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#2410822 Nyquist thoughts

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 24 May 2013 - 09:18 AM



Jesus Christ, this kid needs more ice time! He creates every time he is on the ice.


(BTW, I'm not criticizing Babs, I'm just excited by this kid)

#2407238 Tortorella's public comments on Hagelin

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 19 May 2013 - 02:41 PM

I get "telling it like it is", but good coaches can find a medium (Babcock).


He is simply an ******* that players don't like.

#2407233 Official Franzen VS Hossa

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 19 May 2013 - 02:33 PM

Not Franzen's fault.


Not Holland's fault.


The fault lies with Jiri Hudler and Mikael Sameulsson. If Kenny had known that those two useless sacks of s*** weren't coming back, he could have contributed the funds he was planning to use on them to use on Hossa.  

#2405954 People who don't "buy in" to Corey Crawford

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 17 May 2013 - 09:47 AM

I'm not necessarily attacking anyone here as much as I'm attacking the media who continue to bring this up (plus I was listening to the podcast on Wingin' It in Motown where one of the guys shared the sentiment).


Corey Crawford OWNS....OWNS the Red Wings.


Career record since taking over in 2010-2011 (including Game 1): 12-1-2      1.77 GA      .943 Save %


Wings scored more than 2 goals only 3 times (all wins) in those 15 games.


He may not have a Stanley Cup, but he isn't a weakness for them. Especially against the Red Wings.

#2404620 Bergeron, Datsyuk, Toews finalists for Selke

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 15 May 2013 - 09:24 AM

Bergeron's nomination is justified, but I don't think he has a chance of winning this year considering his point production compared to Pav and Toews and the fact that those two tied for league lead in takeaways.


So with all the black and white stats being relatively equal, does Pav win the award by playing with "lesser" talent?

#2402399 Zetterberg's Slap shot

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 12 May 2013 - 11:10 AM

I do agree, his slap used to be very accurate, this season it was atrocious though.. Pavs the opposite. He's got a terrible slap shot accuracy but an amazing wrist shot. Don't blame him, he's not much of a shooter and wrist shot usually complements you're stick handling ability, which makes sense in Pavs case. As for Z, I do believe it's confidence and speed, if he can get in the groove of shooting some mean shots, he can definitely achieve 30+ goals. I like our first line and I think next season can be a good one for both Pav and Z's point production. It already improved this season hopefully they maintain next season.


I agree that Pav has a better wrister than slap shot and vice versa for Hank.


But Pav's shot, in general, is fairly inaccurate (in my opinion). I know that he can absolutely pick a corner sometimes (see game 4), but many times Pav will have an open shot and blast it wide and/or high. Then again, he is not a sniper.

#2395223 Brian Lashoff to take Dekeyser's place in game 3

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 03 May 2013 - 10:39 AM

im all for lashoff for game 3 ... hes a much bigger body  ( 6'3 200+ ) than white or lashoff he kills penalties and blocks a ton of shots and since hes a bigger guy he will be able to hang in there better with the big guys from the ducks than white or coliacovo who will be pushed around


if white or coliacovo goes in it will lead to a costly turnover in my opinion and we'll regret it ... lashoff was highly counted on at one point and i think hes the guy who SHOULD get the nod


Babs mentioned Cola and Lashoff after the game to John Keating.


Him not mentioning White should be a sign.

#2393367 Players who showboat after scoring

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 01 May 2013 - 07:15 PM

In general I can't stand it.


I understand that guys should be happy when they score, so I understand that I may be viewed as a sour puss for this.


I just saw Pascal Dupuis (20 goals this year) score, skate away, go to one knee, and scream as if he had just scored his first career goal. He made it 2-0 in game 1. I thought he may pull a Tyler Kennedy/Evgeni Malkin and jump into the boards.


As a Wings fan, I think I may have a little bias since I don't think we've ever really had a guy who acts like that after a goal. Hossa was close to being that, but he never really went over the top.

