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#2666722 Free Press: Pavel Datsyuk to return to Russia following Playoffs

Posted by frankgrimes on 10 April 2016 - 06:56 AM

Mitch Album article about Pavel leaving.



Such a touching and well written article thank you for posting this. Atta boy Pasha is not only gifted with magiclike talent the guy is also one tough SOB, fighting through this injury and then still coming back and still being the best player on the team, hats of Pasha, hats of.


In my mind the guy has done more than enough for this franchise and I would love to see him play one more  year but guess what? I would love it even more if he doesn't have to use his phone in order to get in touch with his wife and doughter. Honestly after reading all of this I'm very happy for him and it's even further proof that the guy should have been the captain.


Hopefully the fans are giving him a minute long standing ovation whenever the last game in the post season will be. Thanks for everything Pasha, will be such a sad day seeing you lace em up one last time.

#2665873 4/9 GDT : at Rangers 3, Red Wings 2

Posted by frankgrimes on 09 April 2016 - 03:14 AM

Win and you are in or lose and go home quickly

Personally it's a win win game for me, either get a better draft pick or once again another first round exit against the caps

#2665169 Final Game at Rexall Place

Posted by frankgrimes on 07 April 2016 - 12:11 AM

Well another historic arena will soon be getting nuked in favor of another tax payer financed over the top lifeless place. Why didn't they just decide to refurbish the whole thing?

#2664497 Fixing this mess....

Posted by frankgrimes on 04 April 2016 - 11:55 PM


Yes I posted 1 article, but that is pretty much the opinion of of every writer/journalist that I have ever read write about him. The Leafs gave up on him, the Flyers gave up on him, and yes the Kings did take him, but not at anything even close to 5 million. According to nhlbythenumbers his cap hit this season is 1.8 million and is an expiring contract.




In another post you said that you trust the opinion of Kings management over a writer but this is a very flawed argument as this apples and oranges. I have not read anywhere from the the Kings front office that they believe he is worth 5 million/year which is what you are trying to claim he is worth. This writer says that he is a competent 3rd pairing guy, which he is. The Kings are paying him like a third pairing guy. Seems pretty similar to me.


My argument is not that the guy is useless and not worth a contract, but that his is not worth 5 million/year. If the Wings signed him as a #6 d-man to a 1 year 1.5 million contract, that I would be open to. Long term at 5mil per year is not just bad, but an awful contract for Schenn.


Huge huge fan of Schenn and what he brings to the table but I would be fine with 3 mill per. The guy brings pugnacity and testosterone to a team and I also believe under the right circumstances he can be a tweener between a third pairing and at times (!) someone who helps out the second pairing type of guy.


Pains me to admit it but Luke Schenn wouldn't fix our defensive problems a steady stay at home defender who can chip in some offense here and there would be needed and those guys aren't available. That's why Holland has to move some of the better pieces to land one either via trade or draft. Really there is no other way around to fix this mess yes, the offense will need help soon too but the fact of the matter is the Wings are in a better - i.e. more depth - position in terms of forwards then they are in terms of defense.

#2664348 Fixing this mess....

Posted by frankgrimes on 03 April 2016 - 11:10 PM

Huge fan of Yandle but he is not what this team needs right now. He is another younger version of Green. The Wings need someone who doesn't sacrifice defense for more offense. That's why I've said missing the playoffs (needed wake-up call for the upper management) and drafting Chychrun, Juolevi would have been the right idea. I think people will be surprised with Yandle's price point. Schenn would be nice hut he sadly isn't a top pairing guy anymore but he brings a lot of qualities: hits like a machine, blocks shots and not afraid to mix it up

Trading for another soft Euro, namely Yakupov on the forward position does nothing for this team. Tatar, Goose and Larkin need someone with size who can create space for them. But the fix has to start from the backend

#2664171 HNIC Rumor: Datsyuk to return to Russia

Posted by frankgrimes on 03 April 2016 - 07:53 AM

Pasha can do whatever he wants, this guy has given the Wings and also the NHL so much joy with his dekes and just mindblowing moves. For me it doesn't matter what this guy decides his legacy has already been written and it's a great one, the guy is still by far the best player on this team.

#2664165 Stamkos out 1-3 months

Posted by frankgrimes on 03 April 2016 - 02:23 AM

at first I was hoping for this to be a late April fools joke but sadly it's not.

