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#2385721 Franzen.... cares?!

Posted by number9 on 17 April 2013 - 05:09 PM

I think Tootoo has been a major disappointment, which I expected.  There are too many shifts that he's barely noticeable.  He's a guy who could be a difference maker with a big hit or dropping the gloves in these big games against Chicago but he's mostly been a no show.

I don't think he's a disappointment. He's a guy that creates energy and is capable of 30 points. Which I'm sure he could do if he played. Looks like a dumb contract for the little amount of ice time he's getting

#2385674 Franzen.... cares?!

Posted by number9 on 17 April 2013 - 03:04 PM

Franzen's talent + Cleary's drive and desire =  pretty good hockey player.
We have the technology, we can build him...

Add a dash of Tootoo for good measure

#2385651 Mike McKee

Posted by number9 on 17 April 2013 - 02:16 PM

Not true at all. You have to keep in mind that the UN Under 18 plays in the USHL, and they have maybe half of the top US prospects playing on the team. 10 years ago I would agree with you. But the USHL has done a great job overall in developing their league, and getting top US players to play there.
For example, using this ranking-one of many, the number of USHL players in the top 100 (16) and the number of WHL players in the top 100 (21) is very close. Now this is just 1 ranking for 1 year. Also the WHL has more teams 22 to 16.
But the days of having a big difference or any difference is just about gone.

Haha good joke!

#2385650 Franzen.... cares?!

Posted by number9 on 17 April 2013 - 02:13 PM

Franzen is such a talented power forward. I just wish he had that grittiness that guys like clarkson and callahan have

#2385073 Tambelinni fired, MacTavish new Oiler GM...Scott Howson new Sr VP

Posted by number9 on 15 April 2013 - 12:49 PM

Really ??  They had Brobovsky a supposed Vezina candidate when Howson was around?  I don't remember that.  Isn't he like one of the major reasons why CBJ is in the race at all?  Didn't Howson fire Hitchcock who seems to be doing well in St. Louis?  Signed Wisniewski for $7m?  Rick Nash episode.  
I don't think he is the worst GM like Sather or Garth Snow but his name might be mentioned next in line.  

Sather isn't the best GM, but I wouldn't put him in the same boat as snow or howson. Guy has an eye for talent and drafts really well

#2382948 Official: Howard signs 6-year, $31.8m contract extension

Posted by number9 on 11 April 2013 - 12:11 PM

Prediction: Mrazek lives up to the hype, becomes #1 in 3-4 years, Jimmy is traded away to finish the last few years of his contract, signs here again as a 35-36 year old veteran to back up Mrazek in his last years. Kinda like Osgood/Hasek, not Luongo/Schneider 

#2376276 Dreger: Wings 'very interested' in Bouwmeester *merged*

Posted by number9 on 29 March 2013 - 11:50 PM

Further news on Bouwmeester's awful game tonight. The highlights are here. Bouwmeester figured directly into three of the four goals-against that occurred while he was on the ice.


Goal-against 1: Bouwmeester was directly responsible for the 2-on-1 that led to this Jackets goal, as he pinched in to pick up a puck that was coming up the boards and completely whiffed on it (despite the puck being flat on the ice).
Goal-against 2: Bouwmeester completely failed to defend Calvert, who sniped it over him and into the net.
Goal-against 3: Bouwmeester failed to pick up a man coming late on the rush to his right, and also failed to intercept the pass to that player. Goal.


His other stats for the game included one shot, one hit, and zero blocks, and he was not on the ice for a single one of the Flames' goals.


This guy's first-pairing tag is very questionable. He is most assuredly not a #1 defenseman.

Can't believe anyone on here even considers him a top 4 guy. The #4 spot is the most I'd give him. He'd be a terrible player to bring into this organization. Underachieves like crazy. Zero intensity in his game. Rather have Huskins.

#2376260 Dreger: Wings 'very interested' in Bouwmeester *merged*

Posted by number9 on 29 March 2013 - 10:36 PM

A big body D-man who doesn't use his size, is mediocre at moving the puck, and mediocre in his own zone. Yeah, that's what we need.

#2376071 Wings Make Offer to Danny D!

