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#2627880 Dylan Larkin Scouting Report

Posted by kipwinger on 01 October 2015 - 10:18 AM

The two guys I think of off the top of my head are Kyle Turris and Claude Giroux.  He's a little bigger than Giroux, but otherwise I like those comparisons.  He's fast, responsible, and sees the ice extremely well.  He's a good shooter, and a great passer.  Plus he thinks really quickly.  I watched him do that little "toe drag/use the defenseman as a screen" move the other night.  It's not exactly groundbreaking, but for a 19 year old to have the presence of mind to do that makes me think he processes the game at a truly high level. 

#2627762 9/30 Exhibition GDT : Red Wings 7 at Penguins 2

Posted by Jesusberg on 30 September 2015 - 03:08 PM

I'd still be shocked if he starts the season in Detroit. We have way too many forwards and not enough spots. We shall see very soon though... 9 days, but who's counting...

I was/am thinking the same thing, but if Helm's out it could change the situation. If Blashill thinks he's outplayed one of Jurco or Pulkkinen, we could see something like:

Andersson, Jurco/Pulkkinen

I'm sure it seems unlikely, but the way they're treating Larkin seems different.

For the record, I'd rather he start in Grand Rapids and do the whole "big fish in a small pond" thing at first. Really, the way he's jumped from level to level in the last year worries me a little. He's played six games in the AHL. I almost think it would be worse for him to make the roster, then deal with being sent down. If he's sent down, it's more of a, "well this is the way things work in Detroit."

#2627416 Kane case headed to grand jury

Posted by Hockeymom1960 on 25 September 2015 - 06:02 PM

That model tried to extort $2,000 from jagr not a couple hundred grand


What a complete moron only $2,000?

#2625682 P.K. Subban Donates $10 Million Dollars to Children's Hospita

Posted by BottleOfSmoke on 16 September 2015 - 09:52 PM

Wait.....No 'butt pats'?

Butt pats are reserved for Red Wings/Red Wing fans.

#2625536 Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

Posted by GoWings1905 on 15 September 2015 - 12:41 PM

yeah that was just strange I don't think he is a top pairing guy but someone you can trust on the second pairing.

Green has yet to show that he is more than a very good QB on the PP.

Neither was Brian Rafalski and look what a huge difference he made for the Red Wings. Having d-men that can move the puck and start the transition game in hockey is critical in today's game. I think it's a huge reason the Wings have struggled at even strength lately -- the forwards are capable, but the defense struggles to get them going.

#2624428 So this is why teams hate the wings

Posted by kipwinger on 02 September 2015 - 12:25 PM

Being a fan from 1984 - that was 13 seasons (and 1995 Final) of frustration, and near misses for me until Detroit won the Cup in '97.


I realize that Detroit hasn't been good literally forever.  I'm suggesting that this upcoming season, for instance, will probably be more interesting for me than the 1999 or 2000 seasons.  Even though these were heyday years of the Wings "dynasty". 


I like the question marks surrounding an upcoming season.  Going into it with Cup or bust on your mind is fine (especially if you haven't won in a long time), but it's a little less interesting when you've seen a ton of them. 


I love the competition for spots, the youth movement, the goalie debate, the new coach, the emerging stars.  All those story lines are more interesting to me than anything we were talking about heading into the 2010 season (for instance). 

#2622231 Free agents this off season

Posted by kipwinger on 04 August 2015 - 11:32 AM

I think that a lot of the success attributed to Howard AND Mrazek really belongs to Babcock's shot suppression system.  I'm not saying that either guy wouldn't be good otherwise, but it's pretty clear that they didn't get challenged nearly as much as most goalies do.  I think I'd wait to see how things pan out under Blashill before I start penciling in starting goalies.  Might be that Howard stink worse than we thought, and Petr easily takes the job.  Then again, maybe Mrazek falters under more shots every single night and the veteran is our saving grace.  Who knows?

#2620783 Lovable Dan Cleary update thread

Posted by roboturner on 17 July 2015 - 03:02 PM

My sister passed away about 3 weeks ago from cancer.


A couple of seasons ago she had a chance to go to a Wings game.


My dad had been in contact with the Wings people and they were trying to work out who she might want to meet if she got the chance. It was up to me to ask her who she wanted to meet. Of course, we were trying to surprise her so I didn't want to just come out and say "Hey you're probably going to get to meet one of the players, who do you want to meet?"


So i would ask, "Hey Care, if you got to meet anybody on the wings who would you want to meet?"


"DAN CLEARY!" she'd exclaim.


So a couple of days later I would ask again. "DAN CLEARY!!" was the answer I got again.


