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#2540240 10/11/14 GDT: Game 2 | Ducks 3 @ Red Wings 2

Posted by DeGraa55 on 11 October 2014 - 09:08 PM

I got all caught up in the non-call, but in the replay Ericsson's blunder is the worst. He just stands there, and at the VERY end makes a slight effort to start skating... then kind of stops again. He easily could have gotten in there and prevented a decent shot if he just took a couple steps forward. He wasn't even in position to protect a pass really. Not sure what he was doing out there.

I completely agree. Just a whole series of blunders there :(. But 80 games to go. They look good through two games!

#2539877 Babcock "I don't think it will be my final year here"

Posted by DeGraa55 on 11 October 2014 - 05:56 PM

Seeing if anyone actually reads my drivel. ;-)

Lol I thought it was funny. I was like ya young guys yup agreed o wait cleary? Wtf

#2539862 Babcock "I don't think it will be my final year here"

Posted by DeGraa55 on 11 October 2014 - 04:52 PM

As much as I like Babcock, and I do think he's a great coach, but I think atleast half dozen coaches would've won the Cup w/ that '08 team, and his Golds with those Canadian teams.

Holland hoarding his assets again with Babs and Blashy.

It's a tough call: The only way to ensure a smooth transition is to let Babcock go and send a moving truck down I-96 to pick up Blashill's things and bring 'em east.

If Babcock gets a 2 yr extension, then we risk losing Blashy ( his term will be up by then, too) and then what? The chances that one of the good coaches we'd like would actually be available is pretty darn slim.

Be cool, say five years from now, to have Blashill behind the bench, Yzerman calling the shots, Holland way up high in the office (doing lots of interviews) w/ Nosek, Larkin, Sheahan, Glenny down the middle, Mantha, Nyquist, Tatar, Pulks, Cleary, Jurco...our futures so bright, we gotta wear shades!

Was cleary a typo?

#2538464 Callahan, Ferraro and Porter placed on Waivers

Posted by DeGraa55 on 05 October 2014 - 04:39 PM

No surprise at all. People are upset about a few fourth liners on a team with 274 of them?

#2537793 Are the wings underrated?

Posted by DeGraa55 on 29 September 2014 - 11:28 PM

How can anyone say the wings are underrated? Lol

They have lots of UNPROVEN talent.

They had lots of injury prone talent.

They have several over the hill guys.

In fact I think it's pretty clear what the wings are. And if by some miracle they stay healthy and all live up to their hype this team would be a pleasant surprise. But after these last few seasons it's extremely foolish to think that'll happen.

#2536423 2014 Prospects Tournament and Training Camp (Sept. 12-23)

Posted by DeGraa55 on 17 September 2014 - 11:31 AM

Yup, Athanasiou looks unreal. I hope Blashill plays him and Mantha together all year in Grand Rapids.
Once again, extremely happy Holland doesn't have the quick trigger finger that a lot of LGWers have. A lot of people on here were ready to trade this kid just a few short months ago. I said it back then and I'll say it again now, this kid is a keeper for sure.

Yes he is the next Crosby for sure...

#2536406 Dekeyser signed. 2 yrs $2.187 million AAV

Posted by DeGraa55 on 17 September 2014 - 09:10 AM

great news! No doubt his hands were tied being an RFA, hopefully he proves his underpayment and gets that pay day next time. Although I could be wrong, but I think he still may be an RFA after this contract too...
anyhow, in two years time with Q gone, I look forward to:
Kronwall - Smith
Dekeyser - Sproul
Ouellet - Marchenko
I know K and E may still be signed, but we cannot hinder the kids...
Geez, in  two years defensemen Jensen, Backman AND Nedomlel will ALL be out of exemptions as well! Gonna be a log jam in a couple of seasons...

First of all a logjam of good talent is never a bad thing it's the logjam caused by guys like cleary that are the problem. Second I'm a realist and there's literally 100% no way all of those young guys will make impacts in the team. I believe in sproul and oullete the most a bit in marchenko and very in little in the rest.

#2536267 Regner: Next year could be Babcock's last

Posted by DeGraa55 on 16 September 2014 - 02:54 AM

He should be at like 3m maaaaaaybe 3.5m. 5m is too high lol

#2535456 Lines Thread

Posted by DeGraa55 on 03 September 2014 - 02:01 PM

This is interesting....

