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#2389395 Rebuilding Thoughts..

Posted by Nev on 25 April 2013 - 11:55 AM

Guys chill out with the Jimmy Howard rant. Jimmy is a great season goalie and has been this year. He still has to prove himself as a playoff goalie. I think people who are on his case need to lay off a bit cuz he's actually doing good right now and those of you who are worshipping him need to take a step back and wait until he gives us some playoff depth. We're jumping to conclusions too quickly with him. He's been solid thus far this year, lets hope he can continue this into the postseason. Remember, we haven't gotten past the second round in the playoffs since Jimmy took over from Ozzy in 2010. Let's hope this is the year Jimmy can pull a Jonathon Quick and get us far.


Just because he hasn't taken us past the 2nd round doesn't mean he hasn't played well.  Those Sharks series when we were getting bitchslapped up and down the ice, it was only Jimmy (and Pav) that managed to get them to 7 games.

#2389350 Rebuilding Thoughts..

Posted by Nev on 25 April 2013 - 10:34 AM

Jimmy's a decent goalie.  He doesn't win you games



You lost me right there.

#2389344 4/25 GDT: Predators 2 @ Red Wings 5

Posted by Nev on 25 April 2013 - 10:28 AM

OK, tonight really really is the night when we win 14-3.  Dats with a goal and 13 assists.

#2389301 4/24 GDT: Kings 1 @ Red Wings 3

Posted by Nev on 25 April 2013 - 05:40 AM

Wow, have the Wings flipped a switch in the last week or what?  What is so noticable is just how much more speed we're playing with.  As soon as we win the puck in our own zone the forwards are off up the ice at full pelt.  Obviously it helps having guys like Nyquist in the line-up, but everyone is busting their ass.


Even the lines are all clicking.  Abdelkader on the top line is a wrecking ball, he didn't get an assist on Pav's goal last night but he sure as hell deserved one as it was his chip, chase and check that turned the puck over behind their net.  Franzen is in Mule mode on the 2nd line, despite having Filpulla and Cleary as line-mates.  The rookie 3rd line is swarming all over the ice, and the 4th line is playing like a 4th line should.


And James T Howard continues to play lights-out.  It feels wierd, but we've turned into one of those teams that's playing playoff hockey just to get into the playoffs.

#2389299 Which things from the past (not just Wings related) do you miss most?

Posted by Nev on 25 April 2013 - 04:35 AM

I miss when the NHL was on TV in the UK - and on a free to air channel too, not pay TV.  2 live games per week, plus lotsa highlights, and often a tape delay game after the live game too.  Now, nada because Uncle Gary can't agree a lucrative enough deal.


Just another thing to thank Bettman for!

#2387650 Babcock: Is he the right guy going forward?

Posted by Nev on 22 April 2013 - 07:35 AM

Play reflects personality. Someone like franzen slacks off. Ie needs a kick in ass. Dat and z bring it every night that y they don't. Watch a game you might learn something.



No, no it doesn't.  I'm guessing you've never read many sports autobiographies?  Or at least the good ones, not the by-the-numbers ghostwritten ones.  Because if you had, you would know what a complete fallacy this is.  You'd learn about the swashbuckling, fearless player who was a terrified crybaby in the dressing room.  You'd learn about the player who had ice in his veins when the game was on the line, but would be so nervous before every game he'd be throwing up.  The dressing room bully who would hide out on the pitch ("don't pass that bloody white thing to me" syndrome).  The innocent patsy whose career the coach destroys to make a point to the rest of the team. 


I can think of countless examples in all sports the buck the trend.  Babcock, with his sports pyschology background understands this.  Tough guys like Tortarella and Keenan don't.

#2387338 4/20 GDT: Red Wings 1 @ Canucks 2 (SO)

Posted by Nev on 21 April 2013 - 07:29 AM


LGW could run the Wings better than the current regime



LGW would run this team like the Flyers or Rangers, constant big trades, FA agent signings and big buyouts, with questionable levels of success.



Also get rid of Kronwall he is a nice #3 but has learned nothing from Lidstrom.... he is useless




And if you get rid of him we have no #3.  Surely we need to keep him and try and add some high-end defensive talent?  But I like your reasoning - Not as good as Lidstrom therefore he sucks.

#2386962 4/20 GDT: Red Wings 1 @ Canucks 2 (SO)

Posted by Nev on 20 April 2013 - 08:58 PM

Kicking it old-skool tonight - listening to the radio commentary over the internet whilst doing a nightshift.  Not done this since, ooooh, 2008 ;)

#2386727 Datsyuk Leaving?!

Posted by Nev on 19 April 2013 - 11:48 AM

“I did meet with Gary Greenstin during our last homestand,'' Holland said. “We briefly talked about Pav and we both agreed that between now and the end of June, when he heads home, we'll sit down and have further discussion about Pav.''

The Red Wings would like to sign Datsyuk to an extension on July 5, the first day he is able to re-up. Datsyuk, however, hasn't committed to staying in the NHL beyond next season, having previously indicated a desire to finish his career in his native Russia, whether that's in 2014-15 or later.

