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#2527267 Wings to have face to face with Matt Niskanen

Posted by FlashyG on 30 June 2014 - 03:27 PM

Interesting tidbit from Chuck Pleiness:

Chuck Pleiness ‏@wingsfrontman 5m

@DavidEnglander @WingsRiders @4thLinePlugger Boyle is No. 1. And if they can fit Ehrhoff in as well they will as well.



So much for the kids are alright, if that is truly the Wings strategy. But I wouldn't complain if we landed em both.


The kids are allright, but lets not kid ourselves...Ehrhoff and Boyle are better. 


I just hope Boyle doesn't get more than 2 years. Ehrhoff I don't care what the term is.

#2527097 2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

Posted by FlashyG on 29 June 2014 - 11:15 PM

Yzerman created 6 million in capspace unbelievable


Personally I find it far more impressive to not have to sell off guys at bargain prices, that you signed in the first place just to free up cash to do it all over again with different guys.


Probably making a push for Boyle and Iginla.

#2526971 BUF to buy out Christian Ehrhoff

Posted by FlashyG on 29 June 2014 - 03:15 PM

Dear Helene,
Please take a note that our dear Kenny has already regret couple os FA signings such as: Q, Carlo, Sammy, Williams, Tootoo... I don't think that Ehrhoff belongs to the same category


I like Ehrhoff but I don't think he fits in as well as either Niskanen, Myers or Boyle all of whom are right handed. Although my feelings toward adding another lefty would change if we could offload a lefty or 2. Especially if we could offload them in a package for someone like Myers or another suitable middle pairing right hander.


I do like Ehrhoff better than any of the other lefties considered as at least he plays on the right side more often than not.

#2526461 Dylan Larkin - Highest draft pick since 1991

Posted by FlashyG on 27 June 2014 - 09:53 PM

Here are a few scouting reports on Larkin. I wasn't thrilled with the pick at first as I was a big fan of Fabbri's but the more I read about Larkin the more I like him and the more I think we made the best possible pick at 15. As far as comparable's the only site that made one compared him style wise to Patrice  Bergeron.


Last Word on Sports Scouting Report



Dylan Larkin is a very strong skater, with strong top end speed, very good acceleration, and a great first step.  This enables him to be very effective on the forecheck, as well as to gather loose pucks in all three zones of the ice.  Larkin also has outstanding edgework and agility and can be extremely elusive.  He has good balance and is very difficult to knock off the puck making him very effective in the cycle game and in battles for pucks along the boards. Larkin should only get better as he adds more muscle to his frame and fleshes out his game in the pros.

Larkin is more of a shooter than a passer, as he has a good wrist shot and strong release.  He is also effective at finding open areas for one-timers. Larkin creates offense through straight ahead simple plays, more than from being overly fancy and creative. He makes the smart play though and is willing to go to the net hard. He can be effective with soft hands in tight to bury rebounds and create tip ins. 


Here is a quote from scout Mark Edwards of (HockeyProspects.com) on Larkin




I'm a huge fan of Larkin. Once I saw him enough to convince myself that he had enough offense so that he could be more than a 3rd liner, his stock obviously increased for me. We have him ranked 9th at HP and I'm not predicting it, but wouldn't be shocked if he went off the board before our ranking. 

High end player with seemingly very little bust risk. Nice combo.


Anthony Mauro on the VO2 Max tests from the combine




Dissecting the 2014 NHL Draft Combine
Aerobic Fitness - VO2 Max:

An interesting test that gauges half genetics/half current conditioning. The top few scores traditionally rival VO2's of low end, elite marathon runners.

The underlying correlations found are that the top scoring VO2 'maxxers' are either your elite prospects or total duds. If a rated first rounder shows up on this test, he should be a lock selection (Hertl, Baertschi, Klefbom). If he's not highly regarded, run away.

Quite confusing, but not really if you look at this more closely. If a top rated talent all year shows up on this test you can gather that (A) he has the natural skills to make the NHL, (B) he has a high genetic potential to be fit on ice (even if it is only part of the value), and © his conditioning is not a question mark and already there. Signs pointing to the ultimate draft pick if there continues to be an established trend.

On the flipside, if you're looking at a lower rated prospect, well, apply those principles and it is a damning statement against his future in the NHL. If a player scores high on this test, yet isn't regarded highly for his talent in season, one could draw the assumption that he was unable to capitalize and impress even with such a great fitness level. It is evident that these players usually do not find that precious development curve.

