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#2660888 Forward Line Combos/Discussion

Posted by Jesusberg on 19 March 2016 - 07:59 AM

I don't mind the move, honestly. I'm not the biggest Helm fan, but it makes sense. He's not the ideal NFP, but he's one of the best guys on the team at getting to loose pucks around the net and creating issues for the oppositions defense. If he's around/behind the net jarring pucks free, it means Mantha's going to have more time to focus on getting open.

At this point, AA is going to get the same amount of minutes wherever he's at. It has more to do with special teams than anything else. He strikes me as a guy who does less with more right now, anyway.

#2658428 3/10 GDT : Winnipeg Jets at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by Jesusberg on 10 March 2016 - 01:47 PM

I'm glad Blash is finally tweaking the lines. He's been leaning on the top line and Glendening far too much in the past month. Hopefully this will balance out the minutes and provide an offensive spark. I'd still consider swapping Abdelkader and Nyquist, though.

Either way... line juggling, first game of a three-game home stand and Mrazek getting a chance to get back on track. Feels like an ideal game to start moving in the right direction, doesn't it?

#2658427 Marchenko vs. Smith

Posted by Jesusberg on 10 March 2016 - 01:42 PM

At this point, I don't think it should even be Smith vs. Marchenko. Sit one of the veteran guys. At the very least, it might serve as a wake-up call to one of them. 

#2656085 Defense pairs

Posted by Jesusberg on 28 February 2016 - 12:08 PM

I see where the underlying numbers have their place, but as others have alluded to, QoC isn't always factored in. 

Sometimes I get tired of seeing people (not you guys, the bloggers, etc.) preaching on about how great "Player X" is and that it's just a matter of time. If his underlying numbers are based on third pairing duties, they might not necessarily translate if he were given a larger role. There are just a lot of factors that people leave out when discussing analytics (Again, not directed toward you, Buppy. Just a general comment about how people sometimes lean on them too much, IMO)

#2655649 Jakub Kindl traded to Panthers

Posted by Jesusberg on 27 February 2016 - 05:38 PM


What is he worth then? He falls right into the value of what similar players make. Just because you don't like him doesn't make his value less. I hate to tell you but 4 million is a pretty pedestrian cap hit these days. Similar players in his range are Emelin, Larson, Brodin, Tanev, Coburn....Would I prefer some of these guys over E?? sure I would but his cap hit is right where it should be.  

I never said anything about disliking Ericsson. You don't have to tell me what guys of his ilk make - I'm fully aware.

What I am saying is that the term of his deal, and his cap hit limit the team in several ways. There are better players to be signed (Quincey, right now) and prospects who should be getting a shot in the next season or two. There are also players on the roster, currently, who should play over Ericsson, IMO. I'm not harping on Ericsson, I'm just not a fan of the situation.

I don't fault Ericsson for his contract, I fault Ken Holland for giving it to him.

#2655644 Jakub Kindl traded to Panthers

Posted by Jesusberg on 27 February 2016 - 05:23 PM

I think ericsson is alot better than anyone gives him credit for.
He doesn't put up points, but he's our best d man at clearing the crease. He makes mistakes, sure, but all d men do. His are just magnified because he plays alot and he's usually out there against 1st liners who make his small mistakes into legit scoring chances. But he's much less mistake probe than most of our dmen.

I can't speak for every one else, but I'd rather have Quincey next season.

I don't think Ericsson is worth his 4.25M, and he's got four years left at that hit. It's more about how his contract is handcuffing the team for me.

#2655610 Jakub Kindl traded to Panthers

Posted by Jesusberg on 27 February 2016 - 04:12 PM

Only retaining 15% (360K) on his contract. I'm good with that. Thought it would be more.

#2653260 Jensen

Posted by Jesusberg on 15 February 2016 - 05:23 PM

The reason I brought up his preseason performance is because Nestrasil's was mentioned. Jensen played well in the preseason, and if IIRC was one of the Red Wings' last cuts before the roster was finalized. I think it's unfair to dismiss his play at the NHL level when he hasn't played at the NHL level yet. Poor example right now, but Howard was a mess at the AHL level. No consistency whatsoever.

