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#2682969 Should any of #91, #13, #40, #30 be retired? Poll/Discussion

Posted by VM1138 on 12 July 2016 - 11:48 AM

 
I don't really understand your first comment? He did an interview with Mitch Albom, he authorized the release of it on April 11th - this is what started the "rumours"? If this isn't seen as a distraction to a professional franchise (that happens to have 19 other players starting a playoff series at different points in their careers) - I don't know what to tell you.
 
It isn't me who "keeps citing" the 30 hour drive, that was the first time I commented on it (do your homework) - but unfortunately it happens to be a fact that makes his excuse for leaving less legitimate. Yes, we are all aware that planes travel at faster speeds than automobiles, but planes also travel from Russia to Detroit - and if a 3 hour flight (which is really a 6-7 hour travel commitment) is going to change his relationship with his daughter, I don't really believe it. 
 
If our team was competitive, he probably finishes out his contract. Instead he left to play for the best team in the KHL, while he still has a couple years left to chase a championship. The Illitch family threatened him with a lawsuit one year ago (when he initially wanted to leave) and probably cut him a deal. Something tells me that
same family won't be hanging the #13 in their new building.


You're right. A three hour flight is totally what it would be to fly internationally from Detroit to his home.

The IQ in this place has dropped considerably the last year or two.


#2682950 Should any of #91, #13, #40, #30 be retired? Poll/Discussion

Posted by VM1138 on 12 July 2016 - 08:15 AM

He didn't put it out there. He addressed the rumors once they were gaining traction to reduce the uncertainty.

And why do you keep citing a 30 hour drive? He's never going to drive to see her. Someone noted it's like a three hour flight. Be reasonable.


#2682903 Should any of #91, #13, #40, #30 be retired? Poll/Discussion

Posted by VM1138 on 11 July 2016 - 02:16 PM

It's LGW. If it's not hyperbole it's not worth typing.


#2682885 Datsyuk Announcement to Officially Leave NHL

Posted by VM1138 on 11 July 2016 - 08:06 AM

This has been discussed ad nauseum. It's far easier to visit family within the same country than internationally. Plus, he will actually be nearby frequently because of the teams he will play. It's not that hard to grasp, people.


#2682647 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by VM1138 on 08 July 2016 - 03:57 PM

The team hasn't changed much, for sure. We got a net front presence, so we improved there, and we made a lateral move with Nielsen replacing a crippled Datsyuk. But that's it. Maybe slightly more agitatorish with Ott. But still basically the same team. Basically it all hinges on Vanek transforming into a stud who gives us the net front presence. So not a hugely drastic change.


#2682362 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by VM1138 on 06 July 2016 - 06:59 AM

These charts aren't ridiculous. Of course they aren't the be-all, end-all, and shouldn't be the only thing used to evaluate players, but they are a very important tool. Just like you shouldn't just use point totals as an indicator of a players worth, or the eye-test, you shouldn't just use these HERO charts or any other single variation of data.

All of these advanced analytics are very new to a lot of people, and if you don't understand them, they can be pretty intimidating at first. I don't think it's a big deal if you don't understand them, but it is a problem if you flat out refuse to understand them. And I know for a fact there are some on here that will do whatever they can to avoid this "nonsense". Unfortunately for them, this nonsense is growing more and more, and soon enough you'll have to adapt with it. To me, it's really no different than when shots on goal started being tracked, or hits, or blocked shots. It's just a new way of tracking stats...

By the way, this isn't meant directly against you, nyquististhefuture, just at anyone that may not like these charts and advanced stats...


It's not that we don't understand them or are intimidated by them. It's that the numbers don't hold up unless they are properly contextualized. Any statistician would tell you the same thing but these analytic fans don't realize that. Plus they love to talk down to the rest of us, which added together makes us long time hockey fans disregard most things stats fans say.

