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#2670622 ECQF Game 3 Post-GDT: at Red Wings 2, Tampa Bay 0

Posted by LeftWinger on 17 April 2016 - 08:58 PM

Still not enough AA. Blashill needs to unleash the Krakenasiou.

No changes in lineup for Tuesday please.

#2669952 ECQF Game 3 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by LeftWinger on 17 April 2016 - 09:20 AM

My sister (who is going through chemo) and my nephew flew to Detroit yesterday for the game. I'm hoping the Wings play their hearts out so that everyone wearing the winged-wheel can leave The Joe smiling, high-fiving, and feeling great!

Go Wings!!!


God Bless your sister to a speedy recovery! I hope she can get some enjoyment tonight!


that being said, I certainly hope to see significant lineup and line changes tonight.


I haven't seen anything of Mantha being called up, so there goes that but here are my changes:


Smith in for Ericsson....Jurco in for Andersson...Mrazek in for Howard...Pulkkinen in for Nyquist.


Tatar - Larkin - Athanasiou

Helm - Richards - Jurco

Zetterberg - Datsyuk - Abdelkader

Pulkkinen - Sheahan - Glendening


Dekeyser - Smith

Kronwall - Green

KFQ - Marchenko


Those are my changes and lines to start the game.


Wings win 4-2.....no changes, Wings lose 5-1...

#2669951 Fixing this mess....

Posted by LeftWinger on 17 April 2016 - 09:11 AM

I agree, there are going to be tons of upset users here WHEN Holland doesn't do anything to better or change this team.


He won't trade Ericcson, Smith, Pulk, Jurco or Howard.  He'll re-sign Helm to Abby money and term, he'll re-sign KFQ to $5M, DD to $6M, Mrazek to $5M and as soon as he hears from Dats he"ll resign Richards as insurance.  Of course he won't trade Dats contract either.


All kidding aside, the nightmare is, there is a possibility that this team would be EXACTLY the same next year...and possibly minus Datsyuk.

#2669917 Andersson leaving the NHL after the Playoffs

Posted by LeftWinger on 16 April 2016 - 11:04 PM

I don't blame him. At least Holland won't re-sign him to a loyalty contract.

...hey Joakim, can you take a couple more Swedes with you? Ericsson and Nyquist to be exact...

#2669658 ECQF Game 2 Post-GDT: at Tampa Bay 5, Red Wings 2

Posted by LeftWinger on 15 April 2016 - 09:21 PM

Didn't watch a single minute of it...had such a great night instead of watching pee wee league game. Retire Z...retire.

#2668491 ECQF Game 1 Post-GDT: at Tampa Bay 3, Red Wings 2

Posted by LeftWinger on 14 April 2016 - 01:17 PM

Valtteri Filppula said Henrik Zetterberg told him he'd slashed his hand & "don't do that again" at end of Game 1.
per Helene St. James

"...or else! Or else I'll say it again, and if you keep doing it, I'll keep saying it."

#2668356 ECQF Game 1 Post-GDT: at Tampa Bay 3, Red Wings 2

Posted by LeftWinger on 13 April 2016 - 09:12 PM

Lineup won't change and lines won't change. I am not a fan, but Smith should be in over E. Andersson in is pointless. AA needs top 6 minutes. But none of it will change.

#2668344 ECQF Game 1 Post-GDT: at Tampa Bay 3, Red Wings 2

Posted by LeftWinger on 13 April 2016 - 09:06 PM

This game has proven what most of us have said all year long. Holland has to trim the fat. Do not re-sign the UFA's, get rid of Ericsson and Howard. If you aren't going to play Smith, Jurco or Pulkkinen you may as well trade them.

#2667212 Fixing this mess....

Posted by LeftWinger on 12 April 2016 - 07:24 AM

I miss the time when you actually earned a contract...

