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#2673027 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by VM1138 on 22 April 2016 - 03:58 PM

I really hope that's not true. Z would have to be traded, can't have that again next year.

That's ridiculous. Didn't it come out that Z was pushing for more minutes for Athanasiou? Also, it just doesn't make any sense for them to push for someone like Andersson to come back.

I think Z and Kronwall definitely lead the room, they're the leaders for a reason, but they weren't destroying the team so their buddies could play. That's just retarded.

I do think Blashill deferred to the vets too much, and it's because he's so new to the league. But I don't think they were making team wide line decisions.

Handling vets and kids requires different approaches. Babcock had a similar problem when he joined the Wings, only he road the vets too hard in practice and tried to micromanage. I think Blashill just panicked and left morale and motivation purely to the vets, thinking they'd find that next level and carry the team. I doubt he makes that mistake next year.

#2673021 ECQF Game 5 Post-GDT: at Tampa Bay 1, Red Wings 0 (TB Wins, 4-1)

Posted by VM1138 on 22 April 2016 - 03:36 PM

He screwed the pooch on the only goal scored. Like was said, of Howard had made that play he'd be the Anti-Christ

Because Howard has made a career out of moves like hat. Mrazek hasn't. Yet. And hopefully won't. Again, he made a last second mistake, Howard's usually deflate us at several points during a game. But that's another debate.

#2672709 ECQF Game 5 Post-GDT: at Tampa Bay 1, Red Wings 0 (TB Wins, 4-1)

Posted by VM1138 on 21 April 2016 - 09:08 PM



It's probably true, though.  Babcock would've tried to fix the PP.  Babcock would've started Mrazek instead of the Howard experiment.  Babcock probably wouldn't have buried Athanasiou because Athanasiou busts his ass and Babcock loves that sort of thing.  Babcock would've buried Tatar or Nyquist long ago.  Babcock would never have let them sit back and not give a s*** for the whole season.


Also, this is a better team (or should have been) than last year and Tampa was worse.  We dominated Tampa most of this series. Babcock definitely would've gotten us a bit farther.  Hardly laughable.

#2672697 ECQF Game 5 Post-GDT: at Tampa Bay 1, Red Wings 0 (TB Wins, 4-1)

Posted by VM1138 on 21 April 2016 - 09:05 PM

It's a good thing we never tried to fix the PP all season long.  And it's a good thing Athanasiou barely saw the ice tonight. And it's a good thing we played not to lose. 


And Nyquist, my God.  Shoot the goddamn puck and actually hit the net for once.  He needs to be gone, his performance this season has been terrible.  Not just stats-wise, but his confidence is completely gone, and he's a totally different player than he was in the first two years.  Tatar I'd be okay with keeping, because at least he is a little spitfire and brings something.  But Nyquist is just dead weight who scores once in a while.

#2672448 ECQF Game 5 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 EST

Posted by VM1138 on 21 April 2016 - 08:12 PM

Imagine if we had some finishers on this team.

#2672111 ECQF Game 5 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 EST

Posted by VM1138 on 21 April 2016 - 03:38 PM

Someone will need to splice that shift together with their first shift. Sad moment man.

#2672110 Ouellet recalled from GR

Posted by VM1138 on 21 April 2016 - 03:37 PM

Really smart too, reads plays very well. Glad he has a one way deal next year, with Kronwall regressing so badly we need more defenceman who can really skate.

He's basically what Smith should have been, plus brains.

#2672034 WCQF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues

Posted by VM1138 on 21 April 2016 - 07:37 AM


In a few years Toews/Kane hit 30 and Keith/Seabrook will be 35, all with another five years on their contracts. We'll see then.


And they'll have a boatload of Cups.  They'll probably win another one in the next few years.  That's four Cups in their era.  I'd call that a win.  That's the whole point, after all, to win.  Not to mention that situations are always fluid and they'll find a way to negate at least a few of the negative impacts of those big contracts. 


Sitting around waiting for cheap players to magically come through your system is a recipe for never winning.  You wait 5-10 years, find out you didn't draft quite good enough, then start the process all over.  I'd rather a GM take a balanced approach, draft as strongly as you can but don't take a passive wait and see attitude.  Life is too short.  Careers are too short.  Win now. Only worrying about mortgaging your future if said future could win you a cup in under three years.

