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#2564224 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 18 January 2015 - 01:50 PM

Sproul was our best defender for a while there, playing great hockey, while paired with Paetsch. The past few games he has been paired with Brennan Evans and he hasn't looked near as good. A lot can be said about the veteran presence of a guy like Nathan Paetsch, he makes whoever he is paired with, that much better. There's no question that Marchenko is our most consistent, and definitely most NHL ready defenseman. He is more of a shut down defender but can put up some points as well. He doesn't shoot very often, despite having a pretty decent shot, he is also a very underrated passer. He leads the Griffins defense in points, despite getting very little power-play time, spending most of his time at even strength and penalty kill.


Mantha hasn't been playing as well as many had anticipated, but he's right where I figured he would be at this point. I said that I think he will start to pick it up after Christmas and I still expect that to be the case. He has been playing much better as of late, although he did have a pretty forgettable game last night, with a couple horrendous turnovers. The thing that I still see Mantha lacking, is what he was labeled for in his draft year, up until he supposedly proved everyone wrong in his final year of junior. He lacks compete level. Often times he will give the puck away and then show little to no effort in trying to get it back. He doesn't back check the way he should, and until he improves his defensive game, I don't see him making the jump to the NHL. I'm sure Blashill has had talks with him and I'm sure he will get it straightened out, but until then, he will remain down in Grand Rapids.

#2564172 Randy Carlyle relieved of his duties by Leafs

Posted by rick zombo on 18 January 2015 - 03:14 AM

Their owners hate each other, still haven't replaced that big mouth VP Leiweke once they do their management structure will become even more confusing. I'm wondering 2 why they haven't thought about Shero the guy knows how to build a winner and isn't afraid of hard decisions. I've read somewhere that Nonis was very happy with the guy in the background and that Tannenbaum plus the Rogers and bell board are meddling with the team operations. If that is true the rebuild should start at the top and not just with the players. Leafs are a classic example of having too many cooks in the kitchen.


You mean the guy that publicly stated that the Leaf’s players have no character? Yeah, how dare anyone do that. What a bigmouth. Maybe even a rat.  :glare:

#2563233 Mike Yeo (Wild) Has Meltdown At Practice

Posted by T.Low on 14 January 2015 - 05:34 PM

That guy has lost his father not long ago, his team plays like crap and Yeo has only screaming is a last answer.

No one would like to go to the ring under that circumstances

#2562906 1/13 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Sabres 1

Posted by Hockeymom1960 on 13 January 2015 - 07:23 PM

Ok so why are they singing the Canadian national anthem?  Last time I knew Buffalo and Detroit were in the U.S.

#2562444 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by Dabura on 11 January 2015 - 05:22 AM

He wants to score, that's it.


Nope. Watch him play. Going back to that game against the Blackhawks, for example...




#10 Nail Yakupov, 8. Finished a hard check on Brent Seabrook as the Chicago defenceman cycled the puck to Duncan Keith; Keith gave the puck away and Pouliot cashed in for Edmonton’s first goal of the night…


tried to pass across to Roy but it was blocked and the puck almost bounced right into the Chicago net…


made a bad giveaway to create a shorthanded rush for Chicago but recovered [My note: didn't just recover. Skated as hard as he could on the backcheck] and broke up the play in the Oilers’ zone…


He hits, backchecks, and tends to pass when he should shoot. That's him in 2014-15. I'd actually say his play with the puck has been more concerning than his play without it.


He's a good kid who's learning to play the right way.

#2562006 Lines Thread

Posted by Son of a Wing on 09 January 2015 - 12:59 PM

Saw this on Reddit



#2561860 Randy Carlyle relieved of his duties by Leafs

Posted by frankgrimes on 08 January 2015 - 03:24 PM

The lazy Kessel is top 10 in scoring without having a number one center. The Toronto media hates him because he doesn't talk add much as Lupul and of course his former coach knows how Kessel is now.. Ich But hey if the guy is such a problem send him to Detroit and put him on Pasha 's wing This player beat cancer, is shy, scores 30+ goals every year and yet he is blamed for Torontos problems this town would criticise Stamkos if he doesn't score every other game just crazy

#2561771 1/7 GDT: Red Wings 3 at Flames 2

Posted by krsmith17 on 08 January 2015 - 11:22 AM

Trade Mrazek, he is TRASH!!!


