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#2673537 Free Press: Pavel Datsyuk to return to Russia following Playoffs

Posted by krsmith17 on 25 April 2016 - 02:16 PM

"A #13 Red Wings jersey was signed by the entire team in dressing room on Monday - The handwriting is on more than just the wall"...

I still want to be hopeful, but this doesn't sound good...


#2673443 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 24 April 2016 - 09:53 PM

I thought for sure he had another year after next. Thanks for the info Son of a Wing. Regardless, I think he will be waived at the start of next season and will likely (hopefully) clear. If Sproul isn't our number 7 to start next season I'll be very upset... I don't think there's any chance he clears waivers, and losing him would be very disappointing...


#2673406 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 24 April 2016 - 06:28 PM

Larkin and Pulkkinen will both be playing in the World Championships.

Also, Svechnikov and Hicketts have both been assigned to the Griffins. I'm not sure if they'll get in the lineup as early as Tuesday, but hopefully they both get in by or before the start of next round (assuming they win one of the next three to eliminate Milwaukee)...


#2673400 Fixing this mess....

Posted by krsmith17 on 24 April 2016 - 05:46 PM

Yes, I would be shocked with that roster. First of all, Svechnikov will not be on the roster next season. Not going to happen. And secondly, despite Holland's reluctance to make trades in recent years, I expect to see at least one this offseason. Hopefully to acquire a top pairing defenseman.


#2673377 Fixing this mess....

Posted by krsmith17 on 24 April 2016 - 03:45 PM

Svechnikov is not close to being NHL ready in my opinion. He's at least one full season away, possibly two... Jumping from junior (especially the Q) to the NHL is not easy to do, even for the most elite of players. I wouldn't even be surprised to see him struggle adapting to the AHL at the start of next season, let alone the NHL...


#2673375 I Hate Jeff Blashill because ...

Posted by krsmith17 on 24 April 2016 - 03:20 PM

Pretty much the only thing I didn't like with Blashill was his player usage. It's been beaten to death, but he relied way to heavily on the vets and underutilized the kids. Blashill should not be fired, Firschweiler on the other hand, that guy has to go. I'm okay with Granato leaving as well. Two new assistants with a new perspective, fresh ideas and hopefully better speciality teams will help this team immensely...

Blashill took over a very similar team (with the addition of Richards and Green), previously coached by Mike "hockey god" Babcock, and had a very similar result - playoff bubble team, bounced in the first round. Firschweiler took over a top ranked power-play, previously coached by Jim Hiller, and made it into one of the worst in the entire league. Special teams, in my opinion, was the teams biggest downfall. Both the power-play and penalty kill were way too conservative. The power-play had very little movement, way too much passing, not enough shooting and way too much one and done. The penalty kill was way too passive, we did a good job taking away shooting lanes but never took away passing lanes. A successful penalty kill needs much more pressure on the puck and not allowing so many cross ice passes opening up the easy one-timer.

I still believe this team has a bright future, and Blashill is still the best coach for us right now. As long as he can clear his head this offseason, and come to the realization that this team can't rely on Datsyuk (if he's back), Zetterberg and Kronwall anymore, I think we'll be fine. We need to hand the reins over to the kids, Larkin, Mantha, Athanasiou and company need to take on much bigger roles to start next season.


#2672924 Fixing this mess....

Posted by krsmith17 on 22 April 2016 - 08:54 AM

I agree, we should stay away from Staal, and we should let Richards walk.

 

I also agree that Yandle is somewhat overrated, and that we should be looking to upgrade our defense via trade, rather than free agency. However, I would also say that Vatanen is overrated, and of the players that have been rumored to be available, he's the last guy I'd want... I'm okay with trading either Nyquist or Tatar in a package to upgrade our defense, it just depends on which player has the higher value. I'd personally rather trade Tatar, although I'm sure a lot of people would disagree with that. I also think Nyquist would be the preferred player by most teams.




#2672115 Fixing this mess....

Posted by krsmith17 on 21 April 2016 - 03:49 PM

Hahahaha keep spewing the same ol' s*** despite the fact that literally every stat tells a completely different story... He IS our best puck moving defenseman, whether people want to admit it or not...


#2671928 Ouellet recalled from GR

Posted by krsmith17 on 20 April 2016 - 03:51 PM

No one would trade for him? Obviously no GM is going to be hounding Holland, trying to get him to trade Marchenko, or any of our defenseman for that matter, but every single player has value in package. And that's what I was referring to...


#2671891 Ouellet recalled from GR

Posted by krsmith17 on 20 April 2016 - 12:15 PM

I think we should be looking to package one of the them in a trade, and my choice would be Marchenko. I think he has the highest trade value and yet the lowest ceiling of the three... Keep Ouellet and Sproul on the roster as our number 6/7...


