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  1. signed

    Kronner is being paid 5 million a year for a job that a number of our GR guys could do (Sproul, Jensen, Oulette). Kronner has a bumb knee and really had a bad season last year. He is not worth the 5 mill and is seriously on the decline.
  2. Was it Kenny or Devellano that ripped Mantha publicly? We have discussed Kenny's shortcomings for years here. He has made some really bone headed moves in the past and his "overripening" nonsense is so misguided. I am ok with this signing though (Nielsen). I think the Vanek and Ott signings were ok as well. I like that we are keeping Helm. Marchenko signing solid. So I am ok with Kenny's moves yesterday.
  3. signed

    Hate Shaw. Helm is the least of our problems. He works his butt off and is fast. I'm ok with this. The real deadweight on this team = Erickson, Kronwall, Howard Move some of these pieces if possible
  4. On the positive side: 1) he has hands 2) term is a bit long, but probably what we needed to give to get him 3) he can get it done in the shootout. That may make the difference between making the playoffs or not 4) I prefer this guy over Lucic who I think will be on the decline. 5) he seems durable Now, I would have preferred Backes. This is not a terrible signing
  5. Can't count on Stamkos...he has a blood clot in his arm and is on anticoagulants currently. You want to throw 10 mill a year at that?
  6. Personally, I would not risk signing Stammer this off season. He has a blood clot in his arm. He is likely on anti-coagulant therapy now. You want to pay $10 million a year for a guy who is currently completely out of commission and without any clarity to his future? I don't. The Wings need to work from the back forward. Starting with Mrazk they are good in net. They need to get rid of Jimmie and go to a cheap 2nd string goalie. They need to try to replace Ericcson (who is a disaster) with a true top two defenseman who is young (25 years old). They need to upgrade their power play and penalty kill coaching. They need to move Z to the 3rd line as he can no longer effectively log first line minutes. Those are just basic starting things they need to do.
  7. gdt

    Mrazek is better...he had many good saves tonight. All those power play goals in my mind are on the penalty killing which was very weak tonight. Mrazek made some key stops throughout this game that kept us in the game. Jimmy would have given up 3 goals in the first period and then have to be pulled. Remember Jimmy is coming off of a 4 game losing streak. Games we absolutely had to have and he could not get it done. Mrazek's one problem is he plays too far out of the crease at times. But so does Jimmy. Maybe they are coached that way. They need to watch video of Carey Price and Lundquist. Those goalies are very efficient...not spastically out of control.
  8. gdt

    An example of the difference between a successful GM and a not successful GM. When Yzerman needed cap space, he didn't have any problem buying out Lecavlier even though he was the Captain and a fixture on the Lightening. He realized that the cap hit of $7 million a year was paralyzing his organization and made the move. He didn't think that his hockey club was some kind of "loyalty party" where you stick to guys because they have worn the Winged Wheel honorably. Holland on the other hand has to buy out Stephen Weiss after he signs an injured player to a ridiculous do you even make a signing like that if you know the game. Were any other GMs beating down the door to sign that guy? No...and there is a reason why. Now if Dats leaves, there is a risk that we eat his cap hit. That falls on the GM for signing a guy for too many years when he already knew his heart was wanting to return to Russia. That's on the GM. That's why he gets paid. We have been on a steady decline since 2008 and i blame Holland. Really the blame falls on Illitch because he keeps do nothing Holland around. Holland's main success was in an era where there was no cap and he could just run around spending Illitch's money. If you look now, Yzerman and Jim Nill are running circles around Kenny Holland.
  9. gdt

    This team has lots of issues... But they continually hamstring themselves with sticking to guys that Erickson. That guy is like personally responsible for at least 2 of the goals tonight. He is a soft, turnover machine. We win tonight if he is scratched instead of Marchenko. He is primary reason #1 that I have little confidence in Holland's ability to assess things with this team...Holland has old man syndrome where he can't think outside of his outdated box. ​Primary reason #2 is pushing Filpulla away and signing Steven Weiss to a $ 30 million deal. #3 is signing Franzen over Hossa. There are more but i have to go vomit now.
  10. gdt

