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#2619903 Preliminary Red Wings Training Camp Roster

Posted by krsmith17 on 09 July 2015 - 08:54 PM

darkmanx, haven't you heard? Mantha sucks, Pulkkinen sucks, etc, etc...

Slight tongue in cheek on my part...


#2619556 Nyquist Files For Arbitration

Posted by krsmith17 on 08 July 2015 - 07:04 AM

I don't understand this talk about Nyquist not being very good defensively...? I think he is one of our top defensive forwards, at least when it comes to stripping opposition of the puck. He's very Datsyukien when it comes to pickpocketing opponents. No, he doesn't play on the penalty-kill, nor should he, with the likes of Glendening, Miller, Helm, Abdelkader, Ferraro / Callahan / Andersson in the lineup. I'm not sure what Nyquist will get, I think some people are over shooting what he should get / will get and others are under shooting. I have full confidence in Ken that he will get a fair deal done over the next week or so...


#2619386 Free agents this off season

Posted by krsmith17 on 07 July 2015 - 11:22 AM

I agree LeftWinger. Blashill will absolutely use him correctly, something Babcock never did. And that's exactly where I'd like him to slot in, on the 3rd line with Sheahan and Jurco and on the left faceoff dot on the power-play. He will be a huge threat if he is used the same way Blash used him in Grand Rapids, but I think we all know that Calder candidate is out of the question...
Kip, you've watched him play? I haven't... Is he any good? I heard he has quite the shot...

That little one trick that you speak of... He can do that better than anyone in the Red Wings organization. You don't trade that away unless you're getting something similar in return (which we wouldn't). I'm not saying, he's going to score 40 goals every year and he is irreplaceable... What I am saying is that it's ridiculous that he is getting written off after 34 games in which he was very poorly utilized, knowing that we have a new coach that actually used him properly and he produced... a lot...


#2619381 Free agents this off season

Posted by krsmith17 on 07 July 2015 - 11:09 AM

Pulkkinen is far from "slow"... He has a very awkward stride but he can actually get up and down the ice pretty quick. He's not Helm fast, but not many are. I bet if there were a race between the entire team, he would finish somewhere in the middle. But yeah, it is completely unreasonable to think he would produce more than Tatar, being much more productive in the AHL...Pulkkinen - 121 points (65 goals, 56 assists) in 119 games and Tatar - 196 (87 goals, 109 assists) in 265 games... Also very similar numbers to start their NHL careers... Pulkkinen - 8 points (5 goals, 3 assists) in 34 games and Tatar - 8 points (5 goals, 3 assists) in 27 games...


#2619147 Nyquist Files For Arbitration

Posted by krsmith17 on 05 July 2015 - 08:23 PM

I love how you list their weights as if it's part of the negotiating process... No way, Nyquist gets close to what you're suggesting. I'm willing to bet he gets a very fair contract, nothing close to what Saad is getting in Columbus...


#2619048 Depth chart for RW/Griffins

Posted by krsmith17 on 04 July 2015 - 09:22 PM

As long as Quincey is fully healthy and can play at the level he played at last season, I'd take him over anything we have in Grand Rapids. Neither Ouellet or Marchenko are an upgrade at this stage of their careers, and to be honest I don't think either ever will be (Ouellet has a chance). I think Sproul still has the potential to be better, whether he ever will be is yet to be seen... If the cap isn't an issue, which it won't be, I have no problem whatsoever in paying Quincey his $4.25M to play steady defensive hockey on the 3rd pair... Kindl on the other hand, I would like to see him traded, and I believe he could be for a mid to late round draft pick...


#2619025 Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

Posted by krsmith17 on 04 July 2015 - 04:23 PM

With the 1-3-1 power-play setup, using one defenseman, I think it kind of defeats the purpose of having that great left-handed (Kronwall) and right-handed (Green) offensive defensemen on separate units.

I'd love to see two different units with two completely different setups, using the 1-3-1 with one defender on one, and the standard 3-2 with two defenders on the other. I've heard people say in the past that a team wouldn't adopt this strategy because it would be difficult to practice two different setups. I really don't think it would be at all, and I think it would really keep the opposition guessing...

I'd like to see something like this...

Power-Play Unit 1

Abdelkader
Pulkkinen Datsyuk Zetterberg
Kronwall

Power-Play Unit 2

Nyquist Richards Tatar
Green Smith


#2618952 Depth chart for RW/Griffins

Posted by krsmith17 on 03 July 2015 - 10:42 PM

Why would you assume that Smith and Quincey would be a bad pairing based on their play together 2 years ago? Neither player are the same player they were back then, both have improved drastically. Quincey was a complete wreck, no matter who he was paired with and Smith was a turnover machine. I'm not saying that they would all of a sudden be money together, but I wouldn't assume they wouldn't be either... I think they could potentially be a very solid bottom pairing this season, if that is what Blashill elects to go with...

I also agree on Ericsson. He's much better than he gets credit for around here in my opinion...


