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#2299050 What's Kenny Holland's Offseason Plan?

Posted by VM1138 on 03 May 2012 - 09:10 PM

Real talk. Agreed. It's hard to be realistic without seeming pessimistic in this situation because all anybody is saying is Parise and Suter sign then get a couple more guys, Nyquist comes up and tears it up and bam.. Wings are a dynasty again... Yeah... Ok.

I know you guys are just trying to be realistic, but honestly, do you realize how much better this Wings team would have been if they had someone who could pot an extra goal every other game this season? A huge chunk of their games were one goal games. I think one forward, if he's the right player, absolutely would make this team a lock for a deep playoff run. And maybe a fourth line center.

#2298221 Is Rinne Getting Exposed?

Posted by VM1138 on 30 April 2012 - 10:29 AM

Rinne wasn't that great in the Detroit series, his weaknesses are obvious, Detroit just never capitalized on them.

His size plays a factor although he is highly agile, but he very rarely had an amazing save that looked intentional. Nashville did a good job clogging the lanes and most of his saves were because Detroit took it straight to him or shot from the half boards or blue line.

#2297603 Johan Franzen wants to 'have more fun'

Posted by VM1138 on 27 April 2012 - 01:32 PM

I hope Franzen is traded this summer. Make room for one of our prospects that actually wants to play for as said, the greatest franchise in sports, or free up a spot to sign Prust to play on the 3rd line.

So you want to replace a 25-30 goals corer with a prospect or a third liner?

#2295036 Babs calls out Kenny, sort of!

Posted by VM1138 on 21 April 2012 - 07:30 AM

I knew there was trouble as soon as I read a Freep article about how the Wings needed Filppula to become sniper and save the day. When your hopes rest on Flip, you're in trouble.

I think the experiment involving hoping players play above their normal skill levels is over. A team full of role players, most very good in their own right, just doesn't do anything if they can't score consistently.

I fully expect a strong faceoff specialist and a top line scorer to join the team in the summer. There are a lot of possible scenarios, but we could end up seeing something like this:

Franzen-Faceoff Specialist-Bertuzzi

I doubt Flip would be on the 3rd line, but that could potentially be a Cup winning forward corps right there.

#2294877 WCQF Game 5 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Predators 2

Posted by VM1138 on 20 April 2012 - 10:50 PM

Babcock's post-game interview called attention to the lack of offensive depth. Being outspoken about it, I bet that Holland addresses it. We need to keep Franzen, he's still good for 25 goals a season. But due to his streakiness we can no longer RELY on him to get us out of a hole. Ergo, sign another big name and relegate Franzen to awesome secondary scoring.

Also it's clear we need someone who goes to the net, carrying the puck, rather than dropping it back to a trailer who loses it to the other team.

#2292873 Hometown discount for Nick next year?

Posted by VM1138 on 19 April 2012 - 05:48 PM

You guys are high. Lidstrom only dropped off because of his ankle injury, which will heal over the summer. He's still got game and was in talks for the Norris again at the beginning of the season. He's not going to take less than 5.5, if he goes that low.

#2289266 Preds not allowed to play ping pong at Joe Louis Arena

Posted by VM1138 on 16 April 2012 - 08:48 PM

It's cute to see the Red Wings fans getting all excited about this toy tantrum Bertuzzi threw.

I mean that's really all you have to smile about seeing as you're down 2-1, very possibly 3-1 after tomorrow night before heading back to "CAPITOL OF HICKVILLE" ... lol Capitol...and we're uneducated?

Continue being immature like your players and enjoy the off season :D

Let me explain something to you since your team is still new to this whole playoff thing: You do everything and anything, no matter how small, to screw with the other team. Yeah, it's childish, but it's part of the whole experience.

#2289196 Three keys to beating Nashville?

Posted by VM1138 on 16 April 2012 - 07:24 PM

I'm going to go against the grain.

1. Howard has to be better. He had some huge saves in the first two games but Game 3 was disappointing.

2. The Wings need to drive to the net even more. Stop trying to be cute. Only shoot from the perimeter if you're going to go in for the rebounds.

3. Keep level-headed. Nashville is calmer and will continue to try to rattle the Wings. Franzen can get angry all he wants, but he needs to be scoring in order to do so without hurting the team.

That's also a good point about Franzen's position. Some of his best hockey was at center, was it not?

#2288710 Shooter's mentality

Posted by VM1138 on 16 April 2012 - 07:41 AM

Franzen has two goals (one unfortunately disallowed) in three games, while drawing the attention of the entire Nashville team, opening up space for Zetterberg and Datsyuk. It's not distinctly Franzen-like statistics but it's also only three games into the playoffs. He's going to deliver, and in a big way.

#2288706 Shooter's mentality

Posted by VM1138 on 16 April 2012 - 07:34 AM

Agreed. I'm not a hockey player, so maybe I don't understand, but I hate how they always dump the puck when carrying it in the zone. 90% of the time Nashville comes out with it. I'd rather them carry it in, risk losing it but be close enough to fight to get it back instead of coming all the way back into their own zone. And I'm tired of perimeter shots when no one goes to the net to catch those juicy rebounds.

#2280623 Dan Cleary openly admits to being at 50%

Posted by VM1138 on 09 April 2012 - 04:48 PM

I admit the warrior mentality, and Cleary deserves props for this. However, he's not an Yzerman. When he's on the ice injured he's not contributing. Babcock needs to rest him because he doesn't help the lineup injured. Maybe he can play when he's 80%.

#2278976 Tortorella Slams Orpik, Crosby, Malkin,...

Posted by VM1138 on 06 April 2012 - 07:45 PM

It's a shame, really. Sports would be way more interesting if they weren't so sanitized. Honestly there shouldn't be a fine for trash talking another team. It's part of competition. It's okay to play mind games with other teams and there should be more of it. They want rivalries, this is what makes them.

#2277069 Milbury slams Blysma and Crosby

Posted by VM1138 on 02 April 2012 - 10:46 PM

I agree with Milbury (shudders) in saying Crosby is fair game if he's going to keep getting into scrums and putting himself out there. Not because I hate the guy, but because it's not fair to have two sets of rules for the league superstar and everyone else. That's why die hard fans of sports end up hating superstars.

That being said, Milbury is a ****** and a creep.

#2276791 4/1 GDT : Panthers 1 at Red Wings 2 (SO)

Posted by VM1138 on 01 April 2012 - 07:00 PM

Panthers aren't a bad team anymore. They are 3rd in the East. sure the Wings could have played better and won, but I wouldn't be underestimating a team like the Panthers who have proved themselves after soo many s***ty years.

To be fair, they're only 3rd because of division seeding. They're actually 14th in the league, could wind up being lower if they don't win more games to end the season. They are smack dab in the middle of mediocrity. While I disagree with the constant negativity, it shouldn't have taken a shootout to beat them.

#2276377 Playoff seeding & Divison winners

Posted by VM1138 on 01 April 2012 - 11:56 AM

Having the division winners automatically be the top seed is fine. It ensures good representation and puts emphasis on winning the division. Otherwise there is really no point to win the division. Just get into the top eight. Also it probably has helped us a lot more than it has hurt us up to this point.

Why does a division winner "earn" anything? The division is a completely arbitrary creation for the purposes of scheduling. There is no point winning the division. But teams will play harder to win because their ranking will actually matter. Division titles should come as a side note to having a great season and finishing high up in the standings. They're only a goal for teams who will never win the conference, the presidents trophy or the Cup.

Division seeding is a joke that screws up the playoffs every year, though it hasn't been this bad in a few seasons. Get rid of it. It's also grotesquely unfair.