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#2651301 Should the Red Wings Trade for Byfuglien?

Posted by krsmith17 on 06 February 2016 - 06:47 PM

Stay the f*** away from Byfuglien please. Unless we're able to get him for Richards and Kindl... Obviously not.

#2651086 2016 Trade Deadline Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 05 February 2016 - 06:16 PM

Blashill is a good coach and will likely be here for a long time. Assistant coach Firschweiler is the problem in my opinion. The power-play has been dreadful and something needs to change to get it going.

#2650469 Joakim Andesson on Waivers

Posted by krsmith17 on 29 January 2016 - 11:47 AM

Yeah, the Joakim Andersson thread has evolved into how we should remodel our 4th line now that that scrub has cleared waivers...


I've said it before, I'd rather Helm at $2.75M than Miller at $1.5M, but if Helm is asking more than $3M, I'd let him walk. I really want to keep him, I just wish he weren't forced into the top 6. He's not a top 6 player, but because he's been up there for a year or so, he'll expect to be paid like one...

#2650267 2016 Trade Deadline Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 27 January 2016 - 08:04 AM

No, not at all Buppy. My issue is (not necessarily with you) that some people here think Ericsson, Quincey and Smith all suck, and want to get rid of them for whatever we can get, even if it means waiving them for nothing, which is beyond ridiculous... The reason I would be willing to trade Q and E isn't because I think they suck and getting rid of them will make us better... I would be willing to replace Quincey because I don't think we can afford to keep him beyond this season and I think there are definitely some teams that would love to have a guy like Q for their playoff run. Maybe we can gain an asset, rather than letting him walk for nothing in the summer... Same goes for Ericsson, I don't want to trade Ericsson because I think he's terrible (like many here do...), I'd just like to see if we could package him with a couple other assets to upgrade the defense. Maybe St. Louis would trade us Shattenkirk for Ericsson, Ouellet and/or Pulkkinen and/or draft picks... But no, I wouldn't want to replace either because I think Ouellet, Sproul or Jensen can step in and fill either of their shoes, because I don't think they would...

As for Smith, it is definitely fair to say he is finally evolving. It's been a steady progression for him for the past 2 years and whether people want to admit it or not (probably not), he has shown drastic improvement since then. The expectations on him were always way too high, much like most top prospects, but you can't hold that against him. I do believe a big part of Smith's struggles early on were because Babcock wouldn't let him play his game. Now that he is finally back under a coach that trusts him and allows him to play his offensive style game, he's thriving. He's gaining more and more confidence and in my opinion he is finally evolving into a legit top 4 defenseman.

Everything else from your last post I completely agree with.

#2650236 2016 Trade Deadline Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 26 January 2016 - 09:51 PM

It blows my mind that so many people are so eager to get rid of Ericsson, Smith and Quincey, as if there are three guys within the system or available via trade or free agency that can just step in and replace all three. It's not going to happen, nor should it. It's much more likely that all three return next season rather than none of them...

I'm leaning toward letting Quincey walk, and replacing him from within. I'd like to find a team that would trade for Ericsson, but it's likely not going to happen. Smith, I keep, but no one here is shocked about that... But seriously, Smith has been really good all season, and he will continue to be really good. Why would we trade a player that is finally evolving into the player we've all hoped he would? He's still prone to f*** ups, but so is every other defenseman in the league. The difference is, Smith's mistakes just get magnified to the nth degree by most around here because they're not willing to see that he's not the same defenseman he was two years ago...

#2650210 Joakim Andesson on Waivers

Posted by krsmith17 on 26 January 2016 - 12:46 PM

No, Andersson would not have to go through waivers again unless he plays another 10 games or stays up for 30 days (he won't).

#2650204 2016 Trade Deadline Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 26 January 2016 - 12:21 PM

I'd love to have Ladd, but not for what it would cost us as a rental, and I certainly wouldn't want him for anything close to $6M per for 6 years... People think the new Abdelkader deal is bad? I'd take Abby at $4.25M over Ladd at $6M, but I definitely wouldn't want both at those price tags...

#2650199 2016 Trade Deadline Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 26 January 2016 - 11:50 AM

Great news! I hope Winnipeg reaches a new deal with Byfuglien and some other team overpays for Ladd... Stay away from both of these guys Kenny!

