I'd like Clarkson or Chris Stewart (who's rumored to be available) over Clowe. Clowe is garbage and plays like a scumbag. He's also not really that tough in spite of his size. Stewart is the baddest of the three, and Clarkson has the best offense, so either of these two are my preference.
Exactly! Just for fun I google searched "Young Mike Babcock" to see if I could find a picture of him in his youth, or his days coaching the juniors, or anything of the sort. Being a fairly famous person you would think there would be some. There...aren't...any.
"Mike Babcock" is a character created by the National Hockey League to evaluate fan intelligence. If the reasonably intelligent "rabid fanbase" of the NHL does not notice/care that this man is an imposter then surely they aren't smart enough to give a damn about repeat work stoppages, arbitrary rules changes/enforcement, and blatant favoritism.
Worst of all, the plan worked. So well in fact, that one of the premier organizations in the league hired this loutish thespian before being let in on the secret. After a good belly laugh Ilitch, Holland, Devellano, and Nill decided to play along with the charade while closely guarding the fact that the Red Wings ACTUAL head coaches since 2005 have been Todd McClellan, Paul McLean, Jeff Blashill, and Tom Renney.
Time to wake up Red Wings fans. We're being hoodwinked! Doncha see?
Don't try to rationalize the Tootoo benching. Babcock is the only guy on earth who in the same interview can say “I go through this time and time again with players and media and everyone: The players decide who plays, not me. If you play good, you get to keep playing". And then say immediately afterwards, "Now, Lash, there’s nothing wrong with Lash’s game,” he said. “We just want to change here for a day".
Sometimes I have to work really hard to convince myself that he's not a performance artist whose whole "routine" is to make obviously contradictory statements just too see if he can talk people into believing stupid s*** simply by scowling and having good hair.
I've been pretty hard on Nyquist in my time. I've always vented about how unimpressed by him I am after just about every game.
But after last night, I think I've changed my tune.
Abdelkader, despite Nyquist's call up, was still on Pav's line for most of the night.
Read the above sentence again.
Now finish vomitting.
This isn't Nyquist's fault. This falls squarely on Babcock.
His team can't score. In no universe of hockey is that a good thing. His second line is in shambles. So instead of putting a young player with good skill on Datsyuk's wing and seeing where that goes, he leaves Abdelkader there.
Nonetheless, Nyquist had an assist and a great shot on goal that resulted in a scoring chance. He produced more than Abdelkader did, no matter how simple that is.
I wonder if we'll ever get our offense back. We can't continue to be so badly mismanaged. Datsyuk is being wasted.
At least Cleary got demoted...
At the NHL level Nyquist is not nearly as good as Tatar has been. In spite of being given as much or more opportunity. I don't know what he did to impress you, but if that did the trick then think back 5-10 games ago and pay attention to number 21 and your mind will probably be blown into cosmic dust.
I think Holland pinned it on it's head. There just isn't enough sellers right now because there isn't much separation. Like he said; Separation = Activity. If there's separation there is activity, if there isn't there isn't activity. Right now everyone feels they have a shot at the playoffs, if they get in, anything can happen, so why would they sell the house? We need to wait for teams to start dropping out of the playoff race, and then we would most likely start seeing stuff go down. The East is more separated but we're heading there next season, you really don't want to do business with someone within your conference/division unless it was the perfect trade to help both teams out. The West isn't separated by any means, it's a giant logjam with every team thinking they have a shot, so no one wants to sell right now and they would be more willing to deal with us.
I agree with you to an extent. There are definitely fewer sellers, but we're struggling now. If Holland is going to do something he's going to need to take advantage of the early market. As we get closer to the deadline the prices will increase, and we all know that KH is VERY reluctant to pay market value. Three weeks from now more players will be available, but the prices will be too rich for Holland's blood.
