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#2647384 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by Richdg on 11 January 2016 - 05:12 PM

Tangradi is an average skater in an organization that wants great skaters. Seems like they forgot about Homer..... he plays the same type of game. Most of his goals have come from 15 ft or closer to the net on rebounds and deflects. Something the RW's need badly!

#2644266 That lazy Mantha....

Posted by Richdg on 24 December 2015 - 09:42 AM

Well said, Rich. Mantha in some ways is a victim of the hype machine. I'm pretty optimistic based on what those who actually watch the Griffs have been reporting.

Hype is always an issue. Many fans always assume the next prospect is a HOF player. That they should be a HOF player from day 1. Most good to great players in every sport are built over time. Yes all have natural God given talent, but it takes time to mold that talent into something special. Time in the weightroom, skill training, maturity, emotional/mental toughness are things that are developed. Everyone does this at a different pace which far to often fans have no patience for.

#2644262 That lazy Mantha....

Posted by Richdg on 24 December 2015 - 08:56 AM

Not yet but starting to. The whole Griffins team sucked the first 10 games are so-just like the RW's did. Coaching changes had much to do with that. The Griffins were however outshooting the other team most nights. Now the pucks are going in and they have won the last 14 in a row. During that period Mantha has been better than a point per game. But it is more than that. he is playing D, playing physical, and has added some play making to his game.

The thought of Mantha-Larkin-Scevechnikov (spelling) as our top line in a couple of years should make everyone very happy. 3 guys all 6-2 or so that can skate, handle the puck, play D and score is what we need. Find a second line just like it and we are setup very nicely.

#2644168 12/22 GDT : New Jersey Devils at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by Richdg on 22 December 2015 - 10:00 PM

in my book, Kindl is done. Put XO in a let him play until E gets back or a deal is made...

I'm done with Smith too...

He has been done a long time. This is one thing I do give Blash some grief for. There was no reason to give Kindl another chance.

#2644088 12/22 GDT : New Jersey Devils at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by Richdg on 22 December 2015 - 08:12 PM

Congrats to TooToo on 5 years!

#2644066 12/22 GDT : New Jersey Devils at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by Richdg on 22 December 2015 - 08:06 PM

Howard getting pulled. His D should be getting pulled. Giving him 0 help.

#2643988 12/22 GDT : New Jersey Devils at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by Richdg on 22 December 2015 - 04:27 PM

Howard had better numbers in October and so far in December. Mrazek was better in November. For the year they are even. Stop wasting time on worrying about our G's. Theya re not the issue. Goal scoring is.

#2643888 This is why we need 2 goalies.

Posted by Richdg on 21 December 2015 - 07:38 PM

Here are the month by month stats this year:



October: 2.21 GAA and a .928 Save %

November: 2.56 GAA and a .899 Save %

December: 2.14 GAA  and a .938 Save %



October: 2.67 GAA and a .921 Save %

November: 1.79 GAA and a .941 Save %

December: 2.76 GAA and a .905 Save %


These numbers show it about as clear as possible. Nobody plays at a static level every day/week/month/season. All players are up and down. So far our G's have done it perfectly. When Howard is up Mrazek is down, when Mrazek is up Howard is down.

#2641463 Jeff Blashill = Dave Lewis 2.0 / Coaching Change

Posted by Richdg on 06 December 2015 - 12:33 AM

remember when people wanted to fire our coach?

#2638336 When does Larkin get the C?

Posted by Richdg on 20 November 2015 - 01:14 PM

Way way way to early. Z is the C until he retires. he has what, 5 more years on his contract? Also, just because a guy is a good player that does not mean he is a good leader. Not saying Larkin is one way or the other, but that is something the players will decide within the locker room. We didn't take the C away from Stevie even though federoz was out performing him the last few years he played. Things don't work that way.

Now in time, somehwere down the road yes Larkin could get the C. I think him and Dekeyser are the future leaders of this team. Dekeyser will get the A when Datsyuk leaves. Maybe Abby.

#2638226 Goalie Battle

Posted by Richdg on 19 November 2015 - 12:01 PM

Hope that we are shopping our goalies right now to some other teams. Return value is probably at it's highest point right now (This season).

