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#2544103 10/23 GDT : Penguins 3 at Red Wings 4 (OT)

Posted by VM1138 on 23 October 2014 - 10:29 PM

It may just be October but this was one of the harder schedules for us all year. We played mostly all top tier teams and are hanging at the top. Definitely a good sign but obviously no one is planning the parade yet.


#2544099 future captains?

Posted by VM1138 on 23 October 2014 - 10:21 PM

I've envisioned Nyquist. He handles himself well in public. Seems a lot like Z was back in the day.


#2542104 Weiss

Posted by VM1138 on 18 October 2014 - 11:38 AM

The thing that bugs me is that while Weiss didn't impress Babcock apparently, he's not terrible.  Maybe he didn't live up to his potential in his 26 games with us--though I still think that's because he played through injury--but he never hurt the team while he was on the ice like Cleary did.  He's got to get some playing time, but with Franzen OK and Datsyuk coming back soon, there's just no way he's going to see ice time if he's waiting for injuries. Honestly I'd rather see Weiss play than Nestrasil, but since they play different positions that probably doesn't matter.




#2541833 10/17 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Maple Leafs 1

Posted by VM1138 on 17 October 2014 - 07:20 PM

Franzen looks fine. 




#2541829 Toronto Radio: Illitch is selling everything and Babs will be Leafs GM

Posted by VM1138 on 17 October 2014 - 07:18 PM

I'm betting that's what we call 'clickbait.'  The Babcock part seems absolutely absurd and reeks of Toronto delusions.  Maybe Illitch sells the franchises (maybe the arena was the last legacy he wanted to leave) but that seems pretty bizarre, too.  With his family so involved in the resurrection of Detroit just saying 'peace out' when things are finally moving seems a little weird. I call BS on this story.




#2540845 Jeff Petry; trade between us and oilers

Posted by VM1138 on 15 October 2014 - 03:37 PM

Unless he doesn't get playing time here so he welcomes the chance to play somewhere....

 

Weiss spent his career on a struggling bottom feeder team.  He got out. He's not going to go back to that situation if he can help it, regardless of playing time.  He's probably frustrated but he knows the chance is good he'll get a shot to play.  Him sitting is just too weird for me, I don't see it the same as Samuelsson's constant scratch status, for example.  He probably sees it that way, too.




#2540657 Jeff Petry; trade between us and oilers

Posted by VM1138 on 14 October 2014 - 03:32 PM

Copper and Blue website article about Petry being scratched.

 

Apparently this is pretty unusual.  Trouble between Eakins and Petry?  Fans seem to consider Petry their best defender, and it sounds like the "no training camp/not up to speed" argument doesn't hold a lot of water.

 

EDIT: We've also been linked to talks about Petry dating back to July, so there's apparently some history. But there are other teams in the mix, if trading him is even being considered by Edmonton.  There's been no hints or confirmation about their willingness, just news that teams have inquired.




#2540199 10/11/14 GDT: Game 2 | Ducks 3 @ Red Wings 2

Posted by VM1138 on 11 October 2014 - 08:38 PM

Why does this kind of s*** always happen against the Ducks? What a let down NHL, after a exciting game to end it like that? blahhhhhh....

 

Honestly it's just because games against the Ducks are always crazy.  These two teams grind each other down and the games are usually very close, meaning that every mistake on the part of a player or a ref is going to be magnified.




#2539914 Jeff Petry; trade between us and oilers

Posted by VM1138 on 11 October 2014 - 07:00 PM

Honestly, who cares if his contract expires next year? It's all a ruse to get rid of Kindl, and if Babcock has no intention of playing Weiss, then it's no loss.  If Petry walks then we just have a ton of cap space to chase someone.  But I don't know anything about this Petry guy, but as a roster clearer it makes sense.




#2539697 Babcock "I don't think it will be my final year here"

Posted by VM1138 on 10 October 2014 - 09:24 AM

I wouldn't assume that.  It's pretty clear he wants to be in control of his career, like Bowman was.  He'll want to take it year by year and see how the franchise is developing.  If we have a good year (improvement over last year) and change to a more exciting youthful style of play I think he'll stay.

 

They're not going to negotiate during the season, so the fact that he hasn't re-signed means little to me.




#2539625 10/9 GDT : Bruins 1 at Red Wings 2.

Posted by VM1138 on 09 October 2014 - 09:15 PM

Did Smith finish with the most ice time? He looked fantastic out there. Very encouraging. Even Quincey looked good. The new structure seems to cover our defensI've lapses more.


#2539132 23 man roster set... say hi to your 2014/15 Wings

Posted by VM1138 on 08 October 2014 - 05:49 PM

 
Something hairy must have gone down with Weiss. Whether he just pissed management and Babcock off last year with the way he handled his injury, or whether his work ethic is lacking, it's too big of a statement for him to be a healthy scratch in the opening game of the season for there not to be some behind-the-scenes ugliness. Maybe he just has a bad attitude. It's pretty damn crazy when you really think about it. You don't throw $4-5 million at a guy to be a healthy scratch at the start of the season.
 
I know it's way too early to be going there, but if this proves to be another Sammy-like bust on the inside, they really need to get him playing on the top line with Dats and Z and make him look as good as possible so they can work with him to get his ass traded. That is just way too much money to be swallowing for a guy you don't want to dress.


I doubt Weiss has a bad attitude. He was Florida's heart and soul guy. Something weird is going on.


#2539129 Datsyuk to play Thursday? Weiss to be a healthy scratch?

Posted by VM1138 on 08 October 2014 - 05:39 PM

Why isn't Nyquist with Franzen and Z? Yeah, we want to bury on of our best goal scorers and neuter tthe top line with Abdelkader?


#2538531 What did the preseason show us?

Posted by VM1138 on 06 October 2014 - 10:53 AM

The pre-season has taught us nothing, really.  In 2002 I'm pretty sure we went winless in the preseason.  And we all know how that turned out.




#2538012 Babcock "I don't think it will be my final year here"

Posted by VM1138 on 02 October 2014 - 08:38 AM

I don't think he does.  There is so much turnover in the roster going on that he's basically getting a whole new set of players to coach.  He may have been here for ten years, but most of his team will only be with him two or three years.  You had to jump when you had the same roster for 10 years but already we're seeing a changeover, and I expect some retirements and trades to make the roster that much different the next year or two.