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#2367732 3/10 GDT : Blue Jackets 3 at Red Wings 2 (SO)

Posted by LeftWinger on 11 March 2013 - 08:02 AM

Here is some good news guys.  Even though we are unable to beat the lowly Blue Jackets, with 28 points the Wings still sit 3rd in points in the West and 4th in playoff positioning. It could be a whole lot worse....we could be in the East right now where we wouldn't even be in the playoffs and we would be 5th in the division behind MTL, TOR, BOS, OTT....we'd still be ahead of TPA and FLA, but yikes! Ken Holland better soup up this team and do it quickly, because it is going to be twice as hard to make the playoffs in our new conference next season!

#2367726 3/10 GDT : Blue Jackets 3 at Red Wings 2 (SO)

Posted by LeftWinger on 11 March 2013 - 07:05 AM

I am also looking forward to the mass exodus of bandwagon fans that have jumped on board over the last 20 years.  Having gone to Ferris back in the mid 90s, I fell in love with that hockey team and they were not that good.  Still, the 2,000 fans that showed up to the games were enjoyable to watch the game with.  They were knowledgeable and appreciative of what the team brought every night.  Sure, they weren't a 1st place team, but hell they worked hard and the fans appreciated it. 


When they had a great season in 2003 and won the CCHA title, the morons came out of the woodwork the next year.  The arena was sold out every night, but talking with these people were annoying.  They bitched non-stop about the team.  They bitched non-stop about the coaching staff.  It was less about enjoying the hockey game and all about a "what have you done for me" attitude.  After a down season, the morons went away and it was back to normal again.


So yes, Top 10 pick if they don't make the playoffs and we get to start the "fan" purge.


I agree, while it must of been nice being born with the Red Wings "silver spoon" in your mouth, a few years of humbling loses would do this fanbase well.  Don't get me wrong, I still want as many Cups as possible, but you never really appreciate the Cup until your team has fought long and hard to earn it. Not that they haven't earned this success in the last 20 years, BUT every season leading up to 1997, including the dark Dead Wings era, are what made that 1997 Cup the most memorable Cup of all of them.  If the Wings go another 10+ years without a sniff, I think it'll bring the bandwagon, spoiled, fans down a bit and really appreciate what it takes to 'build" a Champion, just like Brian Murray and Scotty Bowman did...

#2367696 Brunner to go with Tootoo and Tatar?

Posted by LeftWinger on 10 March 2013 - 08:47 PM

...wait, I though Datsyuk was already centering the 4th line...

#2367560 3/10 GDT : Blue Jackets 3 at Red Wings 2 (SO)

Posted by LeftWinger on 10 March 2013 - 06:06 PM

How embarrassing the Joe is...are there more empty seats there than full? Not really, but sheesh!


Note to fans: If you aren't going to go to the game, don't buy the tickets. Then maybe some of us who can't go all the time, can go once in a while...

#2367213 3/9 GDT : Red Wings 0 at Blue Jackets 3

Posted by LeftWinger on 09 March 2013 - 07:17 PM

Didn't get to watch any of this game, but one thing is still glaring....We need scoring.  Sammy and Bert aren't gonna add enough to help (if they ever get healthy.) So it comes down to a trade. It the bottom line, even when we were doing so good the last few games, you cannot win enough if you only score 1-2 goals a game.


I have to say, it's pretty sad that the WIngs cannot beat this team, I don't know what it is.


ps.  It sickens me everytime I see Hossa celebrating a big game winning goal or hell even a goal...he should have been a Red Wing for life....


...anyway, this team is desperate for a scorer...so desperate that it is going to be expensive to acquire, but I say we need it, do it.  Nothing we have in the IR is going to turn the scoring around to where we score 3-4 goals a game instead of 1-2....

#2365889 Thoughts on the Blackhawks

Posted by LeftWinger on 06 March 2013 - 10:36 PM

They have lost....just not in regulation.  We as Detroit fans know all to well that while NHL records are nice, they don't mean crap in the playoffs.  I am not trying to downplay the Hawks and their fans and "The Record," but not unless this equates to a Hoisting of the Cup, it's it means nothing. Much like 1996....

#2365849 Do We Really Need a New Stadium?

Posted by LeftWinger on 06 March 2013 - 08:02 PM

I am all for a new stadium as long as it's not a cookie cutter one.  Regarding Snyder, I do believe he signed something that allowed Mr. I to move forward (and use tax money) in the building of this, so I think he would still let it go through when he takes of the City.


My other request other than not being a cookie cutter is the name....no Amway! PLEASE!


