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FunkyBlueFish203

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In Topic: Griffs of 05-06.

27 May 2007 - 08:39 PM

I like Schneider but I don't like him with Kronwall. I know pairing Nick with Coffey helped shore up Nick's defensive game but I think Kronwall needs PP time to let his offensive game develop. Right now those minutes are going to Schneider.

And I especially don't like Schneider on the same PP unit as Nick. Both line up at the blue line, shoot bombs. When Schneider went down and Sammy took over, he would move with the puck moving the defense with him, which helped our PP.

Somewhere along the line the Wings brass has to make a decision. Guys like Meech and Quincey are knocking on the door, Kindl will be ready in a year. You have to make room for guys who have potential, and sometimes that means letting an older player go. Sure, there will be some growing pains but it'll pay off later on as the young guns gain experience.

In Topic: Does everyone want Bert to re-sign?

27 May 2007 - 06:48 PM

Yes.

Bertuzzi played even though he was not completely healthy. He was getting better, he had an awesome game against Anaheim but then hurt his back. Before joining the Wings, he had played just 15 games in Florida so we knew it was going to take him some time to get going. The Wings recognize what he brings to the table, especially since he will be completely rested to start next season. I think there is interest from both sides to get a deal done. It's going to come down to numbers. Hopefully Bertuzzi stays.

In Topic: Griffs of 05-06.

27 May 2007 - 06:41 PM

Speaking only on D:

Quincey is not ready to replace Markov. I'd rather the Wings re-sign Markov. Having a kid up means the kid will play with Cheli on the 3rd pair. That's fine and all but it would bump Lebda up to at least the second pair, and heck no, he is not top-4 material yet. If anything, this playoff run showed Lebda is expandable if the Wings are willing to make a deal.

Meech is out of options. He will have to clear waivers to go down next season if called up so the Wings will give him a good look in camp. Maybe Meech stays up, replaces Lebda on the third pair. Quincey can still go down without having to clear waivers so he might start the season in Grand Rapids.

Markov should be re-signed because he is a no-nonsense, stay-at-home guy who doesn't need any baby sitting from Nick. He is a very good partner for Lidstrom and has a good game so I'd like the Wings to retain him. Deal Lebda, and even Lilja since his stock is high. Gain a little cap room, deal for another d-man in the top-4 to play with Kronwall. Leave Meech on the third pair with Chelios and make Quincey the first call up. Kindl will be in GR next season, too so it still leaves options.

In Topic: No faith in Jimmy Howard?

27 May 2007 - 06:32 PM

QUOTE(WingNut199 @ May 27, 2007 - 03:03PM) View Post
- He has shown in the minors that he is a very impressive and consistant netminder

Incorrect. If his AHL play has showed anything, it's that he has had trouble being consistent. He has started out the season slow and picked it up, but at times his play has been spotty. Nothing wrong with it, he's only 23, came from the NCAA where teams only played on the weekends and 30-40 games in a season at best. He has all the potential in the world, all the ability to be a world class netminder, but for that to happen, he needs to develop a familiarity with the grind of the schedule and work on his consistency. Just take a look at Turco and Miller; both came from the NCAA and took them a while to get the starter's role, too.

I have been a fan of Howard since his USNTDP days. He is a fantastic goalie and I'm glad he is in the Red Wings organization. He will get his shot when the time is right. As of now, he is definitely being groomed to take over by the organization.

In Topic: Wings clean out lockers, discuss future..

26 May 2007 - 11:45 PM

QUOTE(Elshupacabra @ May 25, 2007 - 10:50PM) View Post

I disagree, I think that Schneider is more important on the PP then Markov is on the back end. I think, if we cant sign Markov too, we should sign Schneider and bring up one of our prospect D-men.

I have to agree with ARice on this one. If re-signing Schneider means no money for Markov, then I don't like that move.

Schneider is vital on the PP but let's not forget who actually runs that PP -- Nick Lidstrom. Markov doesn't get a lot of recognition for what he does on the ice but he plays a very good shut down role against top lines. Most importantly, he is a solid, solid partner for Nick. For the first time in many seasons, Nick had a partner he didn't need to babysit. Once Markov got his bearings, he fit in well.

With Chelios and Lebda manning the 3rd pair, the only spot for a kid is in the top-4, and we don't have any kids ready to step into that position. Lebda is a good 5/6 d-man but he is not ready for the top-4.