Posted by number9 on 29 March 2013 - 03:34 PM

Ok enough of this stupid Crosby/Bettman b.s. please.  Doesn't anyone remember Crosby being one of the most outspoken critics of Bettman during the lockout?  They're both idiots, but this absurd conspiracy theory that somehow the league has a preference for the Penguins is getting annoying. 
Also, this is a thread about Dekeyser, not Bettman and Crosby.  This is every bit as annoying as people bringing up how Franzen is a floater in each and every single thread on this site. 
Crosby's marketable and the NHL is a business, get over it.  Or at the very least be creative with it instead of pandering to the lowest common denominator. 

Well that's like your opinion man....

#2375034 Ray Shero making the NHL his *****

Posted by number9 on 28 March 2013 - 10:42 AM

Neal - Crosby - Iginla

Morrow - Malkin - Kunitz

Cooke - Sutter - Dupuis

Glass - Kennedy - Adams


Letang - Orpik

Niskanen - Martin

Despres - Murray


Even if we make the finals against PIT, we can't compete with that.... although u never know these days

#2374626 Wings Make Offer to Danny D!

Posted by number9 on 27 March 2013 - 12:55 PM

The more I read about DeKeyser the more I want him. I keep hearing "phenomenal skater" "extremely hard and accurate shot from the point" "sound positionally in the defensive zone"


yes, yes, and yes?


Also he's 23. Nyquist is 23 and Lashoff is 22. He's likely nearing the end of development, so he could very well be ready for NHL time.

#2369203 Trading Filppula

Posted by number9 on 15 March 2013 - 02:28 AM

What everyone should have learned from this offseason is that YOU DONT BUILD FROM FA. You build through the draft like we have always done and are doing. 


And naturally as we have one of our weakest years, we also have one of the strongest prospect classes we've ever seen. The Red Wings have been the smartest organization in hockey for over 20 years and they continue to do so. Hockey requires more patience than any other sport. Red Wings have that, and that's why we win every 10 years instead of once every 50.

Trusting the system. The winning system.

#2369197 Trading Filppula

Posted by number9 on 15 March 2013 - 02:05 AM

The talk of Dats leaving is unsourced garbage. I'd put as much faith in that as Pope Jon Paul retaining the papacy.

Fil has become expendable, It sucks, I love him, but that's business. He's a pass first center that we already have enough of. Moving him in a package for a scorer or a power forward is the smart decision. At the same time I would hate to have him leave though.

#2369195 Babcock: Is he the right guy going forward?

Posted by number9 on 15 March 2013 - 01:58 AM

You're right of course.


Hell Scotty Bowman wouldn't be more than .500 right now with this group.  The coach can only do so much and these are allegedly professionals here.


When this forum accepts the fact that the losses due to FA and retirement mean this team isn't anywhere near talented enough to really be a contender, that will be the day that LGW and threads like this one become more bearable.


Reality check time, this team is mediocre.

I'm not saying we're not a contender. I believe that any team who makes the playoffs can win the cup these days.

I'm saying the Wings expect a down year to retool. Playoffs or not. Coaching is irrelevant right now IMO.


In my honest personal opinion, I really like Babs. He's the hardass that doesn't care if you like him or not. He wins. A Detroit guy. Sucks that he has to be the guy to deal with this year. I'm sure he's frustrated. But that's business.

#2369179 Babcock: Is he the right guy going forward?

Posted by number9 on 14 March 2013 - 11:09 PM

I'm sorry but this is so typical. Team starts under-performing and now all of the sudden the coach needs to take a hike. This is classic fandom in the works. Babs makes one confusing move (Abby-Dats-Cleary) that the fans don't like and all of the sudden he needs to be replaced? Keep your heads on.

For all we know Abby walked into his office and said: "I can be that next PWF if u'd let me", and Mike said: "Ok, this is a gap year, an experimentation year, lets see what you got." Gives him a shot in the top 6 and it didn't workout. Big whoop.

Abby's still young somewhat young for hockey, doesn't hurt to experiment with your young guys.

I'm not claiming to be anything special, but I swear half of LGW would be worse than Garth Snow.... but still, it's the only forum I come to