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#2461352 Darren Helm Injured

Posted by Richdg on 05 December 2013 - 09:28 PM

before the season started I mentioned something about "we are going to struggle offensively, we would do well the first 30-40 games, then the size and toughness factor in the east would catch up to us". Z's back is something he will deal with for the rest of his career off and on. Glad he signed for 7 more years! Helm just doesn't have the size to hold up for the type of game he plays.

Sorry to be rude guys, but this stuff was predicted and we were warned. Flame away......

#2458512 Pre-game discussion 11/27 Bruins: Dats out. Gus in.

Posted by Richdg on 27 November 2013 - 12:23 PM

For all those calling for the Sens to pay on Saturday, I will ask a question. Whom on our team do you expect to make them pay? We don't have enough toughness to make it happen. Abby and E are our best and Neil can most likely whip both of them at the same time.

This is why many of us have been asking for more size and toughness to be added to the team. Holland refuses, and now after one of our stars have been hurt, all we can do (as fans and the team) is whine like little girls about how unfair it is.

#2452689 Looking back on a couple of trades that didn't happen.

Posted by Richdg on 10 November 2013 - 10:14 PM

Last winter during the lockout season, O'Reilly was holding out for the Aves. At the time I was all for us making a move to get him. Didn't happen. After he signed with the Aves he came back and put up 20 points in 29 games. Which was the same pace as the season before where he had 55 points in 81 games. To date this year he has 11 points in 15 games after the Aves moved him to the wing. That is a better pace than the 2 previous years. Oh he is still very young-only 22 as of today.

Bobby Freaking Ryan. How Holland talked himself out of making a deal for Ryan is beyond me. So far with the Sens he has 19 points in 17 games. Only 26 of course.


Between the 2 of them they cost about 10.1 million per year and have scored 15 goals. Instead we have been "blessed" to watch Alfie, Cleary, Franzen, Weiss, tatar, and Nyquist play/sit in the minors/get hurt and produce 10 goals while costing us 18 million. We have to get smarter.

#2450715 Let's end the road trip in style!

Posted by Richdg on 04 November 2013 - 11:20 AM

3 games so far and 6 points! 1 game to go and let's make it 8 out of 8! Trips like this we have to capitalize on. 1 good team that we own, 2 bad teams and an average team. We even managed to pick up the scoring, hopefully some confidence will carry over for a while. Go Wings!

#2450713 Mantha signed to ELC

Posted by Richdg on 04 November 2013 - 11:11 AM

What. He is just destroying that league :o


Didn't see anything too impressive from him at camp, but I guess it may just have been too soon for him to impress at that level. This kid is gonna be interesting to follow. 

You have to remember he is only 19 years old. He is still 2 years or so from being in Detroit. By that time he will be a 6-5/225 fast skating goal scorer that will drop the gloves. Think Shanahan. yes it will take him a year or 2 to adjust to the NHL but it will happen. The AHL better look out next season!

#2448729 These aren't the Vets you are looking for...

Posted by Richdg on 29 October 2013 - 08:31 PM

Was just watching 42 year Jagr score a breakaway short handed goal. Just saying.....

#2448696 These aren't the Vets you are looking for...

Posted by Richdg on 29 October 2013 - 02:49 PM

The idea of signing a vet for "one last chance" at a cup is a good idea. But you can't have a whole dang team of those guys. if you are a young team like the Oilers or Aves, going out and bringing in 1 or 2 guys like a Bertuzzi and Alfie is a great idea. provides you with leadership, some scoring or grit, and someone who has been there and done that. But we are not a young talented team needing leadership. Hell if anything we have to much veteran leadership. We need the young talent. Ok we need middle age talent-hockey age not real age......

#2448653 jordin tootoo

Posted by Richdg on 29 October 2013 - 10:14 AM

Tootoo has also been linked to Florida a week or so ago. Now I like Tootoo but he is one of 2 moveable pieces-the other is Quincy. Moving him for say a 5th round pick opens up about 2.1 million in cap space. meaning we can recall Nyquist. Cup winning move? No. but we have to start somewhere.


Just to finish my thought. The Oilers are really hurting on the blueline and have enough cap space to take a guy like Quincy. If they wanted him I would try to get the rights to John McCarron. why? 1. saves 3.75 million on our cap. 2. McCarron is a 6-2/225 Rh shooting RW and a Detroit native. he is currently playing for Cornell and will not be available to us until after the trade deadline-no cap. 3. will fill a 3/4 line banger role and has the ability to score 10-15 goals per year. 4. Quincy is a UFA after this season and we get something for him vs just letting him walk.


if we are able to move Tootoo and Quincy we will have about 4 million left under the cap after recalling 2 guys from GR and room to make other moves.

#2448392 Vanek Traded To Islanders

Posted by Richdg on 27 October 2013 - 08:01 PM




Exactly where would he have located $7.2m of cap space?

