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  1. This forum makes me giggle sometimes and cry others. Let me get this straight if I can pull this out of my... um memory banks... When the Wings hit on a draft pick it is to the scouts credit. When the Wings miss on a draft pick, Holland picked the wrong guy. Lids leaves and the Wings have no replacement (for one of, if not the, best d-man ever, because those grow on trees) it is Hollands fault for not being prepared. Holland is prepared for Dats leaving, finds a sucker another team to take his contract, and the only thing given up is the 16th pick, and it is an epic fail???? Did I miss anything?
  2. Did we actually expect more of an owner? I mean sure there are owners who build stadiums on there own dimes, but for the most part they spend hundreds of millions of tax payer dollars on new venues. Charge astronomical prices for seats, parking, food, drink. They have very very little compassion or concern for their fan base. And if the fan base were to actually stand up to this guy he would threaten to move the team,s ticking the fan base with the bill for the stadium and no home team to rout for. St. Louis Rams is all you need to use for a reference. These billionaires care very little about you and I, that has been obvious for a long time!
  3. This kid seems to have an amazing head on his shoulders. He is playing for his hometown team, cool as a cucumber. Playing with guys that just 4-6 years ago he was idolizing, cool as cucumber Playing as a rookie in the ASG, cool as a cucumber. Breaks the fastest skater record, cool as a cucumber and as humble as can be. Compare that to what happened with Sequin in Boston (I don't believe all of the stories, Boston sports teams are vicious when a player is on his way out), this kid has the makings of a GREAT Red Wing Captain. I find myself drawn to anything about him right now, he is just an all around good kid, with great physical gifts. I hope to see him in the winged wheel for a long time!
  4. If he didn't extend his arms in a cross check manner, or avoid an opposing player right after hitting the ref, I can see the "He was concussed" debate. But his actions tell me he was pissed there was no call on the play and took it out on the first Zebra he saw.
  5. You know I wonder this every time they land a big free agent or someone willing waives a no trade clause to go there. Other than the very distant past what separates Toronto from Phoenix or Florida?
  6. Disclaimer: I only saw the highlights. Thought the hit was clean, unfortunate, but clean. Barkov was in a bad position, still surprised that he didn't get a game,simply because who really knows what will get a suspension and what won't these days!
  7. YES!!!!!! That means no Phanuef to the Wings!! Best news I have heard all day!
  8. How about this for a happy medium: Dylan Larkin is an elite member of his draft class. See, now we recognize his (potential for) greatness, but also keep in perspective that he needs to do it consistently over multiple years before he is elite in the NHL!!!
  9. I will refrain from name calling but you definitely missed the dead things era if you think this is remotely close to that. Read my sig!
  10. Injured

    Did not see this posted yet feel free to delete if I missed it. http://sports.yahoo.com/news/red-wings-put-johan-franzen-long-term-injury-221434926--nhl.html http://nhl.nbcsports.com/2015/11/19/update-red-wings-put-franzen-concussion-symptoms-on-ltir/?ocid=Yahoo&partner=ya5nbcs *Can you please change topic to LTIR*
  11. I thoroughly believe Lids could play tomorrow, his conditioning may not be what it was, but he is still in good shape (compared to a tub like me) and his game was never predicated on being the biggest, fastest, or most athletic, he always was the smartest guy on the ice. And I love me some 19, but his body was shot when he walked away and could not play again, Lids on the other hand walk away before the game walk away from him.
  12. I think it is because Helm reminds me so much of a young Draper that I am so hesitant to trade him. However, the youth in this system makes him replaceable, and as his expected salary climbs it also makes him more replaceable. If he did all the things he does now, and ever found a way to have half the hands Abby does I would say he would be damn near impossible to get rid of. But his speed has set him up so many times and then he gets off a poor/weak/meh shot and the rush was really for naught! I love his grit and balls man (to quote Kevin Garnett), but there is a definitive cap for what I would want the Wings to pay for that. Back to Topic, I think 4.5- 5 mil for 4 years is what it will take to sign Abby, a proven top line net front presence with some real nice hands is not going to be cheap. He may not be Homer-esque, but he is the best the Wings have had since, IMO!
  13. http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/14047409/nhl-nicklas-lidstrom-subtly-transformed-detroit-red-wings-hall-fame-career Didn't see this on the forum, if it exists please delete. Some interesting stories, most are well known to Wings fans, but I can never get enough 19 or 5!
  14. I would make the change when one of the following two things happen: 1. Jimmy and Petr become a problem in the locker room. According to some quotes currently both guys see this as a challenge and are supporting each other. 2. One of them shats the bed. Other than that keep the rotation going, I think the decline of Howard towards the end of seasons has been due to logging too many minutes. I think J-Ho's body just cannot handle 60+ starts a year. If both of these guys can play at current level (they are almost mirror images stat wise), missing a couple of games will help them rest and hopefully keep on the same pace.
  15. https://octopusthrower.com/2015/10/16/detroit-red-wings-the-beginning-of-the-end-for-johan-franzen/ Another article on the subject