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#2314146 Wings are gonna be a bigger/tougher team

Posted by Datsyerberger on 04 July 2012 - 04:07 AM

So let's have a look at a potential feasible roster:


Dats, Z, Flip: None are particularly tall, but all are in the 190' range, giving them good strength/puck protection for their height. An ideal weight for players of their height/role.

Franzen, Bert, Sammy: All fairly large guys, bulky. Mule could do to play like it more often.

Helm: Small. Doesn't remotely play like it.

Eaves: We'll see after he comes back from his injury

Miller: String bean.

Emmerton: Likely not here.

One of Parise, Doan, Nash: All large.

Tootoo: Like Hudler.. except two were put side by side, and pushed together.

Abdelkader: Average NHL height, bulky.

Cleary: Similar to Abdelkader, Sammy.

Out of those players (presently on the roster), Helm, Abs, Bert, Tootoo, Eaves,and Cleary all provide active physical presence and/or grit.

Almost all of the remaining players have good passive physical play (that is, they may not go out and hit or bang, but they all have good puck protection, board work, drive to the net, etc): Dats, Z, Miller, Flip all fit this bill. Sammy is somewhere between this group and the above group (he doesn't actively initiate physical play like the top group, but he does use his size to agitate). Franzen can fit either group or be soft as wet TP just depending on how he feels.

Let's take a quick look at some possible D:

Suter: Very average NHL size, brings a good mix of physical but clean/low PIM play.

Kronwall: Being slightly below average size doesn't stop him from being the most explosive open ice hitter in the league. Not a lot of physical play outside of that, though.

White: He neither brings enough nor lacks enough to deserve a comment one way or another. Very average in the physical department.

Quincey: Fairly large, has a decent physical game. Unfortunately, one that results in a lot of minors.

Ericsson: Quite large, still doesn't use his size near as much as he could but he is a consistent physical presence/large body. Doesn't bring anything spectacular physically (compared to other d-men his size), but he is a very solid skater for his size. A mobile large body is always a useful tool. Sometimes stands up for teammates, looks okay as long as he's not going against dedicated fighters.

Smith: Above average height, can and probably will add a little more bulk, also a very good skater... and scrappy.

This is a team that is now at or slightly above the NHL average in size, while being considerably scrappier.. especially if Suter and/or Parise/Nash/Doan are added. Most notably, there are no true pushovers now (except TP-mode Mule) and only one scrawny guy (Miller, but he's got a nice big heart in that string bean body). Biggest concerns outside of that are Z (injury concerns) and Kronwall (can be a little bit of a physical vacuum when he's not Kronwalling).

#2255472 Joey Mac

Posted by Datsyerberger on 12 February 2012 - 04:38 PM

Obviously, we don't want to ride him long term; he'll likely eventually have a bad game. But at this point, I think he's played well enough in his time up to prove he should be the backup for the rest of this year (and next year, too). I like Conkers but he just doesn't seem to have any gas left, and that worries me come playoff time. Personally, I think Joey could hold the fort during the tighter defensively playoffs if he had to for a few games. Not to mention he's busted his ass to prove he should be up here.

Is there anyone on here that really disagrees at this point?

#2198854 Red Wings on Twitter

Posted by Datsyerberger on 16 July 2011 - 09:02 PM

If Homer had one, would anyone be able to translate it?

I come bearing gifts:


#2198710 nashville's new home jersey

Posted by Datsyerberger on 15 July 2011 - 01:51 PM

I like it waaaaaaaaaay better than the current/old ones. Not totally sold on some of the lines, but the yellow is a really bold choice as a primary color and I think they'll stand out on the ice.

#2195794 Brett Lebda traded to Nashville

Posted by Datsyerberger on 03 July 2011 - 01:23 PM

Lebderp's contract ends after this season, Franson will be RFA and looking for a raise.. say he makes at least Lebderp's level, we'll say 1.5, it'll probably be more after this year's offseason. Lombardi was slated to make 3.5 the year after this.

So assuming Lebderp and Franson cancel out in terms of salary for the 12-13 season (Lebda would be off the books anyhow), Nashville saves 3.5m in salary for that year via Lombardi, who may or may not come back to form after a nasty concussion.

This is a salary move, but not so much for this upcoming season; rather, it's for the next, when Suter is set to become a UFA.

For this year, Nashville has the internal assets to solidly replace Franson on defense and keep Lebda as a backup. They may also replace Lombardi from within; they have some solid forward prospects making their way up from within the system.

Good move for both sides.

#2195149 Trade idea with Winnipeg

Posted by Datsyerberger on 02 July 2011 - 11:44 AM

They'd want blue chips for Bogo, not our junk we don't really care about.

