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#2553583 Abby Out 2 Weeks with partially separated shoulder

Posted by krsmith17 on 03 December 2014 - 09:39 AM

Also, add in the fact that since October 8th there have been significant number of injuries to most teams around the league, increasing the likelihood that a player goes unclaimed on waivers. If Nestrasil were placed on waivers at the beginning of the season, he would be in Grand Rapids right now. Likewise, if Callahan were placed on waivers last week, he would be in Carolina (or another NHL team) right now. I'm just happy that we lost Nestrasil and not Callahan....

#2553575 Are the Wings a Contender?

Posted by krsmith17 on 03 December 2014 - 08:41 AM

Dickie, I'm not sure if you're understanding that correctly. I'm by no means a waiver guru or anything, so if anyone else wants to chime in, by all means. I may be wrong here, but I'm pretty sure Callahan would have to pass through waivers again. He was sent down at the beginning of the season, having to pass through and he cleared. It is now well over 30 days since he last cleared so my understanding is that if we called him up, he would have to be exposed once again to be sent back down.


My thing is, I think he should be called up with full intention to keep him up full time. Get rid of Andersson. Please...


In my mind, Andersson and Kindl are our only two weak links right now. Get them off this roster and we'll see what this team is really capable of.

#2553205 Abby Out 2 Weeks with partially separated shoulder

Posted by krsmith17 on 02 December 2014 - 09:18 AM

Andersson is utterly useless. Get rid of him. Trade or waive him, I really don't care, just get him off the roster. Like I mentioned a couple weeks ago and was also being discussed in another thread by Jesusberg and number9, Andersson is our Emmerton of a couple years ago. Useless, but just filling a roster spot. Andersson will either be on a bottom feeder team or back in Sweden in a year or two, he has no place in this lineup...

#2553203 Abby Out 2 Weeks with partially separated shoulder

Posted by krsmith17 on 02 December 2014 - 09:10 AM

I wish we would call up Callahan, and once Abdelkader is ready to come back, assuming everyone else is healthy, send Andersson down or trade him for a late round draft pick. Callahan has put in his time, and is still racking up points down in Grand Rapids. He is a definite upgrade over Andersson, and our 4th line would be much better with Callahan's speed, tenacity, grit, fore-checking, scoring touch, nose for the net... all things Andersson lacks. 

#2553081 Are the Wings a Contender?

Posted by krsmith17 on 01 December 2014 - 12:19 PM

No Frank, $4.25M is not an overpayment for Quincey at all. Ehrhoff is supposed to be much better offensively and only has 1 goal and 7 assists in 23 games for the Pens. Quincey is better defensively in my opinion. Quincey is only making $0.25M more than Ehrhoff, who took a discount, to play in Pittsburgh with Crosby and Malkin so he could pad his stats on a one year deal to cash in next offseason. So far that isn't working our real well for him. Would I trade Quincey for Ehrhoff straight up? Absolutely. But to say that Quincey isn't earning his contract this season is just not right.

#2553066 Are the Wings a Contender?

Posted by krsmith17 on 01 December 2014 - 08:17 AM

People really need to relax with this whole mentality that the grass is always greener on the other side. I much prefer Babcock's theory that the devil you know, is better than the devil you don't. As much as I want to get rid of Kindl, it's because I think there are better options within the organization, not because he has played god awful. He really isn't near as bad as many people make him out to be. I think a trade would be good for the team, as well as for Kindl. I think he could really flourish in another system, where he can play more of an offensive minded game.


Also, regarding all the "upgrades" available over Quincey. I don't think any of them are really an upgrade, other than Yandle and Burns. The rest, I would take Quincey every time. Quincey is a very durable, reliable defenseman, and is well deserving of his current contract. He is a great middle pairing defenseman for us while we're waiting for some of our younger guys (DeKeyser / Smith) to take on bigger roles and our prospects (Ouellet, Sproul, Jensen, Marchenko) to mature and take the next step.


kliq, Sproul hasn't played great this season but he is playing better than his point totals would suggest. I think he will start to produce a little more, hopefully after Christmas. He still has a ton of work to do, and definitely isn't ready for the big show yet, but I'm still confident he will be a big time player for us in a few years.

#2552389 11/28 GDT - Red Wings @ Devils - 7:00 PM EST

Posted by krsmith17 on 28 November 2014 - 11:55 AM

Absolutely, which is why I said earlier "hopefully Andersson (and Lashoff) remain out". I think Cleary is a huge upgrade over Andersson. Joakim provides nothing in my opinion, he is much like Cory Emmerton was for us for a couple years. Capable of eating minutes in a crunch for the time being but no real future in the NHL.


I disagree 100% that Jurco needs to "get back to banging". He's third on the team in hits, behind our perennial leader, Abdelkader and Glendening. That's pretty damn good for the style he should be playing. That's exactly why he would do so well on Datsyuk's wing. He can bang like Abby does, but has much better hands to finish on all those opportunities.


Jurco is starting to heat up, which is a great time to get him on a scoring line with Datsyuk and Tatar.

Anyway, no worries. The lines are the exact same as last game.


