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#2618077 Free agents this off season

Posted by LeftWinger on 01 July 2015 - 02:07 PM

Detroit needs to go ahead and outbid for Green and Franson. Deal with the logjam come October. Waive Q and K, trade Smith, whatever. I amf****** sick of always watching these teams getting better, trying things, making ballsy moves and Holland standing pat. I get it, kids, I know, but damn it, you can have the kids next season when you once again have some open spots. You are not going to be able to keep all 4 anyhow. Not with E and Kronner signed forever. You are keeping Danny D for sure. Sign Green and Franson to that group and then you are instantly better. Hell, trade Jensen and Sproul also when the time comes. I love the lore of the streak, but Dats and Z aren't getting any younger, they don't have time to wait for these kids to become regulars. By time any if these 4 kids become regular players, Dats will be retired and Z will have half a back left. Just do it.

#2617612 Weiss bought out (confirmed)

Posted by LeftWinger on 30 June 2015 - 05:03 PM

So long Weiss, sorry our former coach didn't use you correctly and good luck wherever you play!


Gus can ask or whatever he wants, he doesn't deserve more than Tatar. If Gus gets anything over $3M, it will be a waste. Next season Helm, MIller and Andersson can all leave, save the money to give Sheahan, Dekeyser and Mrazek...you also have 3 of the 4 D kids that will be RFA's. If Gus doesn't understand this, then he can be traded, I am not that impressed with him enough to lose other players over him wanting $4M+.

#2617135 Retire Sergei Fedorovís Jersey Immediately

Posted by LeftWinger on 28 June 2015 - 03:01 PM

when Feds gets his HHOF call Monday, the choice will be even more clear! Its time, make it so.

#2616909 2015 Draft

Posted by LeftWinger on 27 June 2015 - 10:41 AM

he played in green bay already, he's going back overseas this season...lol at Holland. He is s***ting the bed thus far this draft.

#2615838 Retire Sergei Fedorovís Jersey Immediately

Posted by LeftWinger on 23 June 2015 - 10:03 PM



Lift this #91 to the rafters...it's time.

#2614388 Report: Cleary wants to return for 1 more season

Posted by LeftWinger on 14 June 2015 - 08:26 PM


I know, but Dan Cleary isn't stopping the Red Wings from contending. Not having a defense for years is more of a reason to get worked up, IMO. I don't care if people are pissed about Cleary and I definitely get that argument, but there are bigger fish to fry. 


Ya, but which "prospect" are you willing to give up (for free) for Cleary to have that #14 spot?  Jurco? Pulkkinen? Ferraro? Callahan? Who else?  Point isn't we'd rather worry about upgrading the D rather than being upset if Cleary comes back, point is, if Holland cannot make a deal and Franzen makes a comeback to play, you are waiver 2 players to keep Cleary in that #14 spot.  Ferraro will not clear waivers again...Jurco, Pulkkinen will never clear waivers, even once.  Callahan is a favorite of Blashill's, so he will fight to keep him off waivers... siging Cleary will destroy some of the future of this team...lose Ferraro and Callahan, but hey, Cleary is only the #14 guy, so no biggie...

#2614382 Wings open to trading Mantha and/or their 1st Round Pick

Posted by LeftWinger on 14 June 2015 - 07:21 PM

wonder what happened to Mantha to make him "touchable" now...last two trade deadlines he was "untouchable."


If Holland is trading Mantha our 1st, Smith and Weiss, it damn well better be for a Ryan Suter type defenseman, NOT a Phanuef-type defenseman.


I am assuming that Mantha is not horrible, but of all our top end prospects, someone has to go to get what we need, and he is the one? Maybe? I mean with AA, Bertuzzi, Larkin and the chance of us landing Hyman, someone has to be the odd man out, but damn, I sure was looking forward to Larkin and Mantha being the next dynamic duo...


Again, like I said, if he's dealing Mantha and our 1st along with Smith and Weiss, it better be a blockbuster coming back....if it's only Phanuef (or similar) and tie that in with the possible re-signing of you know who, I would say our off season would be taking a bad turn...

#2613616 Jeff Blashill named 27th head coach in Red Wings history

Posted by LeftWinger on 09 June 2015 - 10:41 AM

1st American Born...nice! Michigan Man..even nicer! re-hire Granato and then move Chelios to Asst.


We may not have instant success, but I feel great today! Just super excited.

#2613283 What changes do you think we'll see with Blashill?

Posted by LeftWinger on 05 June 2015 - 04:07 PM

...and Q is NOT good. He was not worth a 1st round pick, and he is not worth the $4.25M.  I take that back, in this market, he is, but not in the real world of non-inflated salaries.  But whatever, he did get better as the season went on, but with the way our D played in the 2nd half, did he actually get better or did the others play down to him?  We wouldn't miss him, and K is more offensive minded. IMO, having Franson, Green and Kindl in the starting 6 is better than having Q in there. That would also give you 3 pairs of dual role players, Kronner, Green and Kindl would be your O minded guys and Franson, Ericsson and Dekeyser would the D minded guys...perfect setup.

