Saying top 9 to me or 6 doesn't mean anything to me if we got 3 great lines that can score at any given time makes us a threat .... Yes you can look just at numbers and say these our top 6 and be done with it but imagine having a nyquist on the 3rd line in the playoffs vs other teams bottom lines and dmen
That could be the difference in us advancing to the next round or not .... You can look at abdelkader and say he's not as skilled as the zetterbergs and datsyuks so let's put him on the 3rd but he gels well with them and does the dirty work
We have way too much skill and talent this year to just say these our top 2 lines ... We should try and find the right chemistry between guys and get 3 legitimate lines that can produce during a game at any given time instead of always depending on zetterberg and datsyuk
I'd prefer to see Kindl in over Smith, but I'm biased - I've never been a big fan of Smith.
If I'm being as objective as I can, I don't think having one play over the other will make that big of a difference. I think Kindl's done a good job getting back to break up plays, and I think Smith's provided an edge that Kindl doesn't. Both of them still make bone-headed decisions with the puck/have a difficult time getting the puck out of the defensive zone. I'm just happy DeKeyser's coming back ahead of schedule.
I think both should be gone, no long term future in Detroit anyways ... Bring up 2 of marchenko/ouellette/Jensen instead or just one and try and trade for a veteran defensemen
I'd go with option 2 but I know both are going nowhere anytime soon
I do. Through Justin Abdelkader first 126 NHL games he had 10 goals. Now he's playing a top line power forward role. Jurco is learning how to be that and I don't think he's doing a terrible job, especially considering before he got to the NHL he never had to be a power forward. It's a process. He's learning. He'll be fine. When he gets to be Abdelkaders age he will be better than Abdelkader is right now. Bank on it.
+ blashill knows him and will get the best of him ... He's 22 , can't give up on the kid after after 1 game ... He's got size, speed , hands ... Loads of skill ... Foolish to write him off now
What's realistic? Dougie Hamilton and Keith Yandle were had for scraps. Our gm doesnt know what he is doing.
Keith yandle was way overpaid and the Rangers will regret giving all that up when duclair is lighting it up for yrs with domi
Hamilton would of been nice , we wouldn't of got svechnikov though ... If it was this off season Hamilton was for the taking with the way our kids are looking upfront , Kenny would of gave up 2 firsts at the 16 draft
That being said bringing up Hamilton is pointless cause there's no way Boston would of ever traded Hamilton to a division rival
I think the "right shooting defenseman" thing has tended to get overblown over the last three years. Nothing about being a right shooter makes a guy better, or more deserving of a roster spot. It's a characteristic that, all things being equal, you'd like to have a balance of.
For instance, Marchenko and Smith were a better pair last year than Smith and Zidlicky. In one instance having a righty worked, and in the other it didn't make much difference. If forced to choose, I would rather have seen Smith with another lefty (Ouellet?), or Zidlicky with another righty (Marchenko?), rather than those two together.
The lefty righty thing is based on all other variables being equal. If you're trying to find a partner for a lefty, and you've got two good guys with similar skillsets, then pick a righty. But if one guy is a mismatch in every other way, but is right handed, don't give him the spot based primarily on that.
Just my 2 cents.
I'd take the best defensemen period
The fact that jensen is right handed is just an added bonus and helps us balance the d ... He can play and I think at 25 he's ready , don't know now much longer the guy has to wait for a shot
My own opinion is smith and kindl have no future here and he can't be worse than those 2 so bring him up now
I knewwww it had a gut feeling he was gonna make it , kids are finally getting the chances with Blashill as coach
Now if he starts racking up the points there's no way they could send him down
Ummm what if he does so good in the top line we gotta keep larkin there ? Datsyuk centers 2nd line with Gus and Tatar?, sheahan goes to wing for this year?unless we make some moves if mule stays healthy he might have to go on the 4th line ... We might have the deepest 4 lines we've had in forever
Scary team this year and laughable these experts I seen on tv in montreal all took detroit 5th place and beyond in our division
When datsyuk returns ...
Zetterberg larkin abdelkader
Tatar datsyuk nyquist
Sheahan richards pulkkinen
Helm/jurco glendening Franzen
Miller cleary anderssen ...
When pavel returns and if larkin sticks unless someone good gets hurt we might have to depart with one of helm/jurco/pulkkinen
I'd package a helm/smith or prospect /high draft pick type deal for a byfuglien if possible or someone similar ... Our d is where we clearly need an upgrade
I think unfortunetly even if mule is back it'll only be a matter of time before he takes another hit and is gone
As for the jurco article just sounds like he wants more money .... He should of hired ryan o'reillys agent ... Bit off topic here .... I knew about o'reillys cap hit but I heard on the radio today that he's making 11 million this season
I got no idea how this lets crash my car into a tim hortons ******* is getting all this money ... Most overpaid player in the league by far
And back to topic lol ... Got no doubt jurco and pulkkinen will excel this season under Blashill ... Unlike Babcock he will know jow to utilize the kids and wouldn't surprise me if they both got 15-20 goals
Just worried with all these 1 yr deals cause you know if they get good seasons they'll be asking for more cash than 1 mill per ballpark
Chicago's reasoning to getting rid of sharp was to get rid of money , yet they somehow have to pay 25% of his salary and added like 5 million with the trade ... Surprised they just didn't wait it out and see if they could find a taker in a month or so
This guarantees johnny oduya is a goner now ... Should we get rid of Quincey or smith to add oduya on a one year deal of possible?
Holland is on a streak, 4.75 for a player entering prime? This will be a major steal in hindsight if nyquist can keep up his goal scoring and get used to playoff hockey.
Upwards of 5 mill and 6 million my a**
I think we both got a fair deal ... He had what ? 2 27 goal seasons ? I think 4.75 is more than fair , wouldn't call it a steal
Just think the other gm's throwing 7.5 per at the ryan o'reillys of the league are f***en morons
Hate ken holland all you will for not making more deals and so on, but he'll never over pay someone
If Gus was asking for 7 per he'd be gone
Ericsson. The guy is overpaid. Not sure there'd be any takers. Then next year KFQ and Richards are off the books. That's over $10M in space with those 3.
0% chance Ericsson gets dealt ... I know a lot of people here hate him but we don't have guys his size in the back
I get your argument but saying he's 3rd in playoff points and played 100 games less than #2. Who is a defenseman is odd, defenseman aren't supposed to put up the kind of points lids did, that's why he was so special among other things.
But yes please retire #91 soon
I get your point, and no argument on lidstrom he's amazing but just stating a fact the guy played 100 less games than the 2nd place lidstrom and still ended 3rd all time and if he played just another 2-3 years before leaving he'd probably be the redwings all time playoff points leader
He just deserves to get his jersey raised , one of the best redwing players of all time