xtrememachine1

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  1. xtrememachine1

    2020 Offseason

    Yeah, I'm thinking its all BS. I think if there was any truth to it at all, it would be because Tampa would like to free up cap space and Yzerman would acquire someone that could be flipped for high draft picks or an NHL ready high end prospect. However, Tampa doesn't really to free up cap space just yet and I'm not seeing this anywhere else.
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    2020 Draft Thread

    Out of all of the forwards available, Raymond was the one I was highest on, he has the most upside. I was really hoping for a second 1st rounder considering all the cap space we have now, but maybe we'll flip it into first rounders for next season.
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    2020 Draft Thread

    Stevie made some really great picks late in the first or in the 2nd round in TB. Vasilevskiy is a late first rounder. Kucherov is a 2nd rounder. Point is a 3rd rounder. He can find the diamonds, so I'm optimistic about what he can do here. Having said that, it'd be really nice to have one of the top 3 drop to us. We deserve to catch a break for once.
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    Five years now no winning team

    I don't really understand how getting blown out every night and going on multiple 10 game losing streaks makes him a good coach for young players. Like if we were losing 3-1 or 4-2 and we saw improvement from younger players, I would be defending him. Honestly, for me, its not the losing, its HOW we're losing. So many games were pretty much over after the first period because we're down 3-0 or 4-0. At what point is getting blown out detrimental to the morale of young players learning to play at the NHL level? In regards to the topic, I think if we win the lottery, 5 years from now, Blashill will be gone and we'll be a playoff team. Heck, I'm thinking 2-3 years from now we'll be back in the playoffs if we win the lottery.
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    Report: Detroit to name Steve Yzerman as GM

    No, he's not and I wouldn't expect him to do that. However, he could say nothing or if asked he could say something like "Its been a tough year for everyone. He's doing the the best he can do" etc. Saying a lot of great things about him and he's a "good coach", will make him look a hipocrite when (fingers crossed) he gets fired.
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    Report: Detroit to name Steve Yzerman as GM

    I really can't see Blashill staying. I might take a year off watching the NHL if he's still our coach. I can't suffer through another year of him. "The team has played hard" under him? Really? Not sure what he's seeing that would indicate that. Getting blown out by 3+ goals every night doesn't show that they're "working hard". They look disorganized as hell and aside from a few players, I really don't see anyone out there working hard and its been that way for years. This team has the potential to be the worst in the history of the franchise. Praising Blashill is mind boggling, for sure.
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    Larkin Next?

    VERY different situation. Yzerman played on bad teams but he also won some games, played with talented players, made the playoffs. Lidstrom and Zetterberg never knew bad teams or faced the kind of adversity Larkin is facing right now. Larkin is on an island and the players that can help him are either injured, in the minors or not yet drafted.
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    Larkin Next?

    Larkin has talent and the potential to be better. I'd be more optimistic about our chances of turning things around quickly in this rebuild if we saw more players like him. He, obviously, hasn't been great this year, but he is the player other teams focus on and doesn't really have a lot of talent around him to push through. You also have to consider if his spirit is breaking a little bit. Since his rookie year the team has been dreadful. I can recall many times over the past few years, seeing him flying around while everyone else on his line looks like pylons and he made positive things happen all by himself. Now today, this team could be the worst in the history of the franchise. I mean, he's human, its tough to go out there and bust your ass only to have things be worse than they were before. Its tough to keep up that enthusiasm. Having said that, once we start acquiring talent, build some wins, he'll be back to the way he was, probably even better. Trading Larkin should only be considered if 5 years down the line, we're still collecting lottery picks.
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    Are these press conferences necessary?

    He's not going to be like "Blashill? Man, that dude is so fired at the end of the year. Hell, I might fire him in the 3rd period of our last game." He'll say nice things, maybe he'll move him to another spot in the franchise or just let him go. Either way I can't imagine, regardless of the talent on the team, a coach with a record this bad staying. That really sends the wrong message.
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    2020 Trade Deadline Thread (aka Veleno vs Rasmussen vs Fabbri vs Zadina)

