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In Topic: Fixing this mess....

28 April 2016 - 09:16 AM

He has said the right things, then done little to fix the problem. As I have said many times on the forum in many different threads, Holland needs to act. There is zero debate about this.

 

Such authority. Were you president of a debate club? Look around, there is no shortage of debate. You seem to have a way snubbing people who probably agree with you on major points. I agree 100% Holland needs to act and has not. I disagree in that he has said the right things, even this week. He always leads with excuses. 


In Topic: New arena construction updates

28 April 2016 - 09:11 AM

Instead of apartments:

http://www.mlive.com...s_resident.html

 

I really wish they would turn the Joe space into a public space/park. I think it would do a lot for the city - many great cities have done this (Chicago as the most extreme example, but that came about after the fire). Detroit has essentially walled off the river front with the Ren Cen, Cobo, Joe... while the few parks on the water have always been the best places (Hart Plaza, Chene Park).


In Topic: The Missed Chances: '03, '04, '06

28 April 2016 - 09:04 AM

2009 was the most disappointing of all the losses and the one I remember the most.  I wouldn't say it was as embarrassing as those other losses, though.

 

After Crosby snubbing Lidstrom, my #2 painful memory from that game 7 are two awful plays by Brad Stuart - turnover to a goal, penalty to a goal. We were out coached the entire series with Pitt being more adaptable, but it really was ours to win or lose. Had Stuart not played like a ditz in that game, we might have our second 2 cup streak. You will not convince me - Stuart should have committed seppuku after that one. 


In Topic: Making a move with AUTHORITY!

27 April 2016 - 04:11 PM

Regardless of team and Mgmt rationalizations for the 2015-16 season and softball assessments from Detroit's press, it's clear this club has worn the tread off the Winged Wheel.

So the faithful don't hyperventilate, get a paper bag handy. The present day Wings can't score or defend. If not for the Parise-less Wild, they would have been the worst team to make the playoffs. Ah ...., let me restate that: They were the worst team to make the dance at a -13 goal differential.

Now that we have the cold hard facts of the away, let's give the DRW brain trust something to think about:
* No one, NO ONE, on this team should be considered untouchable.
* Who really believes Petr Mrazek can be an elite goaltender, capable of putting the team on his shoulders and win a PLAYOFF game(s)?
* Who really believes that there is a #1 or #2 D-man on this team?

Call me old fashioned. I remember Jacques Demers and Bryan Murray to Mike Babcock and Jeff Blashill. The 25-year playoff run and four Stanley Cups were built from the Defense out.

Understanding that Nicklas Lidstroms and Duncan Keiths don't grow on trees, the Wings -- with an excess of more than capable and trade friendly forwards -- need to make the strongest play for THE top defenseman in the '16 Entry Draft.

What better way to pay final respects to the Joe and open a new barn than with the reassertion by the Detroit Red Wings as SERIOUS players in the chase for the Cup!

 

Thank you sir. You can still be a fan and be critical. Being a homer serves nobody right now. The only bold move I remember Holland making was whipping out the Ilitch check book and signing Hasek, Hull and Robitaille. I have seen no evidence of boldness, genius or strategy since the cap. He is not capable of dealing with constraints. He is handcuffed by his aversion to risk and lack of creativity in utilizing all available assets including trades, scouting, and taking chances by letting hungry young players challenge the veterans for their job. One more thing. Accountability. Especially on D. Only a bunch of guys feeling safe in their job could have performed so inconsistently this year. Even with the mediocre talent on our D, a little good old fashion tough love and a culture of fear of failure would have driven some of them to perform better.   

 

But even if he makes some moves here, we will fail with this coach. He is not remotely close to the smarts and leadership of our winning coaches. Another safe call.


In Topic: Holland (selfishly) declined promotion

27 April 2016 - 03:53 PM

 

I don't believe that for a second.  There has been comparisons over Holland and Yzerman in almost every thread since Thursday, I suggest you look at what Yzerman has actually "built" in Tampa vs what Holland has in Detroit.  

 

        

 

I went back and looked at the numbers and holy cow, you are 100% right and I was 100% wrong. Look at that, internet forums really are a place of enlightenment! Actually, that was sarcasm. I did look at the numbers ( for the past three years TB has out measured the Wings on key stats AND they beat us twice in the playoffs (once without key star players).