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#2671766 ECQF Game 4 Post-GTD: Tampa Bay 3, at Red Wings 2

Posted by MDCard on 19 April 2016 - 10:44 PM

Mrazek is better...he had many good saves tonight.  All those power play goals in my mind are on the penalty killing which was very weak tonight.  Mrazek made some key stops throughout this game that kept us in the game.  Jimmy would have given up 3 goals in the first period and then have to be pulled.  Remember Jimmy is coming off of a 4 game losing streak.  Games we absolutely had to have and he could not get it done.


Mrazek's one problem is he plays too far out of the crease at times.  But so does Jimmy.  Maybe they are coached that way.  They need to watch video of Carey Price and Lundquist.  Those goalies are very efficient...not spastically out of control.  

#2671643 ECQF Game 4 Post-GTD: Tampa Bay 3, at Red Wings 2

Posted by MDCard on 19 April 2016 - 09:03 PM

This team has lots of issues...


But they continually hamstring themselves with sticking to guys that suck...like Erickson.


That guy is like personally responsible for at least 2 of the goals tonight.  He is a soft, turnover machine.


We win tonight if he is scratched instead of Marchenko.


He is primary reason #1 that I have little confidence in Holland's ability to assess things with this team...Holland has old man syndrome where he can't think outside of his outdated box.


​Primary reason #2 is pushing Filpulla away and signing Steven Weiss to a $ 30 million deal.  


#3 is signing Franzen over Hossa.


There are more but i have to go vomit now.

#2668390 ECQF Game 1 Post-GDT: at Tampa Bay 3, Red Wings 2

Posted by MDCard on 13 April 2016 - 09:29 PM

1) Mrazk is the better goalie.  Play the better goalie.  Howard can make a few great saves, but he gives up soft goals, does not handle the puck well, and is not as mentally strong in games that are tied or in which we have the lead going in the third.  Howard is always good for giving up that critical goal.  It's mental.  The team is not good enough to survive mediocre goaltending.  You have to go with Mrazk the whole way.

2) Since 2008 this team has gotten worse and worse and worse.  That is on Kenny Holland.  He like Joe Dumars was for the Pistons.  Resting on past glories while f'ing up the present big time.  He basically ran Filp out of town only to sign Stephen Weiss.  Filp is a solid 2 way player and Weiss was damaged goods on arrival and afraid of touching the puck.  He spent years resigning 37 year old washed up players and wasting the prime of Dats and Z after we won our last cup.  He signed Ericcson to a 4.5 million dollar contract when he is barely a 3rd pairing guy.  He has constructed a team of smurfs that gets pushed around.  Holland should just retire.  The game has passed him.

3) Our line combos are a joke.  We have the all slow line of Dats-Z-Abby.  All of a sudden we decide that we need to play Andersson again.  On a team that struggles to score.  Great....

4) We have no consistent net front presence.  We have no one who is actually hard on the puck.

5) We are satisfied to play a close game against a team from a non hockey market missing it's two best players.  Really disgusting.


Frustrated that we seem to be satisfied to play to a level where we lose games by one goal...we are mentally weak.

#2659570 3/13 GDT : Toronto Maple Leafs at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by MDCard on 13 March 2016 - 09:52 PM

What do you expect?  Ken Holland operates like it is 1999.  It's 2016.  You have tied up gaggles of dollars on players that our past their prime.  You are running a loyalty show...not a hockey club in the NHL with cap limitations in 2016.  Your off season signings are over the hill guys.  Your $6 million dollar defenseman can't even manage the puck behind his own net.  You pretend like Jonathan Erickson is a first pairing defenseman when he is a 3rd pairing defenseman.


If I am running an NHL team in 2016, my core is between 24 and 31 years of age.  Those are my highest paid players.  Once a player gets beyond 31, I trade them for assets.  Picks or solid young prospects.  Or they take a pay cut and go to the bottom 6 or bottom pairing.  You have to trade assets when they are worth something.  It does no good to just throw guys on waivers and then trade them for a 6th when they clear (Kindl).  The modern NHL requires no loyalty and constant reinvention.  Players are better younger now because of modern training etc.  You have to bring them up early and let them contribute early.  


