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#2520844 Dan Boyle not coming back to the Sharks

Posted by Jesusberg on 16 May 2014 - 01:50 PM


Kronwall  Smith

DeKeyser  Boyle

Ericsson  Sproul





I'm sure I sound like a broken record, but this is my ideal defense corps for next season. Great balance there - saves the headache of seeing a forward play the right point on the PP (though, I think given the depth at forward, we'll still see one on the 2nd unit, left side) and gives the guys roles. Kronwall, Boyle and Sproul would be PP for certain, maybe some looks for Smith. PK would be Kronwall, Ericsson, DeKeyser and Smith.

#2519848 Gaborik?

Posted by Jesusberg on 09 May 2014 - 12:40 PM

I love his speed and the way he shoots the puck, but I don't see the Kings letting him go. As others have said, he seems to be pretty comfortable on Kopitar's wing. With the cap going up and guys like Mitchell and Greene coming off the books (or signing for a fair amount less there), LA will have every opportunity to keep Gabs. They could even move Williams to shore up some cap space and let Toffoli jump into their top 6 if it came down to it. 

#2519744 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by Jesusberg on 08 May 2014 - 05:51 PM

I appreciate Mantha's skill level, but I think the idea of him playing on the team right now is rushing it a bit. Unlike last season (where they expected veterans to "bridge the gap"), this year is going to be used to gauge where the young wingers (Nyquist, Tatar & Jurco) are at, and if they fit into the future plans of the team. As high on Mantha as Babcock is, he's also been really high on Jurco from some of the stuff I've read lately. My best guess at what the forwards look like going into the season:

Z-Dats-Abs (Hate it or love it, Babcock uses it)
Mule-Weiss-Nyquist (Assuming Weiss is healthy)
Andersson, Callahan/Ferraro

This is assuming Weiss is healthy, and Alfie doesn't return. If both guys are in Detroit, I could see Jurco starting the year in Grand Rapids (as there would be no room in the top 9). Otherwise, I see that as his spot to lose. I would honestly be amazed if Mantha cracked that top 9 - not because he isn't talented, but because I think it's a solid group of guys with some balance and he's going to benefit playing some AHL hockey.

#2519252 Wings will buy out Tootoo, not Franzen.

Posted by Jesusberg on 05 May 2014 - 11:08 AM

As much as the guy frustrates me, I don't see how you just replace his points - especially with the lack of offense being generated from the D. He's not a 1st line guy, but he's a solid top 6 forward. It just pains people to watch him float and cool off for the long stretches that he does. Buying out Tootoo is the right move, and it allows him to find a job elsewhere.

#2518191 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by Jesusberg on 29 April 2014 - 01:13 PM

I think it's easy to look at this season, perhaps the last two or so, and feel as if Kenny dropped the ball. Personally, I hate all the vet signing he's made. I think the Quincey trade was a big mistake. I feel as if he should listen to Babcock about certain aspects of this team (there seems to be some definite friction). I think he should have trusted the kids a bit more. If Jarnkrok stays in North America, I'm sour about that trade as well. It's easy to be upset with Kenny right now.

On the flip side, it's hard to argue against the drafting this team has done since 2008 - Kenny hanging onto all those picks has paid off. The team couldn't lure Parise-Suter over, but I don't think the blame can solely lie on Kenny shoulder's for that. It's a combination of destination, coaching and desired teammates. Maybe the team overestimate the allure of playing here, and they're realizing now that they're going to have to overpay to land a big name. That's reality now.

I think this team is in a good position to make some real changes. They've got cap space, some reliable older players and a cupboard full of prospects knocking on the door. Now if in the next 2-3 seasons he pushes this youth movement, makes a trade and can sign a big free agent or two, he redeems himself in my eyes. We have several assets - prospects can be flipped and some picks can be moved for legitimate players. Kenny has cards to play with now, and I'd like to see him actually play. Dropping the ball here would definitely sway me to the, "Good-Bye Kenny" side, but I'd also like to see what he does in this (favorable) situation.

#2518176 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by Jesusberg on 29 April 2014 - 12:39 PM

I think the only circumstance where Mantha makes this team is if Alfie doesn't re-sign and he outplays Jurco big time. Then he might have a spot on the 3rd line. I wonder about Jurco's status with the team at the moment... I think he'll both have to prove he deserves a spot in camp for sure. Either way, I think he should play in the AHL to start the season - just my preference.

