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#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.

#2666860 Free Press: Pavel Datsyuk to return to Russia following Playoffs

Posted by LeftWinger on 10 April 2016 - 03:00 PM

I think this team shifts to Nyquist and Tatar more than anyone else, assuming they're both still on the Wings going forward. 

Honestly, Larkin and AA are already better than those two. They need to be the focus rather than Nyquist and Tatar...

#2666728 Free Press: Pavel Datsyuk to return to Russia following Playoffs

Posted by LeftWinger on 10 April 2016 - 07:51 AM

In that article, it says that the Red Wings told him they will not trade his contract to relieve the cap. Holland, in his obsessive loyalty will eat the $7.5M hit for the year and handicap his team for no reason but to stay loyal. f*** Holland, he needs to be fired!

#2666607 25 YEARS BABY!

Posted by LeftWinger on 09 April 2016 - 05:51 PM

I guess if you think about it the Red Wings did what they had to do to just make it yes we lost the last two games but honestly it's not our fault that Boston s*** the bed today. We are lucky that Boston lost but I guess in the grand scheme of things they should have gotten one more Point than we did the last 82 games. I still think we're a pretty bad team but you never know what'll happen. And for all the grief I have given him Darren Helm was clutch down the stretch. As was Jimmy Howard. I still believe there are a few players we could do without and next year but this group did a good enough job when they had to and Boston didn't. Maybe they sneak in a Philly loses out. We may not win the Cup this year but for the way the team played all year long just extending the playoff streak is like us winning something. It was absolutely one of the worst seasons in a long long time but we made it and all that does not matter now. Let's see what happens. Let's go Red Wings!

#2664743 4/6 GDT : Philadelphia Flyers at Red Wings, 8:00 ET

Posted by LeftWinger on 06 April 2016 - 11:51 AM

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eenie...meenie...minie...and you're it Philly!

#2664305 2016 Playoffs % chances (part II)

Posted by LeftWinger on 03 April 2016 - 05:21 PM

Lets not count out the chance of jumping ahead of the Isles either.  They are only 2 points ahead, sure with 2 games in hand, but those games are TPA and WAS. TPA will bring its A game trying to get 1st in Atlantic, WAS, while, already clinched the PT, still ice a formidable team, especially with Ovie wanting the goal score title. The Isles could very well still only be two points ahead of us come Wed.

#2664303 Goalie Battle

Posted by LeftWinger on 03 April 2016 - 05:13 PM

Howard had been better the last month, not 2nd half Petr's Jan-Feb was NHL elite, dare I say Vezina, Dom Hasek-type numbers... He hit a wall and Howard has come up good enough to help us to where we stand. But he has been nowhere near what Mrazek was for a few months.


He's played good, don't get me wrong.

#2663375 3/29 GDT - Red Wings at Canadiens - 7:30 PM EST

Posted by LeftWinger on 29 March 2016 - 09:26 PM

Time to blow the team up boys! Can't wait till July!

If you think you were disappointed tonight, wait until July!