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#2622996 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by kipwinger on 12 August 2015 - 09:25 PM

HERO charts are adjusted for usage FYI

#2621923 Jonathan Quick on snipers, including Datsyuk

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 31 July 2015 - 01:23 PM



Z's a decent sniper, he's got a hell of a slapshot and backhand. But I'm not surprised he wasn't mentioned. He's been on a downward trend for the last 2 years or so and his goal scoring is bad.


The Pav stuff Quick mentioned gave me goosebumps <3. So true. 

I was watching some Ovie highlights and it's so easy to forget how frickin good of a sniper he is. Slap, wrist or snap his shot is sooooo powerful it's ridiculous. Def top 5 all time imo. 


I don't think of Toews or Z as snipers.  I can kind of see what Quick is getting at regarding Toews, but he doesn't really belong in the elite sniper conversation.  He's an all around great player, but if he were as great at being in the right place at the right time as Quick makes it sound, he'd be a more prolific goal scorer.  Toews is very good at everything but not elite in the scoring department. Because he's Canadian and the captain on a multiple Cup winning team he does get overrated a bit with "intangibles."  Kopitar is a similar kind of player but doesn't get nearly the same amount of hype.


I thought the Getzlaf example was really interesting as well.  It shows so clearly how elite players manage to get a shot off by pulling it in and changing the angle so quickly. It keeps it from getting blocked and catches the goalie off guard.  Whereas an average forward would've ripped a shot right into the defenseman's stick or skates.

#2621103 Holtby Asking for $8M

Posted by frankgrimes on 21 July 2015 - 03:33 PM

Nothing unusual about it teams are going intro arbitration with the lowest offer and players with the highest. I think they'll meet somewhere north of 6.

Holtby had two good seasons his rookie one and now the one under Trotz. But he for sure hasn't proven enough to be in the King Henrik, Rinne, Rask, Quick and Price class.

#2619999 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by Helmethead on 10 July 2015 - 03:32 PM

He does get called that a lot. Each time he screws up Babs used to yell "Jesus Christ!". Come to think of it Brendan Smith is likely Jesus Christ.

#2619955 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by kipwinger on 10 July 2015 - 01:16 PM


See, I don't buy that.


Babcock wanted Ouellet on last year's opening night roster. Before we'd signed Green, Ryan Martin said one of the kids would be making the team out of camp. Even now, with Green in the fold and one less spot "available," Kenny has indicated he'd like to start the season with Ouellet or Marchenko on the roster and that he may (but, realistically, surely won't) move someone out for the purpose of freeing up a roster spot for one of the kids. For Kenny to speak to that possibility...it means he himself realizes that starting both Ouellet and Marchenko in Grand Rapids would be pretty much inexcusable, especially given all his talk about how the young players need to take a step forward this season and how we need to get younger and faster as a team.


If both Ouellet and Marchenko start the season in Grand Rapids (and, by extension, spend the majority of another season playing against AHLers), it will be because 1) Smith ($2.75M cap hit x 2 years for a 26-year-old third-pairing defenseman who doesn't produce points and makes costly peewee mistakes on the defensive side of the puck) and Kindl ($2.4M cap hit x 2 years for a 28-year-old #7 defenseman who's a disaster in the d-zone) and Ericsson ($4.25M cap hit x 5 years for an error-prone 31-year-old "defensive defenseman") are all pretty much untradable, and 2) it's very important that the promising and NHL-ready young player who will be replacing Legendary All-Star Defenseman Kyle Quincey next season (and is fully capably of replacing him this season) sees as little NHL ice time this season as possible, because development!


I think you mean, renegade hardass defenseman Kyle Quincey.  Can baby-face Marchenko, or Le Francais, grow a beard like this?  I don't think so. 


If Kyle Quincey didn't already rule too much to have a nickname, I'd call him "The Outlander".  Just on the strength of that beard alone. 

#2619769 Watch the Final Development Camp Scrimmage

Posted by Helmethead on 09 July 2015 - 09:28 AM

What about Praying Mantha and Bob Dylan Larkin...if Larkin gets called up the guy can ask him...how does it feel? To be on your own?

#2619818 Pittsburgh: America's hockey capital? Lol

Posted by NHLrules? on 09 July 2015 - 12:11 PM

A senator talking out of their ass. What else is new? 

