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#2493311 If Kronwall isn't a #1

Posted by Richdg on 08 March 2014 - 09:17 PM

Kronwall is our default #1 Dman. Just a few years ago when he was 28/29 he was our 3/4. Nick, rafalski, were clearly better and Staurt was equal or better. This is not to say that Kronwall is bad, because that isn't it at all. But when on the same team with guys that are 40 and 36, he was secondary.


Now if you want a list, go to the thread I started about Mark fayne. I posted 24 names there and yes I missed a few. Now you may have a different list, but ask yourself the same question. How many of those guys I listed in a 1 for 1 trade would we be able to pick up for Kronwall? Very few. No, it is not all because of talent. Age and contracts do come into play.

#2493120 Weiss - who would take him next season and does he have a full NTC

Posted by Richdg on 08 March 2014 - 09:20 AM

We do have a buyout left to use this summer. Weiss? Franzen? Or waste it on TooToo?

#2492416 Nicklas Lidstrom:Greatest Red Wing Ever

Posted by Richdg on 07 March 2014 - 11:40 AM

because of our ages and time, many don't fully understand just how good guys like Howe, Abel, delvecchio, Lindsey etc..... were. As much as I love The Captain, he isn't even our best all time C. Howe is regarded by just about everyone as the greatest of all time. Even Gretzky considers him so. hell the Soviet Union was always rumored to have patterned their entire hockey program on him.

This is not meant to cast Nick in a bad light or anything. He is either the best or second best Dman of all time. In some ways he gets overlooked. he was so quite and steady. Never hurt, never angry, never dirty play, just went about his business every day and did his job-which was to shut down the other teams top forward line.

#2491441 Thoughts and questions....

Posted by Richdg on 05 March 2014 - 10:20 PM

???? have no idea what you are saying.

#2491179 Legwand to Detroit for Eaves, Jarnkrok + cond 3rd/2nd

Posted by Richdg on 05 March 2014 - 06:25 PM

I have spent the last 3 days out of town on business. Only had time to check his forum a coupe of times while gone. Made a post or 2. I raced home today hoping that Holland would have rolled the dice and made a hockey move. Now we knw a few things.

1. Holland said: " No rentals". He lied. Legwand is a rental.

2. Holland: "would like to make a hockey move". This is a bad hockey move.

3. Holland gets screwed in every trade he makes the last few years. A 3rd round pick by itself is enough for Legwand.

#2488696 Trade deadline fast approaching - who should we target?

Posted by Richdg on 02 March 2014 - 09:57 PM

If they agree to an extension when we pick them up, that is fine. But to give up anything for either and have them walk this summer, no. How much sense would it make to say.... trade tatar for vanek, and then have him leave in July? That would be dumb. I would rather trade for others-like kesler, then sign Vanek this summer as a UFA. Yes we have the cap space to do both.

#2488690 Trade deadline fast approaching - who should we target?

Posted by Richdg on 02 March 2014 - 09:43 PM

We also have to look past this year. No rentals is and should be our motto. But good players that are here for 2+ more years, grab them if we can. We have more prospects than roster spots and a ton of cap room the next few years. True, not all prospects will work out. That being the case, how can you count on them? Or maybe better asked, which ones do you count on?

#2488687 Trade deadline fast approaching - who should we target?

Posted by Richdg on 02 March 2014 - 09:20 PM

As a few others have mentioned, it takes time for prospects to turn into regulars or stars. Very rarely do guys come into the NHL and put up 80 points. The far more common route is a guy come up, plays 60ish games and has 30ish point. Next year more games and more points. 3rd year the same. That was the route with most of our stars now. It took them 3-5 years to hit their potential. So, are we a really good team in 3 or 4 years by standing pat? Maybe. First not all of our prospects will work out. Second Datsyuk is then gone. Third, will Z's back hold up? Fourth, will Franzen still be around or will concussions have ended his career by then?

Four years from now, Kronwall may also be done. same with Howard. E will be in his mid 30's. Most if not all of those guys will playing fewer games and putting up fewer points as they travel through their mid and late 30's. In other words, we will be treading water.

#2488061 Trade deadline fast approaching - who should we target?

Posted by Richdg on 28 February 2014 - 10:20 PM

Not sure we can move Weiss even if we wanted too/someone else wanted him. he does have some NMC/NTC protection. Not sure if it is full limited etc..... I would be happy to have Kesler. But it has to be a reasonable trade. 3 for 1 is fine, but not tatar, nyquist, and jurco. Not for Kesler. ovie maybe.....

#2488053 Question about Mantha

Posted by Richdg on 28 February 2014 - 10:08 PM

BB, welcome to the fun! Mantha will be in GR when his season ends. It has nothing to do with his talent. It is all about agreements between the NHL and CHL. Now when will he be ready to play in Detroit? None of us know. he could earn a spot in training camp next fall. Most likely he will be in GR to start the season. After that to many variables to know. Injuries could play a factor. production by other young players that will be in Detroit. But if mantha comes in and say scores 20 goals in his first 30 games, he could force his way up. he needs to develop his strength for the NHL. Currently he is listed as 6-5/205 by his Junior team. That is very thin. he does need to gain another 20 pounds of muscle-same with Jurco. 10-15 pounds for him would be awesome. So time will tell.

#2488013 Ryan Miller, Steve Ott traded to St. Louis Blues

Posted by Richdg on 28 February 2014 - 07:51 PM

The Blues just made the move that teams that want to and can win the SC make. There is the big difference between us and them. They are there, ready to win it all. We have work to do to get back to that level.

#2486588 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by Richdg on 24 February 2014 - 08:10 PM

Callahan picks up garbage most of the time. he does have a good shot and scores that way as well. But he crashes the net and drives in goals.

#2486435 Anthony Mantha

Posted by Richdg on 23 February 2014 - 04:28 PM

I hope so. But lets also understand there is a BIG difference between Juniors and the NHL. I love the fact we have Mantha, but lets get him playing pro hockey and see what we truly have.

#2486052 USA-Canada Thread

Posted by Richdg on 21 February 2014 - 08:14 PM

Well crap. That was a great game and crappy ending..... Well I ate my crow roasted with a touch of rosemary. Washed it down with more than a few drinks.


I said before that anything less than a silver would be a let down and it is. The slotting sucked, but what can you do. This game was between the 2 best teams by fair. Canada will destroy the Swedes.

#2485251 USA-Canada Thread

Posted by Richdg on 19 February 2014 - 03:58 PM

3rd and 4th best teams? Now you have lost your mind! USA and the country up north are the top 2. There is no question about this. The only thing that makes it even close is the bigger ice, which the euros are far more familiar with. There are reasons why Canada has had 445 player play in the NHL this year, the US has had 200, then followed in distant 3rd Sweden had 57, Czech republic has 33, Russia 29, and Finland 20.