I think we have to have a combination. If the stats seem way off the mark (like Smith being better than Lidstrom) we can't just blindly accept them. There's room for intuition, observation and stats, taken altogether.


#2682309 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by VM1138 on 05 July 2016 - 05:54 PM

I want to get rid of Ericsson as much as you guys, but it just makes way more sense to keep him rather than buy him out. It's cheaper that way.  They just have to be brave enough to scratch him regardless of his contract.




#2681984 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by VM1138 on 02 July 2016 - 03:48 PM

I'd seriously consider trading Mantha now, whereas I wouldn't have a few days ago. It's clear management isn't very high on him and he's not going to get a very good shot to make the team unless he pulls a Larkin. His development because of this is basically finished in our system. He has some value, so bring us a defender, Kenny.


#2681800 Darren Helm re-signed: 5 years, $3.85m AAV

Posted by VM1138 on 01 July 2016 - 08:21 PM

 

Because at the time we had no Helm or Neilson, I would imagine. 

Holland likes to panic and jump the gun on signing people. I like Miller, but it can't be that hard to find a UFA 4th line penalty killer if we somehow missed out on him.


 

I wouldn't say Kronwall is dead weight, he just needs to be counted on less at this point. He still has a lot to offer in a lesser role. 

 

As for Howard and Ericsson, I agree. Sadly we're stuck with Howard unless we get lucky.                                                                                                                            

 

Goalies are hard to move. We're stuck with Howard, maybe for the duration of the contract.  I would hope we could find a buyer over the next few years, but yeah, we're probably stuck with him.  Ericsson, even with all his contract stipulations, would be easier to move.  I'm with you on Kronwall, though.  He's still a serviceable top four guy, he just never really stepped into the Number 1 spot like we all hoped he would.  Unfortunately, we have about a thousand middle pairing defensemen, so...




#2681633 Thomas Vanek signs 1 year, $2.6m deal with Detroit

Posted by VM1138 on 01 July 2016 - 03:14 PM

Net front presence we've been missing for years? I'll take it. None of our changes will light the world on fire but they DO make us a bit more dynamic, which we badly needed. Give the offense a different tool to use and suddenly we aren't so one dimensional, even if that tool isn't a top line star.

We still need a star or two but I'm making peace with the fact that we won't get them this offseason. But we still need a defenseman and to clear up some dead weight. I was almost as excited for the reductions as I was the additions this offseason.


#2681592 Thomas Vanek signs 1 year, $2.6m deal with Detroit

Posted by VM1138 on 01 July 2016 - 02:55 PM

You would think we have to trade some guys. Logjam at D and at forward.


#2681445 Frans Nielson signs 6 year $5.25m AAV contract with Detroit

Posted by VM1138 on 01 July 2016 - 01:17 PM

It was clear that we had no chance of signing him,...but meanwhile...
 
Eric Staal to the wild for 3 years at 3.5
 
I'd have loved that.


Staal would get eaten alive by Wings fans. He's old, losing his legs and fans in NY hated him. He's a classic Holland signing that has blown up in our faces year in and year out.

We need to figure out why they don't want to come here (we have no cup potential) and fix that problem.


Nielsen took less money and term to come here. Apparently some players still like us.


#2681272 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by VM1138 on 01 July 2016 - 11:59 AM

From what I'm reading and talking to Isles fans about they're feeling worse about losing Nielsen than Okposo. They really made a push to keep him.
 
Quick read: http://www.lighthous...tract-red-wings
 
Comments are worth perusing.


My main concern is he's a playmaker on a team with no finishers now.


#2681011 Darren Helm re-signed: 5 years, $3.85m AAV

Posted by VM1138 on 01 July 2016 - 10:17 AM

Just imagine the fun that will break out if Helm is AA's replacement, with AA being traded.


#2680960 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by VM1138 on 01 July 2016 - 09:56 AM

Guys, you can't make bold moves by being bold. Familiarity leads to bold changes, Holland told me himself.