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#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.

#2312154 Red Wings Sign Jordin Tootoo to 3-yr deal, $1.9M/yr

Posted by RusDRW on 01 July 2012 - 05:50 PM

Can we also trade for Ott? Abdelkader-Ott-Tootoo would be everyone's favorite 4th line!

#2301003 Babcock and Holland want to keep Homer.

Posted by RusDRW on 13 May 2012 - 01:24 PM

they are taking it too far in my opinion. Why not to bring Jarnkrock, Tatar, Nyquist??? I was laughing at people claiming we are too old and slow in the past, but now we are indeed too slow to actually compete with teams like Nashville, Phoenix, etc.

#2298253 Is Rinne Getting Exposed?

Posted by RusDRW on 30 April 2012 - 11:57 AM

Same thing happened in 2010 when the Sharks beat the Wings and then bowed out in the Conference Finals in 4 straight games against the Hawks.

didn't they lose last year to Vancouver in 4 games as well after beating us?

We can call it "detroit syndrome" :)

#2298225 Calle Jarnkrok - Does he have a chance to make next season's team?

Posted by RusDRW on 30 April 2012 - 10:36 AM


and that is sad.

#2296713 #4 Nashville Predators vs. #3 Phoenix Coyotes

Posted by RusDRW on 24 April 2012 - 02:39 PM

not gonna watch this one. do not have favorites. do not think this will be hockey.

#2296706 Crazy, but serious, off season predictions

Posted by RusDRW on 24 April 2012 - 02:34 PM

Can we do "anyone on Detroit's roster for Ryanf****** Getzlaf"???

#2296104 We Need to Get Tougher to Play Against

Posted by RusDRW on 23 April 2012 - 01:43 AM

I want the following line to be out fourth line: Clutterbuck - Ott - Neil


Posted by RusDRW on 22 April 2012 - 01:22 AM

No need for such stuff. We are in a quite similar situation except we have some semi-reliable prospects while they do have a GM who is not afraid of trading underperforming "stars" and some scrubs for some competent players. Thornton, Boyle, Burns, Heatley, Havlat, etc. We were good because of luck getting Dats and Zetter so low at the draft while they were good because of trading. That's huge advantage. At the end they ran into young hungry team just like we did.

#2295123 Babs calls out Kenny, sort of!

Posted by RusDRW on 21 April 2012 - 10:21 AM

The big question is what do we do with Franzen. The contract is brutal and he just doesn't seem to care anymore. During the regular season everyone was saying "but at least he's a playoff performer," but now he's not even that. One lucky goal and invisible besides that despite playing with arguably one of the best players in the game.

Grand Rapids?

#2295011 Babs calls out Kenny, sort of!

Posted by RusDRW on 21 April 2012 - 05:12 AM

People around are screaming "Rinne won this series"... I don't agree. It is our forward depth that did not exist. This is partially on Kenny (someone like Umberger or Vermette would have been excellent addition) and partially injuries to Helm and Eaves. Our D and G were actually fine. Almost all games were decided by 1 goal and Jimmy didn't let more than 3. For example, the following offense roster would have taken us further to the second round, we didn't simply had good 3rd and 4th lines...

Franzen - Datsuyk - Bertuzzi
Hudler - Zetter - Filppula
Cleary - Vermette - Abdelkader
Holmstrom - Helm - Eaves


similarly, you may take out Vermette and put Umberger on the second line instead while delegating Fil to center the third one.

just one trade for semi-good player and absense of injuries. This happens. I'm dissapointed though.

the worst thing is that our leaders are now one year older.

#2283287 Shea Weber fined for Zetterberg "headslam"

Posted by RusDRW on 12 April 2012 - 08:27 AM

Please, I was at this game & Weber put no mustard on that "head smash" as everyone in red keeps referring to it as.

ooh well, if you were there then everything is fine. This indeed changes everything. No suspension.

#2279520 4/7 GDT : Blackhawks 3 at Red Wings 2

Posted by RusDRW on 07 April 2012 - 01:40 PM

apparently, we are trying our best to lose this game.