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#2617383 Holland doesn't expect to be busy this offseason

Posted by kliq on 29 June 2015 - 09:08 PM

Not surprised one bit, but still disappointing. Standing pat when making first round exits is not okay. All other teams are constantly aiming to improve any way they can. Wings have more prospects than they can keep, why not use some to bring in a quality player? More teams are passing the Wings up because they're willing to take chances and make moves. At least find someone to dump Weiss on. I'd even be happy with that and clearing space.


If we had an aging roster....I agree. When you are re-building, standing pat and letting your players develop is not a bad thing.

#2617182 New Ultra-Enhanced Video/Renderings of the Arena District

Posted by kipwinger on 29 June 2015 - 09:22 AM

I'm still pissed they're going to demolish the arena with the greatest non-corporate name in sports.  


This new arena looks cool, though, and I understand they want to be on par with other new arenas around the league.  I just wish we weren't so keen in this country with demolishing legendary arenas. They don't do s*** like that in Europe.  


We're not European.  Thank god. 

#2614793 The Bowman Effect

Posted by LAWings on 16 June 2015 - 02:00 PM

Several points that tie into each other:


-Someone else sees the Bowman effect and it cannot be understated!  Except for Buffalo, who no one can help, the Stanley Cup follows Bowman and I don't think it's coincidence in Chicago either.  14 Cups in one capacity or another plus another 4 Finals appearances where he didn't win, that's 19 Finals appearances since he started in 1967.  If Scotty Bowman is the janitor in your building, that makes you an immediate Cup contender.


-The decline really picked up when Brian Rafalski left 2 years after Bowman, if you look at the standings and defense numbers.  Not filling it with a proper partner for Lidstrom and getting a top pair Dmen to replace Lids/Rafalski has been a huge problem that everyone knows about and I don't need to rehash it here. 


-Ken Holland needs to go.  He doesn't know why free agents won't come to Detroit, he keeps saying there is no one to land on the free market yet all of our competitors have no problems landing free agents (Tampa, Minnesota...).  I think the Illitches need to look hard at moving Kenny, he is unable to keep up with the modern trends and it shows.  Yzerman went to Tampa and has not been afraid to trade core players, and he signed key defensmen, and has turned the team completely around, he looks like a friggin' genius with what he's done the last few years (trading for Bishop, signing Flip, trading St. Louis, buying out Vinnie, signing Hedman, Stralman, signing super huge goalies and defense, that's not coincidence that whole back end is over 6'5", etc. etc. etc.).  Other GMs also have no problems trading and signing, it's time for a regime change, the era of Holland is not working anymore. 

#2613324 Report: Cleary wants to return for 1 more season

Posted by Jesusberg on 06 June 2015 - 02:13 PM

I don't hate Dan Cleary, but he's starting to remind me of that guy who just sort of invites himself to everything.

#2602666 At What Point Does Holland Deserve Blame?

Posted by nyqvististhefuture on 28 April 2015 - 10:49 AM

Some of this stuff is just ridiculous lol ... Did I agree with every move holland ever made? Nope ... Hated giving up janmark ... Said from day 1 weiss would be a bust , didn't like resigning again and again samuelsson cleary and bertuzzi

But to blame holland for such of the stupidities I read?

Not preparing for lidstrom's departure? He tried to sign ryan suter and it didn't work , short of that wtf you want him to do? Nobody is gonna trade away a weber or Keith etc... We have to hope we develop one or wait for one to actually be a ufa and target them like everyone else will

Taking a shot at nyquist? Short of us never having drafted nyquist wtf do you want holland to do? And without nyquist's goal production we Wouldnt even be in the playoffs

Overall Taking digs at holland is just nonsense .... Nobody is just giving away there best players

#2515789 The Franzen Hate.

Posted by joesuffP on 25 April 2014 - 01:17 PM

Franzen has 11 playoff points the last 3 years. Scored 1 goal the last 3 months of the year until our eventual elimination. Those 5 goals in 7 games is a streak he should have gone on 4-5 times in a year not once.

Gus has 23 goals in 28 games. Now that's a real streak that got us into the playoffs, not Franzen's 5 goals in February

#2517592 What Happened to Nyquist?

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 27 April 2014 - 11:58 AM

What happened to this kid during the last few weeks?  I realize you're not going to score a goal every game, but to completely fall apart offensively was shocking and disconcerting.


Is it because as someone mentioned, Datsyuk returned, and Nyquist somehow let up?  Maybe, but if anything, he should have had less attention on him after Datsyuk returned.  But the two events do seem to coincide.        


Was it the line combos changing?  I thought Nyquist had good chemistry with Legwand and Franzen, but Babcock decided to play each one on a different line (all of which didn't work).  I think that contributed heavily to all three players struggling in the playoffs (thanks Mike).    


Is it because we played a big, physical team like Boston?  Very likely, but that's not going to change.  We have to play in the same division as them now.  Also, his drop off started before the playoffs, so it wasn't just Boston.         


