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#2361618 Gus Nyquist...

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 26 February 2013 - 03:38 PM

Maybe it's more about him than it is our lineup. Maybe the front office sees something you don't. This is totally new toy syndrome. Because how often do we ever get a player from the AHL and think he could've been better if he were called up sooner? I can't think of any examples. Either the player comes up and is what we thought he'd be, or he's a disappointment in the way that time in the AHL had nothing to do with it.

 

I think part of it is that this fanbase wants to see more young top talent. Tatar is definitely a start.

 

The Wings' fanbase wants to see a Jordan Eberle, or a Sean Couturier, etc.

 

We want to see impactful young guys. Obviously they aren't a dime-a-dozen, but we WANT!




#2361533 Gus Nyquist...

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 26 February 2013 - 01:44 PM

In my limited time observing Nyq, and with my even more limited evaluation skills, it seems to me that Tatar is much harder on the puck than Nyq. 

 

And grittier.

 

That would be one reason Tatar is up now and Nyq is not.

 

Another reason could be that Holland & Co. feel like they know what they have in Nyq but needed to see Tatar in action at this level, thinking he could be effective, but wanting to see it.  And IMO, has proven more effective due to his agressiveness after the puck.

 

All that babble being said, I do think Nyq could easily have scored the goals Cleary scored, and a few more that Cleary let go through his skates etc.

 

Babcock seems to want a good shut down line that also scores with Pavs line, and maybe is afraid Nyq wouldn't be shut down capable.

 

With your experience watching Nyq, do you think coul be an accurate assessment?

In my opinion, that alone is why Tatar is with the club right now.

 

He didn't have that in seasons past. He is a hound out there right now. Scrap to go along with his offensive skill.




#2361486 Gus Nyquist...

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 26 February 2013 - 12:45 PM

I'd like to see Gus do whatever Tatar did.

 

I don't know about you guys, but I was thinking Tatar was on his way out before the season started and then he showed up and started playing the way he has.




#2361473 Cap Situation this off-season..

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 26 February 2013 - 12:23 PM

I would think Miller will almost definitely be back.

 

He is everything you want in a bottom 6 player. Pending roster upgrades, if he is on the 4th line, I would consider that to be a steal.




#2360485 2/24 GDT : Canucks 3 at Red Wings 8

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 24 February 2013 - 05:41 PM

LOL, how many times has Fil tried that drag play and how many times has it actually worked....?




#2358684 Howard to start tonight + projected line up

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 21 February 2013 - 05:48 PM

Remember when Kenny got a better and younger player for a fraction of the price?

 

.......

 

I want both......




#2358591 Howard to start tonight + projected line up

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 21 February 2013 - 01:09 PM

 
no wonder datsyuk wants to go back to russia.
 
can't blame him.

 

Remember when Kenny was kicking Alex Semin's tires?

 

Cool....




#2358124 Thoughts on the Blackhawks

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 19 February 2013 - 11:19 PM

I hate them as much as the next guy. Even as they underachieved the last couple of seasons, they ALWAYS brought their A+ game when they played the Wings. Crawford always seems to play like Patrick Roy when they play us...

 

But is anyone really that surprised as to how well they are playing right now? In my opinion, they have the deepest forward set in the entire league and I don't think it is really that close.

 

Elite: Toews, Sharp, Hossa, Kane. I think that is the best top 4 in hockey.

 

Secondary: Bolland, Frolik, Stalberg. Frolik is an underachiever, but I think for a secondary spot he is a nice get. I'm pretty sure I would take Bolland over Filppula.

 

Bottom: Bickell, Shaw, Kruger, Saad. Excellent mix of youth and size. Bickell can get you at least 10 and I've liked what I've seen from the other three.

 

They have a top 5 d-man (Keith) a top 15 d-man (Seabrook) and another solid one (Hjalmarsson). And I think that Crawford is a lot better than people want to admit.

 

I was just thinking this as they have put this pretty incredible run together. To me, it is not all that surprising.




#2356349 Healthy starters the problem, Not young replacements

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 16 February 2013 - 11:29 AM

Hmmm.... So because our old guys are hurt-who hired them? We lost. Not because of the "great" young talent from GR. odd. we just played a game with all of our talent from GR and got smoked. Some have been beging for the young guys to come up and play more, and the old broken down to play less. well you are getting what you asked for. not pretty at all. This will ghet worse before it gets better. A lot worse. I hope some player changes are made very soon!

 

This is really just a poorly worded response that doesn't seem to have a point or go anywhere.....

 

Thank you Dan Cleary for all of those clutch playoff goals you have provided in the past, but injuries have caught up with you. You can't skate and you never get an opportunity to shoot.

 

Here is a positive: Cleary/Bert/White all have expiring contracts




#2351337 Bottom Six

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 05 February 2013 - 01:11 PM

Remember when our third line was Samuelsson-Filppula-Hudler?

 

Those were the days...




#2345460 Franzen should have been at Tae Bo class during the lockout

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 23 January 2013 - 01:22 PM

I was at the game last night. I just about lost it when he got knocked down in front of the net late in the 3rd and just laid there....

 

I wonder what Homer would have done.

 

This guy is just gone mentally. He can't create his own shot and doesn't work for any ice. He is done.




#2342944 Everyone chill out!

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 21 January 2013 - 10:17 AM

Hindsight is always 20/20...Rafalski retired totally unexpectedly and Holland got what he could last minute...This summer, he made a concerted effort to get the best FA defenseman available, and it didn't happen for reasons that were mostly out of his control...After Franzen's dominating 2008 Cup winning performance and Hossa's disappearing act in the playoffs the one year we had him, not many were interested in keeping Hossa at the time. Of course NOW everyone will say that wanted Hossa, of course and that Holland is just an idiot. 

 

I disagree to an extent.

 

At that moment for Holland, he KNEW what Hossa was. He is a big body forward with good athleticism with a PROVEN track record. A guy who will give you at least 70-80 points every season.

 

Franzen was a diamond in the rough player at that point who had a nice couple of seasons, but he didn't have the proven history that Hossa did.

 

The reality is that Franzen cannot be the #1 goal scorer for a team. His two best seasons came when he was #2 (behind Hank in 2008 and behind Hossa in 2009).




#2342712 Everyone chill out!

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 20 January 2013 - 02:36 PM


Not saying they lost because they were out hit. To me it looked like we got pushed around A LOT. We need more guys who will push back, like Tootoo.

How many times did we see White, or Filppula, or even Hank simply get pushed from behind and knocked down and had the puck taken from them? It was sad.

 

They played slow and showed little awareness. Unfortunately this team has morphed into small skilled forwards who can't really skate.

 

The Blues DO NOT...and I repeat....DO NOT have more skill than the Red Wings. But the Predators set the blue print for overcoming a skill mismatch against the Wings: skate fast and hit hard.

 

Our guys need to play with more energy and speed. I'm just not sure if they are capable of doing that though....




#2342148 1/19: Red Wings 0 at St. Louis Blues 6

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 19 January 2013 - 09:50 PM

HOW TO BEAT THE RED WINGS: Skate fast and hit hard.




#2322232 Semin signs one year, $7m deal with Carolina

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 26 July 2012 - 04:21 PM

Someone tell Kenny that no one on this team has scored 30 goals in 3 years......