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#2672916 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by frankgrimes on 22 April 2016 - 08:15 AM

5 years 4 first round exits, 3 first round exits in a row and making the playoffs because another re sucked even more. Like I've mentioned I hope the 2 more home games were worth it.

Such a disappointing season and I really hope the evaluation is starting next week. Front office needs some fresh ideas (new faces). I'm not going into dream land and thinking about Stamkos so starting next year:

- no top 6 center - Z can't do it anymore and Pasha is gone
- no number 1 defenseman
- still need a sniper

Don't give me that "if Larkin, AA and others will.." crap asking a 19 old to play top 6 center is asking for disaster build him up slowly. Goaltending has been average with some excellent games from both guys and tons to forget.

Lots of holes to fill and I have zero confidence that Holland can do it. He doesn't want to commit to rebuild nor does he go all in...Mr. I needs to ask him some tough questions and if he doesn't like the answers get someone else.

The people who thought keeping the streak alive so the young guns would gain experience, only need to look at the TOI for AA or even better Mantha. Well hope people enjoyed it because it was the last time for some time and add of course aside from Mantha the AHL cupboard is empty. If the Wings would have rebuilt starting 2012 they would have been in a much better position going forward but of course the streak was more important and patchwork fixes, waiting for some guys to become maybe better than they really are and other things were more important....

Personally this was the most boring season (NHL and Wingswise) ever this team lacks identity and a direction going forward.

This off season needs to be the busiest one in terms of trades, signings and changes since almost 2 decades for this team.

#2615793 Tony Granato and Pat Ferschweiler, assistant coaches

Posted by Jacksoni on 23 June 2015 - 05:23 PM

Keeping Granato was big I believe. He knows his special teams stuff and the players respond to him. Great resource.


Chelios´s title is something like "Assisting advisor to the general manager" or the like, I read it on mlive if I recall correctly.

#2598893 ECQF Game 4 GDT : Lightning 3 at Red Wings 2 (OT) - Series Tied 2-2

Posted by Hockeytown0001 on 23 April 2015 - 06:31 PM

Good play by DeKeyser. 

#2598844 ECQF Game 4 GDT : Lightning 3 at Red Wings 2 (OT) - Series Tied 2-2

Posted by GoWings! on 23 April 2015 - 06:07 PM

Umm...please win? Thanks. Love, LGW forum.

#2597561 ECQF Game 3 GDT : Lightning 0 at Red Wings 3 - DET Leads series 2-1

Posted by canadian wings fan on 21 April 2015 - 07:04 PM

Ha. Outhitting them 22-10?
Do you think that's a stat like being out shot 50 -14

No but we will take it!

#2564841 1/20 GDT: Wild 4 @ Red Wings 5 (SO)

Posted by puckloo39 on 20 January 2015 - 09:51 AM

Yay, Flashy!   Great GDT, poor lumpy Wild.   LOL~   


Hope the WIngs have a "gland" old time tonight and we are all smiling, going into the break.

#2555829 Babcock "I don't think it will be my final year here"

Posted by kipwinger on 11 December 2014 - 02:32 PM

*sigh* as long as it doesn't come from the insiders all these  rumors are just that rumors.


The media seems to have a hard time getting a simple fact:

Babcock won't negotiate during the season, period.


I'm already prepared to see him coaching Crosby & Co. next year


No doubt.  Stupid suck ass media.  All they do is speculate and fear monger.  Not the kind of thing frankgrimes is into.  Nope.  No way.  Errr....wait


"I'm already prepared to see him coaching Crosby & Co. next year" - frankgrimes

#2535308 Lines Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 01 September 2014 - 09:55 AM

I agree with you 100% number9, I've been saying this for months. There is no way that Jurco starts the season with the Wings, it's simply not the way the Red Wings do things. Some of you obviously don't agree with this but I truly believe this "over-ripening" method works and will continue to work. I think the Red Wings have unbelievable scouts but I think it's more than that, I think it's more to do with the way they develop their players. No player is ever given a roster spot, every spot, every game and every shift has to be earned.

Jurco will be our first call up which is great and Pulkkinen and Mantha will be our 2nd and 3rd callups if need be, which shows great depth up front.


I however do believe that Jurco is the "next coming", but unlike so many others on here, I don't think he's quite ready yet and I'm completely fine with waiting another half to full season to see him called up again. Some people will probably laugh at this but I think Jurco has more potential than any one of our forward prospects, including Nyquist, Tatar, Pulkkinen and even Mantha. I strongly believe that this kid is the real deal and he will show that in the next couple years. Think that was funny? Well here's something even more humorous to some of you I'm sure, I think he has the potential to have as much of an impact on this organization as Datsyuk and Zetterberg have had over their careers... Call me crazy... ;)

#2530469 Marchenko

Posted by 13dangledangle on 07 July 2014 - 05:31 PM

It all starts with the right attitude. This kid seems to display that so here's hoping the upward trend continues.

