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#2614949 2015 Draft

Posted by rick zombo on 17 June 2015 - 01:43 PM

 

Athanasiou got a broken jaw, couldn't eat solid food for weeks, lost almost 20 lbs., AND missed more games than Mantha.  Yet he still managed to work hard every game once he returned.  Being injured might excuse the results, but not the lack of effort.

 

I don't see why people feel the need to constantly make excuses for the Mantha.  He was used to streamrolling weaker competition in Juniors, and he learned bad habits, and hasn't unlearned them yet.  It doesn't doom him to a career of mediocrity, but he doesn't get a free pass from criticism because he was drafted high and people like the fact that he's big. 

 

To date, Mantha has been soft, lazy, and moderately disappointing. 

 

Some would even say "very, very......"  :tounge:




#2614887 Todd Nelson to be Griffins new coach

Posted by rick zombo on 16 June 2015 - 11:24 PM

Interesting, why didn't he go back to Edm's farm team.


He played for the Griffins in the 90s. So I'm guessing since he was going to "regress" to the AHL coaching ranks regardless, he decided to go with nostalgia? That and the fact that coaching within the Wings organization these days is like climbing onto a loaded catapult. You're going to end up somewhere else, travelling in an upward direction, quickly.

You mean the oilers?


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#2614796 Free agents this off season

Posted by rick zombo on 16 June 2015 - 02:09 PM

Why do people still think Phaneuf will be traded to Detroit? The rumored trade at deadline involved Weiss and Smith, two guys Babcock surely doesn't want.

 

and why would Detroit want that 7M/year pylon?




#2614795 The Bowman Effect

Posted by rick zombo on 16 June 2015 - 02:08 PM

Several points that tie into each other:

 

-Someone else sees the Bowman effect and it cannot be understated!  Except for Buffalo, who no one can help, the Stanley Cup follows Bowman and I don't think it's coincidence in Chicago either.  14 Cups in one capacity or another plus another 4 Finals appearances where he didn't win, that's 19 Finals appearances since he started in 1967.  If Scotty Bowman is the janitor in your building, that makes you an immediate Cup contender.

 

-The decline really picked up when Brian Rafalski left 2 years after Bowman, if you look at the standings and defense numbers.  Not filling it with a proper partner for Lidstrom and getting a top pair Dmen to replace Lids/Rafalski has been a huge problem that everyone knows about and I don't need to rehash it here. 

 

-Ken Holland needs to go.  He doesn't know why free agents won't come to Detroit, he keeps saying there is no one to land on the free market yet all of our competitors have no problems landing free agents (Tampa, Minnesota...).  I think the Illitches need to look hard at moving Kenny, he is unable to keep up with the modern trends and it shows.  Yzerman went to Tampa and has not been afraid to trade core players, and he signed key defensmen, and has turned the team completely around, he looks like a friggin' genius with what he's done the last few years (trading for Bishop, signing Flip, trading St. Louis, buying out Vinnie, signing Hedman, Stralman, signing super huge goalies and defense, that's not coincidence that whole back end is over 6'5", etc. etc. etc.).  Other GMs also have no problems trading and signing, it's time for a regime change, the era of Holland is not working anymore. 

 

And this team of Yzerman's that is in a "win-now" window barely beat a Wings team that is rebuilding.

 

Holland > Yzerman all day long.




#2614748 Man Games Lost

Posted by rick zombo on 16 June 2015 - 09:16 AM

 

I didn't even notice, but the first post in this thread had a link which has since been updated (because Tampa is designated as having made the Finals).  But that shows the Cup winners since 2010 as all having been the healthiest teams.  

 

It's also fair to say that Chicago is juicing. All these playoff games played over the years and they're always healthy.  


I wonder if this also excuses the Pens somewhat.  They're dead last in man games lost since 2010.  

 

Eddie O probably volunteered to do the glute injections.

 

edit: spelling




#2614708 2015 SCF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by rick zombo on 15 June 2015 - 10:54 PM

The Red Wings are the greatest team ever!! And nobody will ever be better than us! LoL. You all have a great summer.


Talk to you in a couple of weeks.


#2614520 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by rick zombo on 15 June 2015 - 01:59 PM

 

I can't help it, I'm a neigh-sayer. 

 

LOL. Awesome.

 

I think this one reins supreme




#2614509 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by rick zombo on 15 June 2015 - 01:00 PM

Sounds like we should... Pony up... And get one already.

 

Getting a stud horse dman would really "stable"ize this team. Just don't give up the farm.




#2614477 REPORT: Axel Holmstrom Signs With Detroit

Posted by rick zombo on 15 June 2015 - 11:15 AM

Good. Now trade him. :lol:




#2614440 Wings open to trading Mantha and/or their 1st Round Pick

Posted by rick zombo on 15 June 2015 - 09:16 AM

I know trades aren't easy or we'd have traded for a defensemen years ago ... I'm just saying since Nill and holland are close friends I'm sure Nill used it to his advantage to get a bit more than he should have

 

You don't know this. Pure speculation. Maybe Nill wanted more than fringe talent. Maybe Holland used his friendship with Nill to give up less.




#2614433 Wings open to trading Mantha and/or their 1st Round Pick

Posted by rick zombo on 15 June 2015 - 08:41 AM

Again, show me a quote from someone in the organization that says they're willing to trade Mantha. Jesus, I wish I could be like Cox (minus the bald head) where I can fabricate non-sesne and instantly create fan freakout. You guys are bashing Holland and the organization basely solely on Cox's speculation

 

Here's a quote from Holland:

 

 

I don't think 'willing' is the right word. We've got some people I would consider untouchable, both on the Detroit Red Wings and within the organization. In order to explore what's out there we got to be able to consider parting with some people. I'm not going to tell you where Mantha fits in with that until we explore the trade market."

 

http://www.mlive.com...hony_man_2.html

 

It may be deliberately vague, in typical Holland fashion, but Cox says "willing" and Holland says that's not the right word.




#2614386 Wings open to trading Mantha and/or their 1st Round Pick

Posted by rick zombo on 14 June 2015 - 08:10 PM

So Cox most likely pulls this Mantha thing out of his ass, and LGWs turns it into bat-s*** crazy trade scenarios. Classic.

The Wings probably have no interest in trading Mantha. If they didn't want to move him at the deadline, I doubt that they'd have gone 180 on the kid in three months.


#2614297 Wings open to trading Mantha and/or their 1st Round Pick

Posted by rick zombo on 14 June 2015 - 12:03 AM

Why is Toronto media still talking about Detroit? I thought they'd go back to ignoring the Wings after Babcock left.


#2614260 Wings open to trading Mantha and/or their 1st Round Pick

Posted by rick zombo on 13 June 2015 - 10:00 PM

Ha.
This makes Jimmy ds comments seem like they may have came at the worst time.


Exactly. What's that song by The Smiths? "Bigmouth Strikes Again".


#2614241 Hockey’s Future 2015 NHL Prospect of the Year: Dylan Larkin

Posted by rick zombo on 13 June 2015 - 08:46 PM

I still think Mantha pans out. Too much upside. But Larkin's evolution might end up being a godsend for the Wings.