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#2627578 Chicago re-signs Seabrook; 8 years, $6.875 AAV

Posted by kipwinger on 28 September 2015 - 09:55 AM

I'm not really sure that defenseman are more or less likely to have a long career than forwards are.  I mean, there are quite a few recent examples of forwards who played well into their 40's as well.  I think the determining factor is A) what type of game do you play, and B) what kind of injury history do you have. 

 

Lidstrom played a really long time because he was relatively healthy throughout his entire career, and his body didn't wear out as a result of getting pummeled for 20 years.  Orr's career was short because he had injury issues.  Robyn Regehr retired at 35 because he played such a physically grueling style for a number of years.  There's really no recipe. 

 

If I had to handicap it I'd say Seabrook will see the end of the contract without losing too much off his game.  While he does play a relatively physical game, he's not had too many injuries, and his usage will likely get easier as he ages.  His offense will probably suffer as he gets older, but nobody ever relied on him for offense anyway.  He'll be a capable, 38 year old, stay at home defender, leader, and all around steady blueline presence who puts up 20-25 points.  And none of that will be worth 6 million bucks.  But it will be a good contract for the next 4-5 years.  Which is all Chicago really wants from him anyway.




#2627534 9/26 Exhibition GDT : Boston Bruins at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by kipwinger on 27 September 2015 - 01:33 PM

Dang, Kindl very nearly had a hat trick last night.  There might be something to this idea of his resurrecting his career under Blash.  I realize the preseason isn't over, but right now he's out playing Smith for that 6th defense spot.  Smith's just not got the same offense as Kindl, even with the powerplay opportunities he's getting. 




#2627342 9/24 Exhibition GDT : at Red Wings 6, Pittsburgh Penguins 1

Posted by kipwinger on 25 September 2015 - 08:59 AM

Mantha seems like the type to hide in the offensive zone then strike suddenly, Brett Hull like. I don't like that, especially with how big a frame he has, which could be better utilized winning pucks in the corner or fending off defenseman. Having said that I did notice he forced several turnovers which lead to scoring chances.

 

I agree.  He can still be a scorer, even a good scorer, but still use his size and speed more. I agree with the folks that say he's not a "power forward" and shouldn't be expected to play like one.  I think he'd be completely misutilizing his talent if he was down in front of the net banging and crashing.  But I see no reason why he couldn't play a game like Blake Wheeler, or James Neal (hopefully without the penalties).  Neither of them are Andrew Ladd, but they are still noticeable each shift. 

 

Another year in GR will do him a lot of good. 




#2626986 9/23 Exhibition GDT : at Red Wings 4, Chicago Blackhawks 1

Posted by kipwinger on 24 September 2015 - 09:43 AM

I think Hank looked alright.  Seemed to be moving well.  And Abby played a good game.  But Nyquist was still on summer vacation so that line was nonexistent.  Zetterberg will be fine. 




#2626919 9/23 Exhibition GDT : at Red Wings 4, Chicago Blackhawks 1

Posted by kipwinger on 23 September 2015 - 08:51 PM

He scored well in the ahl. He's good around the crease and IMO he's an underrated passer.


#2626908 9/23 Exhibition GDT : at Red Wings 4, Chicago Blackhawks 1

Posted by kipwinger on 23 September 2015 - 08:40 PM

Callahan has looked really good tonight too.  I don't think he looks any worse, and maybe a little better, than Ferraro did yesterday. 




#2626903 9/23 Exhibition GDT : at Red Wings 4, Chicago Blackhawks 1

Posted by kipwinger on 23 September 2015 - 08:38 PM

Remember all those people saying Pavel gifted Tatar all his goals last season?  Are we going to give all the credit to Richards this year?




#2626880 9/23 Exhibition GDT : at Red Wings 4, Chicago Blackhawks 1

Posted by kipwinger on 23 September 2015 - 08:19 PM

I don't care about his play in the defensive zone.  He rarely plays there.  None of our third pair guys do, and very few third pair guys around the league do.