    1) Mrazk is the better goalie. Play the better goalie. Howard can make a few great saves, but he gives up soft goals, does not handle the puck well, and is not as mentally strong in games that are tied or in which we have the lead going in the third. Howard is always good for giving up that critical goal. It's mental. The team is not good enough to survive mediocre goaltending. You have to go with Mrazk the whole way. 2) Since 2008 this team has gotten worse and worse and worse. That is on Kenny Holland. He like Joe Dumars was for the Pistons. Resting on past glories while f'ing up the present big time. He basically ran Filp out of town only to sign Stephen Weiss. Filp is a solid 2 way player and Weiss was damaged goods on arrival and afraid of touching the puck. He spent years resigning 37 year old washed up players and wasting the prime of Dats and Z after we won our last cup. He signed Ericcson to a 4.5 million dollar contract when he is barely a 3rd pairing guy. He has constructed a team of smurfs that gets pushed around. Holland should just retire. The game has passed him. 3) Our line combos are a joke. We have the all slow line of Dats-Z-Abby. All of a sudden we decide that we need to play Andersson again. On a team that struggles to score. Great.... 4) We have no consistent net front presence. We have no one who is actually hard on the puck. 5) We are satisfied to play a close game against a team from a non hockey market missing it's two best players. Really disgusting. Frustrated that we seem to be satisfied to play to a level where we lose games by one goal...we are mentally weak.
  11. GDT

    They are not playing down to their opponents...they are just not that good. Take a look at the goal's like -9. Look at our power play. It's abysmal. We have actually gotten lucky with some of the games we have won lately. We have played like garbage ever since those two games against the Hawks.
  12. GDT

    Fire the power play coach now...he is useless
  13. GDT

    What do you expect? Ken Holland operates like it is 1999. It's 2016. You have tied up gaggles of dollars on players that our past their prime. You are running a loyalty show...not a hockey club in the NHL with cap limitations in 2016. Your off season signings are over the hill guys. Your $6 million dollar defenseman can't even manage the puck behind his own net. You pretend like Jonathan Erickson is a first pairing defenseman when he is a 3rd pairing defenseman. If I am running an NHL team in 2016, my core is between 24 and 31 years of age. Those are my highest paid players. Once a player gets beyond 31, I trade them for assets. Picks or solid young prospects. Or they take a pay cut and go to the bottom 6 or bottom pairing. You have to trade assets when they are worth something. It does no good to just throw guys on waivers and then trade them for a 6th when they clear (Kindl). The modern NHL requires no loyalty and constant reinvention. Players are better younger now because of modern training etc. You have to bring them up early and let them contribute early. We lost tonight because the other team was better. Except for Mrazk, Larkin, AA we have nobody. Dats gives 100% but he is on his last legs. All those young guys on Toronto had more energy. They were quicker to the puck. They were more dangerous. They clogged up the neutral zone better than us. Mrazk actually saved us. Could have been 4-0. Kenny is a disaster. He is like your old uncle who is using a flip phone while everyone else is hip to a smart phone. He has these ancient principles that he sticks to even though all the data points in a different direction. His house is cluttered with all sorts of maudlin memorabilia because he just can't bear to get rid of anything...and when he gets something new, it's like something he finds at a garage sale that reminds him of how things used to an old useless 8 track player (like Cole, Zidlicky, Green, and Richards). The steady downward trajectory of this team since the last Cup is all on him. Notice the Bowmans are doing well. They know how to reinvent themselves even after they win a cup. Jim Nill seems to be doing well. Yzerman has things rolling. But Kenny is showing himself to be a guy who has not adapted to the NHL in it's current state. And this team is a joke because of that.
  14. GDT

    Here are some suggestions: ​1) We need more goals. Shoot the puck at the net more. And don't miss the net. We get power plays and put on a "pass around the perimeter" exhibition. Get the puck towards the net, collapse towards the net, wait for the puck to squirt out somewhere and get some dirty (not pretty) goals. 2) Petr is very good and at times outstanding...but sometimes he is not positionally sound. Watch video of Lundquist and Price and be a bit more compact, positionally sound, and conserve movement. On Buffalo's first goal, Petr's stick has wandered off the ice and the puck squirts thru the five hole. Stick down and blocking the five hole and the puck is stopped. When you wander out of the crease too far, you have less time to react to tips and redirections. Cutting down the angle by coming out of the net too far is a bit overrated. Just my observation. 3) Blash whatever you are telling our guys to do in the 3rd is not working. We are playing afraid when we have a one goal lead. Instill an attitude that up by a goal is really down by a goal. And play a bit desperate. 4) Jurco watch some youtube highlights of yourself...and do some of that. We are ok...we are a work in progress...but so are virtually all the other teams. Disappointing loss though. Standings say we are ok...
  15. GDT

    Smith has been playing very well recently in my opinion. Not sure the ending was really his fault. Howie should have stayed big on the breakaway...he instead went down and then got horizontal to the ground and was flopping around like a fish. I mean he got really small there and the goal was a gimme...not a great Jimmy Howard moment. Also Tatar should have backed up when he saw Smith was having trouble containing his guy along the boards...but he just stood there too close to the blue Cammelleri a two stride head start and a breakaway. Also Tats should have pulled the trigger earlier in OT when he got the feed from Nyquist on the left wing...gotta shoot there!