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#2550710 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by gcom007 on 21 November 2014 - 01:08 AM

To me, this is a transition/development year. We're not really looking to balls-out contend quite yet. We're setting up for next season, two seasons from now, three seasons from now. Case in point: we've got all of six skaters who are solidly in their prime years, and they are Helm, Abdelkader, Miller, Quincey, Kindl, Ericsson. (Woof.) And, just as tellingly, we're carrying ten skaters who are 25 or younger (i.e. not yet solidly in their prime years): Nyquist, Tatar, Sheahan, Jurco, Andersson, Glendening, Smith, DeKeyser, Lashoff, Ouellet. And we've got Mantha, Pulkkinen, Sproul, et al. on the horizon.

 

When you look at it that way, and you consider how well this team's done through these first 18 games (23 points, 50 GF, 42 GA, strong possession numbers, top-end PK, six players with ten or more points), I think you have to be pretty happy with what's going on and pretty excited about what's to come.

 

Hell, I'm not convinced we don't stand a chance to make a stink in the playoffs this year, even if we don't make any deals. We're certainly more poised than we've been the last couple of years with this roster playing as well as they have been. If Babcock can get them to elevate their game for the playoffs and Howard really locks it down, they just might surprise a whole lot of people.




#2550726 Smith and Ericcsson?

Posted by krsmith17 on 21 November 2014 - 07:54 AM

I agree with DeGraa on this one. I don't understand how people think this was selfish. Smith took exception to a hit he felt was a little on the dirty side, and wanted to drop the gloves. Big deal... If he knew that fight was going to result in him missing a week (minimum), I'm sure he would have thought otherwise, but the likelihood of an injury, especially an infection, was extremely slim. The chances of injury were likely smaller than what "could" have happened in that hit from behind by Foligno. Hockey is the fastest, most physical sport on the planet, in my opinion, even more so than football / rugby / lacrosse because of the speed of the game. Guys are going to get hurt, and fighting is probably the least likely cause of injury in the NHL.

 

Were you people upset when Ericsson stood up for Helm when he took a dirty hit from Nolan in the LA game? I personally loved it, and I wish more of our guys would do it. I'm not saying I want a pure goon on our team that can barely skate either, I just wouldn't mind to see some more overall team toughness, and see guys sticking up for one another. I'm by no means, a huge fighting advocate but I do think it definitely belongs in the game.




#2550286 Nestrasil Waived / Claimed by Hurricanes

Posted by LeftWinger on 20 November 2014 - 04:23 PM

The fact is, we lost him for nothing.  A player with potential, one of our values 3rd round picks (ones Holland refuses to trade because he finds such valuable players there.) Plus, there is no need to lose a player with untapped potential for nothing at all...especially at the price of keeping Cleary and Kindl. Both of whom bring NOTHING to the ice with them. Make Cleary a coach if he is so valuable in the locker room. Sure, Nestrasil wasn't the next Tatar or even Jurco, but why waste your valuable drafted players that are deemed SOOOOO important to rebuilding this team, just so you can keep Cleary? What next, put Pulkkinen on waivers next season just because you promised Alfredsson a spot if he wants to play? Holland screwed the pooch on this one.  He screwed the pooch on Jarnkrok (although he had to) and we are out on two players with the potential to be very good players in the NHL. Doesn't matter, we have ZERO control over it, but all along 99% of us said that if we start losing kids because of Cleary and Quincey, then we would be pissed, so there is no need to ask us why we are pissed now.  Weren't you guys here when Holland was quoted saying, we aren't going to keep Oullet in the lineup at the expense of Jakub Kindl.  It shows right there where his loyalty is, he will risk exposing players to waivers to keep his veteran.  He kept Cleary over Nestrasil, and it won't be the last time he f***s this team up....no wonder Babcock won't re-sign...




#2550214 Nestrasil Waived / Claimed by Hurricanes

Posted by dirtydangles on 20 November 2014 - 02:04 PM

This is the price Holland pays for keeping Cleary around....




#2549592 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by F.Michael on 17 November 2014 - 07:54 PM

Nothing against Abdelkader, but when guys like him are getting top line minutes - ya know sumthin ain't right.




#2549590 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by darkmanx on 17 November 2014 - 07:46 PM

Kindl and lashoff need to go, andersson, and trade 2 of helm, sheahan, tatar, nyquist, jurco and one of ferraro and callahan. If marchenko sproul and oulette arent good enough to play, when and if will they play.

 

Good thing your not running the team. Wow.




#2549677 11/18 GDT Red Wings 5 @ Blue Jackets 0

Posted by rick zombo on 18 November 2014 - 11:48 AM

Ansar Khan @AnsarKhanMLive

Based on the skate it looks like Cleary will be in for Datsyuk tonight.

 

There's an even swap if I ever saw one.


Also, there must be some bad stuff going on with Kindl?

 

Babcock refuses to comment on why he was benched during the 3rd vs Chicago and a healthy scratch vs Montreal.




#2549523 Where to stay in Detroit

Posted by Jerrytimes on 17 November 2014 - 08:49 AM

I love staying at Greektown, even if I'm not in the gambling mood.  Rates are cheaper during the week I believe.  Pegasus or the new Parthenon are great restaurants as well.  Both are on the block




#2548864 11/14 GDT : Blackhawks 1 at Red Wings 4

Posted by rrasco on 14 November 2014 - 04:05 PM

my girlfriend is cheering for chicago. anyone have any advice for me?

 

Dafuq you doing with her?  That's sacrilege.  I've kicked women out of my house for less (like cheering for the fawken sharks).




#2548858 11/14 GDT : Blackhawks 1 at Red Wings 4

Posted by derblaueClaus on 14 November 2014 - 03:43 PM

my girlfriend is cheering for chicago. anyone have any advice for me?

 

A new girlfriend obviously. ;)




#2548855 11/14 GDT : Blackhawks 1 at Red Wings 4

Posted by krsmith17 on 14 November 2014 - 03:30 PM

martinezsvsu, Get out while you can...




#2548605 Stars trade Sergei Gonchar for Travis Moen from MTL

Posted by number9 on 11 November 2014 - 08:14 PM

Speaking of Dallas, NHL.com has their top line listed as Benn, seguin, and our boy eaves! For tonight's game

 

AWWWWW yeah love me some patty eaves. HE'S RIGHT FREAKING HANDED! WHAT WAS HOLLAND THINKING?




#2548600 Stars trade Sergei Gonchar for Travis Moen from MTL

Posted by martinezsvsu on 11 November 2014 - 07:28 PM

Speaking of Dallas, NHL.com has their top line listed as Benn, seguin, and our boy eaves! For tonight's game


#2548458 11/9 GDT - Tampa Bay 4 at Detroit 3 (SO) - 6:00 PM EST

Posted by Hockeytown0001 on 10 November 2014 - 02:04 AM

Glad to see Gus Bus get another. 




#2548453 11/9 GDT - Tampa Bay 4 at Detroit 3 (SO) - 6:00 PM EST

Posted by Euro_Twins on 09 November 2014 - 11:01 PM

 
It's well known that Zetterberg is not good in shootouts.  I reckon that's why he was passed over.


Right helm is so much better. Remember 2 days ago when he had a terrible shot on the breakaway then completely missed an empty net? I remember, because I was there and saw it first hand. I would honestly put nestrasil in before helm.