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#2629016 10/9 GDT : @ Red Wings 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 0

Posted by LeftWinger on Yesterday, 09:01 AM

Stop and think back for a moment guys, think back over at least the last 10-15 years.  Outside of the 01-02 season (which was marred at the beginning by the 9/11 attacks that took some of the "fun" out of the season openener,) When was the last time you have been more excited and giddy or even seen so much interest and hype for the opening night of a Red Wings season? We've had coaching changes, we've had rookies debut, we've had UFA's making their debut, but just reflect on all that is going on today, and that is exactly it, ALL OF THAT is going on right now! Today! Not only a new coach, but outside of Granato, a new coaching staff and philosophy, not only is a rookie debuting, but a 19 year old local kid who just got drafted 16 months ago, PLUS the rest of our young players like Tatar, Nyquist, Sheahan, Pulkkinen! We're excited for a new life for Smith and Kindl, Howard has regained his pre-injury play, Mrazek is here to stay, no longer do we have an average back-up that may see some spot play once in a while.we, once again, have a legit 1a and 1aa goalie tandem.  We have the UFA right handed  offensive d-man that Holland has coveted for years and years. We have no less than 8 kids in GR (if not more) who can be called up and step right into the NHL if needed and contribute.  We FINALLY have a team where the best players will play and not lose out to the veteran just because of seniority.  There is a lot of buzz in Hockeytown this season opener, take a big inhale of it and breathe it all in, this, my friends, is the beginning of our new generation of a Red Wings super team.  We witnessed Yzerman, Fedorov, Lidstrom, Kozlov, etc... all grow together as a team and it seems we have a core today that if kept together, can stay together (just like our 90's team) for a long, long time.  This area has not been this excited in forever...


Take it all in my friends! Let's Go Wings!

#2628919 10/9 GDT : @ Red Wings 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 0

Posted by Hockeytown0001 on 08 October 2015 - 08:25 PM


#2628261 Roster Moves by the Wings

Posted by BottleOfSmoke on 04 October 2015 - 01:57 PM

You know what? f*** it, I like it. Larkin showed this preseason that MAYBE, just maybe, he's NHL ready. Slap him in the top six until Dats gets back.


#2628050 10/2 Exhibition GDT : Toronto Maple Leafs 2 at Red Wings 4

Posted by Detroit # 1 Fan on 02 October 2015 - 07:08 PM

I get the numbers game, I get we're over the cap, I get we overripe our prospects. Larkin is ready man, the kid just brings it. I really won't care if he starts in the minors because if GR's top 6 has Larkin, Mantha, AA and Bert in it, I'm pysched. I think he has to get a look with Pav out is all.

#2628039 10/2 Exhibition GDT : Toronto Maple Leafs 2 at Red Wings 4

Posted by kipwinger on 02 October 2015 - 06:45 PM

So nice to finally be able to root against Babcock.

#2628084 10/2 Exhibition GDT : Toronto Maple Leafs 2 at Red Wings 4

Posted by sputman on 02 October 2015 - 10:27 PM

I think Larkin would make us a better team but him getting experience being one of the best players in the AHL and possibly a calder cup run would make him a better player. I have no doubt he would be an impact NHL player right now though


So then why not let him? That's what I don't get about those saying he's better off in the A playing top line minutes. Playing 3-4th line minutes in Detroit he's:


A) Lining up against players better than 1st line AHL players

B) Learning from our veterans, and other team's veterans

C) Already a large upgrade over Andersson and, probably, the oft-injured Darren Helm


Holland's a stubborn old goat. Who hasn't the kid impressed? Let him play.

#2626804 9/23 Exhibition GDT : at Red Wings 4, Chicago Blackhawks 1

Posted by jimmyemeryhunter on 23 September 2015 - 06:51 PM

Mrazek looks really good already.

