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#2625595 2015-16 Grand Rapids Griffins

Posted by Jesusberg on 16 September 2015 - 07:21 AM

After the showing Nosek just had in TC (and the end of last year), I'm very optimistic about GR's depth down the middle. Yes, I would still prefer that AA-Larkin-Mantha line to stick, but really they are in good shape either way. As long as Larkin, Miele and Nosek are down the middle in the top nine, I think the team is going places.

#2625540 Wings Release Training Camp Roster

Posted by Jesusberg on 15 September 2015 - 01:46 PM

Maybe it's Jurco Callahan Pulkkinen? I thought Blashill had a thing for each of these guys and more so than Miller, Andersson or Ferraro. Although it does make alot more sense as a fourth line.


^aslo proof we have far too many forwards.

I doubt any of those guys would play at center. Svechnikov has played center with Cape Breton, so I imagine it'll be either him or Miele between Jurco and Pulkkinen.

#2625521 Matt Wuest Prospect Tournament Thread

Posted by Jesusberg on 15 September 2015 - 07:35 AM

If you're looking for highlights, I'd highly recommend checking out and / or subscribing to Slapshotgoal on YouTube. He/she does a great job of highlighting this tournament for us every year, as well as a ton of highlights from our prospects in various leagues throughout the season.

"She" would be correct - her name is Michelle. She writes for the guys over at WiiM, too. Following her on Twitter pretty much gives up-to-date details on the tournament. Not to mention, she usually posts .gifs of the goals before the highlight packages come out.


#2625473 Wings Release Training Camp Roster

Posted by Jesusberg on 14 September 2015 - 07:06 PM



Looking at the D pairs on each team (Forwards w/o Datsyuk who cares and they are interchangeable lol):


Of course you've got Green & DD on Delvecchio and Kronwall & Ericsson on Lindsay... Then it gets interesting


Kindl & Quincey on Howe? Smith & Marchenko on Lindsay?


I wonder who will be the 7th man and the odd man out....

Also found it interesting that Franzen, Richards and Tatar are on Delvecchio, and Abdelkader, Nyquist and Zetterberg are on Lindsay. Early indications were that Z would be on Richards' wing to start. Maybe not?

Just speculation on my part, obviously. Sheahan-Glendening-Helm are on the same team, as are Miller-Andersson-Ferraro. Could be a glimpse a some line combinations.

#2625258 Monthly schedule wallpapers?

Posted by Jesusberg on 12 September 2015 - 09:26 AM

Seriously, though. During the summer, my desktop background is a gallery of random video game wallpapers. October through April is the only time my girlfriend doesn't think I'm a man-child.

#2625136 Over/Under for Larkin's time as a Red Wing in 15/16

Posted by Jesusberg on 10 September 2015 - 01:27 PM

I knew he wore 19 with UofM, and 21 with USA, but he wore 25 with the Griffins, and in Red Wings training camp. I just assumed he was taking number 25... 71 is completely random and there must be some mistake there...

Well with Ericsson having 52, Green went to 25. I guess 71 kind of looks like 21? Only thing I can think of, to be honest.

#2625111 Cleary re-signs... 1 year deal

Posted by Jesusberg on 10 September 2015 - 11:09 AM


I don't know about that.  Jeff Blashill heaped praise on Hoggan, Paetsch, and Evans for being decent AHL players, but more importantly for being on ice leaders, advisors, and mentors for young players.  I don't hear anybody complaining that 38 year old Jeff Hoggan was just given a new contract despite the fact that he'll almost certainly not play in the NHL, and if he did...he would suck. 


Cleary is in the exact same position, he just makes more money.  Who cares?  His salary doesn't count against the cap, he's likely not going to take up a roster spot (barring HUGE injury woes), and if he does it will only be temporary and will only cost 900K. 


He was signed because he's not ready to stop playing, the organization wants him around, and because (here's the most important part) both his wishes and the organizations' could be satisfied without negatively impacting the big club in any way (nobody loses a roster spot, no money against the cap). 