We lost tonight  because the other team was better.  Except for Mrazk, Larkin, AA we have nobody.  Dats gives 100% but he is on his last legs.  All those young guys on Toronto had more energy.  They were quicker to the puck.  They were more dangerous.  They clogged up the neutral zone better than us.  Mrazk actually saved us.  Could have been 4-0.


Kenny is a disaster.  He is like your old uncle who is using a flip phone while everyone else is hip to a smart phone.  He has these ancient principles that he sticks to even though all the data points in a different direction.  His house is cluttered with all sorts of maudlin memorabilia because he just can't bear to get rid of anything...and when he gets something new, it's like something he finds at a garage sale that reminds him of how things used to be...like an old useless 8 track player (like Cole, Zidlicky, Green, and Richards).  The steady downward trajectory of this team since the last Cup is all on him.  Notice the Bowmans are doing well.  They know how to reinvent themselves even after they win a cup.  Jim Nill seems to be doing well.  Yzerman has things rolling.  But Kenny is showing himself to be a guy who has not adapted to the NHL in it's current state.  And this team is a joke because of that.

#2643087 12/14 GDT : Buffalo Sabres at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by MDCard on 14 December 2015 - 10:34 PM

Here are some suggestions:


​1) We need more goals.  Shoot the puck at the net more.  And don't miss the net.  We get power plays and put on a "pass around the perimeter" exhibition.  Get the puck towards the net, collapse towards the net, wait for the puck to squirt out somewhere and get some dirty (not pretty) goals.  

2) Petr is very good and at times outstanding...but sometimes he is not positionally sound.  Watch video of Lundquist and Price and be a bit more compact, positionally sound, and conserve movement.  On Buffalo's first goal, Petr's stick has wandered off the ice and the puck squirts thru the five hole.  Stick down and blocking the five hole and the puck is stopped.  When you wander out of the crease too far, you have less time to react to tips and redirections.  Cutting down the angle by coming out of the net too far is a bit overrated.  Just my observation.

3) Blash whatever you are telling our guys to do in the 3rd is not working.  We are playing afraid when we have a one goal lead.  Instill an attitude that up by a goal is really down by a goal.  And play a bit desperate.  

4) Jurco watch some youtube highlights of yourself...and do some of that.


We are ok...we are a work in progress...but so are virtually all the other teams.  Disappointing loss though.  Standings say we are ok...

#2642426 12/11 GDT : Red Wings at New Jersey Devils, 7:00 EST

Posted by MDCard on 11 December 2015 - 09:55 PM

Smith has been playing very well recently in my opinion.  Not sure the ending was really his fault.


Howie should have stayed big on the breakaway...he instead went down and then got horizontal to the ground and was flopping around like a fish.  I mean he got really small there and the goal was a gimme...not a great Jimmy Howard moment.


Also Tatar should have backed up when he saw Smith was having trouble containing his guy along the boards...but he just stood there too close to the blue line...giving Cammelleri a two stride head start and a breakaway.


Also Tats should have pulled the trigger earlier in OT when he got the feed from Nyquist on the left wing...gotta shoot there!

#2639961 2016 NHL Outdoor Games Jerseys.

Posted by MDCard on 28 November 2015 - 02:37 PM

I like the Wings jersey...it's very modern looking but still classy.  I would think about getting one cause it is pretty unique.  I didn't really like the old fashioned English D on the older winter classic jersey.  These are modern and interesting.

#2639531 Bigger nets ?

Posted by MDCard on 26 November 2015 - 11:34 AM

I was wondering what thoughts there are on this idea that is being floated out there to make the nets bigger to increase goal scoring.


