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#2554761 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by gcom007 on 08 December 2014 - 12:51 AM

Why bother right now? We're tied for 2nd in the league. The team for the most part looks great. Sure, it may be reasonable to say we're operating on a best case scenario trajectory, but right now, it's working. If it keeps up, we'll be a destination at the deadline and the fact that we don't really need to make any major moves will give us a bit of leverage. Maybe then we find a halfway-decent 3/4 defenseman to tighten up the pairings. That's about all we really need at this point. Sure, some of the kids could dry up, it wouldn't be the first time, but we've got more of them who could come up and perhaps play well.


But all in all, I just don't think offense is or is going to be our problem, and I think we should wait and see what opportunities arise closer to the deadline now that we might actually make it on to a few guy's lists. Otherwise, there's just no compelling reason to shake things up right now.

#2554740 Tomas Tatar Appreciation Thread

Posted by gcom007 on 07 December 2014 - 10:21 PM

Maybe, but Datsyuk has 11 goals in 16 games??!!! Would love to see him give them a run for it.


Tatar's been great. Love the mix of this team. I think one great thing is that we're now mixing the generations and it's working. What I mean is that we had "the kid line" that's been usually separate on their own and on the PP. I hadn't always worked last year when we mixed and matched, but now we have a lot of combinations that seem to be finding chemistry.   


Datsyuk is having an unbelievable year. If we're going by points per game, he's up there with Seguin and Crosby, literally. I think Dats and Tatar are going to really run away with the scoring for the Wings this year. Nyquist still seems to be a bit streaky thus far.


But to be as thread-centric as possible, you've got to love what Tats has been doing lately. He's really turned it on. All that pushing they've been doing seems to be paying off. If he can keep his head straight, he should be able to keep it up. Him and Datsyuk seem to really be developing some solid chemistry and that should be a lot of fun to watch as the season goes on. 

#2554739 12/7 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Hurricanes 1

Posted by gcom007 on 07 December 2014 - 10:13 PM

Datsyuk is really killing it this year in the points department. He hasn't played as many games, but he's putting up points at the same rate as Seguin and Crosby right now. If he keeps it up, I really hope he gets some serious Hart consideration this year. The guy has really just been putting on a show so far, despite having to battle injuries and having a few rough games coming off sitting a couple times. This year is clearly about the youth movement, but Datsyuk's proving why he's still one of the best hockey players in the world even at age 36. Just another thing to cherish about this season. 

#2554738 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by gcom007 on 07 December 2014 - 10:05 PM

It's funny that this thread is still a thing.

#2554057 Oilers schedule presser tomorrow

Posted by gcom007 on 05 December 2014 - 11:23 AM

When you say you've got 4 coaches that are preaching the same message and the result isn't changing, how in the ever living f*** do you not question whether the message isn't just f***ed to hell??? 4 guys supposedly preaching the same thing and it all boils down to lack of execution??? I'd totally buy that execution is part of it, but come on...

#2553280 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by gcom007 on 02 December 2014 - 05:17 PM

I'm pretty sure all the lusting for Yandle on LGW has ensured that the universe will never allow a deal to happen. If the Wings ever did acquire Yandle, there'd surely be some sort of time-paradox and reality and humanity and things of this nature would cease to exist.

#2552590 11/28 GDT - Red Wings @ Devils - 7:00 PM EST

Posted by gcom007 on 28 November 2014 - 09:56 PM

I really don't have enough words to say how much I love this team this year, warts and all. It ain't always pretty, but we're finding ways to win and coming out on the right side of a lot of ugly starts. You've got to be proud of this club.

And if you're not having a riot watching this team, then I'm genuinely sorry. This is the most fun I've had watching the Wings in years!

Never been prouder to say GO WINGS!

#2552546 Are the Wings a Contender?

Posted by gcom007 on 28 November 2014 - 09:35 PM

I have not been shy about saying that I think this team is playing well enough to make a real stink in the playoffs. I haven't been so excited watching a Wings team in some time, and I really think even with no moves made, they've got a real good chance to make some noise. For them to make a real run though, Howard will have to be at his best in the playoffs. He's fully capable and I think he's had a great bounce back year, so I'm really, ridiculously, and exceedingly excited to see how things go down the stretch. It's going to be fun fun either way if the start is any indication.

#2551523 Inconsistency

Posted by gcom007 on 24 November 2014 - 01:14 PM


Of course we're not a better team.  I'm just saying that you can't pin loses on the failure to have Datsyuk in the lineup.  We don't have too many loses without Datsyuk in the lineup.  So far, the fact that our impressive wins are punctuated by loses isn't due to Datsyuk's absence, because thus far when he's been gone we've won more often than lost.  That's all I'm saying. 


