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#2557547 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by number9 on 18 December 2014 - 04:56 PM

Helm = Untouchable








Unless someone can catch up to him :hehe:

#2557613 Oilers schedule presser tomorrow

Posted by DeGraa55 on Yesterday, 10:09 AM

The edminton sun seems to think so :P

LOL they stole my insight!

#2557608 Rank our griffins d prospects

Posted by Jesusberg on Yesterday, 09:16 AM

He's also behind Kronwall, Ericsson, Dekeyser, Smith, Quincey, and apparently, Paetch and Evans.


If he's our 5th best prospect currently in the AHL, the chances of him ever sniffing the Wings are practically nil, whether he's playing every night or not. You can say he's a very good prospect, but don't gloss over that he's also apparently unable to win a regular spot in an AHL lineup at the moment.


Prospects wash out all the time. All over the league. 5th round picks do so much more often than not. I bet Gleason Fournier wasn't too happy that he sucked too much for the AHL, but he wasn't European so no one wrote a story about it. Did anyone here care? We feeling that loss? The pool of future NHL players is not going to say to themselves, "Hey, this one time, there was this one 5th round pick who couldn't win a regular AHL spot, and the Wings didn't go out of their way to make it easier for him. Those dicks, I'll never play there."


It's not about anyone being over-ripe, or our development process taking too long, or any unfair treatment. There are spots in GR besides Ouellet's. If Backman can't win one of those other 5, he should be unhappy with himself, not with the organization.


While my "why should we care" comment may have been flippant, and I'd certainly expect the organization to show more tact, I would much rather see them say, "Suck it up. Play better or have fun in Europe." than "Oh, sorry it's too hard for you, let me get one of these better players out of your way so you can play every day.".

I agree with some of your points, but I see things another way on others. Let me preface this by saying that I don't like Backman's tone, and I don't think any player should try to "strong-arm" his way into the line-up by suggesting he'll go elsewhere. That being said...

Backman being the "5th best" prospect in the NHL has less to do with him, and more to do with the talent in front of him. Coming into the year, I don't even think Jensen was on anyone's radar - certainly not mine. Him being unable to get a spot on the blueline right now could have something to do with how Blashill feels about his vets - or wanting to create pairings that are to his liking. Don't quote me on this, but I think he and Sproul were being used as a pairing at one time, and it just didn't take. My point is, there may be an element of circumstance and coaching blended in here, not just Backman's individual talents.

I really don't think Fournier and Backman are the same guy. Fournier looked great in the QMJHL, but never took in the AHL, or the ECHL for that matter. As much as I dislike that he brought it up, the SEL really is a much better league. Backman played well in a men's league, not one in the CHL. It's unfortunate that Fournier didn't pan out, though... I actually liked his game.

Fact is, I do think they have one too many AHL vets on the back-end there. They could have gone without Evans and kept Nedomlel up as the extra in GR. I'm not advocating giving Backman a spot because he's whining and deserves one, but I do think he actually needs regular ice time to adjust to play in North America. Not getting in playing time here really could hurt his long-term game. As I said, I think he's going about it the wrong way, though. This should have been an internal matter.


looks like 30% 



Also, seeing that Paul Maurice used to coach him in Carolina.... so he's a known commodity. That could've had something to do with it.

I saw the 30% yesterday, but didn't think to fix it on here. The Maurice connection didn't even occur to me. Makes more sense now.

#2556885 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by number9 on 15 December 2014 - 01:25 PM


And what if he retires? He is graying u know.

#2557405 Jimmy sucks in a shootout Howard

Posted by hooon on 17 December 2014 - 01:55 AM

Honestly, next shootout they should just throw Mrazek in cold and have Quincey, Ericsson and Al Sobotka as the shooters, because, what the hell, right?

#2557074 Oilers schedule presser tomorrow

Posted by Hockeytown0001 on 16 December 2014 - 12:12 PM

I feel mixed about Nelly taking the job. First, he's a cool guy and is one of the smarter coaches out there. I watched him for years in Muskegon and Grand Rapids and have a few pictures of us after the Muskegon Fury won the UHL Colonial Cup. He's coached at all levels. But... it's Edmonton. Eakins deserved to be fired. I just hope Nelly can turn the Oilers around, but this season is lost. I know it's only interim but maybe that's a good thing for him :)



#2557070 12/16 GDT : Blue Jackets 1 at Red Wings 0 (SO)

Posted by krsmith17 on 16 December 2014 - 11:54 AM

I do like those pairings a lot but the only thing that would make them better would be to switch Quincey and Smith. I really wish DeKeyser and Smith would be reunited, they looked great together.

#2557003 12/16 GDT : Blue Jackets 1 at Red Wings 0 (SO)

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 16 December 2014 - 01:01 AM

Is that really the line up? Gosh I'd rather see Franzen with dat and tat and put helm on third with jurco and Sheahan.


What have Datsyuk and Tatar done wrong to deserve Franzen on their line? 


Mule's gone on Christmas vacation early this year.  Maybe playing less than 14 minutes last game and being demoted to the third line will get his attention.  

#2556960 12/16 GDT : Blue Jackets 1 at Red Wings 0 (SO)

Posted by Hockeytown0001 on 15 December 2014 - 10:44 PM


#2555950 12/12 GDT : Panthers 3 at Red Wings 2 (SO)

Posted by Hockeytown0001 on 12 December 2014 - 11:26 AM

Plus gotta get revenge for the loss last week. 

#2555761 Jimmy sucks in a shootout Howard

Posted by MabusIncarnate on 11 December 2014 - 05:21 AM

I've always wondered if you could track down the Guiness Book of World Records fattest man, strap some pads on him, and just literally plug up the entire net with him. Is there a rule in the NHL rule book about this? Are there weight parameters that say "If the goalie is large enough that there is no longer an opening to the net, he cannot play in the NHL?". It surely would solve our shootout issues if there was no entrance to the net at all. 


If we can keep this thread respectful and on point about Howard's performance in shootouts, and his percentages indeed being among the lowest, it may continue. Let's keep it friendly, it is the holiday season after all. 



#2555792 Babcock "I don't think it will be my final year here"

Posted by hillbillywingsfan on 11 December 2014 - 11:36 AM


#2555167 All-Star voting

Posted by Vladinator16 on 09 December 2014 - 11:08 PM

I think everybody should vote for nothing but goons, Turn the All Star Game into the Brawl Star Game and then it might actually be worth watching. 


Never really cared for the All Star Game, the skills competition yes but the actual All Star Game never really interested me. 

#2552712 Mantha getting closer.

Posted by darkmanx on 30 November 2014 - 06:55 AM

Pulky is now leading the AHL in scoring. 18 GP 23 Points.


He's following the same steps as Tatar and Nyquist.

#2552042 Mantha getting closer.

Posted by BottleOfSmoke on 26 November 2014 - 07:22 PM

Hampus Melen would have like 47 points by now so who's the real top prospect hmmm?