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#2536571 Training Camp Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 19 September 2014 - 09:17 AM

IF Alfredsson isn't ready to go, and it's looking more and more like he won't be, and IF Jurco starts the season in Detroit, I'd love to see our top two lines as...


Nyquist - Zetterberg - Franzen

Tatar - Datsyuk - Jurco




Zetterberg - Datsyuk - Jurco

Nyquist - Franzen - Tatar

#2536559 Flames adding Truculence...Yonkman, Gillies PTO

Posted by krsmith17 on 19 September 2014 - 06:24 AM

I agree completely rick zombo. I think many people would be thinking a little differently if we were to miss the playoffs a few year in a row and then had to wait another so many years before we were true cup contenders again. I'd much rather the Red Wings approach and tweak / rebuild on the fly. We've done it after Yzerman, Fedorov and co. with Zetterberg and Datsyuk. I believe we're a lot closer than some people realize to doing it once again with guys like Nyquist, Tatar, Jurco, Mantha, Athanasiou, Pulkkinen, Nosek and Frk. Obviously not all guys are going to make it, let alone have the same impact that the previous guys had but I do believe we have at least two from that list that will make a huge impact similar to Pav and Hank.


Tanking has proven not to work for various teams, so why do it? What Burke is doing in Calgary is a mockery of the league in my opinion. He's always been a fan of building tough, hard to play against teams, but c'mon man, that team is ridiculous. Do the guys like Monahan, Gaudreau, Baertschi, Granlund, Bennett all need two fighters to protect each of them? I don't think so... I don't think a team NEEDS any fighters on their roster (although I wouldn't mind having ONE) but does a team really need a dozen fighters?... M-o-c-k-e-r-y...

#2536436 Mantha's Injury

Posted by krsmith17 on 17 September 2014 - 01:48 PM

If you read the post directly before mine you would understand that my comment was in no way directed toward you. It was somewhat of a mock toward the previous comment of "Welcome to the Red Wings, where injuries are expected!" and also to the many other people I expected to follow up with panic - "the sky is falling" - replies... Your question was valid and I didn't say anything about that, however, I'm not really sure if it was thread worthy... It could have easily been questioned in the other Mantha thread or the Pre-Season thread. Anyway, relax, it wasn't directed at you...

#2536425 2014 Prospects Tournament and Training Camp (Sept. 12-23)

Posted by krsmith17 on 17 September 2014 - 11:45 AM

Exactly what I was saying DeGraa... How you read "this kid is a keeper" and translate that to "this kid is a generational talent" is beyond me...

#2536422 Mantha's Injury

Posted by krsmith17 on 17 September 2014 - 11:28 AM

Welcome to LGW, where everything is blown way out of proportion!...

#2536408 2014 Prospects Tournament and Training Camp (Sept. 12-23)

Posted by krsmith17 on 17 September 2014 - 09:52 AM

Yup, Athanasiou looks unreal. I hope Blashill plays him and Mantha together all year in Grand Rapids.


Once again, extremely happy Holland doesn't have the quick trigger finger that a lot of LGWers have. A lot of people on here were ready to trade this kid just a few short months ago. I said it back then and I'll say it again now, this kid is a keeper for sure.

#2536297 2014 Prospects Tournament and Training Camp (Sept. 12-23)

Posted by krsmith17 on 16 September 2014 - 12:39 PM

I don't doubt that there is a chance Mantha could suit up for the Wings at some point this season, but I still say it's a zero percent chance he makes the team out of camp. Let's see how he adapts to the pro game down in Grand Rapids first, and then we can re-evaluate this whole thing in a couple months. How many injuries will there be in the first couple months and will Mantha dominate the American League like so many are expecting?...

#2536159 Dekeyser signed. 2 yrs $2.187 million AAV

Posted by krsmith17 on 13 September 2014 - 04:10 PM

I agree with kliq, I think they will definitely give him at least one full season backing up before they ship him out. As I said, I think it's hard to place Mrazek as the next coming but I would be disappointed if we traded him away at this point in his career, even if Howard plays lights out for the next year or two. I don't see any problem with a solid 1-2 for a year and up both players trade value before you have to make a decision.

#2536135 Who should get cut/traded by game 1 of the season?

Posted by krsmith17 on 13 September 2014 - 06:55 AM

Some people are so damn impatient. I think a huge reason why I am patient with the way the Wings do things is because I am huge fan as the entire Red Wings organization. I am just as much a fan of the Griffins as I am the Wings. I watch 82 Wings games plus every playoff game every single year, I've watched about 90% of Griffins games the past few years and every single playoff game, as well as a scattered East Coast and Junior game to follow prospects down there as well.


