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#2519867 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by marcaractac on 09 May 2014 - 02:38 PM

Watching The Canadiens series against the Bruins makes me even more frustrated. This is a team with smaller forwards than us but are prepared to hit and battle in front of the net. We were a team scared. Not prepared to battle in front of the net or block shots. Seemed like a team not expecting to win. Most teams have four guys around there goalie every time they freeze the puck but we were being outnumbered by bruins. Just a team not willing to pay the price to win. Being near the bottom of the league in blocked shots and hits is not a roster problem, it's a problem with a compete level. Hitting takes effort and can wear you down but it's effective and it's easy to see how we are a lot more successful when our guys are willing to play the body. 


I'd like to see how the teams weight training sessions go cause as it seems Helm and Abdelkader seem like the only guys hitting the weights hard. It's all about our young guys learning from the vets and I doubt Alfie, Zetterberg (still great leader) are setting examples in the weight room. That's what were missing is a guy like Chelios. A guy that motivates these guys to stay in the weight room longer. Seems like preparation is very casual compared to our elite years


You know what this Wings in the playoffs reminded me of this year? The Habs in the playoffs last year. Experience is a big thing. 

#2519675 ECSF : (5) New York Rangers vs. (2) Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted by marcaractac on 07 May 2014 - 08:58 PM

I must say, our fans are way better than Ranger fans. at least we keep our bitching about players on the internet  :lol:

#2519537 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by marcaractac on 06 May 2014 - 08:50 PM

Even if he isn't an instant improvement, at least he can move the puck and create offense. I don't think I have unrealistic expectations, but I understand the concern considering the mentality of other posters


If all else fails, disney.com

#2519344 Red Wings announcement tomorrow

Posted by marcaractac on 05 May 2014 - 11:49 PM



Found the clown

#2519292 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by marcaractac on 05 May 2014 - 04:55 PM

Welcome to LGW, home of some of the coolest and most obnoxious Wings fans on the innanets. Where everyone is an armchair GM, Franzen is lazy and he sucks, we like our team, and most online shopping is completed at disney.com.

Pull up a chair, you can be our deadline acquisition.


We also don't like clowns

#2519115 Wings will buy out Tootoo, not Franzen.

Posted by marcaractac on 03 May 2014 - 08:08 PM

Ah yes....factual information! How dare some one use statistical analysis to counter gut feeling, emotional reactions and fan logic of visible effort = more contribution. People have even wanted Tootoo ahead of him because he hits and fights....and does almost nothing else. Sure, a skilled guy who works his ass off is better than one that doesn't, but a skilled guy with variable effort levels is often better than a no-skill guy that tries as hard as he can......


There have definitely been stretches where Franzen hasn't been giving all of his effort. Not gonna stick up for him for that ever. The thing is, even when he is working his ass off but not scoring, he is still accused of floating. He has become that much of a whipping boy that not scoring automatically means he is not trying. I saw a hard working Franzen in the playoffs. He wasn't driving the net as much as he should have, but he was still skating. If he works, I have no issue with him being here. Because even if he isn't scoring, he is responsible in his own end. It is just a matter of having enough scoring depth that the team doesn't absolutely depend on him going into beast mode to win. If the team has that depth, his contract does not hinder the team one bit. Also, his dry spell this season was not nearly as bad as it was the season before last. IF he can avoid a head injury this coming season, I have no doubt he can be a very effective player for the team. It is just a matter of managing expectations of him. 


Even when Datsyuk came back from a concussion, he was hesitant to get into the dirty areas for a nice while. As someone who has had my bell rung when I was a teen, I can't really fault someone for not getting too involved with the rough stuff. Especially in a professional sport at that level. I still think next season when he is good and healthy again, the coaching staff should park him in front of the net on the PP. 

#2519098 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by marcaractac on 03 May 2014 - 05:39 PM

sign vanek, downie, callahan and tallinder.


vanek brings scoring. downie is a 30 pointer with tougness. callahan is a 50-60 pointer who also gives us physical play. tallinder is a good gritty veteran.


give legwand A REAL shoot.



callahan - datsuyk - vanek

zetterberg - legwand - nyqvist

jurco - sheahan - tatar

downie - helm - abby



kronwall - smith

niskanen - dekeyser

ericsson - tallinder


For those who want Franzen gone, Vanek is not the answer. 

#2518957 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by marcaractac on 02 May 2014 - 06:47 PM

Man niskanen just made a brutal mistake and went to the corner and left Richards alone

2-0 ny lol love it ... f*** the pens


We get it, you don't want to see the Wings sign Niskanen lol. Heaven forbid the guy be a human and make a mistake. Something even elite dmen to from time to time. Now imagine that mistake, but every night because of a rookie d pairing. 

