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#2558123 Lines Thread

Posted by Dabura on Yesterday, 08:27 PM

I like the returrn of ZDA and the kid line. I think it's the right call. I might try swapping Abdelkader and Jurco, though. Tatar-Sheahan-Abdelkader was a damn good line for a couple games back in November, and Jurco's a possession monster no matter who he's playing with and against.

#2558113 Are the Wings a Contender?

Posted by Dabura on Yesterday, 06:36 PM

Sending a message, lol.



#2558001 12/19 GDT : Islanders 2 at Red Wings 1

Posted by Dabura on 19 December 2014 - 10:22 PM

Really bad game. Need to manage the puck way better, shoot it way more. Just awful, awful decisions with the puck.


This is no longer just a slump. This is the players not bringing their A game and really bearing down.

#2557638 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by Dabura on 19 December 2014 - 12:27 PM

Oooooh....ooooooooh....do...uhhh...do....do KEITH JONES!  Yeah...do Keith Jones next!


I actually like Keith Jones as an NBC guy because he doesn't really have a shtick. He just calls it like it is. Dreger, on the other hand, will go on TSN radio and say his sense is that Babcock wants to sign in Toronto, because reasons. But don't quote him on that, because he admittedly doesn't know what Mike Babcock is thinking, so speculating about Babcock's true motives is a fool's errand. But his sense is Toronto is at the top of Babcock's list. But, to be clear, he's not saying Babcock has a list. Admittedly, he doesn't know if Babcock has a list, so speculating about his true preferences is a fool's errand. But certainly you have to ask: If Babcock wants to stay in Detroit, why hasn't he re-signed? It's a valid question. But, we just don't know at this point. So, long story short: Babcock's going to Toronto. (Maybe.)

#2557548 Rank our griffins d prospects

Posted by Dabura on 18 December 2014 - 04:57 PM

While I certainly wouldn't object to getting rid of Kindl, I don't think we need to be so concerned about trying to manufacture an opportunity for Backman. It's not like he's buried behind 6 blue-chip studs. 4 not-too-dissimilar prospects and 2 career AHLers. If he can't win a regular spot in that situation, why should we care whether he's happy or not.


Backman's pretty much behind Kindl, Lashoff, Ouellet, Marchenko, Jensen, Sproul (and probably Hicketts, if he were in the AHL right now); he's the lowest man on the totem pole. If Ouellet - who's already better than Kindl - isn't going to be a true regular on the parent club until next season (and even then, tell me you can't see him starting next season on the farm), I can undersand why Backman might be feeling a little disillusioned with The Process. Why should we care? Because he's an asset with good potential. We used a draft pick on him. We picked him, not the other way around. Do we want this to start becoming a thing? D prospects saying, "Y'know, I'd rather take my chances elsewhere"? Maybe the Blackhawks can afford to lose a number of very good prospects for nothing, but the Wings can't. I'm not saying Holland needs to panic because O NOES BACKMAN IS UNHAPPY, but he can't take the "OK, well, have fun in Europe. We don't need you anyway" approach. Lord knows UFAs aren't dying to play for the Wings, so prospects becoming disillusioned with our over-long Process is kind of the last thing we want right now.

#2557387 12/16 GDT : Blue Jackets 1 at Red Wings 0 (SO)

Posted by Dabura on 16 December 2014 - 11:30 PM

@DetroitRedWings: "I felt awesome; pucks were sticking to me, it was nice... They don't have shootouts in the playoffs, that's when it matters" - Howard

You gotta get there big guy. ;)


I get staying positive and not getting down on yourself, but...that rubs me kinda wrong.

#2557385 12/16 GDT : Blue Jackets 1 at Red Wings 0 (SO)

Posted by Dabura on 16 December 2014 - 11:26 PM

So....how about that 3 on 3 overtime thing? Looking a whole lot better now. 


I'm starting to fear that GMs are going to look at our record, look at who's leading the charge for 3-on-3 (our GM), and say, "Oh eff that, we're cool with anything that could cost the Wings a playoff spot."


And I'm sure a team like the Isles secretly loves the shootout. What are they now, 6-0? Bastards.

#2557373 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by Dabura on 16 December 2014 - 11:10 PM

Oilers are actually considering dealing taylor hall ...


That's according to Darrren Dreger, who's basically a glorified troll.

#2557358 12/16 GDT : Blue Jackets 1 at Red Wings 0 (SO)

Posted by Dabura on 16 December 2014 - 10:50 PM

Another loser point for the losers. Wings are sorry, there's really nothing more to it. They overachieved big time up until a week ago and squeaked out a few lucky wins as well. In my opinion, Columbus when healthy are better than the Wings. They would give a team a way harder time in the playoffs than the Wings would. You knew this was going to be a loss after the first period, at least I knew it was going to be. Z's absolutely done, this guy will never be what he was, or even close. Columbus won their 7th straight, no way in hell are the Wings capable of 7 in a row.



