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#2637326 Jeff Blashill = Dave Lewis 2.0 / Coaching Change

Posted by Richdg on 16 November 2015 - 01:44 PM

No one is happy with our start. For anyone to think that is silly. We all want to win. That goes from the top down. every player, coach, Gm, owner, and fan. But this team as built is not a great team. It is an average team. Nearly everyone in the hockey world believes that Babcock is the best coach in the game. But even with him we barely made the PO's and left quickly. Now he is gone-his choice. So if he is the best, then any coach we have is less than that.

The real issue with this team is the players, not the coaches. This weekend when wewere on the PP we had Helm working as the front of net guy on the 2nd PP. think about that. A 5-10/180 guy with no shooting ability as the front of net presence. Ok blame the coach for putting him there. But who else do we have? No one. Abby is on the 1st PP, Sheahan has been tried but to date has not shown he can ahndle that job. The point is, we lack talent/ability in some very key areas. Look at our BL. Kronwall is a poor defender. Ericsson has never taken the step to become a shutdown Dman, Smith hasn't, green has never played good D. The only good defensive Dmen we have a KFQ-hurt and Dekeyser-he is till working himself into game shape after his injury. These are just some of the issues. There is only 1 way to fix these types of issues: bring in outside talent. That is on Holland. We do have pieces to do so now. So relax-I know no fun, and let's see what happens.

#2637249 11/14 GDT : Red Wings at Boston Bruins, 7:00 EST

Posted by Richdg on 15 November 2015 - 09:21 PM

We basically had the same team last year except for Larkin and Green and the first half of the season were one of the better teams in the league.

Same guys just looking inferior. Their potential is much higher than this. I'd say it's a coaching thing and also a player thing. 

Yes the coaching change has had an impact. Same is true with the Griffins BTW. But and this is the million dollar question. With babcock one of the best in the business and all the player familier with his style and scheme, we barely made the playoffs the last 4 years. Blashill is no babcock at this point in time. So why did so many expect us to be much better? The players are the same. Most of the "panic" by fans has more to do with them than anything that the team is doing/not doing. This is and was an average team going into the season.

#2637222 11/14 GDT : Red Wings at Boston Bruins, 7:00 EST

Posted by Richdg on 15 November 2015 - 02:12 PM

Babcock couldn't get this team to play either. Blash is obviously not close to Babcock's ability as a coach. This team unmotivated. I do say some of this has to do with coaching. Blash is not ready.

Or maybe this team and the players that make up this team are not as good as many thought? I mean it has to be the coach right? he is the one on the ice not blocking out in front of the net, checking in the corners working for lose pucks, failing to go tape to tape on the passes, not holding ground in front of the other teams net....... It is all the coach, players have nothing to do with it.......... But wait, if the players are the problem..........

#2636636 Abby Signs 7-year, 29.75 mil Extension

Posted by Richdg on 12 November 2015 - 03:24 PM

Abdelkader is a useful complimentary player.  Smart GMs don't give useful complimentary players, especially 28 year old physical ones, 7 year deals.  Terrible.  The likelihood of him being worth that over the last 3 years of the deal is close to nil.

How many years were Maltby, Draper, and McCarty here? All made good money and all had long term contracts.

Kindl has 1 more year on his contract. I agree with your assessments of our D contracts. These are the prices dictated by the market.

Cleary costs .950 to the Grand Rapids Griffins and marks 5000 against our cap (nhlnumbers.com). Franzen was worth his production and now costs us nothing (Capwise) if he stays on LTIR.

Howard is currently top 10 in the league for stats. That's what a goalie at his level and experiance costs. I know everybody's on the Mrazek train now, but Howard's price is fair. 

So if I take your rankings for: 1,3,3,4,5,5+6 that just means we chose depth since we couldn't land another top pairing guy.

I would argue DK is a #2 or on his way there. Also E is at least a #4. 

We have good goaltending to cover for the D, which isn't quite as solid as we'd like. And now prospects with potential and low price tags on the way. All good to me

What are Mantha's connection to Michigan? He's from Quebec.

You're probably joking, but I doubt that. We've had many Lifelong or long term WIngs that nobody considers retiring: Holmstrom, Draper, McCarty, and reading into the future Kronwall, Franzen. Unless he transforms into the second coming of Hossa, he'll fall in with these guys

His grandfather-mothers side played for the RW's.

#2636045 Howard injury update

Posted by Richdg on 09 November 2015 - 11:45 AM

Good to hear. Smart move by Blashill-a former goalie. Muscles cool off and Jimmy did have a major groin injury last year. G was not the reason we lost yesterday.

#2635653 Mrazeks backup

Posted by Richdg on 07 November 2015 - 11:53 AM

Not something to worry about for another couple of years. As of today Jimmy is out playing mrazek. The GAA is 2.01 for Jimmy and 2.42 for Mrazek. The Save % is .934 for Jimmy and .928 for Mrazek. Both are playing great. No need to mess this up. The team has plenty of cap space so no need to make a move.

#2635394 Abby Signs 7-year, 29.75 mil Extension

Posted by Richdg on 06 November 2015 - 01:14 PM

LW Dekeyser is going to get more than 4 million per. My best guess is somewhere in the 6 million range. He is much better than KFQ and Ericsson and they are close to 5 as you said. DD will be our next big money long term deal, as he should be.

