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#2435473 X Factor Part Deux

Posted by Motown4013 on 08 September 2013 - 04:05 PM

I could have went with the youth movement- Danny D would have been my rookie X factor but honestly, the key to a young defensive Corp is leadership. Keeping with that theme, I chose the guy that needs to be leader on that back end so Kronner got my vote.
I think Kronwall has all the skills to be a great defenseman. I don't think I am off the mark by saying the majority on the boards, including myself saw 55 fall a bit short on taking over the number 1 last year. If he can be the player everyone is waiting him to become, Kronwall has to be the X factor. He needs to lead my example and to do that, he has to find his natural game again. That means generating a solid breakout pass, quick puck movement, contributing offense and the" super kronwalls" that put a little fear in the opposition who like to skate with their head down.
Last year he had a tendency to hesitate. He also let the puck get behind him a bit too much which lead to unfortunate penalties. He has to be better....and I think he will.
Imagine if you take the best Kronwall And allow him to teach a guy like Smith use his body and his hockey sense? If he can teach Q to find that tiny opening in the slot. Teach Kindl how to take a hit and not give away the puck. If that happens, I don't think we have an issues with the back end. That's why I think Kroonner is the x factor this year.

#2435007 What forward is the Red Wings X Factor?

Posted by Motown4013 on 04 September 2013 - 06:05 PM

I really like this post....so many factors to consider! I actually think it's Gus and here is my rationale. We know the stellar career Alfie has had and we know what he brings. Weiss was a guy I have wanted since day one and he adds a depth that I love. Hank is a rockstar and Pavel the same. Franzen....well....he is like an unstable relationship that you constantly think about ending because when it's good, it's awesome and when it's bad...it's Sh#t. Gus....all the tools are there. He has good vision, soft hands and he works his Nyqvist off! The guy in my opinion could be the difference on this team, the X factor for the Wings. Put all of talent together with a healthy dose of self confidence and he can EASILY score 20+ goals. The flip side is that if he isn't prepared or gets skittish or overwhlemee by the pace of the game, it really changes the dynamics of the 3rd line!
I hope he is awesome like the player I think he can be and I hope he is the X factor for this team!

#2434273 One player to put us over the top

Posted by Motown4013 on 27 August 2013 - 08:42 PM

Saw this topic over at Hfboards and thought it was interesting.  Who's the one player that you think would put us over the top, and who would you give to get him.  Over there, they put everyone in the league in play and the only stipulation was that you had to give fair value to get him.  I'm changing that.  Has to fit under the cap, has to be "reasonably" available (so basically no elites like Stamkos, Crosby, Malkin, etc.), has to get fair value in return, and try as best you can to meet the other team's needs as well.


Also, assume that Eaves and Tootoo are gone as well.  Giving us an extra 3.2 million toward the cap.  As such, we'd be sitting 2.4 million below the cap. 


Mine?  Evander Kane for Franzen, Mrazek, 1st. 















I like Kane....but thats a LOT to give up for him. Mule, a first and Mrzek (goalie if the future)???.....I think that might be too much for PATRICK Kane.

#2432445 Jakub Kindl

Posted by Motown4013 on 04 August 2013 - 08:49 PM

My only knock on Kindl is that he appears to get flustered by a hit. He tends to try and avoid it, thereby losing the puck. He needs some board work and the ability to take a hit....other than that, I think everyone is spot in....great skater, good vision, good passer. He definatjely took some strides this year.

#2428629 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by Motown4013 on 07 July 2013 - 07:22 PM


about 4 hours ago

Rumour | Both the Buffalo #Sabres and the Florida #Panthers seem to be interested in signing Damien #Brunner.
And, as you know..


about 5 hours ago

Afternoon post updated 4x: @tkulfan believes that Damien Brunner will ink a $4 million contract this week! http://t.co/2u03hglthy

Sabres? Maybe he can play on a line with Leino! As a matter of fact, perhaps Sammy will waive his NTC and they can make a line call it the misfit exwings? Awww, we can dream.

#2423909 Canucks trade Schneider to Devils for 9th overall pick

Posted by Motown4013 on 30 June 2013 - 03:57 PM

Classless not to discuss this with Luongo after stringing the guy along for over a year, signing Schneider, and making it a f'n circus for everyone on that team. It's hard to feel sorry for a Canuck but I do for Lou in this position. What a joke. I guess that's why I am a fan of the classiest team in hockey!

