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#2221516 This season is over!

Posted by LeftWinger on 02 November 2011 - 08:29 AM

Joke? Good one, I like the thread dedicated to all the jumpers...but to all the ones who seriously think this is over, again 1995-96 Wings started out 5-5-1. Finished the season 62-13-7.

If they go 5-6 or worse, then Holland will attend to the issues...


#2221298 11/1 GDT: Wild 2 at Red Wings 1 (OT)

Posted by LeftWinger on 01 November 2011 - 09:12 PM

Tonight you can honestly say, Red Wings got screwed by the refs. The hit on Kronner is being called interference this year, well except tonight. 8 penalties to 3? PLUS a 5 on 3? Wings definitely got screwed tonight.

Never fear guys! In 1995-96 the Wings started the season 5-5-1 and wound up at 62-13-7.

BUT, this lack of scoring is becoming a bit concerning...5 goals in 5 games is not gonna cut it. I wouldn't be surprised if Holland makes a few phone calls just to see what's out there... Wings lose a 6th in a row, you can bet numbers will be dialed...


#2220872 Season-Long Lines Thread

Posted by LeftWinger on 01 November 2011 - 04:47 PM

Babcock's revamped the lines again, post-Nyquist (link - http://www.mlive.com...uist_has_g.html)

Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Holmstrom
Nyquist-Franzen-Bertuzzi
Cleary-Filppula-Abdelkader
Miller-Helm-Eaves
*Hudler
*Emmerton

Lidstrom-White
Kronwall-Kindl
Ericsson-Stuart
*Commodore

Howard
Conklin

Ugh, I still don't like that second line and swap Helm and Abby.


#2220399 Own success is our downfall

Posted by LeftWinger on 31 October 2011 - 05:18 AM

The bottom line? I've said it a few times in the last few days, this team is what it is. You have seen to peak of every core player on this team, noone is getting any better. You have a system full of mediocre players with "potential" and that is all. But this is the product you are going to get for being so good for so long. Holland has done the best he can with the picks he is given, but when you are consistently this good, even your first round picks are pretty much just high second rounders, and that is what we are seeing.

This team will bounce back, its not like they are garbage. They are what they are, but what they are is a good team. We've seen it, they'll get back to winning this year, make the playoffs and everyone here will enjoy the season. But if you guys expect the likes of Franzen or Hudler or Filppula, etc... to "grow" and become something that we haven't already seen, then you are in for a huge disappointment. The only player on this team that is going to "grow" at all is Emmerton and that is because we haven't seen him for an entire season yet. The rest of the team, including Datsyuk and Howard, will not all of a sudden become anything more than they have already been, and that is what it is. Not saying they are bad, or even remotely bad. They are stars in their own right, but they have peaked already. You cannot ask Howard to win 37 games every year, it just won't happen. Datsyuk cannot be a top 5 scorer and top 5 defender every year.

This team screams of change soon. Abandon ship? No. But within the next 2-3 years if we have the same team, you will see some dark years I do believe...


#2220397 Buyers Remorse

Posted by LeftWinger on 31 October 2011 - 05:00 AM

The term REDiculuos is an adjective used when describing yet another great season by the best team in the NHL!

"Geez, that team is so good they're REDiculous!"

"Did you see that REDiculous game by the Wings last night? Wow what a team!"


#2220206 Brunnstrom on waivers

Posted by LeftWinger on 30 October 2011 - 11:14 AM

So, waiving Brunnstrom allows Commodore to return to the roster AND keep Smith here to serve more of his suspension, then when Smith gets sent back down, it opens a roster spot to promote a Griffin (with waiver exemptions) until Mursak returns from injury, thus when the time comes, nobody needs to get waived. Makes sense to me. Waive Brunnstrom now before he has had a chance to impress other GM's around the league, so it is less apt that he will be claimed rather than let him play here and get better and risk losing him for sure when Mursak comes back. I like the move. If he gets claimed now, that's the risk, but it would be riskier to waive him in December if he has 10-15 points. +1,000,000 to Holland.


#2220198 Buyers Remorse

Posted by LeftWinger on 30 October 2011 - 10:56 AM

White is a different type of player than this team is. Ya, he has slipped a bit since the 5-0 start, but liek with any losing streak, you are going to find things to nit pick about with everyone. White not an exception. I hope when Commodore comes back, this team has already turned it back around because then people are gonna start blaming him as well. I think White and Commodore is what this team needs on defense and with the possiblity of Smith being ready next season and the hopeful pursuit of Suter this defense is gonna be a whole lot different next year than in years past. I hope Ericsson changes, but I doubt it and if not, I'm trading him. I'm re-signing Kronwall, Stuart and Commodore as well and if I can, I am trading Kindl

Suter - Kronwall
White - Stuart
Smith - Commodore


#2220195 This team screams for a trade

Posted by LeftWinger on 30 October 2011 - 10:40 AM

LOL. Typical. We're eight games into the season, and now Cleary sucks? Never mind that he was one of the team's best players last season. Never mind that he's a consistent all-around player. He hasn't been playing well over the last three weeks? HE SUCKS! TRADE HIM!

