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#2643564 Ray Emery signs PTO with Toronto Marlies

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 19 December 2015 - 04:17 AM

He was diagnosed with avascular necrosis, where the femur heads lose blood supply and begin collapsing (incidentally this is something I was diagnosed with and am currently recovering from surgery from).  He had a different surgery than me though, I believe his was a vascularized fibular graft.  Essentially they drilled a few holes into his femur head, and clipped off a part of his fibula from his shin and inserted it into the femur head, and connected the blood supply from the graft to the local vessels.  Recovery is supposed to be a *****, but for me personally its exciting to see him on the ice (even if he was a goon), especially for him to be a goalie and have to have hip joints in excellent shape.  I hope he makes his way back to the NHL.

That's not new, though. He was diagnosed about 5 years ago. He did comeback with the Ducks and the Blackhawks and he was nominated for the Masterton trophy about 4 years ago. He was great for the Ducks and Blackhawks, but he wasn't for the Flyers (where goalies go to kill their careers). He is 33 so I doubt he'll make a second comeback. His story is inspiring anyway. 


He does seem to be a jerk. I remember when he was in Ottawa there was a bunch of stories about him being a problem. He fought teammate Brian McGratton (no need for pictures GMRwings) in practice and I think Chris Neil too in another incident. There were other controversies that I forget the specifics of, but they lead to them buying out his contract and he went to the KHL since no one wanted to sign him due to his reputation. Then he had an incident in the KHL where he fought his team's trainer after the guy put a hat on his head after he was pulled.


And, yes, the Holtby incident was classless.

#2643315 That lazy Mantha....

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 18 December 2015 - 06:24 PM

If you're big, and not a goon, people turn on you.


Even if he doesn't hit, fight, scrap, etc. size is still an extra asset. It's hard to move big guys. They have extra reach, etc. People seem to miss this and just say "he's big and doesn't use his size." Not every big player should have to have an edge. If they're a goal scorer I don't see why it matters as long as they score (which Franzen did). 

#2643209 The Killer Instict

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 17 December 2015 - 02:12 PM

Agreed on Lidstrom as well. Kenny did'nt plan ahead for it, unless he thought Kronwall was going to be wayyy better than he is. 

Just to add to what BoS and kliq said, there was always going to be a dip after Lidstrom retired, but on top of that, we had a number of other unexpected hits to the D corps. Rafalski retired out of the blue, Stuart asked for a trade for family reasons. That's 3 of our top 4 at the time gone in a couple of years. I think Kenny has done a good job rebuilding with these hits to the roster.


And he did prepare for Lidstrom's retirement. People forget that we had Jiri FIscher. Fischer would still be playing (he's 35) and would have been in the top 4 for this adjustment period after Lidstrom. Just imagine the past few years with that 6' 5", first round defensive stalwart in the mix. I don't think Holland can be blamed for not accounting for a heart problem. On top of him, we used other 1st round draft picks for Dmen that just didn't develop to their high potential (Kindl, Smith).

#2643183 Goalie Battle

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 16 December 2015 - 08:36 PM

Wings try a new radical strategy.


Giving the term goalie tandem a whole new meaning

Mraz: "Okay, Jimmy I'll take care of handling the puck. It's your job to face wash Crosby whenever he's around..."

#2643102 12/14 GDT : Buffalo Sabres at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 15 December 2015 - 12:58 AM

yeah, but you don't have Pulk for about 6 more weeks, and that's well into february. I'd like to see more from Pulk but he kinda feels like a one-trick pony that doesn't get much aside from that powerful slapshot that breaks more sticks than it banks goals. 


I'd like to see some good old Z-Dats-Abby and I really like how that Tat-Shea-Ny line's been playing. So with the roster as is, I don't know how Dylark-Richards-Helm could work, with both their speed and RIchards experience maybe they could produce more. Larkin works wherever you play him.

