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Posted by e_prime on Yesterday, 08:56 AM

With the constant looming of injuries when it comes to Datsyuk and Zetterberg, I don't see a future that doesn't involve the Wings giving Weiss a shot at the number two center position he was supposed to be and was signed to be.


They need to EASE, not thrust, him back into the second line center position.

Evaluate if he can be our second line center going forward, if NOT

Evaluate if he can be a top line winger, if NOT

Evaluate his worth to the team vs. his cap-hit/salary, then and only then can we explore trade options for Weiss.


We're always clamoring for reclamation projects up in here... and well, we got one. We've had one.

Last night could be the preview to the coming out party that we've been wanting so badly. 

(Even those who were against this signing from the get-go have to be happy about last night's play from Weiss.)


Ideally at the center position:  

#1. Dats or Z (whichever is healthy -- if they're both healthy, great! Keep them together.)

#2. Weiss

#3. Sheahan

#4. Glendeniinnginiginng


Helm is your most expendable center with the most value.  That being said, I don't see him being moved anytime soon especially when we still need to evaluate Weiss.

#2550923 Lucic tasting some knuckles...

Posted by DeGraa55 on 22 November 2014 - 08:44 AM

Geez what a punch. I want him on our team!

#2550777 Alfie not playing this season

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 21 November 2014 - 01:21 PM

Dang.  I was hoping he'd a pull a Niedermayer and join the Wings late in the season if they needed him.

#2550773 Alfie not playing this season

Posted by Son of a Wing on 21 November 2014 - 12:59 PM

Ya I would have liked one more healthy run, but I appreciate his honesty and unwillingness to come back unless feeling 100%.

#2550060 Forsberg in HOF, Fedorov equal?

Posted by Uncle Danny on 19 November 2014 - 05:31 PM

 I'd like to see Paul Kariya in there over Pronger


I do hope this is a joke.  Kariya is borderline borderline, Pronger is a lock.  I hate that goon as much as the next guy as a Wings fan, but gain some perspective.  He could, and did, play some hockey.

#2549173 Mantha getting closer.

Posted by krsmith17 on 16 November 2014 - 08:20 AM

Another great performance by Mantha last night. He really is the complete package, let's just hope he can translate all that skill to an elite NHL talent. He's a massive guy and for his size, he can really move, definitely has underrated speed. He has unbelievable hands and has the knack to always win those puck battles. His best asset though is his shot and ability to find the open ice and finish on his chances. He is already being tightly checked in the minors so he is going to have to adjust a little if he's going to have the same success down there and then eventually in the NHL. He also shows a little grit at times, willing to go to the hard areas of the ice, and even stand up for his teammates. The NHL player he resembles the most in my opinion is a left handed Jeff Carter. I want to say that he'll be slightly better than Carter but that would probably be hugely biased on my part lol and I shouldn't get too ahead of myself... :lol:


Mantha had a great goal last night, set up by Pulkkinen. Pulkkinen's play making ability definitely goes under the radar because of his ability to score goals with that incredible slap shot, but he is a really good set up guy as well. Also, I think his speed and defensive awareness go unnoticed a lot of the time as well. He is deceptively fast, probably because he has a somewhat awkward looking stride, and he's always back checking the opposition. As high as we all are on Mantha, it would not surprise me at all to see Pulkkinen get the first call-up, and rightfully so. He's put in his time and has been playing great for a lot longer than Mantha has been around. I also want to see Callahan get the call soon. He has been playing great hockey and would look so much better on that forth line wing, in place of Andersson, along side of Glendening and Miller.

#2549118 Mantha getting closer.

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 15 November 2014 - 01:28 PM

I'm not sure if those of you that commented on the game actually watched the game or not but Mantha played great. It was his first game of pro hockey, no one was expecting him to have a 3 or 4 point night like he did regularly in junior. Every time he touched the puck he made things happen, he was dominant, despite not making it on the score sheet and registering only one shot on goal. The thing that impresses me the most is his size, and the fact that he uses that size to his advantage. He was a huge player in junior, but he was a boy amongst men down there, and he seemed reluctant to make those big hits. He sure wasn't last night, he laid a few great hits. There were a couple times when he had the puck, skating along the boards and he man-handled the opposition. There were two instances that I remember, in which he was double teamed by the Stars defenders in the offensive zone and he easily came away with the puck, he was winning every puck battle.


Although he only registered the one shot, he did ring one off the post in the third, and it was sitting there in the crease but Pulkkinen couldn't get a stick on it to bury the rebound. He was on the ice for a goal for and a goal against but finished with a -1 because both goals came on the Griffins power-play. The Stars, Travis Morin scored a short-handed goal in the first, which actually came off a bad giveaway by Mantha, it was on his very first shift of the game, imagine the nerves he was feeling, but after that one giveaway he played unbelievable. He had the *third assist* on the Griffins first goal that came on the power-play to start the second period. All in all I was very impressed with his pro debut, and he is going to be a great player.

I agree. I only saw the 3rd period/OT, but he did not look like someone who was just coming off an injury or playing in his first pro game - to me he looked like he was driving the play, hard forechecking, and very dangerous offensively. And he will only get better. Very encouraging first game. 

#2549114 Mantha getting closer.

Posted by Echolalia on 15 November 2014 - 12:58 PM

Thanks for the eval krsmith.

#2549116 Mantha getting closer.

Posted by Shaman on 15 November 2014 - 01:18 PM

Last night may have been Mantha's debut, but it was the Pulkkinen  show. His OT was a thing of beauty.

#2548926 11/14 GDT : Blackhawks 1 at Red Wings 4

Posted by derblaueClaus on 14 November 2014 - 07:58 PM

Cops called. DA wants Jimmy convicted of robbery.

#2548912 11/14 GDT : Blackhawks 1 at Red Wings 4

Posted by marcaractac on 14 November 2014 - 07:50 PM


#2548885 11/14 GDT : Blackhawks 1 at Red Wings 4

Posted by derblaueClaus on 14 November 2014 - 06:51 PM

Have sex BEFORE the game...you just never know how these things might work out.


Or, depending on the score, during the game. I hope your girlfriend doesn't need a PPG like BoS......

#2548725 Ryan Sproul uses glass as backboard to score a goal

Posted by Smite on 13 November 2014 - 10:19 AM




#2548597 Ranking Wings Players by Draft Order

Posted by HelmFan on 11 November 2014 - 06:30 PM

You could invert that list and make it look more sensical.


I was thinking the exact same thing.

#2548581 Ranking Wings Players by Draft Order

Posted by Internet.Unknown on 11 November 2014 - 03:28 PM

The player that stands out to me is Nyquist. We all know Z and Dats were drafted late. Old news (but still incredible finds!). Goose, though, is showing more and more promise. I was initially a skeptic because of his (lack of) size, but he has been consistently scoring in the NHL for a year and some of his moves are downright Datsyuk-ian. Great pick at #121!