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#2554024 12/4 GDT - Stars 2 at Red Wings 5

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 05 December 2014 - 04:14 AM

Actually funny to look at now. before the season started was there one person that wouldn't have traded him for anyone but Cleary?

I think Weiss still had plenty of supporters around here.

#2553077 11/30 GDT - Canucks 3 at Red Wings 5

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 01 December 2014 - 11:50 AM

I think that quietly Jurco had a really good game, probably his best of the season

Yes, Jurco has done well on the fourth line. Love that he is not the type of player that will disappear on a checking line, like for example Hudler. That versatility will be an asset to both him and the team.

#2552375 11/28 GDT - Red Wings @ Devils - 7:00 PM EST

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 28 November 2014 - 09:44 AM

I think rolling three lines gives the team some much needed depth. I dont view Sheahan, Tatar and Jurco as a legitimate NHL second line, more like a third. I also dont think Jurco belongs in a top six role in the NHL yet. On the other hand I dont think he needs to play top six to develop at NHL level.

#2552371 11/28 GDT - Red Wings @ Devils - 7:00 PM EST

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 28 November 2014 - 08:50 AM

Maybe so, but still, no reason not to give them another chance. It is like a hot goalie, you ride him till the streak ends. Jurco did fine on the fourth line.

#2552366 11/28 GDT - Red Wings @ Devils - 7:00 PM EST

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 28 November 2014 - 08:21 AM

It would be dumb to break up the Helm, Datsyuk and Weiss line after their performance vs the Flyers the other night.

#2545559 Weiss sent down to GR- conditioning assignment

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 30 October 2014 - 11:44 AM

Samuelsson got more chances and so should Weiss. But it is not looking too good right now.

#2542049 Toronto Radio: Illitch is selling everything and Babs will be Leafs GM

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 18 October 2014 - 04:54 AM

I would like to see Babcock take over Holland's position as GM in Detroit and Blashill be the coach some day.

#2542043 10/18 GDT - Maple Leafs 0 at Red Wings 1 (OT)

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 18 October 2014 - 03:53 AM

I like the new defense pairings. More ice time for Smith, who has outplayed Ericsson thus far plus Ericsson will be a steady partner to Kindl. Quincey probably had his best game as a Red Wing yesterday, he was terrific in his own end and even joined the rush a few times.

#2541477 TANK IT! 2014-2015 Season

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 16 October 2014 - 10:59 AM

Keeping the streak alive and hopefully watching Mantha debut is enough for me. Tank job? No thanks!

#2540786 10/15 GDT : Bruins 3 at Red Wings 2 (SO)

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 15 October 2014 - 10:35 AM

Why split Dekeyser and Smith? If anyone should be demoted it is Ericsson.

#2537547 2014 Preseason Thread

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 29 September 2014 - 10:22 AM

Nobody's talking about his offense translating.  I don't think it will either.  Drew Miller doesn't produce points in the NHL either but that hardly means he's one dimensional.  Like Miller (or Prust, or Maltby) Callahan can skate, play special teams, and is defensively responsible.  So he's already miles ahead of the bozos you seem intent on comparing him to.  I'm also curious to know why you'd think he's similar at all.  He's not used in any way like those guys are.  The only thing similar is that they'll fight once in a while.  Other than that Mitch Callahan is nothing like those guys.  When a coach as good as Blashill is using you on the PP, PK, and giving you top six minutes, and leaving you on the ice at the end of games you're surely a better player than some fourth line agitator...regardless of how often you do or don't score. 

I think you might be underestimating the skill level of Torres, Tootoo and Asham slightly. They put up much better totals in juniors than Callahan and had they stayed in the AHL they would probably been on the PP too. It is true that they have a limited role in the NHL but there is certainly more to it than the skill variable. When comparing Callahan to Maltby I was trying to convey his "weight class". I know you dont care much about that stuff but that was my intention.

#2537533 2014 Preseason Thread

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 29 September 2014 - 06:15 AM

Probert (RIP big man) was the best enforcer ever and I think by the old standards DMac was still a heavyweight. Players weren't that big, strong and over the top trained back in the days. Charas father is a wrestler and the guy is tough but he is also somewhat of a spotpicker - just like Shea Weber -  I've yet to see him fight against a legitimate heavyweight (Orr, Engelland and Scott ...), his fights are basically a hug match where he gets the take down and thats that. That being said guy is country strong and an absolute freak of nature.
I'm looking for a short summary of the match but can't find anything on tsn thanks to the new format *gr*

Mac usually stayed away from the heavys and let Probert or Kocur handle them, but I agree he wouldnt back down from a challenge. I dont think it is fair to put Callahan in the fighter category though. He is like a Maltby that will fight.

#2537473 2014 Preseason Thread

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 28 September 2014 - 03:11 AM

It's McCarthy and even he would of got his ass kicked , chara's a freak and I'd very much like to see another freak come up soon enough so we can see chara get his

No it is McCarty. But you are right McCarty was a middleweight and compared to him Callahan is a lightweight. Probert was a heavyweight.

#2537296 Datsyuk 2nd degree separated shoulder injury - out approx 4 weeks

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 25 September 2014 - 03:11 PM

I don't know about other teams, but I suspect that your characterization of Wings fans' attitudes is right...yet incomplete.  People around here buy into Kenny's philosophy partially because they don't have an alternative, and partially because it's been SUPER successful during his tenure.  If he espoused a "no fighting" philosophy and we missed the playoffs every year I imagine fans wouldn't be so quick to go with it.  Likewise, Peter Chiarelli's teams are "pro fighting" and they win, so why argue with it? If they started losing consistently I'd imagine fans would be less enthusiastic about the organizational philosophy.

I definitely think Red Wings fans place a higher premium on skill than most other fanbases, but do not forget that despite Holland's position on fighting, the Cup winning team's all had a physical presence. Some more than others. For example, the modern era Red Wings have yet to win a Cup without Darren McCarty in the lineup.

#2537259 Datsyuk 2nd degree separated shoulder injury - out approx 4 weeks

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 25 September 2014 - 07:15 AM

you can have all the enforcers you want, the fact of the matter is they do not deter players taking runs at your star players anymore.

Because many of them know they can hide behind the refs. And I dont necessarily mean the instigating rule -I mean literally hide behind the refs, and the NHL will let them. For what reason? To clean up its act...??