 

I want my third pair puck mover, whoever it is (Smith, Ouellet, Kindl, Jensen) to score points.  Facilitate offense.  Nobody has a problem letting Dekeyser bail Green out in the D-zone.  Why?  Because Green scores.  So why not let Quincey bail out whoever he plays with? 

 

Scoring matters.  For a long time everybody forgot about that because Babcock didn't seem to care.  But it does matter. 




#2626873 9/23 Exhibition GDT : at Red Wings 4, Chicago Blackhawks 1

Posted by kipwinger on 23 September 2015 - 08:07 PM

I mean, Kindl obviously isn't mike Green. But he hasn't been scored on and moved the puck well on two goals. What more do you want out of a third pair defenseman?


#2626705 Kane case headed to grand jury

Posted by kipwinger on 23 September 2015 - 01:26 PM

The League has every right to suspend him pending an investigation.  It's in the CBA.  The one that the toothless NHLPA agreed to.  What are they going to do, throw a fit about it and lose to Bettman like they always do?

 

The NHL isn't a court of law.  They don't have to be objective.  If he's bad for business, they can suspend him whether he's been found guilty or not. 




#2626659 9/22 Exhibition GDT : @ Chicago Blackhawks 5, Red Wings 4 (OT)

Posted by kipwinger on 23 September 2015 - 11:51 AM

Lol wait, so it's not okay to change your mind about pairings? Or are we saying it's not okay to pre-judge lines and flip flop.

 

I think half of us have changed our mind about pairings after seeing things not workout?

 

It's not ok to GLOAT about how you've "had Jensen on you roster pretty much all summer long" when you never even mentioned him ONCE in the roster thread. 

 

It's even worse when you've put three different rosters out there and NONE of them have Jensen listed. 

 

Change your mind all you want.  I did.  I started with Tatar on the 2nd line and Zetterberg on the first.  Then I flipped them. 

 

But I didn't wait until Pulkkinen had a goal yesterday and then lie about how I "had him on my top line all summer long" when I actually didn't. 




#2626638 Kane case headed to grand jury

Posted by kipwinger on 23 September 2015 - 11:06 AM

Probably a strategic decision in response to the fact that Patrick Kane is actively giving interviews and discussing the case.  Not good for the potential outcome of your case if the alleged perpetrator of the crime is on every TV in the country saying he didn't do it, and you don't respond at all. 




#2626556 9/22 Exhibition GDT : @ Chicago Blackhawks 5, Red Wings 4 (OT)

Posted by kipwinger on 22 September 2015 - 10:29 PM

Leftwinger is ready to trade 25% of the Detroit Red Wings team after 1 preseason game. 

 

Yep, hockey season is back. 




#2626551 9/22 Exhibition GDT : @ Chicago Blackhawks 5, Red Wings 4 (OT)

Posted by kipwinger on 22 September 2015 - 10:20 PM

If Jensen keeps playing like this he might completely change the complexion of the defensive depth chart.  He looked excellent tonight.  He made plays, took chance, carried the puck, and has the wheels to get back in coverage.  Plus, him and Larkin looked awesome in the 3 on 3.  Nobody can catch them. 

 

I'm happy with the performance all around.  Would have liked to see more out of AA and Berts' line as well.  But they were the fourth line tonight, so they didn't see the ice much.  Didn't really expect a lot from them. 


Is Blashill better than Babs yet?

 

Remember a couple of years ago when Babs' almost beat Quenneville with a bunch of AHL kids?  Everybody used it as evidence of how great he is.  Based on tonight's outcome I'd say Blashill is AS GOOD as Babs already.  He won't be fully better than Babcock until he nearly beats Jon Cooper too. 




#2626444 9/22 Exhibition GDT : @ Chicago Blackhawks 5, Red Wings 4 (OT)

Posted by kipwinger on 22 September 2015 - 08:15 PM

Our guys get to every puck faster, they just aren't big enough to keep it because they're all like 12 years old.