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In Topic: Fixing this mess....

19 April 2016 - 10:31 PM

Saddest thing is, The Wings have the second highest payroll in the NHL, factor in Franzen a money and they are tops.

That's the problem. When you have the highest payroll in the league and barely make they playoffs and can't score more than 2 goals or score a PP goal or stop a PK, etc...something is wrong. That something is Ken Holland. He gave way too much money to mediocre players and much too long of contracts and too many NTC'S.

Even if Holland could find takers for Howard or Ericsson, he'll for sure have to retain salary. Thus hindering our cap.


Don't worry, Helm is due of a raise. Detroit will be #1 soon!

In Topic: 12/31 NYE GDT : Pittsburgh Penguins at Red Wings, 6:00 EST

01 January 2016 - 06:05 PM

Well, I am so upset that Sparty could't even muster a point! With my wife's entire family being from Alabama with it wasn't a good evening.  I was upset the Wings pooped themselves, then back it up with the in-law situation, twas not a good Eve sports-wise...


I am glad Smith is doing better, maybe he needs to be the #1 guy here now, demote Kronner because ever since he took over as the #1, he has been worse than when he was #2.  I'm sorry, say what you will about stereotypes and stuff, but the rep on  Swede's is they get their money and take the rest of their career off.  I didn't make that up, nor am I saying it applies to them 100%, but it sure seems like before their life-long contracts were signed, Franzen, Kronwall, Erection and thus far Nyquist (even though his isnt quite a life long deal) have all dialed back their production and effectiveness since they got their's.  Sure Franzen got hurt, but when you aren't giving your all, and taking it easy out there, you get hit in more vulerable situations...anyhow, if Smith isn't going to be traded, then he needs to be our #1 with a d-minded guy next to him.  I don't know how we will be able to acquire a big D-man without having Smith as trade bait, but somehow we need to get him.  I love Danny D, but he really needs to get better and grow more into the game.  He is still kind of jenky out there for his size.  He needs to bulk up more and learn how to say better balanced.  K, E and Q (even though he was dong alright early on) need to be off this team by October.  If somehow we could deal E aong with K and a prospect D for an upgrade, I am ready to do so.  At this point, we need to find a buyer (or seller for that matter) who isn't going to encite a bidding war with all teams. As much as I think Byfuglien would help this team, the forthcoming bidding war for him is going to be insane, even if he hits UFA status, the offers will be astronomical.  It's best maybe to be in contact with the likes of Calgary or Anaheim or Columbus or Edmonon. Then again, we could dangle Richards and or Nyquist out there to make a better offer to some teams.


At this point I am ready to do what it takes to make this team better, and not just a little better, I'm talking earth shaking better.  We need to get into some serious talks with Nashville if indeed the are looking to shed Shea Weber's contract.  I know he'd have to approve a deal, but sometimes players can be persuaded to include certain teams on their OK list.  If Weber were to become available, I'd have no issue including Nyquist AND Mantha in a packag deal.  I'd go, 1st rounder, Mantha, Nyquist, Sproul to start. If they needed another NHL D-man, I am open to Smith, K and E as well.  Have at it.  This team is that desparate, in my eyes, and major changes are needed. I'd even contact Edmonton about Hall and see what they would need in return.


This team is going nowhere with its current roster, its obvious.  Z and D are just too old ad broken now-a-days to carry the team like they used to.  We have some great young talent here, but not enough to make up for the (rapidly) declining D and Z.... 



But I agree.

In Topic: 11/21 GDT : Red Wings at St. Louis Blues, 8:00 EST

22 November 2015 - 12:26 PM

Lowest of our regular forwards. I suppose you could consider Andersson and Ferraro a regular though. 2.5 minutes less than Tatar and 3.5 less than Nyquist. In this game, he played just under 12 minutes, while Tatar and Nyquist played about 17. LA game he did play more than them, one of the few times this year. One game is hardly enough to call a trend, especially considering tonight's game.


You say he can't play defense, but his defensive metrics are among the best on the team, with similar usage to Tatar and Nyquist. You say he can't forecheck in the GDT for a game where his forecheck helped create two goals. Yeah, he's small, but no smaller than Nyquist or Tatar. And he's producing about as well as those two.


If it turns out that Tatar and Nyquist do start losing ice time to Pulks, and he's not producing enough to warrant it, then a change would be in order. But for now it looks like we might finally have three good lines. Nyquist-Sheahan-Tatar has been a good line in pretty much every game they've been together. As has Larkin-Z-Abby. Richards-Dats-Pulks has been together 2 games, been our best possession line both games, and got a goal tonight. Let it ride.


And he has 11 career goals.

Don't try to reason with people. Pulkks is providing scoring depth this team desperately needs yet he gets blamed for all that's wrong with this team. How about blaming players like Abdelkader or Kronwall who are top minute players who look between mediocre and hot garbage instead of a rookie?

In Topic: 11/21 GDT : Red Wings at St. Louis Blues, 8:00 EST

21 November 2015 - 11:04 PM

I hope the plan is to pad Pulkinnen's stats and trade him. Blashill's use of him this year is like Babs with Glendening.... and Blash's use of glendening 


Yeah, I mean 10 points, on pace for 25/40 this year is terrible out of a rookie. And I mean Detroit has no problem scoring so they should get rid of their players that can score.

In Topic: Jeff Blashill = Dave Lewis 2.0 / Coaching Change

16 November 2015 - 10:23 AM

Z, Pav,Larkin, Richards, Sheahan, Helm, AA, Glendening is pretty damn good center depth to me.


You'll say that some of those guys aren't playing center.

In that case, Pav, Z, Richards(or Shea) Glendening is pretty damn good.


really don't think center depth is a problem. Defence is, but we have a great goaltending duo that will cover up somewhat for that.


I think that offensive chemistry is an issue and forchecking/chrashing the net/


I want to try





Sheahan is being converted to the wing because he's not showing any ability to be anything but a meh center. Larkin is young and they aren't trusting him to be a center (whenever he takes a draw he has either Z or Glendening out with him, usually the latter which kills any offense the line could produce). That leaves Z-Pav-Helm-Glendening down the middle.Not really a great middle of the offense, especially since Z and Dats play together half of the games (home games) by all indications.


As for prospects, AA looks to be a Helm replacement. His numbers in the AHL/CHL have mirrored Helm's almost perfectly.