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#2494940 Red Wings have Recalled Pulkkinen from Grand Rapids

Posted by number9 on 13 March 2014 - 04:14 AM

Almqvist has 42 points in 57 AHL games btw. Assist machine. Might be the setup man at D we've been needing.

And can't lie, kind of excited to hear Daniels say "Almqvist to Nyquist, and he scoressssssqvist"

#2494746 3/11 GDT: Red Wings 1 at Blue Jackets 4

Posted by number9 on 12 March 2014 - 08:20 AM

Eventually the higher-ups will realize that it doesn't matter how many soft Euro superstars they draft or acquire... at the end of the day you have to protect your assets, and the DRW have failed to do so for the past 3-4 seasons. We may not find a grittier power-forward with great hands who can also fight, but until they find someone to keep other teams in check, what is to stop them from walking all over us, weathering our man-advantage afterwards?


When Neal was targeting Franzen in (what I believe) was his first or second game back from concussions, the only "enforcer" for the Red Wings by the end of the game was the officials, who threw him out of the game TO PROTECT HIM, because we had NO ONE TO STEP UP. When Stevie Y was still playing for the Wings, McCarty was given the job of making sure he never got messed with. Where is Datsyuk's McCarty? Who is protecting Franzen and his fragile head?


Babcock and KH will eventually realize that there is no point in building a superstar line-up if they refuse to keep them protected. Until then... well, just look at our past couple seasons and our injuries.

Neal and Neil are two different guys, but I know what you're talking about.

Enforcers don't prevent injury. But if I was an opponent coach playing the Wings I would tell all my guys before the game "Look these guys are all soft finesse players. Don't play their game. Play physical and aggressive with them, and just go balls to the wall on them... they're not going to stop you." We need some more BIG guys that wear down the other team and let them know they can't go balls to the wall on us.

#2494721 3/11 GDT: Red Wings 1 at Blue Jackets 4

Posted by number9 on 11 March 2014 - 11:22 PM

True true. I kno it has to an end sometime. This would just be sucha a crappy way to end it (injuries).

#2494714 Howard = Average

Posted by number9 on 11 March 2014 - 11:03 PM

Does no one remember the last two years?

Nope. LGWers live in the moment. Mood swing to mood swing.

#2494713 3/11 GDT: Red Wings 1 at Blue Jackets 4

Posted by number9 on 11 March 2014 - 11:00 PM

At the end of the day I love this franchise bc we always go to the playoffs. We piss excellence. If we don't make it I'll still be a diehard fan, but it will be hard to take the "streak is over" bs from the media and other fans. We've always been a prime target for haters, and I dread the day they have ammo.

#2494640 3/11 GDT: Red Wings 1 at Blue Jackets 4

Posted by number9 on 11 March 2014 - 08:39 PM

Ya win some ya lose some. A couple of wins and we're back in the wild card. Playoff race is far from over.

#2494598 3/11 GDT: Red Wings 1 at Blue Jackets 4

Posted by number9 on 11 March 2014 - 08:26 PM


Honestly, we were playing just as bad and losing just as many games when Hank and Dats were in the lineup.

We need a rebuild.

Any team with Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Franzen, Alfredsson, Kronwall, Howard, and a ton of young guns just hitting their stride doesn't rebuild

#2494522 Legwand to Detroit for Eaves, Jarnkrok + cond 3rd/2nd

Posted by number9 on 11 March 2014 - 08:13 PM


I think you have lofty expectations.  Legwand has reached 60+ points in a season only once, and that was 8 seasons ago.  At age 33/34, do you expect him to suddenly get so much better?  And Franzen has never reached 60 points in a season in his entire career.

The word "could" does not mean I expect anything

Legwand has also been on pace for 60+ three separate seasons, and has never played in a system with good wingers until now. Franzen has been on pace for over 60 twice and is on pace for 70+ right now. So yeah it's something that "could" happen, especially if all this bad injury juju stops

#2494259 Marty St. Louis wants out because The Captain hurt his feelings

Posted by number9 on 11 March 2014 - 02:50 PM

Rather have those picks and Callaman than an old undersized whiner. Let him go play with butt buddy Richards for his final years. He destroyed his legacy in Tampa and Stevie got the better end of this debacle anyway.

Does Alfredsson get his jersey retired in Ottawa???

#2494255 Evgeny Kuznetsov

Posted by number9 on 11 March 2014 - 02:45 PM

Thinks he's better as a right wing. He has played about 50% of his carrer as a RW and 25% as a Center and LW. I doubt he will take Bäckströms spot.

Agreed, I meant more along the lines of when he's playing the top 6 with actual talent we'll know

#2494189 Is the Real Brendan Smith Finally Starting the Show Up?

Posted by number9 on 11 March 2014 - 02:21 AM

PP should be

Kronwall - Smith
Quincey - Kindl

PK should be

Kronwall - Ericsson
Quincey - DeKeyser

Yeah I put on Q on both units, I don't share LGW's overblown hate from him.

#2494188 Legwand to Detroit for Eaves, Jarnkrok + cond 3rd/2nd

Posted by number9 on 11 March 2014 - 02:14 AM

If you want Dats and Z winning a cup before they retire, the trade was right. If Weiss becomes the player he was then we have an incredible veteran top 6.

Zetterberg - Datsyuk - Alfredsson (all three could reach, or be close to, point per game)
Weiss - Legwand - Franzen (all could hit 60+ points)

Then you have our bottom 6 made up of superb young scorers and grinders to choose from: Nyquist, Tatar, Jurco, sheahan, Miller, Helm, Abdelkader, Glendening, Andersson.

Howard and Gus have both struggled with our D (The arguments that Gus is better bc he has "happened" to win more games while in net is ridiculous to me, the skater are not, or at least should not be, affected by the man in the net, I strike it up to coincidence)

We fix the D and this team is a powerhouse

#2494187 If Kronwall isn't a #1

Posted by number9 on 11 March 2014 - 01:57 AM

This entire discussion to me comes from we used to have the best #1 in the league (we all know who that is) and now we don't (boohoo)

Kronwall IS a # 1 d-man in this league. Many writers grouped him amongst the best D men in the league (top 20). It's who should be next to him should be the discussion. is Ericsson a #2 D-men? Definitely not. I think Kronwall would very much benefit form either a high profile puck mover next to him, or a high profile shut down guy next time. He's very versatile. Being next to a puck mover like Rafalski and he can anchor the D. Being next to an Orpik type and he can go back to his "Kronwalling" pinch game. If we can give Kronwall a legitimate partner, thus forcing Ericsson to anchor a 2nd pairing with DeKeyser or Smith, we'll be in very good shape. Ericsson and DeKeyser could shut down opponent lines, while a Smith-Ericsson line would give Smith a good anchor while he takes chances and joins the rush.

In a nutshell, I think we are actually searching for a #2 D, not a #1.

Kronwall - UFA
Ericsson - Smith/Dekeyser
Kindl - Quincey

Looks way better

Of available D-men... Ehrhoff/Edler/Boyle/Markov looks way better then Kronwall next to Ericsson. If we could have Ericsson as our steady man on the 2nd pairing (Like Kronners was in the past)  we'll look way better at D.

#2494185 2014 draft thoughts.

Posted by number9 on 11 March 2014 - 01:22 AM

If we make the playoffs (which gives our 2nd to the preds) and we go deep enough to make our 1st less valuable, I think we can almost guarantee Holly trades his 1st for 2nds

#2493914 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by number9 on 09 March 2014 - 03:03 PM

Marchenko is going to be real good for us.

Kill the time traveler!!!