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#2662509 Fixing this mess....

Posted by Richdg on 28 March 2016 - 11:26 AM


We didn't get Nash because it was inter-divisional and the price was high...same as Kessel and Hamilton.  Kesler had a NTC and didn't list Detroit as a destination.  That I agree, we were a victim of.  But I think it would cost less to get someone from the West...

True. Inter division always costs more. But beggers can't be choosers either. Yes we are entering the beggers area..... Yikes......

#2660624 Fixing this mess....

Posted by Richdg on 17 March 2016 - 12:37 PM

GMR, as Richdg mentioned, the three I was talking about are not free agents, therefore would have to be acquired via trade, which would mean it doesn't matter if they want to come here or not...


Also, if I were a kid from Michigan (Trouba), and I grew up idolizing the Red Wings, then yes, I would love to sign / be traded to Detroit...

Yup. I think DD and trouba could be a great top pair for the next 10+ years.

#2655195 2/26 GDT : Red Wings at Avalanche Alumni Game, 7:00 EST

Posted by Richdg on 26 February 2016 - 01:02 PM

what real hockey looks like when played by real teams, here you go:




#2654916 Where Are The Point Getters?

Posted by Richdg on 24 February 2016 - 08:15 PM

This isn't a surprise and many of us have been talking about it for years. If you draft 20th every year in time you will have the 20th best talent. That is where we are heading. As of today we are 30-31. 30 wins, 20 loses and 11 OTL. We are sub .500. We lack F's that can plug up the crease and Dmen that can clear the crease. The worst part is Holland will not make trades. He has been on a plug and patch path for the last 5-6 years. Meanwhile we have lost HOF caliber players and not replaced them. Right now there are only 5 players in the entire organization that I wouldn't trade: Larkin, Dekeyser, Mrazek, Svechnikov (spelling) and Mantha. That is it. Everyone else could be moved in the right deal. Of course nothing will happen other than resigning more average players to long term deals instead of going after big fish.

#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.