Posted by Jaymister
on 11 September 2013 - 10:16 PM
From Bill Roose on my Red Wings IPhone app.
"Recently, Wings general manager Ken Holland alluded to a plan he has to shape the team's roster without having to trim salary or waive players. It's possible that Helm will start the season on injured reserve as he continues to recover from a lower back injury that sidelined him last season. Helm is also battling through a sore groin, which he sustained while skating with teammates last week. The Wings also have options with Nyquist, who could begin the season in Grand Rapids."
They better trade someone and don't even think about sending him down.
The NHL has reversed course and will not review high-sticking penalties this season, league executive vice-president and director of hockey operations Colin Campbell said Saturday.
The competition committee had agreed to review all high-sticking calls for validity, but Campbell said concerns about goals scored on delayed penalties led the NHL to cancel that plan for now.
"We're punting right now," Campbell said in an interview with The Canadian Press. "We're going to watch it, we're going to talk about it and see how many times it happens. We just don't want to do something that we weren't totally comfortable with on video review. We want everything to be clear and precise and we didn't think that was."
Concerns? Punting? Watch it? Talk about it? What's he trying to say? Is he trying not to offend the on-ice officials? Are the on-ice officials collective agreement due for renewal? We want video!!!
Posted by ogreslayer
on 13 September 2013 - 01:12 PM
Honestly, I thought Abdelkader did a realgud job on the top line in the last month of the season. He caused so many turnovers with his forechecking, and went straight to the front of the net once we had the puck. He wasn't always rewarded with a goal or assist, but he was a key component in Z + Dats heating up down the stretch..
What was frustrating was his poor shooting and passing, but then again if he had a set of hands like Bertuzzi he'd be a premier power forward, rather like a young Bertuzzi.
He really did seem to "get it" near the end of the season & into the playoffs imo. What I remember is seeing him get knocked on his face less & less from all the hacking in front of the net and being able to maintain a presence like he hadn't been able to do when he was first put in the top 6. Based on that, his showing at the World's, & early reports on how he's looking in camp, I can honestly say I'm really comfortable with him in that role.
So, I assume most peoples beef is with the use of the word "most".
I mean, lets be real here, twitter and facebook (and similar things) are very narcissistic. 99.9% of posts on those site don't say anything relevant or meaningful, its just people talking about themselves.
Posted by StormJH1
on 13 September 2013 - 08:59 AM
You could make an argument that Tatar has the most intriguing offensive game in the Wings organization right now. At least from the standpoint that he's much closer to NHL-ready than some of the newer draft picks, and I believe he has more scoring upside than Nyquist and Andersson. Maybe considerably more.
I'm just not really that receptive to these "bad attitude" complaints about guys in their very early 20's. If Sean Avery can play two half-seasons for the Wings, surely Tomas Tatar deserves a chance to become a professional while actually playing at the highest professional level. These are just kids that come over from Europe chasing a dream to play in the NHL. He's 22 now, and I'm sure he watches highlights around the league of 18 and 19 year olds already that he may be better than. And no offense to the City of Grand Rapids, but living and playing there and in other small U.S. cities probably isn't what he had in mind. Especially now that he's achieved (in his mind) the highest prize the AHL has to offer.
Maybe he is a bad dude, cancer, "coach killer", whatever. Or maybe he's just an immature, talented kid who is frustrated because he wants to prove he's better. Either way, he's an asset, and I'd prefer to know more about him before we move him. And I'd certainly prefer to see him getting ice time over Dan Cleary.
Am I a bad person for hoping for a continuous series of non-painful temporary ouchies for the forwards on the team? Just enough for them to take turns on LTIR so we don't have to get rid of anyone. Then they can all be healthy in the playoffs.