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#2609588 Players who might be available due to teams cap issues

Posted by number9 on 21 May 2015 - 11:20 PM

I see the Hawks letting Sharp walk and/or trading Hossa before anything happening with Seabrook. They have young players who can fill wing rolls. Not so much at D.

#2609330 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by number9 on 21 May 2015 - 10:21 AM

It's destined to happen.  It's got to happen.  Bring Jimmy Home BABY!

We've missed the wiz train so many times now I'm starting to think it'll never happen. Seems like he's perpetually available though, at no fault of his own. Not counting this Duck stint.

#2609329 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by number9 on 21 May 2015 - 10:17 AM

Only, and I mean only if you reconsider following Kurt Cobain fanpage on facebook.

U ranggggggg?
Why are we talking about the guy from Wendy's?

#2609268 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by number9 on 20 May 2015 - 11:03 PM

And in this corner... skating out of Canton Michigan... former captain of the once Plymouth Whalers... JAMES "THE WIZ" "WHITE LIGHTNING" WISSSSSSSSSSNIEWWWWWWWWWSKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

#2609265 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by number9 on 20 May 2015 - 10:50 PM

Blashill knows how loaded this teams pipeline is. I'm sure he'll be chomping at the bit as soon he's done competing for another Calder Cup.


It's really almost storybook. He coached them to a championship in the minors and now he'll do it in the pros.


Meanwhile Toronto thinks everything is going to turn around (like they think every year) because they got Babs. On their end it's pretty much comical... they finally realize just how bad things are, how that roster needs a complete rebuild and overhaul, and then, just when they're about to actually do just that, they are reinvigorated with false hope with the signing of Babs. My prediciton: Their is some initial success. They augment the roster to win now, and it pays off, but not enough to achieve anything of real significance. They linger is mediocrity, much like Babs did his last few years in Detroit. 

Yes it is a 99% chance that Blashill is next. That could be good or bad. Never been a NHL head coach. The only other guy of interest would be Dan Bylsma-another Michigan guy with a career winning % of .628 which is better than Babcock (.620)! Both guys are in their early 40's.


Now I do have a question for those that question what Babs meant to this team. How many guys were under acheiving? Very few. Most of our players were play at or above their talent levels. Yes Franzen, Smith, and Jurco can and should be doing more, but that is it. Now keep in mind we had to win our last 1 or 2 games each of the last few years to even make the playoffs. That was due to Babs. he got us there. Can the next coach-whomever it ends up being, keep doing that?


Kindl, Quincey, Ericsson, Weiss, White, Samuelsson, Tootoo, Cleary, Commodore, Modano, and apparently to some Kronwall, Zetterberg, and Howard as well.


PS Bylsma sucks

#2608645 Question for the Board regarding Babcock

Posted by number9 on 19 May 2015 - 06:48 PM

I like Babcock.  I think he has achieved allot with some below average teams.  My impression (just reading all the same stuff everybody else does) is that he would really like to stay, but just doesn't see the team as competitive as it needs to be.  If I am being honest with myself I don't think this team is worthy of a top coach.  Too many holes, Hank & Pav are just too old.  It is the end of a great era.  I have my doubts but I am hopeful that Holland can add a couple of the right D & a few forwards within the next three years.  


At the end of the day Babs will have to move on if he wants a crack at a team that isn't going to limp into the 1st round and actually has a shot. 


So the Buffalo Sabres?



#2608564 Free agents this off season

Posted by number9 on 19 May 2015 - 12:43 PM

I am not the type that thinks size is the only thing that matters. However when you get a guy that has good skill and can actually do more than goon it up hell yeah it would be a good idea to draft him.

I hope he can do more than goon it up... Kid won't fit in the penalty box. HOLY SMOKES HES HUGE

Would definitely not be opposed to drafting greenway. his final north American rank is 47th too (according to nhl.com). Seems like he has steal potential in the late second or early third. Can't help but wonder what moved him back though..? his mid season ranking was 22nd in NA.

It's his attitude. He's got an arrogant side. But that's pretty understandable when you realize he's been look down on everyone else his whole life.

We must look like ants to him.

#2608555 Free agents this off season

Posted by number9 on 19 May 2015 - 12:23 PM

Yup Greenway

Whoa, just look at him. I kept trying to zoom out until I realized that I was just looking at a really big boy.

