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#2672922 I Hate Jeff Blashill because ...

Posted by frankgrimes on 22 April 2016 - 08:28 AM

I don't hate Blashill why should I ? He doesn't have a lot to work with and that's the responsibility of someone else. But it's of course nice to see how the Anti Babcock crowd now has seen first hand that you can't replace the best coach in all of hockey and expect a flawless transition. AHL success is great and everything but the NHL is a different beast.

Not calling up Mantha and giving him a chance to play with Pasha is pissing me of in tremendous fashion, there was nothing to lose for crying out loud the PP flat out sucked! I don't care about a correlation it didn't work!

#2672916 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by frankgrimes on 22 April 2016 - 08:15 AM

5 years 4 first round exits, 3 first round exits in a row and making the playoffs because another re sucked even more. Like I've mentioned I hope the 2 more home games were worth it.

Such a disappointing season and I really hope the evaluation is starting next week. Front office needs some fresh ideas (new faces). I'm not going into dream land and thinking about Stamkos so starting next year:

- no top 6 center - Z can't do it anymore and Pasha is gone
- no number 1 defenseman
- still need a sniper

Don't give me that "if Larkin, AA and others will.." crap asking a 19 old to play top 6 center is asking for disaster build him up slowly. Goaltending has been average with some excellent games from both guys and tons to forget.

Lots of holes to fill and I have zero confidence that Holland can do it. He doesn't want to commit to rebuild nor does he go all in...Mr. I needs to ask him some tough questions and if he doesn't like the answers get someone else.

The people who thought keeping the streak alive so the young guns would gain experience, only need to look at the TOI for AA or even better Mantha. Well hope people enjoyed it because it was the last time for some time and add of course aside from Mantha the AHL cupboard is empty. If the Wings would have rebuilt starting 2012 they would have been in a much better position going forward but of course the streak was more important and patchwork fixes, waiting for some guys to become maybe better than they really are and other things were more important....

Personally this was the most boring season (NHL and Wingswise) ever this team lacks identity and a direction going forward.

This off season needs to be the busiest one in terms of trades, signings and changes since almost 2 decades for this team.

#2672089 ECQF Game 5 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 EST

Posted by frankgrimes on 21 April 2016 - 12:58 PM


I don't care so much about the forward lines,  5 on 5 we have been fine but the D has to be juggled around and the PP needs a total face lift.  I would literally put anyone on the PP at this point if they will shoot the damn puck.  


Would have been nice if Mantha got the call up but somehow this organization isn't doing him any favors. Last chance to play with Pasha and no callup f*** that.


I'm honestly at the point where I do care who gets fired and held responsible just have a realistic plan and vision for the future if it ends tonight so be it.

#2672048 WCQF : San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings

Posted by frankgrimes on 21 April 2016 - 08:55 AM

If there's one team to never count out it's gotta be the kings this isn't over

#2672047 WCQF : Minnesota Wild vs. Dallas Stars

Posted by frankgrimes on 21 April 2016 - 08:52 AM

3 years...since Jim Nill what a great GM should have never let him go

#2672025 WCQF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues

Posted by frankgrimes on 21 April 2016 - 06:17 AM

Welllllllllll to bring this back on topic...............GO BLUES!!

Today their dream of back to back cups ends , go Blues.

#2671944 WCQF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues

Posted by frankgrimes on 20 April 2016 - 04:43 PM

This league has become a freaking joke, no wonder people are losing interest in what used to be a real mans game.


Next bring out the pink hockeysticks and the don't touch me signs on a players jersey. Soon our game will turn into soccer on ice for the same questionable audience.

#2671878 WCQF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues

Posted by frankgrimes on 20 April 2016 - 10:59 AM

By the way, I'm not sure why Chicago being on the brink of elimination should really be a big story either....STL is the better team after all.  Although, in my mind, it should be a bit of story that these two teams are matched up in round 1 though.


While that may be true but did anyone realistically expect the Hawks bowing out in 5 games? The Blues are a fantastic team and are playing the brand of hockey I like but this outcome has to be surprising. If you think about it with the right calls in game 2 they would have swept! the champions already. To me that should be a big story and raise some questionmarks for the Hawks?

