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#2538503 Datsyuk to play Thursday? Weiss to be a healthy scratch?

Posted by rick zombo on 06 October 2014 - 09:11 AM



A couple of thoughts:


1. The pairings of


Kronwall - Ericsson

DeKeyser - Smith

Quincey - Ouelett


are about as great as anyone could hope for right now.


2. On a team that has at least 6 guys that can play up the middle, there is a glaring need for a second line guy. Sadly, it's looking like it might not be Weiss. but it sure as hell shouldn't be Helm either.

#2538461 Callahan, Ferraro and Porter placed on Waivers

Posted by rick zombo on 05 October 2014 - 04:09 PM

They'll carry 14 forwards.  With Datsyuk on IR there's an open spot for Nestrasil.
Cleary until Datsyuk is ready.

Fixed it for you :)

#2538444 Callahan, Ferraro and Porter placed on Waivers

Posted by rick zombo on 05 October 2014 - 12:31 PM

Fingers crossed that they all clear. 

#2538414 NY Islanders Acquire Leddy and Boychuk

Posted by rick zombo on 04 October 2014 - 11:31 PM

If someone told me Snow would have had a better off season than Chiarelli, Holland my first reaction would have been laughing but now it has become true. Boychuk is an absolute tank and a reliable shutdown guy blessed with a laser from the blue line, plus he comes with a great cap hit. Giving him awake 2 prospects, who might never play in the league is nuts and it puts the Bruins in a very bad spot.


What’s the old saying? Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Eventually even an idiot like Snow is going to make a deal. To be honest though, two second rounders and a third is a lot to give up. 


Chiarelli is falling victim to the salary cap. The same thing that gutted the Wings offence in the summer of 09. I still think he’s a great GM. 


Snow has to make a move. He has one of those teams that needs to start winning. Holland is just trying to stay afloat while his stable of good prospects start to come. I still think he’s a great GM too. 


No where did I say the Islanders franchise were model, nor better then the Wings. Didn't compare Garth to Kenny either, you did that. Hell, I didn't even say their defense is better then ours. All I said was Garth at least tries, he's quite the idiot usually, but today not so much. I'm sure Holland does lots of work behind the scenes, but nothing ever comes of it. Don't jump all over me for a sentence haha. Once in a while, I wouldn't mind seeing Kenny take a chance in a trade. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't but it's better then bringing back the same roster from last year that didn't do a whole lot. Now, if one of the kids gets a spot in the top 6 and Kindl is on the bench then I won't really care either way. If we're going to be mediocre again this season, I'd rather see young guys playing because the sooner they're in the lineup, the sooner we're one of the top teams in the East.


Fair enough. You’re right. Any Wings fan should still take Holland all the time over Snow. That almost goes without saying. 

#2538388 10/4 Final Preseason GDT: Detroit Red Wings vs Boston Bruins

Posted by rick zombo on 04 October 2014 - 07:24 PM

wow, what a performace by Ouellet


If he doesn’t make this team, I don’t know what to say. 

#2538385 NY Islanders Acquire Leddy and Boychuk

Posted by rick zombo on 04 October 2014 - 07:15 PM

Wow... You must be a Q's boyfriend. Peace man! ;-)


Great argument... for a 12 years old girl...


I get it now. You’re a genius. 

#2538369 NY Islanders Acquire Leddy and Boychuk

Posted by rick zombo on 04 October 2014 - 06:46 PM

At least Garth tries to make his team better, all the while having damn good prospects as well..


Yes the Islanders are a model f****** franchise aren’t they? 


Now we’re saying Snow is a better GM than Holland? Is that what we’re saying? I need you to put that in writing so I can make it my signature. 

#2538359 NY Islanders Acquire Leddy and Boychuk

Posted by rick zombo on 04 October 2014 - 06:04 PM

Boychuk could be easily top 2 def on this team


Smoke it if you got it.........

#2538217 10/3 Preseason Game: Detroit Red Wings vs Toronto Maple Leafs

Posted by rick zombo on 03 October 2014 - 08:09 PM

It's going to be a loooong season...


I know eh. Considering this will be our starting line up right? Eh? Right? 

