Joe from Sacrifice the Body on the Detroit Red Wings free agency outlook

Apparently James has a job interview today. Or at least that’s what he’s saying. I don’t think I believe him. So apparently I get to post my own free agency outlook dealie.


If you haven’t been there yet, you should go check out my blog, Sacrifice The Body. Honestly, it’s kind of sad that I’m not all that active on it, but I try. I just feel dumb posting about minor shit that you probably already read somewhere else, because no one is going to my blog before they hit anything else. Blogging is surprisingly hard, isn’t it?

By the way, I hope you’re not hoping for more of O’Brien’s pictures. I don’t do that. If you need pictures, go to google and type your name into the image search, and entertain yourself with that. Better yet, type in “James O’Brien” into the image search, and see what you get. I got 20 bucks on hot O’Brien on peanut brittle porn.

1. Which player, for the love of God, do you NOT want to see in your team’s sweater in the 09-10 season?

Frankly, with the Wings’ cap situation, they’d have a hard time signing someone for the federal minimum wage, to say nothing of the NHL minimum wage. For that reason, I think I’m gonna have to stick it to guys on the Wings that I don’t want to return. First on the list of Mike Samuelsson. Why? People have tried telling me before that he’s not that bad, and maybe I’m spoiled and expect everyone to be a franchise player, but I swear, he does a lot of stupid stuff. Nothing I can ever think of off the top of my head (unlike, say, Andreas Lilja costing us a Cup), but I just don’t think he’s that good, and I’d rather see that spot filled by a developing youngster for a bit cheaper. I just don’t like the guy.


Now for my more shocking answer: Marian Hossa. If Ken Holland were to resign Hossa to even a 4M/yr deal (which would be ludicrous on Hossa’s part), you’d still have a team payroll of 55.2M, lose my boy Hudler, still need another forward or two, and perhaps a backup goalie (or even a starting goalie!), all with 1.8M to spare. For the sake of the Red Wing’s salary structure going forward, it would probably be best for Hossa to move on. Unless Holland can pull off some sort of nice deal to save us some salary (please, someone, take Lebda and Lilja and Stuart off our hands!), Hossa ought to be the odd man out. Sorry bro, you had your chance, and you blew it. Massively. GLHF winning a Cup next year.

(An interesting alternative way for the Wings to get cap space: Lilja missed the playoffs with a concussion which he’s still not recovered from, and I think he’s had concussion issues before. Slap the LTIR tag on Lilja and he doesn’t count against the cap. That’s an extra 1.25M of savings!)

Also, I should point out, Ken Holland already announced that the worst player on the Wings would not be back next year. I love what you’ve done through your career, Cheli, but it really is the end of the line. Go be a coach somewhere, but please, get off the ice.

2. Conversely, pick a potential move by another team that would just crush your soul/favorite team’s chances.

A move that would put a stake through my heart? That’s a tough one, as I think there are only a couple of teams that could really knock the Wings off their perch. Anaheim getting Hossa would be a tough one, as they’re one of the few that can consistently beat the Wings as it is. Calgary could also be a threat if Kipper ever gets his head on straight, so I guess I hope that Calgary doesn’t hire a team psychologist or exorcist or whatever the hell he needs. I guess that statement also applies to the Sharks as an entire team. I don’t get concerned about the East because we never see them, and frankly, I didn’t think any of them could beat the Wings in a 7 game series until a couple weeks ago. So I guess if Giguere/Pronger went to Pittsburgh, that would also suck.

Pronger or Giguere going within the Central Division, San Jose, Calgary, or Pittsburgh would really suck all around. Pretty much the god damn Ducks are the source of any sort of thorns in my side. Except I can’t really hate them because they’ve got some great bloggers and they’re a really damn competitive team. Like, Edmonton has good bloggers, but the team and management is a joke, so I just laugh at them and don’t take them seriously. Anaheim is actually really damn good, and for some reason they want to get rid of a really great defenseman, and keep pulling phenomenally talented goalies out of their ass. It pisses me off.

Just ship Pronger and Giguere in a package deal to Atlanta so I don’t have to put up with them anymore. And I’m glad Allaire left you guys. So there.

POSTSCRIPT: Ok, so I wrote this for James right before the draft, at which point Pronger was traded to Philadelphia. Really, the worst things that could happen to the Wings were things the Ducks could make happen. I don’t think Pronger going to Philadelphia is that big of a deal for the Wings, because in the end, only one Eastern Conference team will matter, and I hardly think the Flyers will make the Cup Finals. I mean, come on, they’re the FLYERS. With RAY FRICKIN’ EMERY. This team could just as easily finish with the #1 draft pick on the heels of an absolutely magical explosion of conflicting and contentious (and mean) personalities. Pronger will help immensely to control guys like Crosby and Ovechkin, but I really don’t think its enough to make the Flyers a threat to the Wings.

So now as long as Giguere doesn’t go anywhere important (let’s see a reunion with Allaire and Burke in Toronto!), and Hossa doesn’t sign with the Ducks, it’ll have been a somewhat acceptable offseason. I’m far more interested in how the Wings juggle the cap space to complete a full roster for next year, and I’m really interested in who is going to be our backup goalie. Hopefully one of our three serious goalie prospects takes the job, and then takes the starting job.

(I think its important to note here that if the Ducks didn’t get in the Wings’ way so damn much, I’d probably be a big fan. They play a great mean physical game, they have a style and an attitude that really speaks “hockey” to me, and they have some great coverage between the guys at Anaheim Calling and Earl Sleek. But unfortunately they keep getting in the damn way. Seriously, please go away. We’re trying to win some Cups here.)

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