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#2618334 Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

Posted by TheDetroitRedWings on 01 July 2015 - 04:15 PM

A good signing.  I know he can't play defense, but we have plenty of defensive minded defenseman.  We just needed one person who can actually move the puck and shoot the puck well. Kronwall has regressed with his shooting.  


Plus, Green is a right handed shot.  

Another great aspect of this signing! Not only a perfect fit for what we need. But also finally a big time right handed shot at the point!

#2618428 Now for a #2 C.

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 01 July 2015 - 04:56 PM

Are you living in the past? Abby hits everything that moves, he battles for pucks goes into corners, and is coming off a 23 goal 44 point season. Not to mention this is a contract year for him, so he may even put up 55 points


44 points is good for a 1st liner playing with Z and Nyqyist?


Maybe in a lockout shortened season it is.  A talented winger would have scored more than 44 points on the first line with two talented linemates like he had.  I won't deny that he battles for pucks and plays hard, but a 1st liners top priority should be putting up lots of points.  

#2617838 Weiss bought out (confirmed)

Posted by number9 on 01 July 2015 - 09:12 AM

I recall Weiss, Alfie, and Clarkson as the big three that year.

And Lecavallier. Which is why I'm fine with standing pat this year.

#2617835 Weiss bought out (confirmed)

Posted by Jesusberg on 01 July 2015 - 09:11 AM

As much as Weiss was a bust here, Babcock didn't do him any favors by burying him. Weiss would have stretches of solid play, then somehow wind up in the 4th line, RW position. I can get behind the idea that Weiss being put on the wing was the give him less responsibility, but when he put up some points, he was rewarded with a demotion.

Always got the vibe that Babcock didn't like the way Weiss competed (didn't compete) for the puck. Cared more about how the player played, and not the result of his play. Same with Kindl, IMO.

#2614291 Wings open to trading Mantha and/or their 1st Round Pick

Posted by DickieDunn on 13 June 2015 - 11:06 PM

Mantha's issue isn't scoring or conditioning, it's playing hard every shift. Sometimes that can be learned, sometimes not.

Wings won't trade him or the first for a second pair D or second line forward though, I don't think. If there's a deal involving one or both, it will be big, and if it's for Phaneuf Toronto will need to retain salary

#2614247 Wings open to trading Mantha and/or their 1st Round Pick

Posted by nawein on 13 June 2015 - 09:15 PM

I wonder if since Blashill has more of a say now, he made it clear the Mantha wasn't the prospect we thought. He would know him the best of anyone in the organization.

#2612869 The return of The Mule?

Posted by WingedWheel91 on 02 June 2015 - 02:59 PM

I think most people are missing the point and/or are taking things personally...


We get that just because Jurco had a terrible season, doesn't mean he's going to have a terrible career. But if the 2-3 year projections put him in the 40-50 point range, how is he not expendable? No-one wants to lose him for nothing, but we already have a surplus of young players who can provide those numbers, and unfortunately we have other more pressing needs. Going back to what turned this thread around: The idea of trading Jurco in a package for Dion Phanuef (who is a defenseman capable of putting up 40-50 points today) makes our team better. Plain and Simple.


Tomas Jurco has never impressed offensively at any level of his career - 68 points following your draft year in the QMJHL doesn't excite me... Daniel Cleary had 115 for f*** sake. He also doesn't "excel" defensively and I have no idea who started this notion... As I said, he was the only regular forward on our roster who didn't kill 1 penalty all of last season. Honestly, 40-50 point left handed shooting wingers who don't do anything exceptional are called unrestricted free agents.


No were not releasing him, or turning our backs on him because we think he's terrible. I think were saying trade him to make the team better, knowing he can be easily replaced through free agency or the draft. You also have to give to get, and I think there are still teams that might bite on his potential at age 22.

#2611118 Sabres hire Dan Bylsma as head coach

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 28 May 2015 - 04:52 PM


Dats also missed some of that series. That combined with Rafalski's body falling apart was the difference, sadly. The east was also super weak back then, so there was no stop an experienced Pens team coming out of it. Right place right time for Bylsma. They could have disguised a coat rack and made a good run that year. The key was getting rid of Therrien and his whining/throwing players under the bus shenanigans. In the long term, it was proven Bylsma was not the guy to win with. Obviously he didn't have a whole lot of help at times *cough*Fleury*cough*


Great fit for Bylsma though. Just don't see him as a long term option. He'll teach them how to play the right way, he'll teach them to be competitive. But when the time is right, I strongly believe it will be another coach to teach them how to win. Not a knock on the guy at all. I just see him as a great young team coach.


I could also argue that the Wings could disguise a coat rack in 2008 as coach, and make a good run. We certainly had no shortage of talent on that team.  Canada could also disguise a coat rack as coach and win the last two Gold Medals with that roster.  

#2612058 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by LeftWinger on 30 May 2015 - 10:02 AM

Both teams also have a Nick Jensen.....

#2611536 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by Detroit # 1 Fan on 29 May 2015 - 11:01 PM

Expound please


6'2, can play wing or center, as fast as Helm or faster, but actually has hands and serious skill.

#2611535 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by PumpkinEscobar on 29 May 2015 - 10:59 PM

Athanasiou's goal in OT...also for the thread about Mantha...his goal was a beauty....nice to see they allow blatant crosschecks to goalies in the AHL. Larkn's setup on the first goal was awesome too

#2611452 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

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#2611132 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 28 May 2015 - 06:43 PM

Mantha is looking really good tonight. Maybe rejuvenated playing with those two. That line looks great. Also, I f***ing LOVE Bertuzzi. Kid is unreal. May not be anything more than a 3rd line winger at the NHL level (I think he has top six potential...) but he's the type of player you win with.

#2609640 Dylan Larkin turning pro... will play for GR immediately

Posted by LeftWinger on 22 May 2015 - 10:24 AM

can't wait to see the line of AA-Larkin-Mantha next season in GR! WOW!


...and if Hyman comes here via UFA, oh boy! Katy bar the Door! The rest of the NHL is in trouble!

#2609601 Dylan Larkin turning pro... will play for GR immediately

Posted by FifeHockeyNut on 22 May 2015 - 07:18 AM

Our next coach! Hows that for motivation.

I have watched this at least 10 times over the last year.