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#2592269 Brendan Smith

Posted by Jesusberg on 11 April 2015 - 02:57 PM

I'm annoyed that he doesn't just take responsibility and admit he screwed up. Stop tip-toeing around it. "It was a mistake, I screwed up."

I'd respect him a lot more for being accountable.


#2592101 Brendan Smith

Posted by Jesusberg on 10 April 2015 - 04:07 PM

Smith is better then most of our defenseman.  Lets not act like this thread would be made if he didnt make a dumb mistake last night.  Yes he can make silly plays, but everyone of our defenseman does the same s***.  DeKesyer hasnt been that great this year but since hes everyones boy toy (probably because hes from Michigan), you dont hear much about him.  Kronwall turns it over, same with Ericsson.  Quincy is probably most reliable.  But i guess since everyone had high hopes for Smith he gets bashed on the most.

I also like when people talk about "hockey smarts" like they actually played the game at a high level and understands what it takes.  I guess its really easy.

Ericsson and Kronwall have both taken s*** recently from quite a few people on the forum, especially E.

You don't hear much about DeKeyser because he doesn't make too many glaring errors. He's has some issues as of late. I've noticed that he's made some poor decisions with the puck. More often than not, he can get the puck out of the zone. At the end of the day, that's really what I want from a second-pairing guy - just be reliable.

It doesn't take a ten-year veteran to see that DeKeyser is much more patient with the puck in his own zone. He slows the play down - he finds his out and makes the pass. Smith tosses the puck around like an epileptic hamster at times. That's why he gets harped on.

#2592077 Redwings recall Marchenko

Posted by Jesusberg on 10 April 2015 - 02:25 PM

Looks like I was wrong about Jurco's paper transaction counting against the recalls. My bad, ya'll

Babcock mentioned that some guys are playing hurt. I doubt Marchenko replaces Smith.

Yup. I'm expecting Kronwall to get a rest. Guessing Kindl jumps in for whoever else they want to give the day off.

#2591986 Definition of a real fan

Posted by Jesusberg on 10 April 2015 - 09:33 AM

And I guess I'll say this here too. In the context of making a prediction about the outcome of a game, I don't understand why people get so bent out of shape about someone predicting a loss. The point of a prediction, after all, is not to be unreasonably optimistic. The point is to be right about the outcome. If the team has been playing poorly, it isn't a stretch by any means to expect it to continue until given a reason otherwise.


And along those lines, I don't see the point to posts along the lines of "Well I know he's not playing great right now, but I'm going to blindly support him through it so when he finally does come through I can say 'I never lost faith in you'"

And I'm not saying you shouldn't hope that they bounce back, I think everybody hopes they do. But it seems more about telling all the "Haters" that you were right and they were wrong, when in fact the "haters" were just giving an honest assessment of the situation as it stood at that time.


I guess what I'm trying to say is when a player or team is performing poorly, there isn't anything wrong with saying so.

In response to the first bolded part, I get what you're saying. I think sometimes, though, there are members who continuously predict the team losing. It's one thing to predict that the Wings are going to lose to a "superior" team, or when they're in the middle of a funk. It's another to jump into every GDT and spew the same, "This team is soft - Ken Holland is garbage. We're losing 5-0."

To the second bolded portion, I think this discussion might be better served in another thread. I'm guessing it's in reference to Howard vs. Mrazek.

#2591978 Brendan Smith

Posted by Jesusberg on 10 April 2015 - 09:18 AM

I think Smith is strong on the puck, has better defensive positioning than in previous seasons and is quicker than some of the other defenders on this team.

What kills me the most are the turnovers. You can almost always count on Smith having the puck behind/around the Wings' net and putting it on the other team's stick two-three times in a game. Those bury your team. At some point, he should have realized how to make those simple plays. It baffles me that he's never been able to refine that aspect of his game. Then, of course, the stupid penalties...

Either way, I expect him to play tomorrow. I'd be shocked if Babcock didn't give Kronwall a rest.

#2591947 Definition of a real fan

Posted by Jesusberg on 10 April 2015 - 08:00 AM

Let's see how long this can go without being shut down. Seriously. Let's think of it as a challenge.

Personally, I think every fan has a right to be negative. I get mad at this team all the time. For me, the important thing is putting into perspective later on - weeding out the reactive stuff from the "this is actually an issue" stuff. Initially, I was upset with the way Detroit clinched, then I read the article where Babcock said he didn't think this team was even a contender in July. It's easy to think "wow, they p***** it away", but really... they made it. Who cares how? Los Angeles and Boston are out, and the Red Wings just keep rolling. Model of consistency. I lost my perspective in the mess that was March, but I'm appreciative that this team has been this good for this long.

I think we're always going to look at another fan who views aspects of this team differently and say, "that's not how to be a fan". It's just how it is...

#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.