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#2682221 For the Kenny apologists, what Holland move would change your stance o

Posted by mackel on 04 July 2016 - 11:48 PM

If Holland traded Howard for a bag of pugs and then beat Mrazek over the head with said bag repeatedly until he ended up on IR, I would be pissed.

If this happened Holland would be in deep crap with the ASPCA first for bagging all of those pugs and secondly for using them as a weapon.... the poor pugs. For the love of God think of the pugs!!!

#2682001 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by mackel on 02 July 2016 - 07:46 PM

It feels like groundhog day... here we are with a glut of overpaid/underachieving forwards signed, anyone under 25 not named Dylan Larkin have been "cock-blocked" from seeing any meaningful NHL ice time. And our defence is terrible and another year older. This team needs a new management philosophy ASAP.

#2680299 Stamkos to... Tampa

Posted by mackel on 29 June 2016 - 04:47 PM

It's absolutely critical that Kenny and the rest of our management team not panic and over pay (IN MONEY OR TERM) for the good but not great players left out there...

If good players can't be had for reasonable term and dollars leave the space unspent and see what the kids can do. Spending money for the sake of it would make this an epic fail!

#2678565 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by mackel on 21 June 2016 - 10:19 PM

Interesting article by Pat Caputo:

This article is bang on... it should be read aloud at the next Illitch family gathering.

#2677489 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by mackel on 11 June 2016 - 09:26 PM

Facts are Arizona and especially Carolina are a budget team , yes or no? Facts are recently especially Arizona they have been trading for contracts that make them save actual money cause they can't afford it and would love to spend less money than the actual floor salary

Yes they'd be doing us a favor by taking the contract but Now if we have to give up a 2nd or 3rd to also help them out in mutually beneficial transaction than forget it like it said and suck it up for the season

You make it sound like its such a big deal for them to take the contract off our hands, belive me karmanos would love nothing more than to spend 7 million less than he has to

Well not interested in giving up a 2nd or 3rd or a jurco ... As you mentioned I'm sure holland will only move the contract if he needs to free up space , I doubt we move that contract and then can't sign anyone

800 posts later, we get it... you think that teams should pay us for the privilege of taking on a cap hit.

Annnnnnnd You're still wrong.

#2677162 Biggest need for Red Wings in Off-season Poll

Posted by mackel on 08 June 2016 - 03:44 PM

Why is power forward bring equated with a 2 way Grinder?

ShanNY in his prime was a power forward and in no way would be considered a 2 way Grinder.

#2677161 The Wings request permission to interview Todd Richards

Posted by mackel on 08 June 2016 - 03:41 PM

I don't think he's a bad coach but I definitely wouldn't hire him as a special teams guy...

This doesn't make sense... in one case were hiring new assistants and thus Blas is off the hook.

BUT Cameron as a head coach is at fault and not his assistants...

sorry but that can't cut both ways.

#2586381 Opinion: Petr Mrazek should be starting Game 1

Posted by mackel on 28 March 2015 - 11:31 PM

....and in 3 months of the same results, we'll find out that Mrazek also sucks* and since Red Wings fans can't ever be happy about who the damned goalie is, some of the same people with want Howard back.....
*= as if any of these goalie "experts" got past Juniors if they even played there OR had a leaky defense like what is currently in front of Howard/Mrazek/Gus/etc/etc/etc.

So apparently to post a valid opinion on a message board we need to provide a CV that includes playing time beyond the junior level.

Someone had best tell Ken Hitchcock he has no business coaching in the NHL then, since he didn't play the game at even so much as the junior level. That Stanley Cup winning, Olympic gold winning coach is such a fake assed poser. Man he never even played junior hockey. What an unqualified bum.

I'm glad to know his opinion would have no standing here on LGW. Phew

And for those who feel posts need "sources" as if they're college essays:


#2576755 Red Wings acquire Erik Cole, conditional 3rd from Stars

Posted by mackel on 01 March 2015 - 07:46 PM

Two prospects that were buried behind better prospects here, for a guy who can help us this year and perhaps beyond if signed.

