Jump to content

lomekian's Photo


Member Since 25 May 2007
Offline Last Active Nov 24 2015 03:17 AM

Posts I've Made

In Topic: Who and What are the Detroit Red Wings?

24 November 2015 - 03:17 AM

This team is on the lower part of the upward curve of the parabola and have managed to turn over 65% of the roster without missing the playoffs and has done so being a couple of dodgy refereeing calls away from beating the eventual cup winners or runners-up twice in recent years.

We still aren't a legit contender, but as ever have enough about the roster to suggest that if they get hot and and lucky with the draw, they could go deep into the playoffs.

The wings are trying the ambitious and unusual approach of trying to turn over a complete roster, using primarily home-grown players and progress to a position of challenging without ever having a truly fallow period.

Whether this can work will be clear in the next 2-3 years, but if successful would be an outstanding achievement and could possibly extend the streak to 30-35 years, which would be amazing.

The worth of being able to ice a playoff team every year, despite transition, will only serve to keep Detroit relevant for potential long term UFAs regardless of CBA developments. People have bemoaned missing out on Suter, but we were in the last two for the most desirable UFA in the last decade and only lost out due to a combination of personal circumstances for the player.

As a club the DRW remain in great shape. As a roster? We'll know a lot more after the next 2 years.

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

21 November 2015 - 10:47 PM

Boom goes the Pulkannon...why they don't just stick him there on every other PP I don't know...

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

21 November 2015 - 10:31 PM

nice ... a play that starts off that bulls*** icing call with help from zetterberg making a bad decision..

In Topic: 11/16 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Senators 3 (OT)

16 November 2015 - 08:37 PM

Another fictional penalty. Glendenning called for a hook, when he was hooked....NHL officiating is really down the toilet...

In Topic: Smith-Kronwall

15 November 2015 - 06:35 AM

This is such a great post. You have completely nailed the Smith-Kindl pairing synopsis. It cant be phrased any better or more accurately.

Thanks! The frustrating thing is, if you could take the best qualities of each you could have an nhl first or second pairing d-man....of course the worst of each would be lucky to get into the echl ...of course the reason both have been persevered with is that their primary frailties are mental and, in theory conquerable, particularly in the case of Smith, who has just demonstrated a remarkable incapacity to learn from his mistakes and an inability to concentrate for more than two games in a row. Kindl is easier to jettison despite being marginally more consistent, because he just doesn't have the cojones to be consistently effective in this league. He plays like he's scared of being hurt, despite having been hurt less than almost any other player in our line-up. Despite being in N/A since 16, he is the archetypal soft-skilled euro that can't really survive in this league that don Cherry is thankful for. Smith is just an eejit who can be effective if playing with someone with serious brains. Smith is like the occasional guys we had who looked great alongside Lidstrom only to be badly exposed elsewhere.

Key thing is neither has any consistency. I think kindl is a slightly safer option, but smith brings more energy and combativeness that this line-up needs more of.

But ultimately both are less of a problem than our lack of quality higher up. Kroner was a 1b, but it's reverted to his normal level of being a #3. DDK is a very good #3/4. Ericsson is good at #4/5. Green we are still finding out about but essentially he is a 2nd pairing guy. Quincey is a #4/5/6 depending on who he's with. Smith and Kindl are both #6/7/8 d-men if we are honest, though smith can do the odd game higher up. Marchenko looks a decent bet for a career #5/6..

As with our forward line up, we halve lots of middle ranking players but the only ones who can claim to be top line locks are on the downward curve.

The only real positive is that the proper transition has started and some of the kids look ready to contribute.