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#2571454 Around the NHL -- GWT -- 2/16 thru 2/22

Posted by krsmith17 on 17 February 2015 - 11:21 AM

So... we should have held onto Nestrasil despite him being a marginal NHL player because he is "more of an asset than Dan Cleary"... Okay then... Nestrasil wouldn't garner any more interest in a trade than a 7th round draft pick... We waived him, it was the right move at the time, and in hindsight... it was still the right move...

#2571127 2/16 GDT : Montreal Canadiens 2 at Red Wings 0

Posted by krsmith17 on 16 February 2015 - 01:50 PM

He should have just switched Abdelkader and Helm if that's the case...


I hate all 4 lines right now to be honest. Way too many players in roles they shouldn't be in...


I'd like to see something like...





#2571115 Franson to Preds

Posted by krsmith17 on 16 February 2015 - 12:56 PM

I think you're back peddling here now Jimmy, and if you're trying to retract your original statement, that's fine, but don't act like you didn't say it, or that I must have misunderstood... Here's your original statement "it's a bad sign that he has so many blocked shots because for a guy relied upon for offense, blocking shots means he was spending a lot of time in his defensive zone, where you can't score from." This is indicative of the team, not the player. The fact that the team was on the defensive as often as they were, and Franson would put his body on the line, can be taken as nothing but a good thing...


Giveaways are on the player, not the team, but it has to do with the type of player more than the overall skill of the player. An offensive puck moving defenseman is always going to have more giveaways than a defensive shut-down defenseman. Remember how great of a puck mover Rafalski was when he was here? He also lead the team every season in giveaways. Hell even the great Nick Lidstrom was up there in giveaways every single season, often times having double the giveaways to takeaways...


I'm not in any way saying that giveaways don't effect puck possession. I'm saying that a puck possession team doesn't reflect whether or not a player on that team should be higher or lower on giveaways or takeaways... That is entirely to do with each player individually and the style each player plays. I REALLY don't get what is so hard to understand about this...


Anyway, Franson is in Nashville, let's just forget about it...

#2571111 Next Number to be retired

Posted by krsmith17 on 16 February 2015 - 12:30 PM

Larry Aurie's number 6 is also out of circulation. As far as I know it's just 6 and 16 that can't be worn, to go along with the obvious 1, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 19. And of course 99 is retired league wide...

#2571025 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 15 February 2015 - 08:38 PM

Griffins roll over the Wolves tonight 5-1. Another unbelievable game for Athanasiou with a goal and 2 assists, the most impressive was the assist he made on Zengerle's goal. He has unbelievable hands, and is so strong on the puck. I cannot wait for this kid to crack the Red Wings lineup. I think it will be a lot sooner than people would think. Mantha also had a very strong game with a goal (empty net) and an assist. Tvrdon continues to impress me, he had another very good game with a nice goal on a shot coming down the wing, and an assist, and also got robbed point blank on two great opportunities... Pulkkinen had a good game as well, with a goal on a breakaway, and ripped it just wide on another couple chances. Kindl had a decent game, wish he would stay down in Grand Rapids though...

#2571014 Franson to Preds

Posted by krsmith17 on 15 February 2015 - 07:20 PM

Andy Pred, I think prior to this trade the Blues absolutely had the best back end, but I think the Preds own that now. Hard to compete with a back end of Weber, Franson, Josi, Jones and Ellis. Pietrangelo and Shattenkirk are awesome, and Bouwmeester and Jackman are solid. Preds definitely have a more potent blueline in my opinion.

#2570995 Franson to Preds

Posted by krsmith17 on 15 February 2015 - 05:07 PM

Trading to a divisional opponent should not be an issue in this particular situation. The Wings and Leafs don't play each other any more this season, the Leafs have no chance in making the playoffs, and Franson is a UFA at the end of the season. The Leafs should and would have taken the best deal on the table, regardless of who they were helping out. Why shouldn't the prospect matter in this situation? The Leafs can't draft for s***, they should be after high end prospects before late first round draft picks. Ouellet should be worth more to a team like the Leafs than a 24ish overall pick from Nashville. And give it a rest with this Babcock speculation, it's bulls***, plain and simple. Yes, since the Wings didn't land Franson, they will get bounced earlier in the playoffs, and now Babcock will choose to go to the Leafs, who are in full rebuild mode, rather than stay with a team that has a tradition of winning, and is a year or two max away from contention once again... Give me a f***ing break...

