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#2449419 Franzen believes hes playing well.

Posted by VM1138 on 01 November 2013 - 09:49 AM

Wow, two good chances in 13 games.  Let's give him an extension right now.  


I'm not even a Franzen hater but this guy is delusional lately.

#2449405 What's Killing Our Offense?

Posted by VM1138 on 01 November 2013 - 08:05 AM

What is Babcock thinking? Didn't take long to break up that third line. Abdelkader and Cleary do not belong in the top 6. Do. Not. Belong.

Is like to see us trade a prospect for an established A-lister in their mid-20s. Better to win now than pin your hopes on some kid or as-yet-undrafted player of the future.

Not saying trade picks and prospects like no tomorrow, but two players and a couple of picks for a Norris-caliber defenseman would benefit us more than those prospects.

#2449404 11/1 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Flames 3

Posted by VM1138 on 01 November 2013 - 07:53 AM

Please score more than two goals.

#2449403 Varlamov Arrested

Posted by VM1138 on 01 November 2013 - 07:52 AM

All right, people. Let's keep this about Varlamov. If it's going to be about abuse in general thus thread will ave to be moved. Also, keep the discussion from getting personal.

#2449249 10/30 GDT: Red Wings 2 at Canucks 1

Posted by VM1138 on 31 October 2013 - 08:28 AM

I paid extra close attention to Tatar tonight. I counted he had one turnover, one lost board battle, one won board battle, two near-assists (followed by a near-goal off of Abdelkader's first near goal) and an actual goal. Plus, he was playing the body and hustling, even on the backcheck. All in all, a really great night for him.

#2449248 Varlamov Arrested

Posted by VM1138 on 31 October 2013 - 08:22 AM

Maybe he misunderstood orders from Roy. Roy meant to illegally assault the opposing team.

#2449150 10/30 GDT: Red Wings 2 at Canucks 1

Posted by VM1138 on 30 October 2013 - 11:41 PM

Pieces are starting to cone together. Tatar and Abdelkader complement each other. Slip Helm between them and we'll have a great grinding/energy line who can chip in goals. I like it.

#2448637 The most annoying things about being at games?

Posted by VM1138 on 29 October 2013 - 08:06 AM

What's the deal with season ticket holders obssessing over the printed tickets? Who cares? Is there some benefit to having the "real" tickets? Like, do they get you into a VIP lounge with boomers or something?

Edit: Meant to say "hookers" but my phone autocorrected. Oddly, "boomers" sounds fitting, too.

#2448446 stephen weiss

Posted by VM1138 on 28 October 2013 - 08:03 AM

Only Red Wings fans would bitterly argue Filppula vs. Weiss. And maybe Toronto fans.

Fact is, everyone's offense has disappeared so I wouldn't think Flip would he doing well, wither had he stayed.

Flip was never a bad player. He was never dynamic though, never controlled the pace on the ice, rarely made great things happen, and was terrified of shooting. I'm glad he is succeeding now but I don't fool myself into thinking things would be different had he stayed.

1. Then why is Fil off to a hot start? Magically doesn't have to adjust to a new team, system, line mates?

Maybe not getting re-signed by Holland lit a fire under his butt? Flip has way more to prove than Weiss does. Also, playing on a team with Stamkos and other shooters might motivate him. One things is for sure, except for maybe Zetterberg, the Wings don't have highly effective and consistent shooters. Pavs could be but he focuses on pkaymaking.

#2448339 stephen weiss

Posted by VM1138 on 27 October 2013 - 02:53 PM

Do you Filppula fans really think that he would be doing any better than Weiss had he stayed? This whole struggle is team-wide.

#2447634 stephen weiss

Posted by VM1138 on 24 October 2013 - 01:59 PM

As far as Franzen goes, I'd rather have him do everything right but score a few less goals.  His goal scoring isn't a huge asset.  They come in clumps, and lately not even then.  So his goals really only seem to affect a small number of games.  I'd rather we get an all-around player who hustles and makes us stronger.  So I'd be good with him at center producing fewer goals.


But Weiss...I don't know, maybe playing on the wing will let him open up a bit.

#2447588 10/23 GDT: Senators 6 at Red Wings 1

Posted by VM1138 on 24 October 2013 - 08:13 AM

We all notice Franzen when he plays center. Not sure what his face-off stats are, but if they're decent work him there. I think Babcock wants his offense but that's not happening anyway so put him in a defensive role for now.

#2447169 Ten Games in: Player Grades

Posted by VM1138 on 23 October 2013 - 09:29 AM

Bertuzzi has played well. Let's save our veteran bashing for those who deserve it. I'm looking at you, Sammy.

#2446856 10/21 GDT: Sharks 1 @ Red Wings 0 (SO)

Posted by VM1138 on 21 October 2013 - 08:45 PM

For how little Tatar is, he looks very strong on the puck.

In his previous games he always played bigger than he is, which is why I dislike people saying he's too small.

#2446542 Lines Thread

Posted by VM1138 on 20 October 2013 - 05:40 PM

What I want to know is why Alfredsson can be put on the third but not Franzen. It's never even been tried. Notice the second line for years has been lackluster and he is the common denominator. What about:


Tatar can provide Franzen like offense, and his defensive lapses will he offset by Weiss and Alfredsson. It also puts two finishers on the second line.

Franzen could open up on the third line and be forced to play more aggressively.

I know Tatar isn't necessarily ready for second line duties, but it's worth a shot early in the season.