I'm not sure why hockey fans need to suffer through bad play and years of frustration all the time. I continually heard the same chatter when Nyquist and Tatar continued to be sent down to the Griffins and we had to watch Samuelsson, Cleary and Bertuzzi. At some point cut ties and play the better guy. I understand Howard starts but he's never won anything for such loyalty and Mrazek is only getting better as he plays more, the team plays solid behind him and he's 7 years younger.
Um... the Red Wings organization is pretty much all about loyalty... if you have a problem with loyalty, you might be happier rooting for a different team.
Also, "Play the better guy" is a hell of a lot different than "cut ties."
I really like Mrazek too and I also see him as the goaltender of the future, but I don't like the idea of handing the reigns over to him this soon. I think maybe a 60-40 split for at least next season and perhaps the following one (depending on how next season goes).... then he gets the starting job based on his performance in the NHL with a reasonable sample size.
I would put them as 1a and 1b right now as far as our forward prospects go. I've been extremely high on Athanasiou for a couple years now, and there's no question that he has had the much better start to his pro career. Mantha, I think will be a great player as well, he's just taking longer to adapt to the pro game. I think they will be 1 and 2 in scoring for the Griffins next season and I wouldn't be at all surprised if they are both top 5 in the league.
The thing for me is, I think they are both very different players but both will be just as effective in their own way, but I think Mantha is slightly overrated, while Anthanasiou is slightly underrated league wide and even by some Wings fans... All the talk has been about Mantha and Larkin, but I am just as high on Athanasiou as either of those two for sure.
If he signs a one year deal he'd be RFA again. There is no reason for him to accept a one year deal though, and I doubt Detroit would want to do that either. If they do and he has another big year, his salary would go up. Nyquist and his agent will want 2 years, so he can be a UFA as soon as possible, Detroit will push for longer term, and I think he'll end up signing for 4-5 years at $5 mil per.
I feel like this might have been taken out of context, though. Didn't Babs just say that he wanted Marchenko to play here OR go back down and play in the AHL - just not sitting as the 7th defender? I feel like NHL only used part of the quote.
No, Holland said that in a radio interview yesterday. Babs' comments here are different, but shouldn't come as a surprise considering he's made his preferences clear in the past.
Weird hunch, but I feel like Kindl's going to have a real solid game. I wouldn't be totally shocked to see him add an assist or two.
Me too. Attitude's not a problem for Kindl, he seems to be working hard off the ice to make it back onto the roster. He has the tools...he honestly does. He's got wheels, he can shoot decent enough and we've seen him good vision during powerplays and moving it up the ice at times. He just needs to not play like a scared little ***** and then I think he can be effective
I'm hoping Kindl plays well and racks up a couple of assists. Pairing him with DeKeyser makes sense since it is a bit of a safety valve to allow him to move the puck. Smith/Marchenko is going to gel into a good tandem, IMHO.