The most likely scenario has Cleary agreeing to a two-way contract that would enable the Wings to put him in the minors if he does not succeed in challenging for a job at training camp.

*cringes* Go find another Philadelphia, Daniel Cleary. You don't want to be riding the buses after Mitch Callahan or Landon Ferraro steal your job.

Regarding Tom Renney and Bill Peters' futures, I'd thought that the Miami Herald's George Richards' blog entry tied up the loose ends regarding their candidacy for the Panthers' coaching job, but Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski found that Richards revealed Renney and Peters are no longer in the mix via Twitter:

Richards' Monday night-posted article still lists Renney and Peters as candidates, but TSN's Bob McKenzie had reported that Panthers GM Dale Tallon had whittled the field down to 3 candidates, and it appears that Renney and Peters will remain with Detroit.

The "word on the street" suggests that the Canucks are leaning toward Los Angeles Kings assistant coach John Stevens, Texas Stars coach Willie Desjardins or Portland Winterhawks coach Mike Johnston to replace John Tortorella; everyone and their monkey's uncle's brother believes that Ulf Samuelsson will be named the Carolina Hurricanes' next head coach...

So I'd imagine that the Tom Renney Powerplay will have to fix itself over time...

 

 

 

Regarding Tootoo...

The Hockey News's Rory Boylen did a superb job of summarizing how the cap-compliance buy-out process works:

How is a compliance buyout different from a regular buyout?

The buyout period comes at this time every year, but this will be the last opportunity for teams to use their compliance buyout option.

If a team wishes to buy out a player, they must first place the player on unconditional waivers and make him available to any other team in the league. If the player passes through waivers unclaimed, the buyout process may continue.

In a regular buyout, a team can terminate the contract of a player, but it doesn’t escape salary cap charges. If the player is younger than 26 years old at the time of the buyout, they will receive one-third of the remaining value of the contract. If the player is 26 or older at the time of they buyout, they will receive two-thirds the original value of the deal. The cap hit charged to the team after the buyout will be spread out over a period of twice the remaining the length of the contract.

Get that? You can figure out what the cap charge would be for any player yourself by using CapGeek’s buyout calculator.

In a compliance buyout, the team still has to pay the player the same amount he’d be owed under a regular buyout, but the team will never receive any charge against the salary cap for it. Compliance buyouts were written into the CBA after last year’s lockout. Each team has two to use, but there is a time limit to use them by. Compliance buyouts will no longer be available after this season.

Please remember that Stephen Weiss was signed after the last lockout, so, as the Production Line reported, Weiss is not eligible for a cap-compliance buy-out. He'd have to be bought out for 2/3rds of his $4.9 million salary for the next 4 years, and he'd have to be bought out with 1/3rd of his cap hit (on average) sitting on the Wings' cap figure for the next 8 years.

Using Capgeek's buyout calculator, you'll find that Weiss's "Go Away" cap hit would be $2.48 million for this upcoming season (it vacillates between $2.483 million and $983,000), so the team is probably better off finding out what Weiss can do before deciding whether to part ways with him.

 

 

 

Along those lines, I know that more than a few of you were intrigued by the fact that the Boston Bruins are cutting ties with Shawn Thornton.

Me? Not so much. The Red Wings currently would head to training camp with 15 forwards, and only Tomas Jurco is waiver-exempt.

With Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen (Holland and Babcock explicitly stated that Franzen will NOT be bought out), the aforementioned Weiss, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurco, Riley Sheahan, Gustav Nyquist, Joakim Andersson, Justin Abdelkader, Drew Miller, Darren Helm, Luke Glendening and the non-waiver-exempt Mitchell Callahan and Landon Ferraro vying for jobs, that's 15 players battling for 13 or 14 spots; if Daniel Alfredsson comes back, that's 16.

Thornton turns 37 in July, he hasn't played a full season in two years, and he was paid $1.1 million this past season. Given the hard miles on his body and the fact that he'd essentially reprise Jordin Tootoo's role, possibly at the expense of Jurco playing, that's not an enticing option to me.