Maybe because Jeff Hoggan is signed to an AHL deal, earned his one-year deal last season and is the captain of the Griffins? I'm not the biggest fan of signing players based (mostly) on their leadership skills, but I understand that those guys have their place. It gets a little out of hand when it seems like overkill, and there's a big logjam within the organization. For example, I'm glad that Evans went to Texas with XO, Marchenko, Jensen, Sproul, Russo, Lashoff and Paetsch taking up spots in GR. At this point, I think there's plenty of veteran leadership in the organization - in Detroit and in Grand Rapids.

It's not necessarily one thing or the other with Cleary - it's a combination of things. It's certainly not that I'm worried about the impact of his contract on the cap or the Wings' roster. It's more that he's taking up another contract, which was handed to him. The reason (seemingly) he's been given his last three contracts is because he's chummy with Ken Holland. Maybe he can play at the AHL level and provide leadership, but so can Hoggan, Grant, Miele and Tangradi (I'm stretching a bit here). I just think the organization is set up well without Cleary, and that he didn't earn the contract.

I will concede, however, that if Grand Rapids didn't have both Grant and Hoggan, I'd probably be less annoyed (not that it matters, I'm just throwing it out there).

#2624852 Kings Insider: Kopitar contract-extension not even close

Posted by Jesusberg on 07 September 2015 - 12:20 PM


I think we could afford it to. We only have 3 major RFA's (DD, Mrazek, Sheahan), and potentially we have Helm, Abby, Richards, Miller, Cleary, Andersson, and Quincey coming off the books (about 15million). If Mrazek proves he can be the guy, we also always have trading Howard option as well, would would clear another 5.5 million.

Honestly, I think that between the raises the RFA's receive, plus the cap hit for the returning UFA's, there won't be much room. Of course, that depends on how much of a raise you think certain guys will gets, but even at some conservative estimates, I doubt Detroit has the cap space. Dropping Howard's 5.2M would help, for sure, but I think the number Kopitar would be looking for would be too much.

#2624848 Kings Insider: Kopitar contract-extension not even close

Posted by Jesusberg on 07 September 2015 - 11:43 AM

One of my favorite non-Wings in the league. I'd absolutely love to have him here, but considering how much he'll command...

Los Angeles absolutely has to get this done. With all of the off-ice issues recently, they need a positive. Little to no depth down the middle for the Kings, either.

#2624807 Cleary re-signs... 1 year deal

Posted by Jesusberg on 06 September 2015 - 05:21 PM

In no way does he sound the least bit sour or "salty" in that quote... People can hate on Cleary all they want but this signing does not affect the Detroit Red Wings in any way, neither short term, not long term.

I don't even believe that the argument of him taking a spot from a young prospect, such as Nastasiuk holds true. If Zach can't beat out Dan in a battle for a spot in the lineup, he doesn't deserve the spot, plain and simple. I'd be shocked if Cleary plays any more than 20-30 games with Grand Rapids this season, and he surely won't play any more than 5-10 in Detroit...

Typical LGW, looking for something, anything to complain about. But, hey it's been a long offseason. Bring on development camp / training camp / pre-season... and of course regular season!

Perhaps we're not on the same page with the Dan Cleary salty-sour spectrum. I'm not saying he's being a whiny little s*** about it, but he clearly doesn't wanna sit on the bench. If he didn't want to play, he'd take an advisor or consultant role with the team. I think you're mixing up hatred with exasperation. I don't hate Dan Cleary, I'm just tired of him hanging around as an ineffective player.

Neither of us can say what kind of impact he truly has/had on this team. Maybe he's helped a young player out and improved his work ethic, making that player better for it down the road. Maybe some of his work ethic rubs off on the guys down in GR this season. Maybe he's made a young player vying for a roster spot (Tatar and Nyquist two years ago) gunning for a roster spot feel like the Red Wings are too loyal to their established players. What we can say for sure is that some of his bonus money from last season is biting Detroit in the hind end this year (740K) and the team is at 49 contracts with his signing. Is it the end of the world? No, but it's not necessary, either. What's the benefit of having Dan Cleary on this team as a player instead of a coach?

