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#2463562 Weiss

Posted by rick zombo on 12 December 2013 - 10:30 AM


let me first say, i am not one criticizing the signing. at the time i was 100% behind it. it seemed like were getting a slightly better player than flip and someone that could bring more offense. as you state, most hockey minds agreed.


with that said though, what we have so far isn't working. and in my opinion that is something the gm should be accountable for. at the end of the day, the gm is responsible for finding players that fit the team. they are paid to be super knowledgeable and build a staff that can evaluate talent. now, even if weiss never turns it around an this contract does turn out to be a flop, i am not implying its a fire-able offense on its own. we all make mistakes. and the idea is that over the course of times, we make more good moves than bad. but that gets to my main point on this holland tangent: has ken holland had more good moves than bad over the last 5 or so years? because in my mind he hasn't. we havent fleeced anyone in a trade, we havent had any crucial FA signings that helped our team long term, etc. so thats why holland has got into a lot of peoples dog houses. sure we are still drafting well, but even that strength is often nerfed because of holland and his over reliance on veterans. (though hopefully that has finally changed for good)


anyways, sorry for going off topic on that. to bring it back on topic, is there anyone on the roster that you guys think has played well with weiss so far? and that genuinely isn't a loaded question. as i have said several times, i dont see many ways out of his contract, so its in everyones best interest to help him succeed. personally, i haven't seen anyone he seemed to have any chemistry with. a few posts back someone suggested weiss needed to play a more north south game. if that is the case, who would fit that mold?


Abby - Weiss - Tatar

#2462693 2014-2015 NHL salary cap projection

Posted by rick zombo on 10 December 2013 - 01:00 PM

 I think we're going to struggle to re-sign Monster.  As someone else pointed out Mrazek is only waiver exempt for one more season, so we're unlikely to offer Monster more than 1 year.  With the way he's played this year, someone is bound to offer him a multi-year deal - either a team with really sucky goaltending, or a contender looking for a realgud backup.


Exactly. Even when monster was coming off bad times in Toronto, he still got a two year deal from Kenny. The way I see it, Holland has three options:


1. Sign a stop-gap backup for 1 year. Overpay if you must. Might be tough to find someone that will sign for one year.


2. Make Mrazek your backup next year. Not Holland's style. But this is the best, headache free option


3. Do something crazy like re-sign Gustavsson for 2-3 years or another UFA for 2-3 years, and create an epic problem when Mrazek is out of waiver options. Holland will probably do this, and he'll pay for it in less than 2 years.

#2462523 The Nyquist/Tatar Thread

Posted by rick zombo on 09 December 2013 - 02:17 PM

Need to rename this thread:


Boyz II Men

#2462399 12/7 GDT: Panthers 2 at Red Wings 1

Posted by rick zombo on 08 December 2013 - 05:23 PM


I'll give you faster, though Draper had wheels too.  But stronger and more physical is definitely debatable.


Honestly, no.  When someone refers to a player as "puck moving" I typically think they're referring to passing, not carrying it up ice themselves.   I don't mean to get into a semantics discussion, just saying that's generally how i feel like it's used, and is generally applied to defensemen.


Agreed. And forwards who move the puck well are referred to as play-makers. 


But getting back to Helm. He’s definitely not a play-making forward, But after Datsyuk and Zetterberg, so far this year, he’s been the third best “possession” forward IMO. Meaning he’s integral in moving the puck forward into the offensive zone, hanging on to the puck, and making offence happen. I think that Crymson’s original statement about our top 3 puck moving forwards being out is mostly accurate regardless of how we define Helm’s style of play. 


edit to add: Ultimately, by definition, DeKeyser fits the bill, and his absence hurts possibly even more than Helm. Captain Obvious here, I know. 

#2462385 12/7 GDT: Panthers 2 at Red Wings 1

Posted by rick zombo on 08 December 2013 - 02:44 PM


If Darren Helm is one of your top three puck moving forwards, then this team has a lot to worry about.   


