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#2682296 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by TheXym on 05 July 2016 - 04:10 PM

I'm not too worried about DeKeyser and Mrazek filing for arbitration. Historically, the Wings settle a contract beforehand. More importantly, it prevents an offer sheet from being tendered, so it can be viewed as a commitment to sign with the Wings as well.


#2682240 Who should get A?

Posted by TheXym on 05 July 2016 - 09:30 AM

Fair point about Alfredsson, though I think part of it was Alfredsson had much higher stature in the NHL than Neilsen does, IMHO, and had been wearing the C for years in Ottawa. If Stamkosmcame, I'm sure he would have gotten an A due to his stature as well. I wouldn't mind if Neilsen gets it, but I still think it will go to Abdelkader.


#2682172 Who should get A?

Posted by TheXym on 04 July 2016 - 12:47 PM

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#2682138 Who do you have as the top 5 Wings of all time..

Posted by TheXym on 04 July 2016 - 08:50 AM

Overall Fedorov had better linemates long term but during their primes I'd say Datsyuk had better linemates.
Federov had Koslov and Larionov in his peak. Shanny came around a bit later.
Datsyuk basically had Zetterberg and Hull from the get go. Had Zetterberg all the way until he turned 30 before Babcock split them up

True as far as even strength lines, but with the depth of the whole team, was the top pair facing Fedorov or Yzerman? Also, the Russian 5 was deployed as a five man unit as opposed to a line of forwards and a defensive pairing, which was rather unique. What about the power play groupings? I'd love to see an analytical overview because it is such an interesting comparison of two truly great players.

My favorite Fedorov memory - I was at the Nassau Coliseum the game after Sergei scored five in one game. I was with some folks I'd met on the old Red Wings listserv Dave Vergolini ran out of MSU in the 90's. One of the guys was a Russian speaker and made a small sign in Russian that said "Sergei, five more please?" His girlfriend held it up was he was coming into the face off circle. He looks over, sees the sign, smiles and winks, then scores on that shift.


#2682134 Who do you have as the top 5 Wings of all time..

Posted by TheXym on 04 July 2016 - 08:25 AM

I'm on the Howe, Lidstrom, Yzerman, Sawchuk, Datsyuk or Fedorov bandwagon. The Fedorov/Datsyuk debate is a good one. Pav was a lifetime wing who didn't have nearly the supporting cast Sergei did most of his career. Fedorov was dominant, and darned close to being the total package (in a better than Lex Luger way) but his post Wings numbers took a steep dive if I recall correctly. Both were great. The cap/non-cap rosters make a difference as well. I wonder what the analytics would say comparing the two in their primes (yes, I realize that the analytics weren't around in anything close to their present form during Fed's tenure, but it would be a very interesting comparison nonetheless).

HM for Red Kelly, Sid Abel, Alex Delvecchio, Ted Linsday off the top of my head.


#2682132 3/19 GDT : Capitals 5 at Red Wings 3

Posted by TheXym on 04 July 2016 - 08:12 AM

It was one of those epic drive-by drunk posts that will live on forever. Someone needs to bring back the photoshop of Babs in the casino.


#2682126 Steve Ott signs 1 year, $800k deal with Detroit

Posted by TheXym on 04 July 2016 - 07:40 AM

I miss Bill atleast he was funnyLike the signing


Bill was funny at times, though for some reason he had an Axe to grind, particularly against Drew Miller.


Back on topic. I wasn't a huge fan of Ott in the past, but reading some of his comments out there about signing with the Wings, I'm thinking maybe it is going to turn out better than many hope. He seems to at least have the right mindset.


#2681942 Steve Ott signs 1 year, $800k deal with Detroit

Posted by TheXym on 02 July 2016 - 01:04 PM

I'm just someone who hates players that can't do anything but fight.


Sure... McCarty couldn't do anything but fight. Right.


#2681884 Steve Ott signs 1 year, $800k deal with Detroit

Posted by TheXym on 02 July 2016 - 08:53 AM

Darren MF'n McCarty. The butthurt is strong with shocky2002. Claude, is that you?


#2679627 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by TheXym on 27 June 2016 - 10:11 AM

I've been torn on it, but I think getting Stamkos would be a good thing, even at the high salary. Kickazz makes some good points about contracts coming off the books. If Kenny can resign the RFA's for decent money and term that works (either they are RFA again at contract's end or term ends when other contracts come off the books that won't be re-signed (Ericsson, I hope, to name one)). Plus, Stamkos is young enough that he will be able to be a leader to transition some of the young guys in as well. He'd be the first real sniper the Wings have had since Shanahan (maybe Hossa, but he was only there for a season).


#2670983 ECQF Game 4 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by TheXym on 19 April 2016 - 04:30 PM

I might just have to crack open the new bottle of Macallan 12 yr I bought a few days ago.

I am going to put a dent in the one I have open, and I was just given another by the director of the show I played last week. I will likely have several drams this evening during the game.


BTW, I got to try the Macallan Rare Cask after all-states, my student's father insisted on buying me a dram. It was excellent, extremely smooth, and well worth the try.


#2670956 ECQF Game 4 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by TheXym on 19 April 2016 - 03:26 PM

I agree that tonight's game will be a huge determining factor in the series. One big key I think will be to weather the storm. TB is going to come out with a mad-on and press hard early. If the Wings can hold them off, or better still, draw first blood and not get drawn into too much extracurricular activity, I like their chances. If Petr plays like he did in Game 3, the defense avoids an outbreak of cranial-posterior implant syndrome, and the PP clicks, we shall head back to Tampa evened up.


#2670952 ECQF Game 4 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by TheXym on 19 April 2016 - 03:17 PM

My wife is in the recovery room now. Everything went well. Here's hoping the boys fill the Tampa Bay net with the surgical precision my wife's Dr. had today.

Let's Go Wings!


#2670386 ECQF Game 3 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by TheXym on 17 April 2016 - 07:42 PM

I run out to pick up my wife and come home just in time to see that crazy goal. I will take it.


#2666640 M1. Washington Caps vs W2. Philadelphia Flyers

Posted by TheXym on 09 April 2016 - 07:22 PM

This is probably the worst possible first round matchup for the Caps. The Flyers will play a very physical game. This series should be a 7 game war, with the victor being ripe for the picking by the Pens.