#2570971 Franson to Preds

Posted by krsmith17 on 15 February 2015 - 02:50 PM

Haha typical LGW. We didn't land him, so... we didn't even want him... Franson is garbage, not worth the asking price...

#2570914 DD starting to get the love....

Posted by krsmith17 on 15 February 2015 - 12:14 PM

I'm pretty sure Richdg is the only one that seen the defensive prowess in DeKeyser's game... or at the very least, he was the first to tune into his ability... :rolleyes: Everyone else, join the bandwagon...

#2570541 Detroit Red Wings - All Time Team

Posted by krsmith17 on 14 February 2015 - 05:05 PM

Way too many greats to choose from, so I'm going to make two teams... And still there are a lot of pretty good players left out...


Brendan Shanahan - Steve Yzerman - Brett Hull

Vyacheslav Kozlov - Igor Larionov - Sergei Fedorov

Henrik Zetterberg - Pavel Datsyuk - Tomas Holmstrom

Bob Probert - Kris Draper - Dino Ciccarelli

Ray Sheppard - Darren McCarty


Nicklas Lidstrom - Vladimir Konstantinov

Paul Coffey - Chris Chelios

Matthew Schneider - Brian Rafalski

Niklas Kronwall


Dominik Hasek

Chris Osgood


Ted Lindsay - Alex Delvecchio - Gordie Howe

Syd Howe - Sid Abel - Norm Ullman

Frank Mahovlich - Marcel Dionne - Mickey Redmond

Gerard Gallant - Dale McCourt - John Ogrodnick

Jimmy Carson - Nick Libett


Red Kelly - Marcel Pronovost

Mark Howe - Reed Larson

Willie Huber - Larry Murphy

Gary Bergman


Terry Sawchuk

Glenn Hall

#2570250 Mike McKee

Posted by krsmith17 on 12 February 2015 - 09:45 AM

I liked the pick when we drafted him back in 2012, and I really liked the move from defense to forward. He hasn't really developed the way I was hoping, but it sounds like he is really working on his skillset and trying to develop his all-around game. Going to Western Michigan, under Andy Murray seems to be helping his game, especially since he has to learn to use his hands, not his fists in college hockey. He is trying to develop into a McCarty type of player. Will he ever be as good as McCarty? I doubt it, but he is still only 21 years old. I'd still love for this kid to make our 4th line someday, if he can develop into a shutdown, penalty killer with some grit and nastiness...

#2569628 Babcock: "HE WINS, FULL STOP" - THN

Posted by krsmith17 on 10 February 2015 - 02:13 PM


#2569565 2015 Draft

Posted by krsmith17 on 09 February 2015 - 11:13 PM

Lol fair enough. Well stop pushing my f***ing buttons!

I'm in the same boat with Franzen as well. Do I get frustrated with him? Absolutely. It would be near impossible not to. But he takes WAY too much heat on here. I hope he gets healthy and has another decent run down the stretch and into the playoffs.

#2569558 2015 Draft

Posted by krsmith17 on 09 February 2015 - 10:26 PM

Yup, definitely no idea what I'm talking about... says the guy that "likes" the majority of what I write. Keep up your Brendan Smith sucks comments, and while he keeps improving, and the rest of us fans (even Kip, who was probably the biggest hater) take notice, you'll still be grumbling about how "bad" he is...

Jimmy, I could care less if you read my comments. Me personally, I'd rather read long thought out comments then the one liners a lot of people on here provide most of the time...

#2569518 2015 Draft

Posted by krsmith17 on 09 February 2015 - 07:16 PM

Well played... :lol: