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#2628441 Roster Moves by the Wings

Posted by krsmith17 on Today, 02:13 PM

I'll will be pissed if Andersson is in the lineup ahead of Jurco or Pulkkinen. I know, one is a "center" and the other two are wingers, but we have more than enough viable options down the middle that Andersson doesn't need to be in that 4th line center spot...

#2628369 3 Bold Predictions for 2015-16

Posted by krsmith17 on Today, 10:35 AM

Here's my predictions, all Red Wings related because... F*** other teams...


1. Pulkkinen leads the Red Wings in both power-play goals and total goals on the year.

2. Howard gets nominated and plays in the All-Star game and is in the Vezina conversation at the end of the season.

3. Zetterberg plays in 80 games and puts up 70+ points, which is good for second in team scoring.

#2628344 Babcock says good-bye in full page ad. SIAP

Posted by krsmith17 on Today, 08:55 AM

I'll say Blashill will have double... ;)

#2628313 Roster Moves by the Wings

Posted by krsmith17 on Yesterday, 10:02 PM

Andersson, quick? Seriously? Cleary with two bummed knees would skate circles around Joakim f***ing Andersson... By far the worst skater on the team, probably in the league...

#2628311 Roster Moves by the Wings

Posted by krsmith17 on Yesterday, 09:51 PM

I'm also pretty disappointed that Jensen got sent down before Ouellet. I think Jensen was the much better player of the two, lead the entire team with a +8 rating and lead all defenseman with 4 points (0 goals, 4 assist) and 7 shots on goal in 6 games. And he's also that highly coveted right handed shot going for him. I honestly think he's a better all around player than Ouellet, but then again, I'm one of the very few that aren't all that high on Xavier. Sure, he's a good player, and does a lot of good things, but in my opinion, he does everything average, nothing really stands out to me, other than him being smart and safe. And I guess that's good for a third pairing guy, but in my opinion Jensen brings that, plus a lot more. He's an unbelievable skater, very good passer, and for the very few mistakes he makes, he has very good recover ability. Very disappointed to see him still behind Ouellet and likely Marchenko as well. He should be ahead of both by a mile in my opinion.

#2628307 Roster Moves by the Wings

Posted by krsmith17 on Yesterday, 09:17 PM

e_prime, the point wasn't that I want Cleary in over Andersson, or vice versa, the point is, I don't want Larkin in the lineup on opening night. I said the same thing with Jurco last season, and I think he should play a full season in Grand Rapids. If he absolutely dominates the American League, and we get hit with injuries at Center, then we can call up either Larkin or Athanasiou. Why should Larkin get the nod before Athanasiou at this point? AA put up better numbers in pre-season and was just as noticeable out there on any given night. Larkin should and most likely will play the season (or at least a good portion of it) down in GR. I look forward to watching him, along with the rest of the boys tear it up down there.

#2628274 Roster Moves by the Wings

Posted by krsmith17 on Yesterday, 04:45 PM

So am I the only one that thought Cleary didn't look THAT bad in the few games he played? In my opinion he looked much better than Andersson. Not saying much I know, and I'm not saying we should necessarily keep him, but I'm okay with him sticking around as the 14th forward until we're fully healthy (if we ever are)...

Larkin has looked great but I still think he needs time in Grand Rapids. We just have way too many forwards right now. I know I'm in the minority here, much like I was this time last year with Jurco, but I'm hoping he gets sent down tomorrow...
Ferraro is not waiver exempt. He won't be sent down.

#2628023 Wings sign Evgeny Svechnikov to a 3 year entry level contract

Posted by krsmith17 on 02 October 2015 - 04:05 PM

Awesome! Good job Evgeny.

So far, in 3 games for Cape Breton, Svech has 3 goals and 3 assists, with a +4 rating and 51.8% on draws.

#2627860 9/30 Exhibition GDT : Red Wings 7 at Penguins 2

Posted by krsmith17 on 01 October 2015 - 07:12 AM

Kip, I don't think Athanasiou has been so great in these preseason games because he's playing center, I think he's just that good. I still do think he would be just as good or better on the wing, and although I think he may play center down in Grand Rapids this season, I think his future in Detroit is as a winger.


