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#2356999 2/17 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Wild 3

Posted by VM1138 on 17 February 2013 - 07:50 PM

Haha, you caught it but thanks for the laugh there. I needed it after watching that period.

I thought about leaving the original word in for the fun of it, Haha.

#2353713 2/10 GDT : Kings 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by VM1138 on 10 February 2013 - 01:16 PM

Ignoring their mediocre record, I love a lot of things about this team. Zetterberg and Datstuk returning to dominance, Brunner scoring goals off wicked wristers, Tootoo, even Lashoff.

Plus, this game is fun, high tempo and skilled on both sides. Feels a bit like a playoff game.

#2352045 Howard = Average

Posted by VM1138 on 06 February 2013 - 01:51 PM

Howard hasn't been stellar this season, but that's okay.  He needs to steal an odd game but the defense is terrible.  The players, .the strategy, all of it.  We don't need an elite defense but a good one would help Howard immensely.

#2351231 Mike Ilitch's Apearance

Posted by VM1138 on 05 February 2013 - 08:47 AM

I don't really know much about his kids, but I know a couple of people who have met or worked with them briefly and they all say the Ilitches are down to earth people. Now, that doesn't necessarily equate to competent ownership, but it seems like they will continue the style of ownership Mike Ilitch has used, which is good.

#2350788 2/2 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Blue Jackets 4

Posted by VM1138 on 03 February 2013 - 12:34 AM

Bottom six has to start scoring for us to be successful this season. Almost 10 games in and we have 1 point from our bottom six. Pathetic.

This illustrates the fact that we have become too reliant on plugs. I hate to sound like I am part of the negative parade, but Cleary is like Scott Gomez out there. It sucks to bench a guy who is trying hard, but Babcock needs to be realistic.

Out bottom 6 lacks an identity, and this team doesn't have lines. It's a problem. For six spots on the bottom two lines we have:

Cleary, Helm, Abdelkader, Miller, Eaves, Tootoo, Emmerton, Nyquist, Sammy. Most play similar styles. Get rid of Cleary and Emmerton, drop one of Miller or Eaves (I hate to say it, its nothing against them, but they've always been similar on what they bring to the team) and bring in a faceoff specialist.

And Babcock is pretty bad at assembling lines. Datsyuk and Bertuzzi should never be separated, neither should Franzen and Zetterberg. Those lines are tge closest to having a reliable identity.

Flip is a goner, I think. He nets us a decent return. Not ideal, but he's the only roster player we have who anyone might want and who we could find a way to survive without.

#2348793 TooToo - the lovable little Tasmanian Devil

Posted by VM1138 on 29 January 2013 - 09:20 PM

I like the signing so far. Reminds me of McCarty. Hits, grinds, generates some movement in the opposing end, and takes hard shots when he gets them. He's going to be important later in a playoff race.

#2347915 1/27 Red Wings 1 @ Chicago Blackhawks 2 (OT)

Posted by VM1138 on 27 January 2013 - 09:49 PM

Look, this was Brunner's only major mistake, let's cut him some slack. If one mistake costs you a game against a tired opponent, you're not playing well enough as a team.

I hate to be a downer, but we still can't score and our defense is okay at best. We've gotten better since game 1, but we are still pretty lackluster. Improvements all across the board should be expected. No one was godawful tonight, but being 'decent' isn't good enough to win in this league.

#2346526 1/25 GDT : Wild 3 at Red Wings 5

Posted by VM1138 on 25 January 2013 - 08:38 PM

Damien Brunner is off to a great start, he's playing well in all areas and getting shots on net.  What's more, is that he doesn't seem to be struggling with the transition at all.  I think Holland and Babcock found a diamond in the rough here.  Well, maybe that's the wrong term to use.  He was a star over in Europe, but it seems that rarely guarantees success in the NHL.  I could be wrong.


Watching him shoot that puck so hard into the top corner of the net is reassuring.  The Wings have needed a guy who can score goals like that.  

#2342338 1/19: Red Wings 0 at St. Louis Blues 6

Posted by VM1138 on 19 January 2013 - 10:37 PM

Watched a few highlights from other games. They are starkly different. I know we love hyperbole in bad games, but the Wings honestly look like a minor league team. Even the stars look like rookies. Holy crap.

#2341210 Eaves Cleared to Play

Posted by VM1138 on 18 January 2013 - 11:23 AM

Awesome to have him back, but I worry how effective he'll be after so much time off.


So many question marks heading into this season.  Brunner, Eaves, Coliacovo, Samuelsson, no Lidstrom, shortened season shaking things up.  Can't wait til tomorrow!

#2339223 Next Year UFA Wish List

Posted by VM1138 on 11 January 2013 - 08:52 AM

Let me know if I'm wrong but the amnesty buyouts don't count against the cap. We get two. I'm sure someone would take Franzen on in a weaker team. Buyout Bert, Sammy. Eaves goes on IR. Emmerton and Colo could be traded with their low cap hits. This would easily fit under the cap and you could sign another forward or keep emmerton. 

Why would you buy out Franzen? I don't get this.  Floater or not, the guy is extra scoring which the Wings badly need, at a reasonable price.

#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.