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#41 russianswede919293

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 04:06 PM

Hate to burst your bubble people...

Also in the rumor department: I know that a rumor regarding the Wings giving Aaron Downey a try-out has bounced around the interweb...I think it's possible but not probable given that Downey both didn't make the Coyotes and is effectively retired. If he's willing to play for the Griffins, it's not a bad idea, but I think the Wings will probably go in a different direction in terms of signing an enforcer who can be sent to the Griffins without having to clear waivers.


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Posted 28 July 2010 - 04:09 PM

Hate to burst your bubble people...



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Doesn't really burst anyone's bubble since Malik is wrong a lot.

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 04:12 PM

Malik is in the same ballpark as Eklund is without the comedy. Downey is definitely a respected guy around here for actually having a backbone. All in all not going to lose sleep or have bubbles burst over it.
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Posted 28 July 2010 - 04:14 PM

Glad to see Wings give him a tryout out of respect for a good guy... but he won't ever play in the Winged Wheel ever again.

For those who say he "adds team toughness", I don't get. Because he likely won't ever suit up (too far down the depth chart behind Miller, Eaves, Ritola, Meech), and certainly won't EVER play in the playoffs.

Love Downey, but not sure why people are getting excited over this, he won't ever make the team.

The depth chart is a bit different when enforcers are involved. They may not be better hockey players than the others, but they play a different game. Depending on the night (team, injuries, etc) the Wings might favor his style and have him play above someone like Miller. Very few enforcers are better players than Eaves, but they are valued for their toughness. I don't think anyone expects Downey to be a playoff player if he makes the team this year.

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 04:38 PM

I'll take him over Modano six days a week and three times on Sunday. Even if it's a two-way deal for the minimum, he's still worth twice Modano. :)


What? How is the guy potentially going to be our third line center even remotely close to Downey signing for a frickin tryout? While I have no problem with Downey, it's absurd to believe he would contribute more to the Red Wings success next season than Mike Modano would. That also means Downey would have to make the team and jump an abundance of far better forwards to even crack the line-up.
 
 
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Posted 28 July 2010 - 07:16 PM

Man, I really wish I could hear what Babs was saying, and what actually happened there.



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Posted 28 July 2010 - 07:46 PM

Well I was watching the OTR episode where Downey basically annonuced his tryout.

Landsburg asked if he was retired or what his situation and he said no, I took this year off to train hard and work on my skating, then I gave Kenny H a call and he said come on out for a try out, we're looking for a guy to Fill May's role last season.

He said he was working hard on his skating, I know its unlikey but imagine he comes back and has a really great try out, and has actually increased his speed quite a bit. His speed seemed to be the only thing hindering him, he was good enough positionally and was a solid heavyweight fighter.

I doubt he'll see many games next year but who knows, maybe this log jam of forwards we have is going to be cleared by Kenny via trade and suddenyl Downey would be up about 3 spots on the depth chart.

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 08:52 PM

Well I was watching the OTR episode where Downey basically annonuced his tryout.

Landsburg asked if he was retired or what his situation and he said no, I took this year off to train hard and work on my skating, then I gave Kenny H a call and he said come on out for a try out, we're looking for a guy to Fill May's role last season.

He said he was working hard on his skating, I know its unlikey but imagine he comes back and has a really great try out, and has actually increased his speed quite a bit. His speed seemed to be the only thing hindering him, he was good enough positionally and was a solid heavyweight fighter.

I doubt he'll see many games next year but who knows, maybe this log jam of forwards we have is going to be cleared by Kenny via trade and suddenyl Downey would be up about 3 spots on the depth chart.

I don't expect Downey to blow everyone's minds at camp,and if it does turn out that he doesn't impress,there's plenty other tough guys looking for jobs.
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Posted 28 July 2010 - 09:01 PM

Well I was watching the OTR episode where Downey basically annonuced his tryout.

Landsburg asked if he was retired or what his situation and he said no, I took this year off to train hard and work on my skating, then I gave Kenny H a call and he said come on out for a try out, we're looking for a guy to Fill May's role last season.

He said he was working hard on his skating, I know its unlikey but imagine he comes back and has a really great try out, and has actually increased his speed quite a bit. His speed seemed to be the only thing hindering him, he was good enough positionally and was a solid heavyweight fighter.

I doubt he'll see many games next year but who knows, maybe this log jam of forwards we have is going to be cleared by Kenny via trade and suddenyl Downey would be up about 3 spots on the depth chart.




So Holland would make trades and clear the log jam to make room for Downey? I don't get it.

Edited by Broken 16, 28 July 2010 - 09:01 PM.


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Posted 28 July 2010 - 09:13 PM

So Holland would make trades and clear the log jam to make room for Downey? I don't get it.

No Holland would make trades to get rid of NHL worthy guys who have worth so that we don't have 2 or 3 guys rotting in the press box when we could get a pick or prospect out of them. Get rid of a few guys like that and suddenly Downey is closer on the depth chart, its obviously not to make room for Downey, but the wings are going to have to trade someone its pretty much inevitable

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 09:49 PM

if holland is going to sign his usual cheap august enforcer srcub might as well be diesel :cool:
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Posted 28 July 2010 - 11:08 PM

No Holland would make trades to get rid of NHL worthy guys who have worth so that we don't have 2 or 3 guys rotting in the press box when we could get a pick or prospect out of them.


What, you mean depth players? Because, you know, it's nice to have people who can step up if any of the starters are injured...

You're pipe-dreaming; what's more, your insatiable lust for hockey fights seems to have knocked you a tad off your proverbial rocker.

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 05:17 PM

Downey excited about opportunity - DetroitRedWings.com

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 07:22 PM

Downey excited about opportunity - DetroitRedWings.com

The vid is funny but great article! Go Downs!

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 07:26 PM

Seriously. Downey seems like a great guy and all, but does he really have a chance in hell?

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 07:50 PM

Seriously. Downey seems like a great guy and all, but does he really have a chance in hell?

If he is really in that much of better shape, and worked on his skating like he says he did I cant see why not. If he does a good enough job to earn a spot than good for him.
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Posted 29 July 2010 - 08:27 PM

Seriously. Downey seems like a great guy and all, but does he really have a chance in hell?


If he can skate better, yes. Otherwise, probably not.

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 08:27 PM

Aaron Downey is the only person jealous of Bill Clement's hands, he needs to work on more than just his skating!

I know, I know he is not a scorer, but being able to complete a couple of passes would be nice too!

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 08:30 PM

Now I feel really good about myself, he said. Im just coming there like I did in 07 and 08 with a better attitude, a lucky-to-be-alive attitude. I really want to come in there, shut my mouth and just do what I do. I want to show them that Ive developed. And just because I took a year off doesnt mean that I cant handle a puck. I think I can handle it better now. Im in a better state of mind.

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 08:34 PM

If Williams and Maltby can make the team, why can't Downey?

He at least gives us something that we don't already have. What did those players add to the team last year?
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