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lomekian

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In Topic: I Hate Jeff Blashill because ...

21 April 2016 - 11:05 PM

What was particularly bizarre about benching AA was that this was after he gave him a couple of shifts with dats...


In Topic: ECQF Game 5 Post-GDT: at Tampa Bay 1, Red Wings 0 (TB Wins, 4-1)

21 April 2016 - 10:36 PM

Well that was a damp squib. Same problem as all year. And for the last few years. This team has had lots of skilled smart players but no goalscorers. Franzen has been a massive loss, despite the endless flack he used to get from the stupid, because for all his floaty streakyness, he ALWAYS put up points, was a consistent goal threat (if not a consistent scorer) and could both snipe from the outside or score in close. We have to pin our hopes on Mantha being that player going forward.

 

Like last year, the wings deserved to win this series, being the better team in more games than not, but just couldn't solve Bishop (who was at his huge best tonight).

 

Sad to see Pasha go like this, but like Z and K, he's not the player he was (despite still being one of our better guys).

 

While I don't see a tank coming, I do think this is a seminal moment. Unless KH can somehow rustle up Stamkos or a Lucic in FA, I think its much more re-build and youth movement in earnest. While D, Z and K were at the level they showed last year and at times this year, it was always worth going for it, and hoping a hot goalie or a Franzen like emergence could get us deep into the playoffs. With Franzen done, Dats going and Hank and Kronner having clearly dropped off to support player level, the game changes for the wings. Unless they trade D's contract and hit a HR in FA.

 

Oulette, AA, Larkin, Marchy and Mrazek will all be fixtures next year. I expect Mantha to be so soon enough, and I wouldn't be shocked to see Sproul and  Pulky (who despite his flaws should have seen a lot more games this year, because the guy can score, and if he can learn to adapt to the NHL, he could be important going forward).

 

Maybe not everyone's choice, but I hope Helm is willing to come back at a reasonable salary. We all know his limitations, but if a more in earnest youth movement can change the balance of the roster a little, he will remain a useful (and highly tradeable) piece


In Topic: ECQF Game 4 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

19 April 2016 - 06:35 PM

Stripes only capable of calling them one way today...


In Topic: ECQF Game 3 Post-GDT: at Red Wings 2, Tampa Bay 0

17 April 2016 - 08:57 PM

Apart from converting chances and the embarrassing power play, tonight was almost as well as the Wings can collectively play. The question is, can they keep up this pace. Much better line distribution from Blash, and the D looked better sans Quincey. 

 

On of the easiest shut-outs Mrazek will ever have. 

 

Smith once agains shows that he is a different proposition in the playoffs with an inspired performance, but to be honest, all the D were solid tonight. Dare I say it Ericsson looked like the D-man who signed that contract, rather than the imposter who has been here for the last 2 years. 

 

This roster's lack of finish and goalscoring instincts remains a real worry, but Glenny, Sheahan and abdelkader is an excellent shut down line that also has a goal threat. 

 

Feels like that was the performance we've been waiting for, bar the PP.


In Topic: ECQF Game 3 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

17 April 2016 - 08:22 PM

I don't think there can be any doubt that whoever is coaching the PP needs to be relieved of their position...jesus...