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#2676732 IIHF World Championships

Posted by kickazz on 28 May 2016 - 01:43 PM

They needed a powerforward. He fits the description. Powerforwards are a rarity in the NHL today.

#2676714 Dustin Brown losing captaincy

Posted by kickazz on 28 May 2016 - 07:50 AM

Well Brown among other things is one of the biggest divers in the league. He really shouldn't be a captain leading the way unless it's meant to show the players how to dive.

#2676689 ECF : Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted by kickazz on 27 May 2016 - 02:59 PM

Are you serious? Stamkos is one of the ten best hockey players on the planet, and he's the team's captain, playing an elimination game with the chance to go the Cup Finals. There's no sentimentality there. He gave them the best chance at winning, so they played him.
But of course we want Stamkos to come here so we have to fit everything we see into that narrative. The hockey universe revolves around Detroit, right? *sigh*
I'd guess that in about two weeks Yzerman will announce they've got Stamkos signed for life, and half the people here will implode under the weight of their own self-righteousness. 

I think your issue is you generalize posters a bit too much. No where in his post did he speak of Detroit Red Wings or Stamkos coming here. The fact that Stamkos didn't sign an extention and rejected the Lightnings first offer  has caused speculation of him possibly moving on to another team for months now. This isn't a LGW thing, or a "universe revolving around Detroit" thing, this is a hockey media thing. Almost all team forums and general forums from HFboard to hockeyfights.com have people talking about where Stamkos will sign (whether it's Tampa or Toronto or some other team). I think majority of posters here have assumed Stamkos will either re-sign with Tampa or go back home to Toronto (because Stamkos happened to "like" a Tweet they made about him going there). Just because people are hoping he hits free agency and Holland makes an offer doesn't mean much will happen. But speculation is speculation, EVERYONE from the media, his teammates, the Wings management and players (even Henrik Zetterberg in a recent interview mentioned "many free agents available and it will be interesting to see how it plays out") are either thinking or talking about this. And until he signs somewhere, speculation will continue to happen.


And even if he signs with Tampa - which he might as long as they offer him the max contract rather than the $8.5 million they offered (which he rejected) it wouldn't really be a "told you so" type of situation lol. Stamkos is one of the first big names out there that didn't sign right away with his team (unlike Kopitar, Toews, Kane, Corey Perry, Getzlaf) . This is sort of thing doesn't just happen. Also I'd like to think that fans (whether it's Detroit, Boston, Buffalo or whatever teams that need a superstar) are allowed to hope and be optimistic. It's okay. 

#2676610 Wings acquire SJ prospect Dylan Sadowy

Posted by kickazz on 26 May 2016 - 06:27 PM

That means we will probably never see him in a wings lineup

We will as long as he can do other things besides that. And from what I'm seeing and hearing he can. Blashill is all about having players who can defend their teammates. Much moreso than Babcock was. 

#2676594 Wings acquire SJ prospect Dylan Sadowy

Posted by kickazz on 26 May 2016 - 04:22 PM

I don't think we lose anything either because we get Maple Leafs 3rd round pick next season if we don't get it this season..?

#2676587 Wings acquire SJ prospect Dylan Sadowy

Posted by kickazz on 26 May 2016 - 03:56 PM

Scores? Hits? Plays aggressively instead of getting swatted off the puck? 


A combination we need!


Great sign. 

#2676539 16/17 offseason

Posted by kickazz on 25 May 2016 - 08:07 PM

2009-2012 Abby played center on and off. He was a pretty damn good faceoff guy (around 53%). Much better than Sheahan is. 


Filpula became Zetterberg's linemate on second line sometime between 2010-2012, but primarily in the 2011/12 seasons. 


I don't think Abby would be a good top 6 centerman. Being is top 6 centerman is nothing like being a bottom 6 centerman.


My first choice for centering 3rd line would be Darren Helm followed by Abby. But neither will happen. 


Ideally next season I'd like to see Larkin/AA get some 1st and 2nd line centering duties. I think Zetterberg is much more useful on the Wing if he's to stay top 6. And I think Abby would be a good winger up there as well. 


If Z stays first line center then hopefully Larkin gets 2C and AA gets 3C (he could share 3C duties with Sheahan). 

#2676494 ECF : Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted by kickazz on 24 May 2016 - 09:30 PM

Kessel puts Tampa on the board!

Dude he just can't stop scoring. He's a machine. 

#2676429 ECF : Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted by kickazz on 23 May 2016 - 12:29 PM

I always hated Shawn Michaels. He was a tool of a wrestler. Always a Hogan, Brett Hitman Heart and Taker fan. Glad Penguins lost in his visit lol.

#2676415 ECF : Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted by kickazz on 22 May 2016 - 11:48 PM

Nothing will please me more these playoffs than Steve Yzerman getting his 4th Stanley cup. 


Go Bolts go! 

#2676307 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by kickazz on 20 May 2016 - 02:13 PM

Yet Nyquist didn't improve and sank to Abbys production. We've got a $4.75 million contract scoring 17 goals and your concern is the guy who scored 19 and does everything else. Didn't you criticise this idea in Mantha's thread? "If a guy scores and doesn't do much else vs someone who can do everything else".

#2676298 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by kickazz on 20 May 2016 - 01:34 PM


Abdelkader also played three minutes more per game too and spent practically all of that time with Z and/or Datsyuk. 

Z isn't as good anymore so playing with him isn't as awesome as it used to be. Nyquist plays with Tatar who has some of the best possession numbers on the team (better than Zetterberg's) .. Not to mention Nyquist plays against lesser competition more often than not as well. 


Additionally Abdelkader's ice time also goes towards penalty killing. About 1.5 minutes per game he plays shorthanded.  Something Nyquist doesn't do. 


Even with less ice time, Nyquist managed to take more shots on goal over the course of the year. Yet Abdelkader had 4 game winning goals to Nyquist's 3. 


No matter how one cuts it. Abdekader makes less money, has about the same points as Nyquist and does more on ice with penalty killing, blocked shots, hits (team leader for hits btw) and fighting. 


I'd say for all the things I listed, in terms of money the Red Wings management is getting a bigger bang for their buck with Abdelkader's deal compared to Nyquist's deal at the moment. 

#2676261 Mantha

Posted by kickazz on 19 May 2016 - 07:30 PM

If a guy scores 27 goals, that's one every three games. If all he brings is that, then he's not helping you win 2/3 of the time. I'd rather have a guy who scored 20 and does other things.

Well we have plenty of those guys. It seems to be working perfectly well for us. Except it's not.


Our offense lacks in goal scorers and has a weak overall offense and power play. These issues need to be addressed. Mantha won't be the complete answer. Not now. Not in his rookie year. But possibly in a couple of years he will be part of the answer. 

#2676244 IIHF World Championships

Posted by kickazz on 19 May 2016 - 03:12 PM


Gustav Nyquist played 18:47 and yet I couldn't see him out there. Somehow he managed a +/-0.

Yes, he has scored a lot in this tournament (7) but it was against easy opponents. This was another shameful display.

The reason your point (among 20 others you try to make to cherry pick Nyquist) doesn't make any sense is because all of the other players in the tournament have played against similar competition. It's not like Nyquist is the only one playing against crap teams. So comparatively he's still got better numbers than say Datsyuk who has only 1 goal in the same exact competition. 

#2676240 Mantha

Posted by kickazz on 19 May 2016 - 02:19 PM

As long as Mantha can score goals I could careless. We need goal scorers. Team needs some size. On paper he fills those needs. Just has to translate it into NHL and I'll be happy. Could care less about his ability to hit, play defense blah blah.