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#2595175 Post-GDT ECQF Game 1: Red Wings 3, Lightning 2 (DET leads, 1-0)

Posted by lwing on 17 April 2015 - 06:18 AM

"It's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game"


Yea, yea, that old line is supposed to be about sportsmanship, but maybe it can apply to hustle too. That was the most frustrating win I ever saw. A few players really showed up, but there is nothing to be proud of here as a team and if something doesn't change summer will be here very soon and Babcock will tell himself he can easily find a more willing team to coach. 


#2592931 Babcock: Petr Mrazek is starting Game 1

Posted by lwing on 13 April 2015 - 01:03 PM

I'll leave the analysis to everyone else - me I'm just glad to see a little accountability here. Nobody on this team should see their job as a given, no matter what their age or salary. Way overdue.

#2517308 A plea to Holland.

Posted by lwing on 26 April 2014 - 06:09 PM

Please for the love of all that is good and holy, get rid of Lashoff and Kindl. If not both then at least one of them. The pairing of Kindl and Lashoff is a goal waiting to happen. We've had amazing success inserting young forwards into the lineup, why not try a defenseman?

I don't care if it's Almqvist, or Sproul, or whoever, nor do I care if management thinks they are ready. No one thought Jurco, Glendening, or Sheahen were ready either; and they are doing just fine.

So Holland do us all a favor and bring in some fresh young blood.

Including in his own position.

#2517302 Do you want Jonas Gustavsson re-signed?

Posted by lwing on 26 April 2014 - 06:05 PM

I like Gus, but Mrazek will do something you rarely see on this team. He will make a high paid veteran (Howard) nervous and play for his job every night. We need more of this - hungry young guys who have their sights on taking away other people's jobs. It is good for the entire team and organization. Plus, I am certain Mrazek will be our starting goalie in a year or two at most. Howard can't compete with this kids attitude or skill. Mark my words. 

#2517287 Was Legwand worth it?

Posted by lwing on 26 April 2014 - 05:52 PM


I will never look back on the move to get Legwand but I just don't understand how we used him..clearly our young guys were out of their element in this series so why didnt we move him up to the 2nd or 3rd line.

I guess that would require a coach who actually shifts lines around vs just hoping things will magically change by themselves. :-) God, what is the mystery here? The genius of Bowman was his constant adapting. But Bowman was a chess player. Babcock plays checkers.

#2517076 ECQF - Game 5 - Red Wings at Bruins - 3:00 PM EST

Posted by lwing on 26 April 2014 - 04:45 PM

How ironic. We end with too many men on the ice when all series we haven't had enough men on the ice. 

#2516983 ECQF - Game 5 - Red Wings at Bruins - 3:00 PM EST

Posted by lwing on 26 April 2014 - 04:34 PM

Let's just skip to handshakes. Brutal series. Worse than Nashville two years ago. 

Mercifully that will happen soon enough. In the mean time, let's all take a moment to say thank you Mr. Holland for building such an amazing team these past few years. Your genius and foresight amaze me. Your combination of crafty trades and signings of seasoned veterans plus your willingness to aggressively cultivate young skilled players is the reason we are here. Most of all, thank you for preparing so many years in advance for the retirement of #5. Without your wizard like vision of the future, we would be left today with a hollow D incapable of anchoring the Wings puck possession game. (note the EXTREME sarcasm).

#2513860 ADQF | Game 3 | Boston 3 @ Detroit 0, BOS leads series 2-1

Posted by lwing on 22 April 2014 - 08:10 PM


This team needs to change either the coach or GM.  Some kind of fresh change is needed in the philosophy.  The players don't respond to Babcock anymore, so that's a place to start . Bring in Laviolette.


Holland will probably never be fired.  I do blame him more than Babcock, but it just won't happen.  Kenny will have to step down himself.  Kinda like a samurai acknowledging his failure and dishonor.   


You seem to get a hard time here, but I am not a homer wearing red tinted glasses kneeling at the altar of Holland is a Genius God Who Can Do No Wrong. I agree with many things you say. Kudos for staying tough with all the nasty playground crap you take here.


As for Babcock, he has good qualities, but when it comes to line combinations and adaptability he is playing checkers when the game is chess. 