#2419106 Rules regarding salary

Posted by Motown4013 on 10 June 2013 - 07:46 PM

I think it should be reversed......throw the moon at Dats to stay in Detroit and a superstar UFA gets paid a million dollars to play with the guy. WIN WIN!!!

#2416967 2013 Thank You Hockeytown - Player Message

Posted by Motown4013 on 01 June 2013 - 11:22 PM

I don't care if Zetterberg owns an iron. Doesnt bother me that Brunner wore a hat that looks like he stole it from Kmart, or that Cleary's eye looks like he has a raging staph infection....that video is all class. This team is all class. The heart that they showed in the playoffs translated perfectly in that video. They are obviously are all devastated but to put that aside and say a genuine thank-you to the fans.......pure awesome. They should be proud of themselves and I know that I feel proud to be a Wings fan every day. They are the classiest bunch of guys from the BEST franchise in sport.
Thank you to YOU Red Wings, for bringing it every night and allowing us to enjoy Wings hockey for just a little longer than most expected this year! I can't wait for the fall!!!

#2407145 2013 Round 2 Photoshop War: Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by Motown4013 on 19 May 2013 - 03:05 AM


ahhhh....can someone embedd this for me??


#2398969 Watching Ericsson mature

Posted by Motown4013 on 07 May 2013 - 06:33 PM

I'll agree Ericsson has improved, but I don't think he is a top two D man!  He still turns the puck over too frequently, generally doesn't think the game all that well, and doesn't use his big body effectively in most situations.  And when you think about it, this is his sixth season playing with the big club!  I expect more from him for the salary he is paid and for the years of experience he has!  He has developed too slowly, and in my opinion, the Wings should look at trading him while they still might get something for him, rather than letting him walk as a free agent!

We can agree to disagree on where he should be in terms of lines but I do disagree with not using his body effectively- that's one of the features of his game that has become a weapon. He lead ALL defenseman in hits by a landslide ( 26 more in the regular season that Kronwall)
As for trading him.....we just signed him in the summer so he isn't slated to become a UFA for 3 years. At a 3.25 million cap hit, I would also disagree with your assertion that he is overpaid. Quincey makes more!
Anyway, I am not arguing that he is the next Bobby Orr or that he should win the Norris....I simply wanted to give Kudos where they are due. We dog the guys when they don't show up...I think we should also praise when they excel.

#2398947 Money on the Board - playoff style!

Posted by Motown4013 on 07 May 2013 - 05:33 PM

I need to make an addendum as well Karen! Since it looks like Toots may not reinserted in the series, I would like to offer Bert his money on the board. So, 2 bucks for every Bert fight, 2 bucks for every Bert goal AND since OT has been a pattern, I want to add 5 bucks for any RED WINGS OT winner. LET'S GO RED WINGS!!!!

#2398945 Watching Ericsson mature

Posted by Motown4013 on 07 May 2013 - 05:21 PM

I have always been a supporter of Johnny...even when he struggled to find his game I always thought he could elevate. I thought last night that the Big E had the VERY best game of his career. I think it was overlooked by Pashas unbelievable shot and Bruns OT winner, but he has really impressed me in the playoffs and especially last night. He used his size to punish the quacks over and again. He has been a difference maker on the PK. He also made some really good decisions with the puck. Like a few guys on this team, he stepped up.
After being the goat on this roster, I wanted to give props where they are due. We are watching Ericsson turn into a legit shut down Dman and it's very cool to watch!

#2394982 WCQF Game 2 GDT - Red Wings 5 @ Ducks 4 OT (Series tied, 1-1)

Posted by Motown4013 on 03 May 2013 - 12:19 AM

Jimmy was due for a bad game...he has been a wall the last five games. We were able to win it when he was terrible....that says a lot!

#2391814 Money on the Board - playoff style!

Posted by Motown4013 on 29 April 2013 - 05:19 PM

Totally in!
I'm going with the 22 special. 2 bucks for every 22 goal. 2 bucks for every 22 fight
5 bucks for every series win....another 5 for every shut out! LETS GO RED WINGS!! Make me poor :)

#2391456 Captain Z

Posted by Motown4013 on 28 April 2013 - 03:44 PM

My Z jersey has no letter on it. Maybe I should add a B for beard!

You should add a B for BEAST!