Again, I believe that Alfredsson's combination of point production (18 goals, 31 assists and 49 points in 68 games) and the leadership and coaching staff's suggestions that Alfredsson was a rock-solid leader in the locker room, on the bench and on the ice are worth bringing him back at 41, but that's my opinion.

 

 

 

Regarding the team's defense, even if the Wings add an offensive defenseman (Dan Boyle, Matt Niskanen, Tom Gilbert), a gritty defenseman (insert your favorite potential free agent's name here) or a mix of the two (see: the oft-injured Stephane Robidas), I do not believe that the Wings are going to trade Jakub Kindl and/or Brian Lashoff away to simply make room for the quintet of Mattias Backman, Nick Jensen, Alexey Marchenko, Xavier Ouellet or Ryan Sproul (it looks like Adam Almquist really is going to play for Severstal Cherepovets of the KHL, and that's not a bad thing).

The Wings remain a team that believes its prospects need to "steal the jobs" of veterans, and it's going to go into training camp anticipating that players will get injured over the course of camp and the exhibition season, so Kindl and Lashoff may not be my or your favorite players...

But the probable re-signing of Jonas Gustavsson indicates that the team might believe in "the kids," but it's also not going to sacrifice its existing NHL depth for the sake of the youth movement.

My feeling about this are thoroughly mixed--especially regarding the awful job Kindl and Lashoff (who is one of my favorite human beings but not one of my favorite players) did in the playoffs, but the blueline as it stands consists of Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Danny DeKeyser, Brendan Smith, Kindl and Lashoff.

The team kind of has to go into the unrestricted free agent period understanding that the odds of landing a marquee name (or even a back-up plan) aren't high, and if the team strikes out (and/or isn't able to complete a trade this summer), I can't really say that I'd feel better about the team heading to training camp with Kronwall, Ericsson, DeKeyser, Smith and [insert player's name here] as their only established NHL defensemen.

I should also note that yes, it is still possible that the Wings could go after a Christian Ehrhoff, but it bears repeating that the Wings and Sabres are in the same division now, and having to face the player you've traded six times a year and possibly in divisionally-based playoff series isn't attractive.

There's a reason that, as Murray Pam pointed out on Twitter today, Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray has been very, very specific in stating that he wants to trade Jason Spezza to a place where he "doesn't have to see him play" regularly, referencing the fact that Alfredsson playing within-division aggravates him to no end.

The within-division dynamics make an Ehrhoff trade unlikely.

I would like to note the following regarding a TMR comments section favorite target, however, per NHL.com's Tal Pinchevsky:

2. Can New York re-sign Anton Stralman? A number of players flourished under Vigneault after he was named New York's coach last summer. Few benefitted quite like Stralman, who cemented his place among the Rangers' top-four defensemen and emerged as a reliable stay-at-home force in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Stralman, 27, has seven goals in three seasons with the Rangers, but has made a number of big defensive plays since arriving in New York, none bigger than a game-saving play in Game 4 of the Cup Final in which he swiped a loose puck out of the crease after a shot squeaked past goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

Eligible to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, Stralman could be an important piece moving forward for the Rangers, who don't have a wealth of young defensive prospects waiting in the wings. The combination of Stralman and Marc Staal was a consistent, smart pairing the Rangers would hate to see broken up.

"The only thing in my mind really is security for me and my family. We've been moving a lot. We've been with four teams in seven years now," Stralman said. "All we're really looking for is stability; we want to stay in one place. This is obviously where we'd like to stay. I hope it's going to happen. We'll see."

I'm a little iffy on his offensive upside, and paying someone who posted 13 points this past season two or three times his $1.8 million 2013-2014 season salary to be a #4/5 guy (I think that's what Danny DeKeyser's supposed to do), but many of you did point out that Stralman's "fancystats" numbers were utterly silly good, especially in the playoffs.

