LGD: Bawitdaba Da Wings Have No Money

How many of the Red Wings 10+ free agents can they afford to bring back next year?


It seems like Mike Babcock new the exact right time to go running from Detroit with his bag full of money. Sure the Leafs aren’t great at the moment, but they are slowly sinking like the Andrea Doria, As the Blashill era Wings ease themselves into NHL lottery consideration “like an old man into a warm bath” it’s worth pausing to reflect on how screwed the Wings really are. 

As usual, Cat Silverman has us covered on what’s really worth knowing:

The issue? The Red Wings are only $1.62 million under their long-term injured reserve modified upper limit for the salary cap, and Pavel Datsyuk’s $7.5 million cap hit isn’t a part of that equation.

So while the Wings for tonight may be the better team, let’s remember that they are a team that needs to shed almost $6M to bring back their star player. 

The Leafs

The story the for the Leafs is pretty much the same as it will be all season, a couple of players falling out of the bottom of the roster, and a couple more getting their chance to climb back in. Today has featured the demotion of Rich Clune to the Marlies, and Scott Harrington coming in for Martin Marincin, who despite not looking great at times has been a statistical gem and certainly more deserving of a spot instead of Roman Polak.

Of course Marincin will probably be in tomorrow night because that’s how things work on the 2015-16 Leafs, so it’s not worth getting too worked up over, unless you are Frank Corrado.

Lineups via Dailyfaceoff.com

The only numbers that seem to be worse for the Wings than their cap numbers are their possession numbers, and this is largely due to Jeff Blashill being a second tier coach at best. He’d probably be a decent assistant, and he certainly was capable in the AHL, but with a roster nearly identical to what Babcock worked with last year, and with upgrades in the form of Richards, and Green, Blashill has taken a 53.5 CF% team and turned it into a 46.1 CF% team in a month. Randy Carlyle might not be able to ruin a team that quick.

Unfortunately for the Leafs, despite Blashill not knowing what he’s doing, there is enough talent on the Wings to give them the edge for now. Zetterberg and Nyquist had the starts they needed to have, and Dylan Larkin could be a contender for Calder now that McDavid is broken.

Lineups via Dailyfaceoff.com

It’s the battle of the Winter Classic backups


What to Watch for…

  • Red Wings fans lying to themselves about Mike Babcock leaving was good for their team
  • Ken Holland kissing Lou’s ring in hopes that he can unload one of his horrible defensemen and their crappy contract
  • Hopefully someone punching Justin Abdelkader in the head repeatedly
  • The return of Scott Harrington! I can’t be the only one who’s psyched.
  • The human interest story of Ray Ferraro calling a game for TSN where his son is playing, his brother in law is behind the bench (Tony Granato) and his wife (Cammi Granato) is being honoured as a Hockey Hall of Famer in a pregame ceremony. I’m a pretty cynical jackass, but even I think this is a pretty cool moment.

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  • Thoth

    Placing Johan Franzen and Kyle Quincey on injured reserve will give them the cap space they need to bring back Datsyuk. Brad Richards ($3M cap hit) won’t be re-signed this summer. Drew Miller, Darren Helm, and the aforementioned Quincey are three more non-essential players on expiring contracts who may or may not be brought back. The Wings are going to be fine money-wise.

    Expect them to also be fine talent-wise. The following are all very promising prospects, most of whom are NHL-ready: Andreas Athanasiou, Anthony Mantha, Tomas Nosek, Tyler Bertuzzi, Evgeny Svechnikov, Alexey Marchenko (currently on the roster), Xavier Ouellet, Ryan Sproul, Nick Jensen, Joe Hicketts. They’ll complement the current young core of Larkin, Nyquist, Tatar, Sheahan, DeKeyser, Mrazek.

    Hating on a rival team is cool and all, but when the hating is inane and uninformed, it comes off as jealousy. The Wings are a perennial playoff team that’s been in transition for a couple years, a transition that’s starting to bear fruit, most notably in Dylan Larkin. The Leafs are the worst team in the league and may continue to be so for the next several years.

    Just saying. Don’t be That Guy. Don’t be the trash-talking Leafs fan whose team has nothing in the way of bragging rights and might very well not even have a light at the end of the tunnel to look forward to.

    • Hahahahahahahahaha.
      Man, I was hoping for the most stereotypical Wings fan response and you delivered. Thanks for that. All your prospects are going to pan out, everyone will take a hometown discount, all that’s missing is Blashill winning the Jack Adams for repairing Babcock’s broken systems. Thanks again, I’ve printed this out and hung it in a place where I can enjoy it every day.

  • Thoth

    Also, Datsyuk hasn’t played a single game this season and Richards and Green have only played a few games each. I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that that, plus the implementation of a slightly new system (one which, in some ways, is very different from what Babcock preached), has something to do with their surprisingly weak possession numbers thus far.

  • Thoth

    I’m actually a Leafs fan. I figured you were baiting, but I thought I’d throw my two cents in anyway, because there are in fact people who think that way, and I’d kinda like fellow Leafs fans to be better than that.

    I’m just saying. We’ve been so bad for so long that I can barely find any pleasure in ribbing other teams. :/

  • V

    Can someone tell me why Blashill came into Detroit where a system was already in place and working to a successful extent and decided to change things? Not tweet, change… If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Especially if your trying to finger paint over a Picasso.

    Not only was it a system in place, but it’s been engrained into the very DNa of many of those players.

  • Gary Empey

    Re- The wings “very promising prospects, most of whom are NHL-ready” I think they just lost 5 to 1 to the Marlies. ” ECHL ready” would be more appropriate.

  • Gary Empey

    Jon I think Thoth has a point to a certain degree. An analogy would be for a jet flying, limousine riding, kiss stealing, wheeling dealing son of a gun like me strutting and whoooooing about the Raptors three years ago.

    BUT NOW WELL I’m heading for the local water hole and I’ll have my Kyle Lowry jersey on and I’ll do the strut and James Brown moves as I ask the pretty bartender to tell me who is the only team in the N.B.A. east to be undefeated THAT’S RIGHT THE RAPTORS.

    So yeah Thoth is right you can only trash talk when you look at the score board or standings and realized that you indeed have something worth while to whooooooo about.

    • Gary Empey

      Speaking of water holes, poor coach Casey as obviously the boys enjoyed themselves in an Orlando bar as the Raptors lose their first game. The scary thought is saturday night in south beach and then an afternoon game. Lots of luck Raptors but please don’t do a Dwight Howard or Shawn Kemp who have 19 kids spread all over the good old U.S.A.