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#2368415 3/13 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Flames 5

Posted by VM1138 on 13 March 2013 - 01:30 PM

I don't get Babcock.  Why start Abdelkader on Datsyuk's line at all, if he's so certain Nyquist will get a chance to play?  And why is Tootoo out for Eaves? They have very different skill sets.  Wouldn't it have made more sense to bench some other 3rd liner like Cleary?  Tootoo has been great for us.


I'm sure he has his reasons, but they're apparently none of the reasons he cited to the public because he's contradicted nearly all of them with these moves.


EDIT: And what do we want to bet "personal reasons" means for White? 

#2367268 3/9 GDT : Red Wings 0 at Blue Jackets 3

Posted by VM1138 on 10 March 2013 - 08:37 AM

I hate to say anything bad about Yzerman, but he hasn't really shown any brilliance as a GM.

This team...every time they are in a position to close a gap in the standings, or to make up some troy.d somewhere, they blow it.

Babcock needs to be less reliant on his line formulas. He is sticking to the shooter-playmaker-net presence formula. We don't have the players to make that combination work right now. and its why Cleary and Abdelkader are on Datsyuk's line. I miss his old line juggling days now. Just try putting the best players together and see who clicks.

#2367211 Holland says those dreaded words, "Our Deadline Addition"

Posted by VM1138 on 09 March 2013 - 07:08 PM

Is this team a deadline trade away from the Cup?  No.  So let's get a good draft pick for once.


We're not a draft pick away from winning the Cup either.  How about we just address some of our immediate needs this year, then some more next year, and try for the Cup every year?  This whole "let's just wait and see what we get 10 years from now" is getting tiring.  Win now, you know?

#2366607 Goalie Salaries. How much is Howard worth?

Posted by VM1138 on 08 March 2013 - 09:59 AM

Fleury had a couple of decent years and one great one. Typical NHL goalie, which is why you don't give long term contracts. I'm not as much concerned with what Howard will make as I am how long the term is. There is no benefit to locking players up for life. It's okay to renegotiate contracts every few years. You may get a steal going long term, but you're more likely to be saddled with a bum a few years out.

#2366593 Clarkson could be a 4.5 million guy....

Posted by VM1138 on 08 March 2013 - 08:30 AM

"On pace for" is a really inaccurate stat. It never actually happens. Guys slow down, get in ruts, etc. I haven't watched Clarkson, but as a general rule, if a player comes out of nowhere be cautious. Remember Cheechoo?

#2365653 Holland says those dreaded words, "Our Deadline Addition"

Posted by VM1138 on 06 March 2013 - 01:10 AM

Holland's job is to make this team competitive, and not sit back and wait for some magical healthy team. That never happens in hockey. Also, Bertuzzi and Sammy aren't going to push this team to the next level. That's what a good trade does.

So no, getting healthy isn't like a trade acquisition.

Regardless, as you all said already, trades are unlikely because no one wants to anymore.

#2364945 if we can find a couple of power forwards.....

Posted by VM1138 on 05 March 2013 - 08:54 AM

Tatar has always been slated to be a top 6 forward. He's showing that development now. He might not develop into a superstar, but he will be putting up 60 points a season in a few years.

#2364389 3/3 GDT : Blackhawks 2 at Red Wings 1 (SO)

Posted by VM1138 on 03 March 2013 - 03:38 PM

Missed the game, but sounds like Tatar got shafted by Babcock. Did he sleep with Babcock's wife or something? The treatment of him and Datsyuk is mind boggling.

#2361867 Ed Olczyk, professional broadcaster, professional idiot

Posted by VM1138 on 27 February 2013 - 10:34 AM

Oh, Eddie. Everyone knows the person making the hit is the one that does so at their own risk.  There's no honor in letting yourself get creamed if you can avoid it.  

#2359873 Pavel Datsyuk dangles the entire Predators team!

Posted by VM1138 on 23 February 2013 - 07:57 PM

As long as he returns to the NHL there's no reason to think he won't break 1000 points. He could break it in 2 more seasons.

#2359755 2/23 GDT : Nashville Predators 0 at Red Wings 4

Posted by VM1138 on 23 February 2013 - 03:14 PM

A Tatar-Datsyuk-Tootoo second line would be better than that garbage. Tootoo has shown more offensive affinity than Abdelkader, or even Cleary as of late.

#2359663 Suppossed Winter Classic Jerseys...

Posted by VM1138 on 23 February 2013 - 10:47 AM

They look really cheap. I live vintage looking jerseys, but these look amateurish, even for those.

#2359563 Mursak on waivers

Posted by VM1138 on 22 February 2013 - 06:25 PM

People are overreacting. It sucks to lose a player for nothing, but sometimes you just can't broker a deal.
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#2358393 Trading Filppula

Posted by VM1138 on 20 February 2013 - 04:51 PM

I think Filppula is more valueable to this team than Franzen. So there. Good luck finding someone to take on a lifetime contract given to someone for one good playoff season.


Franzen leads the team in scoring every year.  He's streaky but he produces.  Flip has always been one season away from a breakout year which he's never going to have.  He's a good player, but good is replaceable, especially if we get someone who brings something new to the table in exchange.

#2357621 2/19 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Predators 4 (OT)

Posted by VM1138 on 19 February 2013 - 07:31 PM

Is Center the position we should be looking for right now? idk if outscoring the defensive lapses is the answer. I still wouldn't mind seeing another scoring forward but it seems to be addressing the wrong area of the roster.

Two considerations: you can never be too strong at center, and we certainly aren't. Weiss could also be a replacement for a center lost in a potential trade to bring in a defender.