They are good, for sure, but their D and goaltending is nowhere near where it was last year and their special teams are horrendous.
Their record is slightly better than how they've been playing, while they've been winning a ton of games, they've also been involved in a lot of really tight ones, and have blown some leads against teams they had no business doing poorly against. That said, they are still pretty darn good.
I think a team like LA or STL would have a good chance at taking them in a series this playoffs. Sure don't want to see them do well at all...
really frustrating time to be a redwings fan , i cant remember a time we been this bad , struggling so bad to score goals and yet we have so much talent on this team , seems lately were lucky if we score 2 goals in a game
And my personal opinion i been sayin for a year now we got too many 4th line type players(thats my nice way of saying garbage players)
cleary samuelsson bertuzzi eaves tootoo miller and now glendening
7 guys id consider 4th liners (not including andersson who id keep) thats way too many , we should be bringing up sheahan/ferraro/callahan guys who are out of waivers to see what they can do instead of bringing up another guy who's reliable but cant create any offense(glendening)
were so pathetic right now we call up a 20 yr old kid in jurco whos playing amazing in the ahl to try and help us out of this disaster (id personally keep him down and let him dominate why chance it and ruin his progress)
anyways all this to say i hope they wake the F up cause i cant remember a time we been this bad hope we turn this thing around
a bit off topic here but im also a cowboys fan so hasnt been a good night or season for that matter
Calling up Jurco had nothing to do with how "pathetic" the Wings are as a team, it has to do with the fact that they currently have injuries to Zetterberg, Weiss, Helm, Abdelkader, Franzen, etc. So let's not act like Jurco was called up as some savior for this team... the Wings have a pretty terrible injury situation right now, THAT is why these kids are getting called up, not some desperation stunt to save the season.
Holland specifically said "small herniated disc" which is at least somewhat encouraging based on everything I've heard about herniated discs.
Thank goodness Helm and Nyquist are already in the lineup and playing great. Franzen's play recently is a big help with Pav and Z out as well.
Even with the captain out, I'm not at all worried about leadership with all the vets on this team. Alfie will shine in that department.
Opportunity. This gives guys like Weiss, Cleary, Sammy a HUGE opportunity to step up and make a difference to this team. If they don't, they will be the guys gone (God willing) when the injured guys start coming back to the lineup. I know we all have low expectations of these guys at this point, but they have to step up and now they get as good of a chance as they can hope for.
I know it sounds odd, but in a weird way injuries were the best thing to happen to this team last season. It gives players opportunities to surprise and it also forces the team to play harder and hungrier than they are normally forced to play.
Our powerplay will make the Sens wish they had never been born. Oh, and Cowen, his stats WILL pay for this.
Vengeance is as sweet as the nectar of all the Gods of men!
Don't like what Shanny said at all. Makes it seem like they put no thought into the decision whatsoever.
“But we can’t always look into a crystal ball, and here we are a few days later and there’s a serious injury and no one feels worse, other than maybe Pavel and the Red Wings, than the department of player safety.’’
So he admits he screwed up... but only because Pavel hasn't come back yet? That, in a nutshell, is why these suspensions are so confusing to fans. They don't judge the actual incident, they only judge the result, which makes very, very little sense.
I think Mantha is the exception. He's a giant power forward who can dangle and score. He should be on the top line with Z and Dats and eat the Calder trophy for breakfast, lunch and supper. Keep Helm on the 2nd line cause he's taking it and owning it. Weiss can be a slightly expensive shutdown guy until his scoring touch comes back, which it should with wingers like Franzen and Jurco, who I expect good things from at the NHL level. I want to see that 4th line annoy and destroy. I don't care if they get a goal all year, which I'm sure they would, but regardless I just want them to hit everything. Ouellet and Sproul should be on the team next season with Marchenko next in line from what I hear.
If no free agent that is the likes of Vanek or someone of that caliber wants to sign, that team above could compete for the Cup.
But what is going on in your avatar picture? Is that Kronwall giving Gus a low-five instead of a fist pound? If so, I couldn't approve more.
I always figured a million dollar raise was inevitable. Hoping 4 or 5 years at 4.25.
Ahh, I remember the tender old days when we were all (myself included, if not especially) scratching our heads when Holland not only DIDN'T sever ties with Ericsson, but gave him over 3 million! (Most of us were reluctantly willing to accepting him at 1.5m or so, but never dreamed he would get over 3m, let alone be WORTH 3m).
Would be glad to have him back as a Wing for a while. He is a solid top 4 guy who is quite capable defensively.
Lots of players get the stomach flu, food poisoning or what not. Fans get the gist of what that entails. It's usually not cloaked in secrecy. Medications to stop it usually make you feel better, not worse. The anxiety thing just seems to make much more sense. Anxiety medications do make you sluggish and tired, it just seems like the most likely explanation, since one isn't really being given. If Franzen wants to keep his condition secret, that's understandable, as he doesn't like attention, but the team should at least be on top of the situation and give a plausible explanation and not leave the everyone looking dumbfounded when they ask about what is wrong with Franzen.
So even though both Franzen and the team have come out and literally laughed off the suggestion that it was anxiety issues... we're STILL going to beat a dead horse here and claim this guy has a debilitating mental illness because it more conveniently fits into the "Franzen is lazy and he sucks," mode of thought around here.... OK, that's fair.
I guess everyone else on the team not named Datsyuk and Zetterberg is suffering from some kind of mental illness too, because they aren't scoring either...
That may sound like optimism, but it is actually pessimism in disguise - the Wings have been insanely injury prone the past few years, and I while I hope that trend is over, it seems like the injuries are already piling on. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see Nyquist get called up eventually when they hit some injuries and run out of waiver exempt guys to call up.
The mythical and theoretical line of Nyquist-Andersson-Tatar just makes too much sense to not try at some point this season - especially when secondary scoring is the biggest problem.