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#2473369 1/16 GDT : Red Wings 0 at Rangers 1

Posted by Dabura on 16 January 2014 - 07:26 PM

We can't buy a goal.

Cleary on top PP, Sammy on top PP... wtf


Lull the opposition into a false sense of security, then BAM! JURCO.

Love Jurco.

#2473346 Andersson out...Emmerton up

Posted by Dabura on 16 January 2014 - 06:36 PM

Callahan isn't a center.

#2473324 1/16 GDT : Red Wings 0 at Rangers 1

Posted by Dabura on 16 January 2014 - 05:24 PM

Ansar Khan @AnsarKhanMLive 

Wings have recalled center Cory Emmerton from Grand Rapids for tonight's game at the Rangers. Checking to see who's injured.






Joakim Andersson is out with a lower-body injury. He's listed as day to day.


Now they're just trolling us.

No Tatar?? He isn't listed on any injury reports...thought his father's funeral already took place but I'm starting to think that's not the case.


He's in Slovakia, funeral-related. It was decided before our last game that he'd be missing this one.

#2473215 2010-2011 drafts will be our savior

Posted by Dabura on 15 January 2014 - 09:10 PM

I'm pretty high on our prospect pool. Why? Becase the talent, yes, but mostly because we're good at picking and developing. I get that we don't have any obvious SUPERSTARS!!! in the immediate pipeline, but...when was the last time we really did? I mean guys that we KNEW were going to be HUGE. Franzen has been a consistent top-six producer and was a force to be reckoned with earlier in his NHL career. Was anyone jumping for joy when we drafted him? Kid SUPERSTARS!!! are exceedingly rare. And they haven't been our bread and butter for awhile now. We try to get a number of solid players and one or two gems. That's doable. Hell, Tatar's already making a case for himself as a future 40-goal scorer. As a point of comparison, Franzen had 16 points in his first season with the Wings (12 goals, 4 assists).


About Pulkkinen, because everyone seems to hate him - he's Nyquist-quick, is a pure sniper (something we absolutely, positively do not have on the current roster), and competes very, very hard (e.g. can take a lot of abuse and just keep on going). Small? You bet. Facing a real uphill battle at the NHL level? Without a doubt. But every player starts as a prospect. (Terrible argument, I know.)

I expect sheahan to be here next year with glendening (unfortunately)


What's wrong with Glendening? I like what he's brought to the team. Hasn't scored, but he's not going to be a scorer at the NHL level. He's going to be a bottom-six grinder. There's a bit of Helm in him.

#2473138 Datsyuk - Team Russia captain for Sochi

Posted by Dabura on 15 January 2014 - 02:04 PM

It never used to be a thing, but lately it's started popping up.  I think the general consensus on St. James is that she doesn't really matter one way or another, but a small minority tend to think of her as a company-line hack.  Presumably because she's a beat writer and therefore tends to just report on what management says, rather than doing more in-depth analysis like other sports journalists.


Actually, I think the biggest knock against her is that she tends to make assumptions and leaps in logic, rather than just straight-up reporting the facts and leaving it at that. Also, her writing itself isn't great, and she's definitely a company-line cheearleader.


As for Dats - good for him! I'd assumed they'd give the C to Ovechkin (being Ovie) or maybe Kovalchuk (KHL loyalty). He was definitely my pick, though.


I wonder how much Sochi - and maybe the possibility of being the captain - has been weighing on him. He's been good this season, but also a bit off.

#2472981 I'd like to talk about this off-season/next season

Posted by Dabura on 14 January 2014 - 04:16 PM

Girardi is a shutdown defenseman who can move the puck well. He can log silly-big minutes, play in all situations, block shots like a machine, and be a solid leader. In theory, he'd complement Kronwall or Smith very nicely. At the very least, he'd give us a good top four. Ouellet projects high, and he might actually end up being a lot like Girardi. But, as always, I'm thinking about a Cup, and within the next two seasons (our core is old; our window is closing). Ouellet might not even make the team next fall, and if he does, it's very likely he'd be on the third pairing. That's a far cry from what Girardi could give us in the here and now.


Same idea with the two Callahans. Except, I'm not sold on Mitchell being anything more than an NHL fourth-line agitator who pots a goal here and there. (Yes, I know, he's scoring in Grand Rapids. But that doesn't impress me a whole lot.) Callahan could play on the first line and give us some more speed and tenacity and all-around grit, kind of like Helm, but he can play in a scoring role. My only concern with him is that he's injury prone. He's not big, so his style of play means he's not going to be highly effective for much longer, unless he becomes a great two-way player or something. Still, anyone who wants the Cup and thinks Mitchell can help the cause about as much as Ryan would is being a Wings homer. I get not wanting to spend money, but come on.


