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#2662597 Fixing this mess....

Posted by kipwinger on 28 March 2016 - 05:36 PM

No thanks on Yakupov. We already have too many small, skilled, euros, and he's not better than most of them (except maybe Pulkkinen).


#2661786 Habs @ Wings 7:30EST, FSD & NHLN - US

Posted by kipwinger on 24 March 2016 - 07:10 PM

They look tentative because they never, ever, leave the defensive zone with speed. Everyone looks tentative if they're standing still while the other guys are skating hard.
Can we please get Helm down with Nyquist and Tatar up with Datsyuk? Not sure why that's so hard.


#2660637 Fixing this mess....

Posted by kipwinger on 17 March 2016 - 03:41 PM

New pp coach, keep the kids up, get rid of old dead weight, and activate the defense. Our coaching at even strength is WAY too conservative and as a result we can't move the puck our play to our team strength (speed).


#2660452 Looking ahead at expansion draft

Posted by kipwinger on 16 March 2016 - 01:36 PM

Apparently there's some speculation that you don't need to protect rookies, they'll be automatically protected, which is a huge boon for rebuilding teams like ours.  You can protect 7 forwards, 3 defensemen, and 1 goalie, OR 8 forwards and 1 goalie.  We wont be in any harm of losing any of our quality players.  Maybe a Howard, Sheahan, Jurco, or Pulkkinen, but nothing we couldn't live without. 




#2660375 3/15 GDT : Red Wings at Philadelphia Flyers, 7:30 ET

Posted by kipwinger on 15 March 2016 - 10:27 PM

We are actually pretty good when we press the pace. Maybe we should do that the whole game. Heaven forbid we try to score goals and lose occasionally rather than, you know, losing more often when we don't.


#2659185 3/13 GDT : Toronto Maple Leafs at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by kipwinger on 13 March 2016 - 02:40 PM

If we play like we did yesterday we will bury these hacks. I hope Larkin gets a hatty and Babs cries himself to sleep tonight on his mountain of money.


#2659109 3/12 GDT : New York Rangers at Red Wings, 2:00 EST

Posted by kipwinger on 12 March 2016 - 05:22 PM

Screw Young Floating Mike Babcock.  This team needs Joe Cool Jeff Blashill.

 

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#2659095 3/12 GDT : New York Rangers at Red Wings, 2:00 EST

Posted by kipwinger on 12 March 2016 - 04:56 PM

I really liked the Helm, Glendening, Richards line today.  And Green was awesome all game.  When he free wheels like that he's a dangerous player.




#2659084 3/12 GDT : New York Rangers at Red Wings, 2:00 EST

Posted by kipwinger on 12 March 2016 - 04:48 PM

Dear Jeff Blashill,

 

Don't change anything. 

 

Sincerely,

Everyone




#2658977 3/12 GDT : New York Rangers at Red Wings, 2:00 EST

Posted by kipwinger on 12 March 2016 - 04:23 PM

Speed and tenacity needs to be this team's identity going forward.  Aggressive, aggressive, aggressive. 




#2658934 3/12 GDT : New York Rangers at Red Wings, 2:00 EST

Posted by kipwinger on 12 March 2016 - 03:45 PM

It's that whole, "win one for the Gipper" mentality.  Apparently winning is easy if you "want it" and if you are losing its because you "don't care".  Not, you know, the product of careful preparation and execution of a well developed strategy that plays to your strengths and minimizes your weaknesses. 




#2658434 Marchenko vs. Smith

Posted by kipwinger on 10 March 2016 - 03:04 PM

Let me put it this way, the fact that these particular guys are seen as alternatives to one another is troubling. Smith is our best possession defenseman (not best offensive defenseman, and there's a difference). Marchenko is a good stay at home guy and pk option. Smith should be competing with Kronwall, Green, and (formerly) Kindl. Marchenko should be competing with Dekeyser, Quincey, and Ericsson. The fact that they're competing with each other is sort of willy nilly. But then again, if taking Ericsson out if the lineup is a non starter you're left with silly options.


#2658229 3/8 GDT : Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7:00 EST

Posted by kipwinger on 08 March 2016 - 09:24 PM

Please stop putting us on the power play. Please?


#2658084 3/8 GDT : Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7:00 EST

Posted by kipwinger on 08 March 2016 - 08:03 PM

Dude, glorify Babcock all you want.  I think we miss Jim Hiller a hell of a lot more than than we do Babs.  Give our current team a powerplay that's 2nd in the league and we aren't even talking about missing the playoffs right now.  




#2657477 Toews or Kane

Posted by kipwinger on 04 March 2016 - 06:14 PM

Most wingers never get much recognition for being good defensively. They just have so much less responsibility in that regard. Think about Hossa for instance, excellent defensively but never talked about the way Datsyuk, Bergeron, of Kopitar is. So its easy to see why people overlook Kane's defense. That and because " he's bad defensively" has become the most overused pejorative in the hockey universe. But Kane isn't really bad defensively. He's not a future Sellke winner (neither are any wingers) but he backchecks hard and picks up his man on the rush. What else is he supposed to do?

He's also such a good possession player that he's almost never playing defense. So what's it matter?

"He's bad defensively" is right up there with "Red Wings fans are spoiled" on the list of dumb cliches that irritate the hell out of me.