I had a momentary brain lapse there and forgot Pulkkinen was injured. I don't think we'd scratch him if he was healthy so I don't know what I was thinking. 

I agree about the TSN line and I like you're lines. The only reason split them up was cause I didn't fully like Pulkkinen on Datsyuk's wing and was trying to find an alternative. I like yours and I think Richards would work better at Center.



He's quoted as saying he thinks he's missing something. 

A sniper on his wing? just messing...


Yeah, I heard that comment too. He looks like he has his hands, but something with his skating is off. Maybe it's just building back his conditioning. It makes sense since ankle surgery would make you pretty dormant for a while on top of missing training camp.

#2643079 12/14 GDT : Buffalo Sabres at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 14 December 2015 - 10:18 PM

Here comes some of the posters we haven't seen for a while. 


We didn't play a great game, but we had enough to win. Just too many missed opportunities. Pav's post, Helm's shorty, Jurco's reluctant penalty shot, Nyquist at the buzzer.


Well, I'll clear the way now for the "we suck" and "Fire Holland" talk.

#2642520 12/11 GDT : Red Wings at New Jersey Devils, 7:00 EST

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 12 December 2015 - 03:17 AM

This loss made a s***ty day even s***tier, Henrique and Zajac didn't play right? So how the f*** did we lose man, this team could win almost every night if they want to. I understand it was a back to back but they were without 1c and 2c this isf****** embarrassing, Some guys on this team only play 42 games a year.

What is it a 13 game point streak. Consistent effort hasn't really been a problem for a while. Back-to-Back, 3 games in 4 days. Wings played great for the first 2 periods than lost gas in the 3rd.

Out of a sample size of what? 1 time? You gonna bench Brady and Gronk for the one interception Brady throws and tell me "facts are facts"? Your "facts" are not facts at all. They are opinions. Smith is a great skater. Nyquist and Tatar are great shooters. Both skating and shooting are at a premium with the open ice 3 on 3 affords. That's why the coach put them out there, probably. We got scored on. Simple as that. If it was the Stanley Cup finals, I'm sure defensive responsibility would have been more of a concern. But it was OT of a road game in December. Rolled the dice and came up snake eyes. No biggie.

Wait, so our 3-on-3 line was Smith-Tat-Nyquist? To me that is a mistake. They're all prone to giveaways and not the best defensively. You're right that "Smith is a great skater. Nyquist and Tatar are great shooters." but it's just the combo of all 3 that's bad. Especially when Devils were playing such good man-on-man coverage in OT.


Good game. Howard deserved the win. Jurco had a few good shifts that I noticed, which is encouraging. We're 3 points behind Montreal for top in the east!

#2642329 12/11 GDT : Red Wings at New Jersey Devils, 7:00 EST

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 11 December 2015 - 08:30 PM

Tatar!!!!! HOWard!!!!!

#2642291 12/11 GDT : Red Wings at New Jersey Devils, 7:00 EST

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 11 December 2015 - 06:01 PM

I don't think getting warmed up to go into a game is much an obstacle to overcome. There are exercise bikes for aerobics, there are players who are perpetually benched for OT that can take practice shots with a practice puck in the back, or even the trainer or something, goalies can throw a super ball against a wall to keep reflexes sharp once OT starts. If you're in the group that believes that warming up is an issue, then it's an issue that can be solved without too much trouble. And even if someone argued that no amount of prep can truly get you into game form the way 30 minutes of practice on the ice before a game does, we're still weighing whatever perceived disadvantage that brings against Howard's very quantifiable disadvantage in the shootout, warmed up or otherwise.
Specifically pertaining to the bolded: I'm interested to know if this is actually true and if there is quantifiable evidence that supports goalies having a lower save % for the first handful of shots they take relative to the rest of the game, or even their running average. As of now I'm skeptical.

Warmup can refer to stretching muscles. That's seems to be how you're using the word. So yes, Mrazek may not pull his groin.


