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#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.

#2538011 10/1 Exhibition GDT : Pittsburgh Penguins at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by VM1138 on 02 October 2014 - 08:33 AM

We should really just stop playing pre-season games, or at least ice only an AHL team. With our injury luck, it's more damage than it's worth to put our NHLers in. 

#2536759 2014 Preseason Thread

Posted by VM1138 on 22 September 2014 - 04:43 PM

It's the preseason. I wouldn't put much stock in anyone's performances.  

#2533565 Candiens, P.K. Subban agree to 8 year contract

Posted by VM1138 on 02 August 2014 - 06:59 PM

Inflation happens. Kane and Toews set the new standard, and I'm sure their agents had them do it on purpose. No biggie. Everything goes up over time. People acting shocked and annoyed are being ridiculous. Did they think the cap would go up and everyone would just keep making their old salaries? The world doesn't work like that. Sent from my ADR6350 using Tapatalk 2

#2532669 Dekeyser signed. 2 yrs $2.187 million AAV

Posted by VM1138 on 21 July 2014 - 06:04 AM


You really think they'd waive him? I don't think there's a chance at this point. I know they want one of the kids to play, but I don't think they'll just lose Kindl for nothing. Doesn't seem like Holland's style. They'll likely run Paetsch-Ouellet, Evans-Sproul and Backman-Marchenko in GR, and let Jensen and Nedomlel bounce between the AHL/ECHL.



Exactly what I was thinking when I saw that. But he's OUR overpriced UFA...  :glare:


Kindl is a goner.  He was sat in a crucial final playoff game because he was terrible, for an UNTRIED PROSPECT.  And the prospect played better than Kindl.  They'll waive him and lose him for nothing because no one wants him.  Or he will bolt to the KHL.  If I were a betting man I'd say he's not in their plans for the future.  And we have lost players for nothing.  Quite a few times, so it wouldn't surprise me to lose him for nothing.

#2532371 Dekeyser signed. 2 yrs $2.187 million AAV

Posted by VM1138 on 17 July 2014 - 04:03 PM

The concern shouldn't be: do we re-sign them? The concern should be: will we destroy our relationship with them trying to lowball them. Quite frankly I bet Tatar looks at the Cleary deal and says "I'm worth double that.". And frankly, its silly for Holland to get stingy with the good players and throw wallets at the bad ones. Sent from my ADR6350 using Tapatalk 2

#2532312 Ex-NHL Referee Paul Stewart Blog

Posted by VM1138 on 17 July 2014 - 06:21 AM

It's one thing to whine to the ref and another to whine publicly, I think. Yzerman never did the latter. I remember him talking to refs a lot but I don't remember him being whining, unless it was a rivalry game and passions were high. Sent from my ADR6350 using Tapatalk 2

#2532215 Tomas Jurco's Ridiculous New Stick Trick

Posted by VM1138 on 16 July 2014 - 06:28 AM

I remember when hockey players listened to rock. God, I'm old.


Sports radio is really bad, too.  They play a LOT of Katy Perry-style pop.  On a show hosted by forty and fifty year old men.  I'm not one to judge but that's a weird demographic to try and appeal to.

#2532066 Favorite Dan Cleary Moment or Play

Posted by VM1138 on 14 July 2014 - 05:22 PM


That will probably win, but I like to forget anything that happened in those playoffs.  


Cleary was awful in the 2008 playoffs, but the Wings won the Cup.  In 2009, he was brilliant and scored a lot, but the Wings lost and he missed that crucial breakaway at the end of game 6 against the Pens.  


2007 is a better memory, because the team vindicated itself after choking in the playoffs in 2003, 2004 and 2006.  Losing to Anaheim on a deflection sucked, and I still feel we'd have won the Cup if not for that play, but overall, that playoff feels better.  Also likely because we won the Cup the following year.  2009 still stings because the Wings haven't won anything since then.


Man, those post lockout years were (almost) magnificent.  2006, favorites for the Cup. Sure, they choked big time, but they were still overwhelming favorites and won a ridiculous amount of games.  In '07 they shed the choke reputation and were so close to the finals.  '08 was a Cup win, '09 was a Game 7 final that we played with one hand behind our back and still almost won.


2010 had so much promise, and then the injury parade started, and mixed with retirements we haven't been the same since.

#2532061 Wings re-sign Cleary $1.5 mill + $1mill in game bonuses

Posted by VM1138 on 14 July 2014 - 04:44 PM

Neither of Callahan or Ferraro looked ready. Ferraro was considered close to a bust already and got a last ditch shot, I think. Callahan still has a ways to go to be NHL-ready. Sent from my ADR6350 using Tapatalk 2