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#2474441 Blessing in disguise?

Posted by Motown4013 on 19 January 2014 - 10:20 PM

I thought last year would teach Holland and Babcock that the youth movement was ready.
Unfortunately, it took a bunch of injuries to get guys like Sheahan or Jurco in the lineup.  And Nyquist wasn't playing early on in the season, while old fools like Cleary, Bertuzzi and Sammy were getting gametime.  
It's a blessing in disguise based on what happens next offseason.  If it's more of the same, then it's hard to feel upbeat about the future.  Holland and Babcock need to cut bait and not feel like loyalty should come before contribution.  
I do like what I see from some of these youngsters, though.

Agreed. When Cleary, Sammy and Bert come of the books, we can actually play guys full time that deserve the spot!

#2474438 Blessing in disguise?

Posted by Motown4013 on 19 January 2014 - 10:12 PM

This season has been such a roller coaster for even the most seasoned Wings fan. Let's face it....We should be up near 65 points on the year with the talent we have....except we are in a dog fight for a playoff spot, praying for our " big guys" to get healthy. With that being said, I can't remember a season that I have been more emotionally invested in this team I love. It's so easy when you have all the cogs in the wheel to expect greatness. DEMAND wins. In certain years, one loss was a huge deal because we have seen this team be so dominant for so many years.

Saturday nights game made me realize how all of the injuries and all of the uncertainty has perhaps been a blessing in disguise. Sounds lame? Perhaps...but I have never been so happy for some of the young men on this team who have really stepped up. Acknowledge how much character is on this roster. I no longer expect a win....I REALLY want one and the victory somehow is a bit sweeter when we get one. I think of Tatar who plays like he is shot from a cannon every night...even the night after he found out his dad died. He is so fun to watch....and without injuries, he would have been a healthy scratch and we wouldn't have the opportunity to see his heart and how big it really is.

Guys like the Monster who was terrible last year is one of the reasons we are even in the wild card race. He has been fantastic and I am so happy for him that he has been able to resurrect his career. Jurco, Shehan, Mrazk and Glenny have all shown that the future is bright in Hockeytown. We have a ton of talent, character and heart on this team and we are finding in the most unusual places. I'm really proud of this team and although it's been a train wreck of year for injuries, it's shown the fans of this team that we can and will be contenders for years to come.

Ok, that's my warm fuzzy for today.

#2466045 No Suspension for Quincey's Hit on Getzlaf

Posted by Motown4013 on 18 December 2013 - 07:22 PM

Terrible news...what a blow to our line-up. :lol:

#2462985 The Nyquist/Tatar Thread

Posted by Motown4013 on 10 December 2013 - 09:25 PM

This line tonight has brought it. They have dominated when they have been out there. I love watching these young guns.....reenergizes this team and super fun hockey to watch!

#2462611 The Nyquist/Tatar Thread

Posted by Motown4013 on 09 December 2013 - 09:25 PM

I cant believe i am doing a line thread.....but.......Just for a game....ONE game, I wish Babs would give up the idea that he needs size or grit with scoring and go full throttle with:

Pasha Tatar Alfie
Gus Hank and Franzen

I honestly think Tatar and Dats would be amazing together and already the Swedish meatball line really works. Gus has lit a fire under the Mules ass.
A girl can dream, right?

#2459450 Weiss

Posted by Motown4013 on 30 November 2013 - 10:52 AM

I like Weiss and I think the signing when it happened....no doubt he has been a disappointment.

My question is....he is NOT a defensive liability so when we are up 4-0 or 5-0 like we have been the last 2 games, why not try and get him one? Get the monkey off his back. He must be beyond frustrated. Play him of the powerplay. The problem is confidence....he has ZERO and is starting to pass and defer.

If we are up, throw the guy a bone and let him play with Zetty and Franzen or Gus. Get him a goal and they will come.

#2451270 stephen weiss

Posted by Motown4013 on 05 November 2013 - 09:33 PM

I think this post is more about a players make-up and their responsively rather than "Who is a better hockey player" you see this time and again with athletes. A good fit with the team, the coach, management Ect all play a factor in how a player responds. It's not unusual for a player to be amazing on one team and then underperform for another. Weiss, Flip...but others like Heatly, Yashin, Gonchar, Nash, Lupul..........the list is endless.
I think Weiss will come around. He's too good of a hockey player not to BUT some players simply play better and respond better depending on the environment. Looks at Hudler...it was pretty clear that Babcock was not fond of him. He was critized for his poor defensive play but in Calgary, he has been given the first line and he is thriving. I don't think he did well being scrutinized, whether it was valid or not...the same goes with Flip. Some players need to be challenged, attacked and then excel under a hard nose approach. Others need to be coddled and reassured. Babcock isn't that guy and although he is a good coach, I imagine he is very demanding and vocal about whatbhe likes and what he doesn't.
Either way, we had a good player in Flip who needed a change of scenery and he's doing well. I always liked him here and I wish him well. I hope same for Weiss and that he will find his rhythm and become what the organization saw in him.
Just my 2 cents!

