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#2579003 3/4 GDT : Rangers 1 at Red Wings 2 (OT)

Posted by kickazz on Yesterday, 05:13 PM



As a side note - Lids was the king of using his stick to make himself "bigger" as is now forbidden in the rule.  He would just hold his stick parallell to the ice in front of him.

And thats why he retired while he had the chance!!!!

#2578873 3/4 GDT : Rangers 1 at Red Wings 2 (OT)

Posted by kickazz on 04 March 2015 - 10:48 PM


Cole maybe. Z I doubt it. Hes 38 and the Wings have atleast 2-3 youngsters ready for a roster spot.

He may be kept at a lower price to transition the youngsters in as he phases out his career. Wings have had veterans take pay cuts just to stay with organizations they think they have a shot with. Besides, you cant consider age the same way with D-men like you would with forwards. 

#2578866 3/4 GDT : Rangers 1 at Red Wings 2 (OT)

Posted by kickazz on 04 March 2015 - 10:46 PM

Side note; not sure if it was just me but it looked like Zetterberg skated better than he did before he was even injured. Almost seems like he just wanted the time off. Good game by Jimmy too. 

#2577728 Red Wings acquire Marek Zidlicky from NJ for Cond. 2016 3rd Round Pick

Posted by kickazz on 02 March 2015 - 04:18 PM

Getting two vets may be helpful in the postseason. If you remember in playoffs last year against Boston; the young players quickly got shutdown when they got a taste of some real playoff hockey. Adding this age balance will help the core group as a whole for a deep playoff push. We def needed another veteran D-man imo. 

#2571394 Franzen on IR

Posted by kickazz on 16 February 2015 - 11:32 PM

Things aren't sounding good here. Still no improvement.

I mentioned this in another thread and ill say it again. Concussions lead to brain damage if occurred too many times. Technically the standard is if you get it once, make sure u dont get it again. It basically leads to rupture of neurons (brain cells) Franzen has gotten it way too many times. He should seriously consider retiring if he cares about his own health.


- I work in the medical field. Not a huge fan when i see kids showing up with this. 

#2570983 Next Number to be retired

Posted by kickazz on 15 February 2015 - 04:11 PM

People tend to forget Zetterberg's 2008 playoff performance when he literally shut down the top 2 players in the world (Crosby/Malkin) AND set the franchise record for most points in a playoff season AND won the Conn Smyth. Z may no longer be a top 10 player but he sure as hell was the top player of his position that year and arguably the top 3 player of his position in the latter part of last decade. Add the cherry on top, he's the captain of one of the most successful franchises in NHL. They could not have set it up for him any better. If he doesn't make the rafters after those feats + his commitment of a lifelong contract on this franchise, then I highly doubt we will see any more jersey retirements anytime in the future. And I really don't even need to make a case for Datsyuk. The only thing holding his situation back is if he parts ways from Detroit. MAYBE. 


Additionally people tend to forget that Federov did everything he did on an extremely stacked roster - a pre salary cap era. Don't get me wrong Federov was an outright beast of a player. But his feats were supportable by Yzerman, Lidstrom, Shanahan, Russian 5, and much much more. Who did Pav or Hank have to support their feats? an aging Lidstrom? 


And even if we forget all these numbers. Z and Pav are adored by fans and the management. Babcocks called Z "the coaches son" type of player after he signed his major contract in 2009. If anything Z/Pav have a better shot at it than number 91; they're on excellent terms with the franchise and fans. But I do wish Feds gets it as well. 

#2570948 Next Number to be retired

Posted by kickazz on 15 February 2015 - 01:19 PM

The next best shot on this current roster is #40 followed by #13. Captain status is a big deal in this franchise and almost all the players on that rafter were former captains. Z's going to need at least another cup. 


On paper they both deserve it. Pav is number 6 on all time point list and Z is number 7. Both surpassed Ted Lindsay and will probably surpass Federov in the next few seasons. Z currently is on the verge of breaking Yzermans all time playoff goal record. The point is, if were looking at franchise records both will end up somewhere as number 4/5 all time followed by Zetterberg having the possibility of being All time #1 in playoff numbers. Nothing is certain until both of them retire and hope their health lives up to their contracts. 

#2570476 Good to see they're getting along

Posted by kickazz on 14 February 2015 - 12:55 AM



I don't think their numbers will be.  I could see both of them getting the Hall of Fame, but getting your number retired by the Wings is even harder than getting into the Hall.  The only other guy that I'd consider putting in the rafters would be Osgood.  He's easily top ten all-time at his position and has all the credentials.  But even that, I'd admit, is arguable. 

