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#2674332 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by marcaractac on 28 April 2016 - 07:45 PM

This would mean:

- getting Chychrun
- Trouba
- Stamkos

I think me winning the lottery has a much higher chance than that. Losing Pasha means losing an elite 2 way player so it won't just hurt the TOP 6 position it will also hurt an already has defense.

Larkin and AA will also keep getting better. The sky isn't falling.

#2674308 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by marcaractac on 28 April 2016 - 06:50 PM

The fact is this:
- The Wings need one NOW and
- they need one for the future plus
- a top 6 center NOW
this can't be fixed in one off-season which is freaking scary.

Two summers can turn this team back into a contender. Will be growing pains this coming season with no Datsyuk, but things will be fine.

#2674306 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by marcaractac on 28 April 2016 - 06:47 PM

I don't give a s*** what it's called as long as they keep the goal horn. When I'm at the new arena to catch a game, it's name will be the last thing on my mind.

#2674293 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by marcaractac on 28 April 2016 - 06:21 PM

Trouba is a guy who can,be in the lineup now. Someone who can grow as part as the core of the team going forward. Drafting dmen is important as well, but the fact remains is we still need a dman NOW.

#2674123 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by marcaractac on 27 April 2016 - 11:08 PM

In the end, this is the summer to make a trade for a dman. Players will be available due to expansion draft next summer. Teams will be looking to get something for their players while they can. Trouba is the perfect target.

#2674121 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by marcaractac on 27 April 2016 - 10:58 PM

If anything we could use a couple more Abdelkader in the lineup. Having a guy like him on each of the top 3 lines opens up space for guys like Goose and Tats.

Why do you think they've both had down years? They've been stuck playing together too much, giving the team an easy line to play against. That's why the line centered by Sheahan was much better with Jurco on it in the past.

#2674012 Mantha

Posted by marcaractac on 27 April 2016 - 11:41 AM

And Pulk destroyed AHL goalies. I think Mantha will be about as good as Nyquist, but he's not there yet. He wasnt ich more than a PP specialist. Had Trashill used his players better, they could have had a better chance without Mantha.


Pulk is a small player who is easily knocked off the puck. His possession is awful. Mantha has the size and is learning how to use it when it comes to holding onto the puck and making plays. Mantha will be more of an NHLer than Pulk can ever dream of being. 

#2673962 Fixing this mess....

Posted by marcaractac on 26 April 2016 - 11:23 PM


But why didn't he say the right things the past few seasons? All I have heard are excuses - cap, trading, parity, availability of players... Always some excuse with Kenny yet other teams win playoff series and cups.  


In previous years we didn't have guys with high end potential to start building around. Larkin is as close as a sure thing you'll find to a future franchise center. Same for Mrazek in goal. Get a legit top pair dman to play with Dekeyser and a solid foundation to build on is formed. The sky is the limit for AA and Mantha, and there is decent secondary scoring with Goose and Tatar.


There are plenty of assets to work with in trades, and for the first time in a while we can finally see who will be taking the reigns of the team. That is the first signs of the right time to begin making moves. Putting pieces around Hank and Pav these past few years was never the right way to go. The future had to show itself first. 

#2673960 Holland (selfishly) declined promotion

Posted by marcaractac on 26 April 2016 - 11:18 PM

Yes, how horrible selfish of the man to have the desire to build another winner. Shame on him!


In all seriousness, Tampa was the right fit for Steve. They had guys like Hedman and Stamkos to build around, and he had a couple high draft picks to work with. Would have been a COMPLETELY different situation for him in Detroit had he become GM. The fan base would have already turned on him a couple years ago, let alone now. 


I am bummed out about losing Nill, however. Especially after seeing the man trade for Seguin (not that Boston would have traded him to Detroit anyway). But I'd have a lot more confidence in Nill this summer to make a move for a high end dman than I do Holland. 

#2673959 Making a move with AUTHORITY!

Posted by marcaractac on 26 April 2016 - 11:12 PM

Mrazek is the one sure fire position we have taken care of right now. He had a tough few weeks, but he's young and will learn from it. Outside of that he has been Vezina-quality. 


As for defence, drafting a dman is such a crap-shoot. Unless there is a sure thing like Ekblad (which you need to be a lottery team to get anyway), defenders are always gonna be a gamble. They take longer to develop than forwards, so it is hard to know exactly what you're getting until a few years later. You can use a first rounder to draft another Karlsson, but you're more likely to end up with a Kindl. A great, young dman is a lot more rare than a great, young forward. Because of this, it makes more sense to get a guy like Trouba via trade than to move up in the draft as far as acquiring a dman goes. 


The first rounder should ALWAYS be used to get the best possible player available. Ideally this year that turns out to be a dman. But if there is a Larkin available when your turn is up, you take him.  In my opinion you start drafting needs in the second round. When factoring out the Ekblads and Doughtys, it seems more high end dmen in this league come in the second round. 


TL;DR. If we're depending on this draft to find that high end dman, be prepared for a long five years. Make a trade for one this summer to stay competitive and give the team the time to develop young defensemen. 

#2673909 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by marcaractac on 26 April 2016 - 06:17 PM

Holland's comments that fans need to accept less and that less is more exciting is beyond inexcusable. I find it almost impossible to believe that Mike Illitch thinks that.

Read between the lines. All he is saying is that the team can't be a dominant force like it has in the past. The best a team can hope for now is to get a young core together and be competitive for a bunch of years, then start over.

He is not saying we should be okay with scraping into the playoffs every year and lose in the first round. It's gonna take a bit of time to contend again. He is trying to keep expectations in check until the team once again gets there.

#2673529 Alexander Radulov: Wings on short-list of desired teams

Posted by marcaractac on 25 April 2016 - 01:55 PM

Nonononononononononononononononononononononononononono. No.

#2673526 Ownership shows Support for Kenny Holland

Posted by marcaractac on 25 April 2016 - 01:10 PM

Holland said he'll be more aggressive at the Entry Draft regarding trades....

#2673517 Ownership shows Support for Kenny Holland

Posted by marcaractac on 25 April 2016 - 12:38 PM

As frustrating as things have been for a while now with the franchise going overboard on playing it too safe, this summer can make it all worth it. Hank is exactly right. It's time to be aggressive. The kids will get better, the vets need to step back into reduced roles, and a couple impact players in or just entering their prime need to be acquired and this team can contend again. And continue to do so for years. 

#2673437 Who gets the "A" when datsyuk leaves?

Posted by marcaractac on 24 April 2016 - 09:38 PM

Larkin. He will be the next captain, may as well start to groom him now.