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#2504257 Ovechkin and ES

Posted by Richdg on 31 March 2014 - 09:58 PM

LOL. Why would anyone want a 27 year old RW that scores 45+ goals per year and is good for 200 hits per year. blindness by some is funny. Praising backstrom over Ovie? really? I would take Ovie every day over backstrom. Not even close. Go do a google search for Backstrom struggling to score. There have been stories about it every year he has been in the league. Backstrom is -19 BTW, so it isn't an ovie thing. Washington has a terrible backend other than Carlson.

Now if one wants to ralk about how ovie is used, that is a worth while debate. he is told to find a good shooting spot and stay there. To be a force in the offensive zone. That is what he does.

Some of us are old enough remember when Stevie Y didn't play D either. He was told to score and did. it wasn't until Bowman
threatened to trade him that the captain learned to play D.

#2501646 Callahan called up from GR.....

Posted by Richdg on 26 March 2014 - 12:45 PM

Rick, big difference here. bert is done. toast, finished, career over. Callahan is just beginning. maybe he becomes something, maybe not. we don't know. But he needs to play so we can find out. There are many reasons why he was a step slow. unfamiliar, nerves, told to focus on skating, etc....... I still think he is a 4th line checking guy, which is fine. maybe adds 10-15 goals per year. Great!

#2500548 Pens Twitter Fail:Ask Neal Anything...

Posted by Richdg on 24 March 2014 - 07:45 PM

Thing is, with guys like neal you need to have 4 so that you always have 2 or 3 in your lineup. Others are on suspension.

#2499423 Kassian on the way out of Van?

Posted by Richdg on 22 March 2014 - 10:28 PM

I guess Probert would never be on the RW for most here..... So sad......

#2497405 3/20 GDT - Penguins 4 at Red Wings 5 (OT)

Posted by Richdg on 20 March 2014 - 08:14 AM

I don't care if it is 1-0 or 8-7, find a way to win somehow!

#2496551 Franzen calls out team

Posted by Richdg on 18 March 2014 - 03:59 PM

Lets set some things straight.

1. Franzen has not played great all year. He has played like crap fro most of the year. In October he played 12 games and scored 2 goals, both in the same game. In November he played in 10 games-missed 4 while hurt and scored 4 goals. In december he played in 8 games, missed 6 while hurt and scored 3 goals. In january he played 1 game, missed 12 and scored 0 goals. In February he played in 2 games, missed 4 others and scored 3 goals-all in the same game. March he has played in 7 games, missed none and has 3 goals. But again nothing the last 4.

2. Leaders lead, not push. If you want to lead Johan, put the puck in the net! That is how leaders do it.

3. Leaders also don't disappear. I understand that no one scores in every game. But goals scorers do it more than once a month. Your even worse, because when you don't score you stop skating, checking, playing D etc.....

#2496284 Red Wings sign college FA Colin Campbell

Posted by Richdg on 17 March 2014 - 07:37 PM

Would love to see us pick up Trevor van Riemsdyk.

Also lets add Barcley Goodrow to play LW. He is 6-2/215 has 30 goals for North bay and was at our prospect camp last summer.

#2496137 3/16 GDT: Red Wings 1 at Blackhawks 4

Posted by Richdg on 17 March 2014 - 08:12 AM

It was midway through the second before I even realized that Alfie was playing. He was a non factor. but then again he is 40+. Guys do run out of gas. Kronwall was -2 for the game after getting an assist on our goal.

#2493954 Is the Real Brendan Smith Finally Starting the Show Up?

Posted by Richdg on 09 March 2014 - 08:25 PM

The question with Smith-Kindl as well, isn't talent. it is between the ears. But and always keep this in mind: D take longer to develop. Always has been the case. Why? Who knows, but they do.

#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.