Or is it because he was hurt (the typical LGW playoff disappearing excuse)  Always tough to know who is or isn't hurt because of how much secrecy teams keep, but that's a possibility as well.   


It does remind me of Datsyuk disappearing in the playoffs in 2004 and 2006.  Albeit, Pavel was a better player at that time than Nyquist is now.      


Of course, I realize few very players played well for Detroit during the playoffs, so it's not just Nyquist.  All the young players struggled in the postseason. But still, with the kind of play he showed us after the Olympics, his drop off was the most surprising of all.    


I hope he can put this behind him and step up in the future.    

#2507022 Lightning sign GM Yzerman to contract extension

Posted by kipwinger on 07 April 2014 - 05:32 PM

Can Yzerman win something...anything...before we go anointing him the next best thing.  He's only made the playoffs twice in his tenure, hasn't won a conference championship, and hasn't ever made it to the Cup finals.  You'd think the Lightening were absolutely dominant the way people bestow praise on him. 


I know all the homers love the thought of Stevie Y coming back to Detroit and being a Wing again.  I love that story too.  But what if he comes back and we're worse?  What if Holland's just that much better?  What if Stevie isn't capable of finding those late round gems (lost in all this "Holland Sucks" talk is the fact that he drafted Jurco, Nyquist, Tatar, Sheahan, Marchenko, Sproul, Quellet, and Mrazek lately)?  What if Steve's only ever the thing he's been up till now, a .500 GM at the playoff level? 


Not so romantic now is it? 


Until he wins and proves he's a qualified candidate, I don't want him anywhere near the Detroit Red Wings General Manager's Office.

#2507732 Puck Daddy: Trotz Head Coach for Caps

Posted by LeftWinger on 09 April 2014 - 04:52 PM

I'd consider Hitchcock...if Babs ever stepped down.


If Weber wants to get in to the playoffs every year, he needs to demand a trade to Detroit.  I will give them 5 first round picks, Almqvist, Franzen and included to Poile his own LC franchise.

#2507698 Puck Daddy: Trotz Head Coach for Caps

Posted by Guest on 09 April 2014 - 03:38 PM

I think they need to keep Trotz and get rid of Weber.  I'd reluctantly take him as a service to the Preds in order to help them get back into the playoffs.

#2505617 What is everyones second favorite team?

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 03 April 2014 - 08:15 PM

There is no other team.  

#2430840 Fedorov: ‘We had the chance’ to bring Datsyuk to KHL

Posted by F.Michael on 19 July 2013 - 03:14 PM

Pavel wants to travel in a modern aircraft that has a 99.99999% chance of not crashing.

#2416101 An open letter to the Western Conference

Posted by amato on 30 May 2013 - 10:45 AM

Colorado - it was a nice rivalry while it lasted.. But that's what happens when you're rivals with the wings.... We didn't just do our best to beat you, we banished you to the bottom of the standings and leave you there to rot! :P

#2416084 An open letter to the Western Conference

Posted by Jersey Wing on 30 May 2013 - 10:06 AM

Dear Western Conference,

Well, it’s been a slice. So many memories and so many big games have been played between our franchises since 1981 when the Western Conference as we know it got fairly well set. Ah, memories both good and bad. Some of you we’ll miss more than others. A few of you we won’t miss at all. In the words of the late Sam Kinison, some of you we hope, “Slide under a gas truck and taste your own blood.” I thought we could take a look back at these last 30 years, the last 20 of which the Wings have carried many of you in conference reputation, into the new age of NHL hockey.


Anaheim – What started out as a ridiculous marketing ploy replete with hideous colors and Pringles duck beaks, has turned into a worthy adversary. Many times in spring our teams have met and many times games went into overtime or were played with ill will. This is as it should be. Plus we took your coach. We won’t miss you because duh Anaheim, but you weren’t dregs either. My favorite memory? Well until these overtime wins this past two weeks it was Brendan Shanahan getting away with clearing your own crease of your own players for you to win the series in 2OT’s in 1997:


Calgary – A wonderful stopping off point on Thursdays before those Saturday night games in Edmonton. Calgary. A few playoff series. Nothing to really connect us over time. Mike Vernon did himself proud in both cities. A good fan base that now has to watch Jiri Hudler suck nightly.  We wish you well Saddledomers.


Chicago – Sure most of your players have been assholes and your bandwagon fans insufferable but we are connected by the strongest bond the NHL has. The greatness of this rivalry predates 1981. Ted Lindsay was forced to slum it in Chicago this rivalry is so old. We’ll miss the great stories about Patrick Kane and which cab driver he beat up over 20¢ or where he wandered around the street drunk all night. We’ll miss Crazy Eddie Belfour but Martin Lapointe’s family jewels sure won’t. But since 1981 who could forget your one shining moment and just HOW you chose to celebrate it: 


Colorado – Those sure were some good times when your team was all dicks and Joe Sakic huh? Cowards who hit from behind and employ THE worst television announcers was your calling card for the longest time. You did get one thing over on us and that was Uwe Krupp. Man, that one still hurts but maybe not as much as the Wings wrecking your franchise for over a decade after that 7-0 game seven red-assed beat down in 2002. You haven’t been the same franchise since. Oh we’ll miss you but only because we put you in that hospital bed and enjoy pointing and snickering.