#2618925 Wings sign Brad Richards 1 yr, $3 million

Posted by krsmith17 on 03 July 2015 - 05:22 PM

When Datsyuk and Zetterberg play together, sure Hank takes a fair share of faceoffs and I'm completely okay with that, but there is no question in my mind that Pav is the better center and Hank benefits much more from playing on the wing.

If they're playing together I have no problem with them switching duties as they have in the past, I just don't want to see Datsyuk on Richards wing and Zetterberg centering another line. It would make no sense...


#2618920 Wings sign Brad Richards 1 yr, $3 million

Posted by krsmith17 on 03 July 2015 - 04:52 PM

I get that Blashill wants to have his own approach but I doubt he puts Helm back at center just to put Sheahan on the wing. There's no need to change for the sake of change... I think Helm is a much better winger than he is a center, and I also think Sheahan wouldn't be half as effective on the wing as he is at center.

I also heard Ferraro talking about Datsyuk on the wing, but I'm pretty sure he just meant to say Zetterberg. I highly doubt Pav has any interest in playing the wing after playing down the middle his entire career. He's still one of our best at winning draws and once he gets back and is fully healthy, I fully expect him to go back to our number one center, and Sheahan and Richards battling it out for the number 2 spot...


#2618660 Wings sign Brad Richards 1 yr, $3 million

Posted by krsmith17 on 02 July 2015 - 09:55 AM

I really like this signing. We rid ourselves of Weiss' contract, and gained a much better option and only for one season. I believe this is the perfect stopgap before Larkin makes the team full time next season. Richards still has some good hockey left in him and I believe he will be good for 40-50 points next season as a 2nd/3rd line center...

Zetterberg - Datsyuk - Abdelkader
Tatar - Richards - Nyquist
Jurco - Sheahan - Pulkkinen
Miller - Glendening - Helm
Ferraro - Callahan

Waive Andersson
Franzen LTIR


#2618659 Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

Posted by krsmith17 on 02 July 2015 - 09:53 AM

I initially didn't want any part of Green, mainly because I was expecting him to get somewhere in the neighborhood of 6 or 7 years at $6M per. I'm happy we were able to get him on a 3 year contract at the same cap hit. I'm not sold on his defensive game, but there's no question he will help out our already potent power-play. I think 50 points is very attainable, and he very well may be our top point producing defender next season. I also agree that pairing him with DeKeyser would likely be a very good 2nd pairing. I'm excited to see how things shake out in trading camp...

Kronwall - Ericsson
DeKeyser - Green
Smith - Quincey
Kindl


#2617807 Alexander semin being bought out

Posted by krsmith17 on 01 July 2015 - 05:12 AM

I'd definitely take him on a 1 or 2 year deal worth no more than $2-2.5M per... He is lazy, but he was lazy back in his Washington days too. That didn't stop him from potting 30-40 goals per season. We have more than enough two way guys that could make up for his lack of defense. Put him on a line with Pav and he would put up 30+ for sure. He would be a massive upgrade on our power-play. Imagine having Semin on one unit and Pulkkinen on the other, coached by someone that will actually use them properly, around the left circle, where they could let off those nasty one-timers...


#2617803 Weiss bought out (confirmed)

Posted by krsmith17 on 01 July 2015 - 05:00 AM

I'm really surprised on the timing of this. I thought they were going to give him one more season to see if he could get back on track under a different coach, one that may have given him a better chance to succeed than Babcock ever did. I don't love that we'll have Weiss on the books for the next 6 seasons, but the cap hit isn't anything unmanageable, so I'm okay with the decision. We're freeing up a fair amount money, and we now have about $14.4M to spend on our RFA's (Nyquist, Jurco, Pulkkinen, Ferraro, and Callahan), with (I'm thinking) r roughly $5-7M in cap space to go after a UFA. I think if we do go after anyone, it's pretty obvious it has to be a defenseman. I want Franson, and I'd pay him anywhere between $4-5M on a 3-5 year contract. If we don't land him, I'm quite content to to stand pat and go with the kids. The only other defender than remotely interested me is Ehrhoff and he's another left handed defenseman, so I'd prefer to see Marchenko or Jensen over him. Franson or nothing for me...


#2617234 Grade the Wings 2015 Draft

Posted by krsmith17 on 29 June 2015 - 12:19 PM

I didn't like that we didn't address our biggest need, a high end, first pairing potential defenseman. However, there wasn't a single defenseman available that I would have rather taken over Svechnikov, when we were ready to go up at 19. I think he's going to be a great player and between Larkin and Svechnikov, I believe we have our one two punch of the future.

I love our first pick, not a fan of either of our picks in rounds 3 and 4, but think any of the round 5, 6 and 7 have potential to be steals. I don't think we needed to draft a goalie this year, as I believe we had more pressing needs to fill. I think there were much better players available in the 3rd round when we picked Saarijarvi. I was hoping we would pull off a trade to get a 2nd round pick or two as there were a few players I really liked.

All in all I think it was a decent draft with the picks we had. I would give it a B-...