#2556875 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by Dabura on 15 December 2014 - 01:01 PM

Yandle steps on this team and he's our best defensemen, simple as that.


Based on what? Does Tippett see him as his team's undisputed #1 defenseman? Does Tippett count on him to shut down the opposition's top guns every night? Is Yandle Tippett's top option for any and every conceivable situation and assignment? Has Yandle shown he's more than capable of being a solid #1 on a perennial contender?


I'm all about the Yandle love - but Kronwall is better. He's a complete defenseman, a legit #1. He's one of the best in the business.


Saw this blog that suggests we could possibly get Green for a 2nd round pick. Do you think that's realistic? Cause I think we should do that deal if it is. He's a rental at this point, but I could see him resigning. No lost roster players. We could then flip Kindl for a lower pick.




I think he'll cost more than that, but not much more. (Certainly nowhere near what Yandle would cost.) The problem is, his cap hit's $6M and we only have about half that in cap space. Moving Kindl would get us just about there, but no one wants a #6 defenseman with a $2.4M cap hit who's under contract until 2017.

#2556798 Where were team-mates on the Smith headshot

Posted by Dabura on 14 December 2014 - 08:20 PM

Well considering Smith is the only player that stands up to stuff like that and he was the one that got hit he had to stand up for himself. 


Ericsson jumped Nolan when he hit Helm from behind.

#2556751 12/13 GDT : Red Wings 1 @ Maple Leafs 4 *MOD WARNING POST 198*

Posted by Dabura on 14 December 2014 - 12:19 PM

I don't want to be an unpopular Holland liker (but I am). Holland has waived guys like Nestrasil and Ritola, never a Panik type. In Kenny I trust.


I don't mind trusting in Holland, but isn't that kind of a stretch? Yzerman's put together a ludicrously deep team (for a cap era team) that's going to be competitive for a long time. He got Bishop for nothing. He got Garrison for nothing. He flipped Quincey for a first-round pick. He turned the impossible MSL situation into Callahan, a first-round pick, and a second-round pick. He found Johnson. He has Palat and Kucherov, and Drouin, and Hedman, and crazy organizational depth at the goalie position (though, Nabokov was definitely a "You serious, bro?" signing) (though, he's an upgrade over Lindback). Stralman and Boyle were great signings. Flip's been huge for them. Stamkos is a pretty good hockey player. John Cooper - perfect fit. Cutting ties with Salo was the right call, one Holland probably wouldn't have made, because loyalty and veteran leadership and right-handed shot and depth and all that.


Losing Panik hasn't hurt them one bit. Yzerman knows what he's doing.

#2556711 12/13 GDT : Red Wings 1 @ Maple Leafs 4 *MOD WARNING POST 198*

Posted by Dabura on 13 December 2014 - 10:58 PM

Injuries and inexperience will be the big question marks for the Wings this season, but this is not the same team as last year. 


Truth. Case in point: last season, we didn't win our twelfth home game until March.


This is a funk. It happens. The Isles just snapped a three-game losing streak. The Bolts have lost to the Sabres, Jackets, and Caps (twice) in the past week and a half or so. The Canucks have lost three in a row, I think. The Kings flat-out suck right now. The Ducks are doing really well, but they had a pretty ugly stretch not long ago. The Flames (I'm not a believer) have lost four straight. The Sharks are surging after a really rough start.


You're always going to have your good stretches and your bad stretches, you've just got to minimize the frequency and duration of the latter.


Not saying this wasn't a terrible performance. It was. But we were gods in the second half of November, so you knew a crash was coming. Actually, I honestly wonder if all the scoring we were doing isn't sort of backfiring. I remember the best coach I ever played for once said that getting a ton of goals from a ton of different guys every night can be a double-edged sword. Everyone thinks, "Well, we're scoring six goals every night, and everyone's contributing, so I don't really need to be a big factor this week," and so what you get is everyone's effort drops off, all at the same time. Suddenly, that scoring depth, that balanced attack - poof, gone. And once you're in that rut, it can be really hard to get out of it.

#2556703 12/13 GDT : Red Wings 1 @ Maple Leafs 4 *MOD WARNING POST 198*

Posted by Dabura on 13 December 2014 - 10:15 PM

Hoo boy, that was ugly. Pretty much everything was terrible, except for Mrazek, who deserved a better fate.

#2556351 It's gotta be asked....What's up with Hank?

Posted by Dabura on 13 December 2014 - 12:17 AM

Zetterberg is lazy and he sucks.

Glendening for captain.