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#2564721 Are the Wings a Contender?

Posted by Jesusberg on 19 January 2015 - 09:51 AM

This team is a top 6 fwd and a top 2 D away from going deep in the post season.


I think this is spot on. Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Nyquist and Tatar are true "Top 6" guys, IMO. Abdelkader is a great complimentary piece, so if they could find someone else in that same vein, I think it would do them worlds of good. I don't think you have to add another overly skilled guy, but a better net presence/power forward type guy for Tatar-Datsyuk to play with would be nice.

The defense is in obvious need of an upgrade, especially offensively. I actually like seeing Smith next to Kronwall, but I think it's more because of how bad Ericsson has looked than anything. I'm all for having balanced defensive pairings, but Kronner could really use a better partner at this point.

Edit: Yeah, what he said ^

#2564718 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by Jesusberg on 19 January 2015 - 09:46 AM

Assuming sproul continues his defense development and keeps his offensive game intact I think he makes it over Jensen.

I agree, and I like Sproul way more. I just think anything can happen, and it's one or the other. I really hope Sproul rounds out his game.

On another note, while I've been suggesting the idea of moving Helm in a package for a top 4 defender recently, I think they need to try to find a suitor for Weiss. Being able to split Datsyuk and Zetterberg, Sheahan coming into his own and looking like he could be a solid #2 center and Helm playing very well... Weiss is the odd man out at this point.

Weiss has more offensive ability, but Helm offers more overall. He has Babcock's trust and was drafted by the Wings. Weiss is wasted on the 4th line, but I'm not so sure Helm belongs there, either. I'm not sure how long they'll hang onto Weiss, and if they can find someone to take his contract/he'll waive his NMC for that team, but I feel like the writing is on the wall for him. It's good to have extra guys who can slot in on higher lines as an insurance policy, but he just seems so out of place on this team.

#2564715 Jimmy Howard.......All-Star!

Posted by Jesusberg on 19 January 2015 - 08:24 AM

I couldn't agree more Playmaker. +10


Also, in regards to the Mrazek vs Howard debate... Before last night I wanted to sign Mrazek to a mega deal and trade Howard, but after last nights performance, I think we should probably trade or maybe even waive Mrazek. We probably wouldn't get much in return after last nights performance anyway. I mean 3 goals allowed on 7 shots? That's aaaawful. He will never ever get it done at the NHL level, unless of course he has a bounce back game next game. Then, we should probably trade Howard. I mean, no team wants to have two capable goaltenders at one time, that would be what they call a "goalie controversy", bad news... I'm not sure, am I doing this right?... f***in LGW... :lol:

Only if we're getting a conditional draft pick as part of the trade. It'll be a 2nd rounder at first. If he plays super awesome for one game, they have to bump it up to a 1st rounder, if he plays poorly, we can knock it down to a 3rd. No biggie.

#2564686 1/18 GDT : Sabres 4 at Red Wings 6 (Z w/Hat Trick)

Posted by Jesusberg on 18 January 2015 - 10:58 PM

I'm not saying I'm responsible for Kyle Quincey's offensive surge, but I mocked his offensive ability before he scored in Edmonton. Six points in seven games later, and here we are.

OK, so maybe I deserve some credit. Hey, Brendan Smith, keep it simple. You totally can't score six points in your next seven games.

#2564466 1/18 GDT : Sabres 4 at Red Wings 6 (Z w/Hat Trick)

Posted by Jesusberg on 18 January 2015 - 09:36 PM

Except Monica Lewinsky's hand was a bit higher in real life. :/

You're not giving Bill his due.

#2564230 1/18 GDT : Sabres 4 at Red Wings 6 (Z w/Hat Trick)

Posted by Jesusberg on 18 January 2015 - 02:22 PM

Considering they've lost 10 in a row, I have that nagging feeling that they catch the Wings off guard...

NOT. The Wings are going to destroy you, Enroth/Neuvirth. ALL THE GOALS! NO MERCY! MUAH, HA, HA!

...sorry, but not really.

6-1 spanking. Pulkkinen gets his first, takes his jersey off and does three laps around the rink.

#2564210 Jimmy Howard.......All-Star!

