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#2388712 Bertuzzi not returning Wednesday vs Kings

Posted by LeftWinger on 24 April 2013 - 12:13 PM

Yes, but he's terrible when he actually gets the puck. I was at the game vs. coyotes and Zetterberg set him up atleast 4 times and he completely failed to execute.. Another legitimate forward would have scored atleast once or twice that game. I agree with you that Abdelkader is doing a good job creating space, but this offseason he really needs to work on his puck protection and execution. Datsyuk and Z have set him up enough to make him a legitimate 20 goal scorer yet he sitting at "11 points" as Shane Doan said it..


Shane Doan has ZERO room to talk about anyone...for all of his 812 career points, he has ZERO Rings on his finger. I had hopes for him over the summer, but yet, he re-signed with that team that probably won't even be in PHX too much longer and his team is no closer to winning a Cup than they have ever been. Given the history, I will take Abby's Cup Ring (and another Cup appearance) over anything Doan has accomplished. When Doan gets a Ring, then he can talk all he wants.

In all honesty, please Mr. Babcock, no major changes with 3 games needed!!!! If you want to take Eaves out and put Bert in, fine, but please not both Bert and Sammy...that would screw up what little chemistry we have and we need to win these three games!!! Two for sure! Ok, if We win the next two and Dallas beats Columbus in regulation, then you can throw Sammy in on Sunday for some real game practice....thank you.

Cleary only played with Datsyuk and Abby for 7 or so games. Not most of the season. Abby has had plenty of opportunities to turn his 11 point season into a 25 point season. Face it, you're giving him way too much credit for scoring. I do agree that Abdelkader is creating space and helping datsyuk out in other aspects of the game such as physical play, but by no means has he done a good job with point production. I give him some legitimate credit that he has deserved, but not more than that. Now, should Bertuzzi replace Abderlkader? Maybe. Supposedly he's been practicing for a month now and bertz can be physical if he wanted to as well. On top of that Bert is a better goal scorer and has more finesse than Abby does. If Bert was truly healthy and has his A game then I would put him up over Abby any day. But if Bert isn't close to being a top liner then I would stick with Abby.


But it looks like Bertz expect to be on the 3rd line so that settles that.


I can agree with you on this....

#2388651 Dan Dekeyser Watch

Posted by LeftWinger on 24 April 2013 - 10:08 AM

LeftWinger! Welcome back buddy! Was wondering where you had gone... especially after DeKeyser had signed. Happy everything worked out and he's with the team now. Didn't want to see what happened if he went elsewhere with you, haha. He has definitely made a smoother transition than expect, at least in my opinion. Really happy to see his success thus far. 


Welcome back, brother. Dekeyser is definitely the real deal.


Hey thanks guys!


I would have been SUPER disappointed with Ken Holland if Danny would've have signed somewhere else.  Not for not trying, obviously he tried as much as anyone could (as he did with Suter) but for letting Detroit become such an unattractive place to be that even a hometown kid didn't want to come here...he may have still made Detroit unattractive (this off season weighs HUGE in that respect) but at least he is able to steal some talent that the rest of the NHL coveted...the draft is going to tell a lot of Holland's direction with this team. HE needs big and strong and fast players to compete in the East.  No more soft skilled fast players...no more 6'3" 175'lb defensemen....no more 5'10" 165lb. forwards...


The model of the last 15 years he has been drafting has to end. (well the last couple of drafts (especially last year) have been positive.)  But I will save all my thoughts on that for the soon to made 2013 draft day thread...

#2388620 Dan Dekeyser Watch

Posted by LeftWinger on 24 April 2013 - 09:19 AM

Hey! After a little "vacation" (don't worry I was reading the whole time) I am glad to say I am oh so happy that everyone is happy with Danny D!  I knew he was coming here (thanks to my buddy dating Danny's Sister) and I knew he was going to be NHL ready and become a big part of the Defense.  He is our best defensive defenseman out there and as long as he is allowed to be just that, Mr. Kronwall can go back to doing what he does best as well. 