#2619654 Over/Under for Larkin's time as a Red Wing in 15/16

Posted by Helmethead on 08 July 2015 - 02:50 PM

Tampa got a lucky bounce in game 7 versus Detroit. That was the difference. The Wings are not far away from being a legit cup contender. We can beat any team in the East. Tampa will get better. So will the Wings, Habs, Isles, Caps, Blue Jackets. There's not much separating teams.

#2618534 Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

Posted by joesuffP on 01 July 2015 - 07:39 PM

Do you trust the caps coach?  Green was demoted to the third pairing.

Caps knew they weren't resigning Green when they added Niskanen and Orpik. There was no room for him. Management isn't going to treat him like he's a core player on their team when he's on his way out. Going to other teams HF boards is not a good way to scout out your new player

#2617384 Holland doesn't expect to be busy this offseason

Posted by Helmethead on 29 June 2015 - 09:17 PM

Kick tires. Explored market. Prices too high. Too much term. We like our kids. Getting Franzen back is like signing a free agent. Pav returning in November is like making a trade. Any free agent signing has to make sense. It has to be the right fit. We're going with our younger players. We need them to take another step.

#2607348 What if we got a new 91 in town? Vladimir Tarasenko

Posted by Euro_Twins on 12 May 2015 - 11:20 AM

I wish he was a center.
But chea.
For sure with that damn shootout thing.
He'd probably come here and all of the sudden be snake bitten in the shootout, or as soon as we sign him the league will vote to get rid of it all together.

On the wings everyone is a center, unless you ARE a center, then you play wing

#2602916 Kronwall suspended one game

Posted by wings87 on 28 April 2015 - 07:04 PM

Really, I have no indignation left for this League. Well, maybe League is the wrong thing to call them. Maybe this works better:



#2577859 Red Wings acquire Marek Zidlicky from NJ for Cond. 2016 3rd Round Pick

Posted by Datsyukian-Deke on 03 March 2015 - 12:50 AM

People saying Zidlicky is small and can't play defense, he can play defense. But that's not really why he is here. He is here because he can make the first pass out of the defensive zone, knows how to quarterback a powerplay, and has a right-handed shot. Not all of our defensemen need to be shut down defensmen. Sure it's great to get a guy that can do both but those guys aren't available without giving up the farm.

#2571389 2/16 GDT : Montreal Canadiens 2 at Red Wings 0

Posted by Detroit # 1 Fan on 16 February 2015 - 11:07 PM


Being the best defenseman on the Oilers doesn't mean much. I've actually argued that he might be the third best defenseman on this team, but it'd be incredibly close. Bottom line: he's a second-pairing defenseman on a good team and probably a third-pairing defenseman on this team, given how picky Babcock is about pairings (Kronwall-Ericsson is basically set in stone, which is a problem, and DeKeyser-Quincey has been our steadiest pairing). He doesn't put up points. I'm not convinced he's going to truly improve our breakouts, transition game, all-around puck movement. He doesn't do anything especially well. We already have defensemen who fit that bill. We need a real impact player. We need a shot in the arm. Replacing Marchenko with Petry (c'mon, tell me you don't see Petry being paired with Smith) would, I think, be a lateral move. It's thinking too small, too safe.


I get the pairings thing, but if we need a real impact player, won't he just play with Smith too? Mike needs to get over Kronwall-Ericsson, that big dope has cost us a lot of points this year, not just tonight. He's best served as a 4/5. I honestly don't think Holland will make a move, but Petry would be a good fit. I realize being the best of a bad bunch isn't the most glowing endorsement, but I see the guy a lot being out west and he's under appreciated to say the least. MacTavish is a guy who thinks Justin Schultz could win a Norris afterall :lol: We're probably arguing over nothing though, because the pairs going into the playoffs are probably going to be the same as tonight give or take an Xavier Oullet sighting.

#2569848 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by Jesusberg on 11 February 2015 - 02:05 PM

If Detroit does manage to land Franson, I would definitely be hesitant to break up DeQuincey. First instinct would be to put DeKeyser with Franson, but then we'd have a Smith-Quincey pairing, and we all know how that worked out... Big Rig's been better lately (at least offensively), but I think that's where I'd slot in Franson. I agree that Smith-Franson would likely be a disaster. These would be two different looks I'd explore if the team adds Franson.



Obviously, these aren't the only options, but I'm trying to avoid pairings that haven't worked out in the past. I'm not as sold on that first group. As solid as Quincey has looked this year, I'm not sure I trust him to hold down that pair defensively.