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#2605324 should mrazek get #1 tag next season

Posted by kipwinger on 01 May 2015 - 11:28 AM

I'd be really careful about fully trusting Mrazek with the starting job right now.  Not because he hasn't been excellent.  But because our system limits shots to such a degree that it's a little easier for a young guy to come in and play well.  Certainly he had huge games, where he faced a lot of shots and did well, but he also had a lot of games where he didn't face many at all. 


If Babs leaves, and the system becomes less (excruciatingly) defensive, Mrazek will face more shots on average.  And I'd feel more comfortable if we had a veteran like Howard there for insurance.  If the kid plays well, then no sweat.  And if he struggles at first, you're safe. 

#2605322 At What Point Does Holland Deserve Blame?

Posted by kipwinger on 01 May 2015 - 11:23 AM


Jurco, yeah, I get that. Smith too. But Pulk hasn't had much of a chance here yet. And you could say the same even for Jurco on some level. Don't get me wrong, I think we overvalue a lot of guys too, but I think there's a chance some of these guys stand to come out looking better than they do right now over the next couple years. 


That said, I do think there's something to be said for moving prospects for NHL-ready talent if you can. I'm not one of those whining about all the guys we gave up, and if it meant adding significant pieces to round out this team, I could stand to lose some of our better talent coming up. It's part of the game. You hang onto everybody, you're bound to get burnt, and vice versa. Holland could stand to find more of a middle ground than he has and we might have a more well-rounded defensive group.


I agree.  I said as much above.  "In all cases I think it's too early to tell just how good they'll be". 


As far as moving prospects, I'm not opposed to it.  But I'm not in favor of moving prospects for marginally better talent, on much worse contracts.  The good thing about hanging onto homegrown players is that you can manage the evolution of their salaries a little bit easier because of restricted free agency, bridge contracts, and (hopefully) hometown discounts.  Which is good for the team's cap situation.  So unless it's a slam dunk, and the guy you're trading for is WAY better, it's usually best to just keep your guys. 


Honestly, I'd rather see Holland overpay in free agency than overpay at the trade deadline.

#2605306 Sigh, having a relapse of irritation

Posted by kipwinger on 01 May 2015 - 10:46 AM

We scored a whole 2 goals in the last 2 games.  I wonder if Pulkinnen was a better option in this series than Ferraro.


As a fourth line winger?  I'm not really sure if Ferraro was being counted on to score.  The more relevant question would be "I wonder if Pulkkinen was a better option in this series than Jurco or Andersson"?


I still don't think so, but that seems a little more of a fair comparison. 

#2605301 ECSF : (4) Washington Capitals vs. (1) New York Rangers

Posted by kipwinger on 01 May 2015 - 10:25 AM




I actually have no issues with that hit. It was sort of from behind I guess. Backstrom makes initial contact with Boyle's shoulder, not his head, his skates more or less stay on the ice, and there wasn't a lot of force or much of a charge. Palat on Glendenning was way worse, only Luke is tough and Boyle's softer than a peach.


But man, this series is going to be good.


Just wait until Tom Wilson makes an impact.  If they're bitching about Backstrom being on the edge, they're going to love Wilson.  He made the Islanders completely lose their composure.  He's a little like Glendening, only way bigger and tougher.  If a fourth liner is completely jamming you up, you're in trouble. 

#2605300 ECSF: Tampa Bay Crying Coopers vs. Montreal Complaining Canadiens

Posted by kipwinger on 01 May 2015 - 10:22 AM

There are whiners, and then there is Claude Julien...King of the Whiners. 



#2605282 At What Point Does Holland Deserve Blame?

Posted by kipwinger on 01 May 2015 - 09:42 AM


You mean in terms of quality or in terms of where Babcock will play them?


Babcock had Abdelkader on the top line, but I don't think he's a top line player around the league. Same thing with Ericsson being played on the top pair.    


Ok, but I didn't ask about Abby or Ericsson.  I'm asking about Tatar, Nyquist, and Dekeyser because they were our most heralded young players, and you previously said "I've been listening to people for years tell me how great our prospects are, and they turn out to be decent 2nd pair defensemen and 3rd line players, at best". 


