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xtrememachine1 last won the day on July 4 2012

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  1. If we can't get good defensemen, the next best thing would be to get someone that knows how to teach his players how to play good defense. Unfortunately, I don't see the Wings giving up on Blashill this quickly, regardless of whether we miss the playoffs or not and Hitchcock will get a head coaching job somewhere soon.
  2. We won't be saying that a month from now, if this continues. The Wings were good last year up until February and they weren't the same since. This year, we had that 6 game win streak, but then fell apart and now we look very much like that team that finished last season and limped into the playoffs. My point is they fell apart last year, but it was late enough into the season that we still made the playoffs. That won't be the case this year. They need to find a way to break this slump.
  3. The third period was half over and we only had 10 SOG for the whole game. Blowing third period leads, losing to garbage teams like Arizona and barely getting the puck on net. Unfortunately, this isn't a problem that will go away with a couple moves. I wish it was. Maybe get a couple guys back and things would improve. That's not going to happen now though. Overpaid players and bad coaching(imo) is killing us and that's not a quick fix. On the plus side, Vanek and Howard are playing well enough to trade. Green too. So at least we'll free up some cap space in the coming years.
  4. I would take Hitch in a heartbeat. He's been successful everywhere he's gone except Columbus. He would fix up our defense real quick.
  5. That, right there, says either a lot about Holland or Blashill. One of them is the probably and I'm leaning towards the latter. I've never seen so many blown third period leads as I have since Blash has taken over as coach.
  6. 1. Neither Mrazek or Howard is our starting goalie by the end of the year. 2. Tatar will lead the team in goals, Nyquist will be on another team, Vanek will be a pleasant surprise. 3. The Wings will make the playoffs for the 26th straight year despite all these "experts" picking us to finish LAST (seriously?) in the Atlantic.
  7. Pretty nice deal for who is probably the best d-man on our team right now and entering the prime of his career. This will look like an absolute steal in a few years.
  8. Signed

    Glendening led all of our forwards in blocked shots by a huge margin, took the most faceoffs on our team and won 54.6% of them. You don't improve defensively by losing a guy like that. This is a good signing by Holland.
  9. Signed

    Vanek, Nielsen and Helm could be similar to Kessel, Bonino and Hagelin. I like this signing. Yes, we need to pick up at least one d-man if not two. Marchenko doesn't count.
  10. Losing is kind of like getting into quicksand. You'll need something strong to pull you out and you should never willing get into it. People that think we should "tank it" for the sake of getting high quality prospects from the lottery should take a look at Columbus and Edmonton. Sure we'll get the best of the best from some particular draft, but the best of the best could be the next Alexandre Daigle, Alexei Yashin or Patric Stefan. Not to mention, if you're losing, its harder to draw in quality free agents. The Wings did a pretty nice job of building the 2008 championship team through the draft without being terrible for a number of years.
  11. Obviously, he's not always right, but where I'll read about a trade or signing on his site way before it happens. Maybe he's just getting lucky, but either way its an enjoyable site to read. Yzerman is pretty much owning this offseason. Looks like TB is going to be a pain in the butt for many years to come.
  12. http://www.hockeybuzz.com/
  13. Rumor has it we're in on Shattenkirk and Versteeg. Shattenkirk better not involve Larkin.
  14. signed

    I'm actually happy Helm is back. I'm not thrilled about the money, but it was necessary to keep him. I can see that most of you didn't want him back, especially at that price, but the truth is, if we lose Helm we're going to be a slower team. I think our options were to either sign Helm at 3.85 or sign a different player, who is slower or has similar production for $4 mil or more. Different doesn't mean better. Sometimes better means trying something different. Carl Hagelin, who I feel is a similar player to Helm, had numbers similar to Helm before he was put on a good line with Bonino and Kessel. Helm could very well be the same way. Put him on a line with AA or Larkin and Tatar or trade for Nash or sign Vanek and that line could produce big numbers.