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#2618397 Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

Posted by darkmanx on 01 July 2015 - 04:38 PM


More Green on TSN: "I was willing to take a little bit less on term to go to a great organization that I’m extremely excited to play for."

#2618205 Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

Posted by darkmanx on 01 July 2015 - 03:15 PM

Don't like this unless we are packaging multiple D in a trade package.  We just signed Smith, Kindl has no trade value and have 3 or 4 AHL players that are likely NHL ready.  Do Marchenko and Ouellet have to spend yet another year in the AHL?  I'm a little peeved but I'll reserve judgement until the off-season is fully baked.

I'm mind blown how anyone doesn't like this deal.

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#2617534 #73 OA - Defenseman Vili Saarijarvi

Posted by darkmanx on 30 June 2015 - 02:36 PM

First of all, I am in no way "writing him off"... I never said or implied that players will not make the NHL based on height, I simply said, it is much tougher to make it for players that lack stature...

Where are you getting this one inch from? There's three inches between the two... And why would I be more concerned about the weight? Not many players gain a lot of height after being drafted, all gain weight (muscle). Why are we still talking about Karlsson anyway? There are no similarities between the two, other than the fact they are both European defensemen that shoot right... Karlsson is average height with an elite skill set. Saarijarvi is very small with an average skill set...

You keep arguing with me as if I'm saying I don't think this kid has any chance in making it. This whole thing is getting ridiculous. Last time I'm saying this... I don't like the pick because there were better options available. This kid is a dark horse, but I hope he makes it. I'm done...


Then choose Ryan Ellis, then choose Vatenen etc. the point doesn't change. Height =/ everything. I am not even including forwards either.


Your wording from the beginning would have not even started the "ridiculous" debate. You should have just said "not who I would have picked" instead of going on about his size. Which is where myself and another poster started saying it has nothing to do with it.

#2617112 2015 Draft

Posted by darkmanx on 28 June 2015 - 12:09 PM

So no one else wants to call him Patrick star with me, fine!
He wasn't the only awkward interview, he was just the one I felt bad for most.
I know he's just a kid talking to the media, and he was probably just a bit freaked out but I thought it was funny.
Very cringeworthy.


I think Kessels was worse.



#2617057 2015 Draft

Posted by darkmanx on 27 June 2015 - 07:38 PM

Was anybody else aware that Malkin was rumored to be being shopped? Would we even have what it takes to do that deal even if we're willing to trade Larkin/Mantha/1sts?


We absolutely have the assets. However, it would destroy our team.


We need defensemen right now.

#2616976 2015 Draft

Posted by darkmanx on 27 June 2015 - 12:00 PM



and my point is our biggest concern is we need defensemen now and into the future so that should be our main priority


just pray sproul is an all star next season


I. Give. Up.

#2616937 2015 Draft

Posted by darkmanx on 27 June 2015 - 11:36 AM

Under Howard and Mrazek we have McCollum (if he re-signs), Paterson and Perry... How many goalies do we need? A backup / minor league goalie has got to be the easiest position to fill via free agency. I don't believe a goaltender was a need. Certainly not more so than defensemen...

Yeah, we did pick a defenseman. But how often do 5'9" defenders make the NHL, let alone become an impact player?

Like I said, I'm not going to judge too much too early, but at an initial look, so far I'm not at all impressed with out picks after Svechnikov...


I am really surprised this is a post from you.


McCollum is most likely not going to re-sign here. Paterson and Perry are not good enough and once Howard is gone and Mrazek is our starter down the road we have absolutely no one unless we start using assets on a goalie which I don't want to happen.


Defensemen that is comparable to Vatanen and is faster then Darren Helm. Yea I have 0 issues with that pick.

#2616925 2015 Draft

Posted by darkmanx on 27 June 2015 - 11:21 AM

Must be amazing to be clairvoyant.


People on here pretend to have inside info or something, it's quite hilarious. Holland and co deal with real data that we only wish we had access to.

#2616904 #19 OA Evgeny Svechnikov

Posted by darkmanx on 27 June 2015 - 10:31 AM

Red Wings 19th overall pick. I think it's a good one and the fact they say he is pro ready is realgud.


Can't wait for training camp this year to see how these kids perform.



Evgeny Svechnikov has good size at 6’3″ and shows off an outstanding wrist shot and release. He also has an impressive snap shot and a very hard one-timer.  When it comes to his shooting arsenal, Svechnikov has pro-ready skills.  However, he is not just a one-trick pony as Svechnikov also has excellent vision and passing ability. He shows high-end offensive hockey IQ, making very smart plays with the puck on his stick and finding openings in the defence without it.  He has tremendous skill and the stickhandling ability to protect the puck and to get by defenders. He also shows the willingness to play a power game when necessary, getting in hard on the forecheck, and battling hard in the corners and in front of the net.  He pressures defenders and has been known to throw a big hit.


