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#2589838 The Lines to get us in

Posted by Jesusberg on 06 April 2015 - 01:06 PM


Doubt we'll see it, but I'd give it a shot. I might even swap Weiss and Sheahan, but considering how likely that one is...


#2588716 Erik cole - what the hell's going on with him ?

Posted by Jesusberg on 03 April 2015 - 11:45 AM

I assume he's looked "off" because he is coming to a new team, with new teammates, and a new system, and a different coach.  AND he still produced points regularly...which is what good veteran players do. 


Unless a guy is coming from an absolute dumpster fire of a team (e.g. Stafford and Buffalo), they're usually not going to produce more after they leave a situation they're comfortable with for a new team.  And even Cole's points per game went down after coming to Detroit.  But if you expected any differently, you were probably in error to begin with. 

I had this sentence half-written, but then I considered Zidlicky. Sure, he's dropped off now. His production wasn't sustainable, but I thought he looked fantastic off the bat.

If anything, I find it weird how well he fit in right off the bat - he looked "on" right away. I think he's fallen off as time's gone on - shown his knack for bad penalties, lack of foot speed, getting too fancy in the offensive zone. I think Cole plays a simpler game that's going to translate well in the post-season. I'm optimistic that's he's got a couple "big goals" in him.

#2585817 Mikael Samuelsson announces retirement

Posted by Jesusberg on 27 March 2015 - 09:00 AM

In other news, shinguard sales have plummeted in the last 24 hours. Logos says they feel safer than ever.


In all seriousness, I like the fortitude he showed. He didn't take s*** from anyone. The issue with Sammy was that Kenny signed him for two years too many, and he was taking up a roster spot. Appreciate everything he did for Detroit.


#2585079 Cole to miss next 3 games

Posted by Jesusberg on 25 March 2015 - 11:04 AM

Hope this means Weiss is back in.

It's looking like Pavel could be back against the Sharks tomorrow. That said, I'd still rather see Weiss in the line-up over Andersson. Babcock must really hate the man.

Ken Holland also said F Pavel Datsyuk (lower body injury) is close to returning. May play tomorrow vs. Sharks.

#2584302 3/24 GDT : Coyotes 5 at Red Wings 4 (OT)

Posted by Jesusberg on 24 March 2015 - 11:29 AM

you know you're in trouble when your number one center is Kyle Chipchura   :hysterical:  #tanksohard 





I wouldn't laugh too hard, we're one injury away from our number 1 center being Glendening. ;)

Seriously. All this does is make it even more embarrassing if the Wings drop the ball here. I'm really hoping the take them down with much of an issue. Would be great to see Nyquist and Tatar get back on track, too.

#2582853 Team next season?

Posted by Jesusberg on 19 March 2015 - 09:40 AM

Kindl out for a rookie.
Cleary out.
Pulkinnen in.
Gustavsson out for Mrazek.
Andersson maybe out.

Anyone wanting a lot of changes is going to be disappointed.

Pretty much this. I would be absolutely shocked if they found someone to take Weiss' contract at this point. No one's going to touch Mule, IMO - he's either done and stuck on LTIR or he'll play for Detroit. Honestly, I think that Cleary and Gustavasson are the only surefire bets to leave. I'm really hoping they find a suitor for Kindl, and I'd like them to part ways with Andersson and give Callahan a crack at that 4th line RW spot.


#2582456 Mrazek to start how many games?

Posted by Jesusberg on 16 March 2015 - 05:03 AM

While I'm not advocating for trading Jimmy, I can see the logic behind wanting to trade him now. There are several reasons.
1. His value is higher now than it would be after he lost his starting job. You could get more for him. ie that puck moving defenseman or a Jordan Eberle.
2. Expansion draft. Rumor has it that Las Vegas will have a team to start the 2016 campaign. Trading Jimmy now allows us to sign a veteran guy that can play 30-40 games to a two year contract with the intention of protecting Mrazek and exposing said veteran. If we go in with two goalies that we want to protect, we will lose something that we don't want to. Whether it's a skater or one of the goalies, we'll lose something. This would allow us to protect against that.
3. It currently appears that the team plays better in front of Mrazek. His puck moving abilities change the dynamic of the breakout and helps us defend less. It's not a fluke that we score more goals in front of Mrazek. It's actually Mrazek.


1. I get that, but I think his value will be similar one year from now. At the very least, they should get a full year in with Petr before even considering doing anything with Howard. I'm not sure Edmonton does an Eberle for Howard swap, straight up. One or more of our forwards would have to be included, in order to create room up front. 

2. I've suggested that the Wings should grad a vet goaltender to protect Howard and Mrazek in the past. Not sure I'd trust many of the UFA goalies behind Mrazek. Niemi could work as a 1A, 1B if he leaves San Jose. Don't really trust Enroth or Lindback, and they're two of the better options out there. Conceivably, we could protect both goalies, if they were willing to play a role on the Griffins:

Either way, if the league winds up having another expansion draft, it might be smart to have a goaltender who meets the experience requirements. Not sure if they'll change, but in 2000 it was 10 games in the previous season, or 25 games in the previous two seasons. Not too many pending UFA's would qualify, though. Taking a quick look, I see Fasth and McElhinney as two goaltenders who would work.



