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#2449268 10/30 GDT: Red Wings 2 at Canucks 1

Posted by RusDRW on 31 October 2013 - 11:38 AM

I never appreciated Alfredsson as a true hockey star. When I saw these first 14 games I easily understand why he was so beloved in Ottawa. He is an old version of Zetter with better shot. Excellent hockey IQ comparable with that of Dats.

#2443502 Luke Glendening Recalled

Posted by RusDRW on 12 October 2013 - 10:43 AM

smith scratched. lashoff in for him


sams and tatar scratched


bert with Z and dats


glendening centering tootoo and miller


all these are just random permutations...Why Tatar scratched? He was the one actually doing something in that Bruins game. Why useless Lashoff in while useless Smith is out? Why not someone else like Almquist or Oulette? Give a try like other teams do! Why Glendening recalled? Why not Nyquist? Is he better than Shaean, Tatar or Nyquist? Why Samuelsson is still playing? Why Dats and Zetter are still together while it is evident that second line is not clicking? Why Bert is going to play with Dats and Zetter?... Why we extended Miller? What does he bring others like e.g. Glendening or Shaeah or Tatar or Nqyust can't do? Why we saw no trades to make the roster spot for youngers?


Being a fan for more than 18 years I hever thought I would that say that this team has no strategy going forwards... We don't now and I hate it.

#2436145 Cleary re-signs with Detroit, 1 year, $1.75m deal

Posted by RusDRW on 12 September 2013 - 11:42 AM

I wish I could fly to Traverse City and shake Dan Cleary's hand.


 In this day and age of pro athletes chasing the Big $ at all costs, the guy walked away from millions of dollars, put his ego aside, crawled back to the negotiation table to eat some major crow, all so he could stay with friends,  teammates, and an organisation and town that he loves.


Cleary went toe to toe with one of Detroit's all time biggest nemesis, Chris Pronger, he went after Dion Phaneuf, knocking him silly, then getting an assist on the goal. He's scored numerous playoff game winning goals.  Even when he's basically duck taped together, he's still finishing checks and jumping into scrums. He is a winner, he is the epitome of a team heart and soul guy, he has hands, grit, and smarts.  He is a major contributor at all costs.


$1.75m!  Talk about a Hometown Discount!  


Totally glad he's back. And frankly, I can't see him really giving a s*** what number is on his jersey, as long as the logo is the Winged Wheel.

completely agree. If only our other players were as competitive as Danny. I immediately became his fan when he came here because of his work ethic... still a fan.

#2431182 Devils sign Jagr (1 yr deal, financial terms not yet disclosed)

Posted by RusDRW on 22 July 2013 - 01:59 PM

trade bait. They just signed a late 2nd round pick in 2014.

#2429972 Henrik and Pavel

Posted by RusDRW on 14 July 2013 - 05:21 AM

should (will) Red Wings retire their numbers? From my opinion it is definite yes as they defined a milestone for the team we are rooting for. From the other side we have Fedorov who contributed as much as Yzerman (13 seasons of pure magic) but left with some bad feelings... What do you think?

#2428327 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by RusDRW on 07 July 2013 - 01:48 AM

Everyone here seems so upset of not signing Brunner.... I would even like to question what is the reason? Just because he is 27 y.o.? Have you seen the regular season and play-offs? He is a definition of a floater, never goes to the boards implying that he does not bettle for the puck his defensive coverage is non-existant. Hell, he makes Johan Franzen a guru of defense. Our game is based on hardwork first and that is exactly what Babcock asks from any player. Even skill comes second. Brunner was consistently getting point playing with Zetterberg but anyone can do it playing with world-calss center (see Abdelkader). One can tolerate such style from someone like Brett Hull or Luke Robitaille but not from a rookie who wants to establish himself in this league.


Want to see a comparision? Nyquist vs. Brunner or Tatar vs. Brunner. Those two players are what exactly we need, Brunner? Not so much...


I don't like Cleary much at this point of his career but I understand why we try to sign him first. He is a warrior on the ice and sometimes that additional effort pays off big time. 

#2427278 The Overreaction Thread

Posted by RusDRW on 05 July 2013 - 02:46 PM


Yeah plus, correct me if I'm wrong, but I just realized we're past the stage for normal buyouts regardless. Not just Compliance. So trades it is...



it seems normal buyout are still feasible.

#2334918 New fan.. need advice

Posted by RusDRW on 29 November 2012 - 02:34 AM

Watch more of Pavel Datsuyk highlights and you'll get how the hockey must be played :)

#2328672 The best players YOU've ever seen...

Posted by RusDRW on 14 September 2012 - 02:28 AM


#2327104 Alright. How good are we going to be this season?

Posted by RusDRW on 28 August 2012 - 11:50 AM

my prediction: Datsyuk tops 60 assits for Dynamo, Zetter scores 40+ for Timra while Filppula shows flashes of brilliance for Jokerit.

#2323027 Bottom Six

Posted by RusDRW on 30 July 2012 - 01:41 PM

Id rather see:



Helm will never be a second liner. He might be the best 3rd liner but it does not mean he could fill 2nd line role.

#2318600 Holland Content with Current Roster

Posted by RusDRW on 12 July 2012 - 11:31 AM

You cannot say that anymore.... LA was an 8 seed last season and no one thought they'd make it anywhere... NJ was, what? a 6 seed? That was your Final this past season.... low seeded teams that no one would have ever predicted being there. We are a contender, plain and simple.

Well, I won some money predicting LA as the winner this season in one local Finnish betting agency. At least for me it was not a big surprise. Just a quick look at their roster shows that they can go very far this season as well. Same quick look at our roster shows 1st round exist at best.

#2318504 Holland Content with Current Roster

Posted by RusDRW on 12 July 2012 - 08:49 AM

Well, it is tough to face the fact that we are not a contender.... I took it for granted for 19 years that I followed the Red Wings. Any advices?

#2317611 How bad are we if our roster is now finalized?

Posted by RusDRW on 10 July 2012 - 07:25 AM

The power play was awful last year and so was the offense. A new coach helps that.

It was awful every year since 2008 (including 2009 SC). Makes me think it is more about players not wanting to work hard rather than 3 coaches who tried to run it.

#2313522 Opinions if Wings have to settle for 'Plan B': Semin and Carle

Posted by RusDRW on 03 July 2012 - 11:16 AM

why are people so high on Carle? Just two seasons ago Tampa and Philly played a ping-pong game with Carle and suddenly he is going to get 5M. I watched Philly multiple times this season and he did not impress that much.... Well, to be honest Suter did not impress me as well last season. Well, I can understand that Suter is always in the shadow of Weber but still.

PS Semin would be good addition for not more than 5.5-6M per season for say 4-5 years.

PPS Getting rod of Emmerton is a must for this offseason to be successful. Get a legitimate 4th line center.