#2671870 Ouellet recalled from GR

Posted by VM1138 on 20 April 2016 - 10:43 AM

I'm surprised XO hasn't gotten more of a look. Must be a cap thing because I think he's better than Marchenko and would probably help the team a decent amount. He's going to have to be up full time next year anyway, I think.

#2671832 Fixing this mess....

Posted by VM1138 on 20 April 2016 - 07:53 AM

Won't happen.  That article also cites the Franzen deal as a reason to fire Holland.  But even though it's turned out horribly, especially when compared to Hossa's post-Wings career, at the time it was a logical decision to make. Franzen looked like he would set the hockey world on fire for years to come.  He was dominant in the playoffs.  He was every bit a Hossa.  Now, signing either one would have been good, but Hossa had the reputation as a bit of a playoff choker, at least with the Wings that year.  So it's not rocket science to see why he was signed and not Hossa. Yes, it turned out bad, but hindsight is 20/20. People need to stop using that as a sign of Holland's inability to make a smart hockey move.


And while Yzerman is a good GM, he's hardly becoming legendary.  He's about to lose his franchise forward, the Drouin situation is a black eye, the whole debacle with St. Louis, etc.  Yes, his team made the finals, but so have a bunch of teams the last ten years. He hasn't consistently made noise in the playoffs yet.  Would I welcome him here? Absolutely. But let's not pretend he's magically the best of the best.  And his team isn't going anywhere this year, but they did benefit from playing an extremely weak Wings team.

#2671830 WCQF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues

Posted by VM1138 on 20 April 2016 - 07:48 AM

Hopefully the Blues can do what the Wings couldn't in 2013. Don't let them add another historic comeback to their legendary Stanley Cup dream parade.

#2671714 ECQF Game 4 Post-GTD: Tampa Bay 3, at Red Wings 2

Posted by VM1138 on 19 April 2016 - 09:33 PM

I'm pissed too but you guys are freaking paranoid.

It doesn't take orders from Holland to make a coach favor the veterans in a crisis. They didn't step up but I can at least see the logic in giving them the chance. Beyond that Blashill is just stubborn and not very good at adapting. He's not sure of himself yet and hesitated to make leaps of faith. It's not a giant conspiracy.

And seriously, bashing Swedes in general? Hockey fans can be some of the most delusional xenophobes out there.

This sucked but Jesus I hope some of you jump off the bandwagon.

#2670895 ECQF Game 4 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by VM1138 on 19 April 2016 - 08:47 AM

Apparently Pulkkinen is being considered to be inserted into the lineup?... I'm not a huge fan of this unless he's replacing Andersson, and is used very little 5on5 and is strictly in to give the power-play a different look... I would rather it be Mantha, but that's obviously not going to happen... As much as I want Andersson as far away from this roster as possible, I'll admit, he had a decent game on Sunday and was a huge factor in setting up Athanasiou's goal. However, the main reason he was put in in the first place, was to help out the penalty kill and in faceoffs, and he has done very little of either. He should still be the odd man out... Pulkkinen with 7 minutes (4-5 on the power-play) >>> Andersson with 7 minutes (1 minute on the penalty kill)...


Honestly if it's between Pulk and Mantha you go Mantha.  Both aren't the best defensively, but at least Mantha brings more than one trick to the show.  Mantha can score, has a big body and finds good positions on the ice.  To play Pulkinnen over Mantha if you're needing offense is insane.  It's like Andersson 2.0.  Guy wasn't good enough to play most of the season but now in critical playoff games he's considered an option?  Meh.

#2670869 ECQF Game 4 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by VM1138 on 19 April 2016 - 06:42 AM

I think Mrazek can do it. When he had to be he was great in Game 3. There's no one I trust more in the dying minutes of a game to hold a lead.

If we fall behind at any point that's where we'll be in trouble.

#2670703 ECQF Game 3 Post-GDT: at Red Wings 2, Tampa Bay 0

Posted by VM1138 on 18 April 2016 - 07:12 AM

It's still concerning that we only scored two goals in a game we dominated. We need to capitalize on at least one power play a game.