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In Topic: Bigger nets ?

Yesterday, 05:56 PM

I dunno that increasing the size of the net really solves anything. We'd see more goals, but do we want more goals for the sake of having more goals, or do we want more offense, more open ice, more displays of skill - more scoring chances?

In Topic: Dreger: Ryan Johanson is in play

25 November 2015 - 05:39 AM

Rick Nash

Nikolai Zherdev

Derick Brassard

Jeff Carter

Jakub Vorachek

Marian Gaborik

Ryan Johansen

In Topic: Jurco on Conditioning Assignment in GRs

25 November 2015 - 04:13 AM

Even fancy stats don't tell the whole story.


And no one's saying they do. Except maybe Ryan Lambert.


Really, though, there's nothing especially fancy about them. I find it kind of silly that people will rattle off a whole list of stats, but when it comes to asking, like, "Does a guy's team shoot the puck a lot when he's on the ice?" - "NO GET THAT DEVIL MATH AWAY FROM ME. WATCH THE GAME NERD. I BET YOU NEVER EVEN PLAYED THE GAME. HOCKEY CAN'T BE QUANTIFIED. EVERYONE KNOWS THIS."

In Topic: Tyson Barrie could be available

20 November 2015 - 06:32 AM

They need size more than a midget d-man


You used to be kinda smart, man. What happened?


Kronwall - 6'0

Green - 6'1

DeKeyser - 6'3

Marchenko - 6'3

Ericsson - 6'4

Smith - 6'2

Kindl - 6'3


The Wings' D group needs point production, high-end skill, better puck movement. Barrie offers those things. We're not losing games because of how big our defensemen are or aren't. We're not losing games because of how big our forwards are or aren't. (How big and "physical" are the Blackhawks? How big and "physical" are the Lightning?) We're losing games largely - if not mainly - because our D group simply isn't good enough. Barrie is very, very good:




That said...we're not getting him, as the Avs hate us. And if he'd cost Nyquist or Tatar, I wouldn't want him anyway. We're scoring one goal a game and people want to get rid of Nyquist (our leading goal-scorer this season) or Tatar (our leading goal-scorer last season)? C'mon. I get that offense comes from defense and Barrie is a premier offensive defenseman and an outstanding possession player - but I don't think we can afford to trade one of our better scorers for a defenseman, unless that defenseman is outrageously good, e.g. OEL.

In Topic: Abby Signs 7-year, 29.75 mil Extension

12 November 2015 - 09:38 AM

I'm strangely ok with this. Typically, I'll look for any reason to s*** on Ken Holland, any reason at all, doesn't even have to be a good reason. But I seem to be in the minority on this one in thinking this really isn't all that bad (assuming the cap continues to rise and we shed some big contracts over the next few years).


This summer alone we can free up roughly $10M in cap space by simply not re-upping Richards, Quincey, Helm, and Miller. Richards and Quincey alone would give us $7.25M to work with. Datsyuk won't be around much longer. Green's under contract for only three seasons. Kindl will be gone soon enough. Smith probably doesn't have a long-term future in Detroit. Howard may be moved at some point in the next two years.


Is it wrong to give Abby seven years? Yes. Absolutely. Is it a terrible, roster-busting committment? Probably not. The team will be getting younger, lots of first and second contracts, lots of cost control. Abby gets to stick around and be one of the veteran leaders. I can live with that. *shrug*