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#2620290 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 12 July 2015 - 04:16 PM

Kronwall - Green

Dekeyser - Quincey

Marchenko/Smith - Ericsson


We keep our best pairing (D and Q). Ericsson plays on third pair where he's less likely to make errors. Smith would be his offensive compliment. Kronwall and Green just raise havoc on top line. 




Except possibly the Wings. 


On the top pair against top lines Green may wreak havoc but possibly not the kind you're looking for.  Green played 19 minutes a game for the Caps (good for 5th in TOI/game) and 2:45 of that was on the PP.  He also started in the offensive zone 60% of the time.  If he were on the top pair I'm guessing we'd all be pining for the good ol days when Ericsson was there.


Anything could happen and I'm guessing he will be asked to do more on the Wings, but I don't see him on the top pair. Like Helmethead posted, middle pair seems likely, with a ton of PP minutes. 

#2620265 Free agents this off season

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 12 July 2015 - 09:47 AM

We're not turning another thread into jokes about McGrattan.  Stick to the topic please. 

#2619466 EC on paper for 15/16.....

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 07 July 2015 - 02:13 PM

I don't want to go through them all, so I'll respond to just a couple of your assessments. 


I disagree that Ottawa is better.  They lucked their way into the playoffs, on the back of an insane goalie performance, after sucking all year.  Hammond falls back to earth and the Sens go back to the cellar next season. 


Panthers and Blue Jackets BOTH make the playoffs next season.  Boston and Pittsburgh drop out. 


I don't know if Ottawa goes back to the cellar but I don't think they're a playoff team. 


I'd also be surprised if Montreal stays the same.  They were 23rd on the PP and 20th in Goals For.  Their success required a Vezina/Hart/Lindsay award-worthy season from Price.  He doesn't necessarily even have to come back down to earth but just by sheer bounce of the puck they probably won't win as many games unless they find some desperately needed offense. 

#2619113 Nyquist Files For Arbitration

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 05 July 2015 - 05:00 PM


By filing for arbitration, Nyquist not eligible to receive an offer sheet. Will continue negotiating with Wings. Hearings are July 20-Aug. 4


Ansar Khan ‏@AnsarKhanMLive  50m

Wings usually sign the player before it gets to the hearing.

#2619111 Nyquist Files For Arbitration

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 05 July 2015 - 04:55 PM

It's amazing how fast people will turn on a player.


If memory serves, this is more of a basic procedural thing than a real indication that things are going poorly.  By filing for arbitration Nyquist forfeits the right to accept an offer sheet from other teams.  In other words, he's committing to the Wings by filing.  


Today is the deadline to file so the timing is likely a result of that, not something that happened with the Wings.  I'm pretty sure this is something players do that's just a backup plan for a worst case scenario. And again, by doing so he cannot accept an offer sheet from another team. 

#2619030 Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 04 July 2015 - 05:39 PM

You have no idea how happy I would be to have kopitar, he is one of my favorite players not on the wings.
He's amazeballs.
I highly doubt he leaves l.a. I see them doing whatever they have to do to keep him, including buying out or retaining a bunch of money on brown, not re-signing lucic.(even though they just gave up quite a bit to get him)

L.A. has a few players on the team that I've always liked... I really like Dwight kings style, and its always amused me that his last name is king playing for the kings ( I'm easily amused), and I've always really liked Jeff Carter... but getting kopitar would be crazy...


Agreed. It'd be amazing if the Wings pulled off a miracle and landed him but I can't ever see the Kings letting Kopitar go.  He should really be wearing the C on that team.  I've been saying that he plays a similar game to Zetterberg, only Kopi is actually 6'3" 225 lbs, whereas Z just plays like he is. 

#2618854 Which Sweater Do RWs Retire First - Feds or Ozzy?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 03 July 2015 - 11:09 AM

I respectfully disagree about Osgood getting into the HOF.


Me thinks he'll get in some time down the road when it's a 'slow' year, or others more deserving had gotten in - hell - you could argue if this years HOF inductee Phil Housley is worthy?


I have a feeling Housley will be used as precedent in tons of arguments for players getting into the HHOF.  


