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#2675724 Mantha

Posted by krsmith17 on 11 May 2016 - 09:14 AM

Be careful Rich, people may take that as you "over-hyping" Mantha...


F*** it! Mantha has impressed big time in these playoffs. He has been one of the most dangerous players on the ice in both series'.


I've also been very impressed with Bertuzzi and his knack for scoring clutch goals. I still stand by Sproul being one of our better defesnemen down there along with Russo. Ouellet hasn't stood out at all, and unfortunately aside from the game winner last night, Athanasiou has been lackluster at best...

#2676044 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 16 May 2016 - 06:07 PM

I'd rather we sign Okposo and Radulov than Stamkos and either of the other two. Gives us more money to accommodate a defenseman if we can trade for one. Stamkos is going to be a VERY expensive 70 point player.

#2675427 ECSF : New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 08 May 2016 - 07:22 PM

Steve Yzerman gets his team to yet another Conference Finals.  Just keep making Kenny look stupid.  

#2675196 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 05 May 2016 - 05:18 PM

I'd much rather keep Ouellet and Sproul, because both have much higher ceilings than Marchenko my opinion. Unfortunately though, I think Ouellet may end up being the odd man out. Sproul is the main one I want to keep, even if he's just the number 7 next season. I still have high hopes for him, and I think he could become a potential replacement for Green in the next year or two. Jensen, I think will be exposed to waivers, and I do think he'd probably clear.

#2674684 Ownership shows Support for Kenny Holland

Posted by uk_redwing on 30 April 2016 - 06:29 PM

Just popping in to say it looks like the penny has dropped with a lot of people. Ken Holland is a clown who hid behind the success of Håkan Andersson for many, many years.


With the majority of Andersson's players gone or on the decline there was never any real attempt by Holland for so many years to keep the Wings at the top, just a lot of cast away one-year rentals that and the never ending presence of Dan Cleary.


He has literally waited to the point where we're on the cusp of becoming a team that won't even make the playoffs before he's decided he actually has to do his job and make us a better team...although his job is apparently for us to expect less, so then he's doing a better job without actually having to do anything?


The guys a joke. Huge thanks to Håkan Andersson for giving us such a good team between 2006-10.

#2674183 Mantha

Posted by BinMucker94 on 28 April 2016 - 11:31 AM

I'm not really concerned with Mantha's defensive lapses. I'd rather they have him focused on scoring goals and making things happen in the offensive zone. There are enough 2 way forwards on this team

#2674060 Mantha

Posted by krsmith17 on 27 April 2016 - 06:56 PM

I don't understand where people are getting that Mantha is in any way being overrated by anyone?... The argument that any of us that are pro-Mantha have had is that he should have been in the lineup during the playoffs. Not because with him we would have without a doubt beaten Tampa, but because he would have given us a better opportunity than Andersson did.

No one has said he's an All-Star or this phenomenal player, we're just saying that he's a good young player, and he makes our team better. It could also be argued that being in the NHL for the Red Wings playoff run (which may or may not be still alive) could have been better for his development than being in the AHL for the Griffins playoff run...

#2674139 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 28 April 2016 - 08:17 AM

"One thing that we want to do, we want to help our guys get better," Blashill said. "That doesn't always mean production wise you're going to improve from year to year. Sometimes it has to do with minutes, and there are only so many minutes to go around, and that can affect a lot of things including production. But part of what we want to do here is make sure we help our guys get better and make sure that we get better as a team."

I'm hoping this is Blashill's way of saying that he will be relying more heavily on the kids next season to "help them get better". I'd rather lose some games with the kids at the beginning of the season than lean heavily on the vets again. The only way they'll learn is to learn from their mistakes in game situations.

I'm hoping Zetterberg is 2nd line winger or 3rd line center, and Kronwall is 3rd pair defenseman, both getting around 12-15 minutes a game...

