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#2308167 Bobby Ryan

Posted by GoWings1905 on 19 June 2012 - 11:32 PM

I really fail to see the point of the Red Wings making trades right now. Why give up valuable assets when they have the ability to address their needs through free agency very soon? They have the cap space to sign the top free agents available without giving up major pieces of the team now and in the future.

Trades would be a nice fallback option after July 1st maybe, but I don't see any reason for Holland to start making deals at the draft.

#2307930 Brad Stuart's rights traded to San Jose

Posted by GoWings1905 on 18 June 2012 - 10:00 PM

I'm happy everything worked out well for Stuart. It sucks to see him with a team like the Sharks, but I will never fault Stuart for doing what is best for his family. All of the negative comments being thrown at Stuart are unfair. I remember after the Red Wings won the cup in 2008, it was widely speculated that Stuart would end up going back out west then. He sacrificed and gave the Red Wings four more years of service and steady play on defense.

I do feel Stuart is on the decline, but the timing of him leaving is really unfortunate for the Red Wings. Lidstrom, Rafalski and Stuart all gone within a year -- overhauling 3/4 of a top four on defense that quickly is quite the challenge. There was nothing flashy about Stuart, however he was extremely reliable and consistent. He could eat up minutes and was the best penalty killer/shot blocker on the team. Ericsson looked capable of sliding into that role and now we have to hope Quincey steps up and improves his play as well to help fill the void.

As for the above claiming Stuart "quit", that's why I never read the comments on any MLive article. I swear the most obnoxious, fickle and ignorant fans all flock there. It is the same thing with the Tigers too. Ansar Khan is really good in his coverage of the Red Wings, so the articles themselves are worthwhile, but you end up hating humanity reading the comments.

#2304415 Nick Lidstrom retires after 20 seasons

Posted by GoWings1905 on 31 May 2012 - 06:44 PM

Just got done watching the PC on DVR and it still seems surreal. You knew it was coming someday soon, but yet I still can't imagine the Red Wings coming out in October and Nick Lidstrom won't be on the ice. Obviously this is a very sad day for the entire organization and us fans, but more than anything I feel extremely proud today. Nick Lidstrom represents everything I love about the Red Wings. We are so blessed to have witnessed his class, leadership and out-of-this-world talent for two decades.

It truly is the end of an era too. I feel like some of the fondest memories of my childhood just got the final chapter closed today. Stevie, Nick, Ozzie, the Grind Line members, and probably Homer are all gone. It was such a treat to grow up watching some truly incredible hockey players and teams. We will never see anything again quite like the run the Red Wings had during the Lidstrom years.

I really can't even describe in words how special Lidstrom was. I've never seen a better hockey player and likely never will. Maybe perfect truly is the best term.

Thanks for the many, many memories Nick! You're the best #5. :bye2:

#2303824 Nick Lidstrom retires after 20 seasons

Posted by GoWings1905 on 30 May 2012 - 02:49 PM

I feel sick to my stomach.

I had a feeling Nick was done, but you never wanted to see the day actually arrive.

#2302128 2012 Baseball thread

Posted by GoWings1905 on 18 May 2012 - 08:58 PM

Unfortunately I couldn't see it tonight, but what else is there to say about Justin Verlander? He could easily have five no-hitters or so by now. I remember a couple games last season where he got extremely close against the Indians and Angels. Those are just off the top of my head too, so I'm sure there's more where he has gone deep and just barely missed it.

Once in a lifetime talent. He's such a treat to watch.

#2301935 Iginla

Posted by GoWings1905 on 17 May 2012 - 08:37 PM

I would LOVE Clowe. That'd be one of the best reasonable trades Holland could make, imo.

Agreed. Clowe would be a fantastic addition for the Red Wings. Obviously Parise should be the main target, but imagine what injecting both Parise and Clowe would do for the top-six. No more having Datsyuk lug around Franzen and Bertuzzi.

Clowe's combination of size, skill and energy is something the Red Wings are desperately lacking. We know Babcock loves having a big body on each line and sadly he hasn't had much to work with in that regard. Bertuzzi is big, but shouldn't be playing in the top-six. Franzen plays like he's Hudler's size and Hudler at least tries but is too small especially for playoff hockey. That's half of the top-six right there and we wonder why Pavel, Z and Filppula look like they have to create everything on their own most games.

Having Clowe around to open up some ice for the skill players would be a huge benefit. Plus, he isn't scared to go into the tough areas of the ice to compete. The Red Wings need more of that in large doses.

