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#2527545 UFA day looking up

Posted by F.Michael on 01 July 2014 - 08:35 AM

Wings out on Niskanen. http://www.freep.com...RTS05/307010072


Welcome to Detroit Boyle. Glad to see Holland is helping us get younger and faster. 

Well - that article isn't factual - it's St.James opinion.


Holland IMHO is still in the hunt for Niskanen, and paying that much for Boyle leaves me scratching my head (although it is a short term deal).

#2527522 It's too bad about us having Weiss...

Posted by F.Michael on 01 July 2014 - 07:33 AM

It seems as though we're set up front - it's on D where we need help.


I'm hoping Weiss will be healthy...As of now we can't say he was a bust.

#2526062 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by F.Michael on 27 June 2014 - 09:24 AM

McQuaid for me please.

I for one would love to see that type of player on the Wings blue line - however am I the only one who thinks McQuaid would get the 'Commodore', or 'Tootoo' treatment?

#2525982 Wings to have face to face with Matt Niskanen

Posted by F.Michael on 26 June 2014 - 08:54 PM

What does that even mean lol

Franzen and holland bashing is mindless spam. Throw their names in a lame joke that has nothing to do with what is being discussed. There's about eight of them on each page of every thread

I'm assuming your post was in reference to mine?


Anywho - my point was made in jest - however there's a tad bit of truth as well...


DickieDunn pointed out how Niskanen will make out like a bandit being a UFA come July 1st, but has he the credentials to earn that sizeable payday?


Like Franzen - he hasn't had multiple years of impressive production to warrant a big raise - however so goes UFA in the modern era of the NHL.


Unless he's brain dead - I'm certain Franzen is away of his critics - be it us fans, or the media...My joke involved the notion of having someone else on the team that isn't living up to their expectation (read paycheck) as to take the heat off himself.

#2524976 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by F.Michael on 20 June 2014 - 11:31 PM

Another question I've been asking myself when it comes to what we need/want this offseason is this:  What kind of  team are we, and what kind of team do we want to be?


It's clear that there's a lot of talent available this offseason.  A whole lot of teams aren't happy with the outcomes of their seasons and are looking to shake up their rosters.  But just because a guy is talented, or has played the right role in the past, doesn't mean he's a fit.  For a few years now I've felt we were a team without an identity.  Not skilled enough to be a skill team, not gritty enough to be a gritty team, and not big enough to be a power team.  Now we've got some young talent coming along which displays some skill, and was drafted as such.  Do we keep going in that direction and try to overwhelm teams with pure skill?  Do we augment it with power?  Do we augment it with grittiness?  


Personally, I think we can't expect playoff success on pure skill. Teams keep us to the outside and block shots.  And we don't have the core go completely over to power like a Boston or Anahiem (whose best players are huge).  I think the smartest move is to go gritty.  Replace just a little bit of high end skill for fast, tough, rough guys.  Be like a better version of Montreal or Columbus.  Which would preclude acquiring guys like Thornton or Perron.  But that's just me. 



Wholeheartedly agree about the lack of identity.


The Wings have been clinging to the puck possession game but no longer had enough talent on the roster to make that work effectively, especially on the blueline.  But they aren't really built for any clear alternative.

Not to be a pisser, but we sorta do have an 'identity'.....Smaller - skilled - puck possessing - non-confrontational - 'reloading'.


It may not be what we want, but it's what we are...I agree with you guys; I'd like to see this team get a bit tougher to play against, and having a 3rd/4th line that'll plaster opponents along the boards, and drops the mitts whenever it's needed (the broken record that I am).

#2524662 Detroit re-signs Gustavsson 1 yr $1.85 mill

Posted by F.Michael on 19 June 2014 - 06:03 PM

Good signing.


Was damn solid in net when healthy...Without his numbers - the Wings might've not made the playoffs this past spring.

