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#2667153 Free Press: Pavel Datsyuk to return to Russia following Playoffs

Posted by marcaractac on 11 April 2016 - 07:13 PM

I agree....hey when Steve Yzerman was 35, he was 2nd, 3rd line all the time, he finished that year with 52 points and played four more years all with still being an effective leader.  Hank had 50 points this year (he is 35 as well) he could easily move down to that 3rd line center and still get 30-40 points a year and be the effective leader he needs to be for the next 4 years or so.  Hank played in all 82 games this year, Steve only played in 54 games that year, but given the fact that the game has changed so much since then, its no wonder Hank scored less per game.


I am not saying Hank is Steve, but I am saying that Steve was "demoted" to a lessor role on the ice in scoring and prolonged his career and was still a very effective Captain and actually lead his team better from that position...Hank could do the same.  We have two very good, very high end prospects that could become 1st and 2nd line centers in Larkin and AA and allow Z to ease it out now, if we were to acquire Stamkos, it would take even more pressure off Z to score and he could lead better.


This. Let Hank step back and become more of a role guy, have the kids start playing bigger minutes. 

#2667126 Free Press: Pavel Datsyuk to return to Russia following Playoffs

Posted by marcaractac on 11 April 2016 - 04:48 PM

wondering if Z hangs them up after this season too.. hes got to know hes not what he used to be


kenny will have to make a  big splash if Z and dats go


Hank would be fine if he played reduced minutes and not forced into trying to carry the team like Blash had him doing this season. Cut his minutes back and reduce his role and suddenly he can contribute for a full season instead of the first 2/3rds only. I'd say even have him play wing starting next season. Reduce the wear and tear on the guy. 

#2666995 Mantha

Posted by marcaractac on 11 April 2016 - 04:20 AM

Some people say he only scored two goals in his ten games. True, but he also hit a couple posts in that time frame as well. The fact our pp improved alone is reason to play him.

#2666958 Mantha

Posted by marcaractac on 10 April 2016 - 09:06 PM

What has Mantha done to earn a roster spot in the playoffs?  Not a thing.

What has Andersson done to deserve one?

#2666957 Playoff Lines + Mantha Back to GR

Posted by marcaractac on 10 April 2016 - 09:03 PM

Andersson is so good at faceoffs, that he played 2 minutes in the most important game of the season.
Blashill is full of s***.  He dressed Andersson and didn't even play him.

Playing Mantha just on the pp >>>>>>>>>>> Andersson playing for face-offs.

#2666837 Mantha

Posted by marcaractac on 10 April 2016 - 01:48 PM

Having a line of Richards helm datsyuk won't cut it for a long playoff run though

I thought the kids would be better when Blashill came here but they are mostly being benched , Tatar and nyquist who should be good for 25-30 goals have under performed and were over using the vets

I don't know , hope we win but if that's gonna happen it's going to have to be with mrazek as I don't see howard capable of stealing series , so I'd expect us to go with mrazek game 2 or 3'

And athanasiou needs a significant amount more than 5 minutes of ice time , he needs to be with pavel

I didn't mean they should keep Richards. Dats and helm together, however lol. Put Mantha or AA with dats and Richards. If the worry is inexperience and mistakes, put the kids with two reliable vets. Mantha on line two, AA on the fourth with Glenn and helm. Tell me that fourth line wouldn't give Tampa fits.

But no, we are gonna go with slower than molasses Andersson. Unbelievable. For a team being built on speed, they sure seem to be doing all they can to neuter it.

#2666834 Mantha

Posted by marcaractac on 10 April 2016 - 01:24 PM

Pretty ridiculous blowing the last chance mantha will ever have from being surrounded pavel , Blashill was all about the kids when he came here but athanasiou is playing 5 minutes a game now and all the kids he practically coached in Grand Rapids are being benched

Jeff let's keep playing it safe Blashill could turn out to be a big mistake

Brad Richards and Anderson won't help us win a cup , having athanasiou and a sniper like mantha get more ice time on the powerplay and top 6 will

Whatever , at least we got 25 years now .... That seems like the only goal now

While I agree with most of this, Richards has been an important part of the team. Especially as of late. We will be happy to have him in the playoffs.

