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#2613084 Khan: Jeff Blashill to be announced new head coach next week

Posted by DickieDunn on 03 June 2015 - 11:06 PM

In other news water is wet and Colton Orr can't play hockey.

#2612856 The return of The Mule?

Posted by DickieDunn on 02 June 2015 - 12:50 PM

Can we just buy Franzen out and be done with him and his contract or did we miss that opportunity?


I think they'd get hit with a cap recapture penalty on top of the ca hit for buying him out, so no, it's not a real option.  Even without the recapture penalty, I don't think it's feasible.  They also can't buy out an injured player.


You, Bill, and Ted are all welcome to disagree with me, of course.  To me, Jurco was the biggest disappointment for the Red Wings that season.  Yes, I expected more points out of him than I did from Abdelkader and Helm in their first few years.  Didn't you?  Didn't everyone?  Am I incorrect in saying that Jurco has always been viewed as a future top six forward.... whereas that was not the case with Abdelkader or Helm?  I don't want and the Wings don't need Jurco to be another "quality possession player given his role" who is "good defensively" and produces no offense.  Those guys grow on trees.  Ferraro and Callahan can come in and do that.  Glendening, Miller, and Andersson do that.  Jurco is supposed to be and should be better than that.  And he wasn't.  At all.  Yes, maybe some of my disappointment is the result of higher expectations for him on my part than some other players... but I don't care.  He was hugely disappointing and not at all "excellent."


Abdelkader was projected as a potential second line player when he was drafted.


it is far too early to give up on Jurco.  He has good speed and size, he uses his size well, and despite his lack of production he still has enough skill to make him a probable top 6 winger in the near future.

#2612727 The return of The Mule?

Posted by DickieDunn on 01 June 2015 - 07:13 PM

Because "didn't meet expectations" is putting it lightly.  I didn't expect him to light the world on fire.... I did expect him to score more goals this season than Big E and KFQ.... Drew Miller.... Kindl... Joakim Andersson.  He did score more Dan Cleary by 2, though, so hats off to him.  Of course, Danny boy scored more goals per game than Jurco, so nevermind.  The expectation wasn't just that he wouldn't be completely worthless (which he was for the entire year), but that he would actually be good (which he wasn't.... for the entire year).

did you expect much offense playing with Miller and Glendening most of the time?

#2611048 should mrazek get #1 tag next season

Posted by DickieDunn on 28 May 2015 - 01:08 PM

Why would they draft a guy 7th overall knowing that he probably wont ever play for them?

KHL draft is pretty meaningless.  They have junior teams as a feeder system that they don't need to draft players from.

Lol. The chances of McCollum being the next Drew Mac are pretty slim. But cool.


You're right, he probably won't be that good.

#2610630 At what point does the GM deserve credit/blame?

Posted by DickieDunn on 27 May 2015 - 09:35 AM

Pitts and chicago teams were build on top 1st round picks, hard to go wrong with those picks...


The Oilers managed it

#2610372 At what point does the GM deserve credit/blame?

Posted by DickieDunn on 26 May 2015 - 09:32 AM

Bowman was GM for a bit, but Holland handled most of the day to day stuff. Minimizing his contributions is just bs. When Yzerman wanted to he a GM I don't blame Holland at all for not taking a different role. He's the GM, he wanted to continue to fill that role.

#2608223 2015 Draft

Posted by DickieDunn on 17 May 2015 - 06:44 PM

Last I heard McKee was moved to wing and still couldn't play regularly.

#2608161 Dylan larkin #5 prospect out of top 50 on hockeysfuture

Posted by DickieDunn on 17 May 2015 - 09:38 AM

Nylander is just the newest Leafs toy in 2 months the number 4 pick will be the saviour there.Still can't believe that the Leafs passed in Nick Ritchie

His dad was an NHL player so that means he's better than other prospects.
Can we please not call him Dylark. It sounds stupid.

#2608113 What's our draft position this year? And best defensemen available

Posted by DickieDunn on 16 May 2015 - 11:51 AM

The Wings wanted a local boy in the draft once and got some scrawny Canadian kid instead.  I think that worked out pretty good.


Where a player is from is and should always be a secondary consideration.  When you take locality over talent, you're going to be disappointed every time.  Look at the Pistons and Lions  Remember Mateen Cleaves?  Charles Rogers?  Drew Stanton?  All were drafted because they were local guys when better players were available.  I don't want the Wings to do that.

#2607323 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by DickieDunn on 12 May 2015 - 09:34 AM

Babs would be a fool to take the $5m in Toronto ... if he can't deliver a Cup, which I don't think he can in Toronto, he'll be like any albatross player with a huge contract and cannot deliver.  His legacy will go down the toilet if he goes to TO.  

How does a coach's salary affect a team with a ton of cash? The only reason Clarkson and Phaneuf are issues is the cap.

#2606978 Kronwall

Posted by DickieDunn on 10 May 2015 - 12:12 PM

Kronner does not have a capable slap shot from the point, therefore he is not elite. 
I'm kind of kidding there, but IMO here are d-men who are better than Kronner. 
Drew Doughty
Duncan Keith
Alex Pietrangelo
Erik Karlsson
Shea Weber
Ryan Suter
Kris Letang
P.K. Subban
Keith Yandle
Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Ryan McDonaugh
Mark Giordano
Brent Burns
Dustin Byfuglien
John Carlson
Roman Josi
Kevin Shattenkirk
Denis Wideman
That's 18 I'm comfortable with and then you can add Justin Faulk, Victor Hedman, Dougie Hamilton, Jake Muzzin, Aaron Ekblad, Tyson Barrie, and T.J. Brodie to pass him soon. Admittedly my list is offense-heavy, but our blueline produces zero offense. 
Kronner is never going to be what we wanted him to be. 
Seriously though, the guy has a pretty weak slap shot. 

Some of those guys are not clearly better. They might put up points, but their defense is weaker. Burns in particular, he should be a forward instead of a d-man.

#2606857 Players who might be available due to teams cap issues

Posted by DickieDunn on 09 May 2015 - 02:36 AM

Shanahan also was an A that brought in about forty goals a season. 
There is a difference between a tough power forward and just a plain idiot.  Shanahan was the former.  Lucic is the latter.

No doubt that the Wings fortune changed when a disgruntled Primeau, and an aging Coffey were sent packing for Shanny (arguably this was the final piece that was needed for the Wings championship teams).
As much as a goof Lucic is - I still believe he has the ability to score 30 per year, and be that d-bag/tuff guy on the ice when needed (much of his issue is maturity - whether he grows up or not remains to be seen).
Lucic won't ever come close to Shanny's production - then again not many players in todays game ever will.

If Douchecic could score like that still, he would. He's one of those guys who have a couple good years then stop doing what it was that got them there.

#2606519 Phil Kessel blockbuster

Posted by DickieDunn on 07 May 2015 - 10:32 AM

Maybe the Canes think a lack of Tim Horton's will help Kessel keep the weight of.

#2606143 Kronwall in the Playoffs

Posted by DickieDunn on 05 May 2015 - 04:38 PM

Of you don't think Kronwall is a #1, you have a very narrow definition of a #1 and think there are only 10-12 in the NHL. 210 defensemen in the league on active rosters at any given time, there aren't 20 guys better than him, putting him in the top 10%.

#2605643 DRW Free Agents / Salary Thread

Posted by DickieDunn on 02 May 2015 - 10:58 PM

I think Marchenko takes Zidlicky's spot, he was never more than a rental. After not playing hardly I can't see Cleary wanting to come back.