I agree 100% Xym. I think Larkin and the Red Wings would both benefit from him playing a full season down in Grand Rapids, tearing up the American League. That along with continuing to gain chemistry with the other kids (hopefully Mantha). Another reason I'd like to see Larkin stay down is because, when was the last time a Red Wing won the Calder Trophy? 50 years, that's how long... The last three to win it, have all been goaltenders, Roger Crozier (1964-65), Glenn Hall (1955-56) and Terry Sawchuk (1950-51)... It'd be awesome to see Larkin win it, but I don't see him winning it over McDavid / Eichel. but Matthews and company would be a real possibility, especially with a full season of pro under his belt...


Like the past few seasons, probably even more so this season, I'm looking forward to watch the Griffins just as much as the Red Wings. Going to be a great year...

#2627859 Completely Healthy Roster?

Posted by krsmith17 on 01 October 2015 - 06:35 AM

Drew Miller does have value. Drew Miller is somewhat underrated. But Drew Miller is also very replaceable, in my opinion...


I'm hoping one of the kids (Ferraro / Callahan) could replace him, and maybe be an upgrade, while costing less. Both of these guys are younger, faster and more tenacious than Miller. I also think both could potentially produce more if given the opportunity. They can both kill penalties, get in passing / shooting lanes and block shots. The question is, can they do these things as good as Miller? And if not, is it a significant drop off? And does Miller's slightly better penalty killing outweigh the kids' slightly better production? For me, I'm hoping Ferraro can prove to be a capable 4th line, penalty killing machine that he was in the American League, and steal Miller's job this season.


Bottom line is, there are way too many kids pushing for jobs over the next few seasons. We can't keep everyone and there has to be some decisions made. This should be one of the easier ones in my opinion...

#2627745 9/30 Exhibition GDT : Red Wings 7 at Penguins 2

Posted by krsmith17 on 30 September 2015 - 11:26 AM

Abdelkader - Larkin - Nyquist

Franzen - Sheahan - Glendening

Jurco - Nosek - Ferraro

Bertuzzi - Athanasiou - Mantha


DeKeyser - Smith

Russo - Jensen

Ouellet - Sproul





* If someone wants to update with graphics, please do. *


As far as I know, Ken Kal will have an audio stream again. Anyone know if the Pens will be streaming a video feed anywhere? I haven't seen anything yet...


I like this lineup a lot, but I do wish Blashill would get over this experiment with Glendening in the top 6. I'd much rather see Jurco up there. The only other thing I would change is switching Smith and Jensen... 

#2627742 Who Do You Think Will Lead the Wings In Scoring

Posted by krsmith17 on 30 September 2015 - 07:16 AM



Goals - Tatar ( 33 G - 29 A - 62 P )

Assists - Zetterberg ( 19 G - 43 A - 62 P )

Points - Nyquist ( 31 G - 37 A - 68 P )

Points / Game - Datsyuk ( 62 GP - 59 PTS - 0.95 P/G )




Goals & Points - Green ( 14 G - 37 A - 51 P )

Assists - Kronwall ( 7 G - 39 A - 46 P )




Goals - Nyquist ( 11 G - 14 A - 25 P )

Assists & Points - Zetterberg ( 5 G - 22 A - 27 P )

#2627642 9/28 Exhibition GDT : Red Wings at Boston Bruins, 7:00 EST

Posted by krsmith17 on 28 September 2015 - 07:17 PM

Good to see Mantha back.

#2627640 9/28 Exhibition GDT : Red Wings at Boston Bruins, 7:00 EST

Posted by krsmith17 on 28 September 2015 - 07:15 PM

Beauty by Jurco!

#2627618 9/28 Exhibition GDT : Red Wings at Boston Bruins, 7:00 EST

Posted by krsmith17 on 28 September 2015 - 05:07 PM

Apparently the Bruins are streaming the game without commentary, but only available to people in the Boston area... WTF?

I don't get why all games aren't available. There should be some way to get any and ever game these days... regular season, pre-season, hell even training camp scrimmages...

Edit: there may be availability after all! *fingers crossed*...