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31 minutes ago, Z and D for the C said:

Most likely their performance in ice hockey games, if I had to wager a guess.

Howard has been extremely average.  Mrazek isnt a world beater yet, but Howard is past his chance.

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13 hours ago, Jonas Mahonas said:

Howard has been extremely average.  Mrazek isnt a world beater yet, but Howard is past his chance.

Ken Holland certainly doesn't think so.  'specially with all that Mrazek s*** talking.

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Ken Holland certainly doesn't think so.  'specially with all that Mrazek s*** talking.

 

Well they will be battling each other for ice time this season. Don't think either has the starters job locked up right now. Maybe after training camp.

 

If Mrazek really does have a more mature attitude and is willing to do what it takes, should be a good battle between them!

 

 

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Kenny, I have good character and I am a hard worker. I am terrible at hockey, but I have "good character" can you please sign me. When I have no goals all season at least you can say I am "good locker room presence"

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45 minutes ago, kjw25 said:

Kenny, I have good character and I am a hard worker. I am terrible at hockey, but I have "good character" can you please sign me. When I have no goals all season at least you can say I am "good locker room presence"

This isn't directed at solely you by any stretch, but is this going to be a thing now? Are we going to pretend like things such as character and leadership are worthless? 

I agree that a team needs to find a balance between skill, character, style, and chemistry but to act like character is a joke and that Holland is an idiot for valuing it is just wrong. 

I agree with the notion that if you have all character and no skill your team will get killed, but I feel this is just another instance of fans who are upset with Holland finding anything to rip him for. If you just want to rip Holland, he has made a ton of mistakes, its not hard.

 

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There's interesting interview with Mrázek in czech newspaper, will follow up later, I'm currently out of pc. 

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3 hours ago, Juklitz said:

There's interesting interview with Mrázek in czech newspaper, will follow up later, I'm currently out of pc. 

Godspeed Czechbro

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4 hours ago, Juklitz said:

There's interesting interview with Mrázek in czech newspaper, will follow up later, I'm currently out of pc. 

Well that's a cliffhanger. Is he mad about being exposed? Is he scheming with Little Finger? Let us know, Czechbro.

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He's pissed and working hard to come take his job back and get a contract extension, that's what he's doing.

Who knows, but that would be good to hear.

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Found the roughly translated article. He says everything bad he's heard about his game has come from the press. He's never had a face to face with the coaches or Holland about it.

And on the trade topic, he says he never got any sort of hint whatsoever he'd be traded. Holland never spoke to him once about it.

Says he knows he can't repeat last season, must be much better. He's learned from it, has to focus on every shot.

http://kuklaskorner.com/tmr/comments/roughly-translated-an-interview-with-petr-mrazek


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Blashill and Holland seem to be valuing hard work and character over skill. That's when it's an issue. Between grinders being overpaid on deals that are 2+ years too long, to Sheahan on the PP when he hadn't scored a goal, and all the other BS we saw, it's gotten ridiculous

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It's funny how different things are when you actually hear from the player himself in depth instead of reading HSJ bulls*** jargon.

He talks fairly openly with his countries media. Seems to avoid saying too much to Detroit's. Wonder why?


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11 minutes ago, DickieDunn said:

Blashill and Holland seem to be valuing hard work and character over skill. That's when it's an issue. Between grinders being overpaid on deals that are 2+ years too long, to Sheahan on the PP when he hadn't scored a goal, and all the other BS we saw, it's gotten ridiculous

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Not arguing this, but when people go to the other extreme its equally as ridiculous. I agree for the most part with what you are saying.

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Blashill and Holland seem to be valuing hard work and character over skill. That's when it's an issue. Between grinders being overpaid on deals that are 2+ years too long, to Sheahan on the PP when he hadn't scored a goal, and all the other BS we saw, it's gotten ridiculous

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Ya it's sad seeing guys like AA who can rip down the ice and score some highlight goals stuck on the bench because of concerns over work ethic. I don't care wtf Sheahan does off the ice. He went scoreless until the final game of the season, and probably only scored those two goals because of a concentrated effort by the team to get him set up for them so he'd at least have something. They should have let him finish with 0.


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39 minutes ago, DickieDunn said:

BSheahan on the PP when he hadn't scored a goal
 

I think that's more indicative of this team's overly devoted system to have a low skill/big body for net front presence on every single power play unit. I'm not saying that's a bad thing but if you have way better players to put on the PP play them.

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I think that's more indicative of this team's overly devoted system to have a low skill/big body for net front presence on every single power play unit. I'm not saying that's a bad thing but if you have way better players to put on the PP play them.


A big body in front of the net only works when they play like a big body. Sheahan is softer than melted butter.


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That is a really interesting article. He comes off really well and seems to contradict the negative reports about him. The 

So it raises the question of whether Khan did a hack job on his character. All the talk of attitude problems did come from his article, and - if you read it again - the attacks can just be written off as Khan's personal conjecture. 

For instance, the title was very straightforward "Detroit Red Wings exposed Petr Mrazek due to performance, attitude" like it was a statement from the team, but then in the article most is modified as Khan's own perceptions: "The Red Wings seemingly soured on Mrazek due to a combination of performance and attitude." 

He had no stated sources. Statements like "Mrazek was not happy the Red Wings were unable to trade Howard in the off-season and let the club know in less-than-tactful terms." are without explanation or confirmation of any type.

The only vague source is "some in the organization": "Mrazek has always had a swagger and air of confidence, which appealed to the Red Wings. But sometimes he's too cocky for his own good, some in the organization believe. He became increasingly difficult to coach last season, they said." That even sounds like it's speculation on the part of the source.

http://www.mlive.com/redwings/index.ssf/2017/06/red_wings_left_petr_mrazek_unp.html

Or maybe Khan's a homer and was trying to make Mrazek look unattractive to Vegas so we could keep him? haha.

Anyway, who knows. Just hope he bounces back and becomes the goalie I think he can be. Even if he had some issues nothing really seemed that big anyway.

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Blashill was asked about it and he said it was because they had given up some shorties and wanted someone defensively responsible

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3 hours ago, DickieDunn said:

Blashill was asked about it and he said it was because they had given up some shorties and wanted someone defensively responsible

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But aren't most shorthanded goals due to a mistake at the blue line that lead to a fast break? A player around the net is not going to stop a shorthanded goal. 

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Great, somebody else already translated that for me. I can keep sleeping in the office though. 

Anyway, I like that self-confidence part. There´s huge difference between american and czech educational system when it comes to self-confidence, it´s one of the most toughest part for czech and slovak players leaving to NA. 

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23 hours ago, DickieDunn said:

... to Sheahan on the PP when he hadn't scored a goal...

21 hours ago, DickieDunn said:

Blashill was asked about it and he said it was because they had given up some shorties and wanted someone defensively responsible

15 hours ago, DickieDunn said:

Tell him that. He blamed AA so he pulled AA for Sheahan's alleged defensive prowess

This narrative is not supported by reality.

Sheahan was a regular on the PP for the first 10 games or so, while AA had little PP time. AA then was a regular for a few games until he got injured. Sheahan went back for a couple games, then was taken off for 10, came back for a dozen of so (when Abby was injured), then was removed again for 20+, regular again for around a dozen (after Vanek was traded), then again mostly off the last few games. AA was used sporadically for 25 games or so after returning from injury, then became a regular (more or less, near the bottom of the regular list) for the rest of the season. There's no correlation between Sheahan's PP time and AA being removed. (Might be a correlation between SHGA and AA's PPTOI being reduced at times, but I don't know what specific games AA was on the ice for a SHGA.)

 

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Sheahan should have been traded at the deadline. But if there was so much interest in him when he had 0 goals for the season, maybe if he gets 5 this year his value will jump even higher!


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