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#2455781 Holland Interview

Posted by VM1138 on 20 November 2013 - 03:04 PM

Little bit of double-speak on the topic of Nyquist and Jurco.  Yes they're getting pp time in GR and scoring, and yes they wouldn't be guaranteed pp time here, but it's not hard to imagine them earning pp time on the big club given how poor the second pp unit is.  If they were on the team and not on the pp, who's going to get that time...Helm?  Abby?  Cleary?

 

Of course, we'd actually have to get a pp once in a while for that to even matter.

 

It's like Holland doesn't realize that they're not one day going to magically be great on an NHL powerplay.  Kids aren't "the answer" so to speak, but they need a chance to develop into "the answer" eventually.




#2455621 11/19 GDT: Predators 2 at Red Wings 0

Posted by VM1138 on 20 November 2013 - 12:03 AM

Unlikely. I've been watching some clips from the pre-2011 years, and there really is no comparison. These guys just don't stack up. There is no dynamism on this roster.

But I think it's fair to blame Holland for some bad contracts, it's Babcock's line management and game time decisions that are hurting us most now.


#2454999 HBO 24/7

Posted by VM1138 on 18 November 2013 - 12:41 PM

At least HBO missed out on the cluster-you-know-what of the last few weeks.




#2454708 11/16 GDT: Red Wings 4 at Islanders 5 (SO)

Posted by VM1138 on 16 November 2013 - 09:18 PM

All these teams prepare to play the Wings. Do the Wings ever prepare to play the other team?


#2454701 11/16 GDT: Red Wings 4 at Islanders 5 (SO)

Posted by VM1138 on 16 November 2013 - 09:16 PM

Hey, at least it's not an OT loss, right?

Amirite?
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#2454444 GDT: Capitals 4 @ Red Wings 3 (SO)

Posted by VM1138 on 16 November 2013 - 09:32 AM

Yeah, Bert is fine. He isn't our star, he doesn't have to score all the time. He's right on par with where he should be with 5 goals.

And he creates space and helps our puck possession. I have zero complaints. He's the kind of veteran that Holland hopes he gets when he signs them.


#2454441 Cleary in, Tatar out against Caps

Posted by VM1138 on 16 November 2013 - 09:24 AM

Tatar apparently only played because Alfredsson was injured. And I bet he'll sit one of the next few games, too. Enough rotating of players. Cleary hurts the team, and Sammy has been fairly neutral. Not good, and not helpful, but he's not hurting. We've played enough to start rolling with a consistent roster.


#2454259 GDT: Capitals 4 @ Red Wings 3 (SO)

Posted by VM1138 on 15 November 2013 - 09:48 PM

Here's what will happen in OT:

 

The Wings will dominate for 3 minutes.  Crazy good chances and pressure.  Then, an intercepted pass will bounce out behind the last defender (probably Quincey) and a breakway will ensue.  The goal scorer for Washington will be the guy who has never played in the Joe before, probably on his only shift of the overtime. 

 

So it is written.




#2454137 GDT: Capitals 4 @ Red Wings 3 (SO)

Posted by VM1138 on 15 November 2013 - 08:20 PM

If Franzen has finally gotten whatever monkey he had off his back, I'm excited.  If he scores again in the next two games I think we can start to feel better about him again.  Imagine how cool it would be if Franzen finally found confidence to score consistently?




#2454120 GDT: Capitals 4 @ Red Wings 3 (SO)

Posted by VM1138 on 15 November 2013 - 08:15 PM

Tatar staking his claim. Get ready to enjoy the 4th line & press box Dano.

 

Haha, yeah, right.  Tatar is solidifying himself as the extra forward and a fourth liner with his play.  Cleary is the real deal, folks.




#2454105 GDT: Capitals 4 @ Red Wings 3 (SO)

Posted by VM1138 on 15 November 2013 - 08:12 PM

Tatar looks so good out there, even defensively.  His hustle, his shot, he causes chaos like Helm does with his speed.  And he has a fire in his eyes when he plays. 

 

Maybe I'm just looking for it, but Cleary, on the other hand, is losing every board battle, missing passes, making stupid passes, and losing foot races.  He just looks TERRIBLE. Babcock said he wanted Tatar to take notes from Cleary essentially.  I hope Babcock is taking notes.




#2453731 Cleary in, Tatar out against Caps

Posted by VM1138 on 14 November 2013 - 06:10 PM

I'm starting to turn on Babcock. Holland obviously made bad moves but I'm beginning to see a pattern. Our decline seems to have an inverse relationship with Babcock's growing influence on shaping the franchise. Both are at fault, but this is Babcock's baby. hmHis first few years were led by Lidstrom and Yzerman. Since then, we keep trying to implement some system that none of our players can play, and he continuously rewards the wrong guys.


#2453730 Patrick Eaves on Waivers

Posted by VM1138 on 14 November 2013 - 06:00 PM

Hey at least these guys can benefit from a winning atmosphere...in Grand Rapids. Sigh.


#2453570 An honest question about Nyquist

Posted by VM1138 on 14 November 2013 - 11:09 AM

 
I hear what you are saying, and I don't think that Holland will NEVER make a trade, I just think they will be few and far between.  Realistically, this team isn't one piece away from a Stanley Cup, so this really isn't the year to make a huge splash.  Let the youth develop, see what holes there are to fill a year or two out and I'm sure Holland will seek to build out the team.  However, this patient approach won't be enough for many people who are always in win now mode, which I just don't think is a realistic way to build a long term successful franchise.

It worked for the Wings for 15 years. You don't trade the farm, but prospects, unless they are a sure fire superstar in the making, get traded so you can get that star score to win the Cup.

It used to be every year Holland would look at the team and say "how can we win it all this year?" The last few years we've heard "how can we not miss playoffs?"

Wait and see never works in pro sports. The problem is trading has all but dried up in the new NHL.

Oh, and my argument has worked for Chicago, too.

Edit: I'm a big fan of getting (good) veterans or prime players and sprinkling young kids around them. Not waiting year after year for a kid to explode and save your team.


#2453549 Babs Finally happy about 2nd line

Posted by VM1138 on 14 November 2013 - 09:10 AM

Bertuzzi is effective up there. That may defy logic to some people solve he's "old and slow" but it is what it is. Our top line is set.