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#2565395 2017 Winter Classic Red wings vs. Blue Jackets?

Posted by VM1138 on 21 January 2015 - 10:50 AM

No one really thinks Detroit-Columbus would be a good Winter Classic, right?  I don't think in the entire existence of the Columbus franchise I've ever been excited about a game against them.  Putting them outside won't change that.


If you're doing a throwback/heritage style event you need heritage/throwback style teams.  It's got to be Detroit versus an original six team.  Or at least one of the teams from the '67 expansion.

#2565392 Jimmy Howard.......All-Star!

Posted by VM1138 on 21 January 2015 - 10:49 AM

That's precisely why we should run with a 50/50 Howard/Mrazek setup in the next few years.  He's not anywhere near his prime yet.  Balance the load and run with the hot goalie in the playoffs.  It worked for us in 2008.  We haven't really had a chance to try it since.

#2565388 Brodeur retires. Named Sr. Advisor to Blues GM

Posted by VM1138 on 21 January 2015 - 10:42 AM

The thing that makes Brodeur hanging around sad and different than someone like Chelios playing way past his prime, is that Chelios never had any illusions about his skill level declining.  He played in the AHL because he loved playing hockey and wanted to play at the highest level he was capable of.


Brodeur still thinks he's a starter.  That's why he left New Jersey and I think he's taking so long to "decide" because he's still trying to convince people behind closed doors that he should get a starting job somewhere.  Or at least a backup job he thinks he can turn into a starting job.  His ego is well-known and I think that's what makes the situation kind of sad.


EDIT: My point being that it's not necessarily sad for a player to hang around, as long as they're not fooling themselves.

#2562207 McGratton on waivers

Posted by VM1138 on 10 January 2015 - 08:22 AM

I bet we'tee the only team board in the league that devoted six pages in 24 hours to McGrattan.

#2551546 Saluting the fans

Posted by VM1138 on 24 November 2014 - 02:24 PM

I hate the salute. It's forced and meaningless and fans already demand it. If they do something because they have to, it doesn't mean anything. I doubt the players are thinking 'gosh I love these fans.' It's muscle memory by now. Like wearing an American flag pin on your suit.

#2550755 11/20 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Jets 3

Posted by VM1138 on 21 November 2014 - 11:16 AM

Let's also give some credit to Johan Franzen.  He seems to be putting up the most consistent numbers he's had since 2009.  He's not tearing the world apart, and is only on pace for something like 25 goals I think, but he's scoring every few games which is what we need him to do.  I'd gladly take 25 goals instead of 30-35 if it means he's scoring in 25 games instead of 10.

#2550212 Nestrasil Waived / Claimed by Hurricanes

Posted by VM1138 on 20 November 2014 - 02:00 PM

Maybe , maybe not ... Doubt we called 29 teams asking about nestrasil

Just seems detroit loses players to waivers a lot more than other teams


I think it's because we always seem to have a lot of bottom 6 level talent to waive.  No one anyone would trade for but for a free waiver pickup they'd take the risk.

#2548821 Lines Thread

Posted by VM1138 on 14 November 2014 - 01:22 PM

Have we tried Tatar-Datsyuk-Jurco yet?  That line combines the most skilled puck handler in the league feeding a guy who loves shoot the puck with a guy who is a big body to clear space who needs to be more offensive.  It could work.

#2548528 Wings call up McCollum, assign Mrazek to Grand Rapids

Posted by VM1138 on 10 November 2014 - 09:12 PM

McCollum has outplayed mrazek so far this year, and the wings need the win. They know what they have in mrazek even if he is in a slump. This will be McCollum's last chance to prove he is worth something. And if he performs well that leaves us with two solid prospect goalies, one can be traded in a package for something.


That has nothing to do with it. McCollum is done with the Wings. He'll never make the team as anything more than a third or fourth backup.  What they're doing is sending Mrazek down to play some games while the Wings have 4 days off.  Precisely because Mrazek is the future.

#2548192 11/9 GDT - Tampa Bay 4 at Detroit 3 (SO) - 6:00 PM EST

Posted by VM1138 on 09 November 2014 - 06:36 PM

Yes because bringing back the tie is better than a shootout LOL. Some people.

Ties weren't bad. They got rid of them to appeal to rebel Americans who think ties are somehow unacceptable. Either wway, getting rid of the shootout doesn't mean the only other portion is ties.

#2546332 11/2 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Sabres 3 (SO)

Posted by VM1138 on 02 November 2014 - 07:55 PM

Pretty disappointing to not show up against the Sabres. At least we got a loser point, hopefully we go back to playing the way we have so far this year against OTT. Also, Franzen is lazy and he sucks.

I'm very nervous about November. Quite a few mediocre to bottom feeding opponents.

#2545570 10/29 GDT - Red Wings 4 @ Capitals 2

Posted by VM1138 on 30 October 2014 - 12:29 PM

Nesty comes from Babcock himself... 


But I guess nicknames = serious business. 


I personally hate nicknames in sports.  They're seldom any good and everyone wants everyone to have one.  Not every player should have a nickname.


On the Wings, I can think only of Mule and Goose that have "real," non-shortened-name nicknames. 

#2545536 Weiss sent down to GR- conditioning assignment

Posted by VM1138 on 30 October 2014 - 09:19 AM

Weiss has already played a game in the NHL this season.  And after all the workouts and pre-season, I'm not sure this is comparable to Helm getting injured in his first game or so.  But I could be wrong, I'm not an athlete or a physician.

#2545143 10/29 GDT - Red Wings 4 @ Capitals 2

Posted by VM1138 on 29 October 2014 - 07:38 PM

Just glanced at the average ice time of players this season.  Maybe we'd be scoring more goals if that fourth line wasn't getting 15 minutes a night.  I'm not sure if any other NHL teams try to give equal playing time to all of their players, but man, it's just not working when you need offense, I don't care how hard they work.  I mean, damn, Franzen gets only a minute more than Glendening.

#2544813 Babcock "I don't think it will be my final year here"

Posted by VM1138 on 28 October 2014 - 12:53 PM

Playoffs for the Wings last year was a miracle.  2003 was a miracle.  And no other team, stacked or not, has made back to back Cup appearances recently except Pittsburgh.