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krsmith17

Member Since 12 Jun 2011
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In Topic: Zach Hyman Won't Be Signing With Florida

Yesterday, 06:08 AM

I hope you're right because I'm a huge Callahan fan. I'm just worried with him being injured for the latter half of this season, and Ferraro looking to cement his spot in the lineup, there may not be room for both of them...

 

As it stands right now we have Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Franzen (LTIR), Nyquist (RFA), Tatar, Jurco (RFA), Sheahan, Helm, Abdelkader, Weiss, Cole (UFA), Pulkkinen (RFA), Glendening, Miller, Andersson (RFA), Cleary (UFA), Ferraro (RFA), Callahan (RFA)...

 

That's 18 forwards. I think both UFA's (Cole and Cleary) are gone next season. If Franzen remains on LTIR, that's another spot available. We'll definitely be re-signing Nyquist, Jurco and Pulkkinen and likely Andersson as well, although I'd prefer to let him walk... We should look to trade Weiss, although I don't see there being any takers, unless we take back another bad contract...

 

With Larkin, Mantha, Athanasiou, Bertuzzi, etc. all knocking on the door over this next couple years, I'd pass on Hyman, unless he's willing to play in Grand Rapids, which I doubt...


In Topic: Zach Hyman Won't Be Signing With Florida

22 April 2015 - 01:13 PM

I haven't seen much of either of these guys and I don't think I seen either of them play a single game since last season. In saying that, from the little I have seen and articles I've read, I think Wheaton is the better player. He has had a couple pretty serious shoulder injuries over the past few seasons though... is that enough for the Wings to steer clear of him? I don't know. But I agree, I would like if we could hang onto one of these big bastards...

In Topic: Which of our prospects are centers on hockeysfuture that aren't ..

22 April 2015 - 12:19 PM

Larkin, Athanasiou, Nosek, Holmstrom and Vahatalo are all listed as wingers but are playing or have played center at some point in their careers.


I've said it before and I'll say it again, we are fine and center and we are over loaded on the wings. We need to concentrate on adding on the back end. We should be looking to add a big name defenseman in the first round of the draft as well as possibly in free agency.


In Topic: All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

20 April 2015 - 01:55 PM

1st round matchup vs the Marlies.

In Topic: Axel Holmström is having a great playoff so far.

20 April 2015 - 09:17 AM

What Holmstrom has been able to do is very impressive. I wish I were able to check out a few of his games but unfortunately I'm stuck with just the highlights. He is only 18 years old, so I would think he has at least another year or two over in Sweden before he makes the jump over to the American Hockey League. Let's hope he continues the current path he's on and can become another late round steal for us down the road. It sure looks like he's well on his way...

 

As for Frk, he has only recently been given a legitimate shot at getting in some consistent games with the Griffins. It's tough for any player to make any sort of impact with a team when they are constantly in and out of the lineup, being sent back and forth between leagues. In his first 16 games with the Griffins spread out over the first 3/4 of the season, Frk had a whopping 2 goals and 0 assists. Since Pulkkinen has been up full time with the Wings, Frk has finally gotten his shot. In the last 16 games of the season, he scored a very solid 4 goals and 6 assists, while looking great in all but one of the games I seen down the stretch. He has been backchecking, forechecking, and setting up plays, I expect a big playoffs out of him and anyone that is writing this kid off at 21 should start to take notice. I'm not saying he's going to be an NHL star but a 3rd line sniper ala Jiri Hudler while he was here, certainly isn't out of reach.