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  1. The next captian: #39 Anthony Mantha!

    I was thinking more of the viewpoint from the players, not management. If ur boss at work was making a lot more money than you and had less work to show for it, how likely are you to listen to him/her? But then again, by that time Larkin, AA, and Mantha will have had their paydays and Abby will be on a new contract that hopefully is more reasonable so that may not matter.
  2. Ericsson needs to sit

    If you sit Ericsson, who do you replace him with? The only serious top 4 D on this team are Green, Daley, and DeKeyser. Kronner's knees won't allow him to play there full time anymore. Ouellet and Jensen are clearly bottom pairing guys, would either of them be better in that role? Nooo. Bring up Hicketts, Russo, or Hronek and play them there with those minutes? They would get destroyed and their confidence and development along with it. No thanks. I don't want to put an untested, unproven kid into a situation that he is not ready for. That's what guys like E are for. They can handle it. Is Ericsson a top pair D? Of course not. He is being asked to do way too much and everyone knows it, including E. He knows that each game he is being set up to fail, but he goes out there anyway, like a good soldier following orders. As much as he aggravates me sometimes, I still respect E. More importantly, I admire his loyalty and commitment to this team as shown by his willingness to always do what he is asked to do. He never questions what is asked of him. He never runs away from responsibility. He never blames anyone else. He's not afraid to drop the gloves for his teammates either. What other dman on this team does that? No one. Sit Ericsson? Until we get a top pair D, or one of the kids are ready, me thinks not.
  3. The next captian: #39 Anthony Mantha!

    Kronner will retire before Z, so he wont be the next Captain. The Wings don't just give the "C" to veterans. Yzerman was all of 21 when he was given the captaincy in '86, ahead of guys like Ogrodnick and Gallant (alternates) who were older and had more experience at that time. Abby won't be getting the "C". Guys like MacKenzie and Ott may have worn it, but they weren't being paid above what they were bringing. Abby is. Not a knock on Abby. The guy comes to play every game, which is admirable; but, you can't have ur captain making twice as much money while putting up half the points of the guys he's leading. Abby will continue as an alternate. Larkin is the new "Yzerman". Has anyone at that age made the roster since Yzerman? He plays center. He puts up points. He leads by example. He's a quiet leader. Will he be as good as Stevie Y? No, but he will be the next Captain in the mold of Yzerman.
  4. The MANtha watch.....

    Backstrom - Ovechkin - Green
  5. The MANtha watch.....

    There are only like 10 what I would consider "elite" dmen. The teams that have them aren't giving them up. There are say 15-20 what I would consider "good" top pair dmen out there. They can be had for the right price. The Wings have the pieces to pay THAT price w/o Mantha is what I was saying.
  6. Rumors Thread

    Correct. That's why I said "fun stuff". That trade single-handedly built the Avs mini-dynasty LOL! Mine too!
  7. Why are we better than last season?

    I voted for the kids. It wasn't a choice, but I also wonder if the "streak" had anything to do with it. Last year the team was playing with the possibility that they could be the ones to end it hanging over their collective heads. Not good for dressing room morale for sure. By the trade deadline it was obvious that management had given up on the season and that couldn't have felt good to the guys. Now that the "streak" is over and the "rebuild" is on, there is less pressure and lowered expectations. The guys can just go out and play. I think that's also a part of it. Not really what you asked for, but I hope that's OK Kip.
  8. I'll take the blame for it. I kinda started it with my post. I certainly wasn't trying to troll anyone with it. I was poking fun at myself as much as anyone cuz I too thought Smith and Jurco were better. That said, I agree with you. It can be both. Smith and Jurco just weren't that good to begin with, and they were developed/used poorly. It doesn't have to be one or the other.
  9. He was always a "Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst" type with me. Liked the guy, really wanted him to succeed somewhere, but yeah, he was always low hanging fruit unfortunately, the D equivalent of Jurco (who I also wanted to succeed). I just don't like seeing any former Wing end up like that. Just wearing the Winged Wheel even once makes me want to root for you. But in the end, I am not surprised, just disappointed.
  10. 2018 Detroit Red Wing All-Star(s)

    So almost 20 games in and seems like the Wings have a few all star candidates. So no default representative this year. Larkin and Mantha are both tied for 21st in points with 19. Howard is 4th in the NHL in both GAA and save pct. Mike Green is 5th among defensemen in scoring. Could we actually see multiple Wings in the All-Star game this season?
  11. I actually feel bad for the guy. I was really hoping that a fresh start in a situation where he wasn't asked to play above his abilities would sort of reset his career. Really thought he "could" still be a compotent #4 with the right partner or at least a good #5. It's a shame IMO.
  12. Rumors Thread

    Brendan Smith will be doing a lot of "staying home" soon.
  13. The MANtha watch.....

    I don't disagree with your theory Dickie. It's just not Mantha that I would want to trade. When you look at how the "dynasties" are built in the NHL over the last 2 decades, I see a common formula: 2 elite F's and 1 elite D that you build around. Chicago has Toews, Kane, and Keith; Pitt has Crosby, Malkin, and Letang. Even the Wings started with Yzerman, Federov, and Lidstrom. The current Wings have Larkin and Mantha, and that's a start to build around. What they need now is that 1 D. With AA, Svech, even Rass, I don't know that Mantha needs to be the guy to go. Cornerstone D are the hardest to find, I agree. But power forwards with hands aren't easy to find either. And that's what I see Mantha developing into. If someone calls inquiring about Mantha and they have that 1D you want, you listen. But the only way I am trading Mantha would be a Shanahan for Pronger type deal, and those are rare. And I totally agree with you about the development aspect. Defenseman take longer to develop and reach their prime. Even if the Wings draft that guy this year it will be 7-10 years before he hits his prime and by then Mantha will be like 30 something? and Larkin pushing 30. So yes, if they want one they will have to trade for one. I would keep all their picks this year and draft heavily on defensemen. Then I would look at a trade over the summer involving some combination of AA, Svech, Nyquist, Mrazek and 2019's first (basically anything but Larkin or Mantha) for that defensemen. Karlssons, Doughtys, Keiths, etc are drafted. They aren't acquired thru trades, but really good 1D can be. And I think the Wings have the pieces to acquire one without Mantha.