#2670889 ECQF Game 4 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by krsmith17 on 19 April 2016 - 08:32 AM

I'm not even so sure it has to do with our players not willing to one-time the puck, I think it's the inability for any of our players to pass the puck... Every pass seems to be ahead or behind, never in the wheel house. I lost count of how many times Green and Richards were playing catch on that 5on3 last game, where not a single pass was close to the wheel house... Pulkkinen has a cannon but unless he is utilized properly, set up along the left half-boards, and we're able to feed him pucks, it will be a waste...




#2670000 ECQF Game 3 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by krsmith17 on 17 April 2016 - 11:43 AM

WingedWheel, to answer your question, yes you are obviously missing something. Because you are literally the only person upset about having Smith inserted into the lineup. He should have been in the entire series. You keep pointing out that he only has 2 points in his last 17 games or whatever... Who gives a s***? Although, he doesn't produce as much as we'd like him to, he does generate offense, in fact, far better than any of our other defensemen. He also plays with an edge, which is a great attribute in a playoff game. You praise Abdelkader for his aggressive style, but fail to acknowledge the same quality in Smith.

Andersson sucks, he should not be in the lineup. Smith is good, he should be in the lineup. Very simple.


#2669975 Andersson leaving the NHL after the Playoffs

Posted by krsmith17 on 17 April 2016 - 10:35 AM

I would agree with you about some of the s*** talk on just about any other player. People that constantly b**** about Nyquist or Tatar or Ericsson or Smith, etc, etc, drives me nuts, but I do believe the s*** talking on Andersson is at least somewhat warranted... I just don't believe he is / was ever an NHL quality player. I'd bet if he were with just about any other organization, he wouldn't have gotten close to 200 games played, and would never have even made it at all with some teams.

There's a reason not a single team wanted him for free in January, and there's a reason he's leaving for Sweden. There isn't however, a single logical reason based on all of this as to why he is still playing for us in the Stanley Cup Playoffs over MUCH better players...

Nonetheless, I don't hate Andersson, I just don't think he's an NHL calibre player. I'm happy to see him go, but I'll wish him nothing but the best of luck in Sweden...


#2669971 Fixing this mess....

Posted by krsmith17 on 17 April 2016 - 10:23 AM

I guess you missed my point... This team is in transition and people shouldn't be looking for major changes or a quick fix. We need to continue to build from within and just make a couple minor tweaks along the way...

We probably should be looking to trade a player like Ericsson, but with his no trade clause and not quite playing at the level of his contact, that isn't likely to happen. Smith should not be traded, he should be in the lineup. But if Blashill continues to refuse playing him, despite him being a much better option than some others that are immune to being scratched, then I'll agree, we should trade him. I just know if a team traded for him, a different coach would be able to get the most out of him and he'd be a very solid top 4 defenseman. Jurco and Pulkkinen should not be traded for the simple fact that their value is at an all time low right now. Jurco will be a very good top 9 forward (possibly even top 6), Pulkkinen I'm not so sure about.

I'd throw Howard's name out there to see if there's any interest, but if we have to retain a significant amount of his cap, I don't do it. Also I'd consider holding onto Howard for another year, if it means getting Mrazek significantly cheaper.

We should re-sign Helm, and he will not get anything close to Abdelkader money. I don't see us re-signing Quincey, but if we did, it wouldn't be the worst move we could make, and if we did it would likely mean that one of the other defensemen is gone. DeKeyser won't get $6M and Mrazek won't get $5M.

I still think there's a strong possibility that Datsyuk plays out his contract, but even if he doesn't, I don't see us re-signing Richards.


#2669947 Fixing this mess....

Posted by krsmith17 on 17 April 2016 - 08:42 AM

Trade all 4 of Nyquist, Tatar, Pulkkinen and Smith in a package for a top pair defenseman? Trade Kronwall? Buy out Ericsson and Zetterberg? Yup, sure sounds like things the Red Wings should / would do... Also, like has already been mentioned, no way Lucic and Backes come here at any sort of discount...

People that believe we're going to have this massive turnover, are going to be very upset / angry when we ice pretty much the exact same team again next season. People need to realize that we're having a few down years, not because we're simply getting worse but that we are in the process of a rebuild. We're transitioning from the vets to the youth, not quite as quick as some of us would like, myself included, but it is happening. We don't need to get rid of half of our team and bring in multiple players. We need one or two key trades that will give us a top pairing defenseman, either one that is now, or more likely one that will likely become one in a couple years from now. We're not packaging 4 roster players to get that defenseman either.

Our roster is not that bad, and the Nyquists and Tatars (secondary scoring) are not the problem. It's our primary scoring that has taken a hit, and that will sort itself out once Larkin, Mantha and company develop into what we think / hope they will become.

I'm not worried about our future up front, but without a big trade on the back end, our defense looks very bleak. Make a smart trade that doesn't mortgage the future up front, and we could potentially be a contender again within 3 years or so...