Idk.. If Hank manages to play out the rest of his contract and gets another cup and Conn Smyth (which him being our consistent playoff performer is quiet plausible) I believe he has a good chance of getting his jersey retired. I think  chances for ozzy are "lower" because he didn't spend his entire career in Detroit nor was he "Captain" status. Z will always be THAT 7th round pick that stayed here his entire career and won stanley cup/MVP, is a triple gold club member and captained his national team. Z's story is just too damn unique to not take notice. Plus Hank and Emma do quiet a bit for the city and I can't think of any fans that "dislike" Zetterberg. Dude's just well respected and all of that is highly considered when you get that number retired. We have to see how the rest of his contract plays out and what becomes of the Red Wings.

#2570205 2/11 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Penguins 4

Posted by kickazz on 11 February 2015 - 10:17 PM

annnnd mrazek goes back to GR for rest of the season

#2564677 1/18 GDT : Sabres 4 at Red Wings 6 (Z w/Hat Trick)

Posted by kickazz on 18 January 2015 - 10:46 PM

Zetterberg's 6th career hatrick tied for third best in the Red Wings franchise with Sergei Federov. Number one and two and Yzerman and Shanny. Atta boy Z!

#2564652 1/18 GDT : Sabres 4 at Red Wings 6 (Z w/Hat Trick)

Posted by kickazz on 18 January 2015 - 10:37 PM

The only person I would pick MAYBE as a captain over Zetterberg is Jonathan Toews. But even that is a stretch. Z is a workhorse and get its done even with a subpar roster. Toews' got a good roster to shine with. Plus Z is more committed to our home city than 99% of the NHL players are to their cities. Shouldn't even be a discussion really.

#2465354 Why the Red Wings get injured

Posted by kickazz on 16 December 2013 - 07:50 PM

If ONLY we had an enforcer to keep that herniated disc of Z's in line...


...and to make sure that pesky groin of Weiss' would be held accountable...


...or that Howard's knee wouldn't dare tweak itself...


For the record.  Detroit (as of yesterday) sat at 10th in the league in terms of Man-Games-Lost-To-Injury, at 110.  The #8 team, Montreal, is at 122 games lost.  Yet, Montreal currently ranks 3rd in fighting majors at 22.  Columbus is 5th in games lost to injury, 130, and 7th in fighting majors at 20.  Tampa Bay is 7th in games lost at 123, and 13th in the league with 17 fighting majors.  Toronto leads the league in fighting majors at 26, yet is only 2 spots back from Detroit with 97 games lost.


I just did the math.  The average # of games lost to injury by any team this year is a smidge over 93 games (93.066666667, etc).  Detroit's at 110, which is above average, but not astonishingly so, especially given that Detroit is tied for dead last in the league at 4 fighting majors.


As it stands, the statistics don't necessarily agree that having players who are more willing to "enforce" (a.k.a. willing to drop the gloves) translates into less games lost due to injury...


So you go from my claim on hits per game to fighting majors. Cool. Enforcers dont necessarily have to fight they also put aggression towards opponents through hits. And it's a known fact in hockey (if you play, which i feel doubtful seeing your reactions to a basic aspect of hockey; aggression, aka what the sport is KNOWN for) fighting and hits can curve momentum. Hits can send messages to opponents. Hits make people think twice before opponents go after your star players. Hits are a non-verbal way of saying " you hit my guy, i'll hit you and embarrass you." Case and point 




Laperriere hit Lidstrom. Downey took revenge. Lappy was a mouse the rest of the series. Wings went on to continue dominating. 

#2464828 Leafs/Wings 24/7 Episode 1 Discussion (12/14)

Posted by kickazz on 15 December 2013 - 03:42 PM

The segment with Helm, Abs, Quincey and Smith was one of the most fakest things I've seen on TV. Really? A conversation about Datsyuk? God try to be more original. Obviously it was a set-up conversation. Probably HBO camera guys fed up of not getting crap for coverage and told em to talk about Datsyuk or something. The Alfredsson segment was much better. He was very natural and so were his kids (little goofballs) that's the kind of stuff you want to see. Not fake conversations for the cameras...

#2459517 Zetterberg to captain the 2014 swedish olympic team?

Posted by kickazz on 01 December 2013 - 01:27 AM

Is this true? I found a Swedish article (translated to English) speculating he is. Not sure if there are any concrete English articles out there.

#2428428 is anyone happy right now?

Posted by kickazz on 07 July 2013 - 11:46 AM


As for Brunner...meh. I was upset that we lost him, but, you know what? If losing a Damien Brunner is a huge blow to our Stanley Cup chances, we're in a lot of trouble. Plus, with Brunner and Nyquist and Tatar, we'd be beating the soft, smallish Euro thing past the point of death. And, knowing Babcock, he'd have them all pllaying in the bottom-six. So we'd get our asses kicked by Boston and cry.

Good point. Many folks have been crying over losing Brunner as a huge loss to the team. So dramatic that somehow they forget that fact that we have 3 future hall of famers on our top 6, one of the fastest centers in the league in our bottom six (helm) and two of the better NHL youngesters in the bottom six (Nyquist and Tatar). Losing Brunner is not as bad as people think it is.