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#2674823 Mantha

Posted by GoWings1905 on 01 May 2016 - 08:15 PM

That was also a reason.

But Mantha didn't outperform (2 G 1 A) anyone else who would have necessarily had his opurtunity (1st line with Pav + PP time) in his 10 games. Blashill said that he also didn't believe the PP success in those 10 games was Manthas doing.

Again, it's Anthony Mantha - not Alex Ovechkin were talking about.

 

Blash also said Joakim Andersson was up for insurance and PK and then he played every game and never on the PK.




#2674541 Mantha

Posted by GoWings1905 on 29 April 2016 - 08:40 PM

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

 

Great post. The Red Wings are so obsessed with every single guy dedicating themselves to playing 200 feet of hockey and they wonder why they struggle to score goals. You don't have to be defensively responsible if the puck is at the other end of the ice. 

 

Plus it would make the Red Wings more exciting to watch. This low-event, no creativity hockey isn't exactly putting fans at the edge of their seats. 




#2673916 Alexander Radulov: Wings on short-list of desired teams

Posted by GoWings1905 on 26 April 2016 - 06:44 PM

Eh, why not? The locker room is reportedly a mess anyways. 

 

For real though, I would pass. Just give AA and Mantha the top-six time instead. 




#2673912 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by GoWings1905 on 26 April 2016 - 06:23 PM

I don't really care. Neither should be on the team anyway. Jurco had his chances and Pulk is just too one dinensional.

 

When was Jurco's chance? He played with Luke Glendening and Drew Miller on the 4th line. 

 

He may ultimately be a bust, but I'm not going to judge a skilled forward based on that usage. 




#2672990 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by GoWings1905 on 22 April 2016 - 01:07 PM

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.

 

I agree with you -- I wanted Smith paired with Kronwall after they played together in the Boston series in 2014. 

 

Not sure I would want Smith anywhere near Kronwall now, though. I think Smith needs a partner that can let him do his thing offensively and Kronwall is too slow to cover up for him anymore. I know there is a lot up in the air yet with the defense, but I would like to see a DeKeyser-Smith pairing going forward. 

 

The scary part is that even losing Quincey, the Wings still have a logjam of d-men next season and they have never even given XO, Sproul, Russo or Jensen a serious look yet. We don't even know what we have in any of them because players like Ericsson and Quincey have been blocking them from the NHL. I think Ericsson will be impossible to move, even if Holland got out of his comfort zone and tried. A 32-year-old, overpaid, turnover prone d-man signed for four more years isn't going to fetch much interest. I think the Red Wings are more likely to see Smith as the trade piece, which I think would be a huge mistake. 




#2672980 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by GoWings1905 on 22 April 2016 - 11:53 AM

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. 




#2672782 I Hate Jeff Blashill because ...

Posted by GoWings1905 on 21 April 2016 - 09:50 PM

Don't hate Blash, but I am about done with Holland.

I think Blash is somewhat handcuffed by Holland's atrocious contracts and mentality of the organization to always let veteran players run the show.

I'm hoping next season will be very different. It's going to be ugly regardless due to Holland's cap management, but maybe it will finally be a full transition to letting the young guys loose.


#2672523 ECQF Game 5 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 EST

Posted by GoWings1905 on 21 April 2016 - 08:33 PM

I smell something coming....


Probably not the scent of an AA shift.


#2672331 ECQF Game 5 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 EST

Posted by GoWings1905 on 21 April 2016 - 07:33 PM

Joakim Andersson: 1:57 of ice time with four PK's already.

Absolutely dumbfounding decision to play him over Mantha.


#2672245 ECQF Game 5 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 EST

Posted by GoWings1905 on 21 April 2016 - 06:58 PM

My 8 year old daughter skates and works harder in her hockey games in comparison to Z!


Blame the coaches who still force him into roles that he physically cannot handle anymore. They treat Z like a first line center. His decline is only more noticeable like Kronwall's because they both play way too much.


#2671740 ECQF Game 4 Post-GTD: Tampa Bay 3, at Red Wings 2

Posted by GoWings1905 on 19 April 2016 - 10:12 PM

No worries.
 
I thought that Mrazek let in some softies. And to be honest, Datsyuk was really really off today.
 
Wonder if he's injured or just looking forward to going back to Russia. The team hasn't given him a reason to stay this year..


Could be both combined with the fact that the Red Wings are still relying on a 38-year-old to drive the offense.


#2671697 ECQF Game 4 Post-GTD: Tampa Bay 3, at Red Wings 2

Posted by GoWings1905 on 19 April 2016 - 09:26 PM

Its amazing everyone is calling for Blashills head. Same thing was said about Babs after his first year when the Wings bombed out 5 times harder than this year. Good thing nobody listened to the fans then.


Don't want Blash fired, but he has been a huge disappointment for me. I was stoked when he got the job, but he has become Babcock without actually being able to coach like Babs.

A part of me feels/hopes Blashill is just taking orders from Holland. We all know how much this organization overvalues the playoff streak.

I'm willing to give Blashill next season to try and establish more of his own identity and system. Which sure as hell better fully involve the young guys getting and keeping larger roles.


#2671691 ECQF Game 4 Post-GTD: Tampa Bay 3, at Red Wings 2

Posted by GoWings1905 on 19 April 2016 - 09:21 PM

Guys, it could be worse.  We could end up with Holland, Blashill, Ericsson, Zetterberg and Kronwall all returning next season................


Plus seven more years of Abdelkader and Datsyuk's contract not going away when he bolts to Russia.

I don't trust Holland to make impactful moves anyways, but he basically just handcuffed himself regardless due to his own poor cap management.


#2671657 ECQF Game 4 Post-GTD: Tampa Bay 3, at Red Wings 2

Posted by GoWings1905 on 19 April 2016 - 09:07 PM

Glad we have that PK stalwart Andersson dressed. Clearly made a huge impact tonight. Definitely more valuable than having Mantha out there potentially helping the disastrous power play.

Blashill is getting schooled this series. Hasn't made an adjustment all season on the power play and continues to expect declining veterans to bail the team out.

More than anything though, Ken Holland easily deserves the most blame. The deals for Ericsson and Abdelkader alone should be a fire able offense. Holland completely refuses to adapt and the Red Wings are stuck in mediocrity with no direction going forward.

The organization is getting what it deserves right now. Until they drop the stubbornness and commit to an actual philosophy besides just continuing a stupid playoff streak, then I fear there is plenty more frustration ahead.


#2669671 ECQF Game 2 Post-GDT: at Tampa Bay 5, Red Wings 2

Posted by GoWings1905 on 15 April 2016 - 09:27 PM

I hope somebody in the media puts the squeeze on Blashill on why his lines are so pathetic. I'll admit Richards looks great so far


Have you seen the Wings media? They are all frickin lap dogs for Holland. None of them ever ask a tough question.

HSJ is probably writing up an article right now on how tonight's "gritty" effort shows Abby's leadership qualities for the next seven years.