BUY: Dylan Larkin, Brayden Point
SELL: Alex Schoenborn, Josh Wesley  

#2526216 2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

Posted by FlashyG on 27 June 2014 - 04:09 PM

Looks like Chicago and Philly have some trading to do.


Boston too. They have 1.67 million left in space with Krug, Reilly Smith, Iginla, and a bunch of others left to sign.

#2525979 Teams to be compensated for losing personnel to other teams

Posted by FlashyG on 26 June 2014 - 08:49 PM


Today, NHL also approved compensation for a team losing someone hired to be head coach, GM or President/Hockey Ops with another club.
Generally, we're talking a third-round draft pick, and the club doing the hiring will have a window of three years to give it up.

Great news for us.



It would have been great for us about 2 or 3 years ago..who do we have left for other teams to poach?

#2525861 Wings to have face to face with Matt Niskanen

Posted by FlashyG on 26 June 2014 - 12:41 PM

Well his recent moves he had made and hasn't made support that....


He did sign 2 of the biggest Free Agents available last off season.

#2525624 Alfie informs Wings he wants to return

Posted by FlashyG on 25 June 2014 - 01:26 AM

Iginla, for me. Younger, had a strong season in Boston and I think could still do some damage on Datsyuk's wing. That's why I think the Wings should, if nothing else, hold off on signing Alfie until free agency begins and they can assess other possible options. Alfie isn't going to play anywhere else.


Definitely Iginla, but the only reason Iginla is even considering leaving Boston is because they have a cap crisis on the horizon and they can't afford to commit to him for more than one year.


His hope is that if he can't sign there he can get a deal with another eastern conference team for multiple years.


Do we want to commit multiple years to him at around the 5.5 or higher he's seeking? I'd lean towards yes still but it makes it a much tougher call.

#2525559 2014 NHL Awards Winners and Losers

Posted by FlashyG on 24 June 2014 - 07:50 PM

but think about the poor microphone,it doesn't have a chance against shea weber's hard head.the nhl will have to put that microphone on injured reserved for life


Then we'd call that microphone Pronger.

#2525159 Slow News Day Thread

Posted by FlashyG on 22 June 2014 - 07:22 PM

Lol Franzen drafted 4th overall, behind Malkin, Ovechkin, and Rinne. Love it! Eat it all you Franzen haters! LOL



#2525079 Brad Richards bought out by Rangers

Posted by FlashyG on 21 June 2014 - 08:52 PM

So-and this is why I don't put much weight in the advanced stats, franzen is better, then why does Richards have more points? They are = in regular season goals, Richards is much better in PO goals, and I don't care how you slice it, Richards doesn't play with guys as good as Datsyuk and Z, which those stats claim.


Again, I think both of these guys suck. The difference is the Rangers realized their mistake and corrected it. We did not. Can't wait for the next season to prove the point once again that franzen sucks. I will put the +/- at 0 for games played, 16 for goals scored, 1 for concussions.



Wrong again...Neither guy sucks...Both are above average players, the difference between them is one gets paid twice as much as the other and was very recently the highest paid player in the league. 


Also Franzen didn't play much with Datsyuk or Zetterberg this past season...his most common linemates were Nyquist and Legwand

#2525062 Brad Richards bought out by Rangers

Posted by FlashyG on 21 June 2014 - 06:34 PM

If you are a follower of advanced stats-which I admit I am not the biggest fan of, Richards 7.9 had a BETTER (HarD ranking) in 5 on 5 play,  this year than franzen. So once again, sorry Richards is the better player. But again, neither are very good. So to review, Richards is younger, healthier, scores more goals, gets more assists, plays better defense (considering he was a 1C playing on a top line vs other teams best), and isn't a flake.


While Richards has a slightly better defensive rating by that advanced stat, Franzen has a far better offensive rating by the same stat and is ranked as the better player overall.


Here are their ratings last season in those stats.


HarD (Defensive rating) -

Richards 7.9

Franzen 5.3


HarO (Offensive Rating) - 

Richards -0.6

Franzen 4.0


HarT (Total Ranking) -

Richards 3.7

Franzen 4.7


Overall Quality of Teammates

Richards 9.7

Franzen 2.7


Overall Quality of Competition

Richards -2.1

Franzen -1.6


Over the past 2 years the gap widens.


