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#2494255 Evgeny Kuznetsov

Posted by number9 on 11 March 2014 - 02:45 PM

Thinks he's better as a right wing. He has played about 50% of his carrer as a RW and 25% as a Center and LW. I doubt he will take Bäckströms spot.

Agreed, I meant more along the lines of when he's playing the top 6 with actual talent we'll know

#2493895 Is the Real Brendan Smith Finally Starting the Show Up?

Posted by Andy Pred 48 on 09 March 2014 - 02:30 PM

sadly he isnt the only D that is making bonehead plays lately and i include #55

#2493875 Is the Real Brendan Smith Finally Starting the Show Up?

Posted by NYC Wings Fanatic on 09 March 2014 - 02:05 PM

Honestly, I still can't get over how he single handedly contributed with one bone-headed play after another and destroyed our chances in beating Chicago in the playoffs last year. He was the stupidest player, young or old, I had ever seen on the ice in a Wings jersey. A complete moron who earned a benching thirty times over. Whether or not he is suddenly getting a few ounces of grey matter and scoring here and there is irrelevant - he will never be a player of consequence on this team or any other team. 

Wow! It might be a bit premature to write him off so early, isn't it? This is only his second full season with the Wings, so couldn't a light go off in his brain, the coaching sinks in, and the mental part that has given him so much of a problem click in at some point? I would like to think that this is still possible, since he does offer so much promise if and when he finally understands what a defenseman is supposed to do. Like they say, defensemen do take longer to develop the mental aspect past of the game, so I would hope for our sake that there is still time.

#2493690 Is the Real Brendan Smith Finally Starting the Show Up?

Posted by NYC Wings Fanatic on 09 March 2014 - 12:55 PM

Hi guys,


As much we have been down on Brendan and his costly bonehead passes to the opposition and such, with his recent 2 goals and his looking far more confident in joining the rush, isn't this the Brendan Smith that we envisioned before he was ever called up from Grand rapids? He seems to be smelling offensive blood now (last few games) when he joins a rush, and commits to the play in going right to the net, knowing that the winger (hopefully) will have his back covered defensively. Maybe Babs or the assistants sat down with him to give him the okay to freelance a bit more than he had, but to me, this Brendan Smith version 2.0 is what I had thought he could potentially be when he was still seen as one of our top prospects - an offensively gifted and aggressive D man with snarl, speed, and some size - one that we have rarely seen. Do you guys think he is finally showing signs of coming out of his shell, or has he just had a couple of lucky games?

#2494072 Andersson breaks foot - down another center

Posted by Datsyukian-Deke on 10 March 2014 - 02:21 PM

At least we can call Jarnkrok up......wait

#2487779 ESPN says....

Posted by Andy Pred 48 on 28 February 2014 - 11:03 AM

The whispers we're getting over here in euro land is that the wings have scouts looking at the young Russian's Nikita Tryamkin and Fyodor Malykin. Malykin's name has cropped up before, solid young centre 5'11" 198lb but i think he has 2 years left on his KHL contract. Good skater by all accounts and plays hard. I watched Tryamkin in the world jnrs and he is a big unit, steady in his own end with potential upside to produce on offence. Has played over 70 games in the K and only 19yr old. Both of these guys hail from the same area as Pav, so you never know. Tryamkin hasnt been drafted and i think is still eligible for this year's draft, and have i said he is big, 6'7" 229lb and growing !

Both play for KHL side Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg.

#2488479 Trade deadline fast approaching - who should we target?

Posted by joesuffP on 02 March 2014 - 01:13 AM

RH physical, world class Defense, elite top 6 player. Naw I don't want him

#2488705 Trade deadline fast approaching - who should we target?

Posted by nyqvististhefuture on 02 March 2014 - 10:17 PM

I'd like to add: our first-round pick should be in play. Or, if not in play, then at least "possibly available." If what I'm hearing is true and Kenny's categorically refusing to even consider moving our 1st...that's immensely stupid.
We're not the Sabres. We're not rebuilding. We're retooling (there's a difference), and we're doing so with a relatively deep prospect pool which has already given us Nyquist, Tatar, Sheahan, and Jurco. And DeKeyser would've gone in the first round had he been drafted, so he's basically a free first-round pick.

Just because dekeyser was a free first round pick doesn't mean we need to just give away our pick now .... There's still a chance we don't get In the playoffs so it would be High pick for us .... If we trade it way it should be for non rental player

#2488569 Naming the New Arena

Posted by Mckinley25 on 02 March 2014 - 01:26 PM

Maybe if we all chip in they can call it letsgowings.com arena.

Instead of a statue of Howe or Yzerman they can rotate monthly a statue of which ever Wing we hate at the moment for vandalism purposes. Satisfies a lot of needs for Detroit.

#2488564 Naming the New Arena

Posted by dat's sick on 02 March 2014 - 01:10 PM

If IKEA was smart, they would buy the naming rights.  

So, it would be called "Hockey-Arena Bjorn" ? This needs to happen. 

#2488447 Naming the New Arena

Posted by Detroit # 1 Fan on 01 March 2014 - 10:19 PM

Gordie Howe Arena. Take the statue from inside the Joe and place it outside. Probably won't be a hockey player, but if it were no better choice then Mr Hockey.

#2487865 Very Chris Very, Very Osgood...very

Posted by kipwinger on 28 February 2014 - 03:42 PM

Doing play by play and color commentating is far more difficult than it seems. 


Which is why they should have kept Murphy around.  He was really coming into his own.  He was like the lovable goofball that you couldn't help but laugh at.  My two favorite Murphy moments...


1) Doing a pre-game spot on dollar hotdog night from the hotdog stand.  When they delivered his order he had SEVEN hotdogs.


2)  A couple of years ago when we played Nashville in the playoffs and Murph did his pregame spot while onstage in a Nashville music hall with full backup band.  Every time he made an important point the drummer crashed on the cymbals and Murph would pump his hammy fist in the air.

#2456633 What is Samuelsson's role?

Posted by T.Low on 22 November 2013 - 12:00 PM

Sammy was a good acquisition at the time. It certainly seems that two years and $2m/per would have made better sense. Or even 1yr.

There was no adjustment phase, as he's been a wing before obviously and therefore knows the systems.

A right-handed shot we needed for the power play point.

Swede background with Canadian light edge.

He's actually done well this year. I used to worry every time he got the puck, but now he is much more composed and makes pretty good passes and pretty good decisions. Certainly has more patience with the puck than Tafar for example.

He is a versatile depth signing. He can play third line grinder, be plugged into the second or even first-line in a pinch, and be plugged into fourth line minutes.

It wasn't a bad acquisition, it was just the contract itself that was poor.

#2456620 What is Samuelsson's role?

Posted by hockey&beer on 22 November 2013 - 11:18 AM

He does provide the team with a guaranteed offsides call every other time he steps on the ice (I was going to end that comment with a smiley or an "lol", but it's just too darn aggrevating)

#2456619 What is Samuelsson's role?

Posted by amato on 22 November 2013 - 11:13 AM

his role is to waste cap space and we'd succeed best benching him.