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    10/15 BUCKWILD GDT - Red Wings @ Canadiens - 7:30 PM ET

    All of this is absolutely true, especially the first point and the one about Hronek. Only 4 players are trying is what gets me. I remember seeing this last year and the year before. We get down in a game, especially on the road, and we just quit, except for a few guys. As for Hronek, I feel bad for him. He's a little a ball of chaos for our defense every time he's out there and not in a good way either. He's always making a bad pass, in the wrong place, taking a bad penalty. He reminds me of Brett Lebda and that's NOT a good thing. This is definitely Blashill. In addition to losing and getting worse each year, we've watched good young players regress, we've seen them not prepared to play, we've seen them put in situations they shouldn't be in (Glendenning as second line center, Ras in the press box). Its not even the losing that gets me down on him right now, its the no sign of progress or hope. We're giving up tons of goals while not really getting any consistent offensive pressure, which leads to very few goals. Saying an AHL roster is better than ours is nonsense. We have some high end talent mixed with NHL ready talent like Larkin and AA. I've seen coaches do a lot more with a lot less. My biggest concern is that Blashill will screw up our incoming young talent (Zadina, Cholo, Veleno, Ras) and the rebuild will take even longer.
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    10/15 BUCKWILD GDT - Red Wings @ Canadiens - 7:30 PM ET

    It is the system/coaches. Blashill won't make it through the season. Its pretty much as bad as you can imagine right now. We can't keep the puck out of our net and can't generate any consistent pressure on offense. On the bright side, Jack Hughes is looking more likely. So sad we're thinking about that in October, but it is what it is.
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    10/4 GDT - Red Wings vs Blue Jackets - 7:30 PM EST

    Agreed, except I feel like Ras needed more ice time. He was only out there for 12 min last night. Being on the PK had a lot to do with that, but even still I felt like he was good for the time he was out there. 3 on 3 is perfect for a guy like AA and he never sees the ice in OT. Unreal. AA-Bert/Nielsen/Helm-Cholo/Sulak should have been next. Putting out Mantha, Glen, and Daley after they put out Panarin is like forfeiting the game.
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    10/4 GDT - Red Wings vs Blue Jackets - 7:30 PM EST

    Decisions like this is why he won't be back next year. Panarin on the ice and you put out a 4th liner in a 3-3 situation. I'm surprised it took them that long to score.
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    New Lettering

    That's at the top of my list for my next jersey purchase.
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    New Lettering

    YES! I was going to post this last night, but I forgot. Its tradition. Keep the streak alive!
  7. You're underestimating what we have. Larkin is easily a #1 center. He's an all star and team leader and he's only 21. Rasmussen has been tearing up the WHL for the past two years and has looked good at pretty much every level he's played in. Not sure what would qualify as a good #1 center, but I feel like we already have two good ones. Good defensemen in general are pretty hard to find these days, which is why they're so expensive on FA. Neither LV or Washington had elite level dmen like Hedman and both made it to the Finals. An elite level dman isn't required to be successful in the league anymore. It helps, for sure, but is not required. Ottawa has one of the best, if not the best, and weren't even close to the playoffs. I realize the Hawks won 3 Cups, but it wasn't just Kane, Toews, Keith and a bunch of scrubs either. You said you'd rather have 2 superstars, which is all the Blackhawks have now and finished last, than a pool of talented prospects that we currently have. The Islanders had a superstar center for years, never panned out for them. Buffalo has had Jack Eichel for a few years and they're still in the basement. I'll take the depth over the superstar.
  8. So you'd trade 6 talented players for 1 or 2 superstars. Ask the Islanders, Oilers, Sabres and Blackhawks how well having one or two superstars and bunch of warm bodies is working out. Its a team sport and we have a lot of good prospects waiting to create that team.
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    2008 Zetterberg vs. 2018 Crosby

    I just got into a discussion the other day about this (with a Pens fan, no less), except it was Datsyuk and Zetterberg in their prime or Malkin and Crosby in their prime. I, of course, said D and Z and really couldn't see why you'd pick Crosby and Malkin. They literally played against each other two years in a row in the Finals and Crosby and Malkin were shutdown. Sure Crosby and Malkin will win scoring titles, sell more jerseys, etc, but I'll take two elite two way forwards over two one dimensional offensive superstars any day.
  10. I think what is key here is that he just said he's stepping down from his post in Tampa and going home to be with his family in Detroit. He didn't say he was retiring. It sounds like he intends to continue being a GM somewhere. Seeing as how he couldn't make a long distance arrangement workout, Detroit sounds like the only place he could have his cake and eat it too. What's interesting is that this decision is so sudden. I mean, he was literally trying to trade for Karlsson a month or two ago and all of a sudden he's stepping down. Now it was mentioned in a Detroit Free Press article that Holland and Yzerman went out golfing together two weeks ago in Detroit. Could be nothing. Or it could be "Hey Steve, you want my job after your contract expires in Tampa?" Steve, wanting to do the honorable thing, steps down as GM and takes an advisory position. Makes me wonder if that's what Holland said he himself would do if Yzerman took over as GM and that's where he got the idea. All speculation on my part, of course, but it makes sense.
  11. True. We don't have a Stamkos or a Hedman in the pipeline, but we have a Larkin, a Mantha and an Athanasiou on the roster right now. We have a Rasmussen, Zadina and Veleno ready to go in a couple years or less. In all likelihood, we'll probably also get another lottery pick next June to add to this pool of really talented prospects. I'm biased, obviously, but I feel like the Wings will be in a better situation next year than TB was when he joined them.
  12. So next season, we do terrible, get another high lottery pick, we fire Blashill, Holland steps down, Yzerman gets hired, he hires a new head coach, and we're Stanley Cup contenders in 3 years (or less with all this parity in the league).
  13. He couldn't fake it with the Bolts any longer. lol He's been probably the best GM in the NHL for the past few years and he loves Detroit, he's moving back to Detroit, while we have a GM that's made some questionable moves for quite a while now. If Stevie doesn't become our new GM in the next year or so, it'll never happen.
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    Rumors Thread

    On HockeyBuzz, Ek has rumored to trade Gus, Helm and a draft pick for Max Pacioretty.