KGrJA56V_normal.jpegThe Wheel Deal @Bill_Roose · 1h

With a logjam at centermen, #RedWings Mike Babcock said today that he plans to start Darren Helm at wing on Pavel Datsyuk's line.

Z - Datsyuk - Helm
Franzen - Weiss - Nyquist
Tatar - Sheahan - Alfie? 
Abby - Glendening - Miller
Scratch - Andersson, Cleary

LOL people were mad about Abby up there? My god helm is an even worse idea with Abby. Look at the bright side? Helm will be injured quickly and jurco will then be called up!!!!

#2535044 Changes to the draft lottery system

Posted by DeGraa55 on 27 August 2014 - 03:50 PM

i propose giving the 1st. pick to the team that just missed out on the playoffs. (#17) then counting down from there. 18-19-20-etc...to 30 then picking back up at #16 to champs.
this would totally stop the tanking issues and promote the end of year games to actually mean something for winning.
this 17th place team would just miss out on revenue of playoffs...but the perk would be #1 overall.
now..the argument would begin that a team that has the opportunity to take the 8th seed or tank the game for the pick could come up...but the statistical opportunity would have to fall in place just right.
this would never happen...because the bottom teams would have a fit over getting screwed. but my response is then dont suck!
rewards for failure just bugs me. its like a field goal. "you tried...and came...kinda close..heres some feel good points" :w00t:

Terrible idea. Rich get richer and porter get poorer. Parity is a great thing in sports special when it comes to watching playoff hockey stuff like this would kill the NHL. Unless your goal is to go back to just the original 6.

#2535008 Las Vegas rumored to get an expansion team

Posted by DeGraa55 on 27 August 2014 - 09:12 AM

Seattle, Quebec, and Toronto also getting new teams in 2017

Is that a joke, speculation, rumor, or fact? I hope it's a joke...

I agree with who lever said subtraction we should go down to 28 teams and relocate a couple.

#2534812 Datsyuk or Fedorov?

Posted by DeGraa55 on 22 August 2014 - 11:34 PM

Datsyuk much more complete player to me. Although I can not imagine the number Federov would have put up now.

Datsyuk who doesn't score many goals is more complete? I personally don't think so but to each their own...

#2534696 Zetterberg Foundation fundraiser

Posted by DeGraa55 on 21 August 2014 - 03:25 PM

Down to earth guys, loaded with money who seem to really care about others not so lucky and REALLY wanting to help out no only when the cameras are there.

I'm no NBA fan at all but it's foolish to think only nhl players donate money to charity.

I hate lebron but you know "his decision" that was on Espn. All money made went to charity. So good did come from him stroking his ego.

#2534534 Lines Thread

Posted by DeGraa55 on 19 August 2014 - 01:23 AM

I think this is pretty much right but I'm not too thrilled about it. I can't stand Abdelkader in the top 6.

I agree let's all sign a petition cleary on top line with euro twins!!!

#2534445 Holland signs 4 year extension with wings **MOD Warning Post 130**

Posted by DeGraa55 on 17 August 2014 - 10:13 PM

"Tanking" implies losing on purpose.  Whether it's players underperforming, coaches using the wrong players or strategies, or management making moves to make the team worse, it's done with the intent of finishing lower in the standings and getting a higher draft pick.  Draft lotteries were invented to reduce the chances of this strategy working.  It was done more often in other sports, where high draft picks almost always become impact players right away.  The Indianapolis Colts' "Suck for Luck" season is one of the most recent examples.
The Red Wings did not tank to get Steve Yzerman, and there are two obvious reasons why: 1, the Wings had been terrible for almost two decades, making the playoffs twice in 17 years and only winning one series.  They didn't lose on purpose in "82-'83, they just couldn't win.  2, the Wings were heavily targeting local product Pat LaFontaine with the #4 pick, but he went #3 to the Islanders.  Yzerman was the consolation prize.

Tanking has been around for much longer than salary caps.  I think it's tougher to do today, between the cap and roster/player movement limitations.
Also, I think your "ready age" numbers are considerably off.  http://www.sbnation....es-age-analysis

So the colts losing the sexond best qb in football to injury had nothing to do with why they were bad. Teams have rebuilds like buffalo but even if they're bad I wouldn't consider it tanking. No coach or players would ever intentionally lose.