The prospects get a more reasonable shot a making the show, we add some size and grit. Looks win-win to me.

#2533241 Tatar Signs 3 Year Deal $2.75 mill AAV

Posted by mackel on 28 July 2014 - 11:40 PM

Also I still hate the "diesel" nickname

It is aweful. And quite arbitrary... Luckily few people are using it, which speaks to it's quality as a nickname.

#2532785 Dekeyser signed. 2 yrs $2.187 million AAV

Posted by mackel on 22 July 2014 - 11:41 AM

I think Diesel should get about $3M max. I would prefer $2.5M.  Lets consider the possibility that Kindl may likely be gone, so that would free up $2.4M.  If Diesel was going to get $3M, then if Holland gave him a bit more, it wouldn't hurt the cap too much.  I would like $2.5M to $3M, but I would be upset if he got $3M to $4M. We have to get him locked up. He chose Detroit over all the other teams who were throwing offers to him, Holland needs to exercise his well known loyalty contract and show his appreciation for choosing Detroit.  No lowballing, no this is Detroit, no we are farmers...none of that.  Its time for a change in philosophy.  Start showing the FA's out there that you are willing to pay quality players, quality money and they may start taking notice.  Stop paying your below average players the same amount of money you are offering the high end UFA's and things will change.
If we dumped Kindl, I wouldn't mind seeing Diesel and Tatar getting a combined $5M-$6M...with Diesel getting the bulk share of course.

By Diesel do you mean Kevin Nash? Cause thats a horrible nickname that I really hope doesn't catch on.

#2531403 Wings re-sign Cleary $1.5 mill + $1mill in game bonuses

Posted by mackel on 10 July 2014 - 10:01 PM

As if they have any right to laugh at a one year deal for Cleary after that Clarkson contract

Clarkson atleast has the potential to contribute.... That's can't be said for dano.

#2523953 GM moves

Posted by mackel on 15 June 2014 - 04:38 PM

Not trying to say anything, but look at the ratio of North American players to Europeans on the teams that recently won the cup and look at the wings roster. There's a trend here.


This is the wings 2008 roster.
20 North Americans and 13 Europeans. It's been downhill since the gritty North Americans have been departing. Osgood, chelios, draper, maltby, McCarty, rafalski, drake, Downey, and Stuart. Again, Stuart was an acquisition that season in February. Holland making moves to improve an already fairly stacked team. Something he should be doing more of.


The only change I'd make to your analysis is that we need more Canadians on the team. The primary make up of the team presently are soft skilled euros and 3rd/4th liners from in and around Michigan.

#2519315 Wings will buy out Tootoo, not Franzen.

Posted by mackel on 05 May 2014 - 08:10 PM

Like I said, even if the offer was real the cap space wasn't there. He could have offered Hudler $300M. No matter what, keeping Hossa would have meant losing someone else on the team (and Hudler wasn't, the first year). 
Fact is, Hossa has produced 28g and 72p over Franzen in 5 years. 5-6g, 14-15p per year for an extra $1.3M in cap and two extra years of length. Franzen is far, far closer to Hossa than you or many others would like to believe. 

What seems to get lost when people look at the stat lines on the back of these players hockey cards is the context of the production.

Hossa is a game breaker, he can and often does for Chicago have a great shift... Make something happen, ie score, setup a goal, hold the puck down low, play hard defensively etc.

Franzen, he floats, gives the puck away, won't throw the body, and puts up points in bunches... Especially when a game is effectively either already won or lost.

Bottom line I'd rather have Hossa get a goal in a tight game than have Franzen who scores a goal to make the score 5-2 in a loss.

#2504129 Legwand to Detroit for Eaves, Jarnkrok + cond 3rd/2nd

Posted by mackel on 31 March 2014 - 11:51 AM

When I was watching the trade deadline coverage on TSN, Bob MacKenzie said as clear as day that the Red Wings felt Jarnkrok wouldn't play for the organization. He wanted big time minutes in the big league, that wasn't going to happen with the Wings so he wanted out.

We traded a player who might be good, but who didn't want to play here. It's that simple no need for all the dramatics.