Columbus – You’re coming East with us. Another division needed fodder so we could have four of the Original Six in one division. Sure it’s an arranged marriage and you’re getting an Ug-o partner but the Wings need what they need. Put on a new shirt and take a shower for the trip and you’re riding in the trailer.

Dallas – Boy, these anecdotes make me smile. All this harkening back and all. Remember Dallas when the NHL had to come run your rink during the 1998 playoffs because your building gurus forgot the recipe for ice? That choppy, s***ty, bouncy ice you used to provide that by the end of a period looked like on my rink on Lake Louise in Ortonville Michigan on the first 40º day each year. Anyway your Cup title does come with an asterisk shaped like Brett Hull’s foot.


Edmonton – Man was it fun watching your teams in the early 80’s. That was some fun hockey. It changed the game the way the 49ers changed the NFL and Barcelona has changed soccer. We just didn’t think you’d hold onto the Cup like a goddamn Pope. Those two playoff series in the late 80’s were some firewagon hockey weren’t they? Goose Loonies, Petr Klima and hey thanks for Kirk Maltby. One thing we’ll never miss, that goal horn of yours. It’s the worst horn sound there is. It sounds like the last sound you hear just before a bad car accident. There, I said it.


Los Angeles – While we’re on the topic of things you do to piss me off that Eric Cartman shrill ‘Go Kings Go’ chant over the loudspeaker will never be missed. Ever. Never. Anyway, your teams have been a quite colorful pain in our side for the better part of fifteen years. We never know which uniform color scheme you’ll show up in from one week to another (Ask Kings team President Luc Robitaille about the colors on his 2002 Stanley Cup ring) but you’ve also won your share against the Wings. Until last year you were only the Kings of the 10:30pm start. For that reason alone the Kings will look good in the rear-view mirror.


Minnesota – First you were there with Dino Ciccarelli next thing you know you’re in Texas with Derian Hatcher and Mike Modano. Now you’re back in Minnesota with a jack hole owner who bids hundreds of millions of dollars for players he’s about to lock out because signing players to hundreds of millions of dollars is ridiculous. The Wild. LOL, see ya.

Nashville – How you guys kept Boris Bandenov behind your bench coaching all these years while Rocky and Bullwinkle never thought to look in Nashville was genius. Nashville is a fun town. Lots to do. One of the best experiences you can have after a game in an NHL city. But, you’ve been in the league how long and you have NO banners? NONE. ZERO. We understand Columbus, that’s Ohio. Good luck in Kansas City or Portland, write when you find work.


Phoenix – Well, we’d say good luck desert dogs but you, like Nashville may be shoving off to elsewhere. We sure liked you more when you were Winnipeg. The white out was great and a real original thing at the time. Know what was cooler? Kris Draper. Do you realize his four Stanley Cups cost the Red Wings a quarter each? Yep, 25¢ per Stanley. If you bump into Moe Mantha say hi.

San Jose – Is Jamie Baker dead yet? Just asking. We sure played some great playoff series these two teams. You’ve come a long way since you broke into the league in the ‘teal craze’. All those wins, all those playoff appearances, and nothing to show for it. Well, in the future should you actually decide to make the Stanley Cup Final perhaps we can meet again. Because as of this morning we’re burning the road map and no longer know the way to San Jose.


St. Louis – Well old friends, I think we may miss you most of all. All the Probert and Kocur vs. Butcher and Chase and Twist battles. We could always count on a brawl with the Blues. A few playoff series between us, most of which we won but the Blues and their fans were always good. Say hi to the Cavallini brothers and we sincerely hope you break your 1967 jinx but certainly not at our expense. Ah memories of St. Loo: 



Vancouver – Have you guys found Dan Cloutier yet? We’re getting a little worried. Did the hippies kill and eat him after your game 7 loss to Boston? Did he fall into a crevasse on Vancouver Island? Let us know when you find him, we like him in Detroit. He could win a city council seat. We’ll miss those 10pm Saturday night starts in old Vancouver town on the CBC. We’ll miss the fawning over the Sedin twins. Wait, no we won’t. 



So it’s SO LONG Western Conference, with a tear in our eye and a middle finger out the back window we head east. You’re all still welcome to visit but please use the side door and make sure the neighbors didn’t see you. We’ll be adjusting to our new home and for once dealing with the fact we don’t have the most Stanley Cups in our division.


That’s going to change ;)


Your Betters in Hockeytown



(Feel free to share YOUR WC memories below)

#2412208 Datsyuk | Because It's The Cup (Fan Promo)

Posted by MrNHLFanatic on 26 May 2013 - 09:10 PM

Over the years, Pavel Datsyuk has proven to be an amazing two-way forward. Hopefully,
he and the Detroit Red Wings will defeat the Blackhawks, and move on to the Western Conference Finals.
Anyways, here's my attempt at a "Datsyukian" Commercial:



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