Again, if Cleary is going to be limited to 20-30 games with GR or 5-10 with DET, then what's the point of returning as a player? Hang 'em up and take a role similar to the one Chelios has now. And for the record, I'm not looking for anything to complain about. I didn't want him signed two years ago, I still don't want him signed. The bottom line for me is that Dan Cleary can do every thing he will with DET/GR as a consultant instead of a player. He just doesn't seem to want to let go.

#2624675 Cleary re-signs... 1 year deal

Posted by Jesusberg on 04 September 2015 - 04:07 PM

You beat me to it.

****leaves LGW for a few days*****

Nobody wins in a race to announce Dan Cleary's return.

#2624629 So this is why teams hate the wings

Posted by Jesusberg on 04 September 2015 - 11:20 AM


This seems to be the new trend/style in coaching. The Jon Cooper buddy buddy system. Instead of the old school, no BS, Babs/Scotty way... you show the players respect, come down to their level, work with them, hold their hands, zip up their dresses for them, wipe their bottoms, and braid their hair for them.

And it brought them to the Stanley Cup Finals last year. Time for some Red Wings to look pretty.

#2624622 So this is why teams hate the wings

Posted by Jesusberg on 04 September 2015 - 10:41 AM

That's what stood out to me - "him and us". Seems pretty clear that the room was tired of Babcock - probably years of minor issues that built up. Guys going to Z or other leaders on the team with their issues. The majority of the players who have been asked about the coaching change mention, in one form or another, about how Blashill treats them with respect/builds good relationships. Seems like an indirect way of saying that Babcock s*** on some of the players during his time in Detroit.

And for the record, I welcome the coaching change. I'm looking forward to seeing what Blashill does with this group. I'm hoping that he allows some of the younger guys to flex their muscles, offensively. I just know that some of the structure he uses is similar to Babs'. I'm just hesitant to get too excited, only to see more of the same.

#2624275 Good salary cap and stat websites? (Capgeek replacements)

Posted by Jesusberg on 31 August 2015 - 03:16 PM

It's think it's pretty hard for us to judge which one is correct or reliable. Hockey's cap says we're 964,545 over the cap. General Fanager says we have 375,457 cap space left and Nhlnumbers say we have 385,000 under the cap. I wonder what's up with the discrepancy.


I like the General Fanager's about page, though. They basically say they loved Capgeek and trying to carry on for them and they include links to a few cancer organizations.


Edit: Got to the bottom of it: hockey's cap includes ferrarro while the others don't. nhlnumbers includes Lashoff while the others don't. There might be a couple differences that I didn't catch.

Cap Friendly uses 16 forwards, including Ferraro/Andersson and Miele.
Hockey's Cap uses 15 forwards, including Ferraro/Andersson.
General Fanager uses 14 forwards (no Ferraro), but it doesn't account for the $740,000 in carryover overage bonus money.

Hockey's Cap likely has the most accurate number, IMO. Detroit has to pay that carryover money, as far as I know. Of course, Detroit's going to start the year with Datsyuk on LTIR, so...

Either way, Hockey's Cap is likely only off by 815K (Andersson) or 600K (Ferraro), depending on who you think will eventually get sent down. That's just my take, anyway.

#2624046 Moving Jimmy Howard

Posted by Jesusberg on 28 August 2015 - 08:58 PM

Everyone seems to only remember the shutouts that Mrazek got, and completely forget the very next game when he was consistently pulled. Mrazek had one good playoff series and a very inconsistent regular season, and that's not enough to give him the number 1 job and get rid of the insurance.

This. People either forget about this, or they're blinded by the "newness" of Petr. These are some save percentages he posted last season - usually a rough outing, followed by a very solid one:

.840 - .971
.813 - .933
.857 - .962
.667 - .957
.765 - .977
.895 - 1.000

Clearly, he's got the ability to bounce back after ugly games, but he's gotta work on his consistency. So yeah, I definitely agree. It's good to have another solid goalie while he develops... you know, like that Jimmy Howard guy.