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#2301665 Alex Semin officially going to free agency

Posted by Nevermind on 16 May 2012 - 03:06 PM

Parise is 5'11, 195. His game's not unlike Helm's - and he's good for ~30 goals a season and clutch posteason performance.

Semin's lazy, often half-interested (at best), not physical, not good for use on the PP or PK - it's a long list. We want to get less lazy, see less floating, be more engaged and aggressive on the forecheck & backcheck and in the corners and in front of the opposition's net, be more defensively responsible, be more committed to winning.

We don't want Semin.

Agreed 100%

Semin probably actually has more natural offensive talent than Parise. That doesn't mean s*** though since he's a much, much less effective player because of his lack of grit, work ethic, and defensive awareness. Conversely, Parise has all of these qualities that Semin's lacking...and he has them in spades.

Parise's forecheck alone would be a huge example for this team. He scores the dirty goals around the net. Semin's another perimeter player. We don't want more players like this. I'd rather have gritty, aggressive, 3rd and 4th liners who are hard on the forecheck and tough to play against. At least we'd then be a more well-rounded team.

#2301026 Babcock and Holland want to keep Homer.

Posted by Nevermind on 13 May 2012 - 03:11 PM

3rd - Bertuzzi-Helm-Cleary
4th - Prust-Gaustad-Eaves/Nyquist

That's where our bottom 6 needs to be. Now, I like Holmer as much as the next guy, but....

Close to what I would want.

I would rather sign Konopka over Gaustad, though. Konopka's also very good on faceoffs (maybe even a bit better). And while he's 5 inches shorter, he's still more physical and can keep the flies off better.

Most importantly, Konopka should be much cheaper and cost under $1.5M. I think Gaustad's been horribly overrated lately and is bound to be overpaid this summer.

#2296352 We Need to Get Tougher to Play Against

Posted by Nevermind on 23 April 2012 - 05:28 PM



#2294990 Parise, Suter AND Semin

Posted by Nevermind on 21 April 2012 - 01:57 AM

1) You want Semin on this team?
2) AND you want to pay him $7 million.


That lineup is even less gritty than this season's. Those 3rd and 4th lines need to be dramatically restructured.

Keep Cleary. His health should be much better next season. And he was one of our better players early on in the series.

Worse of all, you don't want Helm back? Why on earth would you want to let Helm go?

#2294272 WCQF Game 5 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Predators 2

Posted by Nevermind on 20 April 2012 - 08:41 PM

Is it an omen of good things to come that the DJ for the prom being held in the courtyard at my hotel just outaide my window is CRANKING Don't Stop Believing right now?

Let's Go Wings!

I would hope so. Unfortunately, it's probably more telling of a horribly generic prom though.

#2292958 Is Babcock watching the same game?

Posted by Nevermind on 19 April 2012 - 08:35 PM

Coach Mike Babcock does not subscribe to the theory that his team isn't getting on the inside, that most of its shots are coming from the perimeter. "I hear (team broadcaster) Mickey Redmond say, 'They're keeping them on the outside.' So the good thing about that is that I watched the game, and watched it on the computer and then 'NHL On the Fly' played it again,'' Babcock said. "So I watched it three times to see if that's the truth, to see if we're never getting to the net, we're never getting on the inside, and all I can do is go off what I see and I don't think that's the truth.''

Full article

Now, I've only watched the game once, but I'm pretty sure a lot of our shots were indeed from the perimeter. And as far I'm concerned, we did have an incredibly tough time getting to the middle of the ice.

Is anyone else puzzled by why Babcock can't see this? Or isn't willing to admit it? I'm no coach, but getting to the inside would be one of my main areas of concern for Game 5.

#2292801 Hometown discount for Nick next year?

Posted by Nevermind on 19 April 2012 - 01:31 PM

The Detroit Red Wings aren't ever going to let Nick walk. :lol:

I really hope Nick comes back and is able to regain his early-season form. He's earned the right to keep his salary if he wants to play another season. But, I think he definitely has to understand that a sizeable paycut would really help the team out--and give him the best chance for a Cup.

#2291960 How do we fix this?

Posted by Nevermind on 18 April 2012 - 01:17 AM

A lot of teams want Parise and Suter, unfortunately.

Parise did say his favorite player to watch is Datsyuk, though. Maybe there's a little hope with him.

#2291874 Time to start looking for a new coaching staff

Posted by Nevermind on 17 April 2012 - 11:36 PM

Babs line earlier in the year about wanting to be the toughest team, but not being built that way and the way he applauded Bertuzzi for fighting Weber make me believe he'd be a hell of a coach if he had more compete and more physical presence. Babs isn't the problem, but Holland and Nill might be. This off-season will be the biggest since 06-07, Holland delivered that year by getting Rafalski and Drake. Lets see what he does this time around.

I agree. We need to trim the fat and get some new hungry faces that play with grit. And can our fourth line actually be an energy line, please?

For reference, my memory of the summer of '07 through '08:
  • Lost: Lang, Calder, Bertuzzi, Schneider, Markov, Williams
  • Added: Rafalski, Drake, McCarty (mid-season), Stuart (deadline)
The difference is, I think our players were younger and hungrier than as well--they hadn't won a Cup, after all. So it's going to be tough to inject some new blood.
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#2290307 WCQF Game Four GDT : Predators 3 at Red Wings 1

Posted by Nevermind on 17 April 2012 - 06:45 PM


Thanks a lot! :)

#2288373 #5 Philadelphia Flyers vs. #4 Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted by Nevermind on 15 April 2012 - 05:35 PM

When this series is over, i hope Flyers just skip handshaking part and goto their lockerroom.

And of all people, I bet Crosby would complain about it the most.

We all remember the effort he put into making sure he shook Lidstrom's hands 3 years ago. :rolleyes:

#2281016 The problem with our bottom six

Posted by Nevermind on 10 April 2012 - 05:53 PM

If Cleary and Helm were healthy, I actually like the 3rd line. They were playing great mid-season, along with Miller.

It's the 4th line that's the problem. That's what has no identity with guys just thrown together.

#2278950 Tortorella Slams Orpik, Crosby, Malkin,...

Posted by Nevermind on 06 April 2012 - 05:41 PM

I was 10 grand off. Damn.

20 grand off now. Link

Doesn't this prove Tortorella's point? I bet there wouldn't be a fine if he said the exact same thing about another team (even though nobody beats Pittsburgh in whining and arrogance level).

#2278697 Detroit has inside track on Parise

Posted by Nevermind on 06 April 2012 - 01:03 AM

Parise calls Datsyuk "my most favorite player to watch".


#2276974 Quincey suspended 1 game

Posted by Nevermind on 02 April 2012 - 02:37 PM

I was all excited about him coming back. Now after watching him I dont know what all of the hype was about. He looks like the same player we put on waivers. I am hoping that the streak and his return are unrelated, and that I am being a typical overanalytical wings fan.

He definitely isn't the reason for our recent struggles. But, he hasn't looked very good at all though. I'm guessing he gets 2 games.

Here's a question...I hate the guy, but would any of you rather have traded the first for Steve Downie directly? I'd still take Quincey, but not by much.