And regarding one Dan Boyle, Newsday's Arthur Staple reported this about the 37-year-old who's currently property of the New York Islanders:

 

 

 

Regarding the artist formerly known as the Entry Draft, the NHL posted its "Order of Selection" for the draft in Philadelphia on the 27th and 28th of this month, and the Wings' picks remain as listed in yesterday's overnight report:

Per TSN's "DraftCentre," the Wings will have the 15th overall pick in the 1st round, the 76th pick in the 3rd round, the 106th pick in the 4th round, the 136th pick in the 5th round, the 166th pick in the 6th round, and the 196th (and, via a trade) 201st overall picks in the 7th round.

 

 

 

Regarding important dates to come, Sportsnet's John Shannon Tweeted this on Saturday...

And while the Toronto Sun's Mike Zeisberger got the details wrong--the Wings' prospect tournament involves 8 teams, not 4--it appears that we're going to find out the details thereof sooner than later:

The rookie tournament schedule around the NHL is already set in some places. Toronto, Ottawa, Chicago and Pittsburgh will meet in London, Ont., Sept. 13-16 and a four-team event in Traverse City, Mich., involving Detroit will be announced shortly.

 

 

 

Regarding one of the prospects who will hopefully be taking part in the Wings' summer development camp, RedWingsCentral tossed off a few more tidbits regarding Tomas Nosek:

Nosek's 6'2" and listed at anywhere from 200 to 210 pounds, and, as RedWingsCentral noted on Saturday, Nosek did pretty dang well in the Extraliga this past season:

The Red Wings inked the 21-year-old center/winger out of Pardubice of the Czech ExtraLiga, where he recently completed a breakthrough campaign with 19 goals and 25 assists for 44 points in 52 games.

Nosek, who was an unrestricted free agent after being passed over four straight times in the NHL draft, ranked ninth in ExtraLiga scoring and was courted a half-dozen other NHL teams. The Red Wings project him as a solid two-way NHL forward.

“He’s versatile, he can play center, wing, top six, bottom six, whatever the need is,” said Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer. “He kills penalties, takes faceoffs, plays on the power play. He’s a guy who fits in with teammates on all lines and that’s exciting.”

 

 


And finally...

Over the three years that the Wings have held development camps in Traverse City, I've asked for your help in raising the finances to cover my hotel and gas bills, and you've been amazingly and remarkably kind in affording me the opportunity to "work for you"; due to my present financial circumstances, I'm afraid that I have to ask for your assistance again.

If there's any way that you can lend a financial hand in my attempts to get up to Traverse City for the summer development camp and/or eventually to attend the prospect tournament and main camp in the fall, I would be incredibly grateful for any help.

I'm sticking with Paypal as it's the most direct route (though I will also do the whole, "Give me your address and I'll send you a check or a few bucks in the mail" thing, too), and you have to use my email address, rtxg at yahoo dot com, as the recipient.

Here's the button:

If you can aid the cause, I'd be incredibly grateful; if you can't, I understand, and as usual, literally any amount helps. You'd be surprised how many $5, $10 and $20 donations end up paying my way. Thanks.

 

 

 

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The most likely scenario has Cleary agreeing to a two-way contract that would enable the Wings to put him in the minors if he does not succeed in challenging for a job at training camp.

Until proven otherwise I will assume HSJ is trolling the fanbase.

Posted by captaineclectic on 06/17/14 at 04:50 AM ET

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I mean… I don’t know what to say… if Cleary is signed to the wings again this year I will ABSOLUTELY FLIP… I’ll just flip out.

Posted by Pasha1277 on 06/17/14 at 06:31 AM ET

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The Cleary thing is just funny. Can Holland really make the same mistake twice in a row with the same player?
This just can’t be true.