True we have no cap room today, but what about last summer? before we pissed away 5.5 million of Alfie, 5 million on Weiss, and didn't use our second buyout on say Franzen? that is 15 million right there! Not to mention the 1.75 million on cleary. we could have traded for both Ryan and vanek and had to good scoring lines! but no......

#2447389 10/23 GDT: Senators 6 at Red Wings 1

Posted by Richdg on 23 October 2013 - 07:52 PM

Compete level. wasn't that the excuse for not getting Ryan? Who btw has 5 goals in 8+ games, is 26, RHed, makes 5.2 million and has 1 year after this on his contract. Versus Alfie, Cleary, tatar, and Nyquist who combined have 2 goals and cost us about 8.5 million this year.

I am not one that thinks Holland makes a lot of mistakes, but this is a big one. We are a scoring challenged team, and Ryan puts in 30+ every full year.

#2447374 Ten Games in: Player Grades

Posted by Richdg on 23 October 2013 - 07:48 PM

It's time to get over the whole heart and effort bit with Franzen.  Like Fedorov and others, Franzen looks like a world beater one night and is invisible the next.  Always been that way, always will be that way.  But at the end of the season, he's going to have 30 or so goals like always.  Move on to something else.

Nope. he has scored 30 or more goals one time in his now 10 year career. he 82 game average is about 26/27 goals. of course he doesn't play 82 games in a year.

#2447062 The DeKeyser Appreciation Thread

Posted by Richdg on 22 October 2013 - 12:20 PM

Yes he is awesome. I thought before the season that there was a good chance that Kindl and dekeyser would be the top pair over Kronwall and E. Dekeyser has shown he is one of the best on the team. maybe the best defensively so far this season. If he ever gets to the 40+ point range offensively he will win many Norris Trophies. Future captain as well.

#2445136 Lineup Crunch: Who's going?

Posted by Richdg on 17 October 2013 - 12:19 PM

This weekend could be interesting. if both are healthy we have to move a forward, but who and how are key. dumping any one of eaves, tootoo, or Sammy doesn't do much cap wise. None of course have any trade value. Best option would be for someone to get dinged up over the next 3 games and the problem gets solved for a couple of weeks.

Outside the box thought, with Smith struggling and Lashoff playing well, maybe Smith goes down for a bit. Only keep 6 D on the roster for a week or 2. its not like GR is a long way away and a guy can't drive over in an afternoon. You only dress 6 D anyway. No not a long term thing, but for a week or 2 might work.

#2442660 Steve Yzerman wants Game Misconduct penalties for fighting

Posted by Richdg on 08 October 2013 - 12:04 PM

Sorry Stevie but I disagree. fact is you spent a good portion of your career-nearly all being protected by guys like Probert, Kocur, McCarty, Shanny, etc....... You had 1 career fight, lost badly, and were smart enough to never do it again, which counters your argument. no one has to fight. But most star players are glad there are guys that do.

Some of us remember that wonderful evening back in 1997 when the RW finally became a champion. No it wasn't a 5 goal night from federov or stevie, it wasn't the night we finally lifted the cup over our heads, it was a couple of months earlier than that, at the Joe vs the Avs in March. Every RW fan under 30 knows that night. But most can't tell you who won the game, or what the final score was. But everyone remembers the night of the turtle. Everyone remembers Mccarty redeeming his best friends honor. Everyone remembers Shanny clocking Roy, and then letting Vernon pummel Roy. BTW the final score was 6-5 RW's, with McCarty scoring the game winner-something he wouldn't be allowed to do if Stevie had his way. Same guy scored the Cup winning goal a few months later.

#2442655 Will young talent ever speak out against Wings philosophy?

Posted by Richdg on 08 October 2013 - 11:40 AM


Are you advocating hurting your own teammate in practice to get ahead?  How very "Black Swan" of you.  I'd hate to be your coworker, god knows what you'd do for a better parking spot. 

Yes. That is what young players are supposed to do: earn a roster spot/playing time. Which as of today nyquist and Tatar haven't. maybe it is do to blind loyalty or maybe it is because they are not as good as the vets some fans want them to replace.

Yes waiting for your chance is hard to do. Then do something about it. As Ric Flair used to say "To be the man, you have to beat the man". There is a lot of trueth in that statement.


Isn't that what we are doing now?

I agree, right now we have Danny D and Tatar in then line up and Nyquist will be up as soon as a spot opens.

At the end of this year there are a bunch of contracts ending. (Sammy, Bert, Alferdsson, Cleary, Eaves).  

That opens up spots to be earned, adds the much needed cap space. These guys will get there spots. 


Why mess with the formula that made Detroit the most successful franchise in all of sports. 


What made the RW the most successful isn't overriping players in the minors. It was a great draft-1983, several big time trades, multiple UFA signings, and scouting Europe before everyone else did. All the while being backed by the best owner in sports. The overriping of young talent is a by product of having a deep and talented team. Not the cause of having a deep and talented team.