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#2684090 Mrazek avoids arbitration... signs 2 year deal

Posted by gcom007 on 27 July 2016 - 06:13 PM

Great deal for 2 years. Goalies like Mrazek that can elevate for the playoffs don't grow on trees. As good as we all know he is, I think he's still underrated. Again, being able to elevate your game in the playoffs is huge, and he's done it twice now, second time doing so completely cold. He's going to be great for a long time.

#2682234 For the Kenny apologists, what Holland move would change your stance o

Posted by gcom007 on 05 July 2016 - 08:16 AM

Pretty sure Holland hasno intention of moving Howard at this point, at least from an article I read. He said they will be going into the season with Mrazek as the number 1 goalie, but he's happy to still have Howard, as he doesn't want to put too much pressure on Mrazek yet, and likes having Howard's veteran presence behind him to help out. Mentioned that Mrazek is only 24 and doesn't want him to have to handle 70 games. Or maybe he's just resigned to the fact that he's stuck with Howard and is trying to put some kind of positive spin on it. Who knows I guess.

Given that he more or less lost any trade partners a week before he went positive about keeping Howard, I'd say he's resigned to the situation. He openly said trading him would be best, and it absolutely would be for the Wings and for Howard, but that doesn't appear to be in the cards right now. Hopefully someone will need a goalie at some point next season and we can move him before likely losing him for nothing in the expansion draft.

#2681072 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by gcom007 on 01 July 2016 - 10:52 AM

This is why I've been prepared to be disappointed. Again, I don't want to be negative, but I'm trying to be realistic. We are simply not the destination we once were. I don't blame Holland for not getting deals done now; you can't just flip a switch and fix it. I absolutely do blame Holland for all the terrible decisions over the last 5-6 years that lead us to this point however.

#2680734 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by gcom007 on 30 June 2016 - 07:35 PM

I don't want to be negative for the sake of being negative, but I have a feeling tomorrow is going to be brutal for us.

#2678358 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by gcom007 on 20 June 2016 - 02:59 PM

We seriously better get in on the conversation in Calgary, they are looking for a proven goalie.  Kenny, don't miss out on this one to move Jimmy!



Howard's going to get moved. It was inevitable. The fact that they're acknowledging it in the press now and it's Detroit says to me one way or another, moving Howard is a done deal. Again, people need to keep in mind that even if Holland wanted to keep Howard, does Howard really want to surrender to being a backup at this stage in his career? No way.

#2678356 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by gcom007 on 20 June 2016 - 02:52 PM



People have predicted that Chicago will be screwed down the road in the future. Basically from here on out. I don't know anyone who said they would be screwed 2-3 years ago. Toews and Kane were locked in 2014. Chicago won the cup twice before both of their contracts were made. So no, they haven't found a way to get it "done" every year. Their troubles are only yet to begin. Starting with having to get rid of Bickell for a high price, having to re-sign Shaw, and eventually Panarin. All their "top" players are locked until 2021. And it looks as though Pittsburgh is the type of team to spoil their party. Chicago got knocked out first round this year and next year even if they make it far, I don't see them beating the Caps or Pittsburgh. They're essentially locked up with a roster until 2021 and there's not much they can do to change it. So either win with it or be stuck with it. Whereas the Caps and Pittsburgh can still keep adding a lot of pieces to get better. Not to mention both Caps and Penguins have BETTER players for cheaper.  



I'm definitely not saying that they don't have problems, but I'm not about to count them out yet. And don't get me wrong, I'd be happy to be wrong, but I wouldn't be surprised if they find a way to make the necessary moves to stay competitive through Toews' and Kane's primes.


And people have most definitely been saying that they're screwed around here for years. It's been a very, very common occurrence since their first Cup win in this era.

#2678270 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by gcom007 on 19 June 2016 - 02:45 PM

If Stamkos wants 11+ million are people still ok with that? I know I'm not, he's not the same player he was before his leg injury and won't be a 50 goal scorer again. I look at the Toews and Kane contracts and what that is going to do to that team and want nothing to do with that. Our younger guys will need raises and might become very good players looking for 6-7 million dollar deals which could hinder us signing our young guys in 2-3 years.


