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#2667187 Free Press: Pavel Datsyuk to return to Russia following Playoffs

Posted by VM1138 on 11 April 2016 - 10:02 PM

 

I love how you make it sound so easy to pawn off a 7.5 million dollar contract.  No one is going to take it.  You can't bury money anymore with nothing to show for it even if you need to get to the floor.  Life changes, Pav for personal or professional reasons is going home 1 year short of fulfilling his contract.  Being the class act that he is he already admitted he should've signed 1 year deals instead of a 3 year contract.  His 7.5 million was already allocated for next year so it has no bearing on what we could/would be able to afford but i'm not naive not to admit that extra 7.5 would basically give us unlimited Stamkos money. Fire Holland? Cmon man.  Attempt to be semi rational.  

 

Many, many people have already posited how the contract could be traded.  I don't know why you think it's so impossible and unlikely.  Even some of the bloggers and hockey writers have posited the same scenarios.  The one that pops up the most is Phoenix with the Pronger contract.  It'd be a better deal for them because they would end up with a cap hit without paying out actual money.




#2666952 Free Press: Pavel Datsyuk to return to Russia following Playoffs

Posted by VM1138 on 10 April 2016 - 08:26 PM

Holland's MO is to stand pat, sign a role player or two, and wait for a superstar to emerge from our recent draft picks.


#2666914 Playoff Lines + Mantha Back to GR

Posted by VM1138 on 10 April 2016 - 05:27 PM

Jeez, they really hate Mantha, don't they? Holland can be so damn condescending sometimes. 

 

I just looked at Jurco's NHL career stats.  He's basically declined each year.  He's the definition of a plug out there.  Serviceable as a warm body but not doing anything to help.  Andersson is the same.  He can PK because he can't skate the whole ice.  Blashill is obsessively defensive. His only tweaks are to bring a player on to help us play PK, not a player to help our PP score.

 

I've never been so frustrated with this franchise.  I really hope we're not about to go down in humiliation.




#2666909 Mantha

Posted by VM1138 on 10 April 2016 - 05:19 PM

Just seems all the kids besides Larkin are taking a step back and it's frustrating to me personally , this as a golden opportunity for mantha to learn while pavel is here and gain huge playoff experience

If everyone thinks this season was tough just you guys wait till pavel is gone and un experienced mantha steps in full time with possibly guys like nosek,ouellet,sproul,pulkkinen and god knows who else

It's gonna be Armageddon around here next season

 

For all the crap people have given him, including myself, Tatar ended up doing okay.  He's frustrating to watch, and I would never build the offense around him, but his stat line isn't astronomically worse than it was, and since everyone has had a worse year I'd be loathe to single him out.  There's clearly something deeper going on, whether it's coaching or certain players, but once that gets fixed I'd like to see what certain players like Tatar can do.  I certainly don't expect next season to be as bad as this one, provided we get a replacement for Datsyuk.

 

But back on topic, to Mantha: I don't care about his defensive liability.  The fact is we need to score, and can't win a tightly played playoff series with no offense.  And Andersson didn't exactly save the team from being scored on three times yesterday, either.

 

We need speed, skating and offense, because we're honestly not going super deep this year.  Professionals like Blashill and Holland should be able to recognize this fact and realize now is the time to take a risk.  Mantha needs playoff experience.  It's not like he's single handedly costing us goals against.  Let him play and learn from his mistakes, coach him into being a better defensive player.  He's not going to cost us this series, and his offense (not yet figured out by opposing teams) might be something that could turn the scales in our favor.

 

EDIT: I think Nyquist and Larkin have set the bar too high for our prospects, too.  It's like, if you don't score 25-30 your first season, you're "not ready."




#2666821 Playoff Lines + Mantha Back to GR

Posted by VM1138 on 10 April 2016 - 12:48 PM

It'd be nice to have a player who can score in the lineup, but I guess having defensive stalwarts Jurco and Andersson in instead is better.