    Again, its an evaluation year. What would firing Blashill in the middle of the year accomplish? Maybe they win a few more games. Bylsma would probably be the interim head coach and you probably wouldn't want him going forward, so you bring in another coach in the offseason. You really think giving a young team 3 different coaches in the span of a year is a good idea? Let him ride it out, see if he can work through it and if he can't (and I don't think he will), move on. People complained about Yzerman getting robbed by trading AA for 2 second rounders. Teams aren't going to give up much for what would be their backup goalie. If Bernier gets traded for a 6th round pick, people would be complaining "Yzerman got fleeced!". But since he didn't trade him, now its "What an idiot! Winning doesn't matter anymore" Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Holland's trades, signings and draft picks is why we're in this situation in the first place. Over the past ten years, Holland has slowly destroyed the Wings. Over the past ten years, Yzerman took a franchise that was in a rebuild and made them one of the top teams in the league. When you're one of the best GMs in hockey over the past 10 years, yes you get free passes. Not forever, but at this point, less than one year into his job as Wings GM, yes he does. Not excuses. Just talking crazy people off the ledge. Yes I am. Holland did make a mistake signing Abby to that deal and it IS his job to know better than us. He didn't do his job well and hadn't been doing his job well for sometime. As I mentioned earlier, if Stevie makes these bad signings/trades/draft picks for a few years, then yes, he deserves any and all heat. Until then, like Yzerman said, be patient. Based on what criteria? They have the worst record in the NHL, so are we supposed to give them an F? We knew they were not going to be good this year before the season even started, so maybe we give them a C? We're in a rebuilding year, evaluating what we have from players to coaches and I'm sure the front office has learned a lot, which is what their goal was from the start. So do we give them an A? Their really isn't way to "grade the season" seeing as how different people within the franchise had different goals.
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    2020 Trade Deadline Thread (aka Veleno vs Rasmussen vs Fabbri vs Zadina)

    Maybe he put AA with grinders all the time because he was that bad defensively and needed to compensate.
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    2020 Trade Deadline Thread (aka Veleno vs Rasmussen vs Fabbri vs Zadina)

    No doubt, he'll be gone after this year. He's not special, but I'd bet we don't win another game this year, if he's gone. I like AA, but he's been injured, hasn't produced when he is in the lineup and is currently a -45. You're not getting a first for that. They might not be worth anything. If they end up decent players, then yeah, they were bad moves, but we don't know anything at this time. The rebuild isn't exactly getting set back any length of time because of these moves. This is an evaluation year. He wants to know what he has and what he doesn't. Cholo is either going to sink or swim and Stevie wants to know now. Not sure why he likes Flip or Nemeth, but its his job to know them better than us. He said from day one to be patient. He's not going to Ken Holland this, he wants to rebuild from the ground up, through the draft. That's going to take time. He could have changed the coach, called some people up, benched under performing vets, made trades throughout the season to replace the lost offensive production of Mantha and AA and they could have finished with the 5th or 6th worst record in hockey. Its been a tough year to be sure, but they can only get better from this point forward and they'll get better by doing the right things.
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    2020 Trade Deadline Thread (aka Veleno vs Rasmussen vs Fabbri vs Zadina)

    That's not true. Maybe they gave us McDavid
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    2020 Trade Deadline Thread (aka Veleno vs Rasmussen vs Fabbri vs Zadina)

    LOL I was wondering if anyone else remembered him. He actually made me hate the Wild.
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    2020 Trade Deadline Thread (aka Veleno vs Rasmussen vs Fabbri vs Zadina)

    Not really his style, but I like how you're thinking outside the box here.
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    2020 Trade Deadline Thread (aka Veleno vs Rasmussen vs Fabbri vs Zadina)

    This is why we need to win the lottery this year. We can't even imagine anything except the worst case scenario right now.
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    2020 Trade Deadline Thread (aka Veleno vs Rasmussen vs Fabbri vs Zadina)

    I think we should be able to get a nice return on Bernier. Other teams have to see what he's dealing with in Detroit and figure he's worth something. I mean, he's the only reason we have a slim chance of winning everything night. When he's not in there its like us forfeiting the game. Trade Bernier for a pick, let Howard go and start from scratch between the pipes. I think that's long overdue as it is.
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    is there anything "good" about the Wings?

    He definitely had some pieces to build around when he started in Tampa, but from there he drafted Kucherov, Vasilevskiy, Brayden Point. Traded for Ben Bishop before he became the All Star he is today. Most importantly though, he found coaches in Boucher and Cooper that knew how to utilize Stamkos and Hedman and help them reach their potential at the NHL level. There are a lot of players at the NHL level that are underachieving because of poor coaching. A good coach will look at the Wings record, then look at its roster and see the untapped talent not living up to its potential and see an opportunity to really make a name for themselves. An original six team with a history of greatness, good ownership, a GM with a proven track record and lots of good young prospects in their early 20s or younger. Detroit has to be at the top of the list for any available coaches right now.
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    is there anything "good" about the Wings?

