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In Topic: Who gets the "A" when datsyuk leaves?

26 April 2016 - 05:04 AM

Abby and DK with As, Larkin with the C eventually. Basically just the Yzerman-Draper-Lidstrom dynamic; forward who leads by example to captain the team, two-way player who is a locker-room voice to do all the inspiring, defenceman who leads by example to keep it tight at the back. That seems to me to be the Red Wings way, only problem is with our current set-up none of the three (Z, Dats, Kronner) are really talkers and all try to lead by example, which doesn't always work when they have to do everything. Probably why performance has dropped off with each.

 

If he could actually play hockey any more I'd also throw in Franzen. Has more experience out of anyone left really, and can do everything required - play well and chirp when needed. But that point is moot.

 

EDIT: Also worked as the Z-Draper-Lidstrom dynamic too.


In Topic: Jeff Blashill = Dave Lewis 2.0 / Coaching Change

07 December 2015 - 03:01 PM

The way this team is playing, I'd be shocked if we don't finish top 2 in the Atlantic. Overtaking Montreal will be tough for sure, but as of right now they're only 7 points up, and we have the game in hand. I see Ottawa and Boston falling off way before Detroit, and Tampa could turn it around but they'll be in tough trying to catch us, the same way we are with Montreal. They're 5 points back, and we also have the game in hand on them as well. We survived a pretty grueling early schedule, with back to back games virtually every weekend, and it should only get easier from here on out (in regards to the schedule, not necessarily the competition...). We have our Western Canada road trip out of the way, but we still have our California trip coming up in January.

 

There's no doubt that Blashill is a great coach but regardless of who was going to be behind the bench this team has been a team on the rise for a while, and I don't see us slowing down going forward. It may look genius to have Nyquist and Tatar clicking, but they're two really good young players, and they're just entering their prime now. I don't really think it should be that much of a surprise that they're playing well together. I do still think they'd benefit from playing on separate lines but as long as it's working, I guess it's not much point in mixing things up. If we do end up finishing top 2 in the Atlantic, you'd have to think Blash would be in the conversation of Jack Adams candidates. He definitely has a shot at being the first Red Wing coach to win it since some guy named Scotty Bowman exactly 20 years ago...

Florida also ahead of Tampa, with an extra game to play. If they get in a battle with each other or Tampa look at it being "5 teams ahead of us" rather than looking at points, a distraction like that could make 2nd very achievable for us. Bear in mind Montreal have lost 2 straight as well, so catching them isn't impossible - they also have the WC to prepare for, which is always a tad of a distraction.


In Topic: 2016 NHL Outdoor Games Jerseys.

04 December 2015 - 01:16 PM

Why are we wearing red? In both WCs we wore white, then red, in accordance with today's "red=home, white=road" system, now suddenly it's changed? Also Chicago and Montreal are both in white as road teams?


In Topic: So who were the Wings scouting ?

06 November 2015 - 01:49 PM

i would chop it up to staying on top of players that "may" hit the market.

 

information is king. if holland gets the sudden call...he just hits his notebook, and replies...ummm...no.

 

i'll give you...#*%^ for that guy. 

 

go away, "you pancake eating..........."

Signed in specifically to like this. But yeah probs just advanced scouting... although a couple of games in a row is weird, unless they just REALLY don't want to lose to Babs... EVER.


In Topic: P.K. Subban Donates $10 Million Dollars to Children's Hospita

17 September 2015 - 04:45 PM

I understand the philosophy, but a children's hospital just received ten million dollars, I don't care if he gets a banner on the moon saying what he did, it's a good thing.

 

Yeah I'm with you, it's a great thing to do. The only thing I don't like about these sorts of things is that a celebrity/millionaire has to give money to help a hospital - it should be a given that hospitals and schools provide for everyone without philanthropic donations. Unfortunately that can't/doesn't happen. So props to him.