Posted by George0211 on 06/17/14 at 06:36 AM ET

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There’s a detail missing from the compliance buyout that shows up in better articles that a player with a NMC may choose whether or not he wants to go through the waiver process or whether he wants to make the buyout immediate.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/17/14 at 06:59 AM ET

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The only problem with using last year’s roster as next year’s roster is that it includes Legwand, Bertuzzi, Cleary, and Alfredsson. I don’t think they’ll all be back.

And I’m going to get back aboard the time for Abdelkader to go bandwagon, as Sheahan took his job from him this last year. I may even be leading the bandwagon.

Posted by teldar on 06/17/14 at 07:12 AM ET

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For a team that never stops talking about how important it is to have players that can keep up with the “pace” its kind of ridiculous to think they are going to sink some cap space in Dan Cleary. The guy could no longer skate at an NHL level last year. No way its better this year. Then again, this is the team that made the same errors in judgement with Tootoo, Samuelsson and even Legwand.

Posted by RW19 on 06/17/14 at 07:15 AM ET

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Why doesn’t Cleary do a reality check and realize its time to retire? The way players ran circles around him last year even when he was “healthy” made me feel sorry for him…and he should have been thoroughly embarrassed.

Posted by Steve in SE MI on 06/17/14 at 07:39 AM ET

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Until proven otherwise I will assume HSJ is trolling the fanbase.
Posted by captaineclectic on 06/17/14 at 05:50 AM ET

I think its Holland that is doing the trolling.

Posted by Hootinani on 06/17/14 at 08:13 AM ET

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I do not believe that the Wings are going to trade Jakub Kindl and/or Brian Lashoff away to simply make room for the quintet of Mattias Backman, Nick Jensen, Alexey Marchenko, Xavier Ouellet or Ryan Sproul

Maybe they’ll trade Marchenko or Ouellet so that Cleary can play defense.

Posted by Garth on 06/17/14 at 08:33 AM ET

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Maybe they’ll trade Marchenko or Ouellet so that Cleary can play defense.

Posted by Garth on 06/17/14 at 09:33 AM ET

Shut it grin

Posted by George0211 on 06/17/14 at 08:34 AM ET

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That’s some serious trolling. It’s stuff like this - “well, we made Dan Cleary a promise last year” - that drives me crazy.  They were up against the cap and still signed him. THERE WAS NOTHING STOPPING THEM FROM SIGNING HIM FOR MORE YEARS IF THEY REALLY WANTED TO!!!!

The fans don’t care about your promise, Ken. The fans care about winning. The fans are absolutely sick and tired of your “let’s get the gang back together” style. If last year wasn’t the year that proves how bad this can work out, I don’t know what will.

Your supposedly keen hockey eye elected to sign Cleary and told us Jurco, Sheahan, Nyquist et. al weren’t ready last year. It turns out you were wrong about Cleary and wrong about a number of those players.

Has it really gotten to the point that you have no guts to do anything bold? It’s so easy to keep the same team together and pray each year that “maybe we’ll be healthy this time and then we’ll be really GOOD!!!” It’s time for a bold call - a move to clear room for some kids to get broken in at the NHL level. Oh, wait, you are going to let Sheahan play here, it seems. Wow. YOUTH MOVEMENT!!! Seriously, Ken. Grow a pair of balls. It’s so easy - and much easier to justify - to bring back your washed up team. It’s easier to defend that approach. It’s much more uncertain (scary word, eh Ken?) to put unknown (or semi-known) quantities into the varsity team.

Guess what? It’s time for that gamble. Did you watch the Detroit Pistons rot into an absolute travesty of an organization? “Oh, we’ll just ‘rebuild on the fly’ and we won’t really have a couple few years of not making the playoffs and restocking the high-end talent cupboard.” This is Ken Holland thinking, like Joe Dumars, that he’s smarter than everyone else. He’s done some good things over time, but his record of late is that his team is in a serious downward trend since 2009. Haven’t made it out of round two in five years. Barely got into the playoffs the last two years.

