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#2551333 Nestrasil Waived / Claimed by Hurricanes

Posted by krsmith17 on Yesterday, 01:46 PM

People still complaining about Cleary is absolutely hilarious. How about you actually go watch a Wings game, or if you do really watch the games, turn off your blind hate just for a couple hours and "really" watch the game. Cleary has been great, and when I say great I'm obviously not talking about "all-star" calibre great, I'm saying he has been a great bottom six guy. His skating has improved 100%, he is giving 110% effort like he always has, and he's actually having a positive impact on the games. Cleary > Nestrasil every day of the week for me... for Babcock... for Holland... and for every other player in that locker room...

#2550772 Alfie not playing this season

Posted by krsmith17 on 21 November 2014 - 12:57 PM

No big surprise there. Before the season started I kind of wanted him back, but I'm okay with him hanging them up. No shame Alfie, great career and a lock for the HOF.

#2550726 Smith and Ericcsson?

Posted by krsmith17 on 21 November 2014 - 07:54 AM

I agree with DeGraa on this one. I don't understand how people think this was selfish. Smith took exception to a hit he felt was a little on the dirty side, and wanted to drop the gloves. Big deal... If he knew that fight was going to result in him missing a week (minimum), I'm sure he would have thought otherwise, but the likelihood of an injury, especially an infection, was extremely slim. The chances of injury were likely smaller than what "could" have happened in that hit from behind by Foligno. Hockey is the fastest, most physical sport on the planet, in my opinion, even more so than football / rugby / lacrosse because of the speed of the game. Guys are going to get hurt, and fighting is probably the least likely cause of injury in the NHL.


Were you people upset when Ericsson stood up for Helm when he took a dirty hit from Nolan in the LA game? I personally loved it, and I wish more of our guys would do it. I'm not saying I want a pure goon on our team that can barely skate either, I just wouldn't mind to see some more overall team toughness, and see guys sticking up for one another. I'm by no means, a huge fighting advocate but I do think it definitely belongs in the game.

#2550272 Nestrasil Waived / Claimed by Hurricanes

Posted by krsmith17 on 20 November 2014 - 04:05 PM

wings1940, you clearly haven't been watching Cleary the few games that he has played, and you are just going on blind hate from the past couple years. He has been playing great so far this season, and definitely better than Nestrasil, and Andersson too in my opinion...

#2550258 Nestrasil Waived / Claimed by Hurricanes

Posted by krsmith17 on 20 November 2014 - 03:44 PM

Why are people comparing Nestrasil to Cleary? Cleary isn't the reason Nestrasil got exposed and claimed on waivers. Cleary wasn't going to be waived, nor should he have been. Cleary brings so much more than what he shows on the ice to this team, the experience and leadership he provides, on and off the ice, can't just be replaced, and certainly not by a 23 year old kid. If not Nestrasil, Jurco would have been sent down, and maybe in hindsight that would have been the better choice. But where is all of this upside that everyone sees in Nestrasil? I just don't get it. He was a body on the ice for 13 games, a big body sure, but that's about it. He could barely crack the Grand Rapids line up last season and to be honest should have never cracked our lineup this season. It would have been nice to see him clear and provide some support down in Grand Rapids this year but in reality he probably never would have cracked the Wings lineup on a full time basis, not this year, not next year, not ever. We have a ton of more skilled guys knocking on the door, he will not be missed. We even have a player that we signed in the offseason who is similar in stature but much more skilled, in Tomas Nosek. Good luck in Carolina Nestrasil, unfortunately you will probably end up down in Charlotte after 30 days...

#2550195 CBJ's Jack Johnson files for bankruptcy

Posted by krsmith17 on 20 November 2014 - 01:18 PM

I feel bad for those of you that are blaming Jack for trusting his parents... I really do...

#2550185 CBJ's Jack Johnson files for bankruptcy

Posted by krsmith17 on 20 November 2014 - 12:51 PM

Agree completely Jesusberg. I have the same relationship with my parents and sister. Hell, I've even given my credit card and pin to friends if they were going on a beer run or whatever. No one should expect family and friends to steal from them, and obviously he didn't. Like was mentioned before, this likely happens a lot with these young guys making so much money, but luckily everyone's parents aren't complete assholes... If I were making millions, the first person I would go to and the last person I would expect to steer me wrong or steel from me would be my parents... Terrible situation..

#2550050 TSN new website a mess ?

Posted by krsmith17 on 19 November 2014 - 04:01 PM

Well to be fair, about 90% of American based websites will not allow residents of Canada to stream videos from them. Of course, there are always ways around these things...

#2549258 2014-15 Grand Rapids Griffins

Posted by krsmith17 on 16 November 2014 - 06:46 PM

Yeah, Ansar Khan always has pretty good coverage leading up to the season, in the prospect tournament and training camp but once the Red Wings season begins it's 95% parent club coverage with a few short articles covering top prospects.

#2549220 2014-15 Grand Rapids Griffins

Posted by krsmith17 on 16 November 2014 - 03:39 PM

Unfortunately, I find there's very little coverage of the Griffins, outside of watching the games.

I have a few different go-to sites that I read daily when it comes to the Wings but I haven't really found any decent coverage on the Griffins. griffinscentral.com is probably the best I've come across but I don't read it a whole lot.

#2549215 Myers close to become a wing?