Considering the way the NHL is trending (more about the speed/skating than ever) and the way Blashill likes his defenders to be active in the play, I think Jensen could serve as a bottom-pairing guy. His skating ability allows him to rush with the puck without compromising his positioning.

I'll agree with you when you cite the "nail in the coffin" being that Detroit hasn't given him a shot yet - he's 25-years-old. I think if they had plans for him with the team, he would have been given a shot over Marchenko, or more recently Ouellet. I guess the point is that it would have been nice to see him get a shot. At this point, it would have been nice to see him get in a game or two with the organization.

#2653052 XO Recalled

Posted by Jesusberg on 15 February 2016 - 10:32 AM

He's not overly big, he's not great defensively, and he doesn't have a high skill level. There is zero evidence that he can even be a 7th defenseman in the NHL. At least Nestrasil had a good enough camp to make the Wings before crapping the bed and getting waived. Jensen hasn't even done that much, as little as it is.
So many people act like he's some future stud, he just needs a shot. The fact that he's passed Sproul has a lot more to do with Sproul than it does Jensen.

And yet Jensen played in more preseason games (6) than anyone else, scored 4 points and was a +8. Personally, I don't think he's been given a fair shake with the team, but it is what it is. I'm sure the Wings' brass have their reasons for not bringing him up over Ouellet, but I don't think it's because he hasn't made good on his limited number of opportunities.

At this point, it seems to me that Ouellet and Marchenko has the inside track on the (presumed) two spots on next year's roster. IMO, Sproul will pass through waivers, but I think someone could take a chance on Jensen, should the Wings elect to waive him, too.

#2652075 Forward Line Combos/Discussion

Posted by Jesusberg on 11 February 2016 - 11:58 AM

HSJ reporting that DeKeyser will be ready to play on Friday.

Red Wings off today, but spoke with GM Ken Holland, he said Danny DeKeyser (knee bruise) "all good" for Friday's game.


Also, the Wings sent Andersson down to GR. Either they like what they see from AA, or they're letting Andersson get in some games instead of sitting. Maybe both.

#2651809 2/10 GDT : Ottawa Senators at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by Jesusberg on 10 February 2016 - 11:23 AM

Love the forward lines. Switch Richards and Jurco and they'd be as close to perfect as I'd like to see.


Defense pairings are pretty awful looking. Happy we have Mrazek to lean on...

Seems like Jurco and Nyquist have shown a little chemistry in their (albeit, very short) time together. In fact, I think both of Jurco's goals were in the middle of a line change, but I'm not 100%. I'd like to see what they can do playing on an actual line together for a full game. Anything to keep Jurco in the top-nine group over Helm at this point.

#2650219 Joakim Andesson on Waivers

Posted by Jesusberg on 26 January 2016 - 03:38 PM

Maybe Holland is hoping that if he moves Andersson enough, he'll get stuck on waivers... Like some kind of purgatory for fringe NHL'ers.

#2650218 Goalie Battle

Posted by Jesusberg on 26 January 2016 - 03:35 PM

I was good with the 1A/1B situation at the beginning of the year, but now Mrazek's making me nervous. Obviously I'm happy that he's played so well, but his stock is rising every day. RFA or not, Mrazek is probably going to get himself a decent chunk of money. I just have a feeling there's going to be a lot of money committed to the goaltending heading into next season.

#2649481 Joakim Andesson on Waivers

Posted by Jesusberg on 22 January 2016 - 05:03 PM

I almost hope he's claimed. If not just to save Kenny from himself this offseason.

The timing's definitely peculiar, though. Safe bet is that they're calling up a defender, but that means he's being called up to sit. Not really Holland's M.O.

Unless... the triumphant return of Brian Lashoff?  :bye:

#2649365 Forward Line Combos/Discussion

Posted by Jesusberg on 21 January 2016 - 03:53 PM

I understand the way the league works now - you want a net-front presence on each line. At this point, I'd much rather try Jurco or Pulkkinen over Helm on that second line. Blashill was playing with the idea of Larkin/Datsyuk/Tatar taking turns as the NFP on that line. Try it with some of the others. Helm in the top-six drives me nuts.