Given how Oulette has been playing, the fact that Kindl is higher on the depth chart, and Holland has been unable to trade the guy for something, I'm not suprised to see Lashoff hit waivers. I'm also not suprised to see Marchenko get the call up. Oulette has had a while to demonstrate what kind of player he is at the NHL level and did a decent job (thus making Lashoff obsolete). Now let's see what Marchenko is capable of. If we're lucky, we might not even need to trade for a right-handed defensman at the deadline. Considering it's only a month away, it's probably a good time to find out.
If there is an upgrade at forward available that makes sense, you definitely do it, but it shouldn't be anywhere close to a priority in the offseason. The main priority needs to be on the back end. The reason we were so average on offense last year is because of two things. First of all, we lost a crazy amount of man games up front to key players (Zetterberg (37), Datsyuk (37), Franzen (28), Nyquist (25) and Weiss (56)) That's a huge chunk of time to 5 of our top forwards. Secondly, our lack of quality puck movers on the back end also effected our offensive numbers. With a healthy group of forwards and an upgrade or two on the back end I think we will be right in the thick of things.
I swear if I see one NTC by ken this summer I will lose my freaking mind
Datsyuk has given enough to us that he deserves to do what he can to be healthy.
Whether that means sitting out wings games so he won't come back too much worse than he was after is fine.
Hell be here for three years after this year.
I trust hell do whats right, and honestly he's one of the best players and people to ever play the game.
I'd support him through whatever.
Posted by dat's sick
on 13 December 2013 - 10:49 AM
Okay, I know we have a lot of injuries but what is with that 2nd PP unit? How many times do they have to consistently get zero time in the offensive zone for some changes to be made. It boggles the mind why Smith is not getting power play time. Does Babs want him to stop being an offensive defensemen? Sammy is a forward with a good shot who likes to shoot. Let's play him as far away from the goal as possible so his wrist shot is a non factor where he can be a liability defensively. Then he blames Sammy and scratches him. The PP sucks because he thinks Datsyuk=Nyquist, Alfie=Sammy, Kronwall=Kindl. This is just one of the glaring mistakes Babs is making. The lines are complete garbage every night. He just keeps beating a dead horse
I just pray there are some scratches and some people are called up from GR. Throw somebody in and see if they can handle it.
Kindl and Sammy on the point is disgusting. Nyquist makes mostly good things with the puck but both him and Tatar have been guilty of trying too many difficult plays that get broken up. Cleary of course adds nothing and is great at giving the puck to someone who is covered by two guys.
Definitely agree Smith needs to get a chance. He's got good instincts and I even think he could be good at carrying the puck into the offensive zone and establishing pressure.
We also need Weiss to find his game so he can center that 2nd unit. Until then I think Helm should do it.
The vibe I'm getting is that he'll definitely sign with the Red Wings in the next few days. Also, I know a lot of people are pretty excited about the kid here, but I hope no one expects him to put up a ton of points, or be super flashy off the bat. Maybe eventually he develops into that role, but from what I've seen (and heard second hand) he's a really quiet type of player who does all the little things right.
He's been touted as a Brad Stuart type of player, and that's what the Red Wings really need, imo. I'm pretty pumped to get him myself, but I feel like I know what to expect out of him (all around solid play).
You mean Jiri 15 points in 17 games now that he is finally getting some ice-time Hudler?
Yes. Glad he is doing well. As long as he is doing well somewhere else. He f***ed the Wings over in 2009 and I have hated him ever since. This is a team, not an individual. Holland offered him $3.5M which was way overpayment and he opted for arbitration because he wanted more...then he left for Russia. I have no room on my team for individuals, so long Hudler, I hope you score 50 goals, just don't EVER try to put on the Wings sweater EVER again...