Nyquist - Zetterberg - Abdelkader

Tatar - Sheahan - Franzen

Helm - Datsyuk - Weiss

Miller - Glendening - Jurco


Kronwall - Ericsson

Quincey - DeKeyser

Ouellet - Kindl

#2552365 11/28 GDT - Red Wings @ Devils - 7:00 PM EST

Posted by krsmith17 on 28 November 2014 - 07:17 AM

Smith will not be back tonight, he will be evaluated on Sunday to determine whether or not he will be in the lineup for the afternoon game on Sunday against Vancouver.


So I'm assuming it will be the same lineup tonight as Wednesday, (hopefully Andersson and Lashoff remain out...) but maybe some tweaks in the lines. I know we won our last game but I really hope he jumbles it up a little...


I'd like to see something like this... (the same lines I've been clamoring for since the start of the season...)


Nyquist - Zetterberg - Franzen

Tatar - Datsyuk - Jurco

Helm - Sheahan - Weiss

Miller - Glendening - Abdelkader

#2552039 Mantha getting closer.

Posted by krsmith17 on 26 November 2014 - 07:20 PM

I have both games on. 2-0 Griffins. Miele and Athanasiou.

No points for Mantha yet...

#2552030 11/26 GDT : Philadelphia Flyers 2 at Red Wings 5

Posted by krsmith17 on 26 November 2014 - 07:01 PM

I find it crazy how many people love these lines. My first thought was how awful they look... I'm not worried though, if they last the game first period, I would be surprised...

#2551973 Mantha getting closer.

Posted by krsmith17 on 26 November 2014 - 09:23 AM

Yes Rich, I am accusing you of making up stats because the stat did not exist prior to the 2004 lockout. Did you track Shanahan's hits yourself prior to that?... I'm pretty sure that is enough to discredit your stats. If you can prove Shanahan "wasn't a banger" or that he "averaged less than 1 hit per game" throughout his career, by all means, prove it, otherwise it is a made up stat...


I never once said that a power forward means fighting so I have no idea where you're getting that. You're the one that compared Mantha to Shanahan because of his fighting ability... Mantha is a power forward, Shanahan was one of the best power forwards of his era. I don't think it's fair to compare Mantha to Shanahan, especially for his fighting ability. Like has been said numerous times before, Mantha is closest to a Jeff Carter type player, and I've also heard James Neal floated around, but Shanahan? Not in my opinion...

#2551880 Inconsistency

Posted by krsmith17 on 25 November 2014 - 08:22 AM

Rich, I disagree. Tatar has been on fire as of late with 12 points (8 goals, 4 assists) in the past 12 games, which is great, but he has been the only one "on fire". Nyquist only has 4 points (3 goals, 1 assist) in his past 11 games, in which 2 of those points came in one game against Tampa, and the other came last night against Ottawa. I'm not saying he is in a massive slump, but definitely not on fire. Franzen has been extremely consistent so far this season, but doesn't have a point in his past two games, his longest stretch all season. Zetterberg has been in a bit of a slump, with just 3 assists in his past 9 games. I'm sure once Tatar cools off a little, which he inevitably will, Zetterberg will be out of his slump. Sheahan really seems to be heating up lately with 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists) in the past 5 games, and hopefully with Nyquist finding the back of the net again last night, he will heat up again.


Anyway, my point is, that while some players are on fire or heating up, some other players are slumping right now. That's just the way it is in any sport. Also, Datsyuk has been injured and Smith is out now, so you can't really say there haven't been any significant injuries...

#2551878 Mantha getting closer.

Posted by krsmith17 on 25 November 2014 - 07:54 AM

The point was that you originally compared Mantha to Shanahan because of his fighting ability, now you're just comparing them offensively, stating that "Shanny was much more willing to drop the gloves than Mantha ever has been"... My point is that he will not be dropping the gloves very often, if at all at the pro level, and if he does, I'm sure management will have a chat with him. They're not going to want their top prospect in 20 years, risk injury in fighting.


Red Wings management say a lot of things, regarding prospects but everyone knows how they like to develop their players - overripe. And while I do think Mantha will be somewhat of an exception to their rule, I don't think they're in any huge rush to get him in the NHL. Management also said that one of our top defense prospects would be making the team out of camp this year. That never happened. Because they're not ready? Nope. Ouellet is clearly ready and has already passed Kindl and Lashoff on the depth chart. Players have to put their time in with the Red Wings, nothing is ever handed to them, and that philosophy seems to have been working quite well for them. I'm not necessarily saying that Pulkkinen will be called up before Mantha, because I could see it going either way, especially depending on who they're being called up to replace, but I don't think it's as clear cut as you're trying to make it out to be...

#2551532 11/24 GDT : Ottawa Senators 3 at Red Wings 4

Posted by krsmith17 on 24 November 2014 - 01:48 PM

Weiss on playing wing tonight - "It's completely different. I played center the last two games (in Grand Rapids) and I got wing tonight, so I'll have to be on my toes"...


It really doesn't make sense to throw Weiss in the lineup in a position that he has never really played, especially when Helm has been playing quite a bit of wing this year...

#2551525 Mantha getting closer.

Posted by krsmith17 on 24 November 2014 - 01:22 PM

I couldn't agree more on Sproul. I would love for him to become a Doughty, Subban, Karlsson lite, but the key part in my above post was "especially if Babcock is still the coach by then"... We know damn well how Babcock treats his offensive minded (gifted) defensemen...

Well every game I've watched those are the pairings I've seen, so who knows... lol