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#2256081 The New York Rangers

Posted by VM1138 on 12 February 2012 - 11:36 PM

I'm just getting excited that each year it seems the Original 6 teams get closer to a Cup final. With Detroit, Chicago, Boston, and the Rangers in the mix, here's hoping two can make it to the finals!


#2254345 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium Finalized

Posted by VM1138 on 09 February 2012 - 03:09 PM

I want to see the old-school small winged wheel for the Wings. Those were what they wore during the glory days of the Toronto-Detroit rivalry.


#2253317 2/6 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Coyotes 3

Posted by VM1138 on 06 February 2012 - 10:29 PM

Not too upset about this loss. Can't win them all, though it would be nice to have that cushion in the standings. But honestly, I think every game the last few weeks has been a testament to how badly the Wings need a sniper. More than a goalie. More than a defenseman (which we don't really need I don't think). Whatever Holland is thinking, this team's offense dries up too frequently against the same teams over and over. The team is obviously very good, but just imagine how many more road games we could have won had there been a sniper on the team to help the powerplay or drive home some of those chances.


#2252837 Howard has broken finger, Joey Mac recalled

Posted by VM1138 on 05 February 2012 - 12:15 PM

Does Conklin have a 2-way contract? If so, why don't they swap MacDonald and Conklin, that way we have a reliable backup for now and Conklin can see some regular action and get back into a groove.

I know Conklin hasn't played well but I don't like how people talk about him like he's garbage. We know there's talent in there, and to be fair he hasn't played consistently and most of his games have come when the Wings take the night off. Obviously he's expendable, but I don't think it's quite fair to completely denigrate the guy.


#2252835 2/4 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Oilers 5 (SO)

Posted by VM1138 on 05 February 2012 - 12:12 PM

I know that logically there must be a reason Holland doesn't use MacDonald as a backup to this point. I mean, I know he's never been consistently an NHL-caliber goalie, but every single time he's been called up for the Wings over the years he's been great for us. They must see something we don't, because it seems pretty obvious to me that MacDonald has "earned" the backup role over the years.


#2251776 How open would you be to trading Hank?

Posted by VM1138 on 03 February 2012 - 10:08 AM

I would only trade Zetterberg if the following trade was offered:

29 1st Round Draft Picks. Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Zach Parise, Suter, Weber, Iginla, the Sedins and Zdeno Chara.


#2251204 Vancouver Sun article on why no one hates the Wings

Posted by VM1138 on 01 February 2012 - 11:49 PM

St. Louis and Chicago have a horrifyingly irrational hatred of the Wings, Detroit, and Wings fans. Like...to a ridiculous degree. Pittsburgh has a large distaste for us as well. Maybe no one else hates us, but those guys certainly do.


#2250820 Suter not signing before Feb 27 deadline

Posted by VM1138 on 30 January 2012 - 10:53 PM

So why not give Suter what he's worth come July 1st? If Kenny can keep his cap hit under 7m then why not go for it? The Wings will have the cap space to sign both him and probably a top 6 forward. They also will know before July what the future for Nick is. They will never get Suter from the Preds it has to be a FA signing.


Holland will. You can't just sit around waiting for players to take a discount. We have the money to blow on Suter or some other major defenseman and still resign everyone and add a top 6 scorer. Quite frankly, this off-season is probably the best crop of free agents in a long time. Probably for many years, too. With Lidstrom about to retire in a few years, with Zetterberg and Datsyuk getting older, and with a dearth of mid-20 year old players with lots of upside, the Wings simply cannot afford to sit this one out just to save a few millions.

If they do, then the decline everyone talks about every year may actually begin, because other teams equally good (Boston, San Jose, Chicago, Vancouver) will make those additions. And if you could have Suter and Parise and everyone else on the Wings...why wouldn't you? Even if you're paying 7 or 8 million. Holland probably won't make them really long contracts, though. I think we'll see a return to 4-5 year contracts instead of this 10-12 year stuff.


#2250624 Blue Jackets Fans Protest Management

Posted by VM1138 on 29 January 2012 - 11:14 PM

I heard someplace there were around 300. Not a bad showing, surprisingly. It's hard to get anyone to actually show up to a protest, let alone to protest something as small as a sports team's management.


#2250546 Suter not signing before Feb 27 deadline

Posted by VM1138 on 29 January 2012 - 10:13 AM

Based on quotes directly from Suter, I wouldn't be too sure of that...


Suter told NHL.com prior to the All-Star break. "If we're winning, I hope that David will maybe go out and get that extra piece; work the other way rather than deal me, and we'll take care of the rest later. I tell David, and I'm telling you right now, straight up, that I like it in Nashville and it's a great place to live."

Suter said the last part with an emphatic tone in his voice.

Full article: http://www.nhl.com/i...s.htm?id=614048


If he likes rednecks so much, someone tell him Michigan has its fair share, haha.


#2250370 How Would You Fix the All Star Game?

Posted by VM1138 on 27 January 2012 - 11:00 PM

I think it's just that we're not kids anymore. It's a lot of fun seeing superstars playing together when you're a kid. But now there are international competitions, Olympics, etc. And the game is not a real game. Too many people are too busy to watch a game that doesn't matter or in which the players don't take it seriously. It's not that the game is decaying, just that it's no longer enough to entertain a lot of us.


#2250366 Who Could be Dealt at the Deadline?

Posted by VM1138 on 27 January 2012 - 10:56 PM

It sounds like guys like Parise might be available for relatively cheap. I imagine there are other options out there in similar situations. Teams need to unload some salary or fix unstable locker room situations. I don't see Holland parting with anyone in the top two lines, or even the third line.

I see him giving up picks (our 1sts are worthless anyway) and guys like Brunnstrom (unlikely anyone wants him), Miller, Emmerton, or some prospects not named Smith, Nyquist, Jarnkrok or Tatar. That should net us a relatively cheap 2nd liner (Parise) or some grittier playoff presences like Morrow or Moen.

I doubt we'd trade even Hudler for anyone, because the return would be relatively limited. Think about it, would you rather have a slight upgrade, or a deeper team? I think going into the playoffs you want to be as deep as you can be. So in an imaginary world Hudler for Parise wouldn't be as beneficial as a bunch of picks for Moen or a few prospects and picks for Parise because we would be that much deeper. (Not a realistic example, it's just that...an example)


#2250260 Datsyuk No 1 Pick for All Star

Posted by VM1138 on 27 January 2012 - 12:36 PM

Man, Team Chara (in a real game) would absolutely destroy Team Alfredsson.

EDIT: I'm also a fan of the idea of Gaborik and Datsyuk playing together.


#2250000 why is Emmerton instead of Mursak?

Posted by VM1138 on 26 January 2012 - 12:40 PM

This whole season I think I've only noticed Emmerton a small handful of times. The kid has shown absolutely no spark whatsoever. Nothing against him, he's not really hurting, but he's certainly not helping and I don't think he'll ever amount to much. He's playing because we've lost our depth at center.


#2249554 1/25 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Canadiens 7

Posted by VM1138 on 25 January 2012 - 08:16 PM

This is garbage. It's just one game, true, but it reflects problems they've had for a few years now. Stop being so apathetic!