Its time to give Mrazek a chance to carry the team, and its also time to see what happens when it comes to Howard. He isn't a top 5 goalie in the league, but he is still a good netminder. His career numbers carry a .916 save percentage and a 2.42 GAA. I really believe that Mrazek can equal or exceed those numbers, but I am not willing to bet the farm on him until he gets a full season under his belt. Keep Mrazek as the #1 through the playoffs this year and next year. Keep Howard as the backup. Have them compete against each other. Evaluate as needed.
Pulkkinen is a lot like where Nyquist was a couple years ago. Nyquist was awesome in the year before the calder cup win. Even the year they won the Calder Cup he was magnificent. Pulkkinen is going to adjust and be a solid NHL player.
I gotta give props to Mickey Redmond on calling this trade; he predicted that the Wings would add some depth at forward which is exactly what Holland did...Time to eat my crow.
The way I see it - how many years does Hank/Dats/Kronner have left in their 'prime'?
All 3 are well in their 30's, and are starting to show wear...I feel it's gonna be now, and/or next year.
I disagree. The franchise as a whole has given these three players many opportunities to win championships. They should have repeated in 2009 but the Penguins had different plans. In 2013 they had a 3-1 series lead on the Hawks and lost 3 straight. There are other examples I could throw out there, but my point is that its not like they have been toiling in hell with no chance to win a cup like many other great players who retired without a championship.
All 3 are going to be retiring with at least 1 championship. I don't believe that this year or next year is a "all in" kind of season for the Wings because the health of the franchise is more important. Holland won't mortgage the future to give 3 players another crack at the cup. What he will do is give the team as a whole an opportunity to compete for a cup like he is this year. He will set the team up for future success so the next wave of stars like Nyquist and Tatar will be able to captain a team to a championship of their own.
Keep in mind when the season started, many members on this forum thought this team was a fringe playoff team at best. Some wanted to just "tank" the season for a high draft pick. Oh how quickly we forget these facts.
Mrazek with a 2nd straight shutout and 3rd in 4 games. Meile up to 3rd in AHL scoring, Ferraro tied for 2nd in goals (though he's played more games than the guys he's tied with). Griffins have won 8 in a row, 10-0-2 in their last 12. The team has really turned things around from the early season struggles.
I have been watching and going to a lot of Griffin games and I can tell you that chemistry was a big part of why the Griffins struggled. This is why we need a great coach at the AHL level. Blashill is not going to be down in Grand Rapids much longer, and his coaching has helped the Griffins get to where they are now. This team is going to challenge for a Calder cup again this year. Just watch.
Posted by Nightfall
on 27 February 2015 - 09:08 AM
Kings seems to have traded their 1st (2015) for Sekera... well if that's the price for the rental - I hope that Kenny will not be trading... No need for Legwand 2.0 - no need for the panic moves
I agree. Imagine what the price for Yandle is going to be. It will most definitely be a 1st and a rostered player like Nyquist. I would rather us stand pat and see how things go. We are one of the youngest teams in the league and our success/failure in the playoffs this year is going to be a building block for the future. Lets not get an expensive overpriced rental.
He got zero media attention because he worked his ass off and didn't say much outside of that. The guys that get the huge media attention, like Evander "more money" Kane, usually are doing something outside of hockey that get attention.
Posted by Nightfall
on 08 December 2014 - 04:40 PM
There are many here that still remember the 2002 Wings team that won the cup. They were #1 in the preseason rankings. In 2008 the Wings were #3 before the season started. Many analysts gave the nod to San Jose or the Rangers because they were so deep. Many Wings fans felt that those teams were "contending" teams.
Before the season started here, many Wings fans were on the cusp of bailing on this team. No real significant signings in free agency. No changes to the personal. This team was ranked in the middle of the pack in the preseason and were going to possibly miss the playoffs. I loved the tanking thread by the way.
Two months ago, this team was only going to be contending for a playoff spot. Its amazing to see what happens when the team is playing well and is healthy for the most part. Now, all of a sudden, shocked Wings fans are thinking this team can contend for the cup. Guess what? They can! The teams are so even that anyone who makes the playoffs can win the cup. Health, getting hot at the right time, and puck luck are all it takes to make it happen.
I believe this team can challenge for the cup so long as they stay healthy, stay hot, and get those bounces that wins games (look at the Tatar goal against Carolina where it goes in off a defenseman's skate for instance).