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#2593057 Brendan Smith

Posted by DickieDunn on 13 April 2015 - 09:09 PM

I honestly think the Wings didn't look enough into his character and (lack of) intelligence before they used a first round pick on him.
While it's tough to get a totally accurate read on an 18 year-old kid from Combine interviews, talking to coaches, etc., I'm sure the signs of immaturity were already there before draft day.

Because most 18 year olds are mature

#2592647 The Future

Posted by DickieDunn on 12 April 2015 - 12:08 PM

Larkin is the best bet to be a #1 center.  If they have 2 high end wings, they can get away with a bit lesser center, like the Ducks had with Kariya-Rucchin-Selanne, but I'd feel better with a better center than Sheahan.


With Mantha, Larkin, Athanasiou, Tatar, Nyquist, Jurco, Sheahan, they should be able to come up with 2 pretty good lines though.

#2592195 Do Maple Leaf fans deserve better?

Posted by DickieDunn on 11 April 2015 - 11:07 AM

Lots of guys work their asses off.  That doesn't mean that they're good hockey players.  And who cares about celebrating Colton Orr, he's not a Wing, he's never been a Wing, and never will be a Wing, and on top of that he sucks.  If you like goons so much, I suggest you just follow Brian Burke around and root for his teams.  He seems to be the only one who still thinks goons have a place in the league.

#2592194 Team next season?

Posted by DickieDunn on 11 April 2015 - 11:05 AM

Weiss's value in Detroit is going to be heavily dependent on what Babcock does.  If there's a new coach who will play him at center with some skilled players instead off where ever there's a guy out of the lineup, Weiss is going to provide value.  If Babcock is back and he's going to keep using him the way he is now, Weiss has very little value and needs to be moved for whatever they can get.

#2592033 Will Wings Revisit Signing Phaneuf?

Posted by DickieDunn on 10 April 2015 - 11:46 AM

I think that the only way Phaneuf is coming here is if the Leafs retain a good chunk of his cap hit, which they've said they won't.  He's a good player, but that contract is poisonous, about $2 mil too much and too many years.

#2591870 Is A First Round Exit Imminent?

Posted by DickieDunn on 09 April 2015 - 11:32 PM

Kings have played more hockey than any other team plus they've lost their Voynov replacement and are playing in the toughest division too.

Wings lost a ton of stars and kept going. Kings lose one guy and miss the playoffs.

I am a die hard wings fan, have been since the north stars left MN. If howard starts in goal, series will be real short! Just got to be honest, he hasn't done anything else but prove that his inconsistency has gotten worse over the last few years and it's time to get rid of him.

What's Mrazek proven?

#2590635 3 point advantage games need to be eliminated

Posted by DickieDunn on 08 April 2015 - 01:21 AM

3 for reg win, 2 for ot win, 1 for ot loss. Better is win or lose period.

#2589893 Tatar and Nyquist and Sheahan LINE

Posted by DickieDunn on 06 April 2015 - 07:11 PM

I think it's time to bring back the kid line. Hide them as our third line.
I think I've had enough of the Tatar and Nyquist experiment. They are not reliable in our own zone. They wait way too long to shoot the puck or make a decision. 
It's one thing to score in October and November, it's entirely different to do it in the spring.
They need a spark.
Z - Pav - Abs
Cole - Helm - Jurco
Tatar - Sheahan - Nyquist
Glendening - Andersson - Miller 

It's not an experiment, it's letting young players develop.

#2588842 Do Red Wings fans deserve better?

Posted by DickieDunn on 04 April 2015 - 09:54 AM

The seating arrangement at the Joe is nice.  The rest is a dump.

#2588717 Time to move Howard?

Posted by DickieDunn on 03 April 2015 - 11:45 AM

Howard is going nowhere.  I know Mrazek is new and shiny and therefore better in the minds of some people, but he still needs to establish himself.

#2588715 Do Red Wings fans deserve better?

Posted by DickieDunn on 03 April 2015 - 11:43 AM

I the Wings ever get to the point where they really suck there's going to be mass suicides among "fans."

#2588713 In the midst of one of the worst slumps in recent memory...where will

Posted by DickieDunn on 03 April 2015 - 11:40 AM


#2588709 Erik cole - what the hell's going on with him ?

Posted by DickieDunn on 03 April 2015 - 11:37 AM

I'm confused, is 6 points in 11 games bad?  Did you guys think we were getting Max Pacioretty?  We got a 40 point winger, who came to Detroit and played...ready for this...EXACTLY like a 40 point winger. 


Or were you guys suggesting that Holland should have known Cole would get hurt in advance, and thus not made the trade?


This is Red Wing land, where everyone is Captain Hindsight, with his faithful companions Woulda, Shoulda, and Coulda and Holland is a moron for not knowing a player would get hurt.



#2587052 Opinion: Petr Mrazek should be starting Game 1

Posted by DickieDunn on 31 March 2015 - 12:36 PM

I think this is a test to see how well he bounces back from a crap game.  

#2586942 Opinion: Petr Mrazek should be starting Game 1

Posted by DickieDunn on 30 March 2015 - 12:44 AM

Mrazek isn't better than Howard as of now. He might get there, he might not.

Howard is an average #1. He's paid like an average #1.

Howard is either limited by a bad groin or it's mental and he just doesn't trust it to hold up. That is his problem.