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#2339222 Would you trade Jimmy Howard for an elite forward/defenseman?

Posted by VM1138 on 11 January 2013 - 08:51 AM

You can't bank on a goalie prospect.  Ever.  Goalies are generall too flaky.

 

Which is also why I would not trade Howard for anyone at this point.  He shows signs of brilliance, can carry the team, and is a workhorse.  Not too many of those in the league, and in today's NHL that's all you need.  What good is an elite defenseman if your goalie sucks?  Howard has at least shown he can bail out the team when they lapse into bad defense.  Ergo, he is more valuable.




#2337294 NHL submits offer to NHLPA - **Suspension Warning Post #70 & #273*

Posted by VM1138 on 02 January 2013 - 09:43 AM

More teams in the playoffs?  Over half the league already makes it in.  I'd rather reduce the teams in the playoffs.  Otherwise, what's the point of the regular season?




#2337207 Holland booed off Ford Field

Posted by VM1138 on 01 January 2013 - 10:24 AM

It's not Holland's fault.  I don't like him being treated like Bettman or some other incompetent figure.




#2333725 Petr Mrazek making some noise with his start in GRR

Posted by VM1138 on 08 November 2012 - 02:26 PM

I saw him on Sunday, he looked great. He seems to have a little trouble with rebound control, but that's something he can learn over time. He has great instincts, and looks really comfortable in there.


Howard had a ridiculous amount of trouble with rebound control, too. The Griffs and Wings know how to train that out of a goalie.


#2333241 Can the NHL Please Cancel the Winter Classic?

Posted by VM1138 on 01 November 2012 - 10:14 PM

All I know is that if they cancel the WC, they need to keep the teams for the next season. I'd hate to see the Wings and Leafs get screwed out of this.


#2333032 Drew Miller

Posted by VM1138 on 30 October 2012 - 09:31 AM

Hopefully our Wings playing so well overseas will draw some more interest to the Wings once they come back home.

At any rate, I'm learning about a lot of places with leagues that I would never have expected thanks to this lockout! Maybe it's not so bad for the game of hockey overall if it lets people like me discover new leagues.


#2329779 Report: NHL may cancel Winter Classic by November if no CBA deal

Posted by VM1138 on 23 September 2012 - 10:28 AM

Someone create a new league, please. For all the storied history of the National Hockey League, the luster has really worn off. Using a lockout as a negotiating strategy every time the CBA comes up for renewal is a terrible business tactic. They can't keep jerking people around like this. Unfortunately, there isn't any sort of organized movement to force the owner's hand so we're stuck with whatever they choose to do to us.

We can rant all we want, and I'm certainly angry, but I'm not going to say I'm done with the league. If the Wings come back, I'll watch because I'm a die-hard hockey and Wings fan.

But I wouldn't mind if the players started their own league and I'd probably give that a chance.


#2329778 Jimmy D Speaks out on Lockout, fined $250k

Posted by VM1138 on 23 September 2012 - 10:25 AM

Boom there ya Dumbellano, sticking up for a midget and yet getting fined 250.000.

I think the fine is still to small he may have damaged the great DRW reputation with his cattle comments, he'd better be glad Datsyuk is busy playing in the KHL otherwhise this could really backfire for the whole organizsation.

Can you imagine still having the perfect human on our team and Jim coming out with something like this? WoW, classless idiot. Hope he gets fired on top of the fine.


Jimmy D is a hockey genius. He hasn't damaged the reputation of the Wings. The Wings have the likes of Jack Adams in their cupboards. You don't have to be likable or wise to be great at your job. Scotty Bowman was a jerk, too, but any team would kill to have him come back and coach them. Jimmy D is on one side of the negotiating table, that's it. Maybe he was a bit crass, but that's his style. It's his opinion, it doesn't affect his job performance, and I doubt many players take it personally outside of using it as a negotiating tactic.


#2328631 2012 Lockout Watch

Posted by VM1138 on 13 September 2012 - 08:32 PM

It would be kind of fun of a rival hockey league started up, but in today's world in every industry and field from cars to politics to sports, the status quo reigns supreme, no matter what. No one would succeed at rocking that boat.

And it's nice of the NHL to post on their website today that they are willing to negotiate. With two days left. Nothing like good old fashioned brinksmanship. Apparently the only way deals get done in America these days.


#2328324 Thoughts on the current forward lineup

Posted by VM1138 on 11 September 2012 - 09:27 PM

It's not a bad lineup. Could be pretty good if Brunner turns into something special. But it's not, at this point, better than last year. About the same, I'd say.

Still too many bottom 6 guys and not enough top line scorers.


#2327907 Would Visnovsky bring value to Detroit?

Posted by VM1138 on 06 September 2012 - 05:15 PM

Honestly, at this point anyone would help. We need warm bodies on defense or else we're in real trouble once injuries hit.


#2326389 New Commissioner?

Posted by VM1138 on 22 August 2012 - 08:02 AM

You don't need to know hockey to run a league. It's a business proposition. I really don't think any former player (except for Ken Dryden, like someone said already) would be the next comissioner. It would likely be some CEO or other corporate head because of their expertise.

I know NHL profits have gone up under Bettman, but it's undermining the integrity of the league. At the very least we need a commissioner who can keep the league running every year. His labor relations are terrible.


#2326046 Red Wings player ratings for NHL 13

Posted by VM1138 on 19 August 2012 - 09:46 PM

Pretty impressed. Those stats are about spot on. The only one I'd change is to put Zetterberg above 90. Look at how terrible that defense is, though!


#2323535 Our Current Defense / What Holland Can Do *merged

Posted by VM1138 on 02 August 2012 - 08:31 AM

I'm usually a glass half full kind of fan, but there's just no getting around the fact that our defense is not very good.

Kronwall, White, Ericsson, Smith, Kindl, Quincey. That's it. Kronwall is good, White is sort of an uneven or unknown commodity without Lidstrom around to play with, Ericsson has become a bit more solid but he's still not good, Quincey had a rough run with the Wings but maybe, just maybe he'll improve, and Smith is an unknown commodity. But realistically there's little chance he plays better than 5th d-man.

Compare that to other defenses around the league, and we don't stack up well. We've got a #1 in Kronwall, a #3 in White, and two #4s in Quincey and Ericsson, and a #6 or 7 in Kindl. We still need a #1 or a #2 to even have a good defensive corps.


#2321906 Doan staying in PHX 4 yrs $21.2 mill

Posted by VM1138 on 25 July 2012 - 02:10 PM

Leaving that much cap space isn't a bad thing. It's been said numerous times, quoted numerous times that Holland is willing to wait until late into the season to find his man. He isn't going to overspend, we know this. Walking into next season with that much cap space can be deadly, but very good for us. Especially with the deep pool of FA in 2013. I'd swallow my pride for a season to cash out next year with the deep pool, no need to make stupid rushed decisions right now.


I get your logic. I've used it myself in the past. But realistically, waiting for the trade deadline is a disastrous policy. Nowadays the league is just too tight and by the trade deadeline only one or two teams are out of the race. There's very little chance someone you need is going to be tradeable. Then, even if they are tradeable, you have to put together a good package.

No, nowadays you have to build through the draft and free agency. If you miss out of the off-season signings, there is very little chance of the team making any improvements at the trade deadline.