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#2446737 Trade Proposal

Posted by rick zombo on 21 October 2013 - 05:24 PM

Anyone else hate the idea of trading Tootoo to Montreal or Toronto?

#2446638 Ouellet Debut Tonight

Posted by rick zombo on 21 October 2013 - 11:53 AM

So what happens if  when Ouellet looks better than Smith tonight?



#2446626 Ouellet Debut Tonight

Posted by rick zombo on 21 October 2013 - 11:14 AM

This could get hairy... with Tatar with Weiss and Cleary, we must be splitting up Pav and Z again ( :(). With a thin blue line against a thus-far dominant Sharks team, splitting up the Eurotwins probably has just as much to do with shutting down the opposition as it does with trying to get our own thus-far disappointing offense going.


On a side note: Wouldn't it be great if we had a 2nd line center who could actually get some production out of their match-up without having Pav or Z shouldering the load every single night, every single season? Weiss has unfortunately made both Franzen and Bertuzzi look way better by comparison this season. At least he is still centering the 3rd line, instead of getting to ride shotgun and get comfortable when he can't make his own hay, ala Filppula.


Pretty sure the lines are:


Zetterberg - Datsyuk - Abdlekader

Bertuzzi - Franzen - Alfredsson

Tatar - Weiss - Cleary

Miller - Andersson - Tootoo (with the possibility of Samuelsson playing)

#2446619 Any new Helm Updates?

Posted by rick zombo on 21 October 2013 - 10:50 AM

The Habs have guys dropping like flies right now.


Prust (out 4 weeks)

Pacioretty (out 3)

Brierre (concussion)


They could use a big, hard shooting , Stanley Cup winning, PP point specialist.


Right? RIGHT?

#2445857 The Daniel Alfredsson Appreciation Thread

Posted by rick zombo on 18 October 2013 - 12:28 PM


Are you basing that on last night's game where they were playing without their #1 D-man for most of it? 


Don't get me wrong the defense is young and a little shaky so far 8 games in, but right now the Wings are 5th in the league in GAA.  If everyone is healthy this defense could be pretty solid by the end of the season.  The real problems come if Ericsson or Kronwall get injured (like now). 


We'll learn a lot about this defense in the coming weeks until Kronwall is back.


Don't worry, he's probably not basing his comment on anything.

#2445826 Kronwall Injury Update

Posted by rick zombo on 18 October 2013 - 09:48 AM

 This is the disrespectful clown from the last time we met in the playoffs. I believe we remember this http://www.youtube.c...h?v=KMUo8EDcpyE


I think its about time that we have Mr. Tootoo pencil Mr. McLeod in for a clock cleaning in Detroit on March 6th. Maybe invite a full house to witness it too.


The house will be full.


#5's going up.

#2444957 Lineup Crunch: Who's going?

Posted by rick zombo on 16 October 2013 - 09:53 AM


First off, Tootoo averages 39 seconds a shift this year. The only people with lower are Glendening and Tatar. I hardly think shift length is the problem. Don't let facts get in the way of a good rant though! 


Also, what player would have been mor eeffective with those 7 4th line minutes he gets? I'm not sure how many goals a guy is expected to score in that role. He goes out there, takes the body, grinds away in teh offensive zone when possible, and is a pest. What else do you expect from a 4th liner with less than 19 minutes played this season????


Yup. Good ol' Harold. Ranting again. WTF are you talking about?

#2444089 Filppula to Tampa 5 yr $5 million

Posted by rick zombo on 14 October 2013 - 01:17 AM

Comparing styles? Filpulla "looks" like the better hockey player. He's has better high-end speed. He's more graceful. Better hands. More patience with the puck.

And guess why?

Because he plays on the perimeter where he has room.

Weiss looks sloppier and more chaotic/jumbled out there because he's trying to make plays in the slot and around the net. The "hard" areas.

I'll take Weiss' blue collar skill over Filpulla's photoshoot finess anyway.

And just wait until the playoffs.....

#2443402 Cory Emmerton and Petr Mrazek sent to Grand Rapids

Posted by rick zombo on 11 October 2013 - 01:01 PM

Didn't see this one posted yet.. fingers crossed, Tatar gets a shot!

"@AnsarKhanMLive: Wings on ice for practice. Alfredsson skating in third line. Bertuzzi, Samuelsson and Tatar all wearing red as potential top 6 forwards"

Tatar, Sammy, Bert.


The good, the bad, and the ugly. :lol:

#2443386 10/10 GDT: Coyotes 4 at Red Wings 2

Posted by rick zombo on 11 October 2013 - 12:16 PM


Your newfound Franzen hate pleases me.


He is a lazy sack of crap who may score 30 goals but 25 of them will be scored in one game, and he needs to be packaged with a prospect and/or pick or whatever it takes to get a high-end defenseman with a sick first pass, and did I mention he's lazy?




I'm just trying to shine my light. It's easy, like I said earlier, to blame Weiss and Alfie for that second line puke-fest. Especially when Filpulla and Brunner have started strong. But the problem with our secondary scoring should fall square on Franzen. He's the common link between this year and last year. After Z and Datsyuk, he should be the guy, and he hasn't been, and still isn't.

