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#2539533 10/9 GDT : Bruins 1 at Red Wings 2.

Posted by derblaueClaus on 09 October 2014 - 08:06 PM

The most shocking thing is that we have played half a game and Marchand hasn't acted like an ass yet.

Lucic hasn't clubbed anyones nuts either yet. Just give them time, it will happen.


Goal ?

#2539216 Datsyuk to play Thursday? Weiss to be a healthy scratch?

Posted by derblaueClaus on 09 October 2014 - 09:10 AM

Babs is really helping Ian white's, I mean Stephen Weiss's, career by benching him. What don't you ppl understand about that?

Isn't Weiss German for white?



Actually it's written "weiß" but it's the same sound.



And with 'Babcock' being an English surname, and 'Weiss' being German surname.....Maybe - just maybe - Babs has a grudge against zee Germans.

Which would also explain why Erhoff chose Pittsburgh. I think we're onto something.

#2538488 What did the preseason show us?

Posted by derblaueClaus on 06 October 2014 - 04:37 AM

I don't think we can predict how the teams will perform based on the preseason games. They don't play the lines they play in regular season, the top players don't bring their A-game, etc. . We will have to wait for the regular season and even into that it will take between 10 and 20 games to say for sure what this team is capable of. Therefore I don't have many expectations from the preseason.


One of the few things that looked significantly better than last season was our PP. It was much more dynamic in my opinion. And D-Prospects were very good, I'm excited to see how Jensen will perform on regular NHL-Level. But as said above, I take everything with a big grain of salt.

#2536338 Dekeyser signed. 2 yrs $2.187 million AAV

Posted by derblaueClaus on 16 September 2014 - 04:47 PM

Glad to see him signed.

Dito. Regarding his salary : Just keep in mind guys he is still a RFA. Of course he makes less money than a comparable UFA. I don't think he got lowballed.

#2535142 potential team names for las vegas!

Posted by derblaueClaus on 29 August 2014 - 07:46 AM

Las Vegas Hangovers

#2534581 Alfie wants to play

Posted by derblaueClaus on 19 August 2014 - 06:45 PM

Ryan Suter and David Backes

I think Kopitar and Weber are better fits. Kopitar could center our 3rd line if Helm is injured again.

#2533019 Babcock on using advanced stats

Posted by derblaueClaus on 25 July 2014 - 06:35 PM

Good choice. Important for our style of play. Thats at least one good news in our offseason. ( Before somebody else does it : "Advanced stats are our offseason aquisition." :P )

#2532032 Red Wings new assistant coaches

Posted by derblaueClaus on 14 July 2014 - 02:15 PM

Sometimes I feel like I am the only one who is very excited to see what this team is capable of with the youth all together for the entire season  :lol:

Trust me, you're not. I can't wait for the season to begin.

On Topic: Thats good news I guess. Is anything known about his style or strength and weaknesses? I heard he shouts a lot. ;)

#2530968 Please Help Me Win GDT of the year.

Posted by derblaueClaus on 10 July 2014 - 06:48 AM

Congratulations Flashy! If my english were better I might be able to express how much I enjoy your GDTs. Because it isn't this post has to suffice. :P

#2530967 Kane & Toews Sign Identical 8-year, $10.5M AAV Extensions

Posted by derblaueClaus on 10 July 2014 - 06:35 AM

Cap is gonna keep going up. These contracts won't be bad in 3 years time

Make it 5 and I agree.

Seems like I've been hearing this for years about how teams like Chicago and Pittsburgh are going to be in cap trouble and yet every year, they seem to be able to ice a better team than us.

Haven't heard it about Chicago at all. The Pens on the other hand are a prime example of my point: They didn't won a cup since '09 because they lack depth, which is because Crosby and Malkin eat up a lot of their capspace. Granted, there were other reasons too, but the main reason for me is the lack of quality bottom 6 forwards and/or defenders.
Chicago and LA were strong teams over the past few years because they had the caproom to afford those kind of guys. With these contracts Chicago has taken the Pittsburgh road and it will show over the next few years.

