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#2526440 NHL Draft 2014: First Round

Posted by Dabura on 27 June 2014 - 08:57 PM


#2526397 NHL Draft 2014: First Round

Posted by Dabura on 27 June 2014 - 08:06 PM

Stevie Y's really starting to establish himself as a legitimate GM in this league. The Bolts are going to be terrifyingly good in a few years. They could use this pick to get Dan Cleary and it wouldn't matter. So much great young talent in their system.

#2526385 NHL Draft 2014: First Round

Posted by Dabura on 27 June 2014 - 08:01 PM

Dudes, Larkin is a solid, solid pick. We should be real happy we got him.

#2526348 NHL Draft 2014: First Round

Posted by Dabura on 27 June 2014 - 07:41 PM

Commercial break right before our pick.

#2526269 NHL Draft 2014: First Round

Posted by Dabura on 27 June 2014 - 06:28 PM


That booing was absolutely intense. Maybe I just haven't watched any of Bettman's public appearances recently, but that was crazy. I don't remember it being that bad. 


"Welcome to Philadelphia." - Philadelphia

#2526264 NHL Draft 2014: First Round

Posted by Dabura on 27 June 2014 - 06:24 PM

Ekblad on the verge of tears. Because he's so happy to be a Florida Panther or because he's so gutted to be a Florida Panther.

#2526005 Wings to have face to face with Matt Niskanen

Posted by Dabura on 26 June 2014 - 10:27 PM

#RedWings have talked to UFA D Dan Boyle's camp, but sense is another team will give him more $$$ & term.


Not surprising - and I don't mean that in a Holland-hating sense. I'm willing to bet the Leafs would offer him $6M x 4 years if they thought it'd get them their man. (Assuming Shanny has no real power.) Not sure if they'd be able to pull that off, cap-wise. But you get what I'm saying.


Niskanen's a solid defenseman in the prime of his career who has all the qualities we're looking for in our Quincey upgrade. If you have to give a little more than you'd like, so be it.

#2525117 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by Dabura on 22 June 2014 - 11:04 AM

There's no identity crisis. There's no philosophical quandary. We simply don't have enough top-level talent. Our top four has gone from Lidstrom-Rafalski/Kronwall-Stuart to Kronwall-Ericsson/DeKeyser-Smith. Our top six has gone from Datsyuk in his prime, Zetterberg in his prime, Franzen in his prime, Hossa in his prime, Holmstrom, and Filppula to Datsyuk at 35 (and coming off an injury-ravaged season), Zetterberg at 33 (and coming off an injury-ravaged season), Franzen's corpse at 34 (and coming off an injury-ravaged season), the ghost of Stephen Weiss (RIP), Abdelkader, and...Nyquist? And Jimmy Howard has never made it past the second round.

#2524749 Wings officially have vacancy in asst coach spot

Posted by Dabura on 20 June 2014 - 12:11 AM

What's to stop Chris Chelios?

#2524746 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by Dabura on 19 June 2014 - 11:38 PM






*maniacal laughter*

#2524744 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by Dabura on 19 June 2014 - 11:21 PM

Joe Thornton is an insanely good hockey player. For the record.


Also for the record: Steve Yzerman was a playoff choker who would obviously never lead his team to ultimate glory. Until he did. And then he did it again the very next year. And then he did it again four years later. And now he's a legend.

#2524553 Slow News Day Thread

Posted by Dabura on 19 June 2014 - 10:02 AM

The crazy thing is we don't even know how good DeKeyser really is, since he spent most of last season - his first full season with the Wings - dragging Quincey around. His underlying numbers suggest he's already our second best defenseman, pound-for-pound, and that's with Quincey on his back.

#2524547 Dan Boyle's rights traded to the Islanders…..

Posted by Dabura on 19 June 2014 - 09:43 AM

I see your concern but let's be honest with what Boyle is : A stop gap (admittedly a better than most of our current D-man) till we find a younger replacement, be it from our own young guys or via trade/UFA. While the problem you pointed out would concern me too if we'd sign him longterm I don't think they have that much weight in what this signing will much likley be.


I'd actually meant to mention that it'd concern me even on a good one-year deal. (FWIW, he's rumored to be looking for two years but may be open to just one.)


I'd worry about Boyle's endurance over a full season as a Red Wing. We saw DeKeyser get hurt in that kind of situation. We saw the Ducks hammer Doughty behind his net every chance they got in the second round. It'd be much less of a concern if our goalie could handle the puck (like, I dunno, PETR MRAZEK) and we were great at breaking out of our zone (like, I dunno, A GOOD TEAM).


But, all things considered? I'd be thrilled to have the guy on our team. I believe that if we have a healthy Zetterberg, a healthy Datsyuk (dude has not been close to fully healthy for some time now, regardless of what he says), a healthy Ericsson, and Boyle playing in place of one of our bottom-three defensemen, we take the Bruins to seven games and quite possibly take the series and maybe even the Wales Trophy. (Not the Cup, tho. We wouldn't stand a chance against the Kings. Sorry.) Boyle means we actually have a power play to speak of. Boyle means some of our shots from the point actually hit the net. Boyle means we move the puck much better and have an honest-to-goodness transition game and we spend less time in our zone and we score more goals.


And if none of that actually comes to fruition? If we sign him and he never really delivers? That's Opportunity for a kid, and we have Dan Boyle on the third pairing or something. I could live with that.

#2524384 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by Dabura on 18 June 2014 - 09:26 AM

I'm not overly concerned about our lack of size up front. Suppose we sign Pouliot and trade, I dunno, Tatar and a pick and a prospect for Blake Wheeler. In theory, we could have...


Zetterberg  Datsyuk  Mantha

Franzen  Weiss  Wheeler

Pouliot  Sheahan  Nyquist

Abdelkader  Helm  Jurco


We also have Campbell, Nastasiuk, Athanasiou, and Nosek in the pipeline, and we might add, say, Brendan Perlini at the draft.



#2524336 Dan Cleary may return...sigh

Posted by Dabura on 17 June 2014 - 09:43 PM

TBH, I love the idea of Cleary as a full-time Griffin.