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In Topic: Datsyuk Announcement to Officially Leave NHL

18 June 2016 - 01:22 PM

From the first game in 2001 you could not keep your eyes off this guy. "Who the heck is this kid and how in the world did they find him?" Every single year he made improvements to his foundation of insanely out of this world skills and creativity. He got stronger, he got better on D, he shot more, he stole more pucks, he developed even more jaw dropping moves, he started actually celebrating goals a little bit more with the rest of us (who were usually jumping and screaming at what we saw), and he took on the role of a leader. Above all he was and is a class act.

 

I have zero tolerance or respect for those who are angry that he is leaving and feel he somehow "owes" the Wings or you anything. It is his life and like all of ours, you get only one and it is short. He lost his mother at about the same age his daughter is now. Of course I don't know the man, but I think it is easy to figure this out and appreciate the internal struggles he wrestled with. Family is more important than anything. Good for him.


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.