Some of the other interesting info on Twitter was about Babs' status with the team/Holland not allowing teams to talk to Blashill and the desire for a right-handed shot. I think that's a huge signal to Sproul and Marchenko, and a hint to guys like Quincey, Kindl and Lashoff. They've specifically praised the play of Smith and DK. I don't blame them for not getting into a bidding war over the thin market of UFA d-men - the only RH guy who will truly make an impact is Niskanen, and I'm sure he's going to command a good chunk of cash.

#2508970 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by Jesusberg on 12 April 2014 - 12:29 PM

At this point, I think they could definitely use a stop-gap before Ouellet, Marchenko, Sproul, etc. come up to the big club. I don't want that stop gap to be Kyle Quincey again. Almquist should battle for a spot on the team in camp, and I think he could be an asset on the PP, even just for the short term. Lashoff has been running around too much lately, and I'm not sure how much management trusts him as an every day defender. 

Out of the UFA crop I'd be willing to take a look at Meszaros, Orpik, Mitchell, Greene or Nikitin before I went with Quincey/Lashoff as a regular, even if it's just as a two-year transition period. I know some (maybe most) of those guys will be retained by their current team, but those are pretty much the five I'd take over the current situation. Worst case scenario, so long as Quincey moves on, I'd still be fine with some combination of Kronwall, Ericsson, Smith and DeKeyser as the top 4, with Kindl, Lashoff and Almquist rounding things out.

I just hope Kenny doesn't have some misguided sense of loyalty toward Quincey. He's a product of the team's development and they gave up a 1st for him... but he's still Kyle Quincey. Please, just let him go, Kenny.

#2502806 They Call me...Tater Salad

Posted by Jesusberg on 29 March 2014 - 12:53 PM

It's about time we had another rock star on this team.

#2498683 Is the Real Brendan Smith Finally Starting the Show Up?

Posted by Jesusberg on 21 March 2014 - 02:09 PM

I thought he had a pretty good game. He really is way too passive when he's on the rush - just shoot the puck.


I'd still like to see him get paired with DeKeyser, but that might be risky for DK's development. DK might be better off with Kronwall for now. This is where I would have loved to still have Stuart here. I think he would have made a great partner for Smith.

#2497423 Kassian on the way out of Van?

Posted by Jesusberg on 20 March 2014 - 09:56 AM

No to this guy yes he is big, physical and a SOB but he also shows absolutely no class and acts like a stupid agitator and never backs it up.


Even off the ice. I can't speak for anyone else, obviously... but Kassian has come back to Windsor several times since I've worked at a bar in the downtown sector. Every time I've seen him, he's been kind of a jerk. On one occassion, he walked up to me at the door, and we ID'd the people he was with (they looked younger). Long story short I got the, "do you know who I am?" and "Oh good, do you want my autograph?" treatment. I told him I could live without the signature, so he spent the rest of the night banging his bottles off the tables and staring me down. Good times.

#2497327 Injury Updates

Posted by Jesusberg on 19 March 2014 - 04:15 PM


Welp... Must have been a nasty break to be out that long. Big big loss down the stretch.


Really sucks to lose him. Seems like Detroit can't even catch a break on the length of injuries. It's never "progressing ahead of schedule". Ugh.


Almqvist has been called up


On the flip side, glad to see AA getting a shot. I personally hope they play him over Kindl and give him time on the 2nd PP unit. Let DeKeyser focus on being part of the top PK unit. If I remember right (correct me if I'm wrong), Lashoff-Almqvist played together at times last year in GR and complimented each other well.

#2490773 Legwand to Detroit for Eaves, Jarnkrok + cond 3rd/2nd

Posted by Jesusberg on 05 March 2014 - 04:12 PM

For the first time in a long, long time... I'm actually livid with Ken Holland. This is embarrassing.

#2481445 Wings to inquire about Vanek?

Posted by Jesusberg on 05 February 2014 - 01:16 PM

Considering he played for the Golden Gophers, has family there and Heatley's 7.5 million is coming off the books next season, I'd say it's a pretty good chance that he signs in Minnesota next season. No reason to risk moving assets for a guy who seems to be heading somewhere else.

#2462763 12/10 GDT: Red Wings 2 at Panthers 3 (SO)

Posted by Jesusberg on 10 December 2013 - 04:02 PM


I'm most excited about the fact that you subtly made a reference to The Rock in that post.  FOR THE MILLIONS............


I'm glad someone understood the reference, and didn't think I was just being passive aggressive  :lol:

#2462760 12/10 GDT: Red Wings 2 at Panthers 3 (SO)

Posted by Jesusberg on 10 December 2013 - 03:54 PM

I still don't mind seeing Abs in that role - I think he does it well. He has a role, he knows his role... and he shuts his mouth.


That being said, I'm most excited to see what that 3rd line can do. Really hope they light it up.