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#2547595 GDT 11/5/14--Wings @ Rangers

Posted by derblaueClaus on 06 November 2014 - 11:18 AM


I agree.  He's a better player.  But since he's been gone Lashoff has done absolutely nothing to cost us points.  True, he's done absolutely nothing to contribute either.  But that's not really expected out of your 7th defenseman. 


I'm just sick of everybody scapegoating bottom pair defensemen and grinders when things aren't their fault.  By all mean, crucify them if they're screwing up, but lets be objective about it.  Over the last three games Brendan Smith has been our worst defenseman.  Clearly.  Verifiably.  Demonstrably.  Yet nobody wants to say so because for whatever reason Brendan gets a pass and Kindl (and Lashoff) suck. 


When it's their fault, so say.  When it's somebody else's, we should all have the balls to say that too. 


To be fair Kindl screwed up the change that led to the 2:0 of St.Louis. It's not that he has been good all around while Smith is solely responsible for our GA. The stat you provided are nothing more than the good old +/- which is a very questionable stat imho to measure how good or bad a player did.


That said we had problems making a decent first pass the last few games and I give you that : Smith didn't look good the these games but that can be said about all our D-Man and the team as a whole. You can be Nick Lidstrom, but if your team doesn't skate you'll inevitably produce turnovers (ok, maybe not if your Nick Lidstrom but any other player will) . Smith wasn't notably worse than others especially the sheltered Kindl. I also don't say Kindl sucks, he provides more or less what you'd expect from a 3rd pairing D-Man. The sucking is a team effort so to speak, calling out single players right now is the wrong call in this situation.

#2547029 GDT 11/5/14--Wings @ Rangers

Posted by derblaueClaus on 05 November 2014 - 08:22 PM

why is kindl on the PP?


In Germany we call that beautifying the bride. The more points he gets the better the return in a trade might be. That and in addition he is one of two D-Man that actually shoots the puck more or less well.


Damn it.

#2546615 Lines Thread

Posted by derblaueClaus on 04 November 2014 - 03:58 PM


Agreed that we're waiting to see if Weiss comes back and produces.  But that shouldn't change Helm's fate.  If Weiss does come back and is 100% and effective, then we've got two third line centers (Helm and Sheahan) and one needs to be traded.  If Weiss doesn't come back then we've got one guy (Helm) who's a good third line center but not a good enough second line center.  So pair him with prospects  and/or picks and trade him for a better one.  The only way Helm should stay on the team is if he (or Riley Sheahan) start producing like a second line center.  Otherwise he's at best redundant, and at worst not good enough. 


I still think he's valuable as a penalty killer because of his speed but, yea, he is to pricey for just that.

#2546055 11/2 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Sabres 3 (SO)

Posted by derblaueClaus on 02 November 2014 - 04:19 PM

Hope your relative gets well soon Hockeytown0001. Here are the projected lineups :








 Projected Lineup







Kronwall - Ericsson

DeKeyser - Smith

Lashoff - Kindl










Projected Lineup


Moulsen - Ennis - Stafford

Gionta - Hodgsen - Stewart

Mitchell - Girgensons - Adam

Deslauriers - McCormick - Flynn


Gorges - Myers

Mezaros - Ristolainen

Zadarov - Strachan






Let's GO Wings !





#2544984 Weiss sent down to GR- conditioning assignment

Posted by derblaueClaus on 29 October 2014 - 02:41 PM

I thought about it a little bit and in my opinion it would be very dumb of the Wings to use the stint just to send a signal to Weiss. The next one if needed would almost certainly be rejected. And it's not that he was a regular in the lineup lately so I don't get the penalize argument. For a player like Weiss it should be hard enough not to play while guys like Nestrasil do.  All in all I'm very optimistic that this is the last step in his rehab and that we will see more of him once his stint in GR is over.

#2543427 Franzen to 7-day IR

Posted by derblaueClaus on 22 October 2014 - 03:35 PM

People seem to think that by adding talent to the top, everyone just bumps down the depth chart and their role changes.


Nope. This isn't a video game.  Glendening, Andersson and Miller are doing a great job in their checking/shutdown role through the first few games.  


So much so that they've earned more playing time.  They've had some of the toughest matchups and have shut down the opposition from scoring. 


Limiting goals is just as important as scoring them.  Look to the top-9 guys if you have issues with the amount of goals being scored.

Can't cite this often enough.


Not only is Miller good at was he's supposed to be doing he is also very cheap capwise which gives the team the possibility to sign better top-6/9 guys.

#2542669 slava voynov suspended after domestic violence arrest

Posted by derblaueClaus on 20 October 2014 - 03:53 PM

I know you're not making light of or trying to justify any form of domestic violence dude.
You're good.

Let's just say I've seen several Internet discussions go a very ugly way down, so I better make sure I'm understood. It was not specifically aimed at you. ;)

#2542664 Franzen to 7-day IR

Posted by derblaueClaus on 20 October 2014 - 03:36 PM

I think after last years debacle, the Wings are being cautious here, and rightfully so, especially with Franzen off to such a good start. 

This. I think it's a precautionary measure. If it were the playoffs Mule would play.

#2542662 slava voynov suspended after domestic violence arrest

Posted by derblaueClaus on 20 October 2014 - 03:32 PM

Innocent until guilty, yeah, but accusations like this are very rarely baseless.

You'd be surprised to hear how often they actually are. It's an accusation hard to defend against, and also almost impossible to get rid of the reputation even if you've proven to be innocent. It's a very effective weapon if you want to destroy your husbands/boyfriends life so I would be very cautious with any conclusion drawn from a sports writers article or any other article in any newspaper.


Disclaimer : This is not meant to trivialize domestic violence or imply that most woman who press domestic violence charges did not face domestic violence. Domestic violence is indeed a great problem and should not be taken lightly. But I'm very, very cautions if there is someone with the slightest fame involved because it targets this famous person in his/her most weak spot.

#2542212 10/18 GDT - Maple Leafs 0 at Red Wings 1 (OT)

Posted by derblaueClaus on 18 October 2014 - 06:41 PM

Gotta love Glenny. :D

#2542133 Weiss

Posted by derblaueClaus on 18 October 2014 - 12:51 PM

Wonder if this is a passive aggressive Babs power struggle with Holland.  It certainly makes Holland look bad that a player he signed for that much is riding the pine. 

If it is Babs has to go immediately. Simple as that. But I highly doubt thats a reason Weiss sits. I regard Babcock as a highly professional coach who has reasons aside from a feud with his GM to play or not to play an athlete. I'm sure if Weiss is good enough and fits the current roster he would play. Let's not read to much into the situation. ;)

#2540601 Babcock " I dont think it will be my final year here"

Posted by derblaueClaus on 14 October 2014 - 08:18 AM

Just let me get this straight : Because Alfie made a "piss poor" decision, it's all Holland fault ? When Alfie choose us above the Bruins despite our slim chances to win him a Cup shouldn't Holland get credit for bringing such a player here ?

#2540036 10/11/14 GDT: Game 2 | Ducks 3 @ Red Wings 2

Posted by derblaueClaus on 11 October 2014 - 07:48 PM

Luke wants to get laid tonight ;)

Well, he already scored.

#2539992 10/11/14 GDT: Game 2 | Ducks 3 @ Red Wings 2

Posted by derblaueClaus on 11 October 2014 - 07:33 PM

Who says Wings can't play gritty ?

#2539793 10/11/14 GDT: Game 2 | Ducks 3 @ Red Wings 2

Posted by derblaueClaus on 11 October 2014 - 05:48 AM

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