#2530498 Marchenko

Posted by dirtydangles on 07 July 2014 - 08:49 PM

I'm hoping this positive experience with Marchenko will warm the Wings to taking more Russian born players. I think we have passed on some real talent in the past due to the russian factor.

#2529367 Dont Jump Yet...

Posted by WingedWheel91 on 02 July 2014 - 09:58 AM



I am as pissed off as most Red Wings fans today out of our lack of ability to sign (any) big name free agents, and even more pissed off that our only substantial move was re-signing Kyle Quincey to a contract that pays him as much money as Jonathan Ericsson, more money than Johan Franzen and only 0.5 Million less than Nick Kronwall makes (still a top 10 defenceman in the league).


But as much as we can complain about Quincey, and predict that next season will be a complete disaster - I am seeing more and more tank for McDavid posts - I ask myself when did Matt Niskanen become worthy of a 7 year contract? Isn't Dan Boyle 37 years old coming off a 36 point season on a great team where he was a -8? Why did the world end when we didn't sign these two? Lets just try to use some perspective before we completely turn our backs...


Last season, in a 16 team conference - we finished 1 point behind 6th place PHI and 3 points behind 5th place NYR (who eventually played in the Stanley Cup Final) while having an historically bad (by our standards) record of 5-9 in the shootout. More importantly, we also had our top 3 forwards (when measured by salary) D, Z and Weiss miss 37, 37, and 56 games respectively. I hate to make excuses, but of the 6 teams in our conference that had more points than us last year, not a single one of them could relate to our injury situation (in terms of man games lost to star players). For ex. the top 6 scorers on the Boston Bruins all played in atleast 78 games, and 5 of them played in 80 or more - please don't tell me this would not have helped us or improved our position in the standings.


If we look ahead to next season - what do we have to be optimistic about? Well, we haven't really gotten worse since last year... No we haven't signed any big names either, but we still haven't lost anyone yet. (Alfie remains to be seen). Can you say the same about...


#1 BOSTON - Subtractions: Thornton, Iginla, Meszaros, Moore. Additions: None.

#2 PITTSBURGH - Subtractions: Jokinen, Vitale, Orpik, Glass, Engelland, Niskanen, Conner. Additions: Comeau, Ehrhoff.

#3 TAMPA BAY - Subtractions: Lindback, Aulie, Desjardins. Additions: Nabokov, Boyle, Blunden, Stralman.

#4 MONTREAL - Subtractions: Briere, Gorges, Vanek, Gionta, Blunden, Dubnyk. Additions: Parenteau, Gilbert, Malholtra.

#5 NEW YORK - Subtractions: Pouliot, Stralman, Richards, Boyle, Bickel. Additions: Hunwick, Glass, Kostka, D. Boyle.

#6 PHILADELPHIA - Subtractions: None. Additions: Jones.


The point here is that outside of Tampa Bay, the 5/6 teams that had more points than we did last season have not improved either - and to take it a step further, I certainly feel that Boston, Pittsburgh, Montreal, and the NYR have all regressed. In terms of teams within striking distance who have also improved, NJ and WSH certainly stand alone.


When you consider the possibility of a healthy team, the emergence and continued development of our younger players, the cap room and prospect pool we have to acquire pieces (which Holland MUST use at this point) and the lack of improved teams conference wide + number of teams in our division who have taken a step back (BOS, MTL, TOR, OTT,) I don't think the sky is falling as fast as it seems.

#2509319 4/13 GDT: Red Wings 3 @ Blues 0

Posted by Dabura on 13 April 2014 - 01:36 PM


The D is playing well without them *today*.

But if the insinuation is that the Wings D would be better without our top 3 d men, then I fart in everyone's general direction. This Blues team is not bringing it by any stretch of the imagination. You put this D line up against a healthy, top of their game Bruins team and it would be a slaughter.


So we can't trade Kronwall for Crosby?

#2506504 4/5 GDT - Canadiens 5 vs Red Wings 3

Posted by Euro_Twins on 05 April 2014 - 07:56 PM

My prediction. Glendening gets his first goal in the third, the team rallies around it and the wings win 5-3

#2506454 4/5 GDT - Canadiens 5 vs Red Wings 3

Posted by HockeytownRules19 on 05 April 2014 - 07:40 PM

and the trolls come out tonight... good lord people get a grip

#2505011 4/2 GDT - Bruins 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by HadThomasVokounOnFortSt on 02 April 2014 - 08:50 PM

I feel pretty good about this one and think we will pull it off! Go wings!!