#2608520 Question for the Board regarding Babcock

Posted by number9 on 19 May 2015 - 10:52 AM

I am a HUGE Babcock fan and want him to return... but here's the question:
Let's say Babs comes into the meeting today with the Wings' Brass and says Buffalo is offering $5 million a year... Will you match it? If not I will head to Upstate NY.
What would you do? Match any offer or let him walk and bring Blashill up?
Just wondering, because it seems like a 50-50 split amongst people saying bring him back whatever the cost or just let him go.

Let him walk. Just cause it doesn't affect the cap is not a reasonable excuse to ridiculously overpay someone.

#2608234 2015 Draft

Posted by number9 on 17 May 2015 - 09:39 PM

I do think helm and abdelkader will be resigned and be life long wings ... I think miller will/should be gone when his contract ends ... I'd personally replace him now with a bigger body on the 4th to go with glendening and Ferraro next season (I know it won't happen though)


I think everyone underestimates what Miller does for this team. If he was expendable we would have traded him over Eaves (eaves being RH). I love me some Miller time.

#2608195 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by number9 on 17 May 2015 - 03:32 PM

Hope he goes to Sabres if he leaves. That 3rd rounder practically becomes a 2nd then.

#2608021 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by number9 on 15 May 2015 - 04:41 PM

Same here and then people will realize how hard it is to replace the best coach in hockey by far.
I mean Babcock got this team into the playoffs when most people were thinking they'd maybe contend for a top 10 draft pick

Most people?

#2607942 What's our draft position this year? And best defensemen available

Posted by number9 on 15 May 2015 - 10:28 AM

I'm so confused by this thread.  Frank, you aren't even from Michigan are you?  What do you care?
Or is your argument that ALL TEAMS should try as hard as possible to only employ guys who grew up there? 

Yeah and all these Euros should stay in their own leagues. Taking money and jerbs from good NA boys.

#2607929 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by number9 on 15 May 2015 - 06:36 AM

After Mrazek we don't have anyone who looks to be better than a longshot to make the NHL. McCollum may not be back. We may have to make a choice between Howard and Mrazek after next year. Again, it's not necessarily an immediate concern such that we need one in the 1st round, but it does need to be addressed. 
Most of those guys aren't centers and half of them don't even look like they'll be NHLers.
Yeah, I see now. Turgeon is kind of a stretch but whatever. I think you're letting the current Wings roster color your opinion of our prospects. Bet if Datsyuk and Zetterberg were already gone you'd be a lot less confident in our center depth.
Regardless, we're not likely to find a top d-man or top center picking 19th. What were likely to get is more of what we already have. Good promise but a long way to go. 

6 player center, Larkin and AA projected as top 6

#2607871 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by number9 on 14 May 2015 - 09:38 PM

You gave 6 actually, and even with Sheahan and Glendening as locks for two spots, it is an enormous leap of faith to think any of our prospects can fill the two top 6 C spots. Sheahan is maybe close to be a 2/3 tweener, but doesn't look like he'll go any higher. AA and Nosek both had mediocre first years, slightly better than Helm and Emmerton, slightly worse than Abby. Hardly very promising. Holmstrom wasn't anything special, good playoff run aside, and has yet to play in NA.


Dekeyser is already closer to being a top pair D than any of our centers are to being top 6. Smith is at least 3rd pair. XO and Marchenko both spent time in the NHL, and looked decent. Both look more like good NHL players than AA, Nosek, or Holmstrom have shown. Sproul and Jensen have more questions, but I wouldn't say they're any worse than our centers.


All we really have at center is Larkin being way over-hyped. Just like we had people wanting to buy out Franzen to give Mantha a spot on the Wings before this year. He had a good year, bot not amazing or anything. It's a huge gamble to assume he's the answer to our future center needs.


Not trying to say we have everything we'll ever need on defense. We have needs at both positions, but we have good depth at both as well. Looks like there will be a better selection of defensemen available at 19, but if there's a good center available it would be just as good a pick.


Biggest organizational need is probably goalie, though since the immediate future seems set I wouldn't want to see one in the 1st round. 3rd or 4th for that is fine.


So did Jarnkrok and Janmark. Take out our top 4 prospects at any position and it would look bad. 


At forward: Mantha, Larkin, AA, Bertuzzi, Holmstrom, Callahan, Ferraro, Frk, Tvrdon, Pulkinnen, Nastasiuk, Nosek, Turgeon.... and there's a few more we drafted last year who could emerge yet. I'm much more content at forward than I am with the D. 12 forwards who performed well is a whole lineup.


Did I say Frk performed well? Oops, I'm hoping he turns it around.