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#2577937 Red Wings acquire Erik Cole, conditional 3rd from Stars

Posted by Jesusberg on 03 March 2015 - 12:08 PM

Interesting lines from practice:

Lines: Jurco-Datsyuk-Tatar Abdelkader-Zetterberg-Cole Weiss-Sheahan-Nyquist Miller-Andersson-Glendening Cleary rotating in.

#2577761 Red Wings acquire Marek Zidlicky from NJ for Cond. 2016 3rd Round Pick

Posted by Jesusberg on 02 March 2015 - 05:53 PM

Quincy is hurt right now...ankle issues...they had said may require surgery. 


For the time being he likely remains out.

He's been cleared - intends to put off surgery, if he can.


#2577752 Red Wings acquire Marek Zidlicky from NJ for Cond. 2016 3rd Round Pick

Posted by Jesusberg on 02 March 2015 - 05:20 PM

I think some people are going to be disappointed. Healthy Quincey = Marchenko out of the line-up

IMO, the most realistic outcome here is Kronwall-Ericsson, DD-Quincey & Smith-Zidlicky

#2576863 Red Wings acquire Erik Cole, conditional 3rd from Stars

Posted by Jesusberg on 01 March 2015 - 08:23 PM

If helms healthy, I want him on the foirth line.
And did we send Jurco down in your proposed lineup?
Because I imagine wed keep Jurco in over pulks for the playoff considering he already has playoff experience + his size, speed, and how heavy he hits.

Nope. Honestly, I was just thinking of the next game.

#2576853 Red Wings acquire Erik Cole, conditional 3rd from Stars

Posted by Jesusberg on 01 March 2015 - 08:17 PM

I'm thinking something like:


#2576796 Red Wings acquire Erik Cole, conditional 3rd from Stars

Posted by Jesusberg on 01 March 2015 - 07:59 PM

Janmark was 100% going to be stuck behind quite a few players. Athanasiou doing so well this season probably gave KH the confidence to move Janmark.

#2575688 Couture suspen.....no wait, just fined pocket change

Posted by Jesusberg on 27 February 2015 - 05:39 PM


If I was Couture, I wouldn't slew foot Smith if I had to deal with someone who looks like this:




Every one you love looks like a yeti.

#2574777 Quincey... Surgery coming?

Posted by Jesusberg on 25 February 2015 - 12:33 PM

It's amazing what a good season will do for a guy.

Quincey injured in early October: "Meh. Cool. Maybe now we can call someone up."
Quincey injured in late February: "****."


For the record, I'd be one of those people in October. KFQ has surpassed my expectations (which were pretty low, but still).

#2572859 2/21 GDT : Red Wings 7 at Dallas Stars 6 (OT)

Posted by Jesusberg on 21 February 2015 - 02:21 PM

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 a sweet goal an assist or two.

Edit: Grammar

#2572442 Teemu Pulkkinen called back up

Posted by Jesusberg on 19 February 2015 - 09:30 AM

OK, every one start chipping in for the PPV. Kip vs. krsmith, best two out of three posts.

I call special guest referee.

Edit: Oh yeah, we're talking about Pulkkinen. I'm going to borrow an idea from Malik (yes, he offers some solid commentary at times) and say I thought he played with really good pace. He was after the puck all game - some good stick work on his end. He needs to learn to get his shot off much quicker, though. Far less time in the NHL to wind up. In fact, I think he really needs to start getting away from the wind-up. I know it's his bread and butter, but until he figures out how to create more space for himself, he'll need to find another way to his shot off.

#2571684 Time for Teemu?

Posted by Jesusberg on 18 February 2015 - 11:32 AM

Jesusberg, I'm not sure why you directed all that at me. It's like you're trying to convince me that Jurco should be down in Grand Rapids, when you know just as well as anyone here that I was one of the few advocating that Jurco spend another half to full season down in Grand Rapids. There's not a question in my mind that his game would have benefited, and he would be further along in his development with more time in the AHL, and I'm starting to wonder if him being rushed into the NHL hasn't stunted his development a little. Like I've said before, I kind of feel that this has been a rare case of mismanagement of a very promising prospect by the Red Wings... He should have absolutely been down with the Griffs on a line with Pulkkinen all season, and if he were, they would have definitely been 1 / 2 in scoring, ripping up the American League. I also agree that Callahan would have been the better option to have up here, but that's more in place of Andersson, not Jurco.


As for Babcock pushing players like Tatar. I'm well aware of that, and that's what I feel he is doing with Jurco as well. Like I said, maybe there is a method to his madness, but sometimes it is very hard to see as a fan, when you watch a player struggle in a role that he shouldn't have been put in in the first place. Maybe Jurco does benefit from Babcock's "tough love" and it makes him stronger mentally and helps round out his game... who knows...


I also said he should be with scoring players, and that includes playing on a third line with Sheahan and Weiss or whoever. I just don't believe he should be on the 4th line in a grinding role with the likes of Glendening, Miller and Andersson.

Oh, I wasn't directing it at you. More like expanding on some of what you said, and maybe taking a different approach as to why he's on the 4th line. You and I were two of the few suggesting that Jurco starting the year in the AHL might be for the best.

Really, that's why I was comparing Callahan and Jurco. It's not a direct comparison regarding their skill level, but rather their assumed role on the Wings.This team has enough scoring forwards - guys who fit into the top 9. Callahan could slot into a role as a net front presence, but he also makes sense on a fourth line. It's not going to hurt Callahan, because he's got a lower ceiling than Jurco.

Edit: It's entirely possible that the team didn't have faith in Weiss' scoring ability (or healthy, for that matter), and I doubt they thought Helm was going to be used as a complimentary winger in the top 6. It was likely about depth, more than anything.

Plus, I'm pretty sure getting Jurco on this team was one of the "battles" that Babcock won against Holland, with Ouellet being sent down as the one he lost.

#2571481 Time for Teemu?

Posted by Jesusberg on 17 February 2015 - 12:18 PM

I tend to agree with most of the points made in this article: http://thehockeywrit...jurco-a-chance/


Jurco can produce more than he is right now, especially considering the minutes he's getting. You can't really expect much offensive out of him in his current role.

#2570447 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by Jesusberg on 13 February 2015 - 09:17 PM

Pulkkinen can seriously score from anywhere on the ice. It doesn't look like it should go in, but it finds a way.

#2570444 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by Jesusberg on 13 February 2015 - 09:03 PM

Absolutely. Athanasiou is unreal. For anyone that doubts this kids talent, I'd highly recommend catching a couple Griffs games.


I think Mantha will be a good pro, and still has the potential to be a stud, but there's no question that Athansiou has had the much smoother transition from junior to pro, and right now is the more dominant player.


I've been pretty impressed with both Nosek and surprisingly Tvrdon as well...

Watching the game and was just going to mention this. Hooking penalty wasn't all his fault - he was put in a bad position. He's hard on the puck and uses his frame well.

#2570329 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by Jesusberg on 12 February 2015 - 04:44 PM

Honestly, if you've ever put stuff out there for public consumption, you know what you're getting yourself into. You write something and people are going to find a way to rip it apart. Same goes for putting out any kind of hockey-related information. People are going to find mistakes, or at least try, then call you out on it. If you're serious about your work, you'll appreciate it in the end. It's more important to get the facts right than it is to be right.

You take your lumps, and get it right the next time. Chances are it's not the first, or last time that GM's going to get "fact checked". I did it the other day on something regarding Nick Jensen (I'm much nicer than Kip, though).