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#2628818 Dylan Larkin on opening night roster

Posted by marcaractac on 07 October 2015 - 10:24 PM

If Larkin makes this team better, he'll stay regardless. They didn't keep him on the roster just because there was room for him. They kept him because they believe he is ready for the NHL now. If he excels, he keeps his roster spot. It's someone else that will be moved elsewhere IMO. If the intention isn't to give him a legit shot at sticking with the team full time, he'd be playing on the top line with GR tomorrow night. Only way he gets sent down is if he struggles. And I think it is fantastic. Comparing him to Jurco really isn't fair. Two very different situations. 


As for being bumped into the NHL over other guys, he is simply the most ready. Hockey isn't about tenure, it is about icing the best team you can. Every season a small few 18 and 19 year old kids break into the league. It is about time we have one that is good enough at that age. He already shown he can hang with NHL calibre talent. I see no reason why he can't learn his stuff with the Wings instead of GR. You save that for the kids who need to develop their game. 

#2628773 Cleary on waivers

Posted by marcaractac on 07 October 2015 - 05:22 PM

Am I the only one hoping he clears? I think he'd be great for the kids in GRs.


You're not alone. I'd love him to stay in the organization with the hope to never need him, rather than to lose him to waivers and end up in a situation where we need him.

#2627512 9/26 Exhibition GDT : Boston Bruins at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by marcaractac on 26 September 2015 - 11:24 PM

Kindl is leading the Wings in ice time....


I'd imagine being potentially the odd man out, they want to give him some ice time to see how he fares under a new coach. They already know what they have with all the others.

#2625463 Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

Posted by marcaractac on 14 September 2015 - 05:23 PM


It's corrected now I mean if Dmac is not only ok but also honored by it that's great. For sure nobody should have to phone 31 + players but I think getting in touch with the guy who wore it before and is beloved by the fans is a classy thing to do.


I would chosse the shutdown D-man because the job of a defender is well...to defend and that to means prevent the other team from scoring. Sure guys like Lidstrom and Niedermayer put up unbelievable numbers but they were also elite defensively and made the right decision day in night out. I expect Green to put up points on the powerplay but I also expect him to prevent the other team from scoring and not be a defensive liability, otherwise the points he'll add on the PP won't mean much because the GA would also increase.


This is why you build teams with a little thing called balance. Guess what happens if all your D is shutdown dmen? Your team doesn't score goals and end up on the wrong side of 1-2 and 2-1 games. Green is expected to play responsible hockey, he is not expected to come in and play shut down defense. That's why he is paired with DeKeyser. 

#2625173 2015-2016 expectations

Posted by marcaractac on 10 September 2015 - 04:27 PM

Likely a 4 to 6 seed.  If we can make it to the second round, that will be an improvement over last season.  


Defense is still weak.  Green will improve it offensively, but too many boneheaded players back there (including Green).  I can't see a team that makes so many defensive errors and lapses in concentration going far in the playoffs.  


While I have no doubt mistakes will be made, I feel like there will be less this year. Our puck possession should improve a lot, which automatically eliminates some. It will be great if Quincey can keep building off of his season and we see an improvement from Smith under a new coach. Fingers crossed!

#2624822 Cleary re-signs... 1 year deal

Posted by marcaractac on 07 September 2015 - 12:14 AM

Never? http://www.detroitne...-role/22407615/

Maybe not sour, but he sounds a little salty to me there.


Not wanting to watch games does not equal being salty about it. He is a competitor, of course he'd rather play than sit. But he not once whined about. ever. What was he supposed to do, talk about how much he loves getting paid to be in the press box? 


The quote you posted was absolutely professional on his part. Reasons like that very quote are one of a few why management keeps him around. 

#2624778 Cleary re-signs... 1 year deal

Posted by marcaractac on 05 September 2015 - 08:09 PM

As expected and really I don't see a problem with this. At best he will be an emergency call up from the Grand Rapids and while being there he can show some younger guys (Mantha, Larkin) the way and since the 950k aren't counting against the cap it doesn't really matter. Personally I'm in favor of everything that helps prepare Larkin, Mantha better for the big club in a few years if that includes signing a veteran with a great work ethic so be it.


100% this. Sure GR already has great leadership, but Cleary is a guy who has been through it all, and knows what it takes to play in the NHL and stay there (until his body started to fall apart). The current leadership group in GR is fine, but they are also career AHLers. Not to mention he can fill in if the Wings get hit with the injury plague. The players and coaching staff has always liked having him around. No harm done. Even during all his time as a healthy scratch, he never got sour about it. 

#2624694 Cleary re-signs... 1 year deal

Posted by marcaractac on 04 September 2015 - 04:50 PM

Loyalty...this all but guarantees that KFQ will be back...oh happy days! Doesn't Holland realize that #redwingfansmatter?

I actually hope we keep Quinces around. He became an important part of this team whether people are willing to admit it or not.

#2624681 Cleary re-signs... 1 year deal

Posted by marcaractac on 04 September 2015 - 04:18 PM

This contract is nothing more than thanks but no thanks. He'll be a good leader for the kids in Gradew, because that is absolutely where he will spend the season.

#2624672 Cleary re-signs... 1 year deal

Posted by marcaractac on 04 September 2015 - 04:03 PM

I came for the meltdown. *grabs Popcorn*

#2622220 Free agents this off season

Posted by marcaractac on 04 August 2015 - 10:09 AM

In the end, this team will never win with Howard as the starter. The sooner Mrazek becomes the undisputed #1, the better off we all are. Howard gave us stability in goal during the rebuild. I am thankful for that. He is good enough to rack up some great regular season numbers, but his weaknesses become amplified in the playoffs. 

#2621987 Who is better Nyquist or Tatar?

Posted by marcaractac on 31 July 2015 - 11:53 PM

Kickazz asking the tough questions tonight! lol

#2621985 Who is the better player Zetterberg or Toews. Prime vs. Present

Posted by marcaractac on 31 July 2015 - 11:46 PM

Toes is no doubt the better player now. Both of them at their best are pretty well equal. Both amazing players capable of carrying their team on their back. I give Toews the prime vote simply because he will likely be at that level longer than Hank. Depending on what time of day you ask me, my choice for best in their prime would change. They are both just that good. 


If both were in their prime, and I were a gm who had to choose any current player to build a team around, Toews and Hank would be the top 2 options. 


Having said that, I would choose prime Dats and Hank as a pair over Toews and Kane any day. Eurotwins for life, yo.

#2621862 2015 Detroit Tigers/MLB Baseball thread

Posted by marcaractac on 30 July 2015 - 12:07 PM

David price is a blue jay now.


Excited :D

#2621640 Mitch Callahan

Posted by marcaractac on 27 July 2015 - 04:32 PM

I think he makes it. He may be a healthy scratch most nights at first, but Blash seems to really like him. Can't see guys like Andersson staying over Mitch. Gross. 

Plus there will no doubt be an injury or two by the time the season starts