Of course I am edgy about keeping the "streak" alive, but I am OH SO excited about this team's future moving forward starting this draft.  I have a ton of topics to reply in since I couldn't but had to start in this one, since I was the first guy (basically, although I do think someone posted the same video I did last season a bit earlier, but I was the one to hand out the little inside info from my buddy) to mention Danny D.  I was most definitely his biggest proponent on here and am so glad he is a Red Wing and will probably be for life...Good on Ya Danny!

#2373502 Iginla may/may not have added Detroit to his trade list

Posted by LeftWinger on 24 March 2013 - 10:27 PM

So, Detroit wasn't on the list.. but now Detroit has been added.  In my mind, this makes me think Detroit is pushing hard for him but Detroit wasn't on the list... but Calgary sees a deal they like... so they had a talk with Iginla, who in turn was like "ok... I can do that"

That's just what I'm thinking :)


I think maybe it was more like, listen Jerome, we talked to those 4 teams you chose...ya, no, they don't want you...you are going to have to find another team to go to.  Detroit? Ok, we will see if they want you...

#2373442 Wings Make Offer to Danny D!

Posted by LeftWinger on 24 March 2013 - 09:56 PM

The frenzy here is getting crazy.  I hope the Wings sign DeKeyser, but future captain?  Top 4 minutes?  Guaranteed ice time?


I also think Wings fans totally overestimate the influence of the Winter Classic.  Do I think players will enjoy it?  Sure.  But it's a regular season game.  It didn't keep Lidstrom from retiring, it didn't bring Suter and Parise here and it's not going to be a factor in DeKeyser signing with the Wings or not.


Easy Cupcake.... I don't know who said future Captain, but it was Helen St. James that said top 4 minutes, and it was Babcock who (allegedly) told Dan himself that he had guaranteed ice time...


You will have to excuse the excitement of the die hard Wings fans, this guy is coveted by 30 teams...the last three UFA's that were coveted by 30 teams we lost out on.  So it's a bit enthusiastic and exciting to know that your Detroit Red Wings are the frontrunners to land the most coveted player since the Olsen Twins...Just calm down gobot.  :P

#2373024 10/24 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Ducks 1

Posted by LeftWinger on 24 March 2013 - 04:20 PM

I think Babcock needs to experiment with #93 on the 3rd line and see if Brunner is good with Datsyuk...

#2373019 Wings Make Offer to Danny D!

Posted by LeftWinger on 24 March 2013 - 04:04 PM

I think I read he'll be signing Wednesday but cant remmeber where I saw that now. It doesnt make me that nervous that hes taking some time to decide, his agency would make sure he does his due dilligence before making the biggest decision hes made in his life. I would say hes 90% Detroit right now, the fact that hes offered top 4 minutes in Detriot and PP time should seal the deal. The fact that in the past the wings didnt have room to make this kind of offer would worry me but now they can


Exactly!  This has a ton to do with why Detroit convinced him to go back to college for another year.  Every analyst out there said he was ready last year to come out.  So if Detroit were to be the front runner, they would have had to have a spot for him.  Last season, they had ZERO spots available and this year they have top 4 minutes....Now, I know you cannot predict injuries, but I can imagine the conversation between Danny and the Wings brass included the fact that "next season we will not have Stuart and more than likely not have Lidstrom.  Go back to school for another year, try to win that championship and then we'll have a spot for you next year..."


Think about it, even if they had landed Suter, they still lost both Lids and Staurt, had no idea that Kindl would mature so much (I know I didn't) and they also had to use Lashoff because of injuries....so even with Suter they knew that they would have a better chance at Danny this year than last, if NHL icetime was/is going to be the deciding factor...and the fact that Danny took their advice a went to College instead of just signing on with a NHL club for the icetime (which he could've gotten somewhere last year) proves to me that he is really REALLY interested in being a Detroit Red Wing and not just anywhere in the NHL...

#2372980 Wings Make Offer to Danny D!

Posted by LeftWinger on 24 March 2013 - 03:07 PM

We all know your sources are as reputable as Hudler's female friends...jk

Be hard to tell Gretzky and Coffey no...at least until you actually watch the Oilers play. I really hope him being from here makes this Parise/Suter 2.0 but we have the hometown advantage. We really can offer him top 4 minutes too, our D ain't nothing to write home about.


