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#2441380 Baertschi and Zibanejad thrown under the bus publically

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 03 October 2013 - 03:30 PM

Holland should make a call for Zibanejad. Would be a nice addition to the team.

#2441378 Howard or Miller?

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 03 October 2013 - 03:23 PM

I really like Howard, he has developed into a very sound goalie that will carry any team deep into the postseason. No trade for me.

#2439746 Are teams going to "bait" us into fighting?

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 29 September 2013 - 09:51 AM

That's less a function of being "intimidated", more a function of our post-Lidstrom/Rafalski defence being unable to handle the puck under pressure.  Quincey, Lashoff and especially Smith were forechecked relentlessly in the playoffs because they kept making mistakes when pressured.

Red Wings have always been vulnerable to physically strong teams like The Ducks in 2003 and the Flames in 2004. They wouldnt allow the Red Wings to enter the slot but limited our forwards to perimeter shots. So did the Preds in 2012. I think that even during the Lidstrom era teams tried to forecheck high, only it was obviously more difficult then.

#2439743 Are teams going to "bait" us into fighting?

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 29 September 2013 - 09:35 AM

If there were a correlation between size, fighting, hitting, and winning then the biggest team with the most hits and fights would win the Cup almost every year.  That doesn't happen.  Wanna know what does have a high correlation to winning?  Special teams, and goal differential.  So when I say I'd rather have a good powerplay than George Parros or Colton Orr or some other garbage enforcer, it's actually supported by something other than whimsy.

Well naturally there will be a correlation between scoring and winning... But if we look at powerplay as arguably being the best enforcer you will find that the stanley cup winner from the last three years are all in the bottom half of the pp% stats by a fair margin, while at the same time being in the top half of PIM/GP. Not for being goons, but rather being teams with a strong physical presence. I guess the world is a pretty whimsy place...

#2439734 Are teams going to "bait" us into fighting?

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 29 September 2013 - 05:43 AM

When exactly are we "getting bullied"?  When was the last time an important Red Wing missed time because someone took a run at them?  Every team in the league knows the Wings don't fight, and they leave their enforcers in the press box when they play us because of it.  This whole, "we need to get tougher because we get bullied" argument is bologna, it's just a post hoc justification used by people who want to see more fights. 
I'll take a good powerplay because, ya know, we do that whole powerplay thing a few times a game.  You take your enforcers, and keep waiting for teams to "bully" us so that you can say "I told you so".
As bad as we've traditionally been 4 on 4, I don't know if there's anybody (who will actually fight) who's worth taking that penalty on.

They might leave their enforcer in the pressbox, but only because they know they have other players that can bully the Red Wings. Someone like Backes or Weber for example. It is not because they are thinking "oh they are the Red Wings, they cant be intimidated or physical play will not work against them". Every team know the way to win against the Red Wings is by playing physical and high forechecking. I often see the argument that enforcer's are a thing of the past and that they are not a deterrent etc, but most teams still carry one and they are quite appreciated by their teammates. Yzerman for example used to be quite vocal about having someone willing to drop the gloves. The same goes for Lidstrom. I guess it is nice to know that if s*** happens there is this guy that will always come to your aid no matter what. Teams will definitely try and take advantage of this team, because it is their best chance to beat us. Might not be a huge deal for a game or two, but it will be very tough deep into the season when players are usually banged up after 50-60 games alone not to mention being at a physical disadvantage. It will be even tougher playing a 7 games series against a team like Boston. I'm not so sure I buy the hype that Detroit will revolutionize the Eastern game, I think that Holland will eventually need to add some big bodies to this lineup to compete in the long run. As suggested by Holland himself. Meanwhile, the Red Wings must play tougher than they are and adding a good enforcer to the lineup will be like adding ten pounds and 2 inches to every player on this squad.

#2439733 Bertuzzi Needs To Retire

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 29 September 2013 - 04:57 AM


#2439732 What former Red Wing would u want to meet?

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 29 September 2013 - 04:34 AM

Kocur and Yzerman

#2438455 Paul Ranger's Shootout Attempt(?).

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 23 September 2013 - 01:12 AM

Shootouts are a joke anyway so why not??

#2437947 Gallant and Barch find a way around the new helmet rule

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 20 September 2013 - 12:17 PM

Beautiful! Screw Bettman and Co for trying to ruin the game.

#2437463 Jensen out till December/January after fight with Tyler Bertuzzi

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 18 September 2013 - 11:30 AM

So if we bring up an enforcer, we should expect him to KO a few teammates each training camp because "that's what he does"?? Aggitating is not some highly prized skill we need someone to showcase. It's probably the LEAST valueable thing the Red Wings need, and I bet that's why Tootoo doesnt get much PT here. There's a big difference between playing physical + being defensively responsible (Datsyuk/Helm) and being a pest to play against but someone the other team can score on (Tootoo). I want the Wings to be more physical, but seeing them bicker and fight in practice with each other doesnt accomplish that. "Well, he's a police officer. So you cant blame him for arresting his kids for not eating their vegetables." "Well, he was brought in here to kill termites. So we cant blame him for poisoning our dogs." The "that's what he does argument" makes me laugh.

these guys are not team mates, they are fighting for a spot.

#2437405 Jensen out till December/January after fight with Tyler Bertuzzi

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 18 September 2013 - 01:36 AM

Please! Injuries happen. Fellow Red Wings prospect, really? These guys are fighting for a limited number of spots. They are not team mates and they dont give a s*** about being drafted by the same organization till they make the team, nor should they. 1-0 Tyler Bertuzzi.

#2434948 What forward is the Red Wings X Factor?

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 04 September 2013 - 11:52 AM

Nice poll! I voted Weiss but Helm is a very very close second, both for reasons already mentioned.

#2433595 New enemies, whom do you fear the most?

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 20 August 2013 - 01:12 AM

You dont have to be big to play big. The Red Wings will see a different brand of hockey in the East for sure. To face the Bruins and the Leafs once or twice a season is far different from sharing the same division, but it will be exciting. Cant wait for the season to begin!

#2433145 Best GMs

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 13 August 2013 - 02:34 AM

Oh well then my bad, I've thought about the years before the cap. Chiarelli is a great GM, he builds his teams the way they should be built, skilled - tough and hard working. Yes, Rask is overpaid but so what? The guy is elite and deserves elite money but the Seguin move is going to bite them hard in 2 years. You just don't trade players of that caliber.
Lamoriello and Lombardi the L brothers are 7 and 8. Lou didn't want to sign this ridiculous Kovy deal because he knew, that Kovalchuk is not the right player for the style he wants to play but the ownership (Vanderbeek himself), forced him to sign the guy so his hands were tied. Lombardi has done some great moves but I want to see how he improves this loaded LA team before putting him into the top 5.

I was about to write something about ownership likely forcing Lamoriello's hand on Kovalchuk, because it is not very like him. Also after finishing Phil Espositos book Thunder & Lightning you realize that the owners or their representatives interfere quite a bit in the work of the general manager. Usually not with very good results. He mentions a done deal with Puppa and pick for Joseph back in the day that could have made a significant difference at the time. He also mentioned that the owners denied him to pursue a deal for Gretzky when in NY. Great read if you like to get behind the scenes a little bit.

#2428504 Abdelkader Hypothetical

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 07 July 2013 - 01:32 PM

Abdelkader's primary mission is not to score but to make the Red Wings harder to play against and to create more space for his team mates, people that want to trade him are nuts.