Jump to content

Rest in Peace, MidMichSteve

Rick D's Photo

Rick D

Member Since 27 Jan 2010
Offline Last Active Apr 30 2016 08:56 PM

#2674164 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by amato on 28 April 2016 - 10:43 AM

Laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame (but not surprising) 

#2674103 The Missed Chances: '03, '04, '06

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 27 April 2016 - 09:05 PM

2009 was the most disappointing of all the losses and the one I remember the most.  I wouldn't say it was as embarrassing as those other losses, though.

#2674100 The Missed Chances: '03, '04, '06

Posted by puckbags on 27 April 2016 - 09:00 PM



2009, too.

25 years of being a Wings fan and the last 2 games of that series are still tough.  Would've been our second back to back in a 11 year span.  Hurts.  

#2674135 Mantha

Posted by krsmith17 on 28 April 2016 - 06:41 AM

To be fair Buppy, I don't think Rich was saying "I told you so" to anyone in particular here, I think that original comment was more so directed toward Holland and his "spare part in the Calder Cup playoffs a year ago" comment... I could be wrong though. Regardless, he was just posting about how he was doing in the playoffs so far, and he's been doing very well down there. He also responded to Dickie's comment about how "Mantha was not good", with "pure craziness. he was good. he wasn't great", and I couldn't agree more with that statement. The thing that is getting confused here is that no one here is saying Mantha is elite or would have put us over the top, but we are saying that he is a very good young player, and he could have definitely helped in the Red Wings playoff run...


How is it premature to say he made the team better, when the stats showed that our power-play was much better with him in the lineup? Was it a coincidence? Maybe, but you don't completely dismiss the idea that maybe he was actually a difference maker out there. I believe he was, others don't, including Blashill, but when our power-play was literally the reason we lost that series and was more deflating to the team than positive, something should have been changed... Maybe you try what worked a couple weeks previous, maybe it works, maybe it doesn't, but it would have certainly been worth a try...


Yes, he really should have been compared to Andersson because that's who he should have displaced in the lineup. Andersson should have been out because like you said, he barely played, and wasn't even used a whole lot in the situations Blashill claimed he needed him in for. Just because player B subs in for player A, doesn't necessarily mean that player B assumes the same role in the lineup. If Andersson comes out, a much better player that was currently in the top 6, like Helm for example, moves down to Andersson's position in the lineup, and Mantha moves into the top 6. Helm is MUCH better than Andersson, so he instantly makes the line of Athanasiou - Andersson Helm - Tatar much better. Mantha then gets inserted into the top 6 on Pavs's line and all of a sudden the Richards - Datsyuk - Helm Mantha line is maybe slightly better as well.. I love Helm but he's much better suited for the bottom 6, and if one of those missed Helm opportunities had been capitalized on by Mantha, maybe it's a difference maker in a game, and in turn a difference maker in the series. Again, not saying we definitely win with Mantha in the lineup, but I do believe the series would have been a little tighter with him in there over Andersson...


Does comparing Mantha to a player that by rights shouldn't even be in the NHL mean he's great? Nope, and no one is saying that he is. But he is good, and he should have been in the lineup.


Anyway, that's the last I will say about how he "should" have been in the lineup... Now, all I'll say is he "better" be in the lineup to start next season...

#2673857 ECSF : New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 26 April 2016 - 01:52 PM

Don't care for who wins this series. Washington or Pittsburgh will take either of them out.

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

#2673842 ECSF : New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by F.Michael on 26 April 2016 - 01:26 PM

Is it me, or does anyone else find it strange that the Eastern Conference is beginning round 2 of the playoffs when in fact there's game 7 to be played tomorrow night between the Preds/Ducks?


I understand much of this has to do with availability of the arenas, and such...

#2673490 Who gets the "A" when datsyuk leaves?

Posted by matt198913 on 25 April 2016 - 10:02 AM


#2673860 Free Press: Pavel Datsyuk to return to Russia following Playoffs

Posted by WingedWheel91 on 26 April 2016 - 01:58 PM


A bit too much sauce on this for my taste. Nevertheless you are correct - he's leaving. And yes, he's not producing, it's time to go. Let's realize that and work from there. And by Holland's interviews he's aware.


The honorable thing in my opinion would be that Datsyuk just said "I'm not getting paid this season, as I'm not playing - money back". But of course in today's world that's not even a consideration.


Datsyuk wouldn't get paid (by the Red Wings) next season if he retires this summer.


The issue he creates is that his cap hit acts as a penalty, in the same summer that another franchise center is available in the prime of his career.

#2673660 Free Press: Pavel Datsyuk to return to Russia following Playoffs

Posted by kylee on 25 April 2016 - 09:22 PM

Walks where?

hopefully out of our lineup 

#2673712 Money On The Board - 25 years worth of playoffs style!

Posted by Jersey Wing on 25 April 2016 - 10:24 PM

5$ more dollars BECAUSE ST. LOUIS BEAT THE STUPID HAWKS in the first round! 

#2672918 ECQF Game 5 Post-GDT: at Tampa Bay 1, Red Wings 0 (TB Wins, 4-1)

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 22 April 2016 - 08:17 AM

Would love it if we could somehow bring in stammer and backes up front while using Tatar + to bring in vatanen.

Larkin- stamkos- Nyquist
AA- backes- mantha
Zetts- sheahan- pulk
Jurco- glendening- Abby

Also get rid of E and Howard somehow some way.

DK- vatanen
Smith- green
Kronwall- marchy

XO/Jensen/ sproul


LOL.  Now let's talk about what will actually happen.


Nyquist - Zetterberg - Abdelkader

Tatar - Richards - Larkin

AA - Sheahan - Mantha

Miller - Helm - Glendenning


Kronwall - Ericsson

DeKeyser - Green

Smith - Marchenko





Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the 2016-17 Detroit Red Wings.   :clap:

#2672922 I Hate Jeff Blashill because ...

Posted by frankgrimes on 22 April 2016 - 08:28 AM

I don't hate Blashill why should I ? He doesn't have a lot to work with and that's the responsibility of someone else. But it's of course nice to see how the Anti Babcock crowd now has seen first hand that you can't replace the best coach in all of hockey and expect a flawless transition. AHL success is great and everything but the NHL is a different beast.

Not calling up Mantha and giving him a chance to play with Pasha is pissing me of in tremendous fashion, there was nothing to lose for crying out loud the PP flat out sucked! I don't care about a correlation it didn't work!

#2672912 I Hate Jeff Blashill because ...

Posted by matt198913 on 22 April 2016 - 07:54 AM

I don't hate Blashill, I feel sorry for him. Holland is to blame here.

#2672856 I Hate Jeff Blashill because ...

Posted by evilmrt on 21 April 2016 - 11:48 PM

I don't hate Blashill, I just question if he has what it takes to coach an NHL team.


PP was 1 for 24. HOLY CRAP. What do you do? Send Mantha down!  :withstupid:


Still, any hatred should be reserved for Ken Holland. What a dumpster fire he has created. 

#2672837 I Hate Jeff Blashill because ...

Posted by lomekian on 21 April 2016 - 11:05 PM

What was particularly bizarre about benching AA was that this was after he gave him a couple of shifts with dats...