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Red Wings Off Season: I Give Them an A

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If Brunner can score 25 to 30 goals? Are you f'ing mad? Datsyuk and Zetterberg have a hard time getting to 30. But no namer Swiss League guy is gonna just light it up out of the blue? Delusional. We will be lucky if he's still in the NHL after his first year. He's small and not lightning fast. Im not saying that Danny Brieres cant happen. But its 1 out of 1000. Parise is a sure thing. Thats why the Wings shes should have ponied up.

Well he is playing in the same league as Nash, Thornton, Spezza, Seguin, and Tavares, and he's out playing all of them.....and Zug isn't even a good team, yet he still out plays them.

We'll see how the season comes along. Gives me some hope though. There's a reason this guy was pursued by a bunch of different teams.

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Actually by all accounts he's got Helm like speed, so yes, he is lightening fast.

High end speed references: here...http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1232733-detroit-red-wings-get-to-know-new-red-wing-damien-brunner

and here...http://detroit.sbnation.com/detroit-red-wings/2012/6/22/3110401/damien-brunner-red-wings-rumors

and here...http://www.mlive.com/redwings/index.ssf/2012/07/red_wings_sign_damien_brunner.html

and here...http://www.redwingscentral.com/prospects/damien-brunner/

Of course none of this means he'll score 30, or even 20 goals. But in an effort to be contradictory, or simply out of sheer negligence, you've made a statement that is by every account demonstrably false.

I watched his highlights. Not even close to Helm speed. Sorry. He was beating a lot of weak goalies from 30 feet with a good wrist shot from 20 feet in open space. Something he wont have in the NHL.

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No reason to think this team comes out of the first round, if there's a season.

They've regressed the last several years and the offseason hardly improved the roster, to warrant giving them an A.

Pretty much.

We got rocked by the Predators because we couldn't score to save our lives and we were generally terrible defensively.

We couldn't score because we're too small and soft (especially in the top-6), and we lack an elite goal-scorer.

We added Samuelsson, Tootoo, Nyquist, Brunner.

Fail.

We lost the second-best defenseman in the history of the game.

We were terrible when he was out of the lineup this past season.

We added Carlo Colaiacovo.

:shout:

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I wasn't as hard on Holland as most were this summer, and had we known for sure then that we'd be at Halloween with no hockey and no end to the lockout in sight, I think more even more people would've supported Holland's "conservatism" (for lack of a better term).

But that article is terribly flawed! A pure "points per game" and "dollars per point" (which they actually screwed up and got backwards in their table) comparison? Suter and Colaiacovo are defenseman - are points their ONLY contribution to a hockey team?! Brunner's numbers were from outside the NHL. I think they hired Malcolm Gladwell to do the statistical analysis in that thing...

People need to let this go. Parise and Suter WERE significantly better players than any of the guys we picked up. They WOULD have made the Wings significantly better than they are now. But...

(1) It was out of our control!!! I don't know what people wanted the Wings to do...throw ANOTHER $20 million at each player? It wasn't a money decision at all. When Michigan-born players like Rafalski or Modano decided to put on the Winged Wheel, everyone collectively said "Hmm, yeah! Makes sense!". When Parise and Suter did the same thing up in this area, people are somehow appalled.

(2) We don't even know how this is all going to play out. Two weeks ago, it looked like we were going to start hockey up with a $59 million cap (or a cap that would get there in short time). If I'm the Wild and I already have depth problems on my lower lines and defensive corps...AND I need to shed about $10 million in salary...ruh roh.

And it's not like we lost any of the players we lost through negligence either! Lidstrom retired because he's 40! Not because Kenny didn't sweet talk him. Stuart left because he missed his family. I suppose Illitch could have sold the team to L.A., but that'd be kinda like throwing the baby out with the bath water, don't you think? And I'm not losing sleep about losing Hudler or Holmstrom because it was time for both of those to happen.

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I watched his highlights. Not even close to Helm speed. Sorry. He was beating a lot of weak goalies from 30 feet with a good wrist shot from 20 feet in open space. Something he wont have in the NHL.

You win, apparently if you say something enough it makes it true. Just out of curiousity, can you find even one other source that says he doesn't have incredible speed?

Didn't think so.

