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#2645870 Jeff Blashill = Dave Lewis 2.0 / Coaching Change

Posted by DickieDunn on 03 January 2016 - 01:50 PM

Helm is neither a big body not as skilled as Abdelkader. He's a check line player, period.

#2643286 That lazy Mantha....

Posted by DickieDunn on 18 December 2015 - 02:41 PM

What gets me is the statement of facts about what he WILL do. No maybes, or I thinks, or ifs. He WILL score 30 goals, he WILL be great. Nobody knows. He could be that good. He could be a 20 goal 40 point winger you have to play on the third line and find the right matchup for every shift. Moat likely I think he'll score around 25 goals, play mediocre in his own end, and be constantly criticized for not using his size and lack of effort. In other words, French Franzen. Frenchzen, if you will.

#2642208 Day to Day Practice thread

Posted by DickieDunn on 11 December 2015 - 01:28 AM

Try to trade Smith or Kindl, Marchenko stays in, the guy who stays is the 7. Failing that, send Marchenko down.

#2640893 Ferraro on waivers

Posted by DickieDunn on 02 December 2015 - 07:47 PM

My point in the Miller-Thread (why was that one deleted, btw?) get's stretched on WIIM, too:
Yup..same for Drew and Luke...we should've kept Ferraro...

Ferraro did nothing to show he should have been kept.

#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.