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#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.

#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.