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#2523247 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by DeGraa55 on 08 June 2014 - 10:44 AM

no no no to re-signing Monster and Alfie. They cannot stay healthy enough. We are going to have the yearly Z, Franzine and Helm injuries. Its fact and we need less players that get hurt every year. Monster has a constant record of injuries yearly.

Agreed. Specially when there's like Nabokov Thomas and Brodeur who could be our back up.

#2523221 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by DeGraa55 on 07 June 2014 - 11:37 PM


My favorite rumor site. Some is accurate some speculation etc etc

#2522974 Dan Boyle's rights traded to the Islanders…..

Posted by DeGraa55 on 06 June 2014 - 08:36 AM

I never understood that sentiment, to me it makes zero sense. "Is player X going to win us a Stanley Cup? No, so you don't add him"...
No single player can win a Stanley Cup, that is why you need to add "pieces".
A better question would be, can player X help us win games? Will he make us a better team? Yes, so you add him.
I think Boyle does make us a better team, but would he be my number one choice? No. Do we need to add other pieces besides a Boyle to help us win the Stanley Cup? Absolutely.
With Boyle we could have something like...
Kronwall - Ericsson
DeKeyser - Smith
Ouellet - Boyle
With Niskanen we could have something like...
Kronwall - Ericsson
DeKeyser - Niskanen
Ouellet - Smith
Which one loos better? I like option two better but option one wouldn't be the worst thing, and is certainly an upgrade over last year, in my opinion...

Kronwall smith
Dekeyser Ericsson
Oullete marchenko

Looks much better IMO. Unless there a few key players added we won't be competing for the cup so let the young guys get better and more experienced. They're also good enough to help us keep the stupid streak alive.

And it's perfectly fine to have the attitude of is player x going to help us win a cup. That was my attitude last year. What could Alfie and cleary bring that nyquist and jurco couldn't? Nothing except leadership and experience which we got plenty of. You only sign Boyle and Alfie if they're the missing piece to winning a cup which they aren't. Were too far away so signing them is pointless when we got other(better) players all ready in GR.

#2522813 Report: NHL to have 5 outdoor games in 2014-15.

Posted by DeGraa55 on 04 June 2014 - 08:15 PM

Ticketing fans for tucking in their jersey.

That's actually a good idea....some people lol

#2522663 Adam Almquist says he’s considering returning to Sweden to avoid AHL

Posted by DeGraa55 on 03 June 2014 - 06:45 PM

Naw...Smith just needed to be gifted top pair minutes rather than having to earn them.  Miller would probably look a lot better on Datsyuk's wing too, but it doesn't mean he earned it or that he belongs there.

Except corsi stats showed Smith DID EARN it and was out best 5 on 5 defenseman and kronwall played BETTER WITH SMIT THAN WITH BIG E.

But it's ok some clueless people can keep think he belongs in third line.

#2522518 The Franzen Hate.

Posted by DeGraa55 on 02 June 2014 - 12:26 PM

Well I've been watching hockey since 1917

Really? I've been watching since the beginning of time. The dinosaurs played better. They were all big and physical with lots of fights. It was great for awhile until the fighting led to feeding...

#2521383 2014 Memorial Cup

Posted by DeGraa55 on 21 May 2014 - 09:44 PM

I hope he turns into his uncle

My god I'd love to eat some crow and have that happen. That's literally EXACTLY what this team needs....

I just don't see it :(. Hope to god I'm wrong!

#2521377 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by DeGraa55 on 21 May 2014 - 09:38 PM

Vanek's a very good top-six forward, but, truth be told, he's basically Franzen. Would you want Franzen with a $7.5M cap hit for seven years? (And don't forget the NTC/NMC.)

What an insult to vanek. He will NEVER be as bad as Franzen.

I like vanek as many do but I'm pretty sure no one wants him at 7.5m. Now 5m? yes! 6m with a shorter deal maybe 4 years? Yes. But not 7.5m and long term like he will probably get. I fully expect him to get 6-8m range for 7 years. I like vanek and want him on this team but not for that price. And I HATE long term deals in older guys. Idc who it is any deal thats long term and for guys older than 34 or 35+ is bad. It can't bring anything good. And I have yet to see one case where it has.

#2519701 Wings will buy out Tootoo, not Franzen.

Posted by DeGraa55 on 08 May 2014 - 04:38 AM

You know if we swapped out tootoos heart and brains for franzens we would have a 40 goal a year player who hits and fights and most importantly still does the great things like that video show.

#2519550 ECSF : (4) Montreal Canadiens vs. (1) Boston Bruins

Posted by DeGraa55 on 06 May 2014 - 10:28 PM

I can't believe a Habs team coached by Michele Therrien is this much better than the Red Wings. But, credit where it's due.

Their GM knows how to build a team and make proper trade deadline acquisitions.

#2519357 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by DeGraa55 on 06 May 2014 - 02:30 AM




Ideally, I'd like to see the Wings add 2 big guys with speed and toughness to fill the 1st and 2nd line holes. But maybe they can slide a couple bigger dmen up since there seems to be a log jam on the blue line.

Are you serious????

#2518970 Now some gritty forwards.

Posted by DeGraa55 on 02 May 2014 - 08:36 PM

Well we had a guy that had grit and could fight and score 10+ goals he just didn't have size. And he ended up buried in GRR. As much as I agree we need it I'm sure holland is convinced we will win without it(which has never been the case).

We used to have the grind line. We also had homer who showed grit and toughness by getting abused every game in front of the net. Both of which were severely lacking.

#2518737 Ken Holland Quotes (Apr 29th

Posted by DeGraa55 on 01 May 2014 - 05:11 PM

Can we please shelve the "kick the tires," "we like our team," "(player x getting healthy) is our deadline acquisition," and "our PP is our enforcer" jokes alongside "(player y) is lazy and sucks," and "what's to stop Chris Chelios from..." as tired?  I'm begging you, please.  This board needs new material.
PS:  The beard quote is pretty great.

If I may ask. Why stop those quotes? I mean yes they are overused. But they're FACTS. Proven facts. Look at ken Hollands track record...it's exactly who he is and what he is doing. Now can he change? Yes. Will he? I'm not sure only time will tell.

#2518587 scenario: if McLellan gets fired, bring him back as PP coach ?

Posted by DeGraa55 on 01 May 2014 - 03:57 AM

I wouldn't be surprised to see him fires but if he is I think he will get a head coachin gig somewhere.

But to answer the question....yes I would take him back.

#2518504 Wings will buy out Tootoo, not Franzen.

Posted by DeGraa55 on 30 April 2014 - 11:24 PM

Oh yeah that fearsome power play where our point men hopelessly try for clappers from the point with absolutely nobody who can tip it in and bang it in the defenders shins 9 times out of 10

Yes that one.... you remembered! ;)

Is calling someone a clown really necessary? 

Yes when what someone says is funny. Am I not allowed to laugh at what I believe to be a joke? Or if they put zero thought into something...

If you find that insulting well...I just don't know what to say to that.