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#2607338 WMHC 2015

Posted by amato on 12 May 2015 - 10:54 AM

comparing their roster to the rest of the teams, canada better go undefeated :P  


but wow, nice comeback effort by the czechs. setting up Larkin for the game winner ;) 

#2607157 WCF : (3) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (1) Anaheim Ducks

Posted by amato on 11 May 2015 - 11:09 AM

I just hope whoever wins this, loses next round. that pretty much sums up my thoughts on this series. 


although please God, no habs-hawks cup final!! (knocks on allllllll the wood) 

#2607153 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by amato on 11 May 2015 - 10:53 AM

babs toured buffalo's facilities on sunday evening... 




According to the Buffalo News, Pegula was part of Babcock’s tour, along with Sabres GM Tim Murray; the News also reported that the Sabres issued a “no comment” about its coaching search, and would continue to do so until the new bench boss was hired.

Babcock and Murray are familiar with one another, having worked together in Anaheim from 2002-04. Babcock led the upstart Ducks to the 2003 Stanley Cup Final, eventually losing in Game 7 to New Jersey.



#2607123 2015 Draft

Posted by amato on 11 May 2015 - 07:45 AM

Count me in on the Meloche band wagon. I've heard very little about draft prospects but he sounds like he has potential to be a solid defenseman.. unless someone better happens to drop to us. But really, seeing that it's a deep draft class, I fully expect Holland to trade down.. so hopefully Meloche drops a little too..?

#2606730 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by amato on 08 May 2015 - 12:06 PM

Helene St. James ✔@HeleneStJames
Ken Holland not granting NHL teams permission to talk to Jeff Blashill. Definite candidate for Red Wings if Babcock leaves.
12:17 PM - 8 May 2015

Not necessarily a lock but, you gotta think blashill would be the favorite..

#2606724 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by amato on 08 May 2015 - 11:50 AM

Maybe that girl is cute, has a nice smile, shares the same interest as he does, gets him a beer & rubs his back after some lovin?
Nuthin is worse than finding out the new girl isn't in the same league as the old.

From my understanding - it's the 3rd round pick for 3 seasons (3 picks in all).

I believe it's one third round pick in any of the next three drafts.. the team signing babs would get to choose.

Wings GM Ken Holland says compensation draft pick for Mike Babcock would be at other team's choice - one time within frame of next 3 years.
Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) May 8, 2015

#2606672 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by amato on 08 May 2015 - 06:51 AM

Bertuzzi seems like he came out of nowhere.  I remember when the Wings drafted him most folks on LGW looked at it as a throw-away pick, or a favor to Todd Bertuzzi or something along those lines.  Ever since he was drafted, though, the kid has been exceeding everyone's expectations (except perhaps the Wings' organization, who may have knows the potential this kid had the whole time (?)).
Now he is on my list of most anticipated players to see in a Wings' uniform, along with Athanasiou, Larkin, and Mantha.

Maybe little Bert purposely underperformed just enough to go a few rounds into the draft so the wings would get him.. and uncle Todd just let the wings know of the master plan. Then he started playing toward his potential after being drafted :ninja:

#2606670 Free agents this off season

Posted by amato on 08 May 2015 - 06:45 AM

JVR is one player I've wanted to have for a while now. I just don't see Holland giving up the necessary players to get him though.

He's only 26 too and could easily be a part of their rebuild unless he requests a trade out of that gong show. But I haven't heard anything even hinting at him being unhappy there unfortunately.

#2606666 Franzen on IR

Posted by amato on 08 May 2015 - 06:21 AM

For Franzen's case, he would still get paid, right, if he went on LTIR.

Yes, he would still get paid his salary.

#2606523 Franzen on IR

Posted by amato on 07 May 2015 - 10:40 AM





“I feel a lot better. I was in a really dark place maybe not the first month because you think it’s going to get better. But then when it doesn’t get better, you start wondering.”




“Certainly the message the last month was he wanted to play,” said Red Wings’ GM Ken Holland. “He told us a couple weeks ago he felt great and was on the right path. If we advanced in the playoffs he was hoping he’d be available. Then he had a bit of a setback.

“People with concussions it’s hard to know, but the hope is over the summer he gets 100 percent healthy.”

As for his future in the game, both Franzen and Holland are unsure if the Wings’ forward will play again.

“I don’t think anybody knows,” Holland said. “When you’re dealing with people that have concussions and he’s (had) a bit of a history. That’s a decision that’ll be determined between Mule and Dr. (Jeffrey) Kutcher.”

Added Franzen: “I have no clue, but I’m just happy I’m feeling better. Hopefully, it’s going to progress a little bit every week and I will be fine.”




Poor guy, glad to hear he's doing better.


The article also mentions that he'll likely stay on LTIR if he decides to stop playing. 


As mentioned before, I hope he hangs them up just for his long term health and his children's sake








#2606484 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by amato on 07 May 2015 - 08:03 AM


#2606355 CapGeek fans

Posted by amato on 06 May 2015 - 11:02 AM

:clap:  this is awesome news. Thank you. 

#2606093 Jim Devellano on Mantha's play: "Very disappointing"

Posted by amato on 05 May 2015 - 10:45 AM

Mantha responds (quite professionally too) :




Mantha didn't dodge that after the Griffins eliminated the Marlies.

"Personally, I think I underachieved a little bit," he said. "Obviously, I would have liked, say 50, 60, 70 points. That was my goal at the start of the season. Obviously, I didn't achieve that, but it's not over.


"I could have a great impact in the playoffs. Who knows? Only one goal could make a difference between winning a series or not. A block shot, one-on-one battles. It's not over and I want to show them I can still play great hockey."





"I need to work on my strength, for sure," he said. "I need to work on a lot of aspects of my play, like getting quicker on my skates ... I got better as the year went along but I need to keep growing for the summer."




"Obviously, I would have liked to score my first shift, first game but that's always the way it goes," he said of his start to the playoffs. "I just need to keep pushing and play even harder."






edit: also from that article, holland's thoughts on Mantha's season....



Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, when asked about Mantha, said his future will be determined by how he reacts to this season.

"I think he's going through adversity," Holland said. "And I think when you (face) adversity in life and learn to deal with it, you become a better person and a better player. I'm sure he expected to score a lot of goals down here.

"Lots of players down here (in the AHL) are going to be in the NHL in the next couple years. What he knows he has to do is go home and hit the gym hard in the summertime. You got to come to training camp in September determined that you're not getting a conversation that you're going back to Grand Rapids. And if you do, you build upon what you've done."

#2605946 Jim Devellano on Mantha's play: "Very disappointing"

Posted by amato on 04 May 2015 - 04:32 PM

Yeah, trading him after one mediocre season after coming off a broken leg at age 19/20 doesn't sound like the red wings way.. seems like this is more to try to get Mantha working harder in the playoffs and motivating him to work hard this off season. Hopefully he realizes the potential he has.

#2605787 ECSF: Tampa Bay Crying Coopers vs. Montreal Complaining Canadiens

Posted by amato on 03 May 2015 - 08:49 PM

I believe they prefer to be referred to as "Ouverrated Gutteaur Trash du Montreál"

This makes me sad that I can only like a post one time :P