lomekian

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  1. lomekian

    Realistic Window to Competitiveness

    Agree with those that say the current contracts won't stop us. Neither player is useless and frankly the contracts are only concerning due to the lack of top quality elsewhere. Up front we have a decent young roster, but we lack any top pieces on defence and are short of 1 or 2 potentially elite forwards. In goal we are 'meh'. if all goes well-ish we could be a playoff team in 2 years and a contender in 4. For the first time in a long time, our roster is clearly focused on the future as much as the now. A bit of lottery luck or good drafting. A couple of smart FA's and we could easily be back in the game for real In 4 years. if decisions are bad, however....
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    5 Keys To Success

    To be honest in general terms this organisation needs to keep following its MO for the last 18 months, but make better individual decisions on signings and trades than it has over the next 5-6 years than it did over the last 5-6. this should include: 1) Barring a sudden team transformation into playoff certainties, we should be losing our UFAs at TDL, giving ourselves more 2nd & 3rd round picks to throw at the G & D prospect pool. So long to Nike and Jimmy this year and in all likelihood Daley & Green & maybe Ericsson next year. Depending on the growth of our prospects we also may be able to painlessly part with one of our over-priced 3rd liners or Glendenning without having to give up anything but retention. That should secure a combination of picks equivalent to 3 or 4 2nd rounders over the next two years. The other benefit is that with those departures and the likely retirements of Kronwall and Zetterberg, that sheds about 30m in salary over the next 2 seasons, at a time when we shouldn't anticipate too many big RFA raises. 2) This allows us to re-stock gaps with UFA's and swing for a few fences. If the youngsters take big steps forward, some of the more attractive UFAs may look more favourably in this direction, and if they don't, another year or two of nice high draft picks. if it's less exciting UFAs we need to prioritise cash vs output value like a Vamek, or those with likely trade value retention. Depending on positional need, the odd younger reclamation project is definitiy worth a punt. For this reason I would want to break up the forward groups into 2 'keepers' on each line with the 3rd slot open for UFAs/Kids/College kids....unless of course a trio forms formidable chemistry. 3) be more adventurous in FA. We need to get in on those high end college guys sooner. More then this, we need to be much better at picking up guys from the KHL and SHL. There are free, NHL standard guys out there that others have done a much better job at picking up than the Wings in recent years. Hell, even Ville Leino got as a draft pick...which when considering the Wings ability to find roster players in the later rounds is not to be dismissed. This also ties in with keeping roster positions open. A KHL star isn't going to join us to fight for ice time in GR or on the 4th line. 4) Development - in some ways the wings have upped their game in this respect over the last couple of years, but really could be doing more. Why just think about keeping up with the NHL Joneses when you can look for inspiration elsewhere. Compared to football (soccer) the NHL is pretty backwards in terms of coaching resources and interaction with young players. 5) improve the balance of not ruining players vs putting roadblocks in their way. I'm not one for rushing prospects, but the balance of vets in GR has been wrong for the last 12 months, and making the likes of Jurco bang about on the 4th line wasted whet talent he had and probsbk contributed to his back injury. Obviously you don't just keep spots open for kids, but you have to ensure the slots they are competing for aren't just on your the 3rd and 4th lines. We've been getting better, but the coach needs to be told that today's results, while important, are not the only consideration. It also speaks to the value of players like Bertuzzi or Abdelkader who can move up and down the line-up and adjust to different roles. Thid is about as much as anyone can attempt to control
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    Wings Recall Hicketts