#2450094 Helm in, Franzen out against the Oil tonight!

Posted by Motown4013 on 02 November 2013 - 02:14 PM

Ok, this is what we have all been waiting for. Please play Helm, Andy and Tatertots on the third line together!
Good luck Helmer and welcome back! www.mlive.com/redwings

#2450090 stephen weiss

Posted by Motown4013 on 02 November 2013 - 02:06 PM

I thought he was REALLY close last night to taking his game to the level he should be playing at. I would love Babs to put him with Pavs and Z to try to get his confidence back. I agree that he is getting better and comfortable with the Wings system.
I was a Flip supporter....I still am. Why can't you love hockey and really like certain other players who play elsewhere but love the Wings?
Weiss will breakout...it's just a matter of time. I'd rather him than Franzen every day. At least the guy shows some heart and competes. The rest will come

#2448925 What would you do?...

Posted by Motown4013 on 30 October 2013 - 07:33 PM

I'd trade Franzen. His contract is cap friendly and the guy has shown he can be a huge asset.....he just doesn't want to be.
Gus and Tatertots are going to be better players all around than Franzenfloat. I am so tired of watching this guy meander around the ice like he is on a Sunday stroll at a seniors home. Its BEYOND ridiculous. I see Bert hustle his ass around with a bad back. Gus in the minors is a complete waste, and Tatar saddled with Cleary the albatross IF he isn't a healthy scratch.... yet, there is 93, crawling back on a line change or standing in the same spot for 8 seconds of his shift. Imagine having that much talent and deciding not to use it?
He and Lash for Girardi and a late pick would do it for me.

#2447831 Splitting up Hank and Pavs

Posted by Motown4013 on 25 October 2013 - 09:00 PM

I have serious doubts about Mule.  Period.  This is not recent with me, however.  I find myself wishing for Nyquist. 
And E and Kronner back, please???

I don't understand and I simply never WILL understand why Franzen is the only guy on this team that never seems to be held accountable. Babs will demote guys like Weiss, Hudler, Flip, Brunner, Alfredsson and other talented players to the 3rd line when they are not showing up. I can think of twice that Franzenfloat has been demoted in the last 5 years. It appears that Babock thinks Mule is one shift away from that magical 2008 run. Let it go man.....He's lazy, inconsistent, erratic and uninspired. I for one am getting a bit tired of watching the guy stroll around out there like he's out for a Sunday walk and not being called on his sh@t.

#2447826 Splitting up Hank and Pavs

Posted by Motown4013 on 25 October 2013 - 08:13 PM

better work, I will be there, and I will be playing the dan cleary drinking game. I won't remember most of the night

I hope your eye doesn't look like Dan Cleary after he plays the Dan Cleary drinking game.....urrr when he's not playing that game! Have fun and I hope they light the lamp for you!

#2447823 Splitting up Hank and Pavs

Posted by Motown4013 on 25 October 2013 - 07:55 PM

it could hardly be worse than the Ottawa game, in terms of production.  Why not?

For sure. I was at that game....nice waste of 6th row seats! Lol
Anyway, they have to do something because everyone is flat. I have serious doubts about Mule and Tatar together.....they both aren't really strong defensively so that line could either be lethal in a good way or in a horrible way. Bert has always played well with Pavel...but Pavs makes everyone better. The 4th line is solid.
The third line is like an online dating site -- random people lumped together who probably don't compliment each other, have no mojo and at the end of the night, nobody is gonna score :P

#2445929 stephen weiss

Posted by Motown4013 on 18 October 2013 - 06:59 PM

Hmm...interesting how different people see things from their own perspective. I for one thought that Weiss played his worst game last night but prior to that, he has been solid. Let's remember, it's not like we acquired Stamkos.....Weiss is a hard working second line centre. Maybe the expectations are a bit high?

He's playing a very different style of hockey on a very different hockey team. Its hard to adjust after spending 10 years on a team like Flordia. Until 2 games ago, he was playing with two stone cold pillars in Franzenfloat and Alfie/ Cleary.

To be honest I like the way he plays. He is effective on the back check, works grinder hard, effective along the boards and he hauls azz every shift. The scoring will come as he gets familiar with the system and his team mates. For the cap hit, he's a solid, heart guy with an offensive upside!

Think of it this way, he makes 1.9 million more than Sammeulsson! Anyone else thinks we got an amazing deal for a heck of a player now??? :)

#2443512 10/12 GDT: Flyers 2 at Red Wings 5

Posted by Motown4013 on 12 October 2013 - 12:11 PM

I think Babs is going to be quite unhappy when he reads what Smith says about being benched. I am glad he is sitting him down....if Smith doesn't understand why he is sitting he isn't mature enough to play.
I personally think Bert has played very well the last 3 games...I hope he adds the extra hands on that line. I'm curious to see how this shake up plays out.

So basically Babcock is saying he is not the one who is making decisions?

I read it like Tatar isn't scoring....therefore he's not in. It's hard to score on the 4th line but I thought he had a very dismal game against Boston- he was very weak in the defensive zone and his puck possession was disappointing...and I am a Tots fan.