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#2628733 Predictions: 2015 -16 Conference Standings

Posted by rick zombo on 07 October 2015 - 01:38 PM

(Yes, Montreal misses the playoffs)


How awesome would that be?

#2628713 Dylan Larkin on opening night roster

Posted by rick zombo on 07 October 2015 - 12:40 PM

Evertone's favourite bald NBC hockey analyst just had this to say about Larkin





"I'm a big Dylan Larkin fan," said McGuire, who watched Larkin play for Michigan as well as Team USA in the World Junior Championship last season. "What stood out to me was his speed. His two‑step acceleration was as good or better than anybody's in the tournament."


"Most people have to go through Grand Rapids before they get an opportunity to play in Detroit. Dylan Larkin is beyond that. I think he's going to be a phenomenal player in Detroit for a very long period of time, and I think he has a legitimate chance to rival both McDavid and Eichel to be Rookie of the Year in the National Hockey League."

#2628697 Roster Moves by the Wings

Posted by rick zombo on 07 October 2015 - 11:22 AM


Maybe.  But I'm not sure he's any better than the guys who he'd replace as a top line winger.  If it were me, I'd bump everyone up one line and fill in from the third.  For instance:






In this scenario Nyquist gets the spot.  And it's doubtful that Larkin is better than Nyquist (at this point).  And Jurco fills the empty spot created upon Nyquist's promotion  (rather than be a healthy scratch as he is now). 


Yeah. I'd be OK with this. Or a variation. I like Franzen on the third line.


I love that Larkin's on this team now. Maybe it's just because it's exciting? That being said, if they had sent him to GRs I would have been OK with that too.


But I'd rather have him on the top line right now over Athanamanthanatuzzi.

#2628693 Roster Moves by the Wings

Posted by rick zombo on 07 October 2015 - 11:12 AM


That's mostly true.  Datsyuk has never really played significant time on the wing.  He did for like 5 games one season under Babs and it didn't really pan out.  But otherwise I agree with you.  They "could" do it.  But so can the natural wingers, of which we have a million.  So why not leave the wingers as wingers and the centers as centers?  What value added is Larkin on the wing over Pulkkinen, Jurco, Mantha, or Bertuzzi?


The value, is that he's supposed to be better than those guys.

#2628686 Roster Moves by the Wings

Posted by rick zombo on 07 October 2015 - 10:48 AM

I'd rather see Dylark in the AHL until he can take over full time for Richards next season.  Or barring injury.  Also, I'd like to see Pulkkinen on the bench, Nyquist in his spot, and Jurco with Tatar and Richards, but that's just me. 


Which is what's happening now, and probably why he's on the team no?

#2628660 Janmark nylen makes the Dallas roster

Posted by rick zombo on 07 October 2015 - 07:47 AM

Holland sure does love trading these Jan-guys.


Good job these new kid's are not named Dylan Jankin, Andreas Janathanasiou, or Anthony Jantha. Then we'd be screwed.

#2628621 Janmark nylen makes the Dallas roster

Posted by rick zombo on 06 October 2015 - 07:29 PM

Just because Janmark made the Stars line-up (bottom six forward which the Wings have no room for and probably won't until 2025) doesn't mean Holland could have traded him for Jeff Petry or some other top 4 guy. We're talking about a player that was passed over in two drafts and then taken by the Wings and……wait……wait…..JIM NILL. In fact Nill was probably the only GM that would take Janmark in a deal. 


Good for Janmark for making the team, that's on him for working his ballz off. I blame Holland for making that deal about as much as I'd blame him for putting Nestrasil on waivers, which is to say not very friggin much. 


Also: how goddamn predictable was this thread? 

#2628408 3 Bold Predictions for 2015-16

Posted by rick zombo on 05 October 2015 - 12:09 PM

3. Streak ends. Yup.



#2628321 10/3 Exhibition GDT : Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:00 EST

Posted by rick zombo on 04 October 2015 - 11:04 PM

I think the best thing that could have ever happened to Mantha was to get passed on the prospect list. Almost like the heat's off, with most of the focus on Larkin and with AA and Bertuzzi sharing the secondary spotlight. He seems to have found his game. That goal last night was a sniper's goal.

#2627978 Goalie Battle

Posted by rick zombo on 02 October 2015 - 11:30 AM

I am most definitely pro-Mrazek, but even I saw that he was still a bit inconsistent over the pre-season.  Jimmy played well, most likely well enough to get the start in the season opener.  Although I have been on team Mrazek for the past few years, I have said before that from a business standpoint, it may be better for Jimmy to re-take his #1 spot so it cost a bit less to re-sign Petr this summer.  I am sure he will still get a nice raise, but it couldn't be too much, could it?


Anyhow, I am all for the tandem for this season, unless Petr just takes over in a huge way, then it will be fine to entertain calls at the deadline about Howard, but even if Petr did take over, it still would be a good idea to have them both for the playoffs, if we get there.  Despite my past opinion's of Jimmy, I do acknowledge his usefulness and the fact that when healthy, he can be dominant in certain games.  The apparent lack of shootouts that is perceived to be this season should help him as well.  We've never gone wrong with a 1a 1b tandem before, why not ride it until a decisions HAS to be made!


Who are you, and what have you done with Leftwinger? :lol:

#2627974 DeKeyser Injured

Posted by rick zombo on 02 October 2015 - 11:15 AM

Also, can we stop playing 8 preseason games?

#2627876 Goalie Battle

Posted by rick zombo on 01 October 2015 - 09:51 AM

Agreed, having two solid goalies is not a bad thing.


Having two solid goalies is only a bad thing if you hate one of them and hope they fail so you can "be right" about them on hockey forums and message baords.

#2627874 Dylan Larkin Scouting Report

Posted by rick zombo on 01 October 2015 - 09:40 AM

Picture Jesus on skates in a Griffins jersey.

#2627870 9/30 Exhibition GDT : Red Wings 7 at Penguins 2

Posted by rick zombo on 01 October 2015 - 09:15 AM


Richards will be gone, Datsyuk will retire, Quincey gone, Franzen will retire, Miller will move on, Smith/Kindl/Both will be moved, Andersson will be waived, Helm (may) be traded or allowed to walk. 


We'll be fine. 

I'd even be amenable to letting Nyquist and Pulkkinen battle for the next year or so, and then move the one you don't want to keep. 


Some others might throw Tatar in that group too.  Obviously I wouldn't, because I think he's WAY better than the other two. 


I see the word "moved" or "move" a couple of times there. I am usually very very light on criticism of Holland, but when was the last time he moved a roster player? Of all the boring anti-Holland rhetoric, this is one of the few points I always agree with.

#2627493 9/26 Exhibition GDT : Boston Bruins at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by rick zombo on 26 September 2015 - 08:54 PM