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  1. GDT: Detroit Red Wings @ Buffalo Sabres 7:30 PM EDT 10/24/17

    I think that maybe because he's a young coach, they're giving him the benefit of the doubt and giving him some time. Unless others and myself are misreading this (which is possible) this problem we're having is more locker room than talent. We have holes in the lineup to be sure, but I feel like we could have the 2nd coming of Nick Lidstrom and Steve Yzerman on this team and we'd be maybe slightly above 500. As I've mentioned on this board before, literally every player on this team has regressed with Blashill as coach. Meaning, when they first showed up, they played well or at a certain level, then as time went on, they got progressively worse. Larkin is the only one bouncing back, but Nyquist, Tatar, DK, Nielsen, Helm, Howard, Mrazek, etc, they're all performing worse than they were earlier in their careers. Being prepared and putting together good line and defensive combos aside, that is the biggest problem with Blashill because it won't matter who we get in the draft, they won't be developed properly for the NHL.
  2. GDT: Detroit Red Wings @ Buffalo Sabres 7:30 PM EDT 10/24/17

    Absolutely! If Arizona was any indication, he knows how to get the most out of his players. If we're still bad with him as our coach, then we truly have no talent, but I know that's not the case. The team doesn't seem to be responding well to Blash for whatever reason and haven't been since Spring of 2016. Keeping him as coach makes no sense unless they are tanking for better picks. Last night, I noticed Larkin out skating his linemates in a big way, like Mantha and Frk were not able to keep up. He would get into the zone, then have to stick handle until they caught up. Seems like AA would be a great linemate for him in the near future.
  3. In 2015, they barely made the playoffs and got bounced in the first round. The next year they were barely over 500 and fired Johnson, made Sullivan the head coach and became significantly better.
  4. Mrazek "Maturing, could bounce back like Howard"

    Well he worked with a goaltending coach in the offseason and I thought he looked pretty good against the Caps a few nights ago. Seriously, how many point blank open shots were we going to give to Ovechkin before it finally went into the net? I don't think he'll ever win a Vezina and he has a long way to go before being a legit #1 goalie, but he's shown "some" improvement.
  5. The Wings had a tough stretch of games against good teams, but they played well and could have had a couple of wins. Last night's effort was pretty bad. This loss isn't like the others. Playing well against good teams and losing isn't the same as playing bad against a bad team and losing. If they're up for the game, that's on the coaching staff. Unfortunately, I feel like a lot of the blame is on Blash. We have good young players coming in, looking great and then regressing as time goes on. We have players in spots that they shouldn't be in (XO and Jensen on the ice for the final minute against the Caps with a lead, Kronwall on the PP, Abdelkader in the 6 top). Not being prepared for teams that they should beat. Not giving certain players enough ice time (I don't know for sure, but this could be why AA held out). For whatever reason, Blash doesn't seem to be working well with this group of players and I think its about time we start looking elsewhere. Not saying that the Wings are Cup contenders or anything, but the wrong coach can really screw up a team. Look at the Pens a couple years ago with Mike Johnson. Average to below average team, he gets fired, they put Sullivan in and they win two straight Cups. I think if we get a coach that knows how to maximize the potential of these younger players, we're a playoff team for sure. Probably not a Cup contender because of the problems on defense, but a playoff team.
  6. Athanasiou Signed 1 year $1.4 mil

    If you are in the minority, you shouldn't be. I had high hopes for Nielsen being a solid two way player, but he doesn't seem to be excelling at either end and for the money we're spending on him, its overpayment.
  7. 10/10 GDT - Red Wings @ Stars - 8:30 PM EST

    Geez guys, lose one game and "everybody sucks". It was on the road, against a good team with Mrazek in net. I didn't see the whole game, but Mrazek looks like a guy that can't decide if he should go with his natural tendency or go with what he was recently taught and ends up doing neither and he screws up. At least wait until March to get down on the team and start looking forward to a possible first overall pick. Probably just me being overly optimistic, but if the defensemen situation gets fixed, we're a playoff team. I look at teams like Ottawa and Nashville and they went deep into the playoffs last year and I'd take our group of forwards over theirs any day.
  8. Daley looked good in his first official game as a Wing. Green looked like what we would expect out of him on the powerplay and what we would expect out of him in his own end too. Ericsson and DK were not noticeable which for d-men is good, I guess. XO and Jensen were great in the offensive zone, not so much in their own end. Not to beat a dead horse, but defensemen is what will make or break us. Our forwards are good, but not if they have to backcheck and play defense the whole game. Howard is good, but he can't face 40+ shots every night. I thought the defense helped with the offense more than usual last night, which is great, but they had some bad lapses in their own end too. Promising start, still plenty of room for improvement.
  9. The excitement of the season combined with the excitement of the new arena, I'm thinking we win it by a score of 5-2. Booth will get the first goal in LCA for the feel good story, Larkin and Mantha will each have 3 points on the night and we'll be overrating this team for the next couple days.
  10. Opening night roster v Wild.

    That's a nice looking group of forwards. Lots of speed and two way ability. Now if we could just get the defense looking that good.
  11. Athanasiou Signed 1 year $1.4 mil

    Ironically enough, the guy that busted his butt in preseason and will take AA's roster spot wrote about his experience in the KHL. Maybe AA and any other player looking to jump ship should read this first. https://www.hockeyministries.org/home-ice/blog/my-experience/
  12. The 13th F......

    Apparently Sproul and Booth are on waivers now. https://www.wingingitinmotown.com/2017/10/2/16400384/red-wings-sign-david-booth-to-a-one-year-two-way-contract UPDATE: But Helene St James says, if Booth clears waivers he'll be in the lineup on Thursday. I'm confused, I thought you put people on waivers to move them to the minors or is it because he signed a two way contract, he needs to clear waivers before suiting up for the Wings?
  13. The 13th F......

    I'm way more excited about this than most people, but I'm really glad he'll get to play a year for the Wings. He really worked hard for this spot and showed during camp and preseason that he really wants to be with Detroit. Congrats David!
  14. Pierre McGuire on Wings-Tavares

    Well Holland was after Suter and Stamkos in their primes when they became available. He managed to sign Hossa in his prime. So he has gone after big names in free agency. As for mismanaged, the Wings missed the playoffs for the first time in 26 years last season. The Isles haven't been past the 2nd round of the playoffs for 24 years and have been a joke of a franchise for decades. Not saying Tavares is interested in the Wings, but we're not worse than the Isles in any way.
  15. Pierre McGuire on Wings-Tavares

    We're over the cap as it is, how in the world would we land Tavares? And why would he want to come to Detroit? I feel like he's making this up.