On Sunday, we took to our Facebook page looking for your thoughts on free agency thus far. Here are some of the many responses we’ve received from our loyal fans. If you’d like to add your own, feel free to include them in the comments.
Note: Responses have been edited for readability.
Loving the Ian White signing. I think he’ll fit the Wings system very well. Mike Commodore should help provide some grit and size, which should help the team out a lot, and he’ll drop the gloves, which is always good. Drew Miller is a good fourth liner and Patrick Eaves should continue to step up and play with the third line. I don’t know about Jonathan Ericsson’s contract and I don’t think he’s worth it based on his play last season. I think it is obvious Ken Holland is expecting him to take another step forward and looking at how much he improved his game last year, I think that is possible.
Seth Kalis – Lansing, Michigan
This year’s free agency period is simple to figure out. An underwhelming free agent class, combined with a rising salary cap and floor means that players will be getting more than their value. Teams that are looking to improve via free agency this year had more money to spend and fewer options to spurge on. Low supply, high demand.
Cody Bivins – Ypsilanti, Michigan
I spent the entire 2011 postseason screaming the same thing at the TV. “Where’s the defense?” So when I heard we had picked up guys like Mike Commodore, even after the bad blood between him and Mike Babcock, and Ian White from the Sharks, I felt my prayers had been answered.
The biggest difference between the playoff runs in the 90’s and now for the Red Wings was the ability to shut anyone down in the third while continuing their offensive prowess at a whim, which fell by the wayside in San Jose this year. I am glad to see the Red Wings are willing to invest in their younger players, like Drew Miller (Go Green!) and Patrick Eaves, especially after Ville Leino completely turned the tide for the Flyers in the 2010 playoffs.
Emery – East Lansing, Michigan
I personally think that the large number of free agent transactions in the NHL within the past couple of days will really add some spice to the league next season, particularly with the many moves made by the Flyers and Panthers, as well as the signing of Brad Richards in New York. The only problem that I really have is that all of the league’s big moves seem to be based in the Eastern Conference.
Mick Whitcomb – Millbury, Ohio
The biggest story of free agency so far is the complete makeover of the Flyers. They lost two franchise players, but they regained enough skill in the proven, veteran Jaromir Jagr, and more importantly, goaltending in Ilya Bryzgalov that will make them contenders next year.
I also believe that Washington, with additions like Joel Ward, Jeff Halpern, Roman Hamrlik and Tomas Vokoun, has the ability to improve upon their poor playoff performance and may be the team to beat in the East next year.
Chris Lepisto – Hancock, Michigan
There are bargains to be had and the top GMs (like our man Kenny) are landing them, but ultimately too many teams are overpaying. The Capitals in particular have thrown away millions at unproven players, while the Wings have been able to land the coveted puck moving defenseman for a very reasonable price.
Prashanth Iyer – Chapel Hill, North Carolina