And it’s moves like the 2012 “we missed on Parise but we got Samuelsson!” and 2013’s “we’ve already got more forwards than we need and we’re over the cap, but let’s snag Dan Cleary before he goes to Philly” and now, in 2014, after these absolutely brutal moves, we’re really talking about Dan Cleary in a Winged Wheel for 2014-2015? This has to be a bad dream.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 06/17/14 at 08:35 AM ET

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This Cleary thing is like a bad karma thing coming back to bite us. However, if they convinced Cleary to take a one-year contract last year, with some kind of promise to go beyond last year, then they have to bone up. I can’t believe they would do that, but a promise is a promise.

The best thing to do would be to give him an off-ice job as a scout or assistant but if that won’t fly then a two-way contract. If we can park Tootoo in GR for a year then we can put Cleary there too.

Posted by Heresy from Aiken, SC on 06/17/14 at 09:03 AM ET

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The best thing to do would be to give him an off-ice job as a scout or assistant but if that won’t fly then a two-way contract. If we can park Tootoo in GR for a year then we can put Cleary there too.

Posted by Heresy from Aiken, SC on 06/17/14 at 10:03 AM ET

Cleary doesn’t even belong in the minors at this point. The guy can’t skate.

Posted by George0211 on 06/17/14 at 09:04 AM ET

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However, if they convinced Cleary to take a one-year contract last year, with some kind of promise to go beyond last year, then they have to bone up.  I can’t believe they would do that, but a promise is a promise.

What are you, four years old?

Posted by Garth on 06/17/14 at 09:17 AM ET

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The team also has been in talks with forward Cleary

I’ve said it a hundred times: I’ll believe Cleary is gone from this team when I see it.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 06/17/14 at 09:56 AM ET

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Holland is going to take A LOT of heat if he signs Cleary to any kind of contract, anywhere! Cleary was done last year and will just be a waste of cap space.

Not a great start to the off season to hear Holland bad move Part 2 with Cleary, apparently.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 06/17/14 at 10:47 AM ET

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Now I know what Joe Dumars is doing with his free time. Advising Ken Holland on how to destroy a once proud sports franchise.

Posted by Burr87 on 06/17/14 at 11:54 AM ET

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Organization has stopped being concerned with winning. It’s sad.
Let’s bring back Alfredsson—He’ll be 42 in December. He’s topped 20 goals ONCE in five years.
Let’s bring back Cleary, who followed up his amazing 15-point campaign with an eight-point campaign.

Posted by Captain Bob on 06/17/14 at 12:29 PM ET

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Let’s bring back Alfredsson—He’ll be 42 in December. He’s topped 20 goals ONCE in five years.

Also, he tied for the team lead in points.

What a horrible idea it would be to bring back one of the few good signings they’ve made in the last five years.

Posted by Garth on 06/17/14 at 02:20 PM ET

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Also, he tied for the team lead in points.

What a horrible idea it would be to bring back one of the few good signings they’ve made in the last five years.

He’s 41. Let him shrivel up and die on someone else’s salary cap.

He tied in team points because the big three guys got injured and because Nyquist started the year in Grand Rapids and because Tatar was mostly a 12-13 minute a night guy.
In points per 60 at ES, Alfredsson was 6th on the team

Posted by Captain Bob on 06/17/14 at 02:24 PM ET

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In points per 60 at ES, Alfredsson was 6th on the team

Well sure, he probably wouldn’t have led the team in points if everybody were healthy all season, but I’m also pretty sure that, playing with better/healthier linemates more consistently would have improved his points output significantly.

Plus, you’ll notice that 6th on the team for forward scoring makes a guy a bonafide top-six forward, especially when you take into account that there were only four forwards on the team who played against tougher competition (although Nyquist was one of them)

Alfredsson was a good signing.  He’s got another good year in him. He’ll have to come down from the $5.5M contract, but there’s a place for him on this roster.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/17/14 at 03:02 PM ET

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He’s 41. Let him shrivel up and die on someone else’s salary cap.