#2624322 Moving Jimmy Howard

Posted by number9 on 01 September 2015 - 12:35 AM

Lets not forget how Jimmy injured his groin in the first place...
He literally has a guy on either side to pass the puck to... and he leaves it behind the net for the opposition to pick up. Look at his indecision of what to do with the puck right before he's like "f*** it, I'll just leave it here"
You don't get that kind of dumbf***ery from Mrazek

How many bad pass goals did Jim end up racking up this season anyway?

#2624299 Moving Jimmy Howard

Posted by kliq on 31 August 2015 - 07:33 PM

I don't like assigning a number of games for each of them to play, let them play and give the playing time to whoever earns it. If they play at the same level, give it to the up and comer.

#2624123 Teemu Pulkkinen 2015-2016 watch

Posted by jimmyemeryhunter on 29 August 2015 - 04:55 PM

Leave it up to Helene St. James to be baffling stupid in her preview of Pulkkinen today.  According to her, Pulkkinen didn't get any meaningful powerplay minutes (he had over 2:30 minutes per game) but he should also be utilized as a point man on the PP behind Green.  Because you know, guys with his skillset always play on the point (cough...Ovechkin...cough Stamkos...cough, cough). 
How does this dummy have a job again?

Because she'll write whatever the wings tell her to, its only when she's relied upon to create stories for herself does she have terrible articles.

Which leads credence to your question, I don't know how she has a job writing for the wings.

#2624046 Moving Jimmy Howard

Posted by Jesusberg on 28 August 2015 - 08:58 PM

Everyone seems to only remember the shutouts that Mrazek got, and completely forget the very next game when he was consistently pulled. Mrazek had one good playoff series and a very inconsistent regular season, and that's not enough to give him the number 1 job and get rid of the insurance.

This. People either forget about this, or they're blinded by the "newness" of Petr. These are some save percentages he posted last season - usually a rough outing, followed by a very solid one:

.840 - .971
.813 - .933
.857 - .962
.667 - .957
.765 - .977
.895 - 1.000

Clearly, he's got the ability to bounce back after ugly games, but he's gotta work on his consistency. So yeah, I definitely agree. It's good to have another solid goalie while he develops... you know, like that Jimmy Howard guy.

#2623212 Abdelkader entering contract year, possible $4M extension?

Posted by Jesusberg on 16 August 2015 - 08:00 PM

So because he is from Michigan he automatically gets to cash in? I love Abby, he plays hard and is versatile, but I don't think he is worth 4 million unless he can string together. Few solid seasons.

Hate to see another bad contract....

I just don't get the mentally on paying someone on their future potential instead of their previous track record.

Not because he's from Michigan, but I'm sure it factors in for management, along with the other aspects of Abby's game that were mentioned. For what he brings, 4 million is pretty much the norm. He and Kesler are comparable in several ways - scoring, hitting, some "fancy stats". Kesler's going to be making 6.8 million starting in 2016-17. Beleskey is another guy who I think is comparable to Abdelkader. He's getting 3.8M for five seasons after scoring 20+ goals once.

If Abdelkader can replicate his 2014-15 season, he's going to get around 4 million.

#2623140 Abdelkader entering contract year, possible $4M extension?

Posted by Richdg on 14 August 2015 - 11:49 AM

That is the market. 4-4.5 million per season is a fair deal. he does more than just score. he currently is our only F that even thinks about physical play. he is strong in his own end as well. datsyuk and Z love to play with the guy, why should any of us fans question this at all?


the bigger question in my mind is Helm. he currently makes more than Abby and also is in his walk year. Does he also get resigned and at what rate? if he worth 4 million +/- per year? I like helm but he is at his best as a 3rd line checking C. IMHO I would use him in a trade to upgrade the D.

#2621538 Remaing RFAs to be signed - Jurco, Pulkkinen, Aubry

Posted by McAwesome on 24 July 2015 - 08:41 PM

General Fanager retweeted

Red Wings re-sign Tomas Jurco to two-year deal worth $1.8 million. Story: http://bit.ly/1JE3Br7


Savage more reliable?  ;)

Looks like they weren't as far apart as some would have led us to believe. 