#2529419 Quincey re-signed by DET. 2 yr s $4.25 mill AAV

Posted by derblaueClaus on 02 July 2014 - 11:25 AM

This is how I see it: This 1st July is a big clusterf*** for us. There have to be serious problems within the Organisation if a team like the Caps got choosen over us. These Problems have to be analysed and adressed by Kenny and/or the Ownership. However I don't think these problems can be solved this Offseason.
Because of this I think the signing of Quincy is not ideal but reasonable. We were simply in need of a D-Man not named Kindl or Lashoff. Can anybody imagine how atricious a second (!) paring of DeKeyser/Lashoff would be? And to think that the Kids in GR would step up and fill the gap is very optimistic. It does work with exceptional gifted guys like DeKeyser, others need their time to get used to the NHL. Playing constantly on the second pair is asking to much of the guys.

Quincy is a stopgap for these 2 years to get these Kids ready, nothing more. Holland knows that, he knows that. There is no other reason why his contract is how it is.To assume Holland signed him as the solution for our problems is an insult to his intelligence. Holland signed him because he had no choice and Quincy was willing to play the patch for the next two years.

#2524433 Compliance buyout expected to be used on Tootoo

Posted by derblaueClaus on 18 June 2014 - 01:17 PM

Ahh the old showing up to play homage that LGW bestows on players that apparently Babcock hasn't noticed. We're a much worse team without Franzen. I don't get why every player gets a pass on last season when comparing stats (datsyuk, zetterberg) because of our miserable injury plagued season except for Franzen. You don't buy out legitimate top 6 players that have good contracts.

LGW: "we need two more top 6 players. Let's buy out Franzen and just buy 3 more. It's been really easy to acquire talent lately"

This. It's not that 20-30 goalscorers grow on trees these days.


The buyout on Tootoo was expected, so nothing new to discuss there. I think the signing of Tootoo was an experiment by Babcock and Holland. Maybe as a substitute to Homer.  It turned out it didn't work and he doesn't fit in here. But I'll surely miss the little cannonball. 

#2523956 Avalanche are taking Ryan O'Reilly to club-selected arbitration

Posted by derblaueClaus on 15 June 2014 - 05:21 PM

1. I don't know for sure either but probably that the Avalanche appealed first and not the player/his agent. Maybe there is also a clause in his current contract that under specific circumstances the club can do it if they can't agree on a new one.


2.  I agree, its strange to say the least. You would think that the Avanlache would resign him in a heartbeat. I would if I were them. On the other hand : We don't know what salary or term ROR wants, it is also possible that he demands to much for the Avs to agree on. 

#2523871 Dan Boyle's rights traded to the Islanders…..

Posted by derblaueClaus on 14 June 2014 - 04:21 PM

When you say Niskanen wants a monster contract are you talking money or term??  or both? 

Reality: Boyle is going to want just as much cash as Niskanen (5 Million +)

As far as term goes think about it this way: You sign a 27 year old defenseman who's finding his groove in the NHL to a 5 year contract.  Guess what?  In five years he'll still be a year younger than Kronwall is now. (...and at that point Kronwall is 38 and we'll all be calling for him to retire.) 


I'm all for taking the 27 year old for 5 years who can grow and bolster our future over a 38 year old stop-gap.


Acquiring either Niskanen or Boyle in the over-priced auction known as Free-Agent Frenzy (yes, they're both up for auction) would hinder us from bringing up XO.


Trading Kindl.  Duh?!  :D

I don't think W4tC06 was suggesting that Niskanen is comparable to Suter. 

The thing that is essential in comparing those two:  Niskanen won't command the $$ that Suter was able to.


Acquiring Niskanen via Free Agency only creates more depth at defense which isn't a bad thing.  What's the worst thing that happens?  You trade some defensemen.  Niskanen is an NHL proven defenseman. Sproul/XO/Marchenko/etc. excellent prospects, but unproven commodities. $5mill for 6 or 7... sure.  or $5.5 for 5.

True. Acquiring Niskanen at this price and term will be a risk for sure, but we have to take some risks if we want to build a cup contender. No sane GM will let someone like Niskanen walk for nothing if he is already a proven #2 D-Man.  

#2518242 Ken Holland Quotes (Apr 29th

Posted by derblaueClaus on 29 April 2014 - 05:35 PM


"People wan't answers today. I don't have answers today." - Ken Holland


Watch it here : https://www.youtube....q_ESOjzk#t=1110


So I'd take any quotes postet here with a grain of salt. He did say them but Kenny doesn't sound as if he already made up his mind about his moves in the offseason. How could he, our season is just over since a few days.