Seriously? "Let's not be complacent now"? "Not let this pass without accountability"? What do you propose the team should do? It was a bad goal, and I'm sure Petr is quite aware of his mistake. Relax...

#2561485 1/7 GDT: Red Wings 3 at Flames 2

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 07 January 2015 - 09:49 PM

I haven't seen a goalie that out of position since NHL 12. 

#2561354 Time for Teemu?

Posted by daniel1 on 07 January 2015 - 04:06 PM

Am I getting this right?

You people are arguing over which young player Holland should TRADE in order to make room for a Pulkinnen call-up?


We don't need to trade Jurco. Just get rid of Cleary and call up Teemu! Alternate Jurco/Teemu in the lineup and see what he's got. I would even sit Franzen and Weiss a time or two to see if they can step up their game. We would still have Andersson for "depth" and it would give Teemu some experience at the NHL level. If he performs like Gus did last year then so be it. Give the spot to him and Jurco can watch a few games till someone gets injured. The odds of Mule going the next 40 games without an injury are slim to none; he's more accident prone than teenagers on prom night lol.


Put Teemu on the third line with Sheehan as his center to feed him the puck just below the faceoff dot so he can unleash that wicked one-timer.








(Cleary waived/GR)






Quincey/Lashoff (GR?)

(Kindl taken out)

#2561349 Time for Teemu?

Posted by daniel1 on 07 January 2015 - 03:45 PM

There worst thing is they keep playing the same way they've done since an imperative start... At least some players would gain experience or get show cased for a trade.

Absolutely! Imagine if we would have had Gus on our roster last year all the way from training camp. It's f@cking ludicrous that Cleary and Andersson are taking up roster spots over Teemu right now. I could see it if he was struggling down there or this was his first year in the AHL but he's leading his fricking league in goals! He also fits a niche need that we have right now for a right handed shot (HARD, ACCURATE right handed shot no less). I realize Kenny wants the prospects to be over-ripe before we bring them up but there's also a point where you have to bring them up if they're better players than what you have on your roster. It killed me last year to see some of the scrubs we were trying to recycle rather than giving Gus and Tatar a chance.


Oullette needs to stay up, Teemu needs to be called up. Cleary needs to be DFA'd/waived, Kindl needs to be taken out; (Like to dinner? No, like "taken out", put down, double-tapped, wacked. Whaaaaat??). Then we trade for another solid D so Q can play his more natural position - 7th D-man press box.

#2561326 1/6 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Edmonton Oilers 2

Posted by rick zombo on 07 January 2015 - 01:25 PM

How'd Weiss look last night?  It's a little disappointing he didn't show up on the stat sheet with the extra minutes, but wonder if he was still noticeable out there.  



Probably our best player along with Tatar and Datsyuk.


Yeah. Weiss looked great.


I can see why he might fail Babcock's "eye test" because he's not hard or heavy on the puck at all. Or even looking at possesion numbers, he might not fair well because he doesn't keep the puck for long. He makes plays quickly. Quick short pasees, things like this.


But when you play him with skilled players (as was the case last night) you can see that his hands and IQ are top notch.

#2560754 WJC 2015 Starting today

Posted by SDavis35 on 05 January 2015 - 09:30 PM

This was the first time in years that I've actually supported Canada winning, but I feel bad for the Russians right now, goalies aren't getting the job done. 


Edit: I take it back, this game is now interesting. 

#2560669 Time for Teemu?

Posted by Echolalia on 04 January 2015 - 09:30 PM

I agree it would be good to bring up a pure scorer but I think if Holland planned on bringing up a kid he would end up skipping him for Mantha just to get a look at what he can do in the NHL

Mantha still has his hands full adjusting to the AHL.  Pulkkinen has paid his dues in the AHL, is tearing it up down there, and is most likely not only to not be a liability on an NHL team, but potentially contribute.  I can't possibly see Holland bring up Mantha over Pulkkinen given how the two have performed so far this year.

#2560671 WJC 2015 Starting today

Posted by Son of a Wing on 04 January 2015 - 10:05 PM

Canada's looking better now.  Started slow.


Shots 14-2 in the third.  Slovak goalie standing on his head and playing amazing.