For the record, Weiss got that OT winner because Franzen drove the net first. Srsly. I'm not exaggerating.


You're right Doc. My bad. He did do one thing. He was skating towards the net, and was too lazy to stop. Any other great Mule moments so far that you care to point out? Or am I still (mostly) correct?

#2443379 Cory Emmerton and Petr Mrazek sent to Grand Rapids

Posted by rick zombo on 11 October 2013 - 11:57 AM

  1. Bertuzzi skating with Datsyuk and Zetterberg.

  2. Weiss skating with Franzen and Abdelkader.

  3. Alfredsson skating on line with Andersson and Cleary.

  4. Jimmy Howard hit high with shot, leaves the ice.



1. meh

2. makes the second line worse

3. might get Alfie going

4. fuuuuuuuux


Did you watch the game last night? He definitely looked his age..


Disagree. He had a terrible game, but unless turning 41 makes you go brain dead, I don't think his age had much to do with it. His two mistakes were on the power play, standing still, at the blueline, and they were both mistakes of the mind, not the body.

#2443372 10/10 GDT: Coyotes 4 at Red Wings 2

Posted by rick zombo on 11 October 2013 - 11:39 AM

Babs did say Franzen is supposed to be the second line's key piece, i.e. its success hinges on Franzen more than it does Weiss or Alfredsson (in theory).


I feel like one of Dr Rahmani's patients (pre laser surgery) could watch the video from last night's game and immediately punch a Franzen jersey. He destroyed every play.

#2443340 10/10 GDT: Coyotes 4 at Red Wings 2

Posted by rick zombo on 11 October 2013 - 10:24 AM

After watching this game I'm not ready to say our 2nd line will be garbage all season but if they don't put it together then they are. I feel the absolutely biggest problem on that line right now is Weiss. We brought him in to be the "abby" on that line. He is supposed to be using his speed to pursue the puck and set up our shooters. Alfie and Franzen both have great shots when they get the puck but Weiss needs to get it to them. I think he is too worried on trying to learn the system that its taking a hit to his game. When Weiss isn't skating and trying to forecheck and pursue the puck we have 3 floaters on one line which is horrendous.


As for the bottom six, not gonna even bother. Everybody has already stated too much useless talent on this roster. Going to be even tougher when Helm gets back because its going to be near impossible to get Tatar in the line up, let alone Nyquist. Im not going to panic on this team yet, because slow starts for us is pretty common, thats why the season is 82 games but for us to be a cup contender. Our second line needs to get there s*** together so we don't have to split up Z and D. We need helm back and playing with Nyquist and Tatar, and then Andersson centering the fourth with Tootoo and insert one of Miller/Eaves, Bertuzzi, Sammy, and I'm probably forgetting someone. (figuring Emmerton is in GR)


It's Franzen. I swear to god. I know it's easy to blame the new guy.


I don't think I've seen Franzen shoot the puck yet this season. If I was a  6-3, 220 lb winger, that could whip lasers from the hash marks, I'd be TAKING the puck there and firing bullets instead of playing on the outside all.friggin.game.


Don't forget, Franzen played with Datsyuk and Z alot last year and he sucked all over the place too.


Edit: Weiss got an OT winner by driving the net, and nearly scored last night on a similar play. I have yet to see Franzen do anything. Srsly. I'm not exagerating.

#2443335 10/10 GDT: Coyotes 4 at Red Wings 2

Posted by rick zombo on 11 October 2013 - 10:02 AM

Yeah, trade a guy who will kill us in cap penalties if he retires on another team.



The only option for him is a compliance buyout if you don't want to wait for him to retire.


They HAVE to buy him out. 7 more years of this bum yachting around the ice? No thanks. It's infuriating to watch him play. I always cut the big oaf some slack in the past because "yada yada playoff beast only a 3.9M cap hit yada yada". But no more. He's setting a bad pace on that 2nd line, and a toxic example for the rest of the team. To me, Franzen's play is the key reason why the Wings get accused of not bringing it night-to-night. You throw him on either of the two tops line and "presto", they suck: no cycle, no drive, no north-south game to speak of.


Weiss wil be fine. At least he's a digger. Alfredsson will be fine. You can't put Franzen anywhere.


I actually think they will buy him out, by the way. Unless he scores 30 - 40 goals this year. I'll chew off my own scrotum if he does.

#2443284 10/10 GDT: Coyotes 4 at Red Wings 2

Posted by rick zombo on 10 October 2013 - 11:09 PM

I have to think that the Wings must've known they wouldn't be able to buy out Sammy because of his "injury." 
It's hard for me to believe they would hang on to the guy knowing he would be a $3 million 4th liner playing 7 to 9 minutes a game.  What a waste of roster and cap space.
I didn't see the game tonight but from what I've heard and read, it sounds like they are truly a one line team at this point.  It's good that Zetteberg is off to a great start because the rest of the team sure isn't.

The good news is that they can now use that 2nd buyout on Franzen next summer......