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  1. Vanek is a positive addition to this team. He has great hands, passes well, and has a high hockey IQ. He can score (which is something we need). When he was out, we suffered. And we seem to be turning things around a bit with him back in. We have enough dead weight on this team that truly needs to go. I would not include Vanek in that category. I am not sure why we overpay guys like Helm, Abby, Errickson, and others and then when a guy comes in and outplays his contract we are ready to trade him for a second rounder. If we are out of it at the deadline and want to trade him as a rental for someone else we should demand a 1st rounder (or an added prospect). Vanek is a difference maker.
  2. Keep him...he is one of the more skilled offensive guys we have.
  3. Who is Why is the nickname Just wonderin'
  4. Does anybody still remember Mrazek in the shootout against St Louis a few games ago?? He is the #1 guy. Rotate Jimmy in when Mraz needs rest and on back to backs. Goaltending is not the problem with this's everything else.
  5. 1) Why is Ericcson out there. Ridiculous up the middle pass and turnover lead the their 2nd goal. Why can't Ericcson sit and play Sproul and Ouellette. 2) So on a 6 on 5 you put Glenny on the draw and have Miller and Ericcson out there...Jeesh this is who we have out there at that time! Just put your most skilled guys out there so they can get the puck and race down the ice. So annoying. Instead we sit back and wait for mayhem to occur in front of the net. 3) Helm just rip it...we played ice capades with the puck the entire overtime and never just get to the net and finish. This whole thing is so frustrating...the whole thing...the Kenny Holland nonsense and his compromising, loyal, veteran-loving attitude, sit on his hands, kick the tires, playoff streaking, overpaying average, overpaying players way past their prime, over investing in a bunch of smurfy forwards, underinvesting in sized D men and wingers clown show. And then our annoying coaching with their 4th line, grind line, non-scoring line, hiding AA, playing Ericcson routine. And finally our players who seem to not have a killer instinct (Helm). Waste of my time watching this.
  6. I thought our worst defenseman last year was Ericcson. Second worst was Kronwall. Ericcson is better this year so far. Kronwall's best days are behind him. So in the long run players like Sproul, Oullette, and Marchenko are more valuable than Kronwall who is running on fumes. He is one big hit away from being back on IR. This should really be Kronwall's last year and he should pull a Rafalski and just retire. I would not be willing to give up on Marchenko or Oulette based on the results of the first 8 games of this year...that is pure foolishness.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.