Does anyone really believe that Drew Stafford, or Smid, or Regehr couldn't be had right now? Furthermore, does anyone really believe that they wouldn't help us?
god no they wouldnt help
Right, no room on this team for big, tough, shutdown defensemen who excel on the PK, or a young power forward on Datsyuk's wing. Good call.
For some reason the Wings fell prey to a massive episode of "groupthink" this summer. They were willing to throw MASSIVE contracts at Suter and Parise, two guys who have NEVER played like they deserved that much money. Presumably because they bought into their underserved reputations. Yet they were scared away from Semin, who's contract is a lot but at 1 year wasn't going to be a problem, also presumably because of an undeserved reputation. I have no idea why Semin got singled out for laziness when the entire Washington organization has the exact same problem.
Semin clearly isn't a long term solution, but who can say they wouldn't rather have him on Pav's wing, just for this year, rather than sit on all this cap space for the season. He couldn't possibly have hurt us this season, and he would have had ZERO negative impact on the future either.
Our top 2 lines have what, 1 goal in six games? Nope, no problem there.
Bu-bu-bu-but Babs is a Jack Adams finalist in the making. We're just all to dumb to understand his genius. It takes a real visionary to squander your best offensive threat in a game you're losing 3-0 just to prove that you don't have to change things if you don't wanna...
Which was largely done on a roster he inherited & a hot goalie that he got really lucky on. They missed the playoffs last year by 8 points & he's on the outside looking in again so far this season. So looks like he's gonna be 1 for 3 in playoff appearances? Sorry, I for one don't buy into the whole "Stevie is the front office messiah" thing at all. Anyway there are two internal candidates, Jim Nill & Ryan Martin, that should be ahead of him in that line for Kenny's job if he decides to hang it up in the next couple to few years.
I'm with you lock step on this one. I have no idea why anyone thinks Yzerman should be our GM. Oh wait, yes I do.
Him and Abby were jawing back and forth, he pointed to the scoreboard and got 10 minutes.
That's actually pretty funny. It's hard to tell whether he was pointing out that the BJs were winning, or sincerely trying to explain to Abby that there's such a thing as a score board, and that it's good to know about and contribute to it.
I suppose you could say one of the advantages he has is that he's a right-handed shot.
It's not really an advantage over anyone aside from maybe Kindl, who's player better in every other way. Kronwall is a lefty but he's scoring like gangbusters, Smith is a righty and is bigger and more athletic. And the other guys are defensive defensemen and therefore not interchangeable with White. So essentially he's competing with Kindl, who's bigger, faster, stronger, hits harder, and is scoring more this season. If a righty is worth all that to Babs or Holland they need to retire.
I must be in the minority here because I don't care if I ever see Ian White play for this team again. Not because I have anything against White, but because he's not really better at anything than anybody else in our lineup is.
For me it's a mixed bag. On the one hand I'm happy to see the young guys step up and prove their worth. On the other, it's going to be even more disappointing when they get sent back down because they're on two-way contracts and our roster is going to be full.
Welcome to the champagne room Mr. Murry, we've arranged a seat for you right next to Chuck Fletcher in the VIP section for your enjoyment. I'd offer you a drink but we've been informed that you have no interest in holding a cup anytime soon.
Har har. Now if you'll turn your attention to the standings you notice that the wings are currently tied for third place in the Western Conference and have beaten every other ranked team below us (aside from Phoenix whom we haven't played yet). We've also taken Chicago to overtime twice in two of the tougher games they've played all season.
How is it that I'm having a hard time convincing people that we actually have a competitive team?
giving up nyquist or tatar and a high pick for someone as mediocre as ryder or any ufa would be a HUGE mistake
and samuelsson f*cken sucks and bert is getting old and always hurt there not gonna bring this team to the next level we'd be better off getting rid of one or both of them and letting the younger hungrier kids play fulltime
Read it again, I said Nyquist or Tatar and a pick would get someone better than Ryder, but I think a guy like Ryder would help...if he could be had more cheaply. I was just using him as an example of a winger (not converted center) who can finish plays when his centers set him up.