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#2519560 ECSF : (4) Montreal Canadiens vs. (1) Boston Bruins

Posted by rick zombo on 07 May 2014 - 12:00 AM

Their GM knows how to build a team and make proper trade deadline acquisitions.


It’s true. Just look at all the cups he’s won!!!!   :rolleyes: 


I wish Holland knew how to do that. 

#2519431 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by rick zombo on 06 May 2014 - 01:40 PM

Hull was pre-cap. And he was a complimentary player. Back then you could pay a 4th line winger 5M and only have to answer to Mr. Illitch. Remember the year that Detroit was paying something like 12M on goalies alone (with Cujo + Hasek + Legace)?


Today, if you're going to tie 1/8 of your team's salary to just one player, he better have at least some sort of pulse when he's on the "other" side of center ice. I don't care how many goals he can score.


Pre-cap? Give me Ovechkin any day of the week. Hell, I'll take two.

#2519412 Babcock - Jack Adams Finalist

Posted by rick zombo on 06 May 2014 - 12:29 PM

Babcock deserves the Jack Adams for coaching a team with a bunch of injuries into the playoffs, but Blysma coached a team with more injuries into a better playoff position AND won a round and he didn't even get nominated?  I don't get it. 


It doesn't matter that Bylsma won a round. Regular season award.


I think Detroit's injuries (mainly to Z and Datsyuk) were worse.


Also, Crosby's going to win the Hart and Lindsay. That's basically the writers crediting him with Pittsburgh's success.


Plus, even with the injuries, all any voting journalist had to do was look at the rosters to see that Pittsburgh were the better team all season.

#2519389 Babcock - Jack Adams Finalist

Posted by rick zombo on 06 May 2014 - 10:29 AM

Congrats to Babcock, the best coach in hockey.




Too bad the ill-tempered blockhead from Colorado has this locked up.



#2519381 Was Legwand worth it?

Posted by rick zombo on 06 May 2014 - 09:55 AM

Legwand not being brought back because with Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Weiss, Sheahan, Helm, Glendenning, and Andersson, there's no room at center.


There would have been no room for Jarnkrok either.


This trade was a wash.


The only beef any logical Wings fan could have with the Legwand deal is that Calle could have been part of a better deal this offseason for that coveted top four D-man.

#2519258 Now some gritty forwards.

Posted by rick zombo on 05 May 2014 - 12:01 PM

In his defense, Janmark was supposed to be one of the more skilled forwards in that draft.  If that's the case, then draft him, but if it's a middle of the road dime-a-dozen forward that's undersized, no thanks.  If you're taking a smallish guy, look at Max Domi types.


Janmark's also 6'-1". Hardly an imp.

#2519222 WCSF : (7) Minnesota vs. (5) Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by rick zombo on 05 May 2014 - 12:04 AM

I know what you're saying. But too many people act like Detroit NEVER tanked and NEVER had a high draft pick.

That's how we first got good yes. Our superior scouting allowed us to maintain it. But don't kid yourself the tanking came first. As well as our scouting advantage is about out the window.


I don’t think any intelligent Wings fans actually thinks this.


But there are Wings fans that, angrily, will denounce Holland and covet Pittsburgh’s management. Those people need to be reminded of the circumstances that lead to Shero’s current success as a GM. 

#2518881 ECSF : (4) Montreal Canadiens vs. (1) Boston Bruins

Posted by rick zombo on 02 May 2014 - 12:48 PM


I'm going to defend her.  I grew up in rural Michigan.  I'd like to say that Wings fans wouldn't do this, but sadly A LOT of them would.  Don't think so?  Spend about an hour in any dive bar in Osceola County Michigan.


Yeah. As if any of those rednecks know how to use twitter. :w00t:

#2518852 ECSF : (4) Montreal Canadiens vs. (1) Boston Bruins

Posted by rick zombo on 02 May 2014 - 10:06 AM

The fact that Price played out of his mind and the Bruins still got three while Rask's performance was mostly ordinary, does not bode well forMontreal unless they improve in front of Price.


That being said, the Bruins, the Boston media, and their select few rotten-apple fans need to go away now before they ruin hockey for everyone.


Habs in 4!!!!!!!!!!1

#2518842 Will Mantha join GR after the QMJHL playoffs?

Posted by rick zombo on 02 May 2014 - 08:36 AM

I don't think that will work with Mantha. The kid is a natural talent. Best to get him into the NHL and learn the ropes there. There are limits to what you can learn in the AHL.




Something we're missing a bit I think is the fact that the Wings tend to let the smaller guys over-ripen more. It's no coincidence that Nyquist and Tatar both maxed out their waiver exemptions before sticking with the big club while Sheahan and especially Jurco seem to have carved themsleves an NHL niche a little prematurely by Wings standards.


Matha has elite size for a scoring winger. This alone should speed up his development.

#2518812 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by rick zombo on 01 May 2014 - 10:42 PM

He also said he wants to build from within. So, much like a drunken sea captain, his course is muddled. 


Holland vs Shaman


Drunken Sea Captain vs Broken Record

#2518702 Jaroslav Halak's negotiating rights traded to Islanders.

Posted by rick zombo on 01 May 2014 - 02:46 PM

Read somewhere else that they may keep Nabokov as backup if they can get a decent starter.

Apparently they will be moving on from Poulin and Nilsson, who never materialized as starter material as they had hoped.

Nabokov would likely be their top choice for a backup if they can get Halak signed up.

If Nabokov hits the market, would he want to come to Detroit this time? My thinking is that he'd either retire, go back to the KHL or sign on as a backup with a team that has a legitimate shot at a Cup. A la Vokoun with the Pens.


Unless Holland outbids everyone. He has the cap space to do it.

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#2518635 ECSF : (5) New York Rangers vs. (2) Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted by rick zombo on 01 May 2014 - 10:03 AM

The Habs will upset the Bruins, then it's Pitts vs Chicago for the cup dream match-up of the universe (!!!!!!), and Bettman will slather himself in baby oil and slide around a room carpeted with Crosby and Toews posters.

#2518370 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by rick zombo on 30 April 2014 - 12:09 PM


So would they.  It's Holland I'm not sure about.  He's loyal to a fault. 


Holland's notorious for keeping current players or bringing former players back because, in addition to loyalty, he feels like "he knows what he's getting with them". He's dusted off this quote on several occasions in the past.


I'd say the uncertainty (How good will Smith be? How good will that 1st be? How many good years does Kesler have left?) would be more of a turn off for Holland than loyalty.


But yes, Kelser's still in his prime (maybe a touch past it) and this would be the closest thing to a 1996 style Shanahan deal this generation of Wings would see.

#2518359 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by rick zombo on 30 April 2014 - 10:56 AM


Holland hasn't been known to be a great trader either. I think Holmgren and Holland both spent many years in elementary trading their deserts for brussel sprouts and not realizing they got had.


Comparing Holmgren to Holland is just further proof that you have an agenda and there is no limit to what facts and opinions you'll twist to get there.


We get it. You hate hate Holland. You hate that he traded Jarnkrok. And on and on and on.


I feel like, right now, if Holland were able to trade his receeding hairline to Phoenix for Yandle, you'd have something negative to say about it.