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In Topic: Confused on the direction of this team going forward

Today, 11:02 AM

If they make a major move I'd rather it be for a top pairing d, especially a rh shot, or maybe a young high end center. They have a lot of young scoring wingers ready or nearly ready.


Totally agree. I just mentioned Kane because, right now, he's one of the exceedingly few top-end players who's genuinely likely to be moved at some point in the next few years, and I think he has the potential to be one of the very best players in the world. Like I've said a couple times in recent weeks, the guy's produced like Patrick Kane had at his age (literally, the respective point totals are very close), and he's done it on an inferior team and with inferior linemates. I see him as a franchise player waiting to be plucked up by a team that actually knows what it's doing. There's nothing to say we couldn't be that team.


I'd rather get a right-shot top-pairing defenseman, sure. But who? We'll probably target Mike Green in free agency next summer or maybe at the trade deadline this season. I guess Petry might be an option. I don't much care for Boychuck. There've been some grumblings in Ducks Land that the Stoner signing might be "the final nail in the coffin" for Vatanen's future with the Ducks, but I don't really buy that. I think Sproul is a future all-star who could make a difference right now if sheltered on the third pairing with Ericsson and given lots of power play time. Backman might surprise everyone; he looked really good in his short stint with the Griffins.


Our situation at center is weird. Like I said, we look fairly deep right now, but I don't think we necessarily are. So, I agree that we'd be wise to look for a young high-end center, but I fear the urgency isn't going to be there until the eleventh hour or later.

In Topic: Red Wings add Jim Hiller and Andrew Brewer to coaching staff

Today, 07:31 AM

As a die hard Spokane Chiefs fan. This Wings off season keeps getting worse, this guy was Tri-Cities head coach and our biggest rival. Oh jeez with this and Cleary happening its like god is testing my wings fandom :/


Isn't Babs a Spokane alumnus? Maybe he's having some kind mid-life crisis?

In Topic: Red Wings add Jim Hiller and Andrew Brewer to coaching staff

Yesterday, 01:58 PM

You're thinking of the past, when Babcock and the Wings were good.


If Tom Renney is one of the most desired coaches in the league, it's not because of the recent Wings.  


Well, Bill Peters joined in July of 2011 (i.e. he arrived post-excellence) and his services were much in demand this summer. Not to mention, we've lost about 40,000,000 other key people over the past two or three years. The Wings might not be the class of the league anymore, but I think that, on the organizational level, being a Red Wing still means a lot, even if you weren't around for any of the glory days.

In Topic: Tatar Signs 3 Year Deal $2.75 mill AAV

Yesterday, 01:11 PM

Fancy stats suggest the deal is a steal:


Why the Tomas Tatar deal is a win for Detroit Red Wings [Prashanth Iyer, The Washington Post]

In Topic: Red Wings add Jim Hiller and Andrew Brewer to coaching staff

Yesterday, 12:33 PM

I think if anything the Wings have probably been ahead of the curve for some time now. Many of the things the Wings have been valuing for the past 20 years are being validated by the advanced stats, e.g. that possession is all-important. I have to think they've been using their own system, their own metrics, and now they're going to try to assimilate the Dellow way of thinking, which shouldn't be too hard.