Why would we want to do that? Our G's are what is keeping our heads above water. They are both playing great. Its not their fault we can't seem to score.

#2637830 Wings Need on D and Glaring Inconsistencies

Posted by Richdg on 18 November 2015 - 04:14 PM

I'm talking a real blue chip prospect. Put together a nice package and get the Larkin of defensemen prospects

I prefer Dmen that have already made it to the NHL and proven themselves. When we won cups it was with Dmen that largely came from outside of the organization. Veteran guys. Yes we developed Nick and Vladdy, but for about 15 years that was it. The rest were trades and UFA's. With only having 3 years of control in the minors now it is hard to develop young Dmen. They take time, far more than F's do. Draft the forwards and trade for the Dmen.

#2637759 The suprising rise of Jakub Kindl

Posted by Richdg on 17 November 2015 - 11:31 PM

Not to take things to far off topic, but just adding Larkin, Mrazek (first full year), and Green absolutely raises he bar for me. Those are 3 undeniable improvements. I find it hard to think that someone would scoff at adding a top 6 forward, top 4 D, and a capable (or much more) starting goalie. 


Yes, Datsyuk, Z, and Kronwall are on the declining side of their careers, but I don't thinkany one of them has declined from last year to a point where they counteract the improvements to the roster. Z's played as well or better than last year IMO, Datsyuk's still powering up. Kronwall's definitely playing worse, but it's not like he's become Ian White out there.


As for expectations, it was unrealistic to think that the transition from Babs to Blash would go without struggles. I'm predicting that this was the low point of the season. We have Datsyuk back, Helm's playing better, Starting to find more lines with success,  Pulkkinen's an offensive contributor that we didn't have last year, we'll get Richards and Q back at some point. I think the fact that we're where we were last year despite injuries and the transition bodes well for the rest of the season. 


And Kindl will get better too (see, I can keep it on topic).

In time yes. But as of today all Larkin has done is score the points that Datsyuk hasn't scored by being out with an injury. That is what I am talking about. Now maybe 30 games from now both are putting up points and we are much better. As for Mrazek, yes he looks like a future star. Our G play has been great to date. Does it matter if it is one guy playing every game or 2 guys rotating? nope.

I feel bad for those of you that would prefer to "tank" than see their team make the playoffs every season. Nothing is guaranteed in tanking. Even finishing last overall doesn't guarantee the number one pick. And picking second or third doesn't guarantee a superstar. Sure it betters your chances but every year there are picks in the mid to late first that turn out to be better than someone in the top five. For every team that has tanked and has followed that up with success there are two or three teams that has tanked only to fail and have to do it all over again. I'll take the Red Wings way over any other team, but that's just my opinion...

Agreed. My focus is winning SC's. not just crawling into the PO's and getting the boot. I want Cups! I would much rather be in the LAK's spot the last 5 years than ours. Chances are high they win another before we do.

#2637658 Goalie Battle

Posted by Richdg on 17 November 2015 - 02:59 PM

Not to crush your old stats with newer stats, but....


Mrazek (Time on Ice - 549:54) : GAA - 2.18   SV% - .935  


Howard (Time on Ice - 524:33) : GAA - 2.29  SV% - .918


But yes they are not the problem with this team. It's nice to have two goalies who give us a chance to win no matter who starts. And it's good that they are pushing each other to be betterstarwars.gif


P.S. This thread has been open for 47 days I bet you're all surprised I hadn't posted in it til today! :goalie:

This doesn't bother me in any way shape or form. I love the fact that we have 2 very good goalies. having great depth is a good thing, not a negative. I have never understand why so many seem to be one or the other. That is like picking between Z and datsyuk. silliness.....

#2637591 11/16 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Senators 3 (OT)

Posted by Richdg on 17 November 2015 - 12:22 AM

We won. Good game. The 3rd goal showed the biggest hole on our team. Ryan-how about that compete level Kenny? beats Glendening and Green is standing there. Instead of putting Ryan on his ass like he should, he tried to hit the puck. That allowed Ryan to skate around Jimmy and score the goal.

We don't scare anyone. There are certain places on the ice where a player should expect to get hit. In front of the goal, in the corners, and behind the goal. But not when you play the RW's. Thus F's run at our goal all game long. There is zero pain to our game. None.