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In Topic: Report: Cleary to sign with PHI, 3 yrs, $2.75m/yr, NTC

11 September 2013 - 01:51 PM

Elliotte Friedman reporting now via twitter that Cleary's deal with the Flyers is now OFF.


"Not exactly sure why, but it appears as if there is some complication between Daniel Cleary and PHI.  Told he will not be joining the Flyers"

In Topic: X Factor Part Deux

10 September 2013 - 06:06 PM

:shocking:  Jesus, I sure hope not. Smith was garbage (not giving up on him yet tho), DeKeyser is clearly the better overall d-man. It's not even close.


 In this context, I think the pollster is asking us to identify a player that needs to have intangible aspects to his game (different or unknown aspects from last season) in order to solidify our defense.  I agree that DeKeyser played very well in the short amount of time he was with the Wings.  Because of that, I think we know what to expect from him (though I think many of you are thinking DeKeyser will be better than he actually is).  I said Smith would be an X-factor because you don't quite know what you'll get - he has shown the ability to play really well, but has often made poor decisions with the puck and with his pinches.  If he can cut those down this year and learn from his mistakes last year, he will be the X-factor.  That is to say our D is good to average right now, but if Smith *plays like he can*, the overall outlook of our D will be much improved.


I also don't think DeKeyser is clearly the better overall defenseman.  He may be better defensively, but Smith has more offensive upside.  We also only saw DeKeyser play a dozen games.  Don't get me wrong, I want him to be better, but I think the statement is a bit premature.

In Topic: X Factor Part Deux

09 September 2013 - 08:29 PM

Smith.  I expect he will be saddled with a bigger role than Dekeyser, and the Wings ultimate success will depend on whether or not Smith can actually be a #3 defenseman.  Kronwall and Ericsson will be similar to what we've come to expect, Kindl should be something like what we saw late in the season and in the playoffs (though I think a case can be made for him being an x-factor too), Quincey will be his typical mediocre self, and I think Lashoff will be used sparingly.  Just look at the minutes Smith got last year and imagine what the D would look like if he just performed a bit better. 

In Topic: NHL Network 1995 Final VS NJ 12-3pm EST Today

25 August 2013 - 05:37 PM

Yuck.  1995.  I was 9.  I remember thinking it was Detroit's year.  One of the most painful hockey memories of my youth.  I recall the Wings going down 5-0 in game 3, Vernon getting pulled and my mom telling me I needed to take a bath, so I sat in the tub sobbing for an hour completely heartbroken.  Things got better after that, hahah. 

In Topic: New enemies, whom do you fear the most?

22 August 2013 - 09:24 PM

I think the Wings will kick the living out of Toronto.  Their goaltending is weak, and their tough approach (ie gooning it up) only works when the other team wants to fight. The Leafs got too many wins against Ottawa and MTL last season because those teams thought they could stand with them.  Had they actually played HOCKEY, they could easily beat the Leafs. I actually think the Leafs would have missed the playoffs if they had played a full season last year.  Bolland is a good pick up, Clarkson was the biggest waste ever.  I guarantee he doesnt score more than 15 goals.  He will crack under the pressure of the Toronto media. 


Other than the Wings, Boston is the most solid team in the division, but to be honest I think every other team is dreading the arrival of the Wings.  Should be fun.