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#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:

Helm-Datsyuk-Tatar

Abby-Z-Cole

Nyquist-Sheahan-?

Miller-Glendening-?

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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#2579259 3/6 GDT : Flames 5 at Red Wings 2

Posted by Jesusberg on 06 March 2015 - 01:37 PM

I think Jurco's issue is that he's going to try to do too much on that line, because he wants to stay up there. Ironically, if he just plays a simple game, there's a much better chance he'll work himself into a top-six (more likely top-nine) role. His skill will take over if he keeps it simple.

My guess is the team will look much better tonight. I doubt they'll start strong, but I see them taking over in the 2nd and 3rd periods. 




#2578946 3/4 GDT : Rangers 1 at Red Wings 2 (OT)

Posted by Jesusberg on 05 March 2015 - 09:04 AM

Am I the only one who thought Quincey had a rough game? I'm not blaming him, but I thought his skating was really choppy. I think he's had a fantastic season, but if his ankle injury is going to cause an issue, he should take care of it. Perhaps he just had an "off" game. Maybe I'm imagining things.
 

I'm 100% behind a healthy Quincey in the line-up. Hopefully he looks better next game.




#2577937 Red Wings acquire Erik Cole, conditional 3rd from Stars

Posted by Jesusberg on 03 March 2015 - 12:08 PM

Interesting lines from practice:
 

Lines: Jurco-Datsyuk-Tatar Abdelkader-Zetterberg-Cole Weiss-Sheahan-Nyquist Miller-Andersson-Glendening Cleary rotating in.




#2577761 Red Wings acquire Marek Zidlicky from NJ for Cond. 2016 3rd Round Pick

Posted by Jesusberg on 02 March 2015 - 05:53 PM

Quincy is hurt right now...ankle issues...they had said may require surgery. 

 

For the time being he likely remains out.


He's been cleared - intends to put off surgery, if he can.

http://www.mlive.com...ey_cleared.html




#2577752 Red Wings acquire Marek Zidlicky from NJ for Cond. 2016 3rd Round Pick

Posted by Jesusberg on 02 March 2015 - 05:20 PM

I think some people are going to be disappointed. Healthy Quincey = Marchenko out of the line-up

IMO, the most realistic outcome here is Kronwall-Ericsson, DD-Quincey & Smith-Zidlicky




#2576863 Red Wings acquire Erik Cole, conditional 3rd from Stars

Posted by Jesusberg on 01 March 2015 - 08:23 PM

If helms healthy, I want him on the foirth line.
And did we send Jurco down in your proposed lineup?
Because I imagine wed keep Jurco in over pulks for the playoff considering he already has playoff experience + his size, speed, and how heavy he hits.

Nope. Honestly, I was just thinking of the next game.




#2576853 Red Wings acquire Erik Cole, conditional 3rd from Stars

Posted by Jesusberg on 01 March 2015 - 08:17 PM

I'm thinking something like:

Nyquist-Z-Abby
Tatar-Datsyuk-Cole
Weiss-Sheahan-Pulkkinen
Miller-Glendening-Andersson