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#2683479 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 19 July 2016 - 12:52 PM

If Helm finished on half of his short handed opportunities, he would probably be right there with Draper now... But like Echolalia said, even when he's not scoring on all of the opportunities that he creates, he's still amongst the best penalty killers, just by eating valuable time off the clock down in the oppositions end...




#2683477 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 19 July 2016 - 12:35 PM

Helm is and has been one of the better penalty killers ever since he entered the league, aside from those couple injury riddled seasons...

 

When I was doing up my ideal penalty killing units, I was forgetting about Nielsen too. You always need more than 4 or 5 PK forwards anyway, so I'd throw him into the mix along with Sheahan and Abdelkader as well...




#2683472 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 19 July 2016 - 11:23 AM

Both are contributing factors. If you don't have skilled players on the penalty kill, you should play it safe. The problem is, we have the skilled players to put on the penalty kill, so that we don't have to play it safe...

 

Of course, the main objective of a penalty kill, is to... kill the penalty, but being aggressive can lead to much more than a successful penalty kill. Aggressiveness will lead to scoring opportunities going the other way, and on occasion, that will lead to short-handed goals... I just hate the sit-back, passive approach, where all we're trying to do is get in lanes and block shots. Be more aggressive and when an opportunity presents itself, you take it. But in order to do that, you need the right guys on the ice, aka skilled players, not "gritty" players...




#2683405 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 18 July 2016 - 11:44 AM

I really like the looks of that lineup, with the latter bottom 6...

 

Miller - Glendening - Ott   - - -   Worst 4th line in the league.

Sheahan - Glendening - Helm   - - -   Best 4th line in the league.

Both are options, I wonder which one we use...

 

I don't think either of Miller or Ott should be in the lineup, but unfortunately one definitely will, I doubt two of them will though...

If both Athanasiou and Mantha are sent to Grand Rapids in favor of those two scrubs, Blashill is a f***ing moron...




#2683398 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 18 July 2016 - 09:56 AM

"a game or two"... That's the problem... Just like Jurco never really got any more than a game or two with any consistent linemates all season...




#2683391 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 18 July 2016 - 06:08 AM

One of the best bottom 6 players in the league.

One of the best penalty killers in the league.

One of the fastest skaters in the league.

One of the most tenacious forecheckers in the league.

 

Good top 6 forward? No. Good bottom 6 forward? See above...

Slightly overpaid? Yes. Way overpaid? Hell No.

 

But keep trying to create the narrative that "Helm sucks"...




#2683367 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 17 July 2016 - 07:29 PM

The chance of Vanek ever scoring 30+ goals again is slim to none. But to put him in the best position to do that again, would be to play him on the 2nd or 3rd line and give him plenty of power-play time (which I'm sure he will get). Vanek should play on a line with fast skaters that can make up for his lack of speed. Helm and Athanasiou are two of our fastest skaters (along with Larkin) and in a support role, against lesser competition, he should be able to put up solid numbers...


#2683348 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 17 July 2016 - 12:02 PM

I don't think this team is coasting because they are content in just making the playoffs every year. I believe they are trying to make the playoffs every year, while they're waiting for the next wave of kids to become impact players. The next wave will include some variation of Larkin, Athanasiou, Mantha, Bertuzzi, Ouellet, Sproul, etc. and I believe they're almost ready. When they are, that is when this team will become competitive again. Missing or making the playoffs will have no barring on the direction this team is headed in my opinion...


#2683332 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 17 July 2016 - 07:02 AM

Correct me if I'm wrong here, but I think you got that backwards kip... If we were to waive Howard and / or Ericsson, we'd retain their entire cap hit minus the $900K or whatever it is... If you bury a bad contract, only a small fraction comes off the books, otherwise every team with these awful contracts would be sending them down to the minors, with little repercussion...


#2683293 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 16 July 2016 - 10:01 AM

While I get what you're saying, I still think if it came down to waiving Miller or Jurco, he would waive Miller. Jurco would get claimed, Miller definitely wouldn't. You always go the safer route there...


#2683291 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 16 July 2016 - 09:24 AM

Frk will likely be waived, and will more than likely clear. Jurco or Pulkkinen will not be waived. You can say what you want about Holland, but he will definitely waive Ott and possibly even Miller before he would Jurco or Pulkkinen.
Also, the only thing Helm's $3.85M guarantees is a roster spot. He is most likely going to fit in as the 3rd line center or winger, which is exactly where he should be. There's absolutely no reason to believe he will get top 6 minutes (unless there's injuries).


#2683289 Wings file for abitration with Peter Mrazek

Posted by krsmith17 on 16 July 2016 - 07:44 AM

Comparisons between Helm and Cleary include...
- Canadian
- play(ed) for the Red Wings
- shoot left
So yes, this is definitely Cleary 2.0...


#2683281 Wings file for abitration with Peter Mrazek

Posted by krsmith17 on 15 July 2016 - 05:16 PM

Credit to Holland? F*** that! Never! Holland sucks and I've heard he kicks puppies...
Also, Helm is a 4th liner...


#2683244 For the Kenny apologists, what Holland move would change your stance o

Posted by krsmith17 on 15 July 2016 - 06:07 AM

Let's wait and see before we accuse Holland of waiving all these players. Maybe he has something in the works...

 

We haven't really lost anyone of significance on waivers, so I can't really see it starting this year with a Sproul type player... In the past 7 years we have lost Mattias Ritola, Joey MacDonald, Andrej Nestrasil and Landon Ferraro. Of those 4 players, the only player I would say was a mistake losing was Ferraro, and only because I think he was an upgrade over Miller. But when it's an ever-so-slight upgrade over your number 12 forward, it's not a "huge" loss... Speaking of Miller, he was the only player we claimed off waivers in that time...

 

Of the four that could potentially be waived this year (no way all 4 get waived), the only one I think will definitely be waived is Jensen, and I would say he has about a 95% chance to clear, so I'm okay with that. Frk could possibly be waived as well, and I'd say he has about an 80% chance to clear, so it is a risk, one I'd prefer not to have to take... Ouellet and Sproul are the one's that I'm concerned about because I'd say both have about 80% chance to be claimed... If either of those two are waived (let alone claimed), that would be awful roster management, and I'd begin to question Holland's ability to manage this team going forward... He needs to make a trade, and I'm not fully confident that he will make one, or that he will make the right one...




#2683242 Who should get A?

Posted by krsmith17 on 15 July 2016 - 05:34 AM

Again, what buds??? People are trying to create this narrative that Larkin is buddy buddy with all these Leaf players when it's not true at all... Why? Just to be negative? There's not enough negativity around here lately?...

 

If Larkin were to leave the Wings to play with a buddy, it would be Columbus with Werenski, and if you believe he's going to leave Detroit to play in Columbus, whatever...