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#2523993 GM moves

Posted by VM1138 on 16 June 2014 - 05:56 AM

I disagree with that. A balance of player types is needed, but it doesn't matter where they are from. And the enforcers era is over. It wastes a roster spot and I'm not really sure how effective deterrence is anyway. Those fighters everyone loves keep fighting, meaning their message isn't getting across.

#2523901 Wings sign Tomas Nosek to 2 year entry level deal

Posted by VM1138 on 14 June 2014 - 09:09 PM


For me and some very good friends (both male + female) this is very important, because it helps building that "us" feeling with a club. Just look at how much people are already liking Dekeyser and it will only get better as he improves. I didn't want to mention the Habs because for them it's not "doing the right thing" driven its politically driven and thats hugely different to just wanting some local heroes on your team.


Anyway I guess the michigan boys on this forum will know better how important that is for them :-)


As for non of the local boys being as good well how do you/we know if they aren't getting a chance?


Who says they aren't getting a chance?  You think Wings scouts travel the entire world scouring for future talent, but don't bother to check around the metro area?


I know it's cool to have a local guy on the team, but you don't go out of your way to sign someone of lesser talent just because they're local.  I know it's important for "Michigan boys" to feel like they're specially chosen, but maybe that's the problem. If their only shot is getting picked because they're local, they might not be good enough.

#2523833 Wings sign Tomas Nosek to 2 year entry level deal

Posted by VM1138 on 14 June 2014 - 12:12 PM

Who cares where a person was born? They sign the best available players. It could be none of the local boys were as good.

#2523390 Dan Boyle's rights traded to the Islanders…..

Posted by VM1138 on 10 June 2014 - 11:34 AM

They won't have a rookie as the reserve.  It would be stupid to have a kid who could be playing major minutes in Grand Rapids sitting in the press box on a regular basis.  you see that from a bottom feeder occasionally, but Detroit won't do it.  Lashoff will be kept as the #7.  Kindl and Lashoff together wouldn't come close to bringing a second rounder anyway.  Maybe a 4th.

They won't?? What was Lashoff then?

Reality is, we have too many prospects. Some will be traded

So where do our highly touted defensive prospects go?

Realistically only one prospect makes it.

New guy-Smith

#2523313 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by VM1138 on 09 June 2014 - 05:15 PM




If you sign a veteran back-up, you have P-mraz ready when both goalies inevitably get hurt. If Mrazek's your back-up, you have McCollum or Paterson in GRs. You want to call one of those guys up to start a game in the NHL?


Same goes for the defence. Leave those kids in GRs as long as you can. How awesome is it that if any D-men get hurt, you can depend on Ouellet, Backman, Marchenko, and Sproul to be legit quality replacements?


A couple of reasons:


1) Mrazek won't get any better in Grand Rapids.  Or at least, he could improve much faster playing in the NHL, even as a backup.

2) If Holland makes the moves he should make this off-season, the team won't be so terrible and the quality of our third string backup won't matter as much because a loss won't kill us to the same degree it did this season.

3) What's the point in having high quality replacements if the players they are replacing aren't significantly better to begin with?

#2523298 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by VM1138 on 09 June 2014 - 06:15 AM

Brodeur hasn't been good for years now.  Even as a backup I don't see the point in bringing him here.


Honestly, I'd rather Mrazek get the backup job.  Goalies can't just jump into the starting role, and they all have to backup at some point.  So the AHL argument about "getting experience" doesn't really hold in this case.  Better for him to get 30 games in the NHL than 60 in the AHL at this point.

#2523278 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by VM1138 on 08 June 2014 - 06:02 PM

Backup is our least important position.  Whether Monster comes back, they bring someone else in or Mrazek comes up, I don't really care.


Defense.  Defense. Defense.  And then maybe a top 6 forward.  But DEFENSE.

#2522543 2014 SCF : (2) The Big Apple vs. (3) Hollywood

Posted by VM1138 on 02 June 2014 - 04:29 PM

Will default to supporting Rangers because its been 20 years since their last. It would be good for Lundqvist to actually have a Cup to justify his nickname, and it prevents LA from racking up Cup wins over a short span.

#2522006 If Renny goes to Florida, who replaces him?

Posted by VM1138 on 28 May 2014 - 07:30 PM

Let me rephrase that, then.  A head coach of Bylsma's stature doesn't go back to being an assistant.

#2520773 2014 Memorial Cup

Posted by VM1138 on 16 May 2014 - 09:26 AM

I hope the Griffins are still playing when Mantha is done. I want him to be the real deal and not play in the minors next year, but it'd be nice to see him tear up the AHL for a week or two just to reassure us.

#2520770 ECF : (5) New York Rangers vs. (4) Les Canadiens de Montréal

Posted by VM1138 on 16 May 2014 - 09:20 AM

As cool as another Original Six final would be, I don't want Chicago getting in again. They're already becoming what the Wings used to be. I don't want them to start having more Cups or finals appearances.

#2520767 Shero & Bylsma Fired

Posted by VM1138 on 16 May 2014 - 09:17 AM

I'm really glad our superstars don't act like spoiled brats. It's bad for morale to mouth off to your coach during a game. Especially coming from your captain. Be a man and have a private sit down after the game if you have a beef.

#2519849 Regner: Next year could be Babcock's last

Posted by VM1138 on 09 May 2014 - 12:44 PM

I think we're looking too deeply into the Babcock/Blashill situation.  It could be a coincidence. It could be that we just want another year of Blashill coaching our kids and that he's not even in line to be coach.


It could be that Babcock only wanted to do one year extensions and obviously they knew this early on, and to hedge their bets they are keeping Blashill just in case. A business, insurance-type move and nothing more.  I mean, none of what we know leans one way or the other. It's entirely in the hands of the reader to determine what they think, and so articles like Regner's are silly. 

#2519838 Regner: Next year could be Babcock's last

Posted by VM1138 on 09 May 2014 - 11:21 AM

I hate articles like this.  They're increasingly common.


Regner is clearly reaching for conclusions.  Nothing here indicates next year will be his last. 


What Babcock has stated in other interviews as well is that he can get a job anywhere, so he's not concerned with getting some long term big-money deal.  Only people who worry about the future of their careers do that.  He just wants to take it year by year.  That means he could be here another 10, or he could be gone next year.


Either way, nothing here supports Babcock's leaning one way or the other.  But hey, page hits, I guess.


I wrote this in another thread, but the whole coach getting stale thing doesn't really apply to Babcock anymore.  There's such a huge turnover in players that next year's team and the one after that will be almost entirely different than the ones during most of his tenure.  So it's like getting a fresh start.


Plus, Babcock loves coaching young guys and building their game.  He can do that in Detroit just as easily as anywhere else.  At least here he has competent management to work with.

#2519822 Holland Holding on to Jeff Blashill

Posted by VM1138 on 09 May 2014 - 08:40 AM

Babcock has no reason to leave.  There's a great deal of player turnover, and he has an opportunity to rebuild a storied franchise right here in Detroit.


I mean, coaches like a challenge and they like to leave their mark.  He can do that here, even though he's already been here so long, without needing to go to a bottom feeder with dysfunctional management.  There's just not a lot of reason for Babcock to leave.  The team is so different than when he started here it's like going to a different team already.