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In Topic: Are the wings underrated?

29 September 2014 - 10:31 PM

"If".

 

A team that can't close a series out after taking a 3 games to 1 lead has no business winning the Cup, and probably wouldn't have. 

 

The only reason we played so well in those playoffs was Howard.  He's been average in the other playoffs he's had, and look how that turned out for the team.  

 

We don't have enough talent to win without a hot goalie.  


No way we get past the Kings AND the Bruins in 2013.

 

The Wings might be a little underrated this year.  If they stay very healthy and if all the reports of improvements the players have made (stronger, faster, different routine, health) over the summer are accurate, they could make some noise in the division and maybe in the playoffs.  The injury bug is already biting though, and I don't see them winning the division.

 

The Kings looked gassed in 2013.  Especially coming off the Cup win.  Boston would have murdered us, though.  


In Topic: Are the wings underrated?

29 September 2014 - 06:09 PM

I think this is the best team we've had in a few years, assuming we stay healthy and one year ago we could have won the Cup. I think we're a little underrated right now.

 

What Cup could we have won last season?


In Topic: Are the wings underrated?

29 September 2014 - 05:43 PM

A team that can barely make it out of the first round once in the last 3 seasons is not underrated.  Everyone knows the team is in a mini-rebuild mode.  


In Topic: Babcock " I dont think it will be my final year here"

29 September 2014 - 03:52 PM

 

No kidding. 

 

My point was that people tend to overrate prospects and it's incredibly hard to predict how they will fare in the NHL, even for professionals.

 

 

Like these future Red Wings:

 

"He is a man amongst boys sometimes. He's not overly physical, but he takes the man and plays the body and he's got a little chip on his shoulder at times. But he's more of a skilled guy." -- Red Wings director of amateur scouting Joe McDonnell (December 2005)  "He's gotten stronger. He still needs to get a little bit stronger, but at training camp, he came close to making the team. He was definitely good enough to play and stick there. He's the kind of guy who plays better with better players. Down the road, I would think he's going to be a top-four guy. He's good on the power play and he's a real smart kid." -- McDonnell (October 2006) 

 

 

"He's got very good hockey sense, good stick skills, and he's a Red Wings type of player, the way he thinks the game. We think he's a top two line player. Like with all kids, he needs to improve his strength. He needs to work on his leg strength and get his skating a little bit stronger, but it's just the maturing of the body." -- Red Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill (June 2006) ... "His hockey sense is his best asset. He's a very smart player. He's just got to get bigger and stronger, but he's a pretty well-rounded guy." -- Red Wings director of amateur scouting Joe McDonnell (October 2006) ...

 

 

That's Kindl and Emmerton.

 

 

I hope these young guys turn into NHL d-men, I just don't think you really can tell too much until they get time with the big club. 

 

:lol:

 

Emmerton a top two line player.


In Topic: We're Down One Goose

28 September 2014 - 03:50 PM

People seem to think this only happens to us. And there are many comments about our players being weak pansies who are made of glass, etc. It's kind of understandable since most here focus on the Wings and don't follow other teams to the same extent. The whole league is like this, though. I think it's just the effects of the faster, bigger league. Here's some other teams' current situations to give some perspective:

 

Pens: Malkin still not skating, Crosby missed the beginning of camp, Beau Bennett has a knee injury, Robert Bertuzzo possibly has a significant injury

Kings: Derek Stepan out with broken fibula.

Philly: Giroux (lower body), Timonnen (blood clots) Couturier, Emery injured, Bellemare as well (who's he?),

Leafs: Bozak, Robidas (leg), Clarkson all injured. Tallinder also (PTO)

Rangers: Malone out(hip flexor)

Carolina: Jordan Stall (broken leg)

Bruins: Cambell still hasn't skated, Camara (illness), Pasternak (probably wouldn't have made the team)

Lightning: Druin (fractured thumb)

Avalanche: McGinn, Bordeleau (both had back surgery) minor injuries to Gabe Landeskog, Max Talbot and Ryan O'Reilly and Jan Hejda

Columbus: Horton will miss start of season (back pain)

Canadiens: Eller injured plus a lot of prospects: McCarron, Grimoire, Connor Crisp, Dalton Thrower, Stefan Fournier and Jack Nevins

Wild: Harding out indefinitely (foot injury)

Ducks: Palmeiri, Shea Thodore

 

The last two seasons in a row, the Wings were among the league leaders in man games lost.