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#2640067 Larkin for ...

Posted by DickieDunn on 29 November 2015 - 02:20 PM

The Wings have 4 potential top line forwards in Larkin, Mantha, AA, and Svechnikov. They have 0 potential top pair D. Deal what you have for what you need. I believe Larkin will be good, but being elite isn't a guarantee, and he wouldn't be the first guy who had a fantastic rookie year then fell off the map for whatever reason.

#2639522 song title game

Posted by DickieDunn on 26 November 2015 - 04:36 AM

Baby Got Back Sir Mix-A-Lot

#2639281 Ferraro on waivers

Posted by DickieDunn on 25 November 2015 - 02:22 PM

Would you be willing to trade a new car for 5 rusted out pieces of crap that don't run?


A lot of crap is still crap.  Adding more crap to it doesn't make it valuable.

#2638731 Jurco on Conditioning Assignment in GRs

Posted by DickieDunn on 21 November 2015 - 10:11 PM

Yup, the reason people are hyping Jurco is because he has unbelievable "tricks in a driveway"... or "tricks on YouTube"... It has absolutely nothing to do with his prominent skill level at every single level he's ever played at...

Why are so many people fixated on him correcting the reporter on "at most", not "at least" 2 weeks. That's a fact. He WILL be down there for 2 weeks at MOST, even if he weren't producing. The fact that he is producing at a great clip, only betters his chance of finally another getting an opportunity to crack the Wings lineup...

Except at the NHL level, that is

#2636383 Day to Day Practice thread

Posted by DickieDunn on 10 November 2015 - 11:29 PM

Because you need checkers and PK guys

#2636061 Smith-Kronwall

Posted by DickieDunn on 09 November 2015 - 12:44 PM

Smith is one of, if not THE dumbest NHL players I've ever seen.

#2635705 Smith-Kronwall

Posted by DickieDunn on 07 November 2015 - 08:11 PM

Hot garbage the rest of the way down

#2635380 Abby Signs 7-year, 29.75 mil Extension

Posted by DickieDunn on 06 November 2015 - 12:10 PM

Abdelkader is a decent player, but nothing special except that he's the only really physical guy the Wings have with any amount of skill.  Depending on how long and how much, this could either be a decent contract or terrible.  If he gets close to $5 mil for 6 years, I'm going to be pissed.  If it's 4 or 5 years at $4.25 mil a year, I'll be ok with it.



He scored 44 points last year and showed he has the skill that made him a 2nd round pick.

He's the only Wings' forward who is big, plays like he's big, and has shown NHL level skill.



He has one year where he scored at a good rate, other than a 20 game stretch where he was hot the previous year.  

He's approaching the age where physical players start to tail off.

Lots of guys could score 20+ goals playing as much as he does with Datsyuk and Zetterberg.

#2635150 All purpose Mike Babcock thread

Posted by DickieDunn on 04 November 2015 - 12:46 PM

He's not even our guy.  That's the funny part.  It would be like Dallas fans insisting that Ken Hitchcock is the "best coach in hockey".  It woudn't make any sense at all.  Not only because he's clearly not, but also because why the hell would Dallas fans care about Ken Hitchcock anymore

But he was our guy and you can't go from best in the world easily to just ok overnight just because he leaves. Give it a year and he won't be the best anymore

#2634809 All purpose Mike Babcock thread

Posted by DickieDunn on 03 November 2015 - 11:23 AM

I don't really think you can rate a coach with much accuracy. It will always be debatable whether results are due to the players or the coach. A lot rests on luck of getting in position where you will succeed. And reputation plays a role in much that a coach does. If a coach wins somewhere, even if it was with an incredibly good team, they will be given the opportunity to coach other good teams. Also, going in as winning coach, you will likely be more respected by players which likely improve your effect on players. 
That is one aspect of Babcock's decision that I respect - he put himself in a situation that could possibly ruin or at least tarnish his very high reputation. Some will say it was for the money, but he could have been well payed by far better teams. 
I don't see what this comment is based on. He brought in assistants here with new ideas and delegated to them (PP in particular). Has often said that he didn't really coach Lidstrom, Datsyuk, Z, because they do things right and you don't need to guide them. Took line suggestions from those top guys as well.
You mean the one photo at the draft? Don't see why getting a photo with his friends would reflect badly on him. 

He brought in coaches for new ideas and kept doing the ae thing for years. He dumbed down the game plan instead of letting players use their skillset. He decided what a player was early on and nothing could change his mind about it, good or bad.

#2634772 All purpose Mike Babcock thread

Posted by DickieDunn on 02 November 2015 - 08:10 PM

Babcock's biggest issue is he thinks he's the smartest guy in the room. Once his ego shrinks a bit he'll be back to being a great coach.

#2634114 Goalie Battle

Posted by DickieDunn on 30 October 2015 - 07:12 PM

The goalie doesn't make them cough up the puck entering the offensive zone, mishandle passes, ignore their linemates, or cause a big guy to play like he's 5'6" 135 pounds.

#2633464 Is Dylan Larkin a lock to stay in the NHL beyond 9-games?

Posted by DickieDunn on 27 October 2015 - 05:59 PM

He's been the second best forward so far, he should stay

#2633341 Brad Richards out 1-2 weeks

Posted by DickieDunn on 26 October 2015 - 07:18 PM

Richards out might help

#2633293 Roster Moves by the Wings

Posted by DickieDunn on 26 October 2015 - 01:37 PM

Nyquist - Zetterberg - Abdelkader should be a staple. I think Nyquist is better when playing with Z, and Larkin should be centering his own line.
Kip, I agree with you that each line should have a bigger body that can do the majority of the grunt work so I'd like to hear your take on my lines. What's the problem with having Sheahan being that guy on the 3rd line? I could see him doing well in an Abdelkader type role, he's a big body, good in the corners, and is pretty good in front of the net. He's also not very strong in the faceoff circles (has never finished a season above 50% and is currently at 45.9%). We all know that we have too many centers. Why not try Sheahan over on the wing? He looked pretty good there in preseason...

Sheahan needs to figure out he's not smaller than Hudler before he could play that role. A cotton ball is harder than him.