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  1. 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.
  2. Pre-Season Games

    3 on 3 was implemented last year? Hmm. Maybe I did know that, but I must have forgot. Whoops! Hey, if the playoff streak can end, this losing streak when going to games can end too. Just hope it doesn't take 26 years. lol
  3. Pre-Season Games

    So I was at the game last night. It was a fun game to watch. The good guys didn't win, but fun nevertheless. - Nyquist looked like guy we saw in his rookie year. Fast, shifty, bullet shot. By far the best player on the ice last night. - Howard looked unbeatable in the first period, but collapsed in the 2nd. The defense didn't really help him out much though. I know we had a lot of GR players out there, but when two no name Penguins scored in less than a minute, DK and Daley were the pairing for those goals. - Sticking with the defense, our coverage overall on defense was ridiculous. If there's a shot on net and its not immediately pushed into the corner, its most likely going in. Nobody could clear the puck if it was loose around our net. It won't matter if its Howard, Mrazek or a young Dominik Hasek clone, defense needs to be better especially around our own net. - David Booth is a guy I'm really rooting for this preseason. Born in Detroit, grew up as a Wings fan, is a long shot to make the team, but watching him in warm ups and then during the game he REALLY wants to be here. He was the last one to leave during warm ups and didn't leave until they finally kicked him off the ice. During the game, he hustled his butt off and worked really hard every shift. He looked like a guy that knows he won't be there for long, so he's going to soak up every second of this opportunity to be a Red Wing. I'm not saying I'd rather have him over AA, but Booth clearly wants to be here and AA is sitting at home thinking about signing a piece of paper instead of playing hockey. - This new standard for calling slashing penalties is really absurd. Basically, if your stick touches the puck carriers hands or arms, you get called for slashing. It doesn't even have to be a hard whack. It can be a tap and its getting called. Also, "Faceoff Violation"... I swear the NHL tries to think of ways to ruin the game. Apparently, its an old rule that is getting enforced now and it couldn't be more lame. So you're sitting there waiting for a faceoff, when all of a sudden the ref leaves the faceoff circle, there's more waiting around as a two minute minor gets put on the board for a faceoff violation. Talk about slowing the game down. Its absurd that you can whack a guy in the face with your stick, cross check the heck out of someone, swing your stick like a baseball bat and hit someone, blast a guy from behind near the boards, leave your feet and hit a guy in the head and get the same penalty as a violating the rules of a proper faceoff. This enforcement has to die in the preseason. If not, imagine the chaos that will ensue if its called at a critical point of a playoff game. - Love the new 3 vs 3 OT though. The NHL got that one right. It didn't work out for us last night, but its damn exciting and we'll probably never see a shootout again because of it. There's no way NHL caliber players won't score a goal 3 on 3 for 5 minutes. - I won't stress over the outcome too much, it was the first preseason game for all these players. Even Matt Murray didn't look that great last night. Having said that, we put more talent on the ice than the Pens did, so rusty or not, we should have won. Hopefully as a complete team, we'll gel better, but I didn't like seeing these Pens players that are no where near as talented as some of their big name stars on their team, out perform players that we'll be depending on this season. Seeing the Wings in person is always great, but it'd be even better if they won. The Wings are now 0-5 in games I go to see them in person and give up 5+ goals in each of those games. I'm starting to think I'm bad luck. lol
  4. Pre-Season Games

    I'll be at the game tonight vs the Pens. My stepson got us some great tickets near the ice on the end where the Wings shoot twice. If you guys find a stream, look for me in the upper left hand corner of the arena. I'll be the guy wearing red in a sea of black and yellow lol
  5. Pre-Season Games

    He did not. Mrazek gave up two of them
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  7. Pre-Season Games

    Apparently Boston will be streaming the game:
  8. Athanasiou Rumor

    Yeah, I don't care how much Russia is offering, if I'm AA, I take whatever I can to stay in the US. If its a deal I don't like, I sign it, ask to be traded or play it out until I'm a UFA and then leave. We'll be hurt by AA leaving, but his career will be hurt more if he goes to the KHL. Not for anything, I love AA and think he'll make a huge impact on our long term plans to be successful again, however, I find it interesting that other teams aren't trying to sign him away with an offer sheet. A team like the Penguins could afford him and could afford to lose the draft picks too and he would fit in really well with the rest of the makeup of that team.
  9. The Elite Dylan Larkin

    This kid just turned 21. A lot of players are not even in the NHL yet at 21. Meanwhile, he has a couple seasons and an all star appearance under his belt already. Elite has different meanings here. Some people are looking at his stats and saying he's not going to be elite because they're not like McDavid or Matthews numbers. However, Datsyuk and Zetterberg were never league leaders in scoring numbers, yet were considered to be elite in their prime because of how effectively they played both ends of the ice. Take a look at Datsyuk and Zetterberg's first couple years in the league. They were a little older and had much more talent around them than Larkin and his numbers are pretty similar to theirs. I'm optimistic that he'll become a solid two way player that can rack up an unusually high number of points for this type of player and will be very similar to Z and D. Whether that makes him elite or not is a matter of opinion.
  10. Off-season moves

    Maybe I'm looking at this group of forwards with rose covered glasses, but this is an impressive lineup especially considering most of them are young guys on the upswing. Fix that D and we're in the playoffs. Easier said than done, I know.
  11. Off-season moves

    You're right, we don't have very much cap space, so I'm not sure financially how he would do this either, but the fact that we're talking to him means that Holland has to have some kind of plan.
  12. Off-season moves

    Looks like we're still in the running for Vanek. I'd love to have him back. He played really well with us and if our season goes south again, we can always trade him again. http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nhl/red-wings/2017/07/12/detroit-red-wings-thomas-vanek/471942001/
  13. Non Stanley Cup Seasons that were the most shocking

    Of those teams, I picked 99. That was the year we got Chelios and we were already back to back champs and our roster was loaded for the next year. If Osgood doesn't get injured, we probably would have three-peated. However, overall, I think 95 was the most shocking. The Wings steamrolled everyone through the regular season, dominated every team they faced in the playoffs, then crashed into a brick wall in the Finals. I feel like if they had played anyone else, Wings would've won. I still look on that season fondly as if they had won the Cup though. That was a fun team and great era of hockey. The fact that the Presidents trophy winning Stars got bounced in the next round in 5 games helped take away the sting. That whole playoff situation with Giguere's pads, what a travesty. Minnesota got swept and almost didn't score a single goal in that entire series.
  14. Off-season moves

    This is a bit much. The streak being over doesn't mean its time for a fire sale. Also, the value of these players you listed is pretty low right now and selling low and buying FAs while their value is high is a sure way to continue to have cap problems. The truth is I bet we'd get much better performances out of guys like Helm, Nyquist and Abdelkader if they weren't playing in their own end most of the game because the defensemen can't get the puck out of the zone. This team, for as long as I can remember, have lived and died by its defensemen. We don't have good defensemen right now and its affecting the team as a whole. Its like the Wings forwards are this fancy Corvette, but its missing a steering wheel. You wouldn't scrap the whole car because of that. Just get what you need to make it complete.
  15. This is why this conversation keeps going around in circles.