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#2212701 Eric Nystrom on waivers

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 06 October 2011 - 07:13 PM

Just because you say it's true doesn't make it so. Even if it were true, those players would have to be on the ice to prevent anything, and none of those players would play on the same line as Datsyuk or Zetterberg or anyone decent.


Nystrom cannot score just as well as Miller. Miller has more points and goals in 100 less games played and has 2 straight 10 goal seasons with the Wings while Nystrom hasn't accomplished that feat. Nystrom has never had a positive +/- as a pro as well. So yes smartass, Miller is the better player.


Meh, their stats haven't been that much different in recent years. Not to mention, Miller has gotten icetime with better players, when we had injuries.

In any case, I'd take Nystrom on my 4th line over Miller. He just fills that role better in my opinion. I want a little more grit on my 4th line, and scoring on the other lines. I'd rather have Nystrom wear defenses down in the playoffs than Miller.


#2212657 Eric Nystrom on waivers

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 06 October 2011 - 03:00 PM

No thanks, Drew Miller's pk value is much more important then Nystrom useless punching talent.


Useless punching talent?

Do you hate every NHL player who's ever dropped the gloves or something? Nystrom is more than just a useless puncher. He had a down year last season, but that doesn't mean he's finished. I just don't see Drew Miller as a useful player here anymore, especially since about 75% of our forwards can kill penalties. Nystrom is at least a better checker than Miller and could give us a little more nastiness on our 4th line to play against.

The OP summed him up a little better than you did.

I still don't think Holland will make this move and it's not a big deal either way, but it wouldn't hurt.


#2212442 Team Assessment - Player by Player

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 05 October 2011 - 03:09 PM

Abdelkader

Leads the team in hits and has around 10 fighting majors.

Bertuzzi

Gets around 20-30 goals and 50-60 points. He's way too big and skilled to have such average numbers despite playing so many games for us in recent seasons. Has to cut down on his stupid offensive penalties.

Brunnstrom

Becomes a top 6 forward and the steal of the offseason. Reaches his potential which he never could before.

Cleary

Doesn't get hurt and finally learns how to stop falling down all the time. Honestly, I'd settle for 20 goals from him and hope he's still active on the forecheck and plays hard on every shift.

Datsyuk

Stays healthy and gets around 90 points.

Eaves

Starts scoring some more goals and gets PP time. 20 goals would be pretty good in my opinion.

Emmerton

Don't really know or expect much from him. Hopefully he can crack the lineup regularly by being a good contributor on the bottom lines. If he doesn't, it won't be the end of the world.

Filppula

Scores 20-30 goals and notches around 50-60 points. Stops missing the net all the time with his shots. I really hope he's worked on his shot in the offseason.

Franzen

Doesn't get a concussion or any other injury for that matter. Scores 40 goals. Doesn't have nights off or disappears for a long stretch of time when in the lineup. At this point, I don't expect him to use his body more as a hitter, which I would have listed several years ago.

Helm

Scores around 15-20 goals and continues playing his ass off on every shift.

Holmstrom

Scores 20-30 goals, stays healthy and plays well enough not to be a liability on the first line.

Hudler

Notches 25-30 goals, 50-60 points, and shows off his UFC training at least once.

Miller

Continues playing hard and doesn't lose his spot as a regular 4th liner. Don't really expect anything else from him.

Mursak

Comes back with no ill effects, and continues developing his game for the NHL, as I think he'll be more important in the near future than he is now.

Zetterberg

Goes back to being a great goal scorer. I want to see 40-50 goals from him again, since he still takes a boat load of shots.

Commodore

Becomes a big hitter and a force on the blue line. Starts being a nasty guy to play against, like he used to be. Improves the Wings lack of shot blocking.

Ericcson

Starts hitting people more and using his size better to clear the crease. Gets into around 5-10 fights. Greatly diminishes his turnovers. Learns how to utilize his big shot and passing skills better, hence becoming a regular powerplay contributor.

Kindl

Becomes better on both sides of the ice and earns a regular spot in the lineup. Basically, I want to see him continue to grow his game at a fast pace.

Kronwall

Goes from being good to being great. Puts up Norris like numbers and becomes our best defenseman. Starts hitting with more frequency again and laying people out in open ice.

Lidstrom

Stays healthy and gets another nomination for the Norris. Has such a great time that he decides to return for another season.

Stuart

Continues being physical and consistent.

White

Puts up 40-50 points playing with Lidstrom and becomes a good powerplay replacement for Rafalski.

Conklin

Plays so well that he creates a goalie controversy if Howard is to struggle again.

Howard

Finishes top 10 in the NHL in GAA and save %.


#2212230 NHL will Look into Fighting: Shanahan

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 04 October 2011 - 08:53 PM

I know what you mean, an example of this could be Ottawa. The Sens probably won't have much else going for them this year, but with Chris Neil, Zack Smith, Zenon Konopka, and eventually Matt Carkner in their lineup, they won't be getting pushed around. At the same time, Chicago is a contending team, and we saw them pick up Dan Carcillo and Jamal Mayers, instead of finesse forwards that would have definitely produced more offense, such as Sergei Samsonov, who was available. Los Angeles is a contending team that we saw get Ethan Moreau as opposed to a guy like Brunnstrom (who was available at the time, as well), who clearly has more offensive potential. In addition, Kevin Westgarth just signed a 2-year extension with them. I don't think the GM of a contending team would waste a roster spot and cap space on someone they didn't feel helped the team.