#2650179 2016 Trade Deadline Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 26 January 2016 - 09:15 AM

Frank, I agree we should probably stand pat at the deadline, unless we're selling off a couple players, however Jurco and Pulkkinen are not the players we sell at this point. No team is looking to trade for these type players at the deadline, unless it's a rebuilding team, and in that case it would not be for draft picks, it would likely be for a player on an expiring contract, in which case, that would make us the buyers... I would trade Pulkkinen in a package, but I personally would not trade Jurco in any package right now. I still have confidence that he will be a legit top 6 forward in a couple years, and we would be trading him at an all time low right now. Both Jurco and Pulkkinen's keep value is much higher than their trade value. If we're looking to be sellers we can throw names like Quincey and Richards out there, and Helm as well if we don't plan on re-signing him... I think three of those players could be attractive pieces to a team that is looking to go on a deep run, and could garner a decent return...

#2650023 ROY according to LGW

Posted by krsmith17 on 25 January 2016 - 05:16 PM

I think for Larkin to surpass Panarin in points would be very difficult, assuming Panarin doesn't get injured for an extended period of time. However, I do think it is very possible that Larkin could potentially narrow the gap by going on a couple good runs from now to the end of the season and/or Panarin slowing down. Of course, it could just as easily go the other way as well in Panarin's favor, or even Eichel, Domi or any other rookie...

I think if Panarin were to finish the season with 70 points and Larkin finishes second with say 62, and Larkin also finishes way ahead in +/-, GWG as well as other statistical categories he could possibly walk away with the Calder.

Regardless, as cool as it would be to see Larkin win the Calder, it doesn't really matter a whole lot, because like others have mentioned, we've had a ton of runner ups over the years, and they've gone on to have pretty solid careers for themselves. I think Larkin has been one of the Wings best players all season and will continue to do so for many more to come. In the end, that's what matters...

#2649615 Forward Line Combos/Discussion

Posted by krsmith17 on 23 January 2016 - 06:57 AM

I've said for a while now that the Tatar - Sheahan - Jurco line should stay intact, and they were arguably our best line again tonight. If they are not together for the foreseeable future, I will be very disappointed...

I'd go with...

Larkin - Datsyuk - Richards
Nyquist - Zetterberg - Abdelkader
Tatar - Sheahan - Jurco
Helm - Glendening Pulkkinen

#2649500 2016 Trade Deadline Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 22 January 2016 - 06:52 PM

Pulkkinen was used the exact same way in the NHL last season under Babcock, and Hiller on the power-play. But what's frustrating is that he was used completely different last season down in the AHL under Blashill, and Ferschweiler on the power-play, which lead me (and I'm sure others) to believe that he would be used the same way by the same two coaches... Not the case...

Pulkkinen needs to be positioned around the left faceoff dot on the power-play, ready to let 'er rip any chance he gets, but instead, for whatever reason he's being used in the center of the ice where he has little to no chance in getting off his bomb of a shot. I can't understand it, and it's extremely frustrating to watch...

#2649446 Joakim Andesson on Waivers

Posted by krsmith17 on 22 January 2016 - 01:05 PM

Andersson will likely be in the lineup tonight against Buffalo, and Athanasiou is expected to be back in the lineup tonight against Rochester. Maybe they swap them after tonight's games, assuming Andersson clears waivers and is sent to Grand Rapids...


Although it's probably more likely that they're looking to call up a defender with Kronwall out for the next few weeks. Likely Ouellet, but I'd like to see Jensen or Sproul get a look.

#2649426 Bravo, Smitty

Posted by krsmith17 on 22 January 2016 - 09:49 AM

Of course it would be because of Smith that the streak ends... Who else is there to blame? Remember that one time he made that really stupid play on the bench against Montreal? What an idiot...


Overstating how "awful" Smith is?... That would never happen on LGW, where only rational fans voice their opinions...

#2649329 Miller Out With Lower Body Injury

Posted by krsmith17 on 21 January 2016 - 08:08 AM

I agree, but if we can get Helm re-signed for $2.5M ($2.8M max), I would do that rather than re-sign Miller to $1.5M. With the understanding that he will be primarily used as a 4th line, penalty kill specialist. And no, he definitely shouldn't be anywhere near the top 6...