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In Topic: Roster Moves by the Wings

20 October 2015 - 02:28 PM

I don't think Defense will be our issue this year...


You can't make season altering decisions based on a 6 game conclusion.


But - if you were to do that, you may consider the following:


#1 - Pavel Datsyuk (a top 3 defensive center in the world) has yet to play.

#2 - Dan Dekeyser (our best defensive defenceman imo) has played 1/5 games. Which creates imbalanced pairings.

#3 - 2/5 games played so far, were the second game of a back to back. In those 2 games, we have allowed 7 goals.

In Topic: I think this might be finally it for the Mule, Sadly

19 October 2015 - 09:54 AM

lol why is this always a personal battle against Franzen? .


He said he was "one hit away from being done". He never took that hit, but looks like he still might be.


This isn't complicated. Johan Franzen was a great player for a decent stretch of Red Wing hockey, and I'll never forget what he was able to accomplish during the 2008,2009, and 2010 playoffs - actually those 3 postseasons are primarily what I'll remember him for - even if he come's back again.


But what doctor can honestly look at his age, his concussion history, his most latest setback (for no obvious reason), and the long term effects of multiple brain trauma injuries, and say... "Johan, you're good to go bud!!". It isn't "convenient" to say his time is done, or because you don't like that he's lazy, or that we have too many forwards so forget about him. It's common sense - that when an NHL player come's out and tells everyone that if he takes one more check to the head, his career is likely over - no one benefits from him being on the ice


Especially not the guy playing.

In Topic: I think this might be finally it for the Mule, Sadly

16 October 2015 - 10:55 AM

I still don't understand why he wanted to come back...


Considering what's happened (recently) to so many athletes in regards to traumatic brain injury, and the long term effects we've been exposed to - why would someone (who's admitted his career ending vulnerability to even one more hit) decide that at age 35, playing in the NHL still a good idea?


He's never going to win his first Stanley cup again, never lead the league in scoring again, and never sign another contract - given his accomplishments, and the money he's guaranteed - I'd like to know which doctor(s) supported this decision.

In Topic: Roster Moves by the Wings

06 October 2015 - 02:40 PM

e_prime, exactly, people really need to get over hating on Dan Cleary. I was a little shocked when I seen that he was once again re-signed, but he's here for one more season, and he will not hurt this team in anyway, so get the f*** over it...


But speaking of the crazy depth we have at forward, that's one of the biggest reasons I'm not a fan of Larkin making this team to start the season. We have way too many forwards and some that shouldn't be sitting, are going to do just that. I'd rather Jurco or Pulkkinen be in the lineup in Detroit and Larkin continue to develop in Grand Rapids for a season. Then when Richards is gone next season, that would be the perfect opportunity for Larkin to come in and take over as the 2nd line center...


You are bang on with your assessment of Dan Cleary... Intangibles are so often overlooked, and he doesn't hurt this team by signing a 1 year contract. No need for the up-roar.


However, Dylan Larkin.... the thing with Dylan Larkin.... is that he's probably already better than Jurco and/or Pulkinnen. Yes, there looks to be a seamless transition next year for Larkin to step in for Richards as our 2nd line Center, but he's already starting this year a our 1st line Center... I think our coaching staff senses something special here and why shouldn't they explore it?


Nothing wrong with having a deep team...

In Topic: Roster Moves by the Wings

05 October 2015 - 03:26 PM

I think the "right shooting defenseman" thing has tended to get overblown over the last three years.  Nothing about being a right shooter makes a guy better, or more deserving of a roster spot.  It's a characteristic that, all things being equal, you'd like to have a balance of. 


For instance, Marchenko and Smith were a better pair last year than Smith and Zidlicky.  In one instance having a righty worked, and in the other it didn't make much difference.  If forced to choose, I would rather have seen Smith with another lefty (Ouellet?), or Zidlicky with another righty (Marchenko?), rather than those two together. 


The lefty righty thing is based on all other variables being equal. If you're trying to find a partner for a lefty, and you've got two good guys with similar skillsets, then pick a righty.  But if one guy is a mismatch in every other way, but is right handed, don't give him the spot based primarily on that. 


Just my 2 cents. 


When you consider that over 70% of NHL Defencemen shoot left handed, It certainly helps to have a Right Handed shot when it comes to bubble players in the pre-season and/or free agents in the off-season. No, you aren't cutting Nick Kronwall to make room for Nick Jensen, but the theory of having an equal number of each stems from basic (positional) fundamentals and not just because it's simply good to have a balance of both.


Ideally, you would like to have 3 LH and 3 RH Defencemen at all times - because it's much harder to play the opposite side as a Dman than it is as a Forward...Alot of Forwards actually prefer to play their off-wing because its beneficial in most scoring area's around the slot.


As a left handed Defenceman playing the right side, it is much more difficult to retrieve the puck off the boards and move it quickly when sustaining offensive zone time... At NHL level, retrieving pucks on your backhand at the blueline to keep the zone (especially at even strength) typically gives the opposing team too much time to make a play. It's also harder to "play catch" and set up your offence at the top of the zone if both Dmen are Left Handed, and opposing teams will key in on this. Not to get too crazy, because we are talking about the best in the world here... but it's also easier to pivot, and force opposing forwards to the outside when you are playing the correct side.


On the PP, it's also beneficial to have both shots out there (think Lidstrom, Rafalski) - because once possession is established after the faceoff is won, the Defencemen can "switch" and create two shooting lanes as opposed to just one. Doing that, also creates room down low because the shorthanded team has to send 2 guys high...


It's not really overblown, and although you aren't arbitrarily a better player based on the fact you shoot right handed, you can certainly put your team in a position to be better. This is why they command more money every off-season, and more demand every trade deadline then left handed shooting players.