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#2509376 4/13 GDT: Red Wings 3 @ Blues 0

Posted by Playmaker on 13 April 2014 - 02:03 PM

Surprisingly entertaining for a meaningless game.


Playing one decent game against a floundering Blues team does not necessarily equal a Hall of Fame career.


Always such a pleasure to listen to Dave Strader call a game.  Ken Daniels isn't bad, but Strader is just so smooth and professional and doesn't fall back on a lot of the silly clichés.  Dave and Mickey were the best.

#2509022 Sproul and Ouellet recalled from Grand Rapids

Posted by Playmaker on 12 April 2014 - 08:23 PM

While I think they both have bright futures, I'm just not ready to declare them NHL ready and have them as regulars in the lineup in the playoffs.  I don't think it would be a surprise to see a repeat of Brendan Smith 2013 playoffs. 

#2508949 Puck Daddy: Trotz Head Coach for Caps

Posted by Playmaker on 12 April 2014 - 09:29 AM

I agree.  If the Preds had any sense at all, they'd give him an Assistant to the President or GM type of job.  That way he can stay in the organization, it'll work for his family and they keep a good hockey guy in the fold.  But that would make sense, so.........

#2508938 Babcock and Holland Talk About Stuff

Posted by Playmaker on 12 April 2014 - 06:55 AM

I'm not sure what's confusing about it.  If the season had gone "as planned", Bert, Sammy and Cleary would all have regular roles, probably in the top 6, they'd all have PP time, even though they may not have produced effectively. The Wings would still have been floundering, but we'd hear all about the veteran leadership, and these guys have been through the battles, he has faith in them, can't rush these guys from Grand Rapids etc. Guys like Tatar and Nyquist would have been eased into the lineup with a few minutes on the 4th line with Drew Miller and Patrick Eaves and a healthy scratch every other night with Babcock unsure if they were ready because they can't produce.  Sheahan and Jurco would have never gotten a sniff of the big club.


Had Babcock said last summer we're going to give the kids regular jobs and go in a different direction, we wish Dan Cleary well with Philadelphia, we thank Samuelsson for his service, but we have decided to use the compliance buyout on him and Todd Bertuzzi will be our guy off the bench, THAT would have been a bold move for the Red Wings.


The old vets were pathetic, the massive amount of injuries forced the Wings to do the call ups and the kids delivered.  So it's not really going out on a limb to say, hey these kids have jobs now and the other guys won't get theirs back when they're "healthy" (wink, wink).

#2508901 4/11 GDT - Hurricanes 2 at Red Wings 1

Posted by Playmaker on 11 April 2014 - 09:06 PM

Any loss is disappointing, but these games happen.  They had a ton of chances, just couldn't capitalize.  I find myself not wanting to wish for one team over another because it never ends well when the Wings get the team I think is the "easier" team. 

#2508764 Puck Daddy: Trotz Head Coach for Caps

Posted by Playmaker on 11 April 2014 - 07:45 PM

I think with Trotz, his family situation will come into play.  With his son having special needs, it makes it that much more difficult to change schools, cities, etc.  He seems like a genuinely good guy and a good coach to boot.

#2508740 4/11 GDT - Hurricanes 2 at Red Wings 1

Posted by Playmaker on 11 April 2014 - 07:31 PM

Who was the loser walking through the concourse with a Weiss jersey?

#2508705 Babcock and Holland Talk About Stuff

Posted by Playmaker on 11 April 2014 - 07:07 PM

As I said in another thread, I'm thrilled, as we all are, at how this has all worked out with Cleary, Sammy and Bert riding the pine (and outta here next season) and seeing the kids thriving with the big club.  But Babcock "boldly" stating that they're good and have jobs, yeah, well the grass is green and the sky is blue.  He was basically given no choice but to play the Griffins. They excelled because they weren't brought up and put on a 4th line and given 5 minutes a game.  They had to log a lot of minutes and each and every one of them took the opportunity and ran with it. 

#2508542 Play em or rest em?

Posted by Playmaker on 10 April 2014 - 09:02 PM

They'll have 4-5 days off before the playoffs start.  Jimmy carried a huge workload into the playoffs last year and it didn't see to hurt him any.  Nobody has really logged a ridiculous amount of ice time.   Just leave well enough alone.

#2507865 4/9 GDT - Red Wings 3 @ Pens 4 (SO). Wings clinch playoff spot!

Posted by Playmaker on 09 April 2014 - 08:09 PM

I don't get why Dallas would start Thomas in a must win game for them.

#2507698 Puck Daddy: Trotz Head Coach for Caps

Posted by Playmaker on 09 April 2014 - 03:38 PM

I think they need to keep Trotz and get rid of Weber.  I'd reluctantly take him as a service to the Preds in order to help them get back into the playoffs.

#2507606 Jack Adams award discussion and speculation

Posted by Playmaker on 09 April 2014 - 09:21 AM

Babcock was instrumental in getting Cleary back here for this season.  That will always lose him points.  I also don't think Babcock made any conscious decision to play the young players.  He did it out of necessity.  I'm a Babcock fan, don't get me wrong, but he was more or less forced to changed his mindset of playing the veterans.  Had the "kids" been anything but fantastic as they have been, we'd still be seeing the likes of Bertuzzi and Cleary.  He's fortunate that he had a plethora of "over ripe" kids to turn to.

#2507579 bashing skid the kid

Posted by Playmaker on 09 April 2014 - 05:32 AM

Meh.  You could probably do a video like that with 90% of the players in the league.  Certainly not a fan, but wishing injury on a guy is really over the top. Plus, you have to consider he came into the league as an 18 year old with all the pressure in the world. I think he's toned it down a lot in recent years. I don't like him because he plays on a rival for the Wings.  But I'd take him on the Wings in a heartbeat.

#2506782 A plea to Holland.

Posted by Playmaker on 05 April 2014 - 09:35 PM

Please for the love of all that is good and holy, get rid of Lashoff and Kindle. If not both then at least one of them. The pairing of Kindle and Lashoff is a goal waiting to happen. We've had amazing success inserting young forwards into the lineup, why not try a defenseman?

I don't care if it's Almqvist, or Sproul, or whoever, nor do I care if management thinks they are ready. No one thought Jurco, Glendening, or Sheahen were ready either; and they are doing just fine.

So Holland do us all a favor and bring in some fresh young blood.

Complaining about someone is more effective if you spell his name right.  

#2506488 4/5 GDT - Canadiens 5 vs Red Wings 3

Posted by Playmaker on 05 April 2014 - 07:52 PM

Despite the score, I don't think they're playing all that badly.  They've gotten several chances, not a lot of good bounces and Montreal has capitalized on every mistake.