#2634907 Luke Glendening: Shutdown Extraordinaire.

Posted by Richdg on 03 November 2015 - 08:25 PM

I think going power on power always worked for us in the past. With Larkin in the fold, and Pav back soon, why not do it again? The 4th line vs the 2nd line for other teams still gives us our 2nd line vs other teams 3rds, and then the 3rd vs the 4th. At least when we can dictate the matchups. We have enough depth up front that those matchups should favor us big time.

Ummm..... no. We have Always had a top checking line take out the other team top lines when we used to win cups. Gring Line ring any bells? maltby-Draper-Kocur then Mccarty. That was their job.

Think back a couple of years. We played the Hawks in the PO's and had Z cover Toews. Yes he shut him down. But at the same time Z didn't score. We lost the series. When you take your best players that cost the most money and have them play D first, you hurt your own O. It takes more energy to play D than O. Federov used to talk about that. Yes your top players have to play some D. But have them cover the other teams 2nd/3rd lines when they don't have to spend so much energy and can still score us points.

#2634740 Looks like Tyler Bertuzzi is a ****** like his uncle

Posted by Richdg on 02 November 2015 - 11:54 AM

Plays liek this happen in every single hockey game from PeeWee through the NHL. Nothing to get worked up about at all. I would rather have guys doing this type of thing that say getting DUI's and endangering the public or running gambling rings from their houses, or having drug issues, or sexual assaults.......

#2633917 Jeff Blashill = Dave Lewis 2.0 / Coaching Change

Posted by Richdg on 29 October 2015 - 11:49 AM

The struggles out of the gate shouldn't be a surprise. This is still the same team that has had to win the last game of the year for three years now to even make the PO's. Now we have removed the best coach in hockey from the mix. The guy that focused on shot reduction and had a defense first focus. Add in we are missing our best forward-Datsyuk, had our best defenseman-Dekeyser, miss time, and Blashill/Holland are giving Kindl and Smith one last chance to prove themselves. BTW the same things are happening to the Griffins as well. Same team as last year yet they are also having issues with the change to a new coaching staff. The one advantage they have going is, they are in a stretch of playing 1 game over a 2 week period, so lots of time to practice.

Blashill isn't going to get fired-even if we miss the playoffs. It isn't going to happen. he has been groomed by Holland and Babcock to take over. They are not going to spend this much time on developing him to make a knee jerk reaction to 9 games, 40 games, or even 1 season.

#2632124 Teams you didn't expect to still be winless

Posted by Richdg on 21 October 2015 - 09:10 PM

Griffins win! 4-3 over Charlotte. 1-4 on the season now. Mantha, Porter and Frkx2 with the goals.

#2631816 Teams you didn't expect to still be winless

Posted by Richdg on 18 October 2015 - 03:12 PM

Yeah, That is concerning. Though people keep writing that AA should be up, he, Mantha, and Bertuzzi each only have 1 assist. Not knocking these prospects that I like a lot, but there's some work that needs to be done down there first. It's encouraging that Sproul is leading the team in points - he needs to come up with a big year to get back in line for

Coaching chnage is having a major impact. They should be fine in time but right now it is ugly.

#2628285 Roster Moves by the Wings

Posted by Richdg on 04 October 2015 - 06:59 PM

I know Larkin has played great, but send him to GR and let him play 18 mins a night. We are still talking a very young player with only a handful of pro games. The standard to be called up should be the same for everyone in GR: When you are dominating, you come up. Keep it simple and stright forward.


ATM if Larkin stays in detroit he is going to be playing wing, not C. He is a natural Cman and needs to be developed as such. With Z, Richards, Sheahan, and Glendening already on the team, he isn't needed as a C. Let's get him 76 games in the AHL so that he is ready to play next year when Richards is gone.

#2628226 10/3 Exhibition GDT : Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:00 EST

Posted by Richdg on 03 October 2015 - 10:47 PM

So Mr Lazy finished the preseason with 5 games played, 3 goals 4 assists and 1 fight. Ya he is a bumb, trade him now! LOL!!!!!!



#2624315 Moving Jimmy Howard

Posted by Richdg on 01 September 2015 - 12:04 AM

I think the solution is to trade Mrazek. Howard is an all star when he's not injured. Mrazek is too inconsistent. We don't need his amazing saves or great puck handling ability. We don't need his wins or shutouts or confidence. We don't need his blue chip talent. We have Jimmy. He played like crap last year after he came back from his injury. But lets give him the starter role because he makes 5 mil a year. He has been consistent for years. Consistently average. For the first time in a long time we finally have a young blue chip talent in goal which the Wings have drafted and developed. It was tough to swallow that game 7 loss to Tampa. The one takeaway I came away with was at least I knew we have a franchise goalie in Mrazek. I figured most Wings fans would be excited about it. I was wrong I guess. To each their own. I'm still excited about Mrazek. This team is lucky to have this kid.

Every year in every sport teams overpay for players that have a great half season or playoff run. In many cases those deals fail. To small of a sample size. That is the heart of the question here. is a guy that has played all of 30 games in the NHL ready to be a #1 G? That is a huge risk to take that leap. There is no need to rush into anything. we have depth! That is a good thing. The flip side is, we move Howard and mrazek fails. then where are we? Screwed. Like half the league now that can't find one good G.