Housley and Niedermayer are in, but Zubov isn't?  Lindros isn't?  etc.


I don't think Osgood should get into the HHOF for similar reasons that I think Housley shouldn't be in there.  Osgood had a good long career and was an accumulator, but was never considered among the elite. 

#2618815 Holland doesn't expect to be busy this offseason

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 03 July 2015 - 12:27 AM

I'm guilty of it too but it's just another example of how you can't read too much into what these guys say to the press.  It's the actions that matter, not so much the quotes.

#2618777 Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 02 July 2015 - 05:34 PM

Wasn't a fan of Kindl but he looked pretty sharp the last games he played. I saw an improvement overall, which is always nice.

Don't wanna judge him to be a lazy bum just yet. Let's see what preseason brings.


One of my problems with Kindl is that for him to look decent he has to play really sheltered minutes.  Last time I looked it up he got the most offensive zone starts of any defenseman in the league.  


He may come out of the game smelling like a rose but it stretches our thin blueline even thinner, and they end up making gaffes.

#2618654 Holland doesn't expect to be busy this offseason

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 02 July 2015 - 09:15 AM

This doesn't bode well for Holland getting rid of Kindl like I hoped. 



Ansar Khan ‏@AnsarKhanMLive  1m

Blashill also likes Kindl's abilities and wants to give him a chance to resurrect his career here.

#2618652 Brendan Smith re-signed 2 yrs $2.75 mill AAV

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 02 July 2015 - 09:12 AM

Ansar Khan ‏@AnsarKhanMLive  1m

Couple notes from Jeff Blashill's availability: Said he likes Smith's offensive potential and will give him shot on PP (in camp) ...

#2618560 Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 01 July 2015 - 08:26 PM


You don't need to go to forums to see what is obvious.  Green sucks at D, he was a 3rd pairing D-man on the Caps, he was awful against the Rangers, he had two points in 14 games in the playoffs...he had two power play points in the last 2.5 months of the season and his play in general was pretty miserable towards the latter part of the season.  


I just don't see why everyone sees this as an absolute slam dunk deal.


I don't think it's a slam dunk deal.  I've never been much of a Green fan but this defense desperately needs someone who can move the puck and be a threat offensively.  Even if he was a 3rd pairing d-man who played miserably towards the latter part of the last season, Green still put up more points than any Red Wings defenseman.  He also had more goals than any Red Wings defenseman. 


Even with his defensive shortcomings Green will hopefully help keep the Wings from getting pinned in their own zone for so long, in the way that Rafalski's long bomb outlet passes used to keep the other team's forecheck honest.  And a right hander on the point who can actually fire a slapshot should definitely help.  The Wings apparently plan to pair him with Dekeyser, who Babcock called the eraser because of how he fixed his partners mistakes.  Hopefully that will help.


But Green is also injury prone.  Or his production might drop, and if he's not producing then it's certainly not worth his downsides. 


It's not so much that Green is a slam dunk as it is the defense so desperately needs what he hopefully would provide.



Ansar Khan ‏@AnsarKhanMLive  3h

Holland said plan is to pair Green with DeKeyser.

#2618262 Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 01 July 2015 - 03:34 PM

So what number does he take?


Hopefully any number available other than 90. 



EDIT: beat to the punch.  :P




I'm really surprised Green would accept shorter term.  Good signing by Kenny.  Hopefully Green stays healthy and this turns around some of the Wings UFA luck.


The icing on the cake for this deal would be ditching Kindl.

#2618070 Free agents this off season

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 01 July 2015 - 02:02 PM

Nyquist is untouchable... If anything Mantha or AA would be the forward and they wouldn't want any of our defenseman I don't think.


For the right player no one on this team should  be untouchable except Datsyuk and Zetterberg. 

#2617968 Brendan Smith re-signed 2 yrs $2.75 mill AAV

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 01 July 2015 - 12:32 PM

My only hope is he improves with the coaching change.


At the very least I'd like to see him get a chance on the PP.  


Dekeyser is reliable out there and makes nice passes but doesn't have a very good shot.  And while Kindl (when he's going through his good phase) can get a shot through traffic, he's a major risk out there on the point.  Could Smith really be worse?