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#2527616 UFA day looking up

Posted by Dabura on 01 July 2014 - 10:18 AM

The Boyle hate is hilarious. Our blue line generates no offense, can't break out of its zone, can't run an effective power play - but yeah, there's absolutely no reason why we should be interested in Rafalski-esque Dan Boyle. At the very least, he'd give as an actual power play. You know what would've helped our cause against the Bruins? An actual power play. You know what would've helped our cause against the Bruins? Better puck management, a stronger possession game. Boyle would help on those fronts.

 

Niskanen - he's worth overpaying, because the need is that great, because our blue line is that bad. You may overpay by a couple million, but you're getting what you need, which is a right-shooting power play quarterback in his prime who weighs 200 lbs and isn't afraid to throw his weight around. And with the cap going up every year, there's a good chance that it looks like a great deal in a couple years. We can't be too picky here.

 

If we don't add a high-end top-four defenseman, we have absolutely no shot at competing for the Cup. None whatsoever. We have Kronwall, two pretty good defensive defensemen, and Brendan Smith (who's 50/50 in re: whether he's going to put it together before he becomes a reclamation project). That's it. We'll be incredibly fortunate if any one of the kids ever becomes as good as Niskanen is now or even as good as Boyle is now. Talk about risk - going with the kids would be the ultimate risk, if money alone could get us a big name who could really help (and that happens to be the case here).

 

Get Niskanen or Boyle and we'll be a much better team.




#2527592 UFA day looking up

Posted by VM1138 on 01 July 2014 - 09:46 AM

I still don't get why people are so nervous about Niskanen. Sure he played with Crosby and Malkin. But here he'd be feeding Datsyuk, Franzen and Zetterberg (who may have a career year now that he is healthy). And maybe playing with Kronwall, one of the better offensive d-men in the league. If there's any player you take a risk on, its a steadily improving guy entering his prime years. Not a guy who was discarded by a good team for being half the player he once was (Boyle). Boyle reminds me of a depth signing, like Colaiacovo. Only it sounds like we want to pay him way more. Sure, short term is nice, but what if our young guys plateau below their potential and Niskanen continues to improve? We will have missed out on that chance and will go through the whole overpay thing in two or three years. I'm not sold on the kids being prime level contributors in two years. Sent from my ADR6350 using Tapatalk 2


#2524391 Dan Cleary may return...sigh

Posted by Son of a Wing on 18 June 2014 - 10:23 AM

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#2521962 If Renny goes to Florida, who replaces him?

Posted by STL-Wings on 28 May 2014 - 12:26 PM

I would give Kocur a one-game stint just to throw another chair to center ice.




#2518684 scenario: if McLellan gets fired, bring him back as PP coach ?

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 01 May 2014 - 01:34 PM

Pretty sure our PP problems have a lot more to do with the retirements of one Lidstrom, Rafalski, and Holmstrom than McLellan. I find it hard to believe that Todd McLellan is simply that much smarter at organizing a PP system than Renney.

 

People blaming Renney need to remember that he didn't build this s*** team.  Holland and Babcock are more responsible for it than him.

 

I remember people here always blaming McCrimmon when the defense struggled and everyone wanted him fired.  It's silly blaming Renney, imo.  The assistants coaches are just that...... assistant coaches.


Havent had good special teams since Mclellan left. Doubt he returns to his old job.

 

Mclelland had a prime Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Franzen, Lidstrom, Rafalski and Holmstrom.  Probably a few others I've missed.  I won't give him credit for the Wings having a good powerplay.  Renney would be just as good with that powerplay.  




#2518667 scenario: if McLellan gets fired, bring him back as PP coach ?

Posted by WhiteLightning91 on 01 May 2014 - 12:06 PM

Pretty sure our PP problems have a lot more to do with the retirements of one Lidstrom, Rafalski, and Holmstrom than McLellan. I find it hard to believe that Todd McLellan is simply that much smarter at organizing a PP system than Renney.




#2504467 Dive of the Year

Posted by FlashyG on 01 April 2014 - 10:15 PM

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#2443402 Cory Emmerton and Petr Mrazek sent to Grand Rapids

Posted by rick zombo on 11 October 2013 - 01:01 PM

Didn't see this one posted yet.. fingers crossed, Tatar gets a shot!

"@AnsarKhanMLive: Wings on ice for practice. Alfredsson skating in third line. Bertuzzi, Samuelsson and Tatar all wearing red as potential top 6 forwards"

Tatar, Sammy, Bert.

 

The good, the bad, and the ugly. :lol:




#2436408 So....did Cleary just take Tatar's spot?

Posted by LeagueIntegrity on 12 September 2013 - 11:46 PM

I've got to believe there's an attitude issue.  Tatar did more than pay his dues in the AHL, and he's free to evaluate the option of going to Russia internally, but he never should have expressed it to the press in the way that he did.  However right he might be, the correct thing to do would've been to say it was his 'ultimate goal' to make the team, not that it was his goal, but that the KHL provided ample oppourtunity if things don't work out.  Just look at Mantha.  From the draft to the start of training camp he had people believe he was really determined to make the Wings this year, despite it being near impossible.  When it was made obvious he wasn't NHL ready he didn't pout, and just said what we were all thinking, and what I'm sure he knew from the beginning. 

 

I can't reiterate enough, Tatar paid his dues (unlike Mantha), but he's been very immature throughtout this whole ordeal. 




#2408907 Report: Roy Appointed Avalanche Coach

Posted by Crymson on 21 May 2013 - 11:23 AM

LOL @ the Avs. Things are going poorly? Bring back Sakic and Roy! That'll turn them around! :D




#2407664 2013 Round 2 Photoshop War: Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by McAwesome on 20 May 2013 - 03:21 PM

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#2406980 2013 Round 2 Photoshop War: Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by MabusIncarnate on 18 May 2013 - 03:51 PM

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#2407036 Trade Smith ASAP!

Posted by dobbles on 18 May 2013 - 06:46 PM

this thread has now killed any legitimate attempt for rational fans to be displeased with smiths poor play.

 

roughly everyone that has been on smiths case lately does NOT want him traded. most people just want him sat so he can learn a lesson and stop hurting the team with boneheaded plays.

 

however, now everyone on the smith bandwagon will instantly turn to this thread and make the generalization that anyone that critiques smith is a moron.

 

let me say this though, he made at least half a dozen mistakes in these first 2 games that are worthy of a weeks worth of bag skates. scoring a goal from 10 feet away into a wide open net thanks to the strong play of linemates does NOT redeem someone from all those mistakes. additionally, smith has been bad in his own end all year .

 

many of you keep saying how absurd it is to rag on smith because hes a rookie. however you are all just as guilty of lumping anyone that is down on smith as the irrational reactionary type of fan when many of us have legitimate gripes about his play.




#2380796 Ilitch is being cheap with the Wings now that the Tigers are good.

Posted by Crymson on 05 April 2013 - 02:32 PM

There is no truth whatsoever to the OP's allegation. Ilitch gave Holland the OK to offer massive contracts to Suter and Parise last season. The reason that the Wings aren't at the cap is that there weren't exactly a ton of players to spend money on last offseason.