I'm not as frustrated with this game as most, because this game, this sloppy horrible embarrassing play, was long in the making and is the direct result of Holland having no plan, no strategy, no adaptability, no creativity, no resourcefulness  and basically no clue for years. There is always some excuse on why we can't put together a team. He tried to buy a D, but that failed. What did he do after? Nothing. He doesn't know how to anything except pay for it, but those days are gone. Meanwhile I see plenty of other well developed teams like the one embarrassing us tonight. They all have the same cap and the same pool of players to choose from, so what's the deal? Holland is a house of cards. He has ridden the coat tails of our scouts, coaches, star players and an unlimited checking account pre cap. With all that (or most of it) gone, this is what he brings us. The kids deserve all the credit for making the playoofs, but they were thrown into all this by mistake, not by design, because there was NO design. Don't bother telling me about injuries. Of course Hank is a killer, but an entire team doesn't collapse to making minor league mistakes when the captain is down. Where are Cleary and Samuelsson tonight, Holland's big off season... what, I guess... re-acquisitions? Were those too mediocre has-beens his only option? Seriously, do you believe that? There was nothing else he could do, nobody else to pursue, trade, deal...? Oh wait, my mistake, there is Alfredsson bringing all that skill, experience and leadership to the ice this series. Yea, he was Holland's idea too. What a genius. 

#2494096 Is the Real Brendan Smith Finally Starting the Show Up?

Posted by lwing on 10 March 2014 - 04:15 PM


I think you need to temper that a bit.  I agree that he's a rookie and therefore it's premature to throw in the towel on him...but...lots of other rookies (Lashoff and Dekeyser for instance) manage to go game to game without being noticeably terrible at protecting the puck or maintaining zone coverages.  Smith is bad at both...even for a rookie. 


The guy you were responding to is wrong for thinking that Smith's deficiencies doom him to a awful career, likewise you're wrong for insinuating that his being a rookie excuses him from having to play responsible defense.


True, I was a bit hard on the guy, but its not like a hockey forum is a place for careful critical thinking and rational arguments. You sir are a gentleman and scholar while I was... less so. Still, Smith is the last player I am pinning my hopes on for this team. 

#2493799 3/9 GDT: Red Wings at Rangers

Posted by lwing on 09 March 2014 - 01:40 PM

No chance for Jimmy on that one

And yet goalies like Lundqvist and other top performers repeatedly stop shots where they should have no chance. That's why they get the big bucks. Why does Howard get the big bucks? I have no idea why. There, he just failed to step up again. It's never his fault is it? There is always a reason.

#2493782 Is the Real Brendan Smith Finally Starting the Show Up?

Posted by lwing on 09 March 2014 - 01:36 PM

Honestly, I still can't get over how he single handedly contributed with one bone-headed play after another and destroyed our chances in beating Chicago in the playoffs last year. He was the stupidest player, young or old, I had ever seen on the ice in a Wings jersey. A complete moron who earned a benching thirty times over. Whether or not he is suddenly getting a few ounces of grey matter and scoring here and there is irrelevant - he will never be a player of consequence on this team or any other team. 

#2465210 Can't remember the last time we were this pathetic

Posted by lwing on 16 December 2013 - 07:54 AM

Yes, Holland has to go. There is no strategy, no plan, no building let alone maintaining this team. 


Detroit fans and press love to play the sycophant. Holland and Babcock are untouchable. The buck never stops with either. I'm tired of it. 


Holland has proven he can't be a "genius" without a big fat checkbook. Unless he can go buy a Hull or Hasek, he is lost. He has no idea how to work within the constraints of the NHL since the cap and it has been long enough. His actions this off season were mickey mouse at best. He'd probably fail picking a fantasy team. Babcock comments to the press after every pathetic loss are coming from a spectator, not a coach. While everyone see's him as a genius, I see him as a guy has blown 2 cups in game seven losses and has been wasting the talent of Zetterberg and Datsyuk for years. He has no clue how to use two of the most dynamic players in the game and they are carrying HIM on their skill and effort. Lidstrom did too of course. 


Okay, I'm going back to my half mug empty of coffee now.

#2465209 The Nyquist/Tatar Thread

Posted by lwing on 16 December 2013 - 07:43 AM

Thanks for the articles and a thread on just about the only good news these days. I love how the author rips Holland on his poor choices and obviously flawed strategy for going with has-beens at the expense of hungry young skilled players like these guys.


#2428716 Wings sign Stephen Weiss, 5-years, $24.5m

Posted by lwing on 08 July 2013 - 06:18 AM

I looked at some videos of Weiss and found a few fights. He is not afraid to drop the gloves (imagine that in a Red Wing if you can), but the problem is he get's his butt kicked every time he does. Thank God we have Franzen to protect him.

#2416417 Wow... Danny Cleary

Posted by lwing on 30 May 2013 - 10:07 PM

Danny plays hard and, as we know all too well by now, guys like that are worth their weight in gold in the playoffs. He's had a string of injuries for years here and that's tough, but even without this I was happy with him. Yes, he was a little timid and cutesy a few times when he could/should have just taken the darn shot, but they guy just oozes effort. He comes to play, it is always the case. Others could learn from his level of dedication and effort.