She knew they were going to be going to the game when she went down to Ann Arbor, so I tried again, "No..Seriously....If you really got to meet one of the current Wings players when you go to the game, who would it be?"  I could not have given her a bigger hint without flat out just telling her!




So she and my dad and uncle went to the game and had a good time. Then the game was over. As they are trying to 'leave' the building, my uncle is leading the way with directions on where to go with my dad and sister following him. She still has no idea.


They end up in an area where she figures they aren't supposed to be. "Are we allowed down this way?"


Finally they end up standing against a wall with a bunch of other people with a Wings/arena employee telling them to just wait where they are.


"Are we meeting players?!" She had finally figured it out.


While they were waiting she felt she had accidentally bumped into someone behind her. She turned to say she was sorry to them. But nothing came out of her mouth. It was Nicklas Lidstrom that she had bumped into!! (This was during his last season when he wasn't playing due to his ankle) He saw she was trying to apologize and told her it was no big deal. Other players like Pavel and Zetterberg had walked through the hallway where they were waiting.


Finally Dan Cleary came out and asked "Are you Carrie?"


I don't remember much of what else happened (I wasn't there, just heard the stories afterward), but he was super nice to her, took a couple of pictures, and signed some things.

The jersey says

"To: Carrie    Best Wishes

 Your friend, Dan Clear 11"


He also had a signed bobble head sent to our house a couple of weeks later.


I always teased her about wanting to meet Cleary over anybody else, but she really enjoyed the whole experience




#2620784 Lovable Dan Cleary update thread

Posted by FlashyG on 17 July 2015 - 03:14 PM

Sometimes its easy to forget that while Dan Cleary the player has long since outlived his usefulness as a Detroit Red Wing, that Dan Cleary the man is actually a great person and a wonderful ambassador for not just the Red Wings but professional athletes in general. That story above my post is a good reminder of that.


In no way do I want him taking a roster spot up on the team anymore, but I'll always respect how he turned his career around with the Wings and his contributions to the team over the years.

#2614756 2015 SCF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by kipwinger on 16 June 2015 - 10:57 AM

To tell the truth, I'm happy about this.  I don't want a division rival winning the Cup.  I didn't want the Stanley Cup in the south, getting gawked at by mildly bemused tourists and local swamp rats.  I don't ever want to hear "The Stanley Cup gets a sun tan" ever again.  *Puke*.  I don't give a crap about "Stevie winning one", because he stopped mattering to me the second he started working for a rival organization.   In short, NOTHING about Tampa winning the Cup would have felt good to me.  I don't care about their players, coach, staff, GM, city, or state.


Secondly, I don't feel threatened by this.  At all. The new Chicago dynasty is (so far) more impressive than our dynasty from 97-08.  So what?  We still won 4 Cups in 11 years, had top end talent to watch, and made  the playoffs every single year.  It's still SUPER impressive.  Just because the 80's Islanders weren't the 80's Oilers doesn't make them any less awesome.  This just put a stamp on something we all already knew.  We're no longer the league's model franchise.  Oh well, doesn't make our run at the top any less impressive. 

#2614670 2015 SCF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by frankgrimes on 15 June 2015 - 10:19 PM

Toews has 3 cups, Zetterberg will NEVER get that. And Kane now has three cups and starting tearing up the NHL playoffs WAY before Datsyuk in age. Give me Toews and Kane over D and Z ANY DAY of the week. Only blind homers will say otherwise.

I've thought this before and now I am pissed of enough to type it: I highly doubt you are a wings fan and that's obvious after reading some of your postings..

Maybe a Leafs or even Hawks troll..

#2612887 The "enigmatic" Tomas Jurco: A Thread

Posted by wings87 on 02 June 2015 - 06:00 PM

I don't think you can call him enigmatic after 2 seasons. He's had 1 good year and 1 bad, that's all there is to it. With Blashill coming in he'll be used properly (scoring role, not checking). So I expect a better year from him.

#2612547 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by Jacksoni on 31 May 2015 - 04:44 PM

Update? Stream I was watching just reverted to game 4.


Check pm. Adblocker on.

#2609732 Babcock says good-bye in full page ad. SIAP

Posted by F.Michael on 22 May 2015 - 02:28 PM

Best wishes to Mike Babcock, and his family.


He's a class act in my humble opinion.


No issues from me with his decision.

#2607491 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by number9 on 13 May 2015 - 11:11 AM

Can we all stop with the political discussion.  I know that nobody means any harm, but this isn't really the place for it. 


^ found the guy on welfare  :lol: