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#2543421 Franzen to 7-day IR

Posted by Son of a Wing on Yesterday, 03:15 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.

#2542657 TANK IT! 2014-2015 Season

Posted by Praying Mantha on 20 October 2014 - 03:19 PM

I love how this thread has been reactivated from the depths after 5 games, the Wings are 3-1-1 without their best player, have gone toe to toe with 2 of the best teams in the league, look incredibly energetic and speedy, and have a tremendous PK. 
Whats not to like? 
Screw the 'experts'. They're not the ones out there on the ice. And so far, I like what i've seen (outside of the first two periods of Wednesdays game, but even then we got a point out of it)

Exactly. We are one blown call away from being undefeated thru 5 games against top half teams. Let's tank it.

#2542623 Pavel Datsyuk update?

Posted by Euro_Twins on 20 October 2014 - 01:24 PM

Good point. Nesty needs to get stronger in his own end (see Getzlaf abusing him on GWG), but his forecheck has been a lot more impressive than I thought it would be. He needs 10 more lbs of muscle and a few years experience, and he'll be a good 3rd line NHLer.

I'd rather play a guy a couple weeks that we know was a consistent point producer before being injured than a project that may or may not pan out in a couple years.

#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. ;)

#2542079 10/17 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Maple Leafs 1

Posted by TheXym on 18 October 2014 - 09:20 AM

I was out with the wife last night, watching the dvr of the game now, and for all the grief I've given KFQ (deservedly so), the guy has veen improving from his fairly solid second half of last season and I thought he looked damn god based on what I've seen so far.

Franzen had a hell of a game before he got hurt, and I had to laugh at the Franzen hate before he got his goals. I'll be one of the first to call him out when Mule switches to ass mode, but give the guy credit. I agree he's playing the best he has in ages (Oh wait, I don't have the option to attend live so I need to start a charity or something).

Howard has also been playing well, shootout notwithstanding, but if you can't score it isn't just on the goalie. Here's hopng Monster stands tall today.

#2542025 10/17 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Maple Leafs 1

Posted by Praying Mantha on 17 October 2014 - 09:43 PM


Howie 2-1-1. 5 of 8 pts. Good start, considering strength of opponents and ref blown call.

#2541789 10/17 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Maple Leafs 1

Posted by Cloune on 17 October 2014 - 06:56 PM


#2540788 Jeff Petry; trade between us and oilers

Posted by rick zombo on 15 October 2014 - 10:43 AM

The grit and size should clearly show he was being sarcastic.

Not to mention two of of three biggest players franzina and kindl at like they're 4 foot 11.


I'm probably going to regret posting this:


Have you watched Franzen play this year?

#2541442 TANK IT! 2014-2015 Season

Posted by Bannedforlife on 15 October 2014 - 11:37 PM

Let's at least wait until the end of the month or next month or dec before we form opinions on good we are or arnt it's WAY TOO EARLY.

Its says a lot about a reactionary topic when degraa55 is the voice of reason.

#2540548 Babcock " I dont think it will be my final year here"

Posted by kipwinger on 13 October 2014 - 06:15 PM

Annoying Babcock quote of the day...


"I think we've played hard, we've played well. We've been in 10 games now, we haven't scored. So, eight in the exhibition and then two in the regular season and you don't score real easy so far. We're looking forward to Pavel (Datsyuk) to get back one day and get guys back in their right spots and we might score a little more. I'm impressed with how hard we work. I'm impressed with our specialty teams, impressed with our team speed. We've got to finish more."


Think that has anything to do with the fact that you're dressing Abby, Helm, Miller, Glendening, Andersson, and Nestrasil?  I mean, what a surprise that your first line produced more when you replaced Abby with Nyquist.  Hard to believe putting offensive players in offensive situations yields offense.


If you want more offensive maybe send "Nesty" back down for someone who can score, or get Andersson off the wing (or off the team), or try plugging Weiss in...ya know...because he's been consistently good offensively his entire career.  Just a couple of thoughts anyway. 

#2540440 10/11/14 GDT: Game 2 | Ducks 3 @ Red Wings 2

Posted by darkmanx on 13 October 2014 - 10:16 AM

"But it's one game.  Why are people so hung up on one game?"


Remember 6 months ago when we barely made the playoffs?  Every game matters.

2 points in October count as much as 2 points in April.


I disagree with this statement and here's why. Both games we played against 2 top 10 teams in the NHL and we outplayed both of them, not to mention we haven't looked this good (small sample size) since 2009. We have a perfect blend of elite players, mixed with up and coming kids, and the 4th line is playing fantastic and causing havoc.


Our D have been pinching in and making good plays, which hasn't been done since Rafalski, Lids, Kronner and Stuart days. We are fine, it's only 2 games into the season and I say that will full confidence. We aren't going 82-0.

#2540406 10/11/14 GDT: Game 2 | Ducks 3 @ Red Wings 2

Posted by DeGraa55 on 12 October 2014 - 11:09 PM

I think Kronwall being stronger on his skates isn't the issue, any other time in the game Getzlaf gets called for hooking. It's typical NHL reffing inconsistency late in the 3rd period. One thing that drives me crazy about hockey is how much the officiating effects the outcome of the game. It's not like that in Baseball and Football. I wish it was something the NHL would address. The players should have the biggest effect on the outcome of a game, instead of the refs.

And at the end of the end of the day the players did affect that outcome. Read the thread people have said everything that went wrong numerous times. A missed call was only one of many things. If any of kronwall Ericsson Howard and Franzen did something different things code been different regardless of a missed call.

But it's one game. Why are people so hung up on one game? It's an 82 game season and whether people like it or not. Calls will go our way as well as against us. And over 82 games it's usually balanced out.

#2540257 Babcock " I dont think it will be my final year here"

Posted by number9 on 11 October 2014 - 09:56 PM

Anyone who has bad things to say about Glendening can eat my jock strap.

The guy walked onto the U of M team and rose to captain. Went undrafted but immediately signed by GR. Impressed there, and was signed by the wings, where he immediately made an impact. The guy rises to every occasion, and despite little to no hype, has performed at every level. He is the definition of the type of guy I want on my team.

#2539829 Datsyuk to play Thursday? Weiss to be a healthy scratch?

Posted by Nev on 11 October 2014 - 12:32 PM


I think the Wings are very easy to play against physically.  The big guys aren't known for their hitting.  Franzen is big and skilled, but doesn't really battle for pucks.  Team speed is supposed to be our real strength, but that didn't really work for us when playing against a team like Boston.  


Interestingly, when we moved East there was a thread on HFboards with fans of Eastern teams saying how soft Detroit were.  I was pleasantly surprised to see fans of Chicago, San Jose and Anaheim posting to say essentially "if you think Detroit is soft because they don't have any tough guys, you're in for a shock".


Comparing us to Boston (and I know you want us to be just like Boston) is comparing us to the gold standard.  They are a blend of size, toughness, goaltending and elite skill that rarely comes along - Anaheim 2007 is probably the last example.  And they've still only won 1 cup with it.

#2538913 23 man roster set... say hi to your 2014/15 Wings

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 07 October 2014 - 05:01 PM

Weak. Holland just took the easy way out again. New season, same frustrating rhetoric.


As people have already mentioned, the roster is not set in stone.  


If the rumors are true, it sounds like Holland is trying to free up a spot for XO by moving Kindl.  




On a side note, XO is one of the cooler, easier to type nicknames I've seen in a while.  And Nestrasil sounds like something you put on acne.  "I used to get breakouts all the time in high school.  Then I started using Nestrasil!"