#2674121 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by marcaractac on 27 April 2016 - 10:58 PM

If anything we could use a couple more Abdelkader in the lineup. Having a guy like him on each of the top 3 lines opens up space for guys like Goose and Tats.

Why do you think they've both had down years? They've been stuck playing together too much, giving the team an easy line to play against. That's why the line centered by Sheahan was much better with Jurco on it in the past.

#2674128 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by kickazz on 28 April 2016 - 12:35 AM

I'm not saying you're wrong about Helm - but Abdlekader was arguably our best forward this postseason... He's a guy you need to have to win in April.

You wanna talk about contracts that keep people awake at night? Zetterberg and Ericsson might top the list.

His 1 point and -3 rating was the 2nd worst amongst forwards. He hit a dude a bunch of times while on ice but that's about all he did this post season. 

#2673652 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 25 April 2016 - 08:55 PM

Lol, Helm's not happy with his "situation"?  Apparently playing with Pavel for a good portion of the season displeases him.  Screw that guy. 


Tell you what buddy, make good on any of the 10,000 breakaways you get and we'll talk turkey. 

#2673375 I Hate Jeff Blashill because ...

Posted by krsmith17 on 24 April 2016 - 03:20 PM

Pretty much the only thing I didn't like with Blashill was his player usage. It's been beaten to death, but he relied way to heavily on the vets and underutilized the kids. Blashill should not be fired, Firschweiler on the other hand, that guy has to go. I'm okay with Granato leaving as well. Two new assistants with a new perspective, fresh ideas and hopefully better speciality teams will help this team immensely...

Blashill took over a very similar team (with the addition of Richards and Green), previously coached by Mike "hockey god" Babcock, and had a very similar result - playoff bubble team, bounced in the first round. Firschweiler took over a top ranked power-play, previously coached by Jim Hiller, and made it into one of the worst in the entire league. Special teams, in my opinion, was the teams biggest downfall. Both the power-play and penalty kill were way too conservative. The power-play had very little movement, way too much passing, not enough shooting and way too much one and done. The penalty kill was way too passive, we did a good job taking away shooting lanes but never took away passing lanes. A successful penalty kill needs much more pressure on the puck and not allowing so many cross ice passes opening up the easy one-timer.

I still believe this team has a bright future, and Blashill is still the best coach for us right now. As long as he can clear his head this offseason, and come to the realization that this team can't rely on Datsyuk (if he's back), Zetterberg and Kronwall anymore, I think we'll be fine. We need to hand the reins over to the kids, Larkin, Mantha, Athanasiou and company need to take on much bigger roles to start next season.

#2672988 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by marcaractac on 22 April 2016 - 12:55 PM

Smith, again? Dude was our best d-man in the series (especially Game 3) and is about the only one that has any clue how to execute a clean breakout. He drives possession and pushes the play offensively. 
I don't even remember any egregious Smith turnovers in this series, which was always his biggest downfall. Kronwall and Ericsson are by far the biggest issues on the back end -- amplified by the fact Blashill inexplicably kept them together as a pairing even though they have stunk together for years. 

I've always liked Smith and kronwall together. They'd make a solid second pair I think. Just gotta acquire someone to play with duke on the first and suddenly the top 4 looks really good. The key os to get Ericsson off the team.
I wonder if AA will be sent down? A deep playoff run with the Griffins would be great for him.
Scratch that AA being sent down was just confirmed on Twitter.

#2672891 Mantha

Posted by marcaractac on 22 April 2016 - 04:51 AM

It's time to move Larkin and AA into center roles, and to make sure they learn all the tricks to winning faceoffs at this level. Down the middle it should be Larkin, AA, Hank, and Glenny. In that order. Hank is still a very important part of this team. He just needs to play less minutes during the season. Even during the rough patches.






#2672834 Mantha

Posted by laporte15 on 21 April 2016 - 10:48 PM

Glendening is not a top six player. He's a 4th line/ grind line type of player.