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#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.

#2427341 Wings sign Stephen Weiss, 5-years, $24.5m

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 05 July 2013 - 03:15 PM

No complaints on Weiss, will be interesting to follow next season for sure. Should be a definite upgrade from Filppula.

#2426823 Wings sign Alfredsson to 1-year, $3.5m deal (+$2m bonuses)

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 05 July 2013 - 12:37 PM

Another short term fix, that will not address our need to get bigger and stronger. Waste of $$$ in my opinion.

#2425215 The Overreaction Thread

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 03 July 2013 - 02:06 AM

Holland can stay put and he will still be the best GM ever because this team already have all the pieces it needs. Got it! Now delete thread...

#2417289 Holland on The Huge Show.

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 03 June 2013 - 06:41 AM

Filppula at $5, 4 or 3 M per season - who cares? After this playoff I'm thinking we are better off without him. Spend the money on someone that can actually help the team. Clarkson for example.

#2416817 Holland on The Huge Show.

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 01 June 2013 - 01:48 PM

Clarkson is the way to go!

#2409390 Wings Sign D Mattias Backman today per DRW twitter

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 23 May 2013 - 01:39 AM

Mattias was a member of the gold winning Swedish WJCH team in 2012! Potential top four defenseman I would say.

#2409141 Babcock tells players they are soft. Pushes them to play better.

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 22 May 2013 - 02:49 AM

"You hated him 364 days a year and on the 365th day you got your Stanley Cup ring"

-Steve Shutt, Montreal Canadiens, on Scotty Bowman.

Always liked that qoute. I imagine Babcock being somewhat similar.

#2387358 Which things from the past (not just Wings related) do you miss most?

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 21 April 2013 - 09:28 AM

Players being able to police themselves. That is what I really miss.

#2385333 Playoff race vs. race for #1 pick.

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 16 April 2013 - 11:40 AM

I'll trade that potential number one pick for the playoffs without hesitation.

#2385329 time to trade filppula?

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 16 April 2013 - 11:37 AM

I am totally OK with trading him. I don't want him back here. He is a fairly good player but everyone loves to think about Flip's "upside". That's it, you're seeing it. What you see is the fully formed Flip. It's not like he is going to go to another team and start going to the dirty areas to score, shoot first, and show toughness.

Me too. Even if he would improve, I dont ever think he is going to be a $5M player. I'm tired of seeing him trying to deke three players and spin around inside the offensive blueline. Trade him at the draft and spend the money elsewhere. Jarnkrok or Nyqvist can have his spot.

#2382680 Why do you cheer for the Red Wings?

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 10 April 2013 - 08:43 AM

I watched a tape of top 10 highlight goals back in the early 90s and some guy with a cool sounding name scored the # 3 and # 1 highlight goals on the list so I became a fan of him and the team. The player's name was Steve Yzerman.

#2380086 Shocking, Wings aren't active as trade deadline expires

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 04 April 2013 - 04:21 AM

List of expendable players: 

You cannot be serious about putting Abdelkader on this list! That is just silly.

#2371824 Why the Red Wings should be sellers this year

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 21 March 2013 - 02:02 PM

I'd be happy to get rid of some of the veteran depth, but the streak must not end.

#2369222 Trading Filppula

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 15 March 2013 - 08:34 AM

Sproul is 6'4, 200 lbs, 18 goals, 40 assissts for 58 points in 39 games.  That's just nasty on D.  Probably our future top Offensive Dman.
Ouellet is 6'0, 187 lbs, 9 goals, 27 assists for 36 points in 40 games.  He's one hell of a 2-way Dman that was even better than Dougie Hamilton on our terrible Canadian WJC blueline.  
Those 2 will hopefully make the best D pairing in the league in a few years, as Keith and Seabrook were when the Hawks won the Cup in 2010.

Even if they make it to the NHL, it will take several years before they will be regulars. Let alone top pairing defensemen. Meech also made the Canadien WJC squad once.