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#2628052 10/2 Exhibition GDT : Toronto Maple Leafs 2 at Red Wings 4

Posted by GoWings1905 on 02 October 2015 - 07:15 PM

I know it's their thing and all, but Larkin doesn't need ripening of any sort. That kid can play in the NHL right now.

#2627412 9/24 Exhibition GDT : at Red Wings 6, Pittsburgh Penguins 1

Posted by GoWings1905 on 25 September 2015 - 04:25 PM

I'm also in the Red Wings are a "Kronwall-partner d-man" away from serious contention. I know Holland's forte isn't trading, but there has never been a better opportunity to be bold than now. You have Z and Pav on the downside of their careers (yet both still contribute in big ways), an insanely deep prospect pool, one of the best goalie tandems in the league. The only missing piece is a top four d-man. 


The Wings are in a position to contend now without selling off their key components going forward like Larkin. Realistically, there just aren't enough spots to go around as it is. If you can win another cup with the Euro Twins around without mortgaging your future, you have to take advantage of that window. Because truthfully "rebuilding on the fly" has gone quite a bit better than I think anyone in the organization even imagined. They don't have it to tear it down completely or wait on this wave of prospects to fully hit because the group this season is pretty damn good as it is. 

#2625536 Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

Posted by GoWings1905 on 15 September 2015 - 12:41 PM

yeah that was just strange I don't think he is a top pairing guy but someone you can trust on the second pairing.

Green has yet to show that he is more than a very good QB on the PP.

Neither was Brian Rafalski and look what a huge difference he made for the Red Wings. Having d-men that can move the puck and start the transition game in hockey is critical in today's game. I think it's a huge reason the Wings have struggled at even strength lately -- the forwards are capable, but the defense struggles to get them going.

#2625524 Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

Posted by GoWings1905 on 15 September 2015 - 07:55 AM

Franson is a right-handed Kyle Quincey with a decent shot. I think Quincey is even more physical of the two. Green fills a much larger void on defense than Franson would have.

#2625480 Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

Posted by GoWings1905 on 14 September 2015 - 07:28 PM

Green can (and probably will) be a disaster defensively and I won't care. The Wings have enough d-men that are defensive minded and aren't particularly adept at moving the puck and adding offense from the back end. Plus, Green will have the most responsible d-man on the team as his partner.

It's like Tatar and scoring goals. He's kinda careless with the puck and not great defensively, but he brings a skill to the ice that the Wings don't have in abundance otherwise. Green can do his thing and it will be a huge boost -- something severely lacking since Nick and Rafalski left.

#2625298 Over/Under for Larkin's time as a Red Wing in 15/16

Posted by GoWings1905 on 12 September 2015 - 08:55 PM

I knew he wore 19 with UofM, and 21 with USA, but he wore 25 with the Griffins, and in Red Wings training camp. I just assumed he was taking number 25... 71 is completely random and there must be some mistake there...

Larkin wanted 17, but Richards snagged it so he flipped to 71. He should most likely be able to get 17 back next season.

#2625257 2015-2016 expectations

Posted by GoWings1905 on 12 September 2015 - 09:14 AM


This is a very good point.  I hadn't thought about it.  There should be a learning curve for a lot of coaches, particularly non-offensive minded coaches, for about a year or so. 


You mean like our former one that probably would use Glendening and Miller for most of the 3-on-3 time?

#2624805 Gustavsson gets tryout with Bruins

Posted by GoWings1905 on 06 September 2015 - 04:32 PM

Seems like a perfect scenario. Rask will probably start about 79 games anyways, so Monster can play three, which is about his max before getting hurt.

#2624678 Cleary re-signs... 1 year deal

Posted by GoWings1905 on 04 September 2015 - 04:13 PM

Don't care. He isn't going to see a second of playing time with the Wings unless there are a rash of injuries.

I'm not gonna even get worked up over this.

#2624181 Moving Jimmy Howard

Posted by GoWings1905 on 30 August 2015 - 04:00 PM

Jimmy is still better than Mrazek. Lol yeah sure he is.

I think Mrazek has a higher ceiling no doubt, but right now I would take Howard too. People seem to forget how consistent Howard has been since becoming the starter. He's not a superstar, but he is still a very good goalie.

#2624031 Moving Jimmy Howard

Posted by GoWings1905 on 28 August 2015 - 06:20 PM

No. I wouldn't even consider it until next summer.

1. The Red Wings are a better team with both Mrazek and Howard than with any pieces they could possibly get for Howard.

2. Howard was a really good goalie until January last season and Mrazek hasn't seen the grind of a full NHL season yet.

3. What's the insurance policy if you trade Howard and Mrazek gets hurt?

#2621534 Remaing RFAs to be signed - Jurco, Pulkkinen, Aubry

Posted by GoWings1905 on 24 July 2015 - 07:20 PM


Pleiness actually said the same thing yesterday. Some times they get it wrong, Holland loves smoke and mirrors. Just glad everyone is under contract now.


It doesn't help everyone in the Wings media is a lap dog for the organization. When they claim someone is "far apart" on a deal, obviously that reflects more poorly on the player than Holland. 

#2621532 Remaing RFAs to be signed - Jurco, Pulkkinen, Aubry

Posted by GoWings1905 on 24 July 2015 - 07:15 PM

I'm still a huge Jurco supporter. I think he has a ton of upside despite a pretty mediocre looking second season. The Red Wings botched his development last season -- he either needed to play big minutes in Grand Rapids another year or actually be utilized properly in Detroit. Nobody is going to do s*** offensively with Drew Miller and Luke Glendening. 


Hoping for a nice rebound from Jurco and ideally spending more time with Sheahan as his center going forward. 

#2621238 Pulkkinen re-signs.... 1 year deal

Posted by GoWings1905 on 22 July 2015 - 08:05 PM

Yes... Join the haters. We have cake.

Yup, I hate a player that wears the uniform of my favorite team. That was clearly what I was getting at in my post. God forbid anyone has a dissenting opinion about a player on a discussion board.

#2620012 Gustav Nyquist signed 4-Year Deal $4.75 mill AAV

Posted by GoWings1905 on 10 July 2015 - 04:43 PM

Who cares if Andersson, Ferraro and Callahan are lost? Almost everyone was begging Andersson to leave anyways, Ferraro is a spare part and Callahan has never played a second in the NHL and would probably clear waivers regardless. Getting Nyquist signed to a reasonable contract is far more important.

This summer has been really well done by Holland. Given the lack of quality talent available in free agency, he still made the Red Wings much better for next season without having to sacrifice pieces of the future in the process. I don't think Holland could have done much better.