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#2667097 Mantha

Posted by Richdg on 11 April 2016 - 02:28 PM

2 goals in 10 games over the course of a season is 16 goals. How many current F's scored that many this year? 4. 16 goals would be tied for 5th with Datsyuk this year. For anyone that doesn't think he made a difference isn't watching the games. he did what he should do: get the loose pucks behind the net and along the boards, he scored goals in front of the net-which BTW isn't his game. Blashill used him wrong-mainly because he has no other choices. Mantha is a sniper and is great at driving the net-not camping in front of it. But that is another issue all together.

Now he wasn't playing so yes send him down and let him play. But stop with the stupid statements. he wasn't a spare part in the PO's last year. he played every game for the Griffins.

#2664378 Fixing this mess....

Posted by Richdg on 04 April 2016 - 11:01 AM


I dont know if its because he now plays for the Kings who are a very good team, but you are overvaluing Schenn big time.

Here is an article from broadstreethockey.com, and this following line sums Schenn up:


"With only one year left on his current contract and young prospects banging on the NHL door, Luke Schenn was always the most likely trade candidate. The chances of Schenn being in Philadelphia's future plans are slim. But waiving Schenn would be a drastic move, especially for a player who on average has performed at the level of a competent third-pair defenseman over the past three seasons."




The guy is decent, but he just another E or Quincey. I would rather just keep Quncey then sign Schenn at 5 million per. The grass isn't always greener on the other side.

That is one writers opinion, which is fine. But I disagree. Schenn is 4 years younger, the cost would be similiar KFQ is a UFA this off season and made 4.25 per year on his last contract, Schenn is far more physical averages over 3 hits per game to KFQ's 1 per game. Takeaways and Giveaway's are about the same. So is blocked shots. Schenn is also RHed vs KFQ's LHed shot. Schenn is the much smarter move between the 2.

Schenn at $5M? That has to be a joke right? No way is he worth that as a 3rd pairing defenseman. And people think Quincey and Ericsson are overpaid...


Also, none of Nyquist, Tatar or Smith are likely to be moved, even Howard is questionable, I hope we hold on to Sproul, and Jensen or Andersson obviously aren't going to garner any sort of interest or return from any other team in the league...

If you want players to be brought in, which we all do you have to have cap space and give up something to get something. It is that simple. Now do I expect a ton of changes? Nope. In fact I expect 0. But hope springs eternal.

#2663697 Fixing this mess....

Posted by Richdg on 01 April 2016 - 02:13 PM

I think I'll just conserve my energy for next season. I'm less than thrilled with the team, but there's no quick fix to the situation. The only real changes I see next year are letting Quincey (Ouellet on roster) and Richards go (UFA or someone from within for the fourth line - Nosek, possibly?). Depending on where the salary cap is, I could see them bringing Helm back into the fold. He's likely to be overpaid for his role on the team, though.

Outside of that, most of the changes need to come from within. Blame Holland, Blashill, Ferschweiler, whoever you want - it doesn't really make a difference, but it probably feels good to do it. I'd wager that at the end of the day, they're going to attribute missing the playoffs to the league being really tight, and the poor power play numbers. I don't think missing the playoffs is going to be the wake-up call some fans believe it could be. Am I upset? Yeah. Do I have ideas about what I'd prefer to see over what's going on now? Absolutely. Neither of those have any impact on what's going to happen with this team, and to be honest, I think we're in for some frustration for the next 2-3 seasons.

I tend to agree with you. What we as fans want to happen vs what will happen. Different as day and night.

#2662811 Fixing this mess....

Posted by Richdg on 29 March 2016 - 08:21 AM

So a daily would you question. Vesey isn't going to sign with the Preds. They of course are always looking for offense. Would you spin a Sheahan or tatar for Vesey, if he agrees to sign? We would be moving a young F that is a RFA either this year or next for another talented young F that is under control for several years. Thoughts?

#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.