#2667148 Pavel Datsyuk Career Appreciation Thread (Mod Warning Post #40)

Posted by LeftWinger on 11 April 2016 - 06:33 PM


Houdini Show:




Pavel Datsyuk, AKA Nightcrawler! All we need is the word BAMF! to appear!

#2667144 Free Press: Pavel Datsyuk to return to Russia following Playoffs

Posted by LeftWinger on 11 April 2016 - 06:07 PM

I agree....hey when Steve Yzerman was 35, he was 2nd, 3rd line all the time, he finished that year with 52 points and played four more years all with still being an effective leader.  Hank had 50 points this year (he is 35 as well) he could easily move down to that 3rd line center and still get 30-40 points a year and be the effective leader he needs to be for the next 4 years or so.  Hank played in all 82 games this year, Steve only played in 54 games that year, but given the fact that the game has changed so much since then, its no wonder Hank scored less per game.


I am not saying Hank is Steve, but I am saying that Steve was "demoted" to a lessor role on the ice in scoring and prolonged his career and was still a very effective Captain and actually lead his team better from that position...Hank could do the same.  We have two very good, very high end prospects that could become 1st and 2nd line centers in Larkin and AA and allow Z to ease it out now, if we were to acquire Stamkos, it would take even more pressure off Z to score and he could lead better.

#2667110 Pavel Datsyuk Career Appreciation Thread (Mod Warning Post #40)

Posted by LeftWinger on 11 April 2016 - 03:11 PM



Says it all....

#2667107 Pavel Datsyuk Career Appreciation Thread (Mod Warning Post #40)

Posted by LeftWinger on 11 April 2016 - 03:02 PM


He starts the play with a chilling hit on Boychuk, then finishes it off with the goal...notice how the annoucer says Boychuk got caught up ice, well we know why he did, don't we!

#2667025 Free Press: Pavel Datsyuk to return to Russia following Playoffs

Posted by LeftWinger on 11 April 2016 - 09:02 AM

Well this would be the fault of people getting their hopes up for nothing. I still believe he either goes home or signs with an up and coming team like Buffalo

Why not Detroit?


You use the example of Buffalo as an "up and coming" team, but isn't Detroit also in that category?


I dislike Holland's (lack of) moves as much as the next guy, but with Datsyuk most likely leaving, not that he was the problem, but he is about 50% of what he once was, that makes the team younger, opens a spot up to sign someone like Stamkos and if we cut ties with our other UFA's, that leaves a spot to get a #1 defender plus bring up some more kids permanently.


Detroit is indeed an up and coming team, Nyquist and Tatar are 30 goal scorers.  They had setbacks this season, as did most of our players, but I equally blame the coaching system they had to play under. They are still young.  You have Mrazek, Larkin, Mantha, Anthanasiou, Dekeyser, Sheahan...still have Pulkkinen and Jurco.  Like the term or not, Abby is in his prime and can still net you 20 goals.  If Helm comes back for a nice price, he can and will get you 15-20 goals. You have Bertuzzi, Svechnikov, Saarijarvi, Russo and Hicketts in GR as well.


The speed on this team is unmatched, Larkin, AA and Helm alone have to be three of the fastest skaters in the NHL. This team is up and coming, there is no reason why Stamkos wouldn't at least consider coming here. He also said he enjoyed paying with Larkin at the All Star game...not that he would say something negative about it or anyone else, but it does make Detroit at least a bit more interesting for him...


Not to turn this into a Stamkos debate, but his name had been brought up as possibly coming here especially if Pav leaves and we can shed that cap hit...even if he doesn't its still possible.

#2666865 Post Epic Meltdown - er, Post Game Discussion

Posted by LeftWinger on 10 April 2016 - 03:25 PM




I definitely agree that AA is a defensive liability, but I'm not sure I think Andersson or Jurco is any better.


How is he a defensive liability? He's a +1 on a team that is -13 goal differential? He is by far one of the best players on the ice for the Wings.  Everytime he is out there, more times than not, he makes something happen.  5 on 5, PP, PK...he makes s*** happen.