Cadillac Centre © or The I.C.E Arena (The Illitch Centre for Entertainment Arena) ©

#2365845 Time to pull the trigger on J-Bo?

Posted by LeftWinger on 06 March 2013 - 07:45 PM

Count me among those that would rather Bogosian. 


I don't have any interest in Bouwmeester at all. He would provide a little offence from the back-end but he would hurt the team defensively.


Dekeyser is an interesting option but even if we sign him he wouldn't be on the roster this season...We have too many defenceman as it is. Maybe after a trade we could fit him in but I don't think we'd even see him as a regular next year.


Danny D would most definitely be a depth signing for this season, getting a few games in and maybe, MAYBE a couple of playoff games....next season though, with what looks like White headed out, even if Kindl re-signs there will be a spot for him because even if Colaiacovo doesn't get waived, he would get hurt and that would allow Danny a spot on the roster.  Honestly there is no one else in GR ready to come up, as good as most of our D prospects are, they are all still at their junior clubs or college. Danny is 23 years old tomorrow and is ready to step in to an NHL spot. I hope it's with Detroit.... He can rotate with the ever present #7/#6 Kindl... Besides in two years, depending on what we are paying Howard/Brunner/Filppula/Smith/Andersson/Nyquist and Kindl, we have to re-sign Ericsson, Quincey (probably) and Dastyuk, not to mention players like Sheahan an Ferraro who would likely see some time up here now and then, having a nice EL contract with Dekeyser would provide some much needed cap relief in 2014...

#2365832 Time to pull the trigger on J-Bo?

Posted by LeftWinger on 06 March 2013 - 06:47 PM

Solution on D:


Kronner - Big E

Smitty - Q

Laser - Dekeyser

Kindl (Huskins)


No need to waste a trade on big name defender....our D will continue to grow and gel.  IF a trade is made it will be for scoring help...

#2365797 Holland says those dreaded words, "Our Deadline Addition"

Posted by LeftWinger on 06 March 2013 - 04:49 PM

Meh, holland should just hold onto his 1st rounder rather than trade it for a s***ty player. I'll take some injured players back and our 1st over a 4-6 dman and no first rounder in a deep draft.


exactly my point above. I think that even at the #16-#20 spot in this years draft, we can get an impact player.  I really like Ryan Pulock as our future #1 defender and even to a lessor extent Robert Haag.  Of course there is plenty of O talent available too. There is a kid projected to go around 21st named Kerby Rychel.  He leads the Spitfires with 80 points in 63 games. He is an American kid from LA, Ca. His father is Warren Rychel, who isn't too bad of bloodline to have. He is not afraid to hit or drop the gloves if needed...he is by far am offensive guy first, but its nice to have at least a bit of a snarl behind him...but I will take the 80pts in 63gms for sure!


Just an FYI, ISS has both Pulock and Haag going before #16, not that that means too much, but if Detroit does make the playoffs the chances of either of those two be available is slim...Rychel is projected around #21...

#2365780 Should Visors Be Mandatory In The NHL

Posted by LeftWinger on 06 March 2013 - 04:10 PM

not to stray away from the NHL but it wasn't mandatory in NASCAR to wear what's called the HANS device until they lost Dale Earnhardt in 2001.  Sure it was always an option and available, but drivers hated wearing it and drivers like Earnhardt and Tony Stewart among others refused to do so.  Even after his death the device met with a lot of resistance, but today there isn't a driver who would think twice about NOT wearing it.  NASCAR and US Motorsports just made it mandatory within all sanctioned stock events and the "kids" "grew up" using the device and now it is like second nature to them...even the old guys that were around before 2001 now have been wearing in for over a decade and it has become a part of their car, not just a cumbersome restraint system...


The same would happen with the NHL if they adopted the visor and Kevlar protection, it about 5 or so years, nobody would even think about what it was like without it...

who was it back in the early 90's that wore what looked like football shoulder pads with a protector that was behind his helmet? If I figure it out and find a picture, I will post it....I think he played for the Sabres, but am not sure....

#2365771 Should Visors Be Mandatory In The NHL

Posted by LeftWinger on 06 March 2013 - 03:43 PM

I say no, but as with the other PSE you mentioned, I have a feeling that soon all of it will be.  There is just no reason why they shouldn't be.  Right now in the USA most kids grow up using the ear guards on their helmets and neck guards, it will ne just a matter of time until it is SOP for our kids to start using all the stuff you mentioned so by time they get to college, junior, NHL it won't affect their play at all because they grew up with it and would have learned the game with it from day one.  Much like the helmet now, NHL players wouldn't even think about ever playing without it, and soon it will that way for the visor, Kevlar, neck guards, etc...none of which, as you said, restricts play at all...