HarD (Defensive rating) -

Richards 14.5

Franzen 27.3


HarO (Offensive Rating) - 

Richards 5.8

Franzen 8.7


HarT (Total Ranking) -

Richards 10.1

Franzen 18.0


Overall Quality of Teammates

Richards 13.9

Franzen 6.7


Overall Quality of Competition

Richards -2.6

Franzen -0.7


Here is the comparison over the past 3 seasons.



HarD (Defensive rating) -

Richards 5.8

Franzen 32.9


HarO (Offensive Rating) - 

Richards 6.6

Franzen 19.7


HarT (Total Ranking) -

Richards 6.2

Franzen 26.3


Overall Quality of Teammates

Richards 5.3

Franzen 11.9


Overall Quality of Competition

Richards -2.2

Franzen 0.3

I don't think advanced stats are going to help you in making a case that Richards is the better player, especially when he was making twice as much money as Johan.

#2524979 Brad Richards bought out by Rangers

Posted by FlashyG on 20 June 2014 - 11:46 PM

So let me see if I got this correct. The rags buyout Richards. He is younger than Franzen, scored more goals this past year for Franzen, plys better D than Franzen, plays n more games than franzen, and had an equally long and bad contact. But we can't buyout Franzen? Please try to support that now! can't be done. This is what buyouts are to be used for, not TooToo.


Brad Richards age 34 - Contract remaining - 6 years with a cap hit of 6.67 Million a season

Johan Franzen age 34 - Contract remaining - 6 years with a cap hit of 3.95 million a season


New York Rangers Goal differential +25  

Brad Richards plus minus -8

Detroit Red Wings goal differential -8 

Johan Franzen plus minus +6



Brad Richards 24

Johan Franzen 66



Brad Richards 46

Johan Franzen 28



Brad Richards 49.8%

Johan Franzen 52.9%


Richards slightly outscored Franzen this year but was far worse defensively and he costs almost double what Franzen does. That's why one is employed and the other was paid to go away.

#2524974 Kaylee G Future and the Red Wings

Posted by FlashyG on 20 June 2014 - 11:24 PM

Ah...eff it. I debated about whether I would post one of my usual unfunny sarcastic comments about this, but I'm going to venture into these murky waters for the purpose of stimulating discussion.

Look, while I agree that the entire situation was blown out of proportion, I can't help but feel a little...uncomfortable... about the whole situation. Let me tell you why.

Anyone who has ventured onto Twitter or any other social media site knows the type of bulls*** dumbass people spew into the ether. Most official accounts are inundated with ignorant, sometimes downright offensive tweets containing openly racist, homophobic or whatever other disgusting tripe some turd burgler farts out that day. These tweets, maybe rightfully so, go unresponded to. But today, the issue the Red Wings official twitter decided to address was a vapid but lighthearted, inoffensive tweet that looked to be sent out by a teenage girl that disparaged no one but maybe herself. While the Wings' tweet wasn't offensive, the litany of comments **** shaming this young woman WERE. Any social media person worth his/her salt knows how the internet works, and was aware of the attention that would be brought to this girl.

Maybe *I'M* overly sensitive to this issue, because female fans are still held to a standard of "proving themselves" that male fans are not. We (those of us who swing that way, anyway) are expected to turn off our sexuality in order to be accepted as "true fans." God forbid I, as a straight woman, appreciate an attractive, fit, talented man while watching a game I love. I must not be a "real fan" ™. I must be a puck ****. Hell, I made a post about Fedorov's underpants today FFS.

TL;DR. Short version? Blown out of proportion, but I can definitely understand why someone could have a problem with the situation. Also, I know that everyone's mileage may vary--the challenges I've faced as a female hockey fan may not be every female hockey fan's experience.

Now I'm going to go back to my Laga and thinking about Fedorov's underwear. Is it October yet?


There is definitely a double standard there...It's awfully hard for me to judge a woman for their attraction to any male athletes when weighed against the thoughts that go through my head when I see women's tennis. 

#2524731 Detroit re-signs Gustavsson 1 yr $1.85 mill

Posted by FlashyG on 19 June 2014 - 09:51 PM

 Holland has fallen off his wagon. He is by far in the worst 5 GM'S in the league.


There are 29 other teams that would take him in an instant.


It's easier to make the argument that he's the greatest GM in the history of the sport than it is to argue he's in the bottom 5 in the league.