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#2557821 Rank our griffins d prospects

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 19 December 2014 - 08:41 PM

Yeah, because Scott Czarnowczan is definitely an upgrade over Backman... Rare mismanagement by the Wings on this one in my opinion, although I guess none of us know the full story about what was really going on there...


He's a downgrade if only for having to spell his name.

#2558554 Are the Wings a Contender?

Posted by number9 on Today, 03:16 PM

I'd be ok for trading Smith for an upgrade.

Yeah I'd trade Smith

if I was a doof...

#2558548 12/21 GDT : Avalanche 2 at Red Wings 1 (SO)

Posted by number9 on Today, 02:52 PM

Anybody think our lack of right handed shooters are CONTRIBUTING to our losses in shootoutsSent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

I think it has more to do with not having an enforcer. Opposing teams might think twice about dangling on Howard if Punchy McGrattan was staring them down.

#2558550 Rank our griffins d prospects

Posted by number9 on Today, 02:56 PM

I think it has more to do with not having an enforcer. Maybe Backman would have been more comfortable on NA ice if a guy like Punchy McLaren or Punchy Orr was on our AHL team.

#2558526 Rank our griffins d prospects

Posted by Buppy on Today, 12:00 PM

Ken holland is a great gm but he was a scrap as an nhl player ... 3 games , drafted in the 12 th round .... He never really had a chance , so he's basically nathan paetsch .... Backman is a talented young defensemen who won awards and championships in his country who should of been given ice time to improve his game in North America

How's he suppose to improve sitting on his ass ? He's young and needs to play , not play once a month

Stop exaggerating. He was scratched 7 out of 25 games. He wasn't sitting for weeks at a time or playing once a month.


He wasn't mistreated, nothing was mismanaged. He gave up, that's it.

#2558181 Rank our griffins d prospects

Posted by Son of a Wing on Yesterday, 03:19 PM

You're not gifted anything as a pro.  Check out the Oilers if you want to see the product of that.

#2558112 Rank our griffins d prospects

Posted by Buppy on 20 December 2014 - 06:27 PM

So Evans' job in the AHL > Backman's job in the AHL + his potential job at the NHL level.

Perhaps I'm underestimating the importance of a plug, who's scored zero points at the AHL. It's fantastic that Blashill feels he's got more intangibles, or brings leadership to the team, or whatever... but I think it's a very short-sighted strategy. Grand Rapids is what... 10th or 11th in the West? What exactly are they winning, and how is Brennan Evans helping? How does Backman playing in his spot hinder their "success" this season?

I admit, Backman leaving is a short-sighted move on his part. As much as he's responsible for his development, management is just as responsible, if not more. He's a suck for leaving, but I truly believe this is an example of mismanagement as well. To say that the onus is on a 22 year-old kid for leaving, what he feels to be a situation that is hindering his potential, is kind of ridiculous, IMO.

Backman's playing in the SEL and likely not coming back - that's partially on him, but there's more to it in my view. This team can't or won't move Kindl, and won't sit Brennan Evans. Both contributed to this situation.

Making a big deal over nothing.


Sproul's been scratched. Jensen's been scratched. Jurco was scratched. Glendening spent part of a year in Toledo. Ton more examples if anyone cared to look for them.


Sometimes players get scratched. That's reality. It's not like it was every game, or even long stretches of games. If he couldn't handle sitting occasionally while learning a new system and adjusting to his first season in America, then he wasn't going to make it, no matter how coddled he was.


He was a longshot to ever make the Wings (much less be a player of any impact) the day he was drafted. With the guys ahead of him, probably even more of one this year despite the promise he's shown. If he never comes back it's no great loss.


The team is not, and should not be, in the business of babying every two-bit prospect we come across. 

#2557649 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by number9 on 19 December 2014 - 01:04 PM

Best post of the day.

2nd best post of the day.

Butt pats?

#2557646 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by BottleOfSmoke on 19 December 2014 - 12:56 PM

I've heard that Hall walks into bars in Edmonton and literally says "Who's gonna F*** me tonight???"
Forgot where I heard this, heard it like a year ago, but it wouldn't surprise me if it's true. He's probably the biggest star in the entire city.

I do this at Walmart.

Sometimes I leave alone :(

#2557645 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by number9 on 19 December 2014 - 12:52 PM


Is he any good at the shootout? 


0 career saves during SOs. He's worse than Howard. 

#2557638 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by Dabura on 19 December 2014 - 12:27 PM

Oooooh....ooooooooh....do...uhhh...do....do KEITH JONES!  Yeah...do Keith Jones next!


I actually like Keith Jones as an NBC guy because he doesn't really have a shtick. He just calls it like it is. Dreger, on the other hand, will go on TSN radio and say his sense is that Babcock wants to sign in Toronto, because reasons. But don't quote him on that, because he admittedly doesn't know what Mike Babcock is thinking, so speculating about Babcock's true motives is a fool's errand. But his sense is Toronto is at the top of Babcock's list. But, to be clear, he's not saying Babcock has a list. Admittedly, he doesn't know if Babcock has a list, so speculating about his true preferences is a fool's errand. But certainly you have to ask: If Babcock wants to stay in Detroit, why hasn't he re-signed? It's a valid question. But, we just don't know at this point. So, long story short: Babcock's going to Toronto. (Maybe.)

#2557626 Oilers schedule presser tomorrow

Posted by e_prime on 19 December 2014 - 11:38 AM

Well... it worked... Lol


Don't let the terrorists win... ;)

#2557591 Rank our griffins d prospects

Posted by nawein on 18 December 2014 - 11:35 PM

I don't know how much chance you've been given to "win a spot" when you've been benched for 7 out of your first 20-ish games.

By my calculations that's 13-ish chances.

#2557571 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by number9 on 18 December 2014 - 08:13 PM


Wouldn't you if you were him?


I already do this

#2557569 Are the Wings a Contender?

Posted by DickieDunn on 18 December 2014 - 07:14 PM

When you see a scrub like Dubinsky crosscheck Zetterberg across the lower back with impunity after there's no call... why should our "stars" even last till the post season.  Dubinsky would have gone for stitches at best if this team had more Canadians on it...When you see Hank and Pav mailing it in and when they DO make a play guys like Tatar flub the gimme pass... you start to know the score.   

Are you suggesting that we aren't a true contender because one time Henrik Zetterberg got cross checked?

I smell troll.