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#2523895 Wings sign Tomas Nosek to 2 year entry level deal

Posted by Dabura on 14 June 2014 - 07:55 PM

Sounds like Jiri is very high on this kid. "I hope he’s going to be a strong two-way center that can play against top opposition and handle the big forwards on other teams and take faceoffs in key moments and help on the PP" is pretty heavy stuff.




#2523894 Wings sign Tomas Nosek to 2 year entry level deal

Posted by Dabura on 14 June 2014 - 07:44 PM

Nosek ready to 'get a shot' at NHL [Red Wings Central]
 

“He’s versatile, he can play center, wing, top six, bottom six, whatever the need is,” said Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer. “He kills penalties, takes faceoffs, plays on the power play. He’s a guy who fits in with teammates on all lines and that’s exciting.”

 

“He led his team in every situation, from PK to PP, five-on-five,” Fischer said. “He’s strong on the puck, he’s a very good playmaker, very smart. He’s good defensively and he doesn’t cheat or cut corners. He’s a distributor of the puck, he can hold onto it down low, but he can also make good plays in traffic. Puck skills are very good.”

 

Fischer said Nosek will need to continue working on his skating and shot release to have success at the NHL level, in addition to overcoming the usual obstacles of transitioning from Europe to North America. But Nosek’s projection is that of a player in high demand in the NHL these days.

 

“I hope he’s going to be a strong two-way center that can play against top opposition and handle the big forwards on other teams and take faceoffs in key moments and help on the PP,” Fischer said.

 

“He’s certainly going to get an opportunity — he’s going to be in the mix depending on what the next couple of weeks and free agency bring,” Fischer said. “How he adjusts on the smaller ice, the speed going both ways … that’s to be determined. But I do expect and I really believe he’s going to come in ready and get a shot. We’ll see what the coaching staff and Mike Babcock think.”




#2523892 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by Dabura on 14 June 2014 - 07:36 PM

Shattenkirk? And just when Girardi needs you the most

 

Psh, I'm so over Girardi. (It was always an act. I did it for the money.)




#2523881 Doughty takes a shot at Sharks

Posted by Dabura on 14 June 2014 - 05:32 PM

“I don’t want to say this series was the easiest, but it was the least physically demanding without a doubt,” said Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. “The other series were more physical and tougher on the body. It was still a good series, but the other ones were tougher.”

 

http://www.thehockey...snt-even-close/

 

Drew Doughty is out. of. con. trol.




#2523836 Mike Green

Posted by Dabura on 14 June 2014 - 12:17 PM

No chance the wings would take him.  It would be like Carlo Colaiacovo all over again.

 

Colaiacovo's a depth defenseman, and we threw him onto a makeshift, hope-and-pray blue line. Green, at his best, is a top-end talent, a difference-maker. A defensive black hole, yes, but the guy can move the puck and score, especially on the power play. Outside of Kronwall and maaaaaaybe Smith, we don't have a guy like that on the back end, and that's a big, big issue. Maybe one of our kids becomes as valuable as Green, but that's a huge maybe, and Datsyuk would be gone by then anyway.

 

If we're going to acquire a top-end, difference-making top-four defenseman, it's very likely going to be someone who's a good deal less than ideal. Otherwise, we wouldn't have a shot at him in the first place. Ideal players don't get moved or allowed to hit the UFA market.

 

I'd like Green at a reasonable price.




#2523775 Report: NHL to have 5 outdoor games in 2014-15.

Posted by Dabura on 14 June 2014 - 01:09 AM

Gary Bettman is hot.




#2523730 2014 SCF : (2) The Big Apple vs. (3) Hollywood

Posted by Dabura on 13 June 2014 - 07:03 PM

CANNOT BE UNSEEN

 

HUNGER GAMES CHAMPIONS 2014

 

Also, Anton Stralman is secretly a Kronwall. He looks and talks and - with all these big hits he's throwing - plays like Nik. It's a little eerie.


It'd be really funny if the Rangers win the Cup. All the odds-defying history-making stuff the Kings have done. And then the Rangers come back from 3-0 and beat them for the Cup. And it's remembered as the greatest SCF ever.




