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#2460383 Zetterberg out at least 2 weeks with herniated disc

Posted by hooon on 03 December 2013 - 12:26 PM

A few thoughts:


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.

#2459459 Datsyuk concussion: To Return Tuesday

Posted by hooon on 30 November 2013 - 12:21 PM

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.

#2459088 Weiss

Posted by hooon on 29 November 2013 - 01:53 AM

I agree with patience. Yes he is struggling, but he's still a solid player and I believe he will find his way. Having Pavel, Z, Weiss, Helm down the middle is as deep as it gets.

#2458431 I'd like to talk about this off-season/next season

Posted by hooon on 27 November 2013 - 12:48 AM

I'd like to see:











Kindl/Almqvist (fight for ice time and a spot)



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.


Off topic:


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. 

#2456055 11/21 GDT: Hurricanes 3 at Red Wings 4

Posted by hooon on 21 November 2013 - 03:45 PM



Wasn't that a line like 4 years ago when the Wings were decimated by injuries? It didn't work then, why would it work now that Cleary and Bert are a million times less effective than they were then?

#2455622 Ericsson Contract Extension Near?

Posted by hooon on 20 November 2013 - 12:32 AM

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.

#2454995 Today's Chuckle - NHL selling team Snuggies

Posted by hooon on 18 November 2013 - 12:28 PM

Christmas shopping = done.

#2453417 Speculation regarding Franzen's ailment

Posted by hooon on 13 November 2013 - 11:05 AM

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...

#2452761 An honest question about Nyquist

Posted by hooon on 11 November 2013 - 04:12 PM

I think it will be before the playoffs. 


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.

#2452167 Varlamov Arrested

Posted by hooon on 08 November 2013 - 03:26 PM

You're kidding, right?


If that was the case, she's get 2 minutes for Too Many Men and he'd get 2 minute for Third Man In and they'd just cancel each other out and go on with their lives.

Does the intent to blow rule come in here?

#2451024 11/4 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Jets 4

Posted by hooon on 04 November 2013 - 09:37 PM

Quincey is straight awful.

#2450768 11/4 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Jets 4

Posted by hooon on 04 November 2013 - 04:13 PM

Build off these last few games, play hard tonight, then head back to the Joe with a lot of momentum. 



It will be a lot of fun seeing Tootoo on a line with Helm. I hope the recent trend of actually scoring goals continues. 

#2443520 10/12 GDT: Flyers 2 at Red Wings 5

Posted by hooon on 12 October 2013 - 12:24 PM

And if Smith doesn't understand why he could possibly be benched, he's more of a moron than I thought.


Seriously. He comes out and says he doesn't understand what he could do better? How about providing either one of the following: A. any defense whatsoever, or B. any offense whatsoever. 


At least Lashoff was fairly solid last season in the games he had, hopefully the break gives Smith something to think about, because he needs to be a lot better.

#2443425 Cory Emmerton and Petr Mrazek sent to Grand Rapids

Posted by hooon on 11 October 2013 - 03:31 PM


I'm usually not as frustrated with bad plays, or mistakes, because at least they are playing /trying. That's just me i guess. Franzen just standing around, not moving his feet, swinging his stick one-handed at pucks makes me nuts though, at least look like you are trying.


I hear ya. Franzen looked terrible last night as well. 


If Tatar somehow wins out on the first line lottery, I would be pretty happy. 

#2441469 Baertschi and Zibanejad thrown under the bus publically

Posted by hooon on 04 October 2013 - 12:31 AM

Yeah I would NEVER cheer for a team who sends down promising young talent....


Oh wait...