Posted by Jesusberg on 18 January 2015 - 12:20 PM

It isn't Howard vs. Mrazek... not yet. Why would you ship out a competent starting goaltender for an unproven 22-year old? That's just awful judgement. There's ZERO goalie controversy right now between the two of them. If anything, the question is "do we keep Petr up and waive Gustavsson?", which I don't think they'll do.

Gustavsson is gone next season - Mrazek will be up with the team full-time. They likely split the season in the 50-60 for Howard, 20-30 range for Mrazek next year. The 2016 off-season, Mrazek gets paid like a back-up for (hopefully) 2-3 seasons. At that point, you start comparing the two guys. You've got two years left on Howard's deal at that point, and in that time frame, you find out who is your starter. You don't simply toss a rookie goaltender into the starting spot in this situation - Detroit's in a great position in goal right now. You let Mrazek earn the #1 spot over time... not over 4-5 games.

#2563897 Jimmy Howard.......All-Star!

Posted by Jesusberg on 17 January 2015 - 01:31 PM

...like Bobrovsky...no idea how he gets into the game.

For the same reason Foligno was named a captain? When you consider that the host team is usually well represented, six players are voted in and (under normal circumstances) every team is supposed to be represented, it's not really about who deserves to go.

#2563870 Franzen on IR

Posted by Jesusberg on 17 January 2015 - 08:58 AM

I think by literary standards its a failure, because puns are lazy writing.
But by a drunken hockey forums standards, its a staggering success.



What I appreciate most is how organically it happened.  You could tell that it was a clear evolution of thought from "Kip's an ass" to "I'll write ASSociation because puns are ironic and funny" to "it's a pun free for all!". 


You're right.  Booze is probably involved now that I think about it. 

I majored in language and literature during my undergraduate (puns really are the lowest form of humour), and I was stone cold sober when I wrote that.

...I'm just not above a cheap laugh.

#2563844 Franzen on IR

Posted by Jesusberg on 16 January 2015 - 11:06 PM

I am picking up on the fact that you enjoy being an ass.

Kip's an ass? I've been having amicable discussions, and even agreeing at times for like two weeks now. Does that make me guilty by ASSociation?

Ha... I'll just see myself out.

#2563363 Could the Wings be better off trading Pav & Hank for draft picks?

Posted by Jesusberg on 15 January 2015 - 03:44 PM

I am not a violent man, but I will throw a shoe at you, sir/ma'am. 

We have plenty of young help here and in lower leagues - it's just not "blue chip" talent. Patience is a virtue.

#2563243 Franzen on IR

Posted by Jesusberg on 14 January 2015 - 06:34 PM

Hey guys, how's it go...



#2563139 TB's Paquette learns the hard way, don't start **** w Chara

Posted by Jesusberg on 14 January 2015 - 11:59 AM

Listening to their commentary during the Brown-Krejci scrum... Sweet Jesus, spot picking. Where have I seen spot picking before? A scrub going after a talented player on another team... hmm.

Starts at about the 1:40 mark.

#2563133 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by Jesusberg on 14 January 2015 - 11:46 AM

Kindl + 2nd or Smith for Petry seems like fair value to me.

I understand some people are high on Smith. If I'm being objective about this, he and Smith have similar PPG and Petry has more of a physical edge to his game. Smith was selected 27th overall in his draft year, Petry was 45th in his. Petry is only two years older than Smith, as well.

That said, I do think teams like Pittsburgh will offer more, especially with Maatta out for the season. Not to mention, if there is one guy I would count on wanting to come to Detroit this off season, it would be Petry. With some of the bigger names, I would think that spending assets to get them here would be a smart move, but I'm not sold on having to move assets to get Petry in Detroit. Only issue with that scenario that we'd have 8 defenders (Kronwall, Ericsson, DeKeyser, Quincey, Smith, Petry, Kindl and Lashoff) on the team, with Ouellet ready to come up. Some decisions would have to be made.

#2563103 1/13 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Sabres 1

Posted by Jesusberg on 14 January 2015 - 10:25 AM

Everybody knows my feelings on Babcock, but this was pretty classy of him:



Honestly, I was surprised to read this, too. Babcock's not usually one for sentiment, at least where hockey is concerned.

All I can picture is a kid at the grocery store, trying to contain his/her excitement. Their parent finally caves and says, "OK, you can get ONE chocolate bar", and the kid storms off at 100mph to grab one.