I would take Clowe in a heartbeat. I will live with some penalty minutes when you consider all of the other positive attributes he brings to a team. Besides, Bertuzzi is extremely undisciplined. That's a silly argument for not wanting Clowe around.

#2301829 Chances of landing Parise?

Posted by GoWings1905 on 17 May 2012 - 12:51 PM

I feel like changing my vote to ZERO...re-sign Holmstrom? Offer a contract to another small Euro player? I sometimes think Holland doesn't know his ass from a hole in the ground...

I honestly don't see the connection there. Bringing Holmstrom back isn't going to prevent the Red Wings from pursuing Parise. Granted, I prefer Holmstrom retire too, but his contact will be minimal if he does return.

#2301031 Babcock and Holland want to keep Homer.

Posted by GoWings1905 on 13 May 2012 - 03:22 PM

Mursak, Holmstrom



So LGW, how will this team do next season?

Same as the one that got eliminated in the first round.

#2300414 Chances of landing Parise?

Posted by GoWings1905 on 09 May 2012 - 06:00 PM

Holland can't just come out and say he's pursuing Parise right now. He's under contract with another team still.

#2300099 Chances of landing Parise?

Posted by GoWings1905 on 08 May 2012 - 01:45 PM

I went 40% which I think is fairly high confidence for a free agent that will attract major attention. If Parise gets to July 1st, my hunch is the Red Wings are the favorite to land him. I have nothing to base that on but speculation and maybe a whole hell of a lot of hope.

I think Minnesota will be the other destination most in play here. I know the Red Wings philosophy is generally not to get into bidding wars, but Parise is the type of player you throw out the standard and go all out to sign.

If we had a similar confidence poll for Suter, I would go much lower. For some reason, it just seems like Parise is the perfect fit for Detroit. I get the feeling he's the top target this summer for Holland and maybe that leftover cap space was saved up just for this.

#2299355 #4 Nashville Predators vs. #3 Phoenix Coyotes

Posted by GoWings1905 on 04 May 2012 - 06:57 PM

Ours was better ;)

That might have been the best pregame event the Red Wings have put together for the playoffs. It's a shame we only got to witness it twice.

#2298496 #4 Nashville Predators vs. #3 Phoenix Coyotes

Posted by GoWings1905 on 01 May 2012 - 12:21 PM

So all the talk about how this was Nashville's year based on getting Radalov and Kostitsyn was just bs. After watching them beat our Wings, I felt like Nashville wasn't all that great. They beat us because of great goaltending and poor play by the Wings. Now it has caught up to them. I love it.

The same is happening to St. Louis. They were playing over their heads and now it has all come crashing down.

Balance has been restored to the force.

Does it change anything really? The Red Wings are still at home. Nashville may have been overhyped some, but what does it say then that the Red Wings won one lousy playoff game against them?

#2298301 Operation Eaves

Posted by GoWings1905 on 30 April 2012 - 03:57 PM

Can't wait to have Eaves back next season. Second best penalty killer on the team and hands-down the best forward at blocking shots. Definitely need his energy and hard work to boost the bottom six alongside Helm.

I'd love to see a line of Miller-Helm-Eaves consistently.

#2298114 #4 Nashville Predators vs. #3 Phoenix Coyotes

Posted by GoWings1905 on 29 April 2012 - 09:36 PM

What Phoenix is doeing to the Preds doesn't change anything to what the wings have to do this summer, maybe Rinne was hotter against the Wings, maybe the Coyotes play a different kind of hockey, it doesn't change the fact that the Wings need help.

It doesn't, but it also further illustrates how badly the Red Wings do have needs. If Nashville/Rinne came out and shut down the Coyotes too then maybe it perpetuates the hot goalie excuse. I want Phoenix to continue to humiliate the Predators -- anything to keep pressing away from the "we like our team" mantra this summer.

Phoenix's best goal-scorer is Radim Vrbata, top point-producer is Ray Whitney at age 63. Yet, they have done the right things to take command of the series with far less talent offensively than the Red Wings threw on the ice.

It doesn't change what the Red Wings need to accomplish, but I do think it really emphasizes how important it is to get serious help at forward.

#2298097 #4 Nashville Predators vs. #3 Phoenix Coyotes

Posted by GoWings1905 on 29 April 2012 - 09:09 PM

I hope his wife is making him change all the poopie diapers. It seems fitting, somehow. <_<

Doubtful. Franzen never goes into the tough areas.