Only way I want Stamkos is if he is willing to sign at 9 million. We need defense more then anything right now, year after year it's the same issue.



People have been saying Chicago is screwed for years and they keep finding a way to win another Cup every couple years. I'm not saying I want to sign the guy for $11 million, but it cracks me up how biased we are against Chicago. They keep finding a way to make it work. Eventually that will stop, but I suspect it will have more to do with Toews and Kane slowing down than bad roster management.

#2678095 Datsyuk Announcement to Officially Leave NHL

Posted by gcom007 on 18 June 2016 - 11:52 AM

Yzerman will always be the worst one for me. Going out on an upset to Edmonton. We were the president's trophy winner that year and were supposed to win the cup. With Pav the decision was easy. We are no were near winning the cup. 

Yzerman was definitely the hardest. Watching my childhood hero retire was brutal. This is the only one that's come close to that. Datsyuk was magical.

#2677420 Gordie Howe has passed away. 1928-2016.

Posted by gcom007 on 10 June 2016 - 09:45 PM

It's days like today when you feel weird being away from home. Gordie meant so much to us in Detroit and the hockey world. He was a hero some of our parents grew up with and legend to us kids. When we'd see him at an event or at a rink, you knew you were in the presence of pure, bonafide greatness. The hockey world won't be the same, but we won't forget.

#2672909 ECQF Game 5 Post-GDT: at Tampa Bay 1, Red Wings 0 (TB Wins, 4-1)

Posted by gcom007 on 22 April 2016 - 07:12 AM

One upside to this year in the playoffs is looking at Mrazek's performance. Ignoring the last play that partially lead to a goal, he looked good in his three games and had no drop off games like last year, despite getting less help than he did before. The guy is clearly a real deal playoff goalie. Imagine how good he'd be if he had a real defense in front of him...

#2670695 ECQF Game 3 Post-GDT: at Red Wings 2, Tampa Bay 0

Posted by gcom007 on 18 April 2016 - 06:03 AM

Smith can't keep it up. He almost made a boneheaded move that could have given Tampa momentum, but Mrazek physically restrained him because he knows how much of a hothead Smith is.

He did have a good game, I just seriously doubt he can keep it up.



Ha. That might have been Mrazek's best save of the night though.

#2670650 ECQF Game 3 Post-GDT: at Red Wings 2, Tampa Bay 0

Posted by gcom007 on 17 April 2016 - 09:17 PM

Just realized that in 8 NHL playoff games, Mrazek now has 3 shutouts. That's a playoff goalie.

#2670625 ECQF Game 3 Post-GDT: at Red Wings 2, Tampa Bay 0

Posted by gcom007 on 17 April 2016 - 09:00 PM

Really, really, really happy with Smith tonight. He really showed up and made his point. Let's hope he can keep it up. Mrazek didn't have to be outstanding but he was steady and made the saves he needed to. Whole team looked better tonight, sans power play, which is still profoundly miserable. They can't sit back on Tuesday though. It'll be a much harder game, no doubt, but there's no reason why they can't beat this team right now.

#2666585 25 YEARS BABY!

Posted by gcom007 on 09 April 2016 - 04:03 PM

I'm happy we're in and I'm obviously hoping for the best, but this doesn't feel like other years. I have a hard time saying honestly that I think this team belongs in the playoffs. Mrazek carried them for several months to a better record than they deserved as a whole, and when he slipped, the cracks became all the more clear. We'll see how it goes, but I hope they come out hard as a team and prove they belong there, because right now, they simply are lucky.

#2664487 HNIC Rumor: Datsyuk to return to Russia

Posted by gcom007 on 04 April 2016 - 09:33 PM

I wouldn't blame him, but I think he'll finish out his contract and retire. This rumor comes around every year. I seem to remember him not addressing it the last few times either. This year or next though, the sad reality is that time is ticking for us to witness the great talent that is Pavel Datsyuk wearing the winged wheel, and that is the saddest hockey thought I've had since it was near the end of Stevie's career. I don't say that to slight Lidstrom, but it's just a different sort of magic Pavel could conjure that no one will soon be able to do again.