Personally, I really dislike this idea.  I think it is just a weird and gimmicky move.  And I think it is a change that alters the nature and the visual of the game too much.  I just do not like this idea.


I would agree with perhaps reducing the size of some of the goalie equipment.


And i would really like to see a larger ice surface (like international size rinks).  The problem now in my mind is that the players are bigger and faster and the space all 10 players are occupying on the ice has effectively been shrunk.  Increasing the size of the ice surface will allow for a more open play and more creative puck movement leading to more scoring chances...kind of like the effect you see in 3 on 3.  This is the change I would be most in favor of.  I think it would enhance the excitement of the game.

#2639499 11/25 GDT : Boston Bruins at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by MDCard on 25 November 2015 - 10:27 PM

If we play like this the rest of the season, we will make the playoffs.  We played very well tonight.  Just couldn't put the puck in the net when we needed too.  We are improved since Dats, Richards and Green have been back.


I would like to see AA up here and Miller or Andersson out.  We need to be a bit more dangerous offensively.

#2604662 ECQF Game 7 GDT : at Lightning 2, Red Wings 0 (Tampa wins series, 4-3)

Posted by MDCard on 29 April 2015 - 10:05 PM

My post series thoughts:


1) Always disappointing to lose like this...I remember when we lost game 7 to the Pens for the Cup.  I was seriously down for like a week...we were better than them.  We were the best team in the league then.  This is bad...but i am already over it.  I don't think the Wings had what it takes to get out of the East.  The Rangers defense is stacked.  Price is tough.  There are just too many barriers and our best players are a bit too old.  It would have been nice to continue in the playoffs...not meant to be.

2) I thought we played a good series...nothing to hang our heads about.  We had our chances to nail this down in games 4 and 6.  The great teams get it done.  We didn't.  But the guys played tough.  Guys i admired during the series include Glenny, Abby, Helmer, Dats, Mraz.  I like their game...

3) I am not sure getting really old players at the deadline is a great idea.  Keith Yandle would have been a good get.  Zidlicky is too slow and really cost us in these playoffs a bit...I am not sure he is really any better than Kindl, Marchenko, or Oulett.  Cole ended up being a non-factor.  Getting old players at the deadline for a bunch of "spare part" assets, messing up the chemistry, sitting young players, then slumping your way into the playoffs.  Kenny has not really made a lot of outstanding moves lately.  Giving 5 mill to Weiss who was coming off injury was incredibly bone-headed.   The whole "overripe" thing is overrated.  Hockey players in this era are beaten up after 31 or so and on the downside of things.  Just my opinion.  If you want to be a franchise that competes for the Cup every year you have to make bold, smart moves.  If you make bad moves...no Cup.

4) I am really impressed with Mrazek's demeanor, puck handling, and athleticism.  He overplays things and that needs to be fixed...but it is fixable.  I like him in net over Jimmy who does to handle the puck so well and seems to be always tweaking his groin.

5) I would trade Jimmy to a team that really needs a goalie (? St. Louis) for either a rugged scoring winger or a top tier defenseman.  Mraz starts...and then find a serviceable back up.

6) No more really old players please.  Unless he is a core guy (Z, Dats, Kron), the secondary players should be young and not have a lot of miles on them.  

7) We need a bit of grit and size in our forwards...Franzen is pretty much done.  I would trade him for a low pick and a back up goalie...if he actually can still play.  Get rid of him.

8) Weiss needs to go...back to Florida for a low pick...maybe his game needs Florida...I don't know.  

9) It would be great to have a #1 D-man...I have no idea how we get one of these.  

10) I would not re-sign either Cole or Zids...too old. 

11)  There is a lot of negative talk about Zetterberg here...but he is not going anywhere.  I am hopeful that as he gets farther out from his back surgery he can still be a contributor.


That's all i got for now...disappointing that we are out and i have no more playoff games to worry about.