Greenstin said no decision has been made on Datsyuk's future, but said he assured the Red Wings that if Datsyuk remains in the NHL beyond next season, it will be with Detroit.

Some in the organization don't believe it's a slam-dunk that Datsyuk will return to Russia after 2013-14. Greenstin's desire to talk with the Red Wings after this season indicates that Datsyuk at least is seriously considering remaining in the NHL.




#2386385 The one play that seems to give our Defense fits

Posted by Nev on 18 April 2013 - 10:37 AM

That and the inability to put the puck on the tape of a moving forward.


And the struggle of our forwards to win battles along the half-boards so that when we finally do carry the puck out of the defensive zone, he's 1 against 3 and then Carman moans about Datysuk turning the puck over.


But yeah, Lidstrom was an absolute master at keeping the puck in at the blue line, as good as I've ever seen.

#2385613 Franzen.... cares?!

Posted by Nev on 17 April 2013 - 11:55 AM

Words are wind.

#2384367 Official: Howard signs 6-year, $31.8m contract extension

Posted by Nev on 13 April 2013 - 10:21 AM

Actually, it's James R, but if you're making a Star Trek reference, I love you even more than I did five minutes ago.


I forgot who first coined the James Tiberius Howard, but dammit it's such a great name!


And I'm glad you already love me ;)

#2384351 nhl.com calls Kenny the best GM

Posted by Nev on 13 April 2013 - 07:15 AM

Right.  That's kind of my point.  We've lost players left and right and we're replacing them players from the AHL.  The salary cap has been going up, those players leaving is freeing up tons of cap space and he hasn't traded for or signed, hardly anyone.  We're doing a little worse each year, our cap space is growing, our problems are increasing and Holland hasn't done anything during this time.  Again, don't get me wrong, he's done lots for the Wings over the years, but to post an article proclaiming him the best GM in the NHL when he's done very little over the past few years is bizarre.



But who is available to replace those guys?  There are very, very few quality FAs available these days.  How do you replace a guy like Lidstrom?  There is NO_ONE, not a single player, in the NHL right now who is as good as Lidstrom was.  Chara and Weber are as good as it gets, neither is in the "all-time, all-NHL" bracket like Lidstrom is, neither will hit Free Agency, and if they were available for trade, the cost would be crippling.


I do agree we are in decline - I've been saying it for several years - but even in a transitional year, we are still in a playoff spot. 


A bit of perspective.  Our big rivals from the free-spending years.  Colorado - what happened to them after Roy, Foote, Sakic, Forsberg et al retired?  They've sucked ever since.  What about Dallas after Modano, Belfour, Zubov etc went?  They've sucked.  What happened to us after we lost Yzerman, Fedorov, Shanahan, Larionov, Hull, Robitaille etc?  Ken Holland went out and built another Stanley Cup roster.  And now most of that roster has retired or left and he's rebuilding the team again.  How many GMs out there have sucessfully rebuilt Cup winning rosters? Lou Lamoriello, and uh, I think thats about it.


DeKeyser was practically wearing a Wings jersey to Toronto to be pawed at by the other suitors.  The kid wanted to be a Wing from the start, all Kenny had to do was not screw it up.  It's not like Kenny could've been outbid for him by other GMs due to the entry level contract because you know he probably would have been.  I'm glad we got DK but he basically jumped into Kenny's lap.


As I've said before, if he gets the blame for Suter's wife and Parise being from Minnesota, he sure as hell gets the credit for DelKaiser being from Michigan

#2383725 nhl.com calls Kenny the best GM

Posted by Nev on 12 April 2013 - 02:51 PM

Not to beat up on Holland because overall I do think he's a good GM, but I wonder about the timing of this article.  Aside from calling up players from the minors and signing our own guys, he's really done nothing over the past 3 years.  So while every other team in the league makes trades and signs big name free agents, Holland's been "standing pat" and watching the team get knocked out of the playoffs earlier and earlier and is now clinging to the final playoff spot this year.  So while he's done a lot for our franchise over the years, I'm not sure what he's done these past three years that would justify giving him the top GM honors.


Have you seen the list of players we've lost to retirement and free agency the last 3 years?  Lidstrom, Rafalski, Osgood, Holmstrom, Draper, Maltby have all hung up the skates.  That's 22 stanley cup rings by my count, including one all time great and a couple of borderline HOFers.  3 of our "Big 5", plus our starting goaltender from the Stanley Cup year have gone.  Throw in the loss of Hudler and Stuart.  Did I miss anyone? 


And yet we're still in a playoff spot, whilst rebuilding our pipeline to its highest level in 20 years.

#2382803 ESPN: The 7 deadly sins of roster construction

Posted by Nev on 10 April 2013 - 03:04 PM

The usage of this quote was clever at first. Several thousand uses later, it is getting very tiresome, even more so because it comes up in almost every single thread about the team.


This I agree with


If you dislike this iteration of the Wings so much, then go cheer for another team.


This not so much.