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#2675489 Jim Bedard gone... Ferschweiler demoted

Posted by VM1138 on 09 May 2016 - 02:51 PM

Bedard may not have been fired. He may just have decided to move on to a new challenge. Or maybe he doesn't do well with hybrid goalies like Mrazek. After all, Howard is as boring and safe in playing style as they come.


#2675185 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by VM1138 on 05 May 2016 - 02:58 PM

Rather keep Oullette. Higher ceiling.


#2675044 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by VM1138 on 03 May 2016 - 08:13 PM

I'll point out the obvious here: there is no reason to expect Pulkinnen to score 20 NHL goals unless he learns to hit the net, skates better, gets bigger and stronger (or maybe he just plays small?), and somehow manages to shave a second or two off of his telegraphed-way-in-advance-slap shot. And even then he's a one trick pony with a skill that you can only really get away with if you're Ovechkin.


#2674613 Mantha

Posted by VM1138 on 30 April 2016 - 08:06 AM

At 5v5 Mantha was on the ice for 4 goals for and 10 goals against. If you're giving up 2.5 goals for every 1 you score, it's not exciting. It's getting blown out. You need to do something better. He doesn't need to be a Selke candidate, but there's some evidence to suggest he needs to be better.
 
I don't think he's wholly responsible for all the goals against, but I don't think he's wholly responsible for all the goals for either. And I don't believe that right now his offense is good enough to outweigh his defense. At least not in a top line role. 


Who cares if he is on the ice for goals against? +\- is misleading. Did Mantha cause those goals against?


#2674477 Alexander Radulov: Wings on short-list of desired teams

Posted by VM1138 on 29 April 2016 - 02:17 PM

Yeah I keep hearing avs are the favorite. Varlamov seems to have played a roll and Roy coached Radulov back when he was in the Q too.


Ha, he and Varlamov WOULD have some sort of connection. And the crazed Roy is a perfect coach for a violent prima donna player.


#2674464 Alexander Radulov: Wings on short-list of desired teams

Posted by VM1138 on 29 April 2016 - 01:16 PM

SBNation says he's likely going to the Avs.


#2673227 I Hate Jeff Blashill because ...

Posted by VM1138 on 23 April 2016 - 07:27 PM

You're splitting hairs. He's won one more playoff game and had what 2 more regular season wins? If he's "better" the difference is negligible. Efforts to paint Blashill as some kind of failure are almost entirely attributable to a frustrated fan base which is unaccustomed to transitioning teams.

 

Well, there's also no doubt that Babcock had a worse team and yet performed better. So there's that.  I agree, though, that a lot of the anti-Blashill stuff is just frustration, which is why I don't want him gone. But he did, beyond a doubt, screw up and botch things especially late in the season.  But coaches have growing pains just like players.  If he has another terrible year next year with a similar roster, then we should start talking replacements.




#2673105 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by VM1138 on 22 April 2016 - 10:23 PM

I was just reading that some insiders are saying if Dats doesn't play next season and Holland does find a team to move the contract to, they'll most likely want a major asset like a first rounder along with it. So should the Wings just absorb the cap hit for the one season, or possibly lose assets to get rid of it?

That'd be a pretty silly deal. No way it's worth it to lose a first round pick just to save cap for a year. Unless we absolutely need it to fit someone like Stamkos, then it's kind of sort of like a first for Stamkos. Kind of. But not really.

A deal with a team looking to reach the cap floor shouldn't need a sweetener. It's an even deal as it is.


#2673075 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by VM1138 on 22 April 2016 - 07:56 PM

So, Larkin is going to sit out the AHL playoffs that start tonight for GR? 
 
Because.....reasons?


Why risk an injury when he has nothing left to learn? Let him recover and train instead.


#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

LOL

 

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.