#2524661 Compliance buyout expected to be used on Tootoo

Posted by F.Michael on 19 June 2014 - 05:59 PM

I keep seeing that argument against Franzen about him being hot in meaningless moments, but I'm not sure where it came from. I remember thinking last season when he was red hot "thank god Franzen is scoring". I don't have the numbers to back this statement up but I remember having the thought that his hot streak last season was clutch. Then when he slowed down Nyquist rocketed forward. My point is I just don't know of "he scores in meaningless situations" really has any validity. If someone has the numbers that say otherwise that's cool, I'll accept that. My feelings on Franzen are mixed, I'm definitely not trying to blindly defend him.

Well - when we need the Mule to step it up - he usually doesn't.


Many will point towards his point production, and his cap value ratio - however he's still getting paid $5 million plus thru the 2015/2016 season...I'm all for using him as part of a package deal.

#2524581 Shawn Thornton will not be returning to the Bruins

Posted by F.Michael on 19 June 2014 - 11:57 AM

High scoring? Scoring is at the lowest it's ever been

Hmm - I believe the 'Dead Puck Era' from the mid 1990's to the mid 2000's had seen lower scoring games - hence the changes made to increase scoring opportunities.


Ironically - 1980's scoring races coincided with fisticuffs galore.

#2524554 Shawn Thornton will not be returning to the Bruins

Posted by F.Michael on 19 June 2014 - 10:13 AM

Goons and big hits are being phased out because of the concussion lawsuits, both the ones against the NHL and the big settlement with the NFL.

What you're saying is true, but does anyone else out there getting tired of players taking liberties (Brooks Orpik, or Matt Cooke for example) ?


The knuckle dragger in me would rather see justice served on ice instead of some board room in NYC.

#2524376 Shawn Thornton will not be returning to the Bruins

Posted by F.Michael on 18 June 2014 - 08:10 AM


Didn't he score several points against our terrible team in that series, despite limited minutes?  


Our 4th liners are hot garbage, and people here are making fun of Thornton, who can actually make the games somewhat interesting to watch, unlike our 4th line of Miller, Glenfiddich and whomever.  

Hey now - Glenfiddich is a fine single malt - especially the 15 yr Solera...

I hope he didn't hear any one making fun of him... I hear he's not afraid to fight.


Also, if Glenfiddich was on our fourth line.  I'd have that jersey already.  Goddamn that'd be awesome.

I'd settle for a Daniels, Beam, Walker... hell, even Powers.

crap - you beat me to it

#2522665 Shero & Bylsma Fired

Posted by F.Michael on 03 June 2014 - 06:54 PM

No. Because he is obnoxious, clearly biased on national broadcasts, annoying, and he gets away with it all.

Maybe I'm getting old, or maybe I don't give a crap, but I can honestly say that I've never heard Mcguire being 'clearly biased'...Yeah - he chats up certain players/teams, but he's doing it because they're exceptional.

#2521890 Puck Daddy: Trotz Head Coach for Caps

Posted by F.Michael on 27 May 2014 - 07:12 PM

Methinks the "Coach Killer" has met his match.

If Ovie, and his teammates ever got their heads outta their asses for a brief moment - they might realize that a guy like Trotz may lead them back into respectability.

#2520848 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by F.Michael on 16 May 2014 - 02:04 PM

A healthy Jonathan Ericsson will be Detroit's addition to their 2014/2015 roster...

#2520808 Dan Boyle not coming back to the Sharks

Posted by F.Michael on 16 May 2014 - 11:06 AM

I dunno.....Sumthin about signing older players who are beyond their prime sorta gives me the willies.

#2520736 ECF : (5) New York Rangers vs. (4) Les Canadiens de Montréal

Posted by F.Michael on 16 May 2014 - 05:33 AM

Devinez quelle équipe je vais être enracinement pour?


Que diriez-vous d'une répétition de l'année 1993 avec les Kings vs Canadiens pour la Stanley Cup?