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#2275294 Nyquist needs to stay here

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 28 March 2012 - 11:57 PM

Yeah, no idea why Babcock wasted a game with Nyquist on the fourth line.

He has earned his ice time.

Because this organization loves putting young skilled players on 4th lines, with crappy linemates and limited icetime.

Too many players seem to have immunity on this team. That's why they take so many nights off. Lack of motivation and no need for accountability.

#2274905 Nyquist needs to stay here

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 28 March 2012 - 05:44 PM

I don't like seeing Nyquist on the 4th line. :thumbdown:


Now you know how I felt when my savior Aaaron Downey was rotting on the 4th line all that time.

#2274603 Early Off-Season Thread

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 27 March 2012 - 06:28 PM

Well it's not THAT preposterous. It is plausible that the Wings could be that much better of a team if they solidify the bottom six with one or two players who really know what they're doing. They've had to be patient with the bottom six youth movement and gradual and still ongoing growth process of Helm, Abdelkader, Miller, Eaves, etc. It'd be nice if they had a guy in his prime who can lead the bottom six and provide some stability and a calming presence the way Lidstrom does for the entire team. Draper used to be that guy and it looks like the Wings are waiting for one of Helm/Abdelkader/etc to grow into that role instead of acquiring someone.

The Wings will undoubtedly be a much more dangerous team with a guy like Parise. But the Wings are also good enough that they don't desperately need a 40 goal scorer and can solidify themselves as one of the handful of top elite teams in the league if they make significantly effective improvements in other areas.

Yeah, but it's easier to find good 3rd/4th liners, than it is to find a great sniper or power forward who can score goals.

If Holland wasn't sleeping this offseason or last, we could have acquired some good bottom liners like a David Clarkson or Eric Nystrom, both of whom are having great seasons. And they wouldn't really cost that much. Those type of players are available every year if we just act on it.

But players like Parise aren't around that often. Last year, the only such player was Brad Richards. I think the idea of playing with Datsyuk or Zetterberg could entice Parise. Of course there will be other teams after him, but I think we should definitely throw our names in the hat.

#2274601 Early Off-Season Thread

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 27 March 2012 - 06:22 PM

Jesus, you're entirely beside the point. You can't have an all star at every position, and go look at Cole's numbers if you think Montreal didn't make a good decision on that one. Unless you think his 30 goals and 25 assists (on a s***ty team) isn't worth our time. Parise only has 30 goals and 34 assists. Is it really worth spending 3-3.5 million extra for ten more points? And let's not even compare Neal and Parise.

Ovechkin hasn't scored many points this season either. That doesn't mean he's not miles above Erik Cole. You can't just look at stats and say this guy is only 10 points better than that guy.

Parise in my book is one of the 10 best players in hockey. Especially when you put him on a line with a Datsyuk potentially. He plays harder than a Franzen or Hudler do on a nightly basis.

And we don't have All stars at each position. Far from it.

Also, Holmstrom, Bertuzzi and Cleary are old and none will likely be around in two seasons. If you get a chance to obtain a superstar winger for big money, and you have the cap space with Lidstrom and Stuart potentially leaving, then you have to pull the trigger. Holland didn't spend money in the offseason nor at the deadline. What's the point of keeping all this cap space around? I thought he was doing it for a Parise or Suter.

#2274597 Early Off-Season Thread

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 27 March 2012 - 06:10 PM

Here's the thing, why push hard for Parise when he will easily go between 7-8 million. I know he's really good and can score around 40 goals, but do we really need a 40 goal guy? Wouldn't we be just as well off with another 25-30 goal scorer to fill out the top six and save the extra money. Basically, I'm thinking about someone like Montreal got in Erik Cole last season, or Pittsburgh has in Neal.

Ummm?.. :blink: .......yeah we do.

Who doesn't?

And I wouldn't use Montreal as a good example of what we need to do. It's poor salesmanship.

And Neal was obtained in a trade. We don't have any assets to trade, in order for someone to give us a young goal scorer with high potential, like a Neal. No one wants our old guys and we already traded our top pick.

Get a player like Parise at all costs.

#2274573 Early Off-Season Thread

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 27 March 2012 - 03:49 PM

Franzen - Datsyuk - Parise
Nyquist - Zetterberg - Filppula
Hudler - Helm - Bertuzzi
Miller - Abdelkader - Parros

#2274294 Needs to be said

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 26 March 2012 - 07:45 PM

Can we still play Columbus in the first round?


#2274118 Patrick Eaves

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 26 March 2012 - 03:23 PM

Why would any team want Emmerton?

#2274117 Happy Turtle Day

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 26 March 2012 - 03:22 PM

I always forget that Larionov of all people started the brawl.


#2273883 Brendan Smith sent back to Grand Rapids

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 25 March 2012 - 12:51 PM

Basically, next year Detroit will pay 3.5 million to Ericsson, who'll likely be sitting in the pressbox a lot.

Thanks for that Kenny.

#2273881 Needs to be said

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 25 March 2012 - 12:50 PM

I can see either side of this argument.

In one sense, we've seen the Wings lose in the first round to many teams we thought they'd walk over.

At the same time, I really don't want to see us play Chicago in the first round. That would be too stressful and too crazy for so early in the playoffs. And their annoying fans will come here to talk crap.

#2273811 Which team would piss you off the most if they won the cup?

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 24 March 2012 - 10:26 PM

Can't believe no one mentioned the Florida Panthers.

I thought everyone hated them.

#2273577 3/24 GDT : Hurricanes 4 at Red Wings 5

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 24 March 2012 - 07:34 PM

It's time for Dan Cleary to be a permanent scratch.

#2273238 Ken Holland Interview

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 23 March 2012 - 09:12 PM

How about an arena with "Hockeytown" in the name?

#2272910 Babcock

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 22 March 2012 - 10:16 AM

I bet if Charissa Thompson was interviewing him instead of Pierre, he would have been more friendly.