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#2426413 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by VM1138 on 05 July 2013 - 10:13 AM

I do, too.  Maybe I'm just naive, but Brunner has this doe-eyed "gee golly shucks" good naturedness about him.  He seems so happy with everything, and gets so excited about experiencing new things, he probably does just genuinely want to know, haha.  

#2426112 Wings in on Alfredsson

Posted by VM1138 on 04 July 2013 - 07:46 PM

Alfredsson, the captain who gave up on his team in the playoffs? Despite his talent, we are already fighting complacency on this team. I guess he fits what we need, I just wouldn't put him at the top of my list.

#2425637 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by VM1138 on 03 July 2013 - 09:30 PM

He's not a buffoon. But he is becoming overcautious. He is taking the long term approach. Which has flaws. For instance, you'll never win the Cup if you wait year after year for the solution to come from within. No matter how the kids develop, we will always have needs. So how many years can he just wait?

I don't hate his moves, but I worry that he has lost his "win now" mentality in favor of "make playoffs and win two rounds.". It's nice to be consistent, but we fans dont care about revenue. We want to see Cups.
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#2424380 Red Wings No Longer "Presented by Amway!"

Posted by VM1138 on 01 July 2013 - 10:30 AM

Still embarrassing.

#2423300 Jakub Kindl signs 4 year extension, $9.6m total, $2.4m/yr

Posted by VM1138 on 29 June 2013 - 08:59 AM

I'm not trying to talk you out of anything, and I don't want to argue.  But I really, really, want to know what you like about Smith.  You can message me if you want so that you don't have to argue with anyone else.  But I've got to know why he's on that list. 

Smith is a really likable guy. You can tell he tries hard and is devastated when he screws up. I'm rooting for him because of that.

#2421698 Nyquist or Tatar

Posted by VM1138 on 24 June 2013 - 07:49 AM

They are so close talent-wise. It comes down to Tatar's aggressive goal scoring and playing much bigger than he is against Nyquist's superior playmaking and better defense. I'm not too worried about having Brunner, Tatar, and Nyquist. Tatar doesn't play small, Nyquist has a well rounded game and Brunner is dedicated to improve his game in every area.

#2421210 Dreger: Filppula looking for $5.5m/season over at least 7 years

Posted by VM1138 on 21 June 2013 - 12:40 PM

No matter how anyone spins it that he's small, passess to cleary on a break away, doesn't give good enough massages, does not fight etc etc, one thing is certain. Fil has the qualities of a top player. He passess well, backchecks, and scores enough to be effective to the money he is paid.

He's average. He doesn't create matchup problems. I've never heard a coach worry about who is going to faceoff against Filppula. He is good defensively, but we can replace that. He is not a dominant player. He can't lead a scoring line.

He was fine while he was cheap, but at that price we can find a hungrier, more reliable forward.

And I dont think Helm is injure frequently. I could be wrong, but hasn't he only been hurt twice? It's just that this injury is a long one. Compared with Sammy who gets hurt pectorals and slips on banana peels.

#2421178 Dreger: Filppula looking for $5.5m/season over at least 7 years

Posted by VM1138 on 21 June 2013 - 09:24 AM

I have to disagree.  Flip is a semi-talented playmaker, but that's it.  He literally kills offense most of the time because he tries to pass the puck on a breakaway.  He never developed past his 2nd-3rd line tweener status.  He was serviceable, but he wasn't good.  His talent isn't great enough to contribute on the top two lines consistently, and he's not creative enough to be a difference maker.


I'm not going to say he's terrible, but he doesn't really add anything that can't be replaced.

#2421081 Dreger: Filppula looking for $5.5m/season over at least 7 years

Posted by VM1138 on 20 June 2013 - 05:03 PM

Flip wasn't failing because he didn't have a 40 goal scorer, Flip failed because he's timid and is literally scared of shooting the puck. A change of scenery won't help him.

#2420094 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by VM1138 on 15 June 2013 - 08:50 PM

I think a short-term contract is in the best interest of everyone involved.


Holland would want a short contract because of the uncertainty.  Did he plateau?  Or is he really progressing?  Was it just a weird lockout season? Those sorts of questions might make him hesitant to go long-term.


And Brunner, who is probably itching for his big money contract, has bought into the Wings system.  He's changing his style of play and I imagine working with the team staff to better himself.  He may want his big money now, but if he realizes he can't get a lifetime contract, a one year or two year deal might appeal to him.  Get a chance to prove he's worth that money and not have to risk hurting his development somewhere else.

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#2417799 New Dallas Stars uniforms

Posted by VM1138 on 05 June 2013 - 09:48 AM

Would have been better without the dorky "D" in the middle of the star.


But I give them props for bringing color back.  Black vs. white and Red vs. White in almost every game in the NHL was getting old.

#2417300 2013 Detroit Red Wings Eulogy

Posted by VM1138 on 03 June 2013 - 07:58 AM

I'm a good sport, but that's not one of the funnier ones. 


Although, he's right about his criticisms, we complain relentlessly about 10pm start times (although I think it is legitimate to do so), constantly throw "How many Cups have you won?" into any argument, and overstate our importance financially to other teams in the West, etc., etc.


But it's just a testament to how amazing this franchise is that in this article, it never attacks the hockey team.  It's all about the city, people being old, etc., etc.  The Wings are just that good.  Go read the Toronto Maple Leafs one to see what I mean.


The one thing I learned during the Chicago series is something I don't get: other fans think the Wings are coddled by the refs, and think everyone on the Wings are cheap-shot artists.  I try not to be a homer, but I don't remember anyone (except Bertuzzi) ever doing anything really cheap.  We don't even dive (except in sellable situations by the net, unlike teams who pretend to be shot when someone skates by them open ice).  


I just don't get the accusations that Detroit is somehow a team that does nothing but commit interference and spear people's faces.

#2416858 Holland on The Huge Show.

Posted by VM1138 on 01 June 2013 - 06:20 PM

Most of us like Miller. But some bodies have to leave, even ones who contribute. I'd like him to stay, personally, if there is room. The 'youth movement' is done. So many kids will be up full time next year there will be few call ups.

Interesting that Holland wants more supporting players. We have enough already. Gritty ones, fast ones, defensive ones, offensive ones. We need big guns, Holland!

#2416601 Let's Talk About Abdelkader, Plus Others

Posted by VM1138 on 31 May 2013 - 03:09 PM

That's the thing. Abby is the type of player we need up there, but he isn't the player we need. Does that make sense? We need his style of play, but in the form of a player who scores.

#2416426 Darren Helm - Career in Question?

Posted by VM1138 on 30 May 2013 - 10:34 PM

Babcock also had this to say about Filpulla's injury:
"You guys watched the video, you decide," Babcock said. "He's hurt. He'll be ready for camp."
So I guess Filpulla's going to re-sign?
OR, Babs was just talking, much like the Helm quote.
Basically, I woudn't put too much stalk in how the coach phrased his responses. Know what I mean?

I think he just prepares each off season as if the roster stays the same. He probably doesn't know if Flip is staying, but he prepares for him to stay I'm sure.