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#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.

#2624266 Good salary cap and stat websites? (Capgeek replacements)

Posted by Richdg on 31 August 2015 - 01:54 PM

www.generalfanager.com is pretty good as well.

#2623677 Adidas Gets NHL Jersey Deal

Posted by Richdg on 21 August 2015 - 04:04 PM

I don't think Adidas sucks BUT it's not like Bauer, CCM or Graf in other words it's not a hockey brand. So now a non hockey brand is going to design hockey jerseys another brilliant decision by the league.

What part of Adidas owns CCM did you not understand?

#2623140 Abdelkader entering contract year, possible $4M extension?

Posted by Richdg on 14 August 2015 - 11:49 AM

That is the market. 4-4.5 million per season is a fair deal. he does more than just score. he currently is our only F that even thinks about physical play. he is strong in his own end as well. datsyuk and Z love to play with the guy, why should any of us fans question this at all?


the bigger question in my mind is Helm. he currently makes more than Abby and also is in his walk year. Does he also get resigned and at what rate? if he worth 4 million +/- per year? I like helm but he is at his best as a 3rd line checking C. IMHO I would use him in a trade to upgrade the D.

#2619600 Over/Under for Larkin's time as a Red Wing in 15/16

Posted by Richdg on 08 July 2015 - 12:04 PM

Less than 20 even with injuries. he needs time to get bigger and stronger. As of today he is about 8th on the depth chart at C. So no need to rush him. let him grow and develop.

#2618772 Tj oshie to washington

Posted by Richdg on 02 July 2015 - 05:11 PM

Oshie is a very overrated player. 7 full years in the NHL only scored 20+ goals once-21. Those are 3rd line numbers not top 6. Big and growing cap hit as well. He is great in shootouts however.


Now why did the Blues do this deal? they wanted to become a faster team. so they trade a guy with good speed for a guy with none.... odd......

#2618440 Wings sign Brad Richards 1 yr, $3 million

Posted by Richdg on 01 July 2015 - 05:06 PM

Signing Richards is not a move that will win us a Cup. Just not that type of deal. It is a low risk band aid fill in for 1 year deal. Nothing more. datsyuk just had foot surgery. Z is slowing down, Glendening and Helm are checkers. franzen is 1 hit away from serious brain injury. We have a bunch of young talent that isn't ready yet. Richards is just keeping the seat warm for Larkin. Nothing more. as I mentioned in another thread. I would bet good money that Blashill and Holland talked in depth about if larkin is ready. If Blashill who coached him in the PO's thinks he needs a year, this is a very good move. with larkin's lack of size 180 pounds or so, a full year in the minors getting bigger and stronger will only make him better.

#2618270 Wings sign Brad Richards 1 yr, $3 million

Posted by Richdg on 01 July 2015 - 03:36 PM

This wouldn't be the worst idea. We have tons of young guys coming, but not quite ready yet. A Band aid type of move.