    If KH got offered a 2nd for Glendening, he'd have been traded. Probably also if he'd been offered a 3rd & a 4th. For anything less than that, trading him would have been pointless and counter-productive. He's a 4th liner who is good on faceoffs, defensively responsible, scored 10+ goals and is on pace for a career year. He's also a guy who can look decent on a wing, and even fill in on the 3rd line in a push and not look hopeless. Also his cap hit isn't nearly as bad as people make out. He's also the perfect example of the undrafted unwanted guy made good in the modern game, and as such is no bad thing as a sign-post. Back on topic, it makes more sense to look at Hicketts at NHL than Hronek. Hronek we know will get looks at the NHL level, but we also know he's positionally poor at present. Hicketts for his limitations has been an all situations guy, did well in preseason, and is closer to his ceiling. So it makes more sense to look at him and see what we've got, in order to inform moves this summer. Hronek will like be on GR next year anyway due to his defensive shortcomings, so its less urgent to look at him.
  4. Reading this thread's last couple of pages makes me wonder if perhaps you could do with finding greater meaning elsewhere in your life, rather than badgering someone to confess that you, oh wise one, were right all along. Mrazek has shown that he has great natural talent. He has also shown that lacks the positional fundamentals to maximise that talent consistently. The latter should be considerably easier to acquire than the former, but alas he is now further from doing so than he was when he first broke into the league. This suggests greater mental fragility than he demonstrated through his junior and earlier professional career. Can he fix it? Who knows? At this stage there are still a whole load of possibilities from finding himself back in eastern europe for the remainder of his career, to turning it around and becoming a good starting NHL goaltender. Very few goaltenders have become what they will be at his age, and that includes those who start great and tail off, and those who suddenly find consistency. None of us know the guy personally, so can't comment on whether he has the mental strength, flexibility, humility and intelligence to become the player he once looked very likely to be. And now he's not a wing any longer, very few of us care.
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    Wings Interested In Resigning Green

    Like most, if he wants to come back 2-3 years, $4-5m cap hit, and his neck is ok, I think it's a no brainer. Even if we want to tank, having a D who can effectively give possession to the kids up front is still well worth it, unless we want to go fulll EDM, BUF or ARI. It also means Hronek can come up as a second RHD offensive D without the same amount of pressure, while learning his role from the only person on our roster with a comparative skill set. Also provides a talented partner option for Cholowski, which would be really limited otherwise. And allows us to keep Ericsson and Daley together who seen to work as a pair and boost each other's potential trade value. this isn't like re-singing Helm. This would be keeping the best player in our weakest position. and unless he drops off a cliff, we can always trade him in 2 years.
  6. Essentially Mrazek re-found his game just a little too late. By the time he returned to some semblance of form, Howard had dropped off, and as such was going to be very hard to trade. i prefer Mrazek, and wish we'd kept him, but in Detroit's situation if you can't trade Jimmy I guess you have to trade Mrazek because you can't have $9m invested in two goalies who have both got significant consistency issues. DRW's big problem has been that they have never really been good at the same time. Both seem to need to feel safe as number 1 to perform, and neither is to date consistent enough to justify it. So it was always going to be a case of trading which you could. I think that wrong choice was made, but equally I can see why it was the choice taken, particularly with Holland's current MO of trying to simultaneously stock up on picks AND sneak into the playoffs.. Mrszek and Tatar were both great draft picks, who in a different era would have been bigger successes for us. But both have already returned more than it took to get them, even if Philly somehow miss the playoffs, so I guess we csnt be too angry. Obviously the ideal is for Mrazek to take Philly to the ECFabf either get re-signed or have a meltdown in that series (to Tampa ideally!) and somehow be coaxed to come back as a UFA if we shift Jimmy in the summer. Which is incredibly unlikely!
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    Mike Green - worth?

    Its a simple equation. If we are on the outside looking in (if he says!), we should trade green to a contender for as much as possible, while making it clear that if he wants to come back, a deal will be waiting. As for XO, as a 6/7 he's ok, but will either take a step forward under a new coach or will depart in the next couple of years. Had he Sproul's physical gifts he'd be a decent #4 type, but he's not particularly big, strong or quick. To survive in this league without those attributes you need to be super skilled or super smart, and he's not quite either. A shame we had such hopes for XO and RS when they were winning junior awards, but each had the strengths the other needed. If Sproul was half as smart or competitive for his size as XO he'd be a fixture in this team.
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    Two Tendies Enter. One Tendy Lives.

    I have always been rather pro both goalies. Jimmy is a genuine starting goaltender who goes through bad patches and a bit injury prone. Mrazek is a young pretender who has shown patches of brilliance and patches of not being up to snuff. At present Jimmy is the more reliable guy, and (until the last fortnight) less likely to lose you a game. I still vote Mrazek simply because he's shown more by now than Jimmy had at the same age, and when he's in the zone he's better than JImmy, though we've only seen it occasionally over the last year. Were the team in danger of a playoff run, I'd go with Jimmy. But the team is going nowhere with a mediocre roster and a worse than mediocre coach, and the accidental tank is in full effect. So what's the point on marginalising the young guy who still has time to turn things back around simply to overplay a guy who isn't going to get any better and isn't likely to be around as a starter by the time we are competitive again, particularly when the last few years his body hasn't held up to being overplayed. If we are going to have a goalie deathmatch, at least give them an equal chance.
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    Rumors Thread

