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AtomicPunk

Member Since 29 Sep 2008
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In Topic: At What Point Does Holland Deserve Blame?

04 May 2015 - 02:32 PM

Not sure how he could have stuck with Cole and Zidlicky too long as he just acquired them at the trade deadline and Cole only played 7 games before being injured.  Weiss has had injury problems since he was signed as the #1 free agent available that year and hasn't been given ample opportunity by Babs to right the ship.  So I'm sure other teams are lining up and will give the Wings all those up and coming hungry young stars for him.  Cleary was kept around too long, but he rarely cracked the line up this year, and wasn't a horrible liability when he was in.  

 

 

The point is, Cole would have been a great pickup 5-7 years ago. Zidlicky is past his "trade for" date. I'm seeing Tyler Seguin get traded to Dallas, I'm seeing James Neil go to Nashville, I'm seeing Kenny miss out on Burns a few years ago, not knowing he was even on the block, for example, not saying these players are perfect fits for the Wings, but other teams are managing to get it done. Now that we have an actual farm system and young players, trade a few picks. 


In Topic: should mrazek get #1 tag next season

04 May 2015 - 02:25 PM

The difference between them is confidence in their game and with the team. Howard seems to give up goals at the worst times. Like 2 minutes after his team scores or in the shootouts. I have no confidence in him in shootouts and I bet his team is starting to lose it a little with him too. Mrazek played very well and made timely saves (except for the last 5 minutes of Game 2 against Tampa Bay).


In Topic: At What Point Does Holland Deserve Blame?

03 May 2015 - 08:41 AM

Holland deserves blame for sticking with over the hill players (Weiss, Cleary, Samuelsson, Cole, Zidlicky etc.) WAY too long and not finding the players who are on the cusp of blossoming and acquiring them. Usually by the time a player becomes a UFA, they are over halfway done with their career and we pretty much know what they are going to be. Younger players aren't worried about self-preservation and "life after hockey" and they give you 100%. A player who is worried about his health long term and his investment portfolio might give you 95% but he is always subconsciously holding something back and being afraid of getting injured. Brendan Shanahan mentioned this in an interview I remembered and I thought it was an outstanding insight. And no, I don't have a link to it. It was in a thing called a newspaper.


In Topic: should mrazek get #1 tag next season

03 May 2015 - 08:27 AM

Patrick Lalime.

 

Let's see if he keeps it going next year and hold up a team when their goalie gets injured. I think he's the man for the job but let's wait a little more to make sure he is more like Lundquist and less like Lalime.


In Topic: ECQF Game 4 GDT : Lightning 3 at Red Wings 2 (OT) - Series Tied 2-2

24 April 2015 - 09:08 AM

For the Game of Thrones fans among us, that was like the Trial by Combat scene last season where the guy had him totally beat and then surprisingly lost in a crushing fashion.