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#2457653 Datsyuk concussion: To Return Tuesday

Posted by Dabura on 24 November 2013 - 01:52 PM

I don't want to make too big a deal out of last night's lost, but I will say...you hope this wasn't a "reverse-statement game." One that tells every team in the league: push this team around. Take it to them. Rough them up. You can get away with it (re: the officiating and our sorry-ass power play that's supposed to be our big enforcer/deterrent).




#2457651 Datsyuk concussion: To Return Tuesday

Posted by Dabura on 24 November 2013 - 01:47 PM

Either way some people need to stop living in the past.

 

I don't think it's necessarily that people are living in the past. I think it's more that our team has been neutered and forced to go without an easy fix to a potentially crippling weakness, which just adds more fuel to the our-team-has-been-poorly-managed fire.




#2457624 What Does This Team Need More/Most?

Posted by Dabura on 24 November 2013 - 12:44 PM

I think what really kills me is how good our last Cup-winning team was. And it wasn't because we'd gotten lucky in the draft or signed 80 all-star UFAs. It was just a really, really well-built team. There was a guiding vision and a strong identity, like frank talked about. We had everything you'd need to beat any team in a best-of-seven series: tons of skill, tons of (*high-quality*) sandpaper, a great goalie tandem, and a brilliant, hungry coach who felt he had something to prove.

 

How could The Powers That Be (Ken Holland) let things get so far away from that? What happened to just being super-smart and shrewd, as opposed to bloated and complacent? I mean, when Holland says, "You've just gotta make it into the playoffs, then anybody can win it"...does he honestly believe that? And don't point to LA. I hate it when people do that. Yes, they came in as an 8th seed, but that was a damn good team. And, interestingly enough, you know how their Powers That Be made it so damn good? They took an honest, sober look at the team and said, "You know what? We need to make changes." And that's what they did. They seriously addressed their weaknesses, and it paid off in the biggest of ways. They didn't say, "Hey, we're the LA Kings. No one even thought we'd make it this far. We're ahead of schedule. Let's just be happy about that and see where things go from there. Then, if it looks like we need to make changes, we'll make changes, provided we can find a dance partner who's willing to work with us. Because, you know, there's no Hockey Store. Derp." They didn't say that. They were highly objective.

 

So you say, "OK, fine. You wish Holland had done things differently. What would you have done differently, since you're so smart?"

 

Firstly, I'm not saying I'm so smart. I'm not saying I'd be a better GM than Ken Holland. We seriously take for granted what it takes to do the job he does. But, at the same time, we're a proud, winning organization...and now we're flopping about like a fish out of water on the deck of a boat. And I've gotta think Mr. I would say that's unacceptable, even if it is somewhat understandable. (No GM is going to be able to ice a legitimate contender every season. Doesn't work that way. We all know this.)

 

The big thorn in my side, the thing I always find myself coming back to, is Lidstrom's departure. It's crystal clear now that he wasn't just a legendary player for this team and organization - he was this team and organization, at least post-Yzerman. And, as far as I can tell, Holland just flat-out dropped the ball on the Nick-will-be-retiring-any-season-now-and-we're-gonna-have-to-be-more-than-ready front. Like, I get not being able to replace #5. But, holy crap, man, give us a better safety cushion than...um...nothing?! (OK, fine - Carlo Colaiacovo and Kyle Quincey.) And that's saying nothing of Stuart and Rafalski. We lose Stuart, Lidstrom, Rafalski, and...well, look at our friggin' blue line! What the hell happened there?!

 

But I could go on for days.

 

/weekly rant




#2457590 Datsyuk concussion: To Return Tuesday

Posted by Dabura on 24 November 2013 - 11:27 AM

Let's just hope that this is for precautionary reasons.

 

Get well Dats!!

 

Well, he used The Words ("the protocol"), so it looks like that's exactly what it is.

 

And, really, for Dats to say he feels...fuzzy (if that is indeed what he was going for)...it's the right call.

 

Maybe someone steps up in his absence. (Stop laughing! It could happen!)




#2457573 Datsyuk concussion: To Return Tuesday

Posted by Dabura on 24 November 2013 - 10:47 AM

Good thing it's Buffalo.

 

(Nah, we're gonna lose.)




#2457548 Quincey

Posted by Dabura on 24 November 2013 - 07:27 AM

I know we are all pissed about tonights loss but you can't blame a guy for the puck hitting him.

 

OK, we'll just stick with the 9,000 other incidents.

 

At this point I'm ready to blame him for my kidney stones.
 




#2457459 Quincey

Posted by Dabura on 23 November 2013 - 10:29 PM

And Kyle Quincey costs us another game.

 

The worst part about it, beyond the whole losing games and points thing, is that no team will want any part of him, whether through a trade or the waiver wire.

 

3,775,000 cap hit. Brutal.




#2457411 11/23 GDT: Game 24 - Senators 4 @ Red Wings 2

Posted by Dabura on 23 November 2013 - 10:03 PM

"Our power play is our enforcer."

 

(Too soon?)




#2457404 11/23 GDT: Game 24 - Senators 4 @ Red Wings 2

Posted by Dabura on 23 November 2013 - 10:01 PM

Why do we lose to teams with losing records?

 

Because they play us hard, and we tense up and get all worried that we might lose to a team with a losing record on home ice, and then we lose to a team with a losing record on home ice.

 

Also, we suck. Hard.




#2457396 11/23 GDT: Game 24 - Senators 4 @ Red Wings 2

Posted by Dabura on 23 November 2013 - 09:59 PM

Our Defense blew this game

 

Kyle Quincey blew this game.




#2457275 11/23 GDT: Game 24 - Senators 4 @ Red Wings 2

Posted by Dabura on 23 November 2013 - 09:25 PM

I hate Kyle Quincey.




#2457153 11/23 GDT: Game 24 - Senators 4 @ Red Wings 2

Posted by Dabura on 23 November 2013 - 08:36 PM

Not that I think we're really sucking, but I kinda feel like this team could use a good old fashioned Bruce Boudreau "f***in'" rant.




#2457105 11/23 GDT: Game 24 - Senators 4 @ Red Wings 2

Posted by Dabura on 23 November 2013 - 08:21 PM

Because it couldn't be that the bashing here has gotten so bad that people blame him for things when he's not even on the ice.

 

While the bashing has gotten out of hand, and I'm probably part of that, the discontent is based in reality, or at least something close to it. The guy's not producing, period, and, beyond MAYBE the PK (and that "veteran leadership" business), he's not contributing anything of real value. He literally looks like a beer leaguer, and, whether it's reprehensible or not, you know that's not going to earn him a lot of praise here. (And, in fact, it's not just this community that rides him hard. My impression is that Wings fans generally are...not enamored of Dan Cleary right now.)




#2457075 11/23 GDT: Game 24 - Senators 4 @ Red Wings 2

Posted by Dabura on 23 November 2013 - 07:55 PM

Same old story with Howard. It's never his fault, yet all his stats sucks. Getting tired of it.

 

Agreed.




#2456924 What I'm thankful for...

Posted by Dabura on 23 November 2013 - 01:36 PM

I am thankful for the loser point.