The other kind of of warmup is getting in tune with the angles of the ice, rhythm of the game, and being mentally present and sharp on your reflexes. Sitting on the bench for 3 hours is not conducive to this. 1st thing probably every coach ever has said when there's a goalie change is "test him early" or "get some shots on him when he's finding his rhythm." I think there's wisdom in these cliches and I've seen it work, though I don't know how you'd find stats to back it up.


The best argument against it is Kip's, though. Replacing Howard with Mrazek for shootouts would maybe gains us 2 extra points over the course of the year (assuming we have 4 shootouts during this year). Meanwhile we'd be shaking Howie's confidence and maybe alienating him, which could result in losing possibly many points due to losing half of our great goaltending duo.

#2642283 Great Reffing?

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 11 December 2015 - 05:00 PM

As much as I dislike Neal and think he deserved a diving penalty, I don't think any ref should say "f*** you" to a player. Keep it respectful. They're not the ones that are supposed to be emotionally involved in the game.

#2641592 Our penalty killers, WIIM article

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 08 December 2015 - 12:24 PM

Yeah, WiiM has been writing anti-Glendening stuff since he first got on the team, when he scored 12 last year, despite the impact of him against the Lightning...


Shea Weber personally knocked our PK down to 13th in the league, but it's been quite good. It's interesting that this article was written before Miller was injured. This next stretch will essentially answer the question in the article at least relating to Miller's importance on the PK. The first game without Miller was a strong argument against this article. We'll see where it goes from here.


Also, to make the case they're trying to make they would have to show how Miller and Glen's advance stats stack up against other 4th liners and PKers. Showing how they rank in the league at large ignores their usage.


I'm quite happy about how the team's been playing. Keep rolling with what we have, get Pav, Richards, Helm, Jurco, Sheahan going - those are the developments that I feel will make us better.

#2641434 Bummer, Miller & Pulkkinen out a while

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 05 December 2015 - 10:01 PM

Callahan needs to play the same in Detroit as he does in GR. What I've seen of him in limited time against NHL players, he acts scared.

He's played 1 NHL game and, according to hockey-reference.com, has a total of 9:01 NHL ice time. I don't think that's enough to judge how he plays against NHL players. Most players are probably scared their first NHL game.

#2641336 musicians that are red wing fans?

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 05 December 2015 - 12:06 PM

Jack black looks like a live action version of a Tim Burton character.
I second removing Chad Kroeger (aka spaghetti-mop, although i think his hair looks more like ramen noodles) from the list of recognized red wings fans.

You think Kroeger is bad, Justin Beiber is apparently a RWs fan. There are photos of him with many Red Wings hats, but I won't mess up the board with that.


Here's Patti Smith: She was married to Sonic Smith from the MC5 and I think she lived in Detroit for a while.

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#2641195 12/3 GDT : Arizona Coyotes at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 03 December 2015 - 10:56 PM

PVD, ya I saw the Helm goal, good on him! Maybe it'll get him some confidence.  But if you watch the replay, he tried his damnedest to miss the open net, almost clanking it off the cross bar. That would've been hilarious!


Anyhow, two players out, if they miss Saturday's game, who comes in? You would think Jurco and Andy would be the ones, but will one of them get bypassed for AA?

I was just teasing since I know you've been bagging on Helm.


With Miller likely out, that's obviously a 4th liner gone so I see Andersson getting the call. Long shot, but I noticed Callahan has the second most goals in GR - Since we need a grinder, I've wanted to see him get another game here.


As for Pulkkinen's replacement, it has to be Jurco. He should be playing anyway and it would be a bad sign/big diss to not put him in now. 

#2640777 12/1 GDT : Buffalo Sabres at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 01 December 2015 - 10:44 PM

Helm stood out to me as not having a great third and OT.

I thought so too. I was thinking a goal for him or Sheahan. It would be nice to those 2 going, but we got Miller and Abby off the snide tonight so I shouldn't ask for too much.