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#2356272 Howard = Average

Posted by LeftWinger on 15 February 2013 - 11:31 PM

An in his prime Brodeur would have a hard time with all the horrific turnovers this D produces. What we need is another top D man and less injuries


While I concur with this regarding our D, I am all for giving Howard a break and letting M-Raz get about 4 or 5 games in a row so Jimmy gets that little (or huge) push he needs to "defend" his #1 spot.  M-Raz is ready, and in two years he could very well be the #1 guy here. IMO he has more skills than Howard and is/will be the better of the two. Howard needs to sit and get angry about it and secure his job for the next couple of seasons...oh ya, winning big games in the playoffs once in awhile would help too...but that is a different book and right now this team is not in that story...

#2356262 2/15 GDT : Anaheim Ducks 5 at Red Wings 2

Posted by LeftWinger on 15 February 2013 - 11:15 PM

What do you all expect? The team is playing without four top-six players, the team's best grinder, and an important defenseman. And don't give me the nonsense about injuries being no excuse. If one removes talent from any organization, that organization's performance will suffer.


I would agree with this, if only the team hasn't stunk up the ice most night WITH the current injured players in the lineup.  Really, the only guys that we haven't seen if they can have a positive affect on this team are Helm and Sammy. Datsyuk is a no brainer, we need him.  But honestly, having a healthy Franzine, Bertuzzi, Smith & Cola hasn't proven to make that much of a difference with the exception of a good night here or there...


I like what the kids are bringing, and given the consistant opportunity, they should solve a lot of our scoring problems, but our entire Defense with the exception of Lashoff, E on some nights and Huskins, who, for the life of me, isn't playing, are playing like puke.  Kronner has ZERO confindence, White is just an average d-man who Lidstrom made into a better player and I have no need to mention Q and Kindl....so when basically you best defenseman (and I like the kid, I really do) is Lashoff, you are in a world of hurt no matter who you have up front.


I think Howard needs to sit out about 4 or 5 games in a row.  I do not know why Babcock refuses to play M-Raz... Ya, I know, Howard has senority, he earned his way to the #1 spot, but if he isn't playing great, then having the crappy D in front of you is going to make you look stupid. He gave up some horrible rebounds tonight, one leading right to Ryan's goal.  It's time to give M-Raz a go and see if he can turn this crap around.  I know it's rough to throw a rookie out there with the crappy defense, but let him play.  If not send him back to GR so he can get some games in. If you aren't gonna play the backup once in a while, I think McCollum will suit that role just dandy and M-Raz can give top minutes in GR.


The bottom line is, if Holland is not going to get a pure goal scorer (and if Brunner and Tatar continue the way they are playing) then he NEEDS to make that blockbuster legit #1 defender trade!  Kronner cannot handle being #1, he plays best at #3.  Bring in a top 5  in the NHL defender to pair up with Ericsson, move Kronner down with Lashoff, dress Huskins for pete's sake and a healthy Smith will round out the 6, until then, White will play his minutes.  I was NEVER EVER on the Q train and he is proving me right every night.  Same goes with Kindl.  He had some solid plays tonight and that alone is good enough to keep him for the #7 spot. Or if you have to include him in a deal, then make White your #7.  I don't know who would be involved in a trade to get that #1 here, but whatever it takes, it is blatenly obvious that they need him here....whoever he is.  #1 Defender Wanted, 25 minutes a game.

#2356161 2/15 GDT : Anaheim Ducks 5 at Red Wings 2

Posted by LeftWinger on 15 February 2013 - 09:43 PM

Well....same bunch of crappy players.....


....Quincey blows, Cleary sucks, Kindl inept, not impressed with Nyquist what-so-ever, Howard playing WELL below average...


Just don't understand why babcock has M-Raz riding the pine.  If you aint gonna play him, send him back to GR, he needs to play.  I think babs is riding Howards crank or something because he just won't sit him...M-raz is way better than Howard IMO.


Once again Bobby Ryan showing that he is the player we need on this team! Make the Filppula package deal tonight!  Hell, make a blockbuster and acquire both Perry & Ryan...


Did Kenny say that Helm was nowhere near returning? Jeezus! He has become too fragile for the NHL...