Both guys are 32-years-old and might be willing to take on a lesser role. They also meet the experience requirements, even if they play in the AHL next year.

3. I agree. Petr helps the break-out in ways that Howard can't. He's head and shoulders above Jimmy in that regard.

#2582421 Mrazek to start how many games?

Posted by Jesusberg on 15 March 2015 - 07:55 PM

I didn't mean to say they hate Mraz, that was Barabbas. And then when I realized that how I responded made it sound like thats what I was saying I changed it cuz I don't think people hate Petr, they're just infatuated with Howie.


Had Howie still been struggling like he did last season (and kinda is now), I would have been on board with getting rid of him yesterday. He's gotta pick it up though. Honestly, How many more 1st and 2nd round exits are we going to have to suffer through with him before a change is made?

This is where you completely lose me. Why would you move your starting goaltender because you think your 23-year-old back-up goalie, with 33 games of NHL experience might be ready to start? I can understand thinking Mrazek deserves to start more often, but why in the world would you move Howard now? That's just not smart asset management, in my opinion. Mrazek struggles and who do they turn to? Tom McCollum?

#2580777 Helm injury update and a very good one too

Posted by Jesusberg on 12 March 2015 - 01:44 PM

Quit blaming the line combos on Babcock's perceived insanity. Pavel ASKED for Glendening.


Can we all just trust that the PROFESSIONALS usually have a really good idea what they're doing?


No. That's boring.

#2580747 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by Jesusberg on 12 March 2015 - 10:29 AM

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.

I agree with this. I've been watching more Griffins games as of late, and I think Mantha's starting to come around. In particular, I liked his goal against Rockford the other night. He's a big body and I'd much rather see him in front of the net than playing perimeter hockey. I think he's really starting to adapt to the physicality.

I think AA is as "safe" of a prospect as Detroit has in its system right now. I'm looking forward to seeing what Mantha-AA can do together from here on out. 

#2580647 Pulkkinen sent back to GR

Posted by Jesusberg on 11 March 2015 - 07:46 AM

The regular season is one thing, but in the playoffs there's no player I'd rather see kill a 5-on-3 than Henrik Zetterberg. If they want to put Mule in over Andersson, I'd be for it. I think this team should have ten "locks" for spots in the playoffs:





You can fill in those spots with two of: Mule, Weiss, Andersson, Jurco and/or Pulkkinen. I've never seen much in Andersson - he has the odd game where he skates well. I think Jurco's got potential, but I almost think this season is a write-off for him - he's got no confidence. That leaves the other three guys. If Pulkkinen is clicking on that third line, I'd give him a look in the post-season. The point is, I think giving Franzen a shot is worth it, if all it means is replacing Andersson in the line-up. 

Either way, you can still run the main PK unit of Miller-Glendening, then have Helm-Abby on rare occasions use Z and/or Datsyuk in there. There are plenty of two-way forwards in the line-up. Sheahan could work on the PK, too.

#2580646 Helm injury update and a very good one too

Posted by Jesusberg on 11 March 2015 - 07:30 AM

I hope he's back vs. Philly... if only to end the Glendening experiment a day earlier.

I love Mike Babcock, but it's pretty messed up that I'm hoping that Darren Helm returns to take up his role on a scoring line over LUKE GLENDENING.

#2580214 Gus injured; Mrazek re-called

Posted by Jesusberg on 09 March 2015 - 02:49 PM

Let Monster walk in the offseason, bring up Mrazek, sign Joey MacDonald

I like the idea of signing a veteran goalie, if only to insulate the situation in Grand Rapids. I'm thinking they will let McCollum walk, bring back Coreau, and Paterson will be turning pro. Maybe they keep McCollum, because of his RFA status, but I'd like to see him move on. Perhaps keep his rights and let him play overseas?

Either way, if the league winds up having another expansion draft, it might be smart to have a goaltender who meets the experience requirements. Not sure if they'll change, but in 2000 it was 10 games in the previous season, or 25 games in the previous two seasons. Not too many pending UFA's would qualify, though. Taking a quick look, I see Fasth and McElhinney as two goaltenders who would work.

At the very least, I think it would be smart to add a guy with some experience.

#2579692 Pulkkinen sent back to GR

Posted by Jesusberg on 07 March 2015 - 01:43 PM

Put Abby or Cole with Datsyuk and Tatar. No need of Zetterberg having both of the teams only two top 6 wingers with size.

Abdlekader - Dastyuk - Tatar
Nyquist - Zetterberg - Cole
Weiss - Sheahan - Pulkinennen
Miller - Glendenning - Jurco

What's so hard about that?

This is honestly what I thought we'd see when Holland grabbed Cole. I liked the way Abby-Z-Cole looked last night, but man... break them up if it keeps Glendening out of the top-six.

I can't believe I even have to type that...

#2579673 Pulkkinen sent back to GR

Posted by Jesusberg on 07 March 2015 - 11:50 AM

Hopefully, Pulkkinen coming back up changes this:

Glendening has replaced Jurco on the line with Datsyuk and Tatar.

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