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#2474500 Blessing in disguise?

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 20 January 2014 - 12:25 PM

It just too bad it's been the "wrong" people out.


LOL, I'm embarrassed to say that I've thought about this as well.


Pav was having seemingly a career year and he goes down, but Cleary has stayed healthy all year? Mule was starting to heat up then gets hurt, but Quincey has been available to lead the team in penalties and play every game? Cool....


Ok, I'm done being an insensitive jerk...

#2474495 Blessing in disguise?

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 20 January 2014 - 12:05 PM

Like it has been mentioned, I'll have to believe it when I see it.


I'll be at full optimism mode when Bertuzzi, Cleary, Samuelsson, Quincey, etc. are no longer on the team.


We have been scorned by the Holland/Babcock duo enough to lead us to not be sure what to expect. I thought there wasn't a chance in hell that Cleary would be back. And then the season started, and Tatar was sitting while Cleary was falling over his own feet.


They do a lot of head scratching things, so I dunno...

#2473768 Has anyone noticed this trend? 3 years now

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 17 January 2014 - 11:41 PM

How does training avoid Darren Helm's wrist injury?  Or Pavel Datsyuk getting clocked in the jaw? Or Patrick Eaves taking a puck to the face?  I realize people are upset by the injuries and are grasping at straws, but there just isn't any solid evidence that the Wings aren't well trained. Just exactly how do you train to avoid a concussion?  Sure you can play smart to avoid open ice hits, but these aren't Eric Lindros/Scott Stevens type hits.  I think the increased awareness has quite a bit to do with more players missing due to concussions.  


The injuries in question aren't concussions or wrists or broken jaws.


They are muscle strains, groin pulls, etc. There is a difference....

#2463318 Why does this team sleepwalk against bottom feeders?

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 10 December 2013 - 11:38 PM

They can kick Boston's ass out of the building and win 2 out of 3 against them, but they lose 2 straight to a team who doesn't beat anyone, they get manhandled by a bad Ottawa team at home, all the issues with Columbus and Calgary last year, etc.


We were riding high after winning 5 of 6 (and should have beat Philly) until we ran into Tomas Kopecky and the big bad Florida Panthers.


Valuable points being flushed down the toilet.


***The Red Wing teams that competed for Cups in 2000s would take the bad Central Division teams behind the woodshed.

#2456700 ****(Stuff) no one says about the Wings

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 22 November 2013 - 01:55 PM

Ken Holland understands that to relieve cap problems, he must resign Dan Cleary.

#2455995 Lines Thread

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 21 November 2013 - 12:39 PM


Judging by how things go with Babcock, Cleary will be on the top line


Called it.



#2454849 Datsyuk in shootouts

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 16 November 2013 - 10:08 PM

He doesn't have it this year so far. No confidence whatever it's not happening for him. 


But honestly it's not really happening for almost all our guys.


Maybe this should be addressed during practice idk

No kidding.


Is there really NO other creative shooters on this team to the point that you trot out a guy in Zetterberg who is a known terrible shootout commodity?

#2454142 GDT: Capitals 4 @ Red Wings 3 (SO)

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 15 November 2013 - 08:25 PM

Tatar staking his claim. Get ready to enjoy the 4th line & press box Dano.


LOL, you must be dreaming!


As far as Babs is concerned, it was CLEARY who made that pass to Mule.

#2454030 GDT: Capitals 4 @ Red Wings 3 (SO)

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 15 November 2013 - 07:49 PM

Did anyone else see Franzen get knocked on his ass from behind?


Does he have incredibly terrible balance or is he just a big *****?

#2453339 An honest question about Nyquist

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 12 November 2013 - 10:34 PM

This really is sad.


A guy who needs to be with the Wings and a guy who the Wings WANT to have up here can't be here because of roster mismanagement.


Holland is the best GM in hockey, but he screwed up and it is hurting this team.

#2453152 11/12 GDT : Jets 3 at Red Wings 2 (SO)

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 12 November 2013 - 09:08 PM

Ya Franzen is really beating on Enstrom tonight, must be pissed he isn't representing the Tre Kronor at Sochie :hehe:


But he is beating on Enstrom because he keeps getting pissed that Enstrom is taking the puck from him....

#2450345 11/2 GDT: Red Wings 5 at Oilers 0

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 02 November 2013 - 10:24 PM

Is there any doubt that Kindl has the best shot of the D-men?

#2447668 What's Killing Our Offense?

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 24 October 2013 - 06:26 PM

I don't think Alfie is playing poorly as much as the puck just isn't going in.


Weiss is struggling.


Franzen is being himself.


There still isn't a pure goal scorer on this team. Thomas Vanek anyone? I can dream can't I?

I'm gonna go out on a limb and suggest more Nyquist wouldn't hurt.

Ken Holland says "Sorry, but I signed too many guys that I can't get rid of."

#2446941 Datsyuk in shootouts

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 21 October 2013 - 09:34 PM

NOTE: I didn't see tonight's attempt, but it sounded similar to what I will mention.


This is more of an observation than a critique (the guy has scored more shootout goals than anyone).


But has anyone noticed that Pav has kind of regulated himself to using the same move everytime in shootouts? He either finishes backhand or pulls it to his quick forehand move.


For a guy as creative as Pav, I'm kind of surprised he uses one move (with 2 finishes?) so much...


This is the backhand:


And the forehand:



#2442563 So....did Cleary just take Tatar's spot?

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 07 October 2013 - 04:54 PM

Tatar is benched for Thursday against Phoenix.


Played 9 fourth line minutes (lowest on the team) with zero power play time.  Dan Cleary, however, managed to trip himself 4.5 times with nearly 15 minutes of ice time.


When asked what Dan Cleary brings to the team, Cleary apologist Helene St. James said

"Helene St. James @HeleneStJames 6h

@Walravenjordan: @HeleneStJames name 1 thing Dan Cleary brings besides being "Good Locker Room Guy"?”/2nd leading playoff scorer, 1st v CHI"


A very relevant point as we are still in the playoffs and this is still June.