This makes me happy, Jurco has been my favorite of the kids so far. I just hope he gets utilized properly, if so the numbers will come and his confidence will return. 

#2621513 Jim Devellano on Mantha's play: "Very disappointing"

Posted by Dabura on 24 July 2015 - 02:21 PM

Yeah I've read it. Exactly which of my points do you think is... ridiculous?


Mantha's season was, perhaps, a bit disappointing. His game still needs work. But the Wings knew what they were getting when they drafted him. They knew he was going to be a bit of a project. Anyone who'd watched him play knew he was going to be a bit of a project. He was never going to make the team out of last year's camp. At most, he might've earned a couple games with the big club towards the end of the regular season. He needed to learn defense. He needed to learn how to protect the puck against men. He needed to learn how to emerge from a brutal scrum with possession of the puck. He needed to learn how to operate with much less time and space and civility than he'd enjoyed in the QMJHL. His game was weighted wildly towards the offensive side of things. That had to change in a big way, and that's not a change you make in half a season. And that's saying nothing of the broken leg.


For all these reasons and more, you can't say his season was "very, very, very disappointing." You can barely say it was disappointing. He was in for a tough season even before he'd broken his leg. All things considered, 15 goals and 33 points in 62 games, with limited power play time and third-line minutes, is a pretty good year. If the hype surrounding Mantha hadn't been so absurdly huge, no one would have a problem with his season. We'd be saying he needs another year, and that that's no big deal because it's to be expected with a 20-year-old who's never had to play defense or compete against men.


But none of that really seems to mean much to you, which I don't get. The way you see it, Mantha sucked this year, and it wasn't because of the injury, it was because he sucked. And if someone tries to "use the injury as an excuse" for his "poor play," that line of reasoning doesn't hold up, because it's "100% speculation." Even though saying the injury had nothing to do with his performance is equally speculative and, in fact, much less reasonable. Because, which sounds more plausible: that breaking his leg right before his first NHL training camp and spending the first part of his first AHL season unable to do much of anything in the way of physical conditioning A) had a significant impact on his season and should be taken into account when reviewing his season and the progress he made (or didn't make), or B) had no impact whatsoever on his season and should not be taken into account when reviewing his season and the progress he made (or didn't make)?


He needs to be better away from the puck. He needs to compete harder. He needs to improve in some key areas. No one's more aware of this than the player himself. But I don't see the need for trashing him. I'm not sure most people appreciate how tough it is to go from being a big fish in the QMJHL (which is pretty much a terrible league) to a boy among men in the AHL, especially when you were such a big fish that you were never really asked (or taught!) how to play AHL/NHL-level defense and your shifts would often stretch to 120 seconds long.


I don't see the basis for saying he sucked. I don't see how comparing his first few games as a Griffin to Tyler Bertuzzi's first few games as a Griffin really tells us anything. It's sort of like the Franzen-versus-Chris Neil thing. Franzen doesn't play with Chris Neil's "intensity" and "edge" and "physicality." But Neil doesn't have Franzen's skill, talent, skating, hockey IQ, scoring prowess, etc. Bertuzzi's game, at this time, is more complete than Mantha's. So is Landon Ferraro's. But Mantha's strengths can't be taught or instilled, while the things he needs to learn can. Same deal as Nyquist, Tatar, Pulkkinen - except, Mantha's going to become a full-time Wing at 21 or 22 years of age, versus the standard 23 or 24. Because 1) he's that talented, 2) the things he needs to work on are things that virtually all 20-year-old snipers need to work on, and 3) the Wings are the best at taking raw talent and sculpting it into a rounded NHL player.


The kid's going to be a very good NHLer. He's not a problem player. He's not lazy. He just has to learn to play a kind of game he's never really had to play, and at the highest level. It's a process. It was always going to be a process. Nothing has really changed since the moment we drafted Mantha. There was always going to be an adjustment period.