#2518890 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by marcaractac on 02 May 2014 - 01:53 PM

that would be an incredibly deep defense core thats for sure, i see less headaches in the years to come 


Exactly. Too much is a good thing if the over abundance of players are either really good or very promising. Niskanen simply gives this team more assets to use to fill other holes in the lineup. I'm actually hoping the pens make a decent run (but falling short) this year just so Niskanen gets lots of experience and learns how to win. That way if Holland does get him, he can bring that experience and hunger for a cup here with him. Even without Niskanen, there is no way all the defense prospects we have will crack the lineup. There is no use worrying about that. In the end, it is a good problem to have. 

#2518885 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by marcaractac on 02 May 2014 - 01:30 PM

I agree with this. Its not like Niskanens "breakout" season really came out of no where. He has built up to this point, my biggest concern on signing niskanen wouldnt be so much whether he will continue to have solid seasons but more along the lines of what we will need to do if the kids come along as we expect. What happens when oulette and sproul are ready? kronwall, dekeyser, niskanen ericcson, smith, oulette, sproul, marchenko and lashoff(easily demoted) ? i know they might not be ready next season but it is highy likely that two of our d prospects would be ready before the end of niskanen/ericcsons contracts. Alot of change will come over the next years and i for one am excited to have these problems rather than some other teams.  


When it comes down to it, 2 of the kids can fit in at 6/7th dmen. they'll get to earnt heir way up the lineup like anyone else. example: if the time comes marchenko breaks out and becomes and absolute stud, ericsson because expendable. keeps the team young while improving (plus gets another Righty in the top 4). thats how I think it should go. give a couple kids a chance at once. if they steal someones job, they get it. I already see smith growing into a kronwall type over the years. which is why I think smith should be untouchable barring a situation he can be packaged for someone like weber (which will never happen)

#2518816 ECSF : (4) Montreal Canadiens vs. (1) Boston Bruins

Posted by marcaractac on 01 May 2014 - 11:04 PM

Where are those people on here that say "PK Subban is overrated" "I don't want him on our team, his attitude is s***."  I'm starting to think that we need some guys with "bad attitudes" on this team. It's tough to win in this league without heavy hitters and guys that want to knock the other guys heads off. On another note, there were racist remarks on Twitter from Boston fans about PK Subban. I'm starting to really, really hate that Boston fan base. Their sports fans are really arrogant with the success of all their teams lately. They're annoying. Anyway, good game, Habs look pretty good.


For every game like this he has, he'll have another where he costs his team the game

#2518793 Is it possible to land Torey Krug?

Posted by marcaractac on 01 May 2014 - 09:26 PM

Question is do the Wings like him? We already know Krug loves the Wings. We have the advantage.

Call me a n00b but I don't know what the detailed differences are between restricted and un.


He can love us all he wants, Boston owns his rights. Unless Boston doesn't want him, Krug is theirs until his first contract post 27 years old comes to an end.


He just isn;t old enough to be UFA. RFA means he isn't under contract, but Boston owns his negotiating rights. UFA means anyone can go for him.

#2518791 Is it possible to land Torey Krug?

Posted by marcaractac on 01 May 2014 - 09:21 PM

He is nowhere near old enough to hit UFA status. He isn't going anywhere for a long time. File this one under pipe dream, sadly

#2518774 ECSF : (4) Montreal Canadiens vs. (1) Boston Bruins

Posted by marcaractac on 01 May 2014 - 09:00 PM

Why didnt Rask play like this against us?


Because we didn't wreck havoc in front of his net like the Habs are doing.

#2518743 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by marcaractac on 01 May 2014 - 05:27 PM

Nothing against Alfie but when some young guys needed to be in team he shouldn't of been signed. Remember the reason why we made the playoffs? The old and useless were hurt and not playing going the young guys a shot. Several of which should've been up since day one.

Also since you're defending holland. Why did he sign Sammy and colo to two years? Why sign tootoo for three just to waste a buyout in him in his third year?


Yeah, cause Alfie had nothing to do with helping the team through rough patches what so ever. Seriously. It was a compressed schedule due to the olympics, in a tournament where his team made the gold medal game and he was played for insane minutes by his coach. Even Kronwall took a couple weeks to get back into a grove from the same thing. If Alifie wants to play again, you're damn right he is gonna be with the team come fall. And rightfully so. 


Also, since you're bashing Holland. Why does he not get any credit for drafting the kids, who you give sole credit to for the team making the playoffs? I'm not defending signing Sammy. It was a bad contract. People make mistakes. But at least I can be objective and point out the good and the bad rather than go in with all the blind hate like you are. You hate Holland, We get it. Do you really have to bring it up in every single thread? Why not make a Hate Holland thread so you and other like minded Holland haters could just go bash him and call for his head there? Would make the rest of the threads more enjoyable for a lot of people.