I don't care what this means in terms of hockey the only thing that p. is him getting healthy, everything else is secondary.

Guy is a joy to watch and has an unparalleled work ethic all the best Stammer.

#2662497 Fixing this mess....

Posted by frankgrimes on 28 March 2016 - 10:34 AM

Every year we hear about stars that are available, we all debate what it would cost, then are shocked at how little teams pay. it happens all the time. Happened with Nash, Kessel, Hamilton, Kesler, etc....

Malkin is a superstar and if they trade him it's going to be for a 1 defenseman something the Wings don't have. Wings would have to start with Larkin, Mantha and still go heavy from there just to get the conversation even started.

Malkin is at least 1 level above all if the mentioned players, also where is the source for claiming Malkin is available ?

#2662493 Fixing this mess....

Posted by frankgrimes on 28 March 2016 - 10:18 AM

Malkin for Nyquist, Smith gets Holland blacklisted in the Pens office that's such an insulting offer wow. Adding guys like Jurco makes it even worse nobody is dumb enough to accept quantity for high quality if the Pens are trading Malkin it would be for a guy like Shea Weber or someone of that calibre.

Also Malkin doesn't do anything to fix the defense the Wings can't outscore their problems ... teams are built from the backend not vise versa.

#2662441 2016 Playoffs % chances (part II)

Posted by frankgrimes on 27 March 2016 - 03:25 PM

To me it's very simple, if you need others to lose you don't deserve the playoffs anyways.


This team looks like it has their off-season vacations and tee-times already planned. Even last year the odds were a bit better but whatever, only 6 games to go.

#2662427 Tony Granato next Wisconsin Head Coach

Posted by frankgrimes on 27 March 2016 - 12:02 PM

I think Blashill is a good strategist. Give him the tools (players) and the staff (better assistants) and I think we will be improved next year.

Blashill can only work with the pieces he has. It's the job of a GM to give the coach good pieces.

I feel bad for him rookie coach who was tasked to coach a team into the playoffs , that's been a shadow of its former self for some time now. Even Babs barely got them in.

But one thing is obvious Blashill needs to rip his players a new one and get better assistants next year.

#2660436 The Holiday tradition: 2016 Draft thoughts.....

Posted by frankgrimes on 16 March 2016 - 12:40 PM

Been a few months so time to update. Before I said we would pick between 14 and 22. As of today it is looking more 10 to 16th in each round. If we end up in the range Gauthier becomes a real possibility. A top line of Mantha-Larkin-Gauthier would be a GREAT top line down the road.


Still a lot of hockey to be played so it's tough to predict where the Wings will pick but one thing is for sure they need defense, defense, defense the Edmonton model should have shown everyone that you can't outscore your defensive problems.

#2658307 3/8 GDT : Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7:00 EST

Posted by frankgrimes on 09 March 2016 - 07:57 AM

Starting Howard over Mrazek - dumbest coaching move of the season. Smith being benched is dumb, but Mrazek being benched for Howard takes the cake.

it's Howard's net for now. Mrazek hasn't shown anything and played like crap lately

if both struggle the coach will go with whoever is going to give him the best chance.

#2657790 3/6 GDT : Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks, 5:00PM EST

Posted by frankgrimes on 06 March 2016 - 07:58 PM

And they've made deals to keep competitive and what have we really done?  I know there's not a lot out there but somehow Chicago has found a way.  Kenny just doesn't want to give up anything and what he wants to give up isn't going to get us anything.  I'm tired of the rentals.  Richards already won a cup, not much motivation there.  

They have the best coach/GM this game has ever seen in Scotty Bowman the guy is just a magician. All Stan has to do is ask his dad for an advice and get the $ from Wirtz...not that hard to sell UFAs on an annual contender loaded with guys like Toews, Keith, Seabrook and Kane...

The west is far superior to the east again this year, Tampa or Washington would have to play out of their minds in order to have a chance against the Hawks, Kings or Ducks

#2657419 Goalie Battle

Posted by frankgrimes on 04 March 2016 - 06:06 AM

Fair is fair Howard got benched because of a bad stretch and Mrazek played well now it's vice versa and therefore Howard's part to take the net. The funny thing is, the excuses used for Mrazek weren't used when Howard had his early struggles.