I'm serious just wondering if you're including them in there, or are you talking about our lesser prospect.  Because you'd have a point with Pulkkinen or Smith.  But I think no matter how you cut it, Tatar and Nyquist are legit top six forwards, and Dekeyser is a legit top four defenseman.  And considering they're only just finishing up their sophmore years, I don't think it's a stretch to think they'll continue to improve their games as well. 

#2605273 ECSF : (4) Washington Capitals vs. (1) New York Rangers

Posted by kipwinger on 01 May 2015 - 09:22 AM

Wouldn't it be satisfying to watch him run wild all over the Blackhawks in the Cup finals?

#2605165 Free agents this off season

Posted by kipwinger on 30 April 2015 - 07:07 PM

Drew Stafford and cody franson please.

#2605103 At What Point Does Holland Deserve Blame?

Posted by kipwinger on 30 April 2015 - 03:08 PM


How do you define "competitive"?  Making the playoffs every year and losing in the early round?


If so, then I agree that we're competitive.


Since when do we need to measure team success against Edmonton and Buffalo?   


How often would we need to win the Cup for you to consider our organization "competitive" if we aren't now?

#2605084 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by kipwinger on 30 April 2015 - 02:24 PM

AN "OZ" REFERENCE?!?! One of my favorite shows of all time, and not just because of all the gratuitous peen. You complete me, kip.


I was wondering if that reference would be too in the weeds.  I should have known better. 

#2605059 At What Point Does Holland Deserve Blame?

Posted by kipwinger on 30 April 2015 - 01:42 PM


You wrote more than you needed to.  My whole point is that Holland's previous successes shouldn't give him immunity at his current job.  Immunity is dangerous at any job.  If I had immunity at my job, I'd have strippers and scotch here every day


But it's not just "past successes".  That's the point.  He's still a very successful GM, and his teams are still very successful.  It's not like we're stinking up the place, missing the playoffs, and competing for lottery picks. 


I agree that you should have total immunity at your job.  But you also shouldn't be fired if you don't remain at the absolute apex of your industry in perpetuity.


We've gone six years since our last Cup.  Exactly the same amount of time between our Cups in 2002 and 2008.  It would have been a mistake to fire Holland back then, and it would be a mistake now.

#2605055 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by kipwinger on 30 April 2015 - 01:37 PM

I...I would weep with joy.


Whatevs.  You just want another Wing to crush on.  Ladies love Ryan O'Reilly. 


Just ask this chick...



#2605044 Who is the coach next season?

Posted by kipwinger on 30 April 2015 - 01:24 PM


Granato seems to have done good things here in Detroit, but I don't know about him as a head coach. 


He's had a couple shots at the job but keeps up ending back as an assistant.  It's hard to say for sure but there's likely a reason for that.  Some guys function better in that role of being on the side closer to the players versus overseeing the whole team and having to be the bad guy at times.


He's been a head coach for 3 seasons, went to the playoffs twice, and won a round.  I don't know, because I obviously wasn't watching Colorado in 2003-2004, but that doesn't seem terrible.  Maybe there is something there, but his record doesn't suggest a wash out to me. 


But like I said, I don't know. 

Seriously, based on results, why the love for Tippet?


What makes people think he could do better with our roster?  


Because he's won a ton of games under arguably the worst possible conditions.  And because he's done so with a roster that's about 1/5 as good as our current one.   


Fun fact.  You know how many 80 point players Dave Tippett has coached in his entire career?  Two.  Mike Ribeiro and Mike Modano.  You know how many 80 point players Mike Babcock coached on the 2005 Red Wings alone?  Four. 


Think about that.  The best players he's ever coached..ever...were Modano, Ribiero, and Yandle.  His best goalie was Bryzgalov. BRYZGALOV!

#2605039 Detroit Red Wings 2014/2015 Eulogy

Posted by kipwinger on 30 April 2015 - 01:16 PM

I usually really love these, but this one was boring.  Nothing like the Philadelphia eulogy from a year ago.  That one was brutal. 

#2604992 Who is the coach next season?

Posted by kipwinger on 30 April 2015 - 11:55 AM

My votes would be Tippett (if available), Blash, McClellen, Granato.