#2538133 TSN Luke Schenn could be available

Posted by rick zombo on 03 October 2014 - 11:46 AM


Hopefully this doesn't derail the thread too much, but you hit on something that I've thought about for years.  Why does anybody care about Don Cherry's thoughts on hockey.  He wasn't a successful player, and he wasn't a successful coach.  He's not Scotty Bowman or Pat Quinn; he's John Tortorella without the accomplishments.  Why would anybody listen to this blowhard clown and think, "now here's a subject matter expert"? 


Ugh, I frickin' hate Don Cherry.


He's a personality.


I never ever agreed with him on a general level. There was a time when he'd occasionally have an endearing moment but mostly I just found him entertaining. These days, he can't even speak properly and rants and babbles like Abe Simpson.


IMO, he wore out his welcome a decade ago.


I'm sure this digression will open up a Molson Canadian full of worms.

#2538121 TSN Luke Schenn could be available

Posted by rick zombo on 03 October 2014 - 11:13 AM

But he's big.  I mean, look at the size of him.  Who cares if he's any good or not?  He's big.  That's all that matters.  We could pair him up with Mike Mckee and teams would be scared to death.  Because NHL coaches, the league over, are bewildered by club footed meatheads.  You know, cuz they're big.


And Canadian. And Don Cherry likes guys like this. And he was a good coach that time in 1976. I say we trade our best Euro for this kid.

http://www.nicholson...insider-trading looks like he could be had for a B level prospect. If I'm Holland I'd be all over this guy hits like a truck, brings size and will stick up for his teammates and the best thing Schenn will can only get better.




#2536979 2014 Preseason Thread

Posted by rick zombo on 23 September 2014 - 11:21 AM

from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,






Are these the things that worry you the most?


Here is a more exciting preview from Sportsnet.





Biggest story line to watch: Can the kids grow up quickly enough to keep Mike Babcock around? The best coach in the business is in the final year of his contract, and while he’s said all the right things about staying (and GM Ken Holland has echoed him), if the team can’t improve on last season’s just-scraping-into-the-playoffs effort, he might go somewhere that offers him a better chance at a Cup. That said, there’s a lot of talent here, and if there’s a man to get the most of it, it’s Babcock.


2014-15 prediction: A slow start turns into a rolling finish as the Grand Rapids kids infiltrate the lineup even further and the Wings start simply outskating opponents with one of the league’s youngest lineups. They run through the first two rounds in six games each and find themselves tied 2-2 in the third period of Game 7 against the Penguins with a spot in the Stanley Cup Final on the line.



Sorry if it's not doom-and-gloomy enough to scratch that itch, people.

#2536653 Barry Trotz Wants Ovechkin to be more like Yzerman

Posted by rick zombo on 20 September 2014 - 12:24 PM

Ovie? Like Yzerman? More defensive?


Excuse me for a second while I…….



#2536564 Flames adding Truculence...Yonkman, Gillies PTO

Posted by rick zombo on 19 September 2014 - 08:02 AM

Is tanking something to be proud of ? Of Course not -at least not for me- but the league is making it harder and harder for teams like the Wings to ice a great roster. And yeah personally I'd rather be a bottom 5 team than one that barely misses the playoffs and get's some midrange picks.


You make it sound like these are the only two choices. This barely missing (or is that 'barely making?')  the playoffs thing is new to the Wings. I feel like if they can hold ground over the next couple of seasons, we're going to see them slowly moving back into contention. I like to think that 5-7 years down the road when Detroit can contend for a cup again, that I'll look back on the years leading up to this more fondly than I would if they had to be Buffalo/Florida/Edmonton/Chicago/Pittsburgh bad in order to get there.


If they can pull of the rebuild-on-the-fly this time? That IMO will be Holland's legacy.

#2536551 Flames adding Truculence...Yonkman, Gillies PTO

Posted by rick zombo on 18 September 2014 - 11:20 PM

And a chance to draft Eichel or McDavid


See, to me, you say that like it’s something to be proud of. Any team can take a crack at theses two if they are prepared to suck a whole ton of ass for a year. 


Maybe I’m misreading your tone. If so I apologize. 


I know some people wish the Wings would just tank and get some top 5 picks but I’d be more proud, as a fan, if this team was able to get back into contention without really breaking stride.