#2666799 Post Epic Meltdown - er, Post Game Discussion

Posted by marcaractac on 10 April 2016 - 11:33 AM

:lol: I love this whole "so and so can't play defense, so I'm gonna scratch them" Tatar and Nyquist can't win battles to save their lives. We have a coach that doesn't prioritize goal scoring. That's a problem, guess what? Goals win games. For me, I want guys that can score goals. Patrick Kane can't spell "backcheck" and he's a 3 time Stanley Cup champion. Enough of this garbage from management and coaching, play to win thef****** game.


Exactly. No team has a complete roster of guys who play a 200 foot game. Pure offensive guys are needed as well. 

#2666709 Post Epic Meltdown - er, Post Game Discussion

Posted by marcaractac on 10 April 2016 - 12:53 AM

THere is absolutely no way AA and Mantha will play in the same game in the playoffs unless we are seriously desperate. Neither of them are even close to where they need to be defensively and when line matching gets really greasy in the playoffs they will get exposed. 


Z - D - Abs

Larkin - Sheahan - Gus

Helm - Glen - Tats 

Andy - Richards - Mantha/AA


Sheahan and Glendening have been very good lately.  The only way to get Z going is to play him with Pavel.  The other winger on that line could be anyone but Abby has been there and knows his role.  I just think there is no way AA and Mantha are in the lineup at the same time. 


Put Mantha with Dats and Richards, AA with Glenny and Helm. 2 vets on each line to cover mistakes. 


In the end, Mantha gets called up, our pp scores 8 straight games. He gets benched and the pp died off once again. 


I also don't get why AA isn't trusted defensively. The guy has killed penalties for crying out loud. Not to mention his speed can help offset being out of position. 

#2666708 25 YEARS BABY!

Posted by marcaractac on 10 April 2016 - 12:49 AM

Did we lose our way in or did Boston lose their way out million-dollar question... which loss was more catastrophic today us losing on an empty-net goal or Boston getting blown out?


Worst for Boston by far. That team went into a nosedive a dozen games ago and crashed and burned today. Wings had a bad start, but played well afterwards. Raanta stole the game for them really. That combined with Blash pulling the goalie way to damn early. Last time the Wings had a few days rest was for the Philly game. So hopefully that is the team we see for game 1. 

#2666707 2016 Round 1 Photoshop War: Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by marcaractac on 10 April 2016 - 12:46 AM

How about those Tampa fans?!



amazing. I do wonder how long before Tampa puts the block on Wings fans buying tickets. 

#2666610 Fixing this mess....

Posted by marcaractac on 09 April 2016 - 05:58 PM

Mrazek will end up again as a starting goalie... game one or game two.

I hope that Kenny will address size and toughness and that Blash will let AA and Mantha play. Under 5 min p/game for AA is not correct/enough.

Trouba will be RFA. I don't see Jets keeping him at $6M-$7M per season. I would offer some package including Nyquist/Tatar, Def prospect: Ouellet/Sproul/Jensen, Smith and our 1st rounder. I would actually make same offer for Shatty. This kind of addition will be huge for us.

Kenny will need to beef up front. Idea of having top 9, all 20 goal potential is not bad but need to add some grit and true hockey players which will create space for our skilled players.

Abdelakader - Z - Larkin
Mantha - Dats - FA (Lucic/Backes)
Svenichkov (SP) / Tatar or Nyquist if not traded - AA - She
Miller - LG - FA (Martin)

DD - Trouba/Shatty
Kronwall - Green
Errorson (unfortunately he will stay) - RHD with some grit and size (Prout/Gudas/McIlarth/McQuaid)
Ouellet - Marchenko


agreed on the mrazek prediction

#2666549 Post Epic Meltdown - er, Post Game Discussion

Posted by marcaractac on 09 April 2016 - 02:48 PM

Mantha and Smith have to play. It's that simple.



AA and Mantha also need far more icetime. It's no coincidence that our powerplay has come alive with Mantha and died without him.

#2666358 4/9 GDT : at Rangers 3, Red Wings 2

Posted by marcaractac on 09 April 2016 - 02:00 PM

If the Bruins fire Julien, Holland needs to sign him. Plain and simple.

#2666341 4/9 GDT : at Rangers 3, Red Wings 2

Posted by marcaractac on 09 April 2016 - 01:59 PM

5-1 sens. Ahahahahahahha