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#1 IILeiBlazeII

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 12:52 PM

As per KHAAAAN(!)

I am incredibly happy Babs has come to this verdict. I think Miller encapsulates everything you want in a Red Wing - grit, passion, the ability to chip in some points, PK, 2-way game...

Who else is excited that its still gonna be Miller Time in the D? :D

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#2 Z Winged Dangler

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 12:55 PM

why do i have a feeling ritola is going to be a blackhawk or an oiler before the season starts?
just a gut feeling...

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 01:06 PM

Miller is better, no doubts about it. Ritola may go to Oilers.
Sweet. This dude was brought here for one reason, to punch people in the head - every other thing that he can do, other Wings can do better. I like that we have a head-puncher. The league has other, better head-punchers, but this one is ours. Better than nothing. Good work, Kenny!

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 01:07 PM

its miller time baby!

im not really sure why everyone is so excited with ritola, ive seen him play in a few games and hes never done anything to stand out.

let the bashing on me begin.
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Posted 29 September 2010 - 01:13 PM

its miller time baby!

im not really sure why everyone is so excited with ritola, ive seen him play in a few games and hes never done anything to stand out.

let the bashing on me begin.

he hits more than miller, that is about it
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Posted 29 September 2010 - 01:22 PM

he hits more than miller, that is about it


and he can control the puck better then miller, and make plays better then miller... too bad for Ritola

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 01:25 PM

Ritola will clear waivers anyways so no worries.

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 01:27 PM

Aussie will be :ranting: .
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Posted 29 September 2010 - 01:29 PM

Eh, I can't say I like it.

Miller is as good as he will ever be, which, really isn't THAT good. We already have a ton of players who do exactly what he deos; Eaves, Helm, Abby, Draper.

I'll be honest, I have never seen much of Ritola, but my understanding is that his upside and potential is way higher than Miller's ever will be.

I also thought that he was have a strong, hard working preseason. Oh well.
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Posted 29 September 2010 - 01:33 PM

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:siren: :clap:

I like Miller, he really seems to fit in with the Wings.

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 01:33 PM

Ritola is one of those players that will come back and bite Holland in the ass (see Quincey and Leino). Ritola will be a 3rd line center capable of improving to a 2nd liner one day.

I really like Miller, but he's not the asset in this case. It's time like these that our "loyalty" bites the team in the ass. Maltby and Draper shouldn't even be here anymore.

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 01:37 PM

Ritola is just hyped by the GR-crew... chill out, he's not going to be that good.

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 01:39 PM

Ritola is one of those players that will come back and bite Holland in the ass (see Quincey and Leino). Ritola will be a 3rd line center capable of improving to a 2nd liner one day.

I really like Miller, but he's not the asset in this case. It's time like these that our "loyalty" bites the team in the ass. Maltby and Draper shouldn't even be here anymore.

I cannot agree with you more here. But we all know how the Wings roll with their vets. :thumbup:

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Edited by esteef, 29 September 2010 - 01:39 PM.

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 01:41 PM

I cannot agree with you more here. But we all know how the Wings roll with their vets. :thumbup:

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Yeah but how is Miller a vet? He played less than one season for us....
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Posted 29 September 2010 - 01:42 PM

Yeah but how is Miller a vet? He played less than one season for us....

I meant the keeping of Draper and Maltby.

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 01:48 PM

I meant the keeping of Draper and Maltby.

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I know, and I think we're on the same page here, but in this case its Miller vs. Ritola.

I could be wrong on this, but Draper was signed to a 3 year contract right after the 08 cup run, which was a very strong season for him, where he led the league in faceoffs, had scored about 30 points or so the season before, and was considered one of the best 3rd liners in the league. So I can definitely understand the thought behind signing him at the time, it was only the next two years that his skill and contribution dropped considerably.

Maltby, he'll be in GR anyways, so he doesn't really factor in as to weather or not we keep Ritola ( I don't think).

I agree with whoever says this could come back to bite us. At least Leino had a chance to prove himself in the lineup, Ritola doesn't even get that luxury.
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Posted 29 September 2010 - 01:51 PM

I know, and I think we're on the same page here, but in this case its Miller vs. Ritola.

I could be wrong on this, but Draper was signed to a 3 year contract right after the 08 cup run, which was a very strong season for him, where he led the league in faceoffs, had scored about 30 points or so the season before, and was considered one of the best 3rd liners in the league. So I can definitely understand the thought behind signing him at the time, it was only the next two years that his skill and contribution dropped considerably.

Maltby, he'll be in GR anyways, so he doesn't really factor in as to weather or not we keep Ritola ( I don't think).

I agree with whoever says this could come back to bite us. At least Leino had a chance to prove himself in the lineup, Ritola doesn't even get that luxury.

Yep, I take Miller over Ritola as well, but I'd also take Miller over Draper at this point. Oh well.

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 01:58 PM

Yep, I take Miller over Ritola as well, but I'd also take Miller over Draper at this point. Oh well.

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What should be happening is Miller taking over for Draper, and Ritola getting a REAl chance to play. Draper has been great, but his "intangibles" on this team no longer exist. He just skates circles out there.

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 02:05 PM

What should be happening is Miller taking over for Draper, and Ritola getting a REAl chance to play. Draper has been great, but his "intangibles" on this team no longer exist. He just skates circles out there.


He has a pretty mean slap shot. Just ask the glass.

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 02:20 PM

I remember some really strong plays from Ritola last year when he was called up. He only played like 7 minutes, but he worked his ass off and made stuff happen by himself. Wish I could have added the stuff on youtube, because to the normal eye, it might have been overlooked, but it was pure brilliance. I remember Babcock patting him on the back when his shift was over.

The guy is extremely strong on the puck, can dangle with the best of them, can do take-aways that would make Datsyuk blush, hits, and is extremely slippery out there. His work ethics is as strong as I've ever seen. The only think he didn't do was score goals. But do you really expect him to put up lots of points playing on the 4th line in only a couple of games and getting 7 minutes of ice time?

That said, Miller has had a very strong exhibition thus far. In the long run and the future of the Red Wings, Ritola is the logical choice. For the start of the season, Miller is the logical choice.

And whoever said Ritola will clear waivers is on crack. No way in hell he clears waivers.

Edited by Heaten, 29 September 2010 - 02:23 PM.






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