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#2533496 Red Army Documentary

Posted by number9 on 01 August 2014 - 11:00 PM

This looks awesome. At the end of the day when you ask what is the coolest thing about the Red Wings I'll say the Russian 5. I loved them. That was the beginning of the Red Wings being the most progressive hockey team, going where other teams wouldn't think to, to build a dynasty. And it really was the beginning of our dynasty. They were mesmerizing to watch. It was like "Hey you know that crazy good Soviet team that has played in 5 man units since birth that dominates the world, they're ours now". Can't wait for this.


One of the things I loved was all the stories of what those Russians had to do to defect from the USSR. Backroom deals, players jumping out of moving trucks, faking serious ailments, dodging the KGB, If anyone remembers any of those please share.

#2533494 Predictions for the DRW 2014-15 Season!

Posted by number9 on 01 August 2014 - 10:39 PM

Looking at the playoff teams WE ARE IN THE BASEMENT. Stop ignoring it. We were 8th. So many people here think were a top 4 team in either conference when was the last time that happened? Stop drinking the damn kool aid and face facts. Until we do better were a fringe playoff team. That's what's been proven these last several seasons.


With the ridiculous season we had last year, this team is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, toss up in the league this year. Could stay healthy and finish with good playoff position. Could go through the same injuries and squeak in or miss the playoffs. Anyone certain of where this team will finish is either crazy or possesses a crystal ball. Which are you?

#2533493 Predictions for the DRW 2014-15 Season!

Posted by number9 on 01 August 2014 - 10:31 PM

The bruins who lost to Mtl who then lost to nyr are a powerhouse? Do people even watch hockey? Stop cherry picking stats fact is most teams got better in the easy and Detroit stayed the same...


Most teams in our division got worse or stayed the same this year. Are you watching the offseason?

#2533429 2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

Posted by number9 on 31 July 2014 - 04:59 PM

I find it funny that after all the hoopla Justin Shultz is still unsigned in Edmonton.  Has anyone heard any rumblings going on with him?  Not that we could afford to add him to our roster, but I just thought it very funny that Edmonton "won" the sweepstakes and haven't yet tied him down for another 3 contract.  I would, of course, rather have him than either Q or K...
Also, I see that Jeremy Welsh signed a minor league two-way contract with St. Louis for $550,000.  Damn, I sure would've liked to have him the organization.  Its only a one year though, maybe he could be one of those depth signings next season that Holland likes to do.  He would have been a nice invite to training camp as well if he hadn't signed in St. Louis.  They got them a nice solid depth player.

DeKeyser is still unsigned with us, and we won the sweepstakes on him... What's your point?

So you weren't enthralled with the signings of all of the Nosek, Miele, Porter, Zengerle type players, but you wish we signed a 26 year old AHL checker with all of 25 NHL games on his resume?

#2533403 2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

Posted by number9 on 30 July 2014 - 11:28 PM

Not going to point fingers, but ppl around here were mad at Holland for not chasing Gleason.

Bought out by the Leafs now.

Glad Holland didn't pull that trigger.

#2533336 Which Players Agency would you choose and why ?

Posted by number9 on 30 July 2014 - 12:16 AM

Cleary's agent

#2533289 Predictions for the DRW 2014-15 Season!

Posted by number9 on 29 July 2014 - 11:57 AM

Ryan Suters cow told me Ryan is jealous of Parises new friend Vanek.


#2533288 Samuelsson signs new contract....... with Djurgarden.

Posted by number9 on 29 July 2014 - 11:48 AM

Bauers stock dips after record lows in shin pad orders this summer

#2533259 Predictions for the DRW 2014-15 Season!

Posted by number9 on 29 July 2014 - 08:26 AM

We will win the Stanley Cup!

#2533246 Tatar Signs 3 Year Deal $2.75 mill AAV

Posted by number9 on 29 July 2014 - 12:44 AM

Not saying Tatar is a money guy, but he's been up and coming for years for the wings and has always been held back, this is a good show of faith. Hopefully he hangs around longer than happy face.

#2533227 Tatar Signs 3 Year Deal $2.75 mill AAV

Posted by number9 on 28 July 2014 - 09:32 PM

too much money. He best get 25-30 goals in each of his years...this is the reason the salary cap was put in place. There is no way a sub twenty goal scoring RFA should be anywhere near this amount. But it is Ken Holland. He hasn't changed anything in his approach. This means Diesel will get at least $4M.

Also I still hate the "diesel" nickname

#2532980 Babcock on using advanced stats

Posted by number9 on 25 July 2014 - 01:55 AM

My bachelors was in a degree relating to social stats. During that time I did my best to relate everything I did to sports (I'm not claiming to be an expert). But, when looking at advanced stats, Tatar is awesome. As in, he stand out the most. Nyquist also has formidable advanced stats. Those two are clearly ahead of the curve. Just like the opinions we would paint.

#2532911 Wings sign Zengerle

Posted by number9 on 23 July 2014 - 09:06 PM

watching his highlights I he seems like a veryyyy good first pass guy. I know we have a lot of those, but if he keeps improving I can't imagine what he could do with guys like Jurco, Tatar, and Pulikkenen on his wings. Good signing. He and Miele could end up being very good acquisitions in the near future.

#2532528 Hockey News: Detroit has the easiest schedule

Posted by number9 on 18 July 2014 - 10:17 PM

Last year we were hyped for a big comeback season. Then injuries beyond devastated us. Now we're a dark horse. I think that's good for this team. We are more than capable of proving were still contenders

#2532465 Dekeyser signed. 2 yrs $2.187 million AAV

Posted by number9 on 18 July 2014 - 10:45 AM

That's a little harsh. Stuart was good for us, but he played for some powerhouse versions of our roster that would've made almost anyone in the 4D spot look good. He was a heavy hitter, but he definitely had his faults and limitations in terms of his all-around ability. DeKeyser's still very young for a top-four defenseman, and he spent most of last season paired with Quincey. He hasn't proven a ton, and yet, he has. Pretty good puck mover, good frame, good mobility, good head for the game, reads plays exceptionally well, has a slightly Lidstrom-esque sense of how to use his body efficiently and effectively - he's a top-four defenseman who plays smart, steady, elegant hockey, and he's only going to get better. We're very lucky (or, if you prefer, fortunate) to have landed him.
The biggest knock on DeKeyser is, I suppose, his possession numbers. This piece gives our D corp's Corsi numbers, which reveal that Brendan Smith is actually a pretty strong possession player. Of course, DeKeyser was always facing pretty tough matchups, pretty tough usage, and, again, he was stuck with Quincey. I think if DeKeyser can get a better partner and Smith can get some power play time and the confidence boost that'd come with the point production, that alone would do wonders for our blue line.

Stuart was smart and physical. Right now DD is smart.