    Probably avoiding too much black or grey in the rest of the uniform might help too! That's the problem with German WWI & Nazi appropriated images - they did it really well with a great flair for design, colour relationships and detail. Just ask Hugo Boss about the SS uniforms. Reminds me of the Mitchell and Webb sketch:
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    Rumors Thread

    I still have hope that Hronek can be a genuine number 3. He's doing pretty well in the AHL when the rest of Grand Rapids are underachieving statistically in a big way. I think we also have enough d prospects with safe 5/6 written all over them. So the question is does *insert young D here* appear to be a future #1 or #2 (or at very worst #3) with a high floor to make sure the worst we end up with is a #4? And are they likely to be ready to get an NHL look at least in the next 18 months. If its yes to both, I'd trade Nike, and that should be enough with the right trading partner (seeing as we mostly think he's worth a 1st in a deep draft). If its no to either, it depends on if you can get another late pick or another maybe D prospect. If its no to both, walk away. I've not seen enough of Fabbro to comment, but from what I know, I like him more than Bean.
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    Rumors Thread

    Its a bit Kaiser Wilhelm WWI (as occasionally evoked by the Nazis). In Abstract it is very cool logo...in context you might be a bit worried where the $$$ were coming from. You could almost count the months till someone wearing one perpetrated a mass shooting... This is dream scenario of course. And much like trading for Karlsson, I'll be astounded if it happens!
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    Rumors Thread

    Exactly where I stand. If Karlsson says he dreamt of playing for the wings, its an honour to do so, and he can see himself making a home here long term, then firing on anyone but Larkin is an easy decision
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    Two Tendies Enter. One Tendy Lives.

    Thanks for explaining that. Its a good stat, and isn't pretty for Mrazek, who somehow features lower than Niemi despite having a considerably better save %. So basically Mrazek's been excellent in one start, good-average in another couple and pretty poor in 3. Howard's been Brilliant in about 1/3rd, just above or below average in another 3rd and rubbish in the rest. Mrazek, luckily for him still has others below him on the list, so he's not literally the worst.... The problem with QS% is that it, like other advanced style stats only tells half of the story. At present the best goalies in the league by that measure are Oscar Dansk, Ryan Miller, Reto Berra, David Rittich, Carter Hutton, Fleury, and Charlie Lindgren. It also puts Jimmy Howard as considerably above Lundqvist, Rask, Jake Allen, Dubnyk and a few others with more wins, better save %s etc. It is partly useful, but as a measure of consistently being above average than anything else, but totally fails to factor in meltdown games or weak goals.It also fails to take into account the quality of the opposition or quality of the team. Both our goalies would much higher up the QS% list if they had STL's blue line in front of them (and a competent team coach). It is not without merit though, for sure.
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    Two Tendies Enter. One Tendy Lives.

    And you literally used the word literally contrary to its actual meaning. 10 points! At present, Howard is the marginally better and certainly more consistent goalie. But Mrazek must be wondering why he can't get a start against shot shy Florida after Howard playing like a sieve for the last fortnight. Howie was excellent for about 12-15 games, and in the games since then he;s been worse than Mrazek. At present,Mrazek remains more likely to steal you a game against all odds, but also more likely to lose you one by letting in goals he shouldn't. Howard routinely has stretches where he plays very well, but when those stretches end, he often is pretty weak for a few in a row. Mrazek is more likely to be brilliant one game and poor the next, but also seems to find it really hard to perform without a run of games or if overplayed like he was a couple of years ago. What is interesting is when Mrazek first came into the team, his numbers were boosted by the team playing better and more supportive D in front of him than Howard. For the last year (the latter half of Mrazek's struggles) its been the opposite. That said, this team's d is going to expose most goalies. If we're riding Howard while the playoffs is still possible, I can see the logic in that (though not to this extent given his physical vulnerability), but once that gives up the ghost, we'd better give Mrazek more games. To not give him a run to see if he can re-find his former level, particularly once the season is gone, would be really quite stupid, given how long this organisation perseveres with skaters who have never excelled.
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    Two Tendies Enter. One Tendy Lives.

    My fear too. I like Jimmy, but he's not going to be at his peak when this team is competitive, and if Mrazek can re-find his game, he will be. Also when Mrazek's head is right and his positioning is on, he is capable of amazing displays. I guess I fear that we could let him go for one more year of Jimmy, only for him to be in Vezina discussions elsewhere in 3-4 years.