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#2569618 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 10 February 2015 - 01:44 PM

Just curious, for those who watch Griffins hockey regularly, does Callahan still play with an edge?

I know he's toned down the extra-curricular stuff, but is he still a pest? 



Yes and no.  He doesn't ever fight, but he's not a pest.  You don't see him trying to get under people's skins the way a traditional pest (Maltby, Glendening) would.  But that's because that isn't his role on his team.  He's a first line power forward in GR and plays that game.  He's most comparable to Abdelkader on our current team.  He's a physically tough, strong, and in your face type of player.  He hustles.  He competes.  He's aggressive.  He's "heavy".  And at the NHL level he'll probably be an agitator.  But in GR he's a top line guy.  So he doesn't act too "pesty", despite his style of play. 

#2569611 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by kipwinger on 10 February 2015 - 12:55 PM

My least favorite part of trade deadline/free agency you (nobody) asked? 


Idiots speculating on asking prices and inflating the s*** out of them. 


Case in point:  George Malik (dummy) makes a fairly reasonable assertion that "the Red Wings would have to pay a inter-division premium" to get Cody Franson from Toronto.  Ok, sure.  How much George?  Well, the regular asking price seems to be hovering around a second round pick and (maybe) a prospect.  So George, of course, speculates that it will take a 1st, and a roster player OR  a "prospect or two". 


Elsewhere, Khan speculates that Toronto could refuse to trade with Detroit, so that the latter will lose early in the playoffs, and in doing so make Toronto (a non playoff team) a better option for Babcock in the offseason.  Because Brendan Shanahan would prioritize making someone else's team worse over making his team better.  And because losing early in the playoffs is somehow worse than not making them.  And because Babcock is clinically insane.


And Helen St. James thinks it'll take Tatar to land Myers.


And Ansar Khan thought Matt Niskanen would get close to 7 million per. 


And every single speculated trade involving the Red Wings starts with Mantha, and a 1st. 



#2569465 2/7 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Coyotes 1

Posted by kipwinger on 09 February 2015 - 09:01 AM

Whatevs, I still love Shane Doan.  Guy's a monster and has had a great career.  And anybody who thinks he's not a good leader ought to think back to how he played against us in the playoffs.  Dude is a beast. 


And beasts are usually hotheads...


which is why Luke Glendening rules.  Hotheads HATE Luke Glendening. 

#2569441 Marchenko recalled from GR... Ouellet sent down

Posted by kipwinger on 08 February 2015 - 07:02 PM

But Ouellet was only brought back up because of the Dad trip - without that it's Ouellet getting 21 games and then give Marchenko a shot. I think you're reading too much into a player getting more than 3 games to show what he's got. I doubt they've even made much of a judgement on him after so few games anyway.

To me its not about the player, its about the pair. If marchenko can play as good as ouellet, but make smith more effective then that's a net gain. I think the third pair looks better now than it did with ouellet. If marchenko had come in and the third pair had looked bad, then he'd be in GR right now. But its looking good. So that changes things.

#2569438 Marchenko recalled from GR... Ouellet sent down

Posted by kipwinger on 08 February 2015 - 06:38 PM

Marchenko's only had 3 games. Don't think it says anything more than that he hasn't been awful. I expect he'll get quite a few more games, then get swapped for Sproul to get him a few games prior to the trade deadline. Then, barring a deal, probably have one of the kids up for the rest of the year.

I disagree. I think it means something because of the effect its had on smith. He's looked really good since being moved to his natural side. If having marchenko up means smith plays better, then that may put ouellet in play at the deadline. If marchenko and smith can be a solid third pair it may impact Hollands deadline strategy. IMO Smith has looked much better with Marchenko than he did with Ouellet.

#2569293 2/7 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Coyotes 1

Posted by kipwinger on 07 February 2015 - 10:32 PM

Soooo...is Tatar going to be a superstar or what? Because its starting to seem like maybe he's going to be a superstar.

#2569230 2/7 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Coyotes 1

Posted by kipwinger on 07 February 2015 - 10:04 PM


#2569173 2/7 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Coyotes 1

Posted by kipwinger on 07 February 2015 - 08:59 PM

Meanwhile Edmonton leads the Battle for Connor McDavid 3:0 as the Leafs scored three goals.


Meanwhile, somewhere in Canada, Connor McDavid is learning exactly what the saying "stuck between a rock and a hard place" feels like.   

#2569170 2/7 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Coyotes 1

Posted by kipwinger on 07 February 2015 - 08:46 PM

Because they charge $800 for a ticket in row 4,364 whenever the Wings come to town.

Ok I'll drop it I promise :lol:


If we ask nicely, will you at least drop it like it's hot?

