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#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. 

#2524702 Detroit re-signs Gustavsson 1 yr $1.85 mill

Posted by FlashyG on 19 June 2014 - 08:59 PM

More evidence that Holland should have waited till July 1st:


With Gustavsson re-signed, there remains 13 goalies heading for UFA status that appeared in 20 or more games this past season (Not counting Giguere since he is retiring).


If you throw Gustavsson into the mix, he ranks 7th out of the 14 in GAA, and 9th in SV%


Of note, three goalies that would have likely came cheaper than $1.5M for one year did BETTER than Gustavsson in both categories. Thomas Greiss (2nd GAA, 3rd SV%),  Al Montoya (3rd GAA, 4th SV%), and Justin Peters (5th GAA, 5th SV%). Curtis McElhinney also edged out Gus at 8th in SV%, but took 8th in GAA. Those three goalies all played for teams that didn't make the playoffs.


I hope Gus buys Holland and his agent a nice steak dinner. In my opinion, he would not have found a better deal than what he got here on the open market. He would've been competing for a job with the better and more durable options I mentioned and also against more experienced options that had worse numbers like Bryzgalov, Thomas, Nabokov and Emery. You could even throw Vokoun and Dubnyk in the mix...


To me, the eye roll this caused me today ranks up there with when I read Holland is in talks with Cleary.... Bad move.


The odds of getting a better back-up willing to take a 1 year deal at all are pretty slim. So even though I agree he wouldn't have done any better in Free Agency, I don't think the Wings could have done better on a 1 year back-up.


Gustavsson isn't anything special but he's more than good enough to play 20 games next year which is really all we need him for. Howard returning to form is far more important than any of the potential options as the #2 guy.

#2524559 Compliance buyout expected to be used on Tootoo

Posted by FlashyG on 19 June 2014 - 10:32 AM

The signing of Tootoo and the result of buying him out is just a further indication that Babcock and Holland do not agree on the direction of the team. I would be really surprised at this point if Babcock resigns as coach after his contract expires this year unless Holland gets off his ass and makes this team a winner once again.


When Tootoo was signed Babcock was quoted as asking for a right handed shot, that provides both speed and sandpaper.


Holland got him Tootoo who provided all 3. Unfortunately for all involved his lack of PK ability, his tendency to get way out of position going for the big hit and his struggles to play within the Wings system quickly took him out of the coaches good graces.


I don't think the divide between Holland and Babcock is any bigger than any other coach GM relationship. He gets his say on every roster decision the team makes, which is more than can be said for a lot of coaches out there.

#2524463 Detroit re-signs Gustavsson 1 yr $1.85 mill

Posted by FlashyG on 18 June 2014 - 04:19 PM

I'd rather have Legace back than re-sign "The Groin" Monster....guarantee he does not make it out of pre-season.  He will be on IR come game 1 of the season.  Bet on it!  Speaking of Vegas, I cannot believe the odds right now of Detroit winning the East is 8/1, third behind Boston and Pittsburgh.  Wonder what the odds would be if they signed Brodeur over Monster or actually made a trade to acquire Kesler or Spezza...and signed some actual GOOD players instead of useless, washed up verbal agreement, idiotic players...or imagine if they actually bought out Franzen as well!?!?



Anyhow, I am NOT on the Monster bandwagon and think that his injuries will hurt this team more than help...plus he couldn't stop a shootout attempt to save his life...so it seemed more times than not.


You don't want any washed up players yet you are pining for Manny Legace and Martin Brodeur over a goalie that a large portion of the fanbase thought should be starting over Howard last season?


Perhaps our odds are increased because kids have finally taken the jobs of veterans and because our remaining kids are ranked as the 2nd best group of prospects in the league?


Gustavsson is just fine as a back-up goalie and the only option out there better is Vokoun who would likely want a long term deal relegating Mrazek to the AHL for a lot longer than he will be now. As long as Gus or anyone else they sign gets only a 1 year deal to be the back-up its great for the Wings future.

#2524349 Compliance buyout expected to be used on Tootoo

Posted by FlashyG on 17 June 2014 - 11:25 PM

The reason they are buying out Tootoo isn't for any type of savings.


Its a good will gesture from Holland to Tootoo so he can attempt to continue his NHL career.


He wasn't going to get a shot under Babcock, and they couldn't trade him so now he has a chance to sign with someone at a cheaper rate where he might get a chance to play.

Holland did the same thing with Commodore when Babcock refused to play him.

#2524297 Dan Cleary may return...sigh

Posted by FlashyG on 17 June 2014 - 06:53 PM

For the last time for all the people who keep saying it, GRAND RAPIDS DOES NOT NEED MORE VETERAN PLAYERS. DAN CLEARY HAS NO PLACE IN GRAND RAPIDS.

GR was already two players over the maximum veterans rule as of the end of last season, and they were players who could actually skate and score. The Griffins, in case anyone hasn't noticed, are actually a great team as it is and were only knocked out of the AHL playoffs by the Texas Stars who are one game away from winning the Calder Cup.


One more time; Grand Rapids already has effective veterans and plenty of leadership. It does not need a broken down immobile Cleary halting the development of our younger guys. We happen to be very stacked at forward in GR as it is. Please God no.


Retire already.


We have plenty of Veteran Slots with Grand Rapids available this season. Tootoo, Emmerton, McIntyre, and Eaves are all gone, and Evans and Grant aren't signed. Even with them brought back we still have a spot open for another vet.


And as bad as Cleary is now a days, he's still better than almost all of those guys. He won't hurt Grand Rapids at all...The Wings on the other hand would be insane to give him a spot.

#2524267 Dan Cleary may return...sigh

Posted by FlashyG on 17 June 2014 - 03:42 PM

Honestly, I don't even want him taking a spot away from any of our young Griffins. But as long as he isn't wearing the Winged Wheel I can deal with it.


He won't be taking a spot away from a kid, he'll be playing in Tootoo's spot.

#2524264 Dan Cleary may return...sigh

Posted by FlashyG on 17 June 2014 - 02:32 PM

As long as he never see's the ice in a Wings jersey again I'm all for keeping him in Grand Rapids.


Having gone through the amount of struggles he did as a kid entering the league I think he would be an excellent mentor for the prospects teaching them what it takes to be a pro hockey player. 


As much as I hated seeing him on the ice the last couple years the one thing I can't take away from him is his effort, the guy works as hard as anyone on the ice and if he can instill that in a kid like Mantha he'll be damn near unstoppable at the NHL level.

#2523851 Wings sign Tomas Nosek to 2 year entry level deal

Posted by FlashyG on 14 June 2014 - 01:51 PM

all of them. None of them helped us win a Cup...i am all for signing him to develop in GR, but we have no room for another undrafted European experiment on the big club. I'd rather give the spot to Mantha.


Considering his agent said the reason he signed with us is to develop like Jurco did under Blashill I don't think you need to worry about him taking a spot on the big club.


He'll make Grand Rapids a better club next season.

#2523636 Trading up?

Posted by FlashyG on 12 June 2014 - 05:19 PM

Did you know that Ekblad is the first defenseman to be granted exceptional status and compete in the CHL a year before eligable age. Tavares was given the same status in 2005. Zetterberg has a few more season's in him at most, if his back will not force him into early retirement, that is.


Ekblad is an awesome prospect but he also plays the toughest position to transition to the pro game in.


There are all kinds of highly touted defenceman who have fizzled out without reaching their potential, and its a position we are deepest in prospect wise. 


If we had the 1st overall pick I wouldn't hesitate to take him but that's entirely different than trading away our best player for the right to pick him. We'd be making a far bigger hole than we're fixing.