You forgot to mention Lilja going to the Flyers.


#2212121 NHL will Look into Fighting: Shanahan

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 04 October 2011 - 11:53 AM

Fighting just isn't important anymore. If they* take out the stupid instigator penalty I can see the point of an enforcer with it's impact. But that's just not the case anymore.


Like I said, tell that to all the GM's in the NHL who have enforcers on their roster. For that matter, tell it to Babcock, who dressed guys like Brad May and Aaron Downey, in favor of more talented players in the minors. I'm sure Babcock did it for ratings, though. :rolleyes:

If the team sucks and they need to draw in fans, in the end, the team owner has final say on who plays and if he wants a few extra bucks, you'll see a goon out there at the expense of a skilled forward.


That doesn't explain anything. Most teams in the league have some kind of tough guy. Are they all having trouble filling seats?

For instance, I don't think the Pens are having trouble drawing fans, and they dressed Godard a lot in the past, and recently signed MacIntyre. Chicago dresses John Scott on their blueline, who skates as well as I do. Are they struggling to fill the United Center? Those teams certainly don't suck. Neither do the Bruins, who dress Thornton a lot, or the Capitals, who frequently play Erskine.

I've never heard of a team owner telling the GM and coach to sign a tough guy just to put people in the seats. Not at the NHL level and certainly not nowadays. Are you making this stuff up? I just don't believe it.


#2212046 NHL will Look into Fighting: Shanahan

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 03 October 2011 - 10:33 PM

It's a purely entertainment decision. It has zero impact on making the team better on the ice.


Bullcrap.

NHL teams wouldn't sacrifice winning and losing just for entertainment and sideshow antics. This isn't the bush leagues.

I've yet to hear a person here on LGW give me a good response to what I posted. Yours was a common one, but it doesn't hold much weight. Coaches and GM's aren't going to make training camp roster decisions just for show.


#2212042 NHL will Look into Fighting: Shanahan

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 03 October 2011 - 10:11 PM

People are quick to point out incidents where fighting didn't deter something cheap, but ignore the many situations where a cheapshot may have been averted because of having a tough guy in the lineup.

I don't think every GM in the league who signs and dresses a tough guy is a dumb ass, while the anti-enforcer people here on LGW are hockey geniuses.

Don't forget that most teams have some sort of tough guy in the lineup, who's taking a roster spot away from a more talented player.


#2212025 NHL will Look into Fighting: Shanahan

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 03 October 2011 - 08:06 PM

Back a couple decades ago it had a purpose. You'd put a goon with skill on a stars line and they'd protect that start with their fighting while not completely hampering things. Fighting doesn't really serve a purpose these days besides an entertainment value. Fight slappies will protest that it curbs dirty plays, which it doesn't, well not anymore at least. They'll bring up "the brawl" of almost 15 years ago and talk about how it changed our team to what it is now. It did change the dynamic of the team, but that is a one instance thing. A one instance sample size is a terrible sample size.

Other players and fans from other teams contend that Kronwall's hits are all dirty, how many fights has he been in? Look at the dirty hits from this past season and this pre-season, really looks like goons and fighters really curbed those. Having Downey in the line-up really stopped Lappy from elbowing our star DMan in the head. Fighting doesn't prevent anything.

With that said, i like when players stand up for themselves and want to throw down ala Abby trying to go after Mac. Or when people went after Cooke for cheapshotting Savard and Savard couldn't do anything. It's purpose is to stick up for temmates after an injustice, but today scrums happen after clean hits, and those need to go.


Enforcers help toughen up soft Euros over the course of a season.


#2211840 Pre-Season Line Hopes

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 03 October 2011 - 11:30 AM

Thanks for letting us on to the fact that you had a prior account. It lends itself to some interesting speculation as to why you felt it was necessary to begin posting under a new identity. Would you care to shed any light on this?


So what?

I used to post as mindfly and JakeRyan, and no one seemed to have a problem with it.


There's been a lot of tension here the last couple of days with the season approaching. These GDT's are gonna be fun this year. :D


#2211712 Gustav Nyquist

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 02 October 2011 - 08:12 PM

Not only does he make the team, but he plays on the top line all season.

What an achievement.

And with Homer on the line to boot.

I hope Datsyuk doesn't die of exhaustion by the end of October if that's the case.


#2211621 4 Players Will be Waived on Monday, 8 Assigned to GR

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 02 October 2011 - 04:26 PM

No Ericsson?

What a shame.


#2211550 No-touch icing

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 02 October 2011 - 11:11 AM

Doesn't the CHL have no-tough icing?

So players here in North America are accustomed to it at a young age.


#2211436 10/1 Exhibition GDT: Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 01 October 2011 - 07:29 PM

Wow, this is better than our regular powerplay.

Just send guys to the net and shoot it from the point. No fancy s***.


#2211423 10/1 Exhibition GDT: Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 01 October 2011 - 07:03 PM

Good thing Babcock doesn't think like that.

Glad we have a great team and not some goon team.


Not tonight we don't. ;)


#2211417 10/1 Exhibition GDT: Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 01 October 2011 - 06:59 PM

Nah, Exelby is already costing us by taking penalities.

Helm seems to be doing just fine as is, no need a player to sit in the box for 5 minutes.


God, you're like Ned Braden in Slapshot, who refused to fight.

I'd bench your ass if I was coaching.