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#2508491 Have the Wild Hit Their Ceiling?

Posted by Dabura on 10 April 2014 - 02:58 PM

Basically, the potential problem I'm seeing is that they've pushed all their chips into the middle for a veteran core. A forward's prime years are 25ish-30ish. Parise is 29. Koivu is 31. Pominville is 31. Moulson is 30. Vanek - since everyone's so sure he's headed to Minnesota - is 30. They have good young talent, but with all of their leaders having already played their best hockey, I'm kinda scratching my head here. To me, this looks like about a five-year window of opportunity, Cup-wise, and that's assuming they make some incredible progress in the ultra-tough West. Something in me says that's not at all what they were going for when they signed Suter and Parise and traded for Pominville and everyone said, "Oh s***, these guys are building the next Wings. They'll be competitive forever." (OK, maybe no one said that. But you get my point.)

 

You can say that we wouldn't make the playoffs in the Western Conference. (Personally, I think we would.) But how does that validate the Wild? We're in a transitional stage; just making the playoffs is a pretty big deal. The Wild? They want the Cup. Relative to their expectations, a first-round exit = abject failure.

 

I just find it weird. Like...this is it? This is the Minnesota Machine that everyone's been raving about? This is the team that's going to be a contender for years and years and years to come?




#2508418 Do Maple Leaf fans deserve better?

Posted by Dabura on 10 April 2014 - 07:27 AM

I've said it before, but the die hards that I met/was surrounded by at the WC were awesome and a blast to be around.

 

Obviously you were drunk off your ass.




#2508409 Mike Babcock Appreciation Thread

Posted by Dabura on 10 April 2014 - 01:07 AM

If he doesn't win the Jack Adams this season, he probably never will. And I think there's something wrong with that.




#2508379 4/9 GDT - Red Wings 3 @ Pens 4 (SO). Wings clinch playoff spot!

Posted by Dabura on 09 April 2014 - 11:12 PM

Babs says the kids are awesome and will be keeping their jobs:

 

https://twitter.com/...4928128/photo/1




#2508361 4/9 GDT - Red Wings 3 @ Pens 4 (SO). Wings clinch playoff spot!

Posted by Dabura on 09 April 2014 - 10:27 PM

So Sheahan gets credit for the goal? Sweet. He's come a long way since Winkygate.




#2508328 4/9 GDT - Red Wings 3 @ Pens 4 (SO). Wings clinch playoff spot!

Posted by Dabura on 09 April 2014 - 10:03 PM

You're forgetting Cleary will be back in the playoffs.

 

This is the time of year he lives for.  He doesn't care about the rest of the season.  He rises to the occasion in the clutch, when most of us would fail under similar pressure.  

 

Don't even joke about it.

 

Don't.




#2508282 4/9 GDT - Red Wings 3 @ Pens 4 (SO). Wings clinch playoff spot!

Posted by Dabura on 09 April 2014 - 09:50 PM

So, big takeaway? For me...if our special teams can improve a bit and Z and/or E can return a little early, a series against the Pens is absolutely winnable. They only won tonight because we let them.




#2508261 4/9 GDT - Red Wings 3 @ Pens 4 (SO). Wings clinch playoff spot!

Posted by Dabura on 09 April 2014 - 09:45 PM

Sucks. But I'll take the whole making the playoffs thing.




#2508201 4/9 GDT - Red Wings 3 @ Pens 4 (SO). Wings clinch playoff spot!

Posted by Dabura on 09 April 2014 - 09:36 PM

Tatar is just a monster.




#2508173 4/9 GDT - Red Wings 3 @ Pens 4 (SO). Wings clinch playoff spot!

Posted by Dabura on 09 April 2014 - 09:30 PM

I love Tats's extra pushes at the puck when it's at the back of the net. "I HAVE TO BE SURE!!!!!"




#2508124 4/9 GDT - Red Wings 3 @ Pens 4 (SO). Wings clinch playoff spot!

Posted by Dabura on 09 April 2014 - 09:26 PM

Game tied.




#2508071 4/9 GDT - Red Wings 3 @ Pens 4 (SO). Wings clinch playoff spot!

Posted by Dabura on 09 April 2014 - 09:18 PM

this really bothers me If we cant get a point tonight I am worried what team will show up against Carolina because if we don't win that one than I think we are f***ed I hate when the annoncers talk about playoff tickets on sale this is not the 1990s we didn't lock up two months ago stop jinxing us

 

We've played a very solid game overall. It's the little things, as it always is with us.




#2508053 4/9 GDT - Red Wings 3 @ Pens 4 (SO). Wings clinch playoff spot!

Posted by Dabura on 09 April 2014 - 09:12 PM

We've pretty much given this game to them. Two bad penalties and a dumb-ass goal.




#2507734 4/9 GDT - Red Wings 3 @ Pens 4 (SO). Wings clinch playoff spot!

Posted by Dabura on 09 April 2014 - 04:53 PM

I think with the Wings missing two key guys and the way Columbus has been playing lately, the Pens probably fear the Jackets more than the Wings.

 

I guarantee the Pens want the Jackets. They won the regular season series 5-0. The Jackets have never won a playoff game. The Jackets have been winning, but so have the Wings.

 

The Wings are scarier on almost every level.




#2507711 4/9 GDT - Red Wings 3 @ Pens 4 (SO). Wings clinch playoff spot!

Posted by Dabura on 09 April 2014 - 04:06 PM

People around here talk as if the wings have the worst team in the league, but when I talk to fans of other teams they have a different opinion. Many people are saying they are one of the scariest teams going into the playoffs

 

Things have actually been remarkably positive around here. We all seem to be on the same page in believing the Wings could do some damage.