    I think the success Yzerman had in Tampa will attract good coaches like Gallant or Laviolette. They know they can count on him to load this team with high end talent, so I doubt the current state of the team will be a consideration when deciding on whether to take over as coach.
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    is there anything "good" about the Wings?

    Every team in the league runs into problems, they solve them, make the necessary adjustments, get better and move on. The Red Wings, this year, are not doing that. They started off good, ran into a problem in the form of a 10 game losing streak, made no adjustments and never really fixed it. Its now growing and getting worse and still nothing is being done. THAT is why we're as bad as we are right now. I'm convinced that the Wings are trying, but not trying. The players and coaches are trying to win games, but management isn't really making the necessary adjustments. The team figures if they keep doing what they're doing, but harder, it'll eventually work. A normal hockey team would have fired Blashill ages ago, made moves to cover up for Mantha and AA injuries, and bench the players that are performing the poorest. We're not doing any of that. Yzerman is trying to let everyone just work through it. If this is just an evaluation year, which it appears to be, then that's all fine. Maybe I'm just being too optimistic, but I truly believe that we have good talent now, its just being underutilized. I'm not saying we're a great team, but we're much better than the standings would indicate. Next year, we get a new coach, a new system, get the most out of these young guns we have that perform so well in juniors and in the prospects tournaments and it'll make a huge difference.
  21. So we've given up 13 goals in the last two games, Bernier is still injured and the Pens are coming off a loss. I'll just be happy if we keep them under 10 goals.
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    Gallant fired - Deboer replaces him...

    I thought answering with "they're going to play the system of a team that was below them in the standings this year" was sufficient in saying they're not going to do as well. You can speculate, but if LV management is saying its performance based, its foolish to believe something else. I honestly don't know what else the guy could do to make you think he IS a good coach? In 3 years with Florida, he moved them up 25 points his first season, won the division in his second season, set the franchise record in points for the season, molded young players into superstars. Took an expansion team to the Finals, went back to the playoffs the next year to prove it wasn't a fluke, won the Jack Adams trophy. I'm not even bringing in what he's done at the junior level as a coach.
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    Gallant fired - Deboer replaces him...

    Well, for starters, Huberdeau, arguably the best player on the team. Nick Bjugstad and Jussi Jokinen were out quite a bit too. As you read in the article, players he wanted to keep were gone as well. Right, so they're going to play the system of a team that was below them in the standings this year. So what do you think is going to happen? You keep going back and forth between "Gallant's team regress" and "Gallant is a good coach, but he doesn't play well with others". It can't be both.
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    Gallant fired - Deboer replaces him...

    How is he responsible for the team regressing when he was only there for 22 games that season? They were 11-10-1 and had injuries all throughout their lineup. Good question. Will they continue to play Gallant's system or will DeBoer change up everything? Maybe there is. Maybe there isn't. Vegas came right out and said it was "performance related" and not related to anything else. In Florida, the players loved him, but he butt heads with management, which probably won't be a problem here. This is a pretty good article about the reasons he left Florida and not this fabricated regression story you're trying to sell. https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/different-visions-led-split-gallant-panthers/
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    Gallant fired - Deboer replaces him...

    Not sure why you think they regressed or stagnated under him in Florida, but definitely not the case. Huberdeau 54 points in 79 games in 14-15 59 points in 76 games in 15-16 26 points in 31 games in 16-17 Barkov 36 points in 71 games in 14-15 59 points in 66 games in 15-16 52 points in 61 games in 16-17 Trocheck 22 points in 50 games in 14-15 53 points in 76 games in 15-16 54 points in 82 games in 16-17 All three showed improvement from the prior year. If they stagnated in that 3rd year, it was either because Huberdeau was injured for most of the year or because Gallant only lasted 22 games before getting fired. Even Jagr, under Gallant, also an uptick in numbers. With NJ he has 29 points in 57 games. After he got traded to Florida, he had 18 points in 20 games. The following full season under Gallant, he had 66 points in 79 games as a 43 year old. Pacioretty, Stone and Stastny have all seen improved numbers since joining Vegas. And again, the team did make the playoffs last year and they're only 3 points out of first now. I would also like to see the next coach be with us long term, but I do think Gallant is that guy. Even before he was fired, he was the coach I wanted us to get but figured we'd have to wait out his contract. My big gripe with Blashill is I don't think he gets the most out of his players, while Gallant seems like the opposite and the numbers are there to prove that. I look at how young stars and veterans improved under him and think how much better Larkin, Mantha, AA, Zadina, Ras, Bertuzzi can be with him as our coach.