#2192930 Wings re-sign Ericsson to 3-year, $9.75m contract

Posted by Datsyerberger on 30 June 2011 - 09:37 PM

I guess all one can hope for at this point is for Holland/Ericsson to prove us wrong.

#2192892 Wings re-sign Ericsson to 3-year, $9.75m contract

Posted by Datsyerberger on 30 June 2011 - 09:26 PM

#2192813 Wings re-sign Ericsson to 3-year, $9.75m contract

Posted by Datsyerberger on 30 June 2011 - 09:03 PM

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#2191236 Filling Out Roster From Within

Posted by Datsyerberger on 28 June 2011 - 06:29 PM

The forwards would be fine. The defense would blow. It pretty much comes down to that.

#2190576 No, No, NO! Jagr interested in Detroit.

Posted by Datsyerberger on 27 June 2011 - 09:01 PM

So we've got Red Wings source (Freep) quoting Jagr's agent saying Wings are still in the mix vs Pens source stating Pens get him.

Still a tossup imo.

#2190562 July 1st UFA Wish List

Posted by Datsyerberger on 27 June 2011 - 08:30 PM

@ The above quoted roster, Ericsson won't get near that little.

The numbers may not be exact for Ehrhoff and Wiz, but the average puts them at $5.1m, which seems about right.

Laich will get anywhere from .5-1.25m more than that, so add in a medium at .8 or so (putting him at 4.3)

So Laich at 4.3, Ericsson at 1.9, seems a bit more accurate.

Boosh is a solid backup.

The above, more likely numbers for Laich and Ericsson still fit under the cap in that scenario and still leave us extra, potentially for a deadline deal.

Edit: You don't want Laich at center. Much more effective at LW. Let him take faceoffs if needed (good at faceoffs) and that's it.

Here, submitted corrections in quote format:

Jiri Hudler ($2.88M) – Pavel Datsyuk ($6.7M) – Johan Franzen ($3.95M)
Brooks Laich ($4.3M) – Henrik Zetterberg ($6M) – Todd Bertuzzi ($1.93M)
Tomas Holmstrom($1.88M) – Valtteri Filppula ($3M) – Dan Cleary ($2.8M)
Justin Abdelkader ($0.8M) – Darren Helm ($0.9M) – Patrick Eaves ($1M)
Mursak ($0.55M) – Emmerton ($0.53M)

Nicklas Lidstrom ($6.2M) – Christian Ehrhoff ($5.3M)
Niklas Kronwall ($3M) – James Wisniewski ($4.7M)
Brad Stuart ($3.75M) – Jonathan Ericsson ($1.9M)
Kindl ($0.88M)

Jimmy Howard ($2.25M)
Brian Boucher ($1M)

Every line has 2 good options for taking draws (Datsyuk Franzen [Hudler]; Zetterberg Laich; Filppula Cleary; Abdelkader Helm) which should make the DRW a beast on draws. I wouldn't necessarily those lines exactly, but I think that basic build (2 faceoff guys, at least 1 playmaker and 1 banger on each of the top 9 lines) makes a lot more sense given the players involved. Plenty of potential to mix and match all lines.

I'd like to note I really like to see these lines in some situations:

Laich - Zetterberg - Cleary -- Amazing shutdown line with plenty of offense
Hudler - Datsyuk - Franzen -- Load the offensive guns
Bertuzzi - Flip - Holmstrom -- Flip gains zone, Bert and Homer make aggravating traffic/front of net threats for a 3rd line
Abdelkader/Mursak - Helm - Eaves/Abdelkader -- Go out and hit/outskate the already worn out opposition

#2190109 2011 NHL Draft: Rounds 2-7 Discussion

Posted by Datsyerberger on 26 June 2011 - 05:19 PM

Let's just hope he doesn't go Russian in to free agency, though.

Hopefully they aren't german it up in the locker room with people coming from so many different nations.

#2190102 2011 NHL Draft: Rounds 2-7 Discussion

Posted by Datsyerberger on 26 June 2011 - 05:03 PM

Exactly. That first round trade for the two second rounders was monumental. We drafted unarguably the best defender in the draft in the 7th round and got arguably the best offensive defensemen with one of those 2nd rounders. On top of that, we got an uber light Derian Hatcher and a guy who is bigger than Datsyuk, but pattens his game after him. Last year we got the best young gun in the SML and one of the best Swedish young guns in the SEL, size be damned. This season we got bigger, meaner, and Czechoslovakianer,

Clearly Holland addressed this teams needs by drafting a lot of large guys that can czech people.


#2189364 2011 NHL Draft: Round 1 Discussion

Posted by Datsyerberger on 24 June 2011 - 10:46 PM

It's 2011, you've been eliminated from the playoffs two years in a row by the same team. What are you doing NOW to get better for NOW and Tomorrow?

Beat them in the 1st round next year and proceed to the SCF?