Evgeny Svechnikov is a strong skater with very good speed and acceleration. He loves to drive the net and can finish in close when he gets there. He shows great versatility on the rush as he has the speed to take a defender wide, the agility and strong stickhandling to beat them with his lateral movement, or by fooling them with changing speeds.  He could add some lower body strength and be a bit stronger and more balanced on the puck.


Evgeny Svechnikov needs a lot of work in his defensive game.  He tries to help out in his own end and uses his size to battle for pucks, but the other areas of his game are weak.  He gets himself out of position and leaves the opposing team with passing lanes on a regular basis.  He seems to try hard, but needs to really be coached on what he needs to do when he doesn’t have the puck.  Svechnikov could improve with time, but right now his defensive game looks weak.


Evgeny Svechnikov has all the offensive skill to be a top line NHL forward if he meets his potential.  There are some questions about his defensive game though, and he has a number of things he can learn from another year in junior and maybe a short AHL stint to follow that. Svechnikov’s style is reminiscent of Ilya Kovalchuk, but this is a stylistic comparison only and not a talent comparison with the former Thrashers/Devils star.





“Svechnikov may give some teams pause because of his Russian citizenship, but his upside should convince them he’s worth the risk. We’ve always thought he’d be more useful playing center and, halfway through Cape Breton’s 2014-15 season, that change was made — with phenomenal results. Svechnikov creates offense with his soft hands, size and strength and when his team doesn’t have the puck, he’s shown a decent commitment to making sure it stays out of his net. He had an excellent year with the Screaming Eagles and always maintained he came to North America to get ready for the NHL. That should make the team that selects him quite happy as big, offensive centers with an ability to defend are hard to find.”

#2616730 2015 Draft

Posted by darkmanx on 26 June 2015 - 06:35 PM

Really they are playing the theme to Jurassic Park?  Oh pullllllllllleeeeeeeeeeze 


Probably a payoff for Jurassic World. I legit lol'd when I heard it come on though.

#2616686 Dougie hamilton to calgary

Posted by darkmanx on 26 June 2015 - 05:01 PM

I'm guessing boston will offer picks 13,14,15 and Subban for the 3rd overall pick? Don't know if arizona can say no to that

Future franchise goaltender ... Possibly a good dman + the Russian kid and another good forward


Exactly what has Subban done for someone to say he's a future franchise goaltender. When he played for Belleville I watched him play and he really isn't that good. Put it this way, if he is a #1 goalie for your team you are in trouble.

#2614975 Free agents this off season

Posted by darkmanx on 17 June 2015 - 05:26 PM


ONLY if he promises to whip it out if someone scores four goals in a season.  Also, gotta imagine he'd rather be traded to FLA or ARI than DET.  The dude likes his sunshine.


I'd be willing to bet he choose the Wings over either of those teams. Contrary to belief, Thorton actually wants to win a cup and not be labelled as a guy that couldn't get it done when it mattered. He's an elite talent and deserves to win a cup before he goes.

#2614941 Wings open to trading Mantha and/or their 1st Round Pick

Posted by darkmanx on 17 June 2015 - 01:03 PM


The Wings have one legit high end center prospect in Larkin.  I see AA as more of a winger with his skill set.  Defense is a need too, but the Oilers are loaded with top flight young forwards and could move one.  I don't see any young high end defensemen available.


And by the time Datsyuk and Z retire who knows who they could have drafted by then or signed in FA. What if Mantha turns out better then Draisaitl because there is no proof he will be a number one center either. He's just as unknown as Mantha at this point.

#2614861 Wings open to trading Mantha and/or their 1st Round Pick

Posted by darkmanx on 16 June 2015 - 08:07 PM

Sheahan, Mantha, Ouellet, and the Wings first for Drasaitil and their second


No thanks.


We need defense, not to destroy our forward depth while we're at it.

#2614551 Wings open to trading Mantha and/or their 1st Round Pick

Posted by darkmanx on 15 June 2015 - 06:55 PM

Where did I say holland added a player cause he's friends with a gm? Geez ... I was here sayin we should get cole cause he'd be a good fit and shouldn't cost as much since he was a older ufa and not an elite guy

I don't think I was overvalued jarnkrok at the time ... He was considered our number 1 prospect for along time and and I think he was even at the time of the trade? Not sure

Made top nhl prospect lists , praised by andersen and other scouts ... And we give him up along with a 2nd for david legwand of all people?

When the trade happened wings organization basically said he was a bust so we wouldn't be pissed off ...anyways it's far too soon to say he's gonna be a bust , I think at the least he's gonna be a 3rd line guy ... We'll see

I'm over it cause I see a lot of potential coming up .... And I'd much rather give up Gus or Tatar than a mantha in a deal


Wings don't make the playoffs without that trade. Legwand and Mule went on a tear together and won us a bunch of games.


To you that may not be important, unfortunately you don't run the team and it matters to them.