I think a lot of the young guys in the league (my generation) are to "blame" for this. Let's face it: Generation Y loves the spotlight and loves the attention.

#2391374 Jim Nill to be named Dallas Stars GM

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 28 April 2013 - 10:18 AM

Jim Nill will be the Stars GM because Joe Nieuwendyk got his pants pulled down by Ray Shero.....twice.....

#2389382 Rebuilding Thoughts..

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 25 April 2013 - 11:34 AM

Guys chill out with the Jimmy Howard rant. Jimmy is a great season goalie and has been this year. He still has to prove himself as a playoff goalie. I think people who are on his case need to lay off a bit cuz he's actually doing good right now and those of you who are worshipping him need to take a step back and wait until he gives us some playoff depth. We're jumping to conclusions too quickly with him. He's been solid thus far this year, lets hope he can continue this into the postseason. Remember, we haven't gotten past the second round in the playoffs since Jimmy took over from Ozzy in 2010. Let's hope this is the year Jimmy can pull a Jonathon Quick and get us far.

Well.... Technically in the 7 seasons in the NHL, Franzen has only had 1 "30 goal" season. He's more of a high 20's scorer. But yes, we see your point.



We also haven't had consistent offense or defense since 09 (offense) and 08 (defense-McLellan leaving).

#2389371 Rebuilding Thoughts..

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 25 April 2013 - 11:17 AM

God, I hate these threads.


I respect that everyone has their own opinion, but to constantly go up and down the roster with one's "evaluations" is a tired topic.


Granted I didn't read most of it, but to have Franzen in the bottom six with Filppula in the top six? Where am I? What year is it?

#2388233 Someone needs to change "JIMMY HOWARD!" to "JIMMY...JI

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 22 April 2013 - 11:24 PM

For a fanbase that gave birth to "OZZIE...OZZIE!" you would think we could chant "JIMMY...JIMMY!"




#2386716 Putting Hank's goal scoring problems into perspective.

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 19 April 2013 - 10:57 AM

He's got 4 fewer goals and 3 fewer points than Datsyuk.  Neither are exploding with offense, but I think neither are the problem either.  If you are asking more form them, you are probably asking too much.  Datsyuk is producing at pretty much the same rate as he did last year and Hank is actually up a bit from last year (points perspective, goals only very slightly down).  Did a lot think they should have produced more last year and hope this year was better?  Perhaps, but that may be unrealistic as well....they are only getting older.


I think it is just magnified when the team as a whole is not scoring goals. When your team isn't scoring, you look to your top guys.


And I guess the reality is this: he has nearly a point per game and is in the top 15 (?) in league scoring, and yet this team needs MORE from him. That probably says more about the team itself than Hank.

#2386384 4/17 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Flames 3

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 18 April 2013 - 10:36 AM

We cannot score. When will people understand this. 12 Dekeysers and 4 Howards on the ice, and we still CANNOT SCORE. Either we add 2 snipers in the off season and dump our garbage (white, Colo, Bert, Sammy, filppula, cleary) or we watch low scoring one goal losses for a while. Its not rocket science.


Mods, please take this statement and pin it at the top of the forums.


There is way too much truth in this statement.

#2386296 4/17 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Flames 3

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 18 April 2013 - 12:26 AM


Not dumb luck.  How many times does the goalie stop the puck for the defenseman to pickup?  A million times a game?  It's a routine play that they bobbled, bumbled, and ultimately got scored on.  Luck had nothing to do with it.  Execution did. 



Also, good teams that play good rise to the occasion in "must win" situations.  They score on one of their million powerplay chances.  They beat the worst team in the conference.  They do lots of things.  What they don't do is commit a litany of mental errors which ultimately give the game to the opposition on a night when their main competitors for the playoffs beat the second best team in the conference in a nearly identical situations.


Good teams beat teams that are asking to be beat.