#2568981 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by kipwinger on 06 February 2015 - 06:37 PM

Does that mean you're an assman, kip?


Is that a question?  I thought my love of husky, big boned, midwestern women was well known?  What are the two most fun things to do in cold weather?  Play hockey, and fat girls.  

#2568980 Greatest US-born NHLer of all time?

Posted by kipwinger on 06 February 2015 - 06:28 PM

I don't agree that playing too long "tarnishes your career".  Pudge Rodriguez played too long.  So did Jordan.  Joe Montana probably should have retired a 49er, and Joe Lewis didn't do himself any favors late in his career.  What do all these things have in common?  Nobody cares.


Plus, I think we can all agree that it wouldn't have killed Dale Earnhardt to quit while he was ahead... :confused:

#2568978 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by kipwinger on 06 February 2015 - 06:20 PM

Your smart remarks are middle of the pack

I threw in jensen because to me in detroits eyes ouellet marchenko sproul backman are ahead of him , where's he gonna get a spot in detroit? Jensen is in a different situation as those other 2 because he was injured last few seasons and win awards in college for best defensemen

And yes frk has been a bust thus far , no doubt about it but he's still only 21

Didn't say jensen sucks I'm just suggesting the players I previously mentioned are ahead of him in detroits prospect rankings ( my opinion)

The fact that marchenko was called up here before he was and is 2 yrs younger should say something ... Unless of course he's being showcased for a trade


Backman?  Doesn't ring a bell.  I vaguely recall a Swedish chick by that name, but she moved home a while ago.  No big loss, she was too skinny anyway. 

#2568948 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by kipwinger on 06 February 2015 - 02:37 PM

Am I the only one who thinks that David Clarkson might not be as bad as he's seemed in Toronto?  I mean, I don't think he's great, or worth his money.  But I don't think he's this bad either.  I think he's a good system player, and in the right system he's flourish again.  Which underlies a bigger point.  What kind of team does Toronto want to be?  Do they want to be a big, bruising, half ice team like San Jose, Anaheim, or Boston?  If so, keep Dion, JVR, Franson, Reilly, Clarkson, Panik, Winnik and trade or buy out Kessel, Kadri, Gardiner, Lupul, Santorelli.  If you want to be a skill team, do the opposite.  It's like the Maple Leafs are two halves of two VERY different teams. 


I think they were border line top end prospects.  Lots of skill, but questions about size.  Pulk has the same size issue but doesn't skate as well, and is a bit one dimensional even though he does work hard.  There's a big difference between how fans of a team view prospects and how those same kids are viewed by other teams.


I agree with this, but I also think, "who cares"?  I mean, I don't really give a s*** if other teams and other fans thought Tatar or Nyquist were 2nd tier prospects.  The fact that other people don't rate our prospects very high doesn't mean those prospects aren't really good, or better than other people think.  You'd think years and years and years of churning out NHL players would get people hip to the fact that our prospects are almost always better than theirs, but if they aren't, oh well.  Sure it makes trading a little harder, but we rarely trade anyway, so no harm done. 

#2568914 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by kipwinger on 06 February 2015 - 01:13 PM

The only word I've seen associated with Stafford in the past few years is Lazy.


Now I don't watch a lot of Buffalo games, so I'm no expert on the guy.  


But that doesn't sound like Abby.  Who knows though....


Maybe he just needs a fresh start?  Buy low?  Could pay off.


Over the years I've watched him pretty regularly.  Previously, I had a roommate from Buffalo for several years and watched most games with him.  I was always impressed by Stafford's willingness to play in the dirty areas and his ability to physically stand up to bigger, tougher, players.  Because I was familiar with him, once I heard he was on the block I began to pay attention to him again and my opinion hasn't changed.  He's got Helm/Abby levels of production this year, and is the primary offensive threat on his line.  As a third option (behind Pav and Tats) on a line, I think he'd excel.  He's still in his prime and is definitely more offensively capable than Helm. 


Nobody needs to agree or anything.  I just think he'd help.  Like I said, Pav's line is really good and all, but I worry that they're too one dimensional.  I'd really like a guy on that line that can score in the crease.  Stafford can, and wouldn't be too expensive. 

#2568908 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by kipwinger on 06 February 2015 - 01:01 PM

Why is everyone so willing to overpay for Yandle? I don't get it. It's not going to happen and for good reason...


I don't think it's going to happen either, and I'm fine with not getting him.  But you consistently downplay how good he is.  Keith Yandle is really, really, good.  For exmaple, he currently leads the league in assists from a defenseman, with 32.  You don't think that would help our struggling transition game considerably?