Yes, but it was probably also hard to tell Chris Chelios no as well, but Suter did. And Suter grew up knowing Chelios with his uncle playing with Chelly for a bit and both being Wisconsin Alum....I am sure Danny D can pass on Gretzky and Coffey.  Both of whom, if asked, would have nothing but praise for the Red Wings organization.  Coffey for obvious reason, and Gretzky has already said he think Zetterberg is the best player in the world...


Lets not get too sure about this until it happens.  Detroit's future is f***knows, Edmontons is possible Dynasty. 


Possible....they have a lot of young stars now, but soon enough they are going to have Cap issues. Hall and Eberle's $6M cap hit each kicks in next season. Gagne is an RFA, Paajarvi is an RFA...Yakopov, Hopkins and Schultz are all due up in 2 to 3 years as well and will ALL get raises upwards of $5M+...it's going to be tough to have the same team in two years as they do now...

#2372936 Larry Murphy Fired by FSD

Posted by LeftWinger on 24 March 2013 - 01:04 PM

Between the "Pillows"...er I mean Benches with Alyonka....



#2372933 10/24 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Ducks 1

Posted by LeftWinger on 24 March 2013 - 01:01 PM




Wow, check out this young future Stanley Cup Champion!

#2372930 Wings Make Offer to Danny D!

Posted by LeftWinger on 24 March 2013 - 12:53 PM

Bob McKenzie@TSNBobMcKenzie4m

Many in hockey believe DET is frontrunner for DeKeyser but sorting/selection process starts Tuesday, may take a day or two to complete.



It seems to make the most sense.  Without taking in to affect my feelings toward him coming here you have to look at the facts....


Hometown kid....Idolized the Wings growing up...Wings cannot be outbid by money or length.  Wings want him bad. If he does spend some time in GR next season, his former Coach is there Head Coaching.  Has a teammate at WMU (Mike McKee) that is also Red Wings property and will eventually be a teammate with him again...The fact that when he was wanting to come out last season as a Sophomore, he took the advice of Red Wings brass to return to college for one more season, so he holds Ken Holland and Jim Nill with the upmost respect. He is very good friends with Jill Nill and his son. He has spent two or three years at the Wings rookie camps, playing with guys that would eventually be his teammates...Then throw in what I was told yesterday by my buddy (thru Danny's sister) that Babcock promised him a spot in the lineup...this is just a no brainer.  But, in the end the team he chooses is going to be a team he feels is the best fit for him...I just hope that its Detroit...

#2372926 Larry Murphy Fired by FSD

Posted by LeftWinger on 24 March 2013 - 12:44 PM

Bottom line is, whoever replaces him HAS to be a Hockey guy...I can't have my Hockey Analyst also doing Baseball and Basketball like Keating does.  I just don't think Eliot is enough of a hockey guy either, even though he just does hockey for FSD. Whoever sits next to Ken Daniels in the booth on the road HAS to be very VERY hockey savvy and knowledgeable....


Now for between the benches, if they wanted to put Alyonka Larionov the gig, I wouldn't object at all...

#2372896 10/24 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Ducks 1

Posted by LeftWinger on 24 March 2013 - 11:33 AM

We want Danny D in the lineup! Go Wings!

#2372881 Wings Make Offer to Danny D!

Posted by LeftWinger on 24 March 2013 - 10:40 AM

Come on now....no need to mull over options....just sign the dotted line. You could be playing tonight or at least tomorrow night!

#2372879 Perron's ridiculous dive.

Posted by LeftWinger on 24 March 2013 - 10:37 AM

I have a better idea, state in the rule that a dive automatically negates the penalty on the other team.


Exactly...the only way you are going to limit the amount of diving in the league is to ONLY call the dive and not the other guy.  Odds are if the player had to dive, then the other infraction wasn't really enough of a infraction anyhow....


Problem is, they won't do this because the certain players wouldn't be able to play in this league anymore because they would be in the box all the time....ahem....Crosby...ahem....