#2523649 Trading up?

Posted by Dabura on 12 June 2014 - 08:04 PM

The thing about this possibility is, as far as I can tell, it's totally doable. We wouldn't have to sell the farm, or ship out Z or D. We'd probably just have to move Ericsson (Tallon wants a big-bodied top-four defenseman), a pick, and a prospect. For Aaron Ekblad? I would do that. But that's just me.




#2523646 Trading up?

Posted by Dabura on 12 June 2014 - 07:45 PM

Niklas Kronwall  Aaron Ekblad

Danny DeKeyser  Anton Stralman

Don't Know  What Evz

Who Cares

 

It's so beautiful.




#2523643 Spezza Requests Trade

Posted by Dabura on 12 June 2014 - 07:33 PM

I don't want Spezza on this team, but this plus minus talk is silly.  You can't use his -26 this year against him and then fail to give him credit for his career +53.  He's got a better career plus minus than Mike Richards, who was a finalist for the Selke Trophy. 

 

Either it's a terrible stat and shouldn't be used at all, or it's a good enough stat which has to be used to validate a player just as much as it's used to denigrate them. 

 

Personally, I don't think Spezza's a great defensive player.  BUT, he's better than his -26 indicated this season, and he's probably worse than his career high +26 indicates as well. 

 

It's a limited stat. That's how I think of it. It can tell you something, but, generally, don't take it at face value. Case in point: Jason Spezza this season. The Sens sucked this season. (Apologies to the resident Sens fan.) They absolutely leaked goals. Neither of their goalies could stop a beach ball. And yet, Spezza was, I think (haven't formally checked), about a point-per-game player. So, on the second line of a defensively responsible team like the Wings? I tend to think he'd be a difference-maker, without having the baggage of a captaincy and being The Guy. If I'm Spezza, that's what I want.

 

What happened to the Ducks? I thought they were in on him? That'd be an interesting match.


Francine straight up for  Spezza I would do in an  instant. Toss in  Kindl if needed.

 

Take away the 15 goals Franzen's going to score against the Sens every season and they become a playoff team. :lol:




#2523314 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by Dabura on 09 June 2014 - 05:27 PM

Why?

 

If you sign a veteran back-up, you have P-mraz ready when both goalies inevitably get hurt. If Mrazek's your back-up, you have McCollum or Paterson in GRs. You want to call one of those guys up to start a game in the NHL?

 

Same goes for the defence. Leave those kids in GRs as long as you can. How awesome is it that if any D-men get hurt, you can depend on Ouellet, Backman, Marchenko, and Sproul to be legit quality replacements?

 

Well, full disclosure: I'm biased. I really like Mrazek, a lot. I think he's good enough right now to be a starter in the NHL. I'd like to see him make his case for being our #1.




#2523306 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by Dabura on 09 June 2014 - 11:03 AM

Brodeur hasn't been good for years now.  Even as a backup I don't see the point in bringing him here.

 

Honestly, I'd rather Mrazek get the backup job.  Goalies can't just jump into the starting role, and they all have to backup at some point.  So the AHL argument about "getting experience" doesn't really hold in this case.  Better for him to get 30 games in the NHL than 60 in the AHL at this point.

 

I say bring Mrazek up and give him every opportunity to steal the starting job from Howard. I don't care if Kenny was brough up too soon and it scarred him for life and now he's trying to protect this young goalie or whatever. Mrazek is awesome.




#2523290 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by Dabura on 08 June 2014 - 09:20 PM

Two top six forwards more important. For now and down the road.

 

Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Weiss, Franzen, Nyquist, Tatar, Jurco, Sheahan, Mantha, Alfredsson, Athanasiou...

 

We need a top-four defenseman like whoa.




#2523276 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by Dabura on 08 June 2014 - 05:04 PM

If we sign Brodeur, I will riot.




#2523174 2014 SCF : (2) The Big Apple vs. (3) Hollywood

Posted by Dabura on 07 June 2014 - 07:14 PM

I said Rangers in seven. The way the series has gone thus far, I think it's a real possibility.