Edit: Hey what do you know, here's an article where the guy's coach actually says "lightening fast" when describing Brunner. Granted, you've seen a few of his highlights and so you'd probably disagree, but I suppose just this once I'll go with the guy that knows what he's talking about.

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/story/2012/10/31/sp-hockey-nhl-henrik-zetterberg-damien-brunner-ev-zug-swiss-league-detroit-red-wings.html

Edited by kipwinger

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You win, apparently if you say something enough it makes it true. Just out of curiousity, can you find even one other source that says he doesn't have incredible speed?

Didn't think so.

Edit: Hey what do you know, here's an article where the guy's coach actually says "lightening fast" when describing Brunner. Granted, you've seen a few of his highlights and so you'd probably disagree, but I suppose just this once I'll go with the guy that knows what he's talking about.

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/story/2012/10/31/sp-hockey-nhl-henrik-zetterberg-damien-brunner-ev-zug-swiss-league-detroit-red-wings.html

No. I cant find an article. Unless i look in Switzerland. This guy will be NOTHING more than likely. Just like all the rest of the Wings' "prospects". Notice how Smith and Emmerton came up after a year and are seeing legit time in their early 20's? Thats a prospect. Guys that score in hockey leagues 4 levels down from the NHL when they are 26 years old are called LONG SHOTS.

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No. I cant find an article. Unless i look in Switzerland. This guy will be NOTHING more than likely. Just like all the rest of the Wings' "prospects". Notice how Smith and Emmerton came up after a year and are seeing legit time in their early 20's? Thats a prospect. Guys that score in hockey leagues 4 levels down from the NHL when they are 26 years old are called LONG SHOTS.

Wow, you're really something. Two posts ago I agreed with you and said that there's a real good chance he never scores 20 or 30 goals in the NHL. The point of contention, which I guess I need to remind you of, was the fact that in your first post you said the reason he wouldn't score in the NHL is because he's small and not "lightening fast". Then, after I corrected you and provided evidence, you kept arguing based on your viewing of his "highlight videos", and now you've changed the discussion completely and are railing about Emmerton and Smith.

I only ever wanted to correct your false impression that Brunner is not "lightening fast". He is. That doesn't mean he'll be any good in the NHL, but it can't hurt.

In the future it might help to admit when you're wrong. Also, it might help to not try and change the discussion around each time you're wrong on a point. Here's how it should go...

Axe: Brunner is small and not lightening fast

Kip: Yes he is lightening fast, here's proof

Axe: Oh, I guess I was wrong. Still that's no guarantee he'll be good in the NHL

Kip: Agreed.

Edited by kipwinger

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Wow, you're really something. Two posts ago I agreed with you and said that there's a real good chance he never scores 20 or 30 goals in the NHL. The point of contention, which I guess I need to remind you of, was the fact that in your first post you said the reason he wouldn't score in the NHL is because he's small and not "lightening fast". Then, after I corrected you and provided evidence, you kept arguing based on your viewing of his "highlight videos", and now you've changed the discussion completely and are railing about Emmerton and Smith.

I only ever wanted to correct your false impression that Brunner is not "lightening fast". He is. That doesn't mean he'll be any good in the NHL, but it can't hurt.

In the future it might help to admit when you're wrong. Also, it might help to not try and change the discussion around each time you're wrong on a point. Here's how it should go...

Axe: Brunner is small and not lightening fast

Kip: Yes he is lightening fast, here's proof

Axe: Oh, I guess I was wrong. Still that's no guarantee he'll be good in the NHL

Kip: Agreed.

Your "proof" is nothing more than someone from Europe saying he's fast. Thats why I blew it off. If he's so fast and has so much talent, why didnt someone grab him sooner? I decided to watch him for myself. He's NOT lightning fast.

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Actually I gave you five links to choose from, four from professional sports writers and one from his coach. But that's neither here nor there. I'm actually here to apologize, I had no idea what a tremendous hockey scout you were, so much so that you defy all the scouting reports about Brunner, including those of the Penguins, Lightening, and the Detroit Red Wings own Ken Holland and Mike Babcock, who had this to say about Brunner, "The thing for us is he’s high, high paced, he scored, looks like he has tons of skill."

