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#2621165 Preliminary Red Wings Training Camp Roster

Posted by rick zombo on 22 July 2015 - 08:25 AM

Holland is business savvy. I don't doubt he is saying things even though the truth may be opposite...


I love all this Pulk and Mantha suck stuff! Pulk only lead the AHL in points all with playing 31 games in Detroit.  Mantha started the season with a broken leg and even after that had 33 points in 62 games, that is getting a point every 2 games...not bad for someone who missed most of training camp and had to make up for lost time.  I know Jimmy D said what he said and he knows more than all of us combined, but I reserve my assessment on him after a full healthy season. Even the likes of Abby had less than a point a game in his first AHL season and look how he turned out in the NHL.  I know Mantha was touted to be "that sniper" but if he turns into a solid player like Abby and scoring 20+ goals a season, I think he will have a very successful NHL career...


What happens when/if Larkin only scores .6 points a game in his first full season in GR? Does he suck then?


Except Larkin has many dimensions as a player (speed, skill, grit, work ethic, character, etc.). Abdlekader? Same sort of thing only more physical, less speed and skill. The early signs point to Mantha having no hustle, grit, or work ethic. You better be filling the net in the AHL if that's the only dimension to your game. I can't see him killing penalties or blocking shots anytime soon.

Link? Going into his draft I remember his issue was work ethic and foot speed.

I also remember Mantha being the one teams asked for. But we'll never know for certain will we?


If only we knew someone who knew someone that sort of knew someone within the organization that could give us the real scoop. Oh well.

#2620970 Remaing RFAs to be signed - Jurco, Pulkkinen, Aubry

Posted by rick zombo on 19 July 2015 - 11:25 PM


Who is useless and can be replaced?


Franzen, Helm, Ericsson and Howard. Duh. (_not my opinion_)

#2620628 Johnny Oduya signs with Stars 2 yrs $3.75 AAV

Posted by rick zombo on 15 July 2015 - 12:27 PM

Think this guy would've been better to have than Q or E....but Q is gone after this year anyhow so don't want to take up another roster spot that one of the kids deserves...I we could've traded E, now that would have been a nice upgrade and savings. E is hot garbage now, just wait 4 more years...


Quincey brings a physical element to this team. Imagine how soft the D would be without him. Also, don't count on him being gone after this year. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he signed an extension with the Wings.

#2619821 Pittsburgh: America's hockey capital? Lol

Posted by rick zombo on 09 July 2015 - 12:13 PM

Clearly not an Ottawa Senator.

#2619810 Wings sign Brad Richards 1 yr, $3 million

Posted by rick zombo on 09 July 2015 - 11:52 AM


Brad Richards @BRichards_1991 50s51 seconds ago

Very Happy and honored to be wearing #17 for Wings after two other P.E. Islanders wore it. Forbe Kennedy and Gerard Gallant.

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I'm from Prince Edward Island, and I think this is pretty awesome.



#2619645 Wings‬ sign left wing Eric Tangradi

Posted by rick zombo on 08 July 2015 - 02:26 PM

Call him up everytime they play Toronto and have him punch Kadri in the face repeatedly while staring directly at Babcock. 

#2619643 Over/Under for Larkin's time as a Red Wing in 15/16

Posted by rick zombo on 08 July 2015 - 02:24 PM

They lost to Boston yes, but they didn't get embarrassed. Other then a few empty net goals and 1 really bad game the series was close. Tampa is good, they should continue to progress. It's also possible some players had career years, and will take a step back,and as always injuries happen. My point being is that a lot factors into a franchises continued success. Wings at the moment are upper middle of the pack with room to grow, it's not all so bleak.

Other then that, if Mantha and Larkin are ready they should play if not let them continue to develop.


Enough with this positive, optimistic, flower power talk. :lol:

#2619546 Nyquist Files For Arbitration

Posted by rick zombo on 07 July 2015 - 11:19 PM

The sad part of Nyquist getting a new deal is that this will probably be the last year of him being a fan favorite, unless of course he significantly improves.
We as a fan base love guys who overproduce for their salary but when they get a salary that's more in line with their production we heap unrealistic expectations on them.

Gus could put up the exact same numbers he's put up the past 2 years and because he'd be making 4-5 million a season instead of his current .95 million a year it will be seen as not good enough
If he has another couple playoffs like his first couple, he'll be in the doghouse with Franzen.

Well said and very true.

But I remember Datsyuk getting railed for sub-par playoffs early in his career. Even after he had won a cup in 2002. The criticism was justified. He and Zetterberg were both too easy to handle vs Anaheim in 03, Calgary in 04, and Edmonton in 06. They never really figured out how to score on the road until 08.

I have no problem with Goose making 4-5M. I expect him to start showing sings adjusting to the playoffs during one of his next two appearances in the post season. It took Zetterberg and Datsyuk three and four tries, respectively, to really figure out the playoffs.

#2619470 EC on paper for 15/16.....

Posted by rick zombo on 07 July 2015 - 02:35 PM

I agree about Ottawa.


I also think the Habs rode a hot goalie ALL season. Price is going to have a mortal year and the Habs don't have the line-up to be any better than the 6-8th spot.


Pittsburgh will miss, Boston will miss.


Florida's not quite there yet. Neither are the Sabres.


Columbus will make it in.


Hopefully Detroit has home ice in the first round, but I'll settle for making it in.


Going to be tight

#2618516 Free agents this off season

Posted by rick zombo on 01 July 2015 - 07:10 PM

Brendan's brother was traded to Florida for Kevin's brother



#2618443 Wings sign Brad Richards 1 yr, $3 million

Posted by rick zombo on 01 July 2015 - 05:08 PM

In typical LGWs fashion, the thread about the Richards signing has more pages than the Mike Green one. 

#2618421 Wings sign Brad Richards 1 yr, $3 million

Posted by rick zombo on 01 July 2015 - 04:48 PM

What number will he wear?


Like left-winger said, let's hope it's not 90. That number should be retired, and not in a good way.

#2618331 Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

Posted by rick zombo on 01 July 2015 - 04:13 PM

Babs leaves and we hit the market lol. Nice to see that we get one of the bigger fish in this years free agents.



Exactly. TSN had Green listed as THE top UFA. Maybe that will shut the media up for a bit about no one wanting to come to Detroit. 

#2618325 Wings sign Brad Richards 1 yr, $3 million

Posted by rick zombo on 01 July 2015 - 04:11 PM

Zetterberg datsyuk abdelkader
Tatar sheahan nyquist
Helm glendening pulkkinen
Jurco anderssen miller

Ferraro Franzen + richards ? = 15 guys ... Doesn't include Callahan,larkin or another rookie having a chance of getting in

So if we get richards who gets dealt? Anderssen and? I hope we don't sacrifice a pulkkinen/jurco for a miller


Not even when Babcock was coach. Certainly not with Blashill. He's probably got big plans for Pulkinnen and Jurco. 

#2618284 Wings sign Brad Richards 1 yr, $3 million

Posted by rick zombo on 01 July 2015 - 03:42 PM


Except he hadn't just won the Cup. 



Meh. He'd be a depth signing. Still good on the PP. And waaaaay better than Cleary.