Posted by krsmith17 on 16 November 2014 - 03:22 PM

Euro_Twins, Holland absolutely did want to sign some of those top end free agents this past summer, but the price for Holland was too high on a few of them. You can't argue that. You don't actually believe that all of those players were so dead set against signing with the Wings, that no matter how much money and term Holland threw at them, they just would not sign. He could have thrown more money and term their way and some of them would have signed here but that just isn't Kenny's style. He's a very cautious GM and that's one of the reasons he is the best in the business. Do you honestly think we over paid for Quincey? I said from the beginning, that I thought it was a pretty fair contract, maybe slight over payment but I think he is earning every dollar so far this season. There are not many defensemen around the league that are as dependable, durable, and just all around solid for the price of Quincey. People can hate on them all they want, but he has played great.

#2549198 Myers close to become a wing?

Posted by krsmith17 on 16 November 2014 - 01:09 PM

His offers may have been "pretty on par" but there was something that didn't work whether it was money or term. And like I said, I'm quite happy we didn't land most of those that signed the huge contracts this past offseason. Most all of the players that would have helped us were massively overpaid, and even the one's that are working out for their new teams, doesn't necessarily mean they would have worked out here. Our biggest need in the offseason was on the back end and you can easily argue that has been our strong point so far this season, and it's only going to get better from here. Once the young guys get more time under their belt and we inject another one or two of our top prospects over the next year or two, we will be very strong on the back end.


I'd much rather the wait and see approach by Holland rather than the immediate gratification that most fans yearn for. That way is going to get you in a lot more trouble than the proven success of Holland and co. (see Paul Holmgren) 

#2549179 Myers close to become a wing?

Posted by krsmith17 on 16 November 2014 - 10:10 AM

That's been repeated over and over again on here and I don't entirely believe in it. Sure, he tried to sign a few big name free agents last off season, but when the prices got to high, he got out, and rightfully so. A lot of these guys got massively overpaid and that's something this organization refuses to do, and I for one am quite okay with that. Holland doesn't want to get into a bidding war over a player with several other teams, only to handcuff the organization financially for years to come. He knows that there are a ton of guys within the organization that need to be resigned over the next couple seasons, some of which will be due for significant raises. Next year we have Nyquist and Smith who will be due for pretty decent raises, as well as Jurco who will be due for a moderate raise, and Andersson and Nestrasil too if they decide to stick with them. Then the following season we have Helm, Abdelkader, Sheahan and DeKeyser who will all get decent raises as well and Miller and Lashoff if they decide to keep them with the team going forward. All this, not even mentioning the ton of minor leaguers that will be due for raises.


There is this huge misconception that none of these players want to play here, but that isn't true either. There are 29 other teams in the league and we're not always going to hit a home run in free agency. Players that choose to go elsewhere, most are doing so for personal reasons, the same personal reasons that landed us the highly coveted DeKeyser. But Holland doesn't get credit for that one because he's a hometown boy... ridiculous. Also, just one short season ago, we landed the two top UFA's, but that is forgotten because one was old and the other hasn't panned out yet. Despite his age, Alfredsson was one of the top free agent signings last year and he put up solid numbers, and helped the team make a 23rd straight playoff appearance. Weiss hasn't done anything yet, but there is still a lot of time for him to turn that around, and I truly believe he will. So no, the free agents don`t always go elsewhere...

#2549174 Myers close to become a wing?

Posted by krsmith17 on 16 November 2014 - 08:38 AM

I couldn't agree more zombo. Fans of all teams tend to be way too impatient with their prospects, but I hear it most on here, probably because people are getting fed up with our extremely patient general manager. Sure, Holland has made some questionable decisions over the years, but there is not a single GM in the league (past or present) that hasn't. The thing is, he makes a lot more great decisions than he does bad, and most of his great decisions are the trades and signings that he stays away from. We have one of the top prospect pools in the entire league, despite never picking in the top half of the draft for over two decades, thanks to our methodical GM. The team has a plan and direction and they don't stray from that. That plan is to continue to make the playoffs while at the same time build a contender. I am very confident that the plan is working perfectly and we will be a Cup contender once again, in 2 to 3 years. Achieving that without ever missing the playoffs and never being in position at the draft table to pick these "elite" players is damn impressive.


Thanks Kenneth Mark Holland! You truly will go down as one of the all time greats, and maybe then you will get the recognition you deserve...

#2549173 Mantha getting closer.

Posted by krsmith17 on 16 November 2014 - 08:20 AM

Another great performance by Mantha last night. He really is the complete package, let's just hope he can translate all that skill to an elite NHL talent. He's a massive guy and for his size, he can really move, definitely has underrated speed. He has unbelievable hands and has the knack to always win those puck battles. His best asset though is his shot and ability to find the open ice and finish on his chances. He is already being tightly checked in the minors so he is going to have to adjust a little if he's going to have the same success down there and then eventually in the NHL. He also shows a little grit at times, willing to go to the hard areas of the ice, and even stand up for his teammates. The NHL player he resembles the most in my opinion is a left handed Jeff Carter. I want to say that he'll be slightly better than Carter but that would probably be hugely biased on my part lol and I shouldn't get too ahead of myself... :lol:


Mantha had a great goal last night, set up by Pulkkinen. Pulkkinen's play making ability definitely goes under the radar because of his ability to score goals with that incredible slap shot, but he is a really good set up guy as well. Also, I think his speed and defensive awareness go unnoticed a lot of the time as well. He is deceptively fast, probably because he has a somewhat awkward looking stride, and he's always back checking the opposition. As high as we all are on Mantha, it would not surprise me at all to see Pulkkinen get the first call-up, and rightfully so. He's put in his time and has been playing great for a lot longer than Mantha has been around. I also want to see Callahan get the call soon. He has been playing great hockey and would look so much better on that forth line wing, in place of Andersson, along side of Glendening and Miller.