Please don't forget about all of us lowly fan forum members after you make it big as an NHL scout and/or coach and/or general manager. You have a very promising career ahead of you.

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Your "proof" is nothing more than someone from Europe saying he's fast. Thats why I blew it off. If he's so fast and has so much talent, why didnt someone grab him sooner? I decided to watch him for myself. He's NOT lightning fast.

Having speed doesn't make you good (see: Cory Emmerton) having speed and being able to use it does. I'm sure Damien has been fast for a while, but he's just now showing he can use it to produce. Late bloomer.

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However, a shortened season really helps us because in a short time span it's anyone's game. Motivation and heart can carry a team farther over half a season than over a full 82 game stretch.

Not to be a ******-y downer, but...

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I think an "A" is a little generous. At best, I would give it a "C". Love the Tootoo move to add a different element to an already strong bottom-six. Not really thrilled about signing an aging Samuelsson (again) and expecting him to contribute offensively in a top-six role. The top-six has really been stagnant for years -- Zetterberg and Datsyuk have to generate everything offensively and in the playoffs especially lately, we don't have forwards that can score goals in tight games. Filppula had a terrific breakout season. Can he duplicate it or even get better? We all know what Franzen provides. The other two spots belong to maybe Bertuzzi and Samuelsson? I have said it in other threads previously discussing the off-season, but the Red Wings are going to need Nyquist and/or Brunner to contribute immediately whenever hockey resumes.

The defense is bad. Losing three of your top four d-men in two years is not a good situation especially when one of them is Nick Lidstrom. Obviously there's no replacing him and Holland did his best to secure the closest thing in Suter. I can't get upset over that, but it does bother me more wasn't done in advance when it was clear Nick's days were winding down and Stuart was going back to California. Colaiacovo is a decent depth signing (if healthy), however, who logs big minutes on this defense now besides Kronner? You are asking for major leaps out of Quincey and Ericsson, plus rapid development from Smith. I think all of that is certainly possible, but it's a rather scary position to be in.

A lot of things would have go to well for the Red Wings to even win a playoff round with this roster. Remember, they won ONE game last spring with Lidstrom around. The transition to being younger, bigger and faster is finally taking place at least.

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I think an "A" is a little generous. At best, I would give it a "C". Love the Tootoo move to add a different element to an already strong bottom-six. Not really thrilled about signing an aging Samuelsson (again) and expecting him to contribute offensively in a top-six role. The top-six has really been stagnant for years -- Zetterberg and Datsyuk have to generate everything offensively and in the playoffs especially lately, we don't have forwards that can score goals in tight games. Filppula had a terrific breakout season. Can he duplicate it or even get better? We all know what Franzen provides. The other two spots belong to maybe Bertuzzi and Samuelsson? I have said it in other threads previously discussing the off-season, but the Red Wings are going to need Nyquist and/or Brunner to contribute immediately whenever hockey resumes.

The defense is bad. Losing three of your top four d-men in two years is not a good situation especially when one of them is Nick Lidstrom. Obviously there's no replacing him and Holland did his best to secure the closest thing in Suter. I can't get upset over that, but it does bother me more wasn't done in advance when it was clear Nick's days were winding down and Stuart was going back to California. Colaiacovo is a decent depth signing (if healthy), however, who logs big minutes on this defense now besides Kronner? You are asking for major leaps out of Quincey and Ericsson, plus rapid development from Smith. I think all of that is certainly possible, but it's a rather scary position to be in.

A lot of things would have go to well for the Red Wings to even win a playoff round with this roster. Remember, they won ONE game last spring with Lidstrom around. The transition to being younger, bigger and faster is finally taking place at least.

This.

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If Brunner can score 25 to 30 goals? Are you f'ing mad? Datsyuk and Zetterberg have a hard time getting to 30. But no namer Swiss League guy is gonna just light it up out of the blue? Delusional. We will be lucky if he's still in the NHL after his first year. He's small and not lightning fast. Im not saying that Danny Brieres cant happen. But its 1 out of 1000. Parise is a sure thing. Thats why the Wings should have ponied up.

Huh? Holland ponied up for all these guys..they didn't want to come to Detroit..it had nothing to do with the amount of money offered.

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