I don't want to see Mantha or Jurco or Pulkkinen rushed into the league because I'm quite content watching them develop their game down in Grand Rapids. I'd be happier to see three of them down in the AHL getting huge minutes, playing in all situations, possibly finish the season in the top 10 in scoring while helping the Griffins win another Calder Cup, then see any of them on the 3rd line in the NHL, playing 10-15 minutes a night and no special teams...


I do believe some of these guys will be unbelievable in the next few years, and credit to the Wings organization for being patient with them and making sure they're good and ready before they're thrown into the best league in the world.


Be Patient! And Watch Them Develop!

#2535944 Ericsson and Alfredsson not 100%

Posted by krsmith17 on 11 September 2014 - 10:40 AM

frankgrimes - translation - "Told you so..."


The more I think about it, the more worried I'm getting... I mean, I'm not so sure that Ericsson will be able to skate the same with his middle finger only at 95%... C'mon people, quit reaching...


And there were a lot of people that were completely okay with Alfredsson not being offered another contract this season, but now that he may not be 100% healthy, the sky is falling...

#2535936 Ericsson and Alfredsson not 100%

Posted by krsmith17 on 11 September 2014 - 09:39 AM

WTF is wrong with some people? Do you actually try to find the negative in everything just so you have something to ***** about? Ericsson stated that he will be ready to go for the first game of the season and this Alfredsson situation has been well known for months now. He is 41 years old and it has been stated numerous times that management would be happy to have him back if he decides he is healthy, even if he can only play 60-65 games. But all of a sudden the sky is falling. I swear some of you lie awake at night, hoping and preying a Red Wing gets injured just so you can say "I told you so".... Pathetic...

#2535931 Dekeyser signed. 2 yrs $2.187 million AAV

Posted by krsmith17 on 11 September 2014 - 09:24 AM

There is over $5.9M in cap space remaining once Jurco is sent down, more than enough to sign DeKeyser to a reasonable contract as well as Alfredsson to a bonus heavy contract. Both Alfie's and Cleary's bonus' can get bumped to next years salary cap, so that is not an issue. I don't believe that this DeKeyser situation (if you can even call it that) has anything to do with any other player (Quincey, Alfredsson, Cleary, or whichever other player you can think to blame). This is between Holland, DeKeyser and Morris (agent) and a deal will get done, DeKeyser will not miss any games because of this and there will be no bad blood once it is done.

#2535928 Dekeyser signed. 2 yrs $2.187 million AAV

Posted by krsmith17 on 11 September 2014 - 09:00 AM

Thanks Dickie, finally a logical post in here... I'm a huge fan of DeKeyser and I do believe he is going to be a great defender for us for many years but he is 24 years old and has only played 83 NHL games. He has been very solid ever since his NHL debut in Colorado but one full season in the NHL as an RFA doesn't warrant the same contract as a veteran UFA. How people don't understand this is beyond me. I don't care if the player is better or has more upside, the sample size is just too small. Also, s*** on me all you want but Quincey was one of our most solid defenders in the second half of last season. Like Dickie said, Quincey was not a knee jerk signing and he was not overpaid by much at all.


In saying all that, I still think the deal gets done in the next couple weeks, before training camp. I don't get all the panic and overreaction...

#2535841 2014 Preseason Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 10 September 2014 - 10:07 AM

Our Marian Hossa is coming soon... Tomas Jurco - Fellow Slovakian, will be the same build (6'2", 210lbs.) in a couple years, and in about 5 years will be putting up 35-40 goal, 80 point seasons... Book it! ;)

#2535725 Detroit offers D Raphael Diaz tryout

Posted by krsmith17 on 08 September 2014 - 10:59 AM

I HATE when people get on with this s*** about how no player wants to play for the Red Wings anymore. We're the most undesirable team in the league? Really?

Note: This is not entirely about Diaz specifically but Free Agents in general, and the constant b!tching and moaning on here...


People are quick to point out and always remember the players that don't come here for whatever reason, but quickly forget about the players that choose to come here. There are 29 other teams in the league that want to sign players. We're not going to land every big name free agent, and it's insane to think otherwise.


Diaz seen two things in Calgary, a fellow Swiss native (Bartschi) and a much better chance in cracking the Flames lineup. He will more than likely make the Flames roster and had very little chance in my opinion (and more than likely his as well) to make the Red Wings roster.

How about some players that have chose the Red Wings in the past few years; Alfredsson, Weiss, DeKeyser, Nosek, etc. A lot of teams were trying hard to sign all 4 of those players but they chose to sign with the terrible Red Wings organization over every other team...


No, of course we're not the same team we were 10 years ago (that every single player in the league wanted to play for), and for good reason. Whether people want to see it or not, we are currently going through a rebuild and we have been for the past couple years, ever since Lidstrom retired. We are a team on the rise again, and in another short couple years we will be annual Cup contenders once again. That along with the new arena and district, players will be lining up to sign with the Red Wings once again.