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#2451555 Mantha signed to ELC

Posted by Dabura on 07 November 2013 - 11:27 AM

Maltby was a 50 goal scorer in juniors :D


As far as Mantha, I really don't see him projecting out as a power forward.  Much better chance that Martin Frk becomes the Wings' power forward of the future than Mantha.


I'm hoping Jurco can be that guy for us.


Also, did you know Maltby was a 50-goal scorer in juniors?

#2451551 Tootoo Waived

Posted by Dabura on 07 November 2013 - 11:02 AM

That said, if you're waiting for a perfect GM, then you'll still be doing so when the sun explodes. No such person exists.


The Tootoo signing was stupid. The Sammy signing was stupid. The Cleary signing was stupid. The Colaiacovo signing was stupid. The Weiss signing looks like it might be a bust. Alfredsson was a one-year slam dunk, and he basically came to Holland and said, "Sell me on the Wings and I'm yours" (not so different from Hossa, Holland's other "recent" slam dunk). Also, he seems ok with losing pieces for nothing, as opposed to something (I guess I'm mostly referring to Filppula here). Without Datsyuk and Zetterberg, this would be a terrible, terrible team.


I'm not asking for perfection, but you would expect the ZOMG BEST GM EVER to not fall flat on his face all over the place like he's been doing lately. Just getting Gustav Nyquist on this roster is proving to be a monumental challenge for him, or something he's simply not very interested in doing. (Which is fine. I mean, it's not like Nyquist is one of our best forwards or anything, and it's not like we need any help up front.)


Where's the creativity? Where's the urgency? Where's the rabbit from the hat? I feel like our ZOMG BEST GM EVER has been sitting on his hands for seven seasons. And for what purpose? To what end? The rise of our young prospects? The singular importance of building and promoting from within? That song and dance?


ZOMG BEST GM EVER though he may be, Holland seems awfully content to "just be," saying, "ZOMG SALARY CAP. MY HANDS ARE TIED," at every opportunity.


Yes, Ken, your hands are tied. By your butt.


/weekly rant

#2451548 Tootoo Waived

Posted by Dabura on 07 November 2013 - 10:29 AM

Tootoo will not be bought out...Franzen will.  Franzen is already proving to be even more useless this again than he has the past 3!  Since "The Choice" he has gotten worse and worse.  I understand the Tootoo waive, because more than likely (outside of Nashville) nobody would scoop him up, but someone would ****** Franzen off of waivers.  I still think he would be a great fit in Vancouver, too bad his trade value is way LOW right now! If he cannot be moved on the Deadline or at the draft or throughout the summer, he will be bought out.


Just because we all want it to happen, and it probably should happen, doesn't necessarily mean it will. (Truism, I know.) And I'm not talking about him being picked up off waivers - I'm talking about him being placed on waivers in the first place. I mean, Sammy is still with us, we brought back Cleary, and I'll use Bertuzzi now to suit my argument. ;) Holland is ultra-loyal, and I've gotta think he's got some extra motivation to keep Franzen around, because, ZOMG HOLLAND DRAFTED A PREMIER POWER FORWARD, and #Could'veBeenHossa.

#2451546 Tootoo Waived

Posted by Dabura on 07 November 2013 - 10:18 AM

Mannnn whatever ... waive Cleary, Samuelsson and throw Bertuzzi in, as well. Bunch of "been there, done that" lazy, uninterested [or incapable] players who are taking roster spots away from our young guys. Kind of a joke regarding #71 & #44 ... but, kind of not too. :smh:


Cleary and Samuelsson, yes. Bertuzzi, no.

#2451520 Chicago fans steal players helmet off head and dump beer on him

Posted by Dabura on 07 November 2013 - 04:48 AM

[Insert joke about breaking down barriers, reaching out to the fans, etc.]

#2451450 Tootoo Waived

Posted by Dabura on 06 November 2013 - 05:47 PM

$2.5m per season. He spurned the Wings' offer because he wanted more money and guaranteed top-six time. Now he's on one of the worst teams in the league, one that is also near-bankrupt and is thus unlikely to improve next season.


Too bad for him.


Yes, I know Brunner's story. And I'm well aware of NJ's struggles. (I'm ten minutes away from Trenton.) Doesn't mean I can't miss Brunner.

#2451409 Tootoo Waived

Posted by Dabura on 06 November 2013 - 03:00 PM

Fingers crossed that Sammy may very well find himself going through waivers soon.


Dear Edmonton Oilers,


You need a Mikael Samuelsson. He's a veteran Cup winner, has good size, plays a gritty game, is defensively responsible, can run the PP, has a rocket of a shot - WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE???




#2451360 Lines Thread

Posted by Dabura on 06 November 2013 - 01:26 PM

 Huh? :lol:




I mean, I get that he's good for 20+ goals or whatever. But we do have Tatar and Alfredsson, and sooner or later we'll have Nyquist again. Point being, he's not exactly indispensable. (IMHO.)

#2451332 Tootoo Waived

Posted by Dabura on 06 November 2013 - 12:25 PM

Not happy about this, but we all knew it was coming.


Cleary and Samuelsson next plz kthxbai.

#2451306 Nyquist taking things in stride, with class

Posted by Dabura on 06 November 2013 - 11:32 AM

"We feel that getting Nyquist back into the lineup is like adding a big deadline acquistion."

#2451303 Lines Thread

Posted by Dabura on 06 November 2013 - 11:15 AM

Also, I want to add: if we keep the same young, inexperienced blue line, we're basically asking it to win the Cup on only its second run. Which is ludicrous.


"OK, you guys learned a lot last time, right? So you know now what it takes to win the Cup, right? Great! Getter done!"


It's not that I don't like our blue line. I just don't see it winning a Cup any time soon. Now, maybe if we were a high-scoring team I wouldn't be so critical. But we're not a high-scoring team, so the blue line matters that much more. And actually, as I've said before, I firmly believe our scoring problems are directly tied to our back end, specifically in our lack of quality puck movement, first passes, etc. Add a P.K. Subban to our corps and the defense improves, the offense improves, the power play improves, and we have a really good shot at the Cup.


All of this isn't to say I'm opposed to bringing in a scoring winger. But, defense wins Cups - and our D needs teeth.

#2451294 A story about Chelios

Posted by Dabura on 06 November 2013 - 10:27 AM

Thanks for this.


I feel like he should be coaching our D. And I guess he sort of is. But I mean in an official, every-day capacity.



#2451187 11/4 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Jets 4

Posted by Dabura on 04 November 2013 - 11:03 PM

We could've gone up two points on idle TB and idle Toronto and taken sole possession of first in the Atlantic. I think that's actually what hurts the most about this one, for me.

#2451174 11/4 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Jets 4

Posted by Dabura on 04 November 2013 - 10:48 PM

Y'know, I know how this is going to sound, but...maybe this whole trip - the wins, I mean - was just another "fool's gold" stretch. I say that because the Canucks played an uncharacteristically weak game and we won, barely. And the Flames probably should've won, but we won, barely. And the Oilers put in by far their weakest effort of this young season against us and we won. And the Jets came to play and embarrassed us.


What gets me about this loss is that everyone (except Babs, and Jimmy) can and probably will brush it off, given what an otherwise "great" road trip this was. "Everyone has an off-night. You can't win 'em all." blah blah blah

#2451161 11/4 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Jets 4

Posted by Dabura on 04 November 2013 - 10:40 PM

Man I miss Lidstrom and Rafalski


Tell me about it. (Don't. It'll only make me cry.)