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#2511395 How about some love for Howard!

Posted by DickieDunn on Yesterday, 09:04 AM

I was nowhere implying that Rask played bad. Of course he didn't. But Howard palyed better. That's my point.


I don't know that Howard played better, but Howard didn't have Datsyuk trying to score on him either.

#2511383 4/18 ECQF Game 1 GDT: Red Wings 1 @ Bruins 0. DET leads series 1-0

Posted by DickieDunn on Yesterday, 08:04 AM

Lucic won't be suspended, there was no injury and it's the playoffs.


Didn't look like there was any feeling out period, they just went into full blown don't give an inch playoff hockey.  Very intense game focused on limiting chances against.


Both goalies were fantastic.


Legwand-Glendening-Miller did a fantastic job.  There were a lot of times they took a d-zone faceoff and the next draw was in the Bruins' end.


Kids looked like they've all been here before, between the Calder Cup last year and the tight end of the season this year, there wasn't much adjustment for them.

#2510561 Would You Trade For Matt Greene's Rights?

Posted by DickieDunn on 18 April 2014 - 03:10 PM


I wouldn't be so sure about that for atleast two reasons:

-#1. Niskanen is arguably the most valuable Dman destined for UFA status. MacDonald was a close 2nd or possibly 1B. After MacDonald signed his extension with Philly, I'm sure Niskanens agent has made him well aware what could be thrown at him on the open market.

-#2. Already tight at the cap and with Letangs raise kicking in, the Pens have just shy of $16M in cap space to fill seven roster spots. That includes Niskanen and Orpik's spots on the blueline as well as atleast one top-6 forward. They may have to choose between one of them to fill their needs.


This is true.  I think Niskanen will get paid though, and if it's not by the Pens he's going to get BIG money on the market, far more than he's probably worth, and more than the Wings need to pay any D-man.

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#2510468 4/18 ECQF Game 1 GDT: Red Wings 1 @ Bruins 0. DET leads series 1-0

Posted by DickieDunn on 18 April 2014 - 12:29 PM

I don't mind Doc, but Pierre and Olczyk make me want to injure someone.  Their thinly veiled hatred for Detroit really gets to me.

#2510412 Would You Trade For Matt Greene's Rights?

Posted by DickieDunn on 18 April 2014 - 09:50 AM


And that is why you work for the Oilers.


I don't think that any of those older guys are the answer, even in the short term.  Boyle's play dropped off significantly this year, I've never been impressed with Zidlicky or Morris, and Timmonen is a small, 39-year-old left handed shooter.  I don't want anyone over the age of 35 signed, period.  Niskanen and maybe Gilbert on a shorter term deal are the only 2 I'd be really interested in, and I doubt Niskanen makes it to free agency.  With Sproul, Ouellet, and Marchenko, plus the lower tier prospects coming and Kronwall, Ericsson, and Dekeyser not going anywhere, and Smith finally settling down and still having upside they don't need to go out and do a lot defensively.

#2510287 Would You Trade For Matt Greene's Rights?

Posted by DickieDunn on 17 April 2014 - 07:22 PM

That was supposed to have been a quoted response for Dabura.  I'm with you, Dickie, I'd let Quincey walk, pencil Almquist in the 7th spot, and explore the trade market using Kindl as part of a package for an upgrade.

Counting the injured players Almquist is their 11th best d. I don't care about his AHL points he'd be destroyed in his own zone in the NHL. Marchenko Ouellet and Sproul are all ahead of him and Jensen has better NHL potential too.

#2509883 Gus & Tatar almost traded to Calgary per McKenzie

Posted by DickieDunn on 15 April 2014 - 06:33 PM

Kenny is a trade machine:
Nyquist, Smith and the 1st (Mantha) for Edler
Nyquist and Tatar for JBO
Well, he said that this isn't the kids league afterall right?!

The other side are the people screaming about how he doesn't have the balls to make a trade or the ones who think that Cleary, Almquist, and Miller will bring back a quality player.

#2509844 ECQF - Series A - Bruins versus Red Wings

Posted by DickieDunn on 15 April 2014 - 04:53 PM


I can only like Backes every 4 years.


I'd take him in Detroit in a hot second.

#2509787 flyers sign macdonald to 6 year $30 million extension

Posted by DickieDunn on 15 April 2014 - 10:10 AM

He would have gotten more on the market. $10 says they try to trade him in the next 2 years.

#2509655 Kyle Quincey Appreciation thread

Posted by DickieDunn on 14 April 2014 - 06:04 PM

It depends on what else they do.  I'd like to see Marchenko on the 3rd pair, but the free agent market is going to be paper thin, with  a few decent players and a bunch of guys who are old, injury prone, or just plain bad, if not a combination of them.  The odds are anyone they'd sign won't be much of an upgrade, if at all, just have different issues.  Ideally they can trade Kindl and a prospect or two and get a top 4 quality defender and use Smith and Marchnko as the 3rd pair with Lashoff as the #7.  If not, trading Kindl for a pick and re-signing Quincey to a pay cut to play on the 3rd pair won't be the end of the world.

#2509113 Sproul and Ouellet recalled from Grand Rapids

Posted by DickieDunn on 13 April 2014 - 09:32 AM

Sheahan plays a much more mature game than a typical rookie. Jurco has shown flashes but 15 points in 35 games isn't all that spectacular.

The 3rd pairing doesn't need to be spectacular.

Just reliable. Sproul and Ouellet aren't ready for that yet.

#2508957 Babcock and Holland Talk About Stuff

Posted by DickieDunn on 12 April 2014 - 10:44 AM

Remember when the topic was what we need to win the cup again.

Now we are content to keep this streak alive.


They need time to reload before they're going to be favorites for the Cup again.  There are no quick fixes in free agency like there used to be where your 3rd choice was still going to be pretty good.  Now there might be 2 legit top flight players available at any given position, usually one, and the 3rd or 4th best player is going to be a big step below that top guy.  They need to develop and build through the draft, and despite having some guys graduating, they're still a couple years away.

#2507727 Puck Daddy: Trotz is probably out in Nashville

Posted by DickieDunn on 09 April 2014 - 04:39 PM

Trotz takes a year off, Babcock decides to step down after next season, Trotz takes over.  Him and Tippet are the only 2 active head coaches I'd consider over Babcock.

#2507230 A plea to Holland.

Posted by DickieDunn on 08 April 2014 - 04:15 PM


When you're the only top-pairing defensemen on the market and a great PP QB, that changes things.


Just because someone will give him a huge contract doesn't mean it's a good idea.

#2507039 Jack Adams award discussion and speculation

Posted by DickieDunn on 07 April 2014 - 06:42 PM

Babcock should have won it several times now. Bowman should have won virtually every year. It almost always goes to a coach who gets his team to the playoffs with a bunch of injuries or a coach who has a young team that plays better than expected. By those criteria Babcock deserves it. No team has lost better players for as long, and the Wings lead the league in cap hit lost to injury by a long way last I checked. A good chunk of the Pens man games list are their backup goalie.