You would think that a huge company like Under Armor would partner with the NHL and lessor leagues, even into college levels and develop a body suit (or shirt pant combo) than has the Kevlar in it.  With all the recent injuries due to skates, sticks and pucks, it's a no brainer...and speaking of brainer, the concussion is a whole other conundrum...

#2364940 Leafs Komisarek demands trade. wants to play.

Posted by LeftWinger on 05 March 2013 - 06:55 AM

If he wants to retire, his cap hit will leave the books immediately. LTIR would not be necessary.


Pronger is on LTIR because he can't play.


Plus, Pronger signed that 35+ contract that keeps the cap hit if he retires...so LTIR is an absolute necessity for Philly...

#2364908 This should scare us all......

Posted by LeftWinger on 04 March 2013 - 11:47 PM

My guess is a player of his caliber can easily play until 40, retire from the NHL, and then go onto play in the KHL for a few more years. Heck if really wanted to I bet he could play in the NHL until he's 43, but that probably won't happen.


Absolutely no reason for him to jump ship at 34 when he'll still have 6+ NHL caliber years left in him. He said he wants to finish his career in Russia, not play his last 9 years there.




Yes, and Lidstrom could have easily played until he was 48, if anyone could do that, he could. He trains as hard as Chelios did.  But, and this is fact, he didn't see the team getting better and he wanted to retire before it got ugly.  He also didn't want to go through another lockout. Dats could play into his 40's, but why would he do that if the GM fails to make the team better?  Holland not only has to make this team better, but he has to make Datsyuk want to play here.  Which means cut ties with average washed up players and get some high powered scoring in here.  I understand the injuries, but putting Bert back on Dats wing is not going to make us Cup contenders.  Holland has this off season to lure Dats to stay for a few more years.  Holland is on the spot starting right now....here is what we know of Holland right now:


failed to replace Hossa's scoring, failed to replace Rafalski, failed to replace Stuart, failed to replace Lidstrom....did he try? we think he did, but when he loses Datsyuk and doesn't have a game plan to stop that bleeding, he is in deep doo-doo. He needs to have that plan in effect right now. He didn't have it for Lids because he figured that Lids would not retire now, not after another Norris season, he wouldn't leave the...the...The Mighty Red Wings would he? Well Kenny, he did, and you dropped the ball and should have had a plan.  Instead you just assumed that Ryan Suter would come here because, well because we are the...the...The Mighty Red Wings! He wouldn't say no to us would he? How dare he!


The best way to keep Datsyuk around is to ice a winning team with the best players you can get.  Even then, that is no guarantee, but if you stick with Bertuzzi and Sammy and Cleary....kiss Pavel goodbye.

so in your world 0 is great than 1? Interesting...... Sorry but that is how dynastys die. If datsyuk is worth say 3 #1 picks now, and becomes worth only 1 because he is gone after 1 year, take the pick. You have a 63% chance of getting a guy that will be a career NHL player. That is better than nothing.


Honestly, I don't trust Kenny with 3 #1 picks...I'd rather keep Datsyuk and take my chances with him leaving.  Besides, if he does leave after next year, we'll have our own top 5 #1 pick for a few years in a row! :ninja:

#2364802 Franzen Is The Wings Most Undeserved Whipping Boy

Posted by LeftWinger on 04 March 2013 - 07:16 PM

Franzia is well deverved of his whipping boy status, by his own admittance that he gets bored in the NHL and doesn't give 100% all the time...


Also, the author is wrong about how he got his nickname.  He was called the Mule because it was so hard to move him from in front of the net. (When he was younger and didn't get his serious contract yet.) It had absolutely nothing to do with his work ethic on the ice. A mule is unmovable and stubborn and cannot be pushed down once it stands it ground. That is what Franzia was prior to his contract signing. That is why he was name the Mule. The author needs to get the facts correct before he writes his gibberish.  That was a quote directly from Steve Yzerman himself in describing why he called him the Mule along with a tongue in cheek shot at his huge front teeth which makes him resemble one as well...


I also like how the author refers to him being one of only two players to score 5 goals in a game...that may be true, but he omitted the fact that he scored those 5 goals and then didn't score again for 2 months, and I think only 4 more the rest of the season...


Then he ends up with a challenge, if you have the guts post your comments below. Well I certainly have the guts, but do not conform to social media controlling what I post since you are required to have a waste-of-facebook account, which I do not, I cannot comment.  I would certainly invite him here to debate with us because I can guarantee 75% of our users have more hockey knowledge than he does...