I'm definitely not saying that, I'm just saying it doesn't help matters either. We need to get our kids playing like they are capable no matter who's in the lineup, and no one would ever really say that we're a better team without Datsyuk. The sooner the team gets used to playing as a mostly-complete team, as in not missing major pieces like Datsyuk, the better we'll be. It just boils down to inexperience and lack of familiarity with roles to me.


See above.  I didn't say they're a better team.  I said they've won more than lost with him absent.  As such, it's hard to blame the loses on his absence.


I know, I meant it more generally. Believe me, I don't think anyone on this forum in their right mind is going to say such a thing and mean it.

#2551507 Inconsistency

Posted by gcom007 on 24 November 2014 - 12:36 PM


Ok, but which types of teams are more likely to make the playoffs, let alone peak in them...ones that can string together wins, or ones that have great games (Chicago, Columbus) and then fail to build on them?


That's all this thread is about.  Inconsistency is a problem, regardless of whether it's been detrimental thus far. 


I see it as a product of where this team is at right now. There's two cores in a sense; one is young and inexperienced, one is getting up there in age. On top of that, Datsyuk, arguably still our best player, has been in and out of the lineup and not always at 100% when playing. We can't really complain about goaltending, the defense has been better than they have any right to be, and our young guys are continuing to get better. But it's going to be a bumpy road for awhile still because some of the guys that I do believe will carry this team down the stretch are still getting their feet wet in the NHL.


And when Dats is healthier and playing on the regular, it'll help a fair amount. And if Weiss is able to come in and contribute on some level, that could be a big bonus. But I really do think come the December-January timeframe, we'll be stringing together more and more wins if this team can stay healthier on the whole. There's a good deal more positive consistency happening in certain areas of our game this year than in the last couple of years, and consistency in other areas will come as guys continue to develop. Put it all together, and I'm pretty happy with where the team is at now, and pretty excited for where they'll be in a few months.

#2550711 11/20 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Jets 3

Posted by gcom007 on 21 November 2014 - 01:10 AM

I like we're becoming that 3rd period team we use to be.  


It beats the ever living s*** out of being the 3rd period team we were last year!

#2550710 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by gcom007 on 21 November 2014 - 01:08 AM

To me, this is a transition/development year. We're not really looking to balls-out contend quite yet. We're setting up for next season, two seasons from now, three seasons from now. Case in point: we've got all of six skaters who are solidly in their prime years, and they are Helm, Abdelkader, Miller, Quincey, Kindl, Ericsson. (Woof.) And, just as tellingly, we're carrying ten skaters who are 25 or younger (i.e. not yet solidly in their prime years): Nyquist, Tatar, Sheahan, Jurco, Andersson, Glendening, Smith, DeKeyser, Lashoff, Ouellet. And we've got Mantha, Pulkkinen, Sproul, et al. on the horizon.


When you look at it that way, and you consider how well this team's done through these first 18 games (23 points, 50 GF, 42 GA, strong possession numbers, top-end PK, six players with ten or more points), I think you have to be pretty happy with what's going on and pretty excited about what's to come.


Hell, I'm not convinced we don't stand a chance to make a stink in the playoffs this year, even if we don't make any deals. We're certainly more poised than we've been the last couple of years with this roster playing as well as they have been. If Babcock can get them to elevate their game for the playoffs and Howard really locks it down, they just might surprise a whole lot of people.

#2550295 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by gcom007 on 20 November 2014 - 04:51 PM


I'd agree if we were approaching the trade deadline. The teams not broken right now, so don't fix it right now. We'll better be able to understand what our weaknesses are as the season goes on and we play more games.


Definitely agree. The team has really been solid this year and even if they may be playing above what might have been reasonable or what might be reasonable to expect down the road, so long as they keep it up, there's no need to do much tinkering. Especially with Weiss getting a shot soon. Let's give him a month in the lineup and see what he can do and we really might not even need to even think about rocking the boat at the trade deadline unless we can improve the D. I still feel like we could stand to improve on defense more than on offense if we're thinking about doing anything in the playoffs.

#2550093 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by gcom007 on 20 November 2014 - 01:06 AM

Call me optimistic, but I still think it'll be interesting to see how Weiss responds when actually getting a chance. Based on his history, he's plenty capable of becoming an important part of this team's offense moving forward. That was the goal when signing him and it's still possible that he could rise to meet that goal, and perhaps be better if given the right opportunities in time.


And yeah, I get it, it's unlikely, and perhaps a bit crazy to think that at this point, but I think you've got to see how he does as a regular in the lineup before you do anything drastic.

#2546444 Very Chris Very, Very Osgood...very

Posted by gcom007 on 03 November 2014 - 03:47 PM

I think Osgood's improving in general. Last year was definitely a "learning experience" to be generous for him, but he's been better this year in general. It's nice having him around. Tough to beat Mickey on the play by play, but he won't be around forever. I really wish Murphy was still around with Osgood. I kinda get the feeling that those two together would be a lot of fun. Murph would help loosen Osgood up, and Osgood can be a real funny guy when he's comfortable.