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#2467090 12/21 GDT: Red Wings 5 @ Maple Leafs 4 (SO, yes, SO)

Posted by rick zombo on 21 December 2013 - 10:27 PM

A few things:


1. Terrible officiating

2. Pavel effin Datsyuk

3. Jurco - Sheahan - Tatar  (future’s bright)  :blind:

#2466598 I'd like to talk about this off-season/next season

Posted by rick zombo on 21 December 2013 - 02:20 AM

Alfie is producing. He is producing and looks much faster and effective than young guys like Andersson. He still puts in the hard work and doesn't float shifts like Bert does. Alfie plays hard minutes and grinds when need be. Ohya, he's also carrying the pp. 


Agreed. Alfie is elite. Which means, in hockey, he’s practically ageless. Sure he’s 41, but who wouldn’t take a 41 year old Lidstrom on this team right now? 


And yes, those 27 pts in 32 games are a big deal. He’s almost a point-per-game player this year with a team that’s struggling offensively. And it’s not like he was playing with Datsyuk right out of the gate. He was playing with a struggling Weiss and Franzen early on, and has played with Helm and Abdlekader as well. I know that he’s piling up some points on the PP. But still, pretty good year for the guy so far. Wait until he wins the cup  :ph34r:

#2466519 Tootoo called up

Posted by rick zombo on 20 December 2013 - 01:10 PM

Lines @ today's practice (per Khan):


Bertuzzi - Datsyuk - Jurco

Sheahan - Helm - Alfredsson

Miller - Anderson - Tatar

Eaves - Glendening - Cleary

#2465523 12/17 GDT: Ducks 5 @ Red Wings 2

Posted by rick zombo on 17 December 2013 - 01:56 PM

With Ny out, we're definitely losing this game.


Best. GDT. OP. EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#2465495 Can Detroit turn things around?

Posted by rick zombo on 17 December 2013 - 12:25 PM


I think if we could only ice a lineup looking like this: 
things would turn around. Very balanced lines, each line has a scorer (Alfie, Tatar, Eaves, Sammy) a great puck-carrying center and a playmaker. With this our 2nd PP unit would look something like: 
and I can't imagine that not being an effective unit. 



Is obviosuly a coaching thing. If Bowman was still here he'd most definitely play Zetterberg, DeKeyser, Helm, Nyquist, Franzen, Howard, Abdlekader, and Weiss.


But Babcock is dead set on that 3rd line of Cleary-Glendening-Eaves, so it looks like those other guys will just have to wait for their opportunity to play.

#2465323 Wings muscle?

Posted by rick zombo on 16 December 2013 - 06:05 PM

Wings muscle? Please refer to helpful visual breakdown:




#2464733 12/14 GDT : Penguins 4 at Red Wings 1

Posted by rick zombo on 15 December 2013 - 02:58 AM

This is a game where everybody played well but we simply didn't have the fire power to compete. Can't fault anyone aside from the Defense. They know they suck we've grown to accept it and still manage to win the odd game.

Holland should watch other teams play and see how our defensive corps is miles below any playoff team.


Wings Defensemen are terrible. There should be one of Smith, Kindl and Quincey on a decent D lineup but not all of them playing at the same time night in and night out. It's starting to catch up they are well below an average nhl defensive corpse. Holland needs to make an upgrade because there is 3 defensemen in this lineup that could be part of a good team


But how do you really feel?  :lol:

#2464076 Eaves and Glendening Recalled: Emmerton Sent Down

Posted by rick zombo on 13 December 2013 - 02:52 PM

All I can say is good, the love affair with Emmerton has to end.


That's a poor choice of words. Emmerton's only in the line-up because of injuries. He most certainly has no future in Detroit and that's generally understood by everyone.


You want to talk love affairs? There are more obvious guys to target.

#2464043 Howard out 2-4 weeks with MCL sprain

Posted by rick zombo on 13 December 2013 - 12:51 PM

This Every season has been a nightmare of injuries.


I can't remember the last full season the Wings were relatively healthy.

#2464039 Howard out 2-4 weeks with MCL sprain

Posted by rick zombo on 13 December 2013 - 12:40 PM

Another Winter Classic for a Wings back-up?

#2464003 Kindl

Posted by rick zombo on 13 December 2013 - 10:07 AM

I agree he's not as good as last year, but when you've already got that opinion of a guy you're looking for every little thing he does wrong.  And when it's a third pairing defenseman, there's a lot of ammo. 


Example:  It was either last game, or two games ago that Datsyuk got completely undressed along the goal line for a goal.  Not a single mention of it in the GDT.  Why?  It doesn't happen often, and nobody scrutinizes Datsyuk.  It's easier to keep banging away on something Kindl or Quincey does. 


Another Example:  Mr. streaky and inconsistent Johan Franzen had shorter goal scoring droughts last year than Datsyuk or Zetterberg.  Any mention at the time of them disappearing from the score sheet?  Nope.  Franzen gets that title hung from his neck.  Why?  Because he's already got the inconsistent tag.


In conclusion, Kindl isn't very good defensively.  He's not supposed to be.  He's a third pairing guy who's an offensive d-man and is on track to score around 30 pts. this year.  He's doing his job.  We're not losing games because of Kindl.


Qunicey, on the other hand..........................

#2463565 Weiss

Posted by rick zombo on 12 December 2013 - 10:38 AM


assuming everyone was healthy, would that be the 3rd line? and what would you use for other combos?



Nyquist - Helm - Alfredsson

Abby - Weiss - Tatar

Miller - Andersson - Old useless guy (take your pick)


Edit: those two bolded lines are 2a and 2b. Whatever line is playing well on ant given night, gets the most icetime.

#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