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#2666807 Free Press: Pavel Datsyuk to return to Russia following Playoffs

Posted by VM1138 on 10 April 2016 - 11:57 AM

This all is what it is.  Pavel shouldnt have signed a contract he didnt intend on seeing through..That said he has had a beautiful career and I certainly as a father cannot judge him for wanting to go home to his daughter.  
 
       Thanks Pasha, now give us one last good run!


I think he planned on finishing the contract originally, but his ankle surgery changed things. Now he probably feels like he's on borrowed time and wants to be able to play in Russia without being unable to contribute.


#2666677 Post Epic Meltdown - er, Post Game Discussion

Posted by VM1138 on 09 April 2016 - 09:58 PM

The defensive argument goes out the window when you can't score. Mantha and AA score. So what if they're on the ice for a goal against if they score one or two? For right now, with the assets we have, that's okay. There's only like six defensively talented guys on the whole squad anyway.

Not everyone on a team can be a defensive stalwart. You do have to score, and when things tighten up in the playoffs watch our offense evaporate completely.


#2666472 4/9 GDT : at Rangers 3, Red Wings 2

Posted by VM1138 on 09 April 2016 - 02:16 PM

Why is Ozzie surprised at the outcome? We all knew this was a likely outcome. It had the recipe for a classic Red Wing collapse. Afternoon game, almost a must win, backup goalie, tons of minor leaguers and rookies on the other team, etc.


#2666451 4/9 GDT : at Rangers 3, Red Wings 2

Posted by VM1138 on 09 April 2016 - 02:12 PM

Heads need to roll this summer. This season didn't look like growing pains and adjustments. It was just a Clusterf***

And yet, we not only make playoffs but are not even a wildcard.


#2666434 4/9 GDT : at Rangers 3, Red Wings 2

Posted by VM1138 on 09 April 2016 - 02:10 PM

That was the most comically bad attempt at a 6 on 3 I've ever seen. This Wings team is broken. Like...Leafs broken. Not just choking but finding new levels of suckage. Couldn't even keep the puck in the zone with a 6 on 3 against AHL players.


#2665791 2016 Playoffs % chances (part II)

Posted by VM1138 on 08 April 2016 - 12:53 PM

Backup goalie against us? Jeez it's getting hard to be optimistic. Backup goalies are our kryptonite. Man I need to stop being negative.


#2665779 Fixing this mess....

Posted by VM1138 on 08 April 2016 - 11:43 AM

Not playing Mantha in favor of Andersson is playing not to lose, not playing to win. And we all know that when you play not to lose, you usually lose. Preventing goals is necessary and nice, but if you can score it makes it a risk worth taking.


#2665635 4/7 GDT : Red Wings at Boston Bruins, 7:00 ET

Posted by VM1138 on 07 April 2016 - 08:18 PM

It's sad that we can be happy fans only 50% of the time.

 

The team doesn't have to win all the time for us not to turn on them.  Honestly, they just need to show up and try every night.  We could respect a team that does that and still loses or was entertaining to watch.  They're so conservative in their playing without being defensively strong that there's just no excitement about them this year.




#2665629 4/7 GDT : Red Wings at Boston Bruins, 7:00 ET

Posted by VM1138 on 07 April 2016 - 08:15 PM

guess what?  You cannot win many damned hockey games with 14 shots and 1 goal.  Someone please tell the Wings this?

 

Thank God someone defensively unreliable like Mantha isn't playing.  It's not like we need goals.

 

 

Right?




#2665410 4/7 GDT : Red Wings at Boston Bruins, 7:00 ET

Posted by VM1138 on 07 April 2016 - 06:34 PM

played an emotional game last night that was just as big, boston is rested and gave up a point to Carolina
 
Wings have time to turn this around


But how often have they shown an ability to turn things around? This team isn't exactly known for overcoming adversity.