#2613279 What changes do you think we'll see with Blashill?

Posted by LeftWinger on 05 June 2015 - 03:59 PM

Helm and Abby are good, but they are not top 6 guys.  If you aren't going to put offensive minded guys in the top 6, then trade them, because Jurco and Pulkkinen are NOT bottom 6 guys.  Keep Abby and Helm in the top 6 and trade Pulk and Jurco then.


People seem to forget ALL the games where we couldn't score goals or even get shots on the net, you will never realize the potential of Jurco and Pulk while playing with Glenny and Andersson as their centers. Abby and Helm have great chemistry with all the guys in the bottom 6 and most likely would make those lines better.  Continue to use Helm on top PK lines and Abby on top PP lines, that is fine, but we are wasting the talent of Pulk and Jurco if they are out there playing 5 minutes a game and in a checking role. No offense to Abby, I like the guy, I live 30 miles north of Muskegon, he is an icon over here.  I know Jurco and Pulk haven't proven anything yet, but that is because they were stuck in the bottom 6 with our last coach. BOTH players were drafted because of their offensive capabilities. Sure they need to play both sides of the puck, but they are more O than D.


I give Abby all the credit in the world for scoring 23 goals amongst 44 points, but both Pulk and Jurco have the potential, with the skills they have, to get near 30.  Sure, AHL doesn't always convert to NHL, but the one thing I hated about out last coach was the way he utilized certain players.  If Blash is anything like him, then we all know line combos will change a million times over the season.  I just would like to see both Pulk and Jurco put in positions to take advantage of their particular skill set.  Demoting Abby is in no way knocking him, it's almost a compliment because his skill set allows him to be that versatile.  He would make the bottom 6 better, besides, if Jurco is on the 3rd line with Sheahan and Helm, is that truly a bottom 6 line? I understand I actually have Jurco on the 3rd line, so technically, he is in the bottom 6, but by numbers only. That line could be a great two-way line, with Helm 's D and Sheahan's two-way along with Jurco's offense potential.

#2613056 Retire Sergei Fedorovís Jersey Immediately

Posted by LeftWinger on 03 June 2015 - 09:36 PM

lest we forget the horrible teams Roy and Brodeur played for...those teams were just as good if not slightly better than us during that era.


I believe they both need to be up in the rafters.

#2612108 Vote for Mrazek for best play of playoffs

Posted by LeftWinger on 30 May 2015 - 04:00 PM

Mrazek winning...nice to see Nyquist won the regular season POY.  We got talent boys and girls! Next up Calder for Larkin or Mantha or AA or Bertuzzi! LOL! If they come up in different years, then how about all 4!

#2612058 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by LeftWinger on 30 May 2015 - 10:02 AM

Both teams also have a Nick Jensen.....

#2611351 The return of The Mule?

Posted by LeftWinger on 29 May 2015 - 08:48 AM

Kip, no new leaf per say, but when I realized that it was head issues due to concussions a couple years back, I kind of let up on him a bit.  I was really hard on the guy before that.  I was really only hard on him the last couple of seasons because he kept wanting to play when he had no business (health-wise) being on the ice.  My buddy Dan skates with a couple of the trainer's for the wings in a pick up hockey league and he told me a couple a seasons ago that they believe it was head issues.  We all pretty much figured that as well, but me personally, I thought at first that it was head issues in the sense that he really lost interest in the game.  But when it came out that it was concussion issues, I kinda backed off.  I do wish he could beat this and go back to 25-30 goals again, but history shows that it just doesn't ever work out that way...

I am sure he will go to training camp with full intentions to be playing, I just hope he doesn't hinder his health or the team in the process.  He will need to make a decision soon enough so the Wings aren't exposing good young talent to the waiver wire to save him a roster spot. 

#2611015 The return of The Mule?

Posted by LeftWinger on 28 May 2015 - 11:15 AM

I know what everyone here is expecting to hear from me, BUT, I really would like to see him back 100% and scoring 30 goals again. If he could, then that would eliminate the need to get more offense this summer.  Before his issues, he was a top 6 guy, but then shortly after the contract he started with his concussions and has not even been a shell of himself since.  For his health and family I hope he makes the right choice, even if he goes through camp and feels good, you know there are players out there that will target his issues and lay a huge hit on him first chance they get.  This is said very often for those with concussion issues, but it speaks volumes, one more hit and he could have permanent brain damage.  What's more important, the game or the children? Don't make it so you cannot enjoy your children and don't be selfish and become a lifetime burden on those children by becoming unable to function by yourself and needing a lifetime of assistance.  IMO, hang em up, but I do wish him the very best.