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#2421706 Lidstrom or Orr

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 24 June 2013 - 08:43 AM

Serious question: what were Orr's actual defensive abilities like?


My impression of him as always been he was a forward who played defense (Sergei Fedorov). Was he a Karlsson/Letang?

#2421396 Who would you rather have: Marchand or Shaw?

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 22 June 2013 - 07:48 PM

And that isn't even counting the two flying elbows he delivered on Wings during our series...


Filppula slew foot.

#2420557 Datsyuk agrees to 3-year extension, $22.5m total, $7.5m/year

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 18 June 2013 - 11:39 AM

This is huge for free agents considering the Wings.

#2420249 Wings interested in Weiss

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 17 June 2013 - 10:33 AM

Like who?


I'm not saying that I personally have a solution, but I know what we already have and what we need.


Like Clarkson or Horton as was mentioned.

#2420243 Wings interested in Weiss

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 17 June 2013 - 08:38 AM

I agree with everyone leaning towards the idea that we already have enough smallish forwards who are pass first.


Give me size and goal scoring before Weiss

#2419388 Bylsma and McLellan Extended

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 12 June 2013 - 12:18 PM

I don't understand Doug Wilson. He hasn't changed anything in, what, 5-6 years? They haven't won and they haven't really even come close. I don't consider getting to the Conference Finals two years in a row with a 1-8 record being close. I remember when there were supposed to be big changes when they were eliminated from the Ducks in '09 in the first round. They aren't going anywhere.


With the Pens, they have had better teams since '09 and they haven't really threatened. Granted, I think the only team in the East that could have beaten them last year was the Flyers and this year was the Bruins, but Bylsma's inability to adjust in a 7 game series is very telling. He is Erik Spoelstra of the Heat without the results...

#2417483 ECF - (4) Boston Bruins vs. (1) Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 03 June 2013 - 09:25 PM

It's funny to me how we are cheering them now, but Boston may turn out to be our biggest rival next year.

#2417434 ECF - (4) Boston Bruins vs. (1) Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 03 June 2013 - 07:46 PM

I'm a sucker for professionalism. LOVE how the Bruins are handling scoring goals. Just going about their business...no flashy celebrations.


By the way, how much is Horton increasing his value for free agency?!?!? DAMMIT!!!!

#2416228 Jakub Kindl

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 30 May 2013 - 03:02 PM

I think Kindl made big steps forward. He held his roster spot and looked very poised in the offensive end. He may not have the hardest slapper but I think he's among the best on the team at getting it through traffic.

Defensively he still makes unbelievably poor decisions from time to time and can get rattled from a hit. He's gotten better overall but I'd say defensively he's still at the level of a #6 guy at best and that may be what's holding back his minutes.

At the very least I'm glad he's turned into a serviceable D-man.




I trusted his slap shot over everyone's at the end there.

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#2414347 Proud of our boys

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 29 May 2013 - 10:04 AM

I can't get over how much more excited I am for the future than I was even 2 months ago.


Things will get better....soon.

#2414076 I hope for more of this in game 7

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 28 May 2013 - 03:16 PM

LOL....guys....the worst part about that wasn't that it was a penalty in general, but it is that he was called for tripping.


Not only does he not trip him, but he hits him about 1.5 seconds after the puck is gone so that isn't interference either.


That isn't a penalty.

#2414074 Fraser's take on Penalty Shot

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 28 May 2013 - 03:09 PM

Does anyone know if the same refs will officiate an entire series?


If so, the inconsistency is inexcusable.


I forgot the biggest gaff:


Hjarlmarsson hit on Franzen in Game 3 (no penalty) vs. Franzen hit on Hjarlmarsson in Game 6 (penalty)

#2414057 Fraser's take on Penalty Shot

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 28 May 2013 - 02:21 PM

Pav's "trip" on Toews?


Abby thrown face first into the boards by Seabrook in the 1st while on a PP?


Kindl called for interference and then later in the first a Wing was interfered with even more so with no call?


Consistency is all we ask for.

#2411784 WCSF Game 5 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Blackhawks 4, (DET leads series 3-2)

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 25 May 2013 - 08:47 PM


White should be replacing him already.  


But White is gone after this season, while Smith appears to be the future according to Holland and Babcock.  


Personally, I think winning now is more important than worrying about a single player's development.  White gives us a better chance to win now.

You guys know that Smith helped create Cleary's goal.......right?

#2410878 Nyquist thoughts

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 24 May 2013 - 11:54 AM

Ray Ferraro on Vancouver's team 1040 this morning talking about Nyquist. He says unfortunately Filppula will have a market value of 5 million and Detroit will not be able to keep him. Nyquist will be his replacement.



I'm thinking maybe not as good on defense but definitely a more potent offense of threat.

Tatar replaces Nyquist on the third line. i hate to see Filppula go, but I think we can live with it.

I agree he is not at Fil's defensive ability YET, but he definitely has the potential.


That shift last night where he stole the puck from Kane TWICE was awesome!!!!