On a positive note, I am still being impressed with Tatar...what an insult to compare him to Hudler the Pile of Bile.  Andersson had a nice one, he needs to keep it up to keep me on his bandwagon. 


Time to sit the crap...Cleary, Q, Kindl and yes, sit Howard for a couple, let him know the job is on the line because the M-Raz train is coming and it's an express...

#2355315 Dan Cleary appreciation thread

Posted by LeftWinger on 13 February 2013 - 11:01 PM

I agree....sit Cleary and send Andersson back to GR and give a bone to Sheahan and Ferraro.

#2355303 2/13 GDT : St. Louis Blues 4 at Red Wings 3 (OT)

Posted by LeftWinger on 13 February 2013 - 10:47 PM

I was being sarcastic, because Babcock tends to shake up lines after every loss, seemingly without rhyme or reason. 


Oh...well, I do think Tatar should get more playing time though.  I just think he is looking a little better each game and TONS better than Cleary, so I think Babs should shake it up a bit. Would help if all were healthy, but its time to reward Sheahan and Ferraro with some NHL time. I think M-Raz should start the next game as well...

My face during 2/3 of this game:



Jiri, is that you?

#2355290 Dan Cleary appreciation thread

Posted by LeftWinger on 13 February 2013 - 10:31 PM

Dan Cleary just played his last game if this was my team....

#2351910 Toughness

Posted by LeftWinger on 06 February 2013 - 06:55 AM

The injuries are just purely coincidental....BUT you are seeing a team that is what it is. Soft, no heart, no passion...Injuries happen, but this is Hollands fault. I do get frustrated with all the injuries, it seems like one after another. I think they take too long to heal. Back in the day, you got a shot and went back out there, hell, Yzerman played on one leg for the last 5 years of his career it seemed. Today, you break a nail, they put you on IR for 3 weeks...

#2351866 Landon Ferraro or Sheahan?

Posted by LeftWinger on 05 February 2013 - 10:59 PM

Both...it can't get any worse can it?

#2351803 2/5 GDT : Flames 4 at Red Wings 1

Posted by LeftWinger on 05 February 2013 - 10:06 PM

We won't have a top 3 pick...

Thats true, so I guess we can expect another small soft Euro defender...seriously if he is available when Holland picks, I truely hope for Ryan Pulock!

#2351782 2/5 GDT : Flames 4 at Red Wings 1

Posted by LeftWinger on 05 February 2013 - 10:01 PM

:lol: Ya, this is a playoff team!  Seth Jones lookin good! (of course Holland will pass him up)


Lidstrom was right!

#2351672 2/5 GDT : Flames 4 at Red Wings 1

Posted by LeftWinger on 05 February 2013 - 09:09 PM

OooOoOoOOoO Franzen scored a goal, now he is Omnipotent! He is a Sniper! He is our Saviour! He still sucks, he is still lazy and he still is not better than Hossa or Perry...even Scott Parker scored a goal once in awhile...

#2351638 2/5 GDT : Flames 4 at Red Wings 1

Posted by LeftWinger on 05 February 2013 - 08:59 PM

I won't get started, we all know who is a better player....come see me when Franzie scores 50 goals and wins the Hart Trophy....

#2351585 2/5 GDT : Flames 4 at Red Wings 1

Posted by LeftWinger on 05 February 2013 - 08:38 PM

boy does Franzen suck...

#2351581 2/5 GDT : Flames 4 at Red Wings 1

Posted by LeftWinger on 05 February 2013 - 08:30 PM

Hey the Wings are here to play!


Same group of slugs out there taking up a roster spot....Q, Cleary, Franzen, GD Jimmy cannot control a rebound to save his life!


On the other side of the coin, Tootoo, Brunner, Datsyuk, Lashoff and Huskins playing solid....White looks ok after missing a few games...Z is trying, but Franzen brings down everyone he plays with...Is Emmerton even out there? Can't tell....

#2351415 No man cave is complete without one of these...

Posted by LeftWinger on 05 February 2013 - 04:45 PM

Holy Shiite! That would be so cool! They have to hook up a horn as well! Could you imagine? Wow!