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lomekian

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In Topic: Bravo, Smitty

02 January 2016 - 10:39 PM

Smith has always had the talent to make an impact at this level...remember his first call up, where conducive pairings gave him less responsibility and he went 0.5 ppg....For entirely understandable long term reasons, Babs tried to force him into being a more defensively responsible D-man, but all this did was neuter his strengths, while he showed no real aptitude for resolving his weaknesses.

 

Now its a case of usage, freedom and confidence and we are seeing the guy we thought we had in 2012. He's always going to be risky, but as has been said elsewhere, you may as well let him play and get the reward rather than shut him down and just have slightly less risk...


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...