You don’t think Helm’s ability to skate the puck with speed through the neutral zone almost at will counts as puck moving? No one’s saying he's Adam Oates. 

#2461827 Lines Thread

Posted by rick zombo on 07 December 2013 - 01:36 AM

Oh come on now. Less than a week ago we were all like "OMeffinG, these are what the lines should be foreva!!!!"

Now we're all like "OMeffinG, the NEW lines should srsly be the lines foreva, Imma put them on my tombstone"


#2461248 Weiss

Posted by rick zombo on 05 December 2013 - 11:26 AM

In those 10 seasons he's never played a full season...

01-02 only played 7 games
02-03 rookie season, scored 21 in 77 gp
03-04 scored 29 in 50 gp (on pace for 48 pts)
05-06 scored 21 in 41 gp (on pace for 42 pts)

06-07 scored 48 in 74 gp (on pace for 53 pts)

07-08 scored 42 in 74 gp (on pace for 47 pts)

08-09 scored 61 in 78 gp (on pace for 64 pts) mind you he's only 25/26 years old at this point
09-10 scored 60 in 80 gp (on pace for 62 pts)

10-11 scored 49 in 76 gp (on pace for 53 pts)
11-12 scored 57 in 80 gp (on pace for 58 pts)
12-13 only played 17 games, injured

He's hovered around 50 - 65 pt paces his entire career, on the FLORIDA PANTHERS, as their best player on the team

Coming to a good team like us, it's completely reasonable to think he can hit 70 pts when healthy and comfortable


Except he always got #1 minutes in Florida. On the PP, etc. That will give you better numbers.


Even if he was ripping it up in Detroit, he's still behind D and Z on the depth chart. He'll never get 70.


I think 50-65 points is a reasonable expectation for him.


With the way this season has been going, I'd be happy if he was able to finish with 35.

#2460990 12/4 GDT : Flyers 6 at Red Wings 3

Posted by rick zombo on 04 December 2013 - 10:13 PM

This is why the “new” NHL sucks. Grossman slew foots Weiss. Weiss gets the hook in and gets the only penalty. Why? Because Philly reached their quota, gooning it up in the 2nd. 


A penalty should be a penalty, regardless of how many your team has taken. 

#2460685 Lundqvist, Rangers agree on extension.

Posted by rick zombo on 04 December 2013 - 04:06 PM

Jimmy's 5M looks good now.

Hopefully this means they let Callahan and Girardi walk.

Love to see Callahan on Pavel and Henrik's wing.

#2460424 Zetterberg out at least 2 weeks with herniated disc

Posted by rick zombo on 03 December 2013 - 01:46 PM

If this injury was a resuly of the multiple cross-checks Ottawa were dishing out on Sunday, Imma lose my sheeit.

#2460273 HBO 24/7

Posted by rick zombo on 03 December 2013 - 12:51 AM

Smith. For the win.



#2460232 The Niklas Kronwall Appreciation Thread

Posted by rick zombo on 02 December 2013 - 07:41 PM

For a team that's struggled a bit 5-on-5, and for a guy that matches up vs top lines night in and night out, that +12 rating is impressive.

He's sniffing Norris finalist type numbers right now.

#2460068 Retaliation

Posted by rick zombo on 02 December 2013 - 01:13 AM

I can't imagine any hockey scenario that would see Kronwall having any chance of hitting Cowan.

They're both defensemen. Unless Cowan (who skates like Hal Gill) leads a rush up the boards and gets met by Kronwall, or Kronwall pinches deep behind the goal-line to take a run at Cowan? Never happen.

#2459988 12/1 GDT: Red Wings 4 at Senators 2, Alfredsson scores ENG

Posted by rick zombo on 01 December 2013 - 08:13 PM

From 7th place to 3rd place ... quite a hop.  Good streak going, let's keep it going boys. 


Datsyuk was obviously dragging this team down.  :lol:

#2459865 12/1 GDT: Red Wings 4 at Senators 2, Alfredsson scores ENG

Posted by rick zombo on 01 December 2013 - 07:17 PM

HOLY f***. What a shift by Tatar.