#2602938 Kronwall suspended one game

Posted by MDCard on 28 April 2015 - 07:33 PM

I would sit Zid and put in Kindl and Marchenko...and see how that rolls for game 7.  Kindl sometimes has good games, especially offensively.  Marchenko can be solid.


The ruling is absolute s**t but now we just have to win.  It may light a fire under our butts.

#2582208 3/15 GDT : Red Wings 5 at Penguins 1

Posted by MDCard on 15 March 2015 - 01:08 PM

Mrazek has tenacity...like so far how he has protected this lead

#2581853 Mrazek to start how many games?

Posted by MDCard on 14 March 2015 - 07:39 PM

The team seems to score more in front of mrazek.. honestly, it seems like they're too comfortable in front of Howard.


I think the team plays more relaxed in front of Mrazek because of how he handles the puck.  He handles it with more confidence than Jimmy.  He is also at times more confident and poised in the net.  It is also true that sometimes Mrazek will really get a bit lost coming out too far and over-challenging.  But, on balance, my opinion is that Jimmy has not played great since coming back from the groin tear (which by the way was caused by one of his horrific mishandles behind the net...resulting in him scrambling awkwardly back to the net).  I think overall we played some of our best hockey when Mrazek was starting...perhaps his puck handling gets the offense rolling from the defensive end.  I would let Jimmy sit and gather himself for an extended period of time...and go with Mrazek.  This team needs a shake up and this would do it.  Let Jimmy back up for awhile.


I also would get Marchenko back in there once he is healed and perhaps sit Ericsson for awhile...he makes way too many mistakes and needs a bit of a break.


Weiss should sit as well...he is inconsequential on a team that needs difference makers.


I think players go thru funks and when they are in a funk, just sit them.  Rest them for awhile.  Don't grind the same guys out there who are having problems.

#2580088 3/8 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Bruins 5

Posted by MDCard on 08 March 2015 - 02:04 PM

Weiss is the worst player on this team. Soft, never wins a battle. Loses the puck if someone breathes on him when he's carrying it. He holds up all the time to avoid contact. I don't think he wants to get near the puck...he's a head case. Why sign a guy to a long term contract like that when he was injured the year before. Terrible signing. Unbelievably worse player than Filpula. How do you follow hockey, GM a team, and make such a horrendously irresponsible signing!

I am pis#%d off...please send Weiss to GR, cut him, or trade him for a box of tampons.

#2378929 An interesting point about our apparent deadline strategy

Posted by MDCard on 02 April 2013 - 07:11 PM

If i were GM I would:


1) Identify my core players and sign them to high dollar deals for 3-5 years.  If i really have confidence in one of them, maybe 6-7 years.  Don't lock in for longer than that.  Two guys on defense, five guys on offense and a goalie.  8 core guys in total.

2) Fill out the rest of my roster with average guys who are hard working, durable and not too old.  Grinders that are young and not worn down.  

3) Avoid older guys who have a reputation of being physical...they generally wear out at that age.  My physical guys have to be younger guys.

4) Avoid trading cheap assets with potential upside for rentals or old guys...that's a losing strategy.

5) Identify the top 1 - 2 free agents every year or so and go at them very hard with a high dollar deals.  The core needs to be replenished.  If the core drops to a low level (like 5 or less), you have to replenish.  

6) Bank on the fact that eventually a prospect or two will turn into a core player.  But they have to be evaluated on the NHL level between the ages of 21 -24 regularly.  No more over-ripen bulls**t.

7) Every year at the end of the season, some changes have to be made.  It is like re-balancing your stock portfolio.  You need to make some changes.  Even if you win a cup.  That's the best time to make changes because that is when your assets will be worth most...after a good season.

8) Don't be afraid of occasionally making a bad deal...but when you do, cut your losses.  Don't hang on to a mistake forever.


The NHL with the cap system requires yearly re-assessment and adjustments to maintain competitiveness.  As GM, you have to have thought all this out and made your moves during the off-season.  Scrambling at the trading deadline is not ideal and should be avoided if possible.