Not that we're getting Girardi or Callahan, never mind both. But if you're gonna dream, might as well dream big.

They would be affordable, needed, and adequately used if these trades were made.


For the record, I'm not sure we should trade for either of them. But we should definitely pursue them in the summer, assuming they test the waters.

#2472973 I'd like to talk about this off-season/next season

Posted by Dabura on 14 January 2014 - 03:45 PM

Girardi and Moulson would put us in real cup contention. GO GET EM KENNY.




I think these are the two I'm gonna pin all of my hopes and dreams on.

#2472887 I'd like to talk about this off-season/next season

Posted by Dabura on 14 January 2014 - 01:15 AM




Girardi and his 12 points and minus four...not worth almost five mil a season...we can get that out of Grand Rapids...and I'd rather have Mitchell up here..both at the fraction of the price


I feel like you're not very familiar with Girardi or Callahan. But whatever, to each his own.


If you need me, I'll be over here winning a Cup with a first line of Zetterberg - Datsyuk - R. Callahan and a first pairing of Kronwall - Girardi.

#2472883 I'd like to talk about this off-season/next season

Posted by Dabura on 14 January 2014 - 01:03 AM

Callahan and Girardi aren't worth that...pass


They really are tho.

#2472748 1/12 GDT: Red Wings 0 @ Ducks 1

Posted by Dabura on 13 January 2014 - 02:13 PM

lost came down to the following....


A) 0 for whatever on the PP

B) no finishing work from any of our forwards there were many good chances

C) ducks mighty difficult to beat at home

D) all the above


I'm actually tempted to blame the whole thing on Smith's brain fart. Many nights this season it's been a case of us playing a good overall game and battling hard and doing the things we set out to do - but then someone makes a boneheaded mistake and the puck ends up in our net, and that ends up more or less deciding the game. Often there are multiple such lapses. I mean, I'm not saying the PP didn't kill us. And I'm not saying we're not missing our injured players. It's just, on the whole, I think simple, stupid mistakes have cost us an incredible number of points in the standings this season. Clean that oh-whoops-my-stick-should've-been-on-the-ice-my-bad s*** up and maybe we get a point out of this game.


Then again, shoot the puck a millimeter to the right and it doesn't hit the post and maybe we get a point out of the game. Or bury any of our countless chances right in front of Hiller and maybe we get a point out of the game. So, I dunno, ignore me.

Now we have something to build on, with the prospect of getting 3 to 4 guys back Thursday in New York.


Though we'll be without Tatar.

#2472577 1/12 GDT: Red Wings 0 @ Ducks 1

Posted by Dabura on 12 January 2014 - 10:00 PM

Not to take anything away from Monster and what he's done so far this season, but I'd be ok with Mrazek being the backup next season. Hell, I might even be ok with him as the #1.

#2472558 1/12 GDT: Red Wings 0 @ Ducks 1

Posted by Dabura on 12 January 2014 - 09:37 PM

Outshoot them, outchance them, outplay them, get lots of juicy PP opportunities, fail to convert on all God-given chances, give up a lame goal, wilt. Wings hockey.

#2472537 1/12 GDT: Red Wings 0 @ Ducks 1

Posted by Dabura on 12 January 2014 - 09:30 PM

I hate Sammy.

#2472494 1/12 GDT: Red Wings 0 @ Ducks 1

Posted by Dabura on 12 January 2014 - 08:58 PM

If Bert's injured, does Jurco get called up? Cuz I'd be ok with that.

#2472354 1/11 GDT: Red Wings 3 @ Kings 1

Posted by Dabura on 12 January 2014 - 10:47 AM

He can't deke and his passing is subpar.  I like that he shoots a lot, which is the main reason he scores a decent amount. but he's also only had the one 30 goal season.  He has a wild shot and he misses high all the time cause of his banana curve.  I wouldn't complain if he were a Wing, but he'd get ripped apart here for bad penalties, attitude and missing the net 7 out of 10 times.  And this year, he's been taking a lot of games off.


I'd take him. We have enough well-behaved, 200-foot, defense-first, "Aw shucks, ma'am" forwards. We need a power forward, especially with Franzen being 34, Bertuzzi being 98, and Jurco being 12. Wheeler would be great, but he won't be traded under any circumstances (part of their core, wants to be in Winnipeg). Wayne Simmonds has been my pick for awhile, but they really love him here in Philly. I wouldn't mind Pacioretty, maybe for Franzen, Nyquist, and Pulkkinen, or something along those lines. We need more size and speed and gamebreaking scoring ability in our top six. But then, the Habs would say the same.