The point is, 41 or not, he is not shriveling up and dying.

There aren’t many UFAs who have his point production and could be signed for his cap hit (assuming he would re-sign for the same one-year, $3.5M base + bonuses).

If they do (ie. throw out a few feelers on the 25th before committing to him) I wouldn’t be pissed, but I don’t think that he’s easily replaceable.

He tied in team points because the big three guys got injured

Do you think his point production would’ve gone down if the big three were healthy?  Or would it more likely have gone up, since he’d have played more with Datzyuk and Zetterberg.

In points per 60 at ES, Alfredsson was 6th on the team

And his cap hit was 7th.  Seems like a reasonable signing to me.

Like I said, if they can find a better signing then I’d be fine letting him ride off into the sunset, but if he stays I would expect a similar season next year, maybe better if the team can stay healthy as a whole.

Posted by Garth on 06/17/14 at 03:14 PM ET

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Well surehe probably wouldn’t have led the team in points if everybody were healthy all seasonbut I’m also pretty sure thatplaying with better/healthier linemates more consistently would have improved his points output significantly.

Plusyou’ll notice that 6th on the team for forward scoring makes a guy a bonafide top-six forwardespecially when you take into account that there were only four forwards on the team who played against tougher competition (although Nyquist was one of them)

Alfredsson was a good signing.  He’s got another good year in himHe’ll have to come down from the $5.5M contractbut there’s a place for him on this roster

Of course there’s a place for Alfredsson. He’s part of the country club.

Alfredsson final 23 games:
4 goals 9 assists.  3 of those goals coming in one two-game hot streak.
He played 71 games. So the last third was his least productive. Not what you want to see from a 41 year old.

He finished at
18-31-49
His last third was at about
12-27-39

Given our coach’s reluctance to use small, skilled players, let’s move on from Alfedsson and Let Tatar/Nyquist into the top 6.

It boggles the mind that people support Kenny’s “Gang’s all here” approach after two first round exists in three years, and two straight seasons where we qualified for the playoffs in the last week of the season

 

Posted by Captain Bob on 06/17/14 at 03:17 PM ET

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Alfredsson final 23 games:
4 goals 9 assists.

Yeah, 13 points in 23 games is a horrendous total, right?

Given our coach’s reluctance to use small, skilled players, let’s move on from Alfedsson and Let Tatar/Nyquist into the top 6.

Nyquist is welcome to be in the top six.

And why does it have to be a delineated top six and bottom six?

I know this is incredible to think, but what if Detroit tried to have three lines that are scoring threats?

Posted by Garth on 06/17/14 at 03:51 PM ET

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He played 71 games. So the last third was his least productive. Not what you want to see from a 41 year old.

His last third was also the time where he was dragging Joakim Andersson around as his center.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/17/14 at 04:06 PM ET

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but I’m also pretty sure that, playing with better/healthier linemates more consistently would have improved his points output significantly.

This is the argument many of you made that Weiss would be a 60-80 point guy on the Wings, because he was playing for a terrible team in Florida.  You don’t take into consideration that his ice time gets cut, his PP time gets cut, he plays on the third line, etc. because there’s better players ahead of him in Detroit.

Alfie is serviceable as a stop-gap 3rd liner and PP specialist next year at no more than the $3.5 million Ottawa offered him last year.  Any more, and he can retire gracefully.

Posted by jkm2011 on 06/18/14 at 08:11 AM ET

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You don’t take into consideration that his ice time gets cut, his PP time gets cut, he plays on the third line, etc. because there’s better players ahead of him in Detroit.

He wasn’t playing third line minutes when the team was healthy and he was consistently on the top PP unit all season.

The reality of the situation is that with a healthier team, Jurco, Glendening, and Sheahan simply don’t get called up. The reality is not that Daniel Alfredsson gets pushed down the lineup by any magical combination of wingers who were actually ahead of him.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/18/14 at 08:30 AM ET

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