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In Topic: Wings call up McCollum, assign Mrazek to Grand Rapids

11 November 2014 - 11:20 AM

He's absolutely not "done" in the NHL at age 24.  Goaltending doesn't work like that.  




He has 15 minutes in the NHL.  Granted, they were 15 horrible minutes against the Blues, and it certainly would have helped if he looked as good as Mrazek did as a 20-year old.  But the AHL track record has been pretty encouraging since then, and that was basically his team in GR last year.  


I'm not saying Tom McCollum is an NHL goaltender.  I'm saying that it's dumb to assume that he isn't based on one terrible performance where he didn't even play a full period, let alone a full game.


One of my favorite Twitter things ever, however, was the day it was reported that he was being released by the Wings, so all the bloggers opened the floodgates with every terrible Tom McCollum story they hadn't reported before, and then he was re-signed a few hours later.  Haha.

In Topic: Gustavsson injured

06 November 2014 - 01:45 PM

Too bad - I was just thinking during the game how well he was playing and how my dislike of the Gustavsson signing was misplaced - but he does just find a way to get injured for multiple stretches during the year.  We're fortunate Mrazek has been as competent as he has been at a young age to cover it up.

In Topic: Weiss sent down to GR- conditioning assignment

03 November 2014 - 03:10 PM

I guess I didn't realize that a groin injury could be the type of career-ender like a disc problem in your back or a severely arthritic knee (a la Pavel Bure; Bobby Orr).  Nobody was more prone to groin injuries than Marian Gaborik, and yet that guy continues to play in his mid-30's and was a pretty big contributor for LA last year.  


So as obvious as it was in retrospect that Weiss was damaged goods and that the writing was on the wall, I'm not sure I can flame the front office to quite THAT degree based on this type of injury.  What's really unfortunate for Weiss is that he literally did nothing prior to getting hurt.  Even a 20-game stretch with a bunch of assists might have shown Wings fans that there was some upside here, and kept him out of Uwe Krupp's pariah-land.

In Topic: What happened to Calle Jarnkrok?

03 November 2014 - 03:05 PM

He's a talented kid who probably won't get a real shot until he's traded away from Nashville or gets sick of the NHL and heads back to Europe.  I thought I had read somewhere that he was a risk to go back to Sweden anyway, unless that was another Wings prospect.


Yeah, that was pretty much exactly the rationale that was floated for trading him.  Perhaps it was leaked by the Wings to lessen the blow, or maybe it was an honest perception.  The Legwand/Jarnkrok thing bothered me a bit at the time, but not much since.  First, I thought we got pretty much what we should have expected in Legwand.  People think of the guy as the #2 overall pick behind Lecavlier and the face of the Preds for their early years, but he was never a top line talent.  He broke 20 goals exactly twice despite being somewhat durable, and even 30 assists was a bit of a reach for him.  Detroit was desperate for C depth at that time, and he provided some.


Jarnkrok has shown absolutely no signs of being a future star, or even putting up a serviceable career like Legwand's.  He still could, of course, or he could be in Europe next year.  

In Topic: Datsyuk or Fedorov?

02 September 2014 - 12:20 PM

I'm just old enough to have watched both players for the entirety of their careers (probably missed some of the really early Fedorov stuff).  I think Fedorov was a special athlete, while Datsyuk is a special intellect/talent.  But as differently as I think about those two guys, the end result for both of them was an immensely productive player who happened to be one of the best defensive players in the game - but maybe could have put up even higher offensive numbers if they treated the game the way an Ovechkin or Gaborik does.  


In terms of Hall credentials, I think the two of them may end up being almost equal.  Datsyuk's later years will end up being more productive, which balances out the fact that he wasn't as dynamic at his best as Fedorov was around 94/95.  But it's telling that they could end up with somewhat equal track records, and Fedorov won 3 Cups as an elite player, while Datsyuk won us 1.5 (he was basically a 4th liner on that '02 team), and yet the people on this board would automatically retire #13, but largely take a pass on the #91.