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#2671818 WCQF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues

Posted by frankgrimes on 20 April 2016 - 05:51 AM

Go Blues go if they can close it out in like 5 they'll have a long rest. St. Louis arena needs to be rocking tomorrow

#2670057 ECQF Game 3 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by frankgrimes on 17 April 2016 - 05:08 PM


Tell that to Smith.


Why should I? Brendan is better than a lot of the players on that team and he deserves a chance to prove it.

#2670037 ECQF Game 3 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by frankgrimes on 17 April 2016 - 02:55 PM

In the end, sometimes the sum of the parts is more important than what an individual produces. Mantha scored two goals, but the pp was on fire while he was on it. He made things happen that didn't show up on the scoresheet. Smith does the same.


Well that's something the boxscore doesn't show so of course it doesn't matter to some people which is a shame. I don't care about how many points Smith brings or doesn't bring, his job is to prevent the other team from scoring.

#2670019 ECQF Game 3 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by frankgrimes on 17 April 2016 - 01:59 PM

I think we'll take this game.  Team will play with a lot more urgency and Tampa will likely relax a little.  What happens afterwards will be interesting.


Well they can't really afford to lose this game because the series would be almost over by then.


It will come down to shuttdown down the triplets line if the team still can't do it Tampa will win if they can we might have a series.

#2669935 Andersson leaving the NHL after the Playoffs

Posted by frankgrimes on 17 April 2016 - 07:24 AM

good luck in Sweden thanks for the service

#2669780 Wings fans, I need your help -- Octopus etiquette

Posted by frankgrimes on 16 April 2016 - 10:00 AM

Haha thanks man. The best place to buy is Superior Fish in Royal Oak. (They are the unofficial/official place.) Call them ahead of time and place an order. It's $4.95 a pound. They will boil it for you and put them in a bag and a box. They will even supply you gloves. As I tell everyone, if you do it, please do it at the right times so we can keep this tradition going for years to come. Throw during the last line of the National Anthem, (or after). Or immediately after a goal. Not before a face off or during play. LGRW. 
Haha yeah I played travel baseball growing up but haven't played anything but beer league baseball in many years, so I was very nervous about even getting it over the glass. lol.

understandable but it really went perfect, getting it over the glass would have been my biggest concern too because if not it's embarrassing and there's only one chance :)

But really well done :)

#2669748 ECQF Game 2 Post-GDT: at Tampa Bay 5, Red Wings 2

Posted by frankgrimes on 16 April 2016 - 02:57 AM

At least Abdelkader is showing that he cares. Tatar and Nyquist better get their whatever together because if they aren't one of them - might be even both - will get traded in the offseason. I'm starting to hope the Tiger are going to win the Baseball cup so that Mr. I can focus on the Wings again and ask Mr. Holland the tough questions. If he likes the answers keep him on a short leash if not bring in Don Maloney. The guy worked under a fraction of the budget Holland has and left Arizona with Domi, Duclair, OEL.


That being said a series isn't over till you lose at home but I would love to see Mantha getting some experience now. If they lose so what? It hasn't worked with some of the veterans either and unlike Mantha they aren't the future of the Wings. When it comes down to Z either shelter hi minutes to third line duties or trade him to a contender, the guy can't play more than 15 minutes anymore it's just so obvious.


Reading some of the threads and posting before the season and now is funny, a lot of people thought Blashill would be the second coming of Babcock and some Antibabcock guys even thought he would be better. Although it's way too early to judge and given the fact that the guy has had the worst Wings roster since almost 2 decades to work it I don't think it's fair to judge him now but I will say this: play the kids like you did in GR. If I'm Pasha my decision is becoming easier and easier this team is going nowhere and it seems like they are still reluctant to do a proper rebuild, so why not go home spend quality time with my family and play in front of my friends while still making millions of russian $?


This team has 6 defenseman with one job, shutdown the damn triplets line and yet other than Danny D. no one seems capable of doing that such an embarassing result. I'm starting wo wonder if Babcock saw all of this coming and if he wanted a more traditional rebuild. Anyhow, changes need to happen in the off-season it's so sad to see that Pasha's Wings era has to end like this. Let Mantha, Larkin and McKee experience the playoffs infront of their homecrowd no matter the result because what does this team have to lose? Well nothing everyone is expecting them to lose against the Bolts anyways.


All I'm asking for is, don't get swept at least Pasha deserves so much better than this bulls***. The guy in my avatar would still be the best defenseman on this team.