I too am not saying anyone "sucks" but like I said in the GDT from yesterday, we have seen these players peak, almost all of them. Cleary is always one of the "teams" best players, but he is never one of the "leagues" best players. Cleary (amongst others) has peaked and will not get any better than we have already seen. Abdelkader and Helm are what they are, and I don't see them getting any better, not that they are bad, but they are what they are. I said given the exception of Emmerton, this whole team has played their best season already and will continue on a downward slope or remain similar. Our team is what it is and is not getting any better, if not, slowly declining. Meanwhile most if not all other teams are making moves, bringing up young-in's and ARE getting better and better while Detroit sits stagnant. I do think Holland has tried to change the makeup of his a team a bit with signing Commodore and White along with Emmerton and Mursak (before injury) having a roster spot, but until something is done in the top 6, which I mean getting a legit top line sniper somehow, this team will remain stuck in this rut that we have grown used to since the 2008 win. I think Holland made mistakes by giving Franzen such a long contract, signing Ericsson, keeping Hudler (although nobody wanted him) and I think it will be a mistake if doesn't seriously, SERIOUSLY pursue one of Weber, Burns or Suter AND if not acquired at or before the deadline a LEGIT super scorer to put on Datsyuk's line and possibly another one for Zetterberg. Whether or not he will be able to do so, we'll see, but this is what the team needs.

I am not calling for heads, but if this team is gonna get better, there has to be change. This team is good enough to make the playoffs, but they are gonna get any better than what we've seen.


edit: I had to edit because I didn't know Burns signed a life long deal and Weber is still a RFA after this season...how is that?


#2219620 10/28 GDT: Sharks 4 at Red Wings 2

Posted by LeftWinger on 28 October 2011 - 09:12 PM

Analysis of the last play, IF Ian White hits Clowe instead of reaching for the puck, Clowe cannot get the pass back to #9, who in turn doesn't get the pass to Thornton for the empty netter. May not have won the game for Detroit, but would've prevented to 4th goal. Babcock better mix this team up a lot more, 1 is an incident, 2 is a habit, 3 is a problem and they just lost 3 in a row. Not calling for trades, just some lineup changes. Like I said, if White is more physical at the end, they don't get that 4th goal. I like White, but he just needed to be physical instead of playing the puck...


#2218840 This team screams for a trade

Posted by LeftWinger on 26 October 2011 - 09:13 PM

I do believe two seasons ago the Wings started out 0-2 by losing two straight games in Sweden to St. Louis(?) and that season turned out okie dokie considering... I am a bit frustrated over the last two games too, but even I am not calling for heads or trades. I simply want to see Babcock find the right line combo's very soon and for EVERYONE to give their 110%. Fans play huge amount of dollars to come see the stars play and when it seems like the stars are disinterested in playing, the fans feel slighted a bit.

For the user that said in 2008 we had Downey, isn't our powerplay our enforcer? :ninja: Seriously though, I think more than that, we need THREE scoring lines instead of two. I think Abdelkader - Helm - Eaves should be the fourth line and have three legit scoring threats on the other three lines, if that means losing Miller/Hudler/Brunnstrom and or Emmerton, I am not sure, but I think that Babcock should try to assemble three scoring lines with snipers on all three...but with the lineup we have I do realize that is probably not possible, but I hope it can because I really like the guys on our roster (except one) and would hate to lose any of them (except one.)

For now, keep experimenting until the right mix is found and if December comes and they still haven't found it, then maybe start to deal wheels in motion....


#2217968 Jimmy Howard will miss Tuesday's Game

Posted by LeftWinger on 24 October 2011 - 04:30 PM

Congrats Jimmy! I hope the baby doesn't have your nose though! Imagine her trying to give birth to that! OUCH! Seriously though, awesome! I remember my first child, I cried for an hour!


#2216204 Hudler?

Posted by LeftWinger on 18 October 2011 - 04:42 PM

4 games, 4 points....still doesn't mean I like him, but so far he is doing well.


#2216202 Could these be the Winter Classic Jerseys?

Posted by LeftWinger on 18 October 2011 - 04:31 PM

I am starting a petition, both the Flyers and Penguins have had it twice. Next season, Detroit vs. Devils in Commerica or Michigan Stadium.


#2216194 Could these be the Winter Classic Jerseys?

Posted by LeftWinger on 18 October 2011 - 03:57 PM

Ya well, IMO, the Rags should wear the old New York Americans sweater...

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and we're talking using the Quakers sweater...


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#2214900 What the heck is the PA guy saying?!

Posted by LeftWinger on 13 October 2011 - 09:27 PM

I was at the home opener against the Sens....he's saying "That goal brought to you by DTE Energy, where saving means scoring" or some stuff like that. Can't stand it.

PA.THE.TIC.

:puke: I am beginning to not like Mike Illitch and his marketing...I know it may be sacrilegious to say that, but when is enough enough?