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  1. Why not bring Tangradi up? He's huge, and is scoring at a point/game in GR?
  2. Great article. Could not agree more with Iggy's take. The system has routed out creativity. Recently, I read an article that quoted Babcock as saying he looks specifically for work ethic and brains. If you're a grinder, grind... if you're a shooter, shoot, and so-on. This is not as prevalent at lower levels. It's not that systems are complex, it's that there are systems that each coach adopts and trains their team on. The system is molding the player, instead of the player's talent molding the system. Look at our defensive prospect Hicketts. This guy is tearing it up... and seriously tearing it up. Look at his size and tell me if he's going to be an NHL defensemen. I hope he does, but the perception-reality in today's game is, he won't last 5 minutes.
  3. My thoughts are that other teams are putting their top defenders against his line. He is still our leading scorer (points). This I believe is why the other lines are doing so well. Our 2nd and 3rd lines are scoring better than our first. I chalk this up to how the opposition is playing us.
  4. I like the way the Wing's offense is working right now. I can see trading for a top 4 right-shooting defenseman, or a really big and tough stay at home type. I mention the latter because even Kindl could be a good offensive d-man if he had a strong defensive-minded partner. Smith and Kindl both have offensive upside. The line that's baffling me is Z's line. They have been kept off the score sheet for a bit. Now, I also believe that Z's line gets the opposition's best line, thus freeing up the talent we have on the other lines. Our other 3 lines are taking advantage of it, too. The last time I saw Detroit seriously roll 4 solid lines was in 2002. I am trying to keep my excitement for this team in check, due to their inexperience however, other teams have yet to fully isolate all 4 lines. As far as trade bait... for a right-shooting d-man, I'd trade Pulks and Kindl and a pick or so. For a stay at home tough-guy, I'd trade Pulks and a pick. Outside of that... I would keep this team the way it is.
  5. I am not a Toronto fan, but I'd say Tim Horton, Matts Sundin,Teeder Kennedy and Wendel Clark. For Detroit I'd say: Howe, Sawchuk, Yzerman and Lidstrom.
  6. You smoke alot of weed, huh? Sorry for the jab, but I think you are going to see things differently when this season starts. The slated conference/division swap will put Detroit in a division that is rougher than what they've experienced in the past. Stats show that hitting and fighting are more prevelant in the East, specifically with Toronto and Boston. Detroit was not built "tough" and have had injury woes for years due to the style (not size) of player Detroit typically signs. Weiss and Alfie don't add "toughness" but they have been somewhat durable in the east. Again, we will see.
  7. I also don't agree with you. I feel that Chicago, much like the 2002 Wings vs. Vancouver, didn't take their opposition as seriously as they should have. The Sens are on the rise, and Detroit is going to have their hands full in the Division they are slated to goto. That aside, I just hope Alfie can play those serious minutes he was required to with the Sens. If he pans out like Modano, we are really up $h@! creek, and we will analyze the crap out of how we handled resigning Brunner. This upcomming season aside, if the cap does in fact go back up and we shed Alfie, Bert and Sammy, the following free-agency and the maturity of our youth will set the Wings up for success for 2014-2015. I also feel that Holland felt it was necessary to bring in some Eastern Conference regulars to help with the transition (ie. Alfie and Weiss).
  8. I agree. I would love to see him return, and feel that Holland should have thrown a more convincing offer at him vice grab Alfie... or at least buy out Bert and put that money towards Brunner. Just my opinion. He owes the Wings nothing, and performed well. I feel Holland may have taken his positive attitude for granted, and it was a gamble that could have been avoided. The fact of the matter is, we are not privilaged enough to know truly how Brunner, his agent and Holland dealt with each other, and can only speculate. Fair winds and following seas to Brunner. He will be a force for whomever he plays for.
  9. I agree that Weiss has more points... but he's pretty injury prone... Both of these guys are underacheivers however, Flip already knows the system... Weiss needs a sniper, and Brunner would have been that guy, but word is, he's gone and we filled Brunner's spot with a 40 year old.
  10. Weiss isn't as good as Flip, and he's older. This is turning into a train wreck.
  11. Can't buy out sammy, face it, he's here for next year. Hate seeing Brunner go, he was going to be a good sniper. Weiss will dish the puck to Alfie who will dish the puck to sammy who will shoot high and wild... ok bring out the third line.
  12. So who replaces Flip?
  13. Want Brunner.... Must get Brunner.
  14. From Ted Kulfan: Brunner appears to be headed for the free-agent market and likely will not return to the Wings. The Red Wings could also be in the hunt for one of many unrestricted free agent centers available such as Mike Ribeiro, Stephen Weiss or Mikhail Grabovski. From The Detroit News: Really want Brunner.... this sucks.
  15. The questions that need answering are: Would Alfie had been the player to get us to the cup this last season, and if not, who or what would get the Wings back into the SCF?