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#2628545 Dylan Larkin on opening night roster

Posted by krsmith17 on 06 October 2015 - 07:45 AM

I'll obviously be rooting for the kid, and I'd love nothing more than to see him light it up and never play another game in the American League again. There's no doubt he's a star in the making, but he only turned 19 just a few months ago and has only played 6 games of pro hockey. I just would have preferred to see him start this season in Grand Rapids, and if he tore s*** up down there after a few months, then make the decision to call him up.


We have a ton of forward depth, even with Datsyuk and Helm out of the lineup, but this all but ensures that one or possibly both of Jurco and Pulkkinen will be out of the lineup on opening night, and that, I'm not okay with. I would rather have seen Zetterberg center the top line, Richards the second, Sheahan the third, and Glendening the forth, with Larkin centering the top line in Grand Rapids. There's no need for a fill-in center while Datsyuk is out, with those 4 guys down the middle. Larkin needs to be playing center, and they better not be planning on playing him on the wing like it has appeared in practices. We have enough healthy centers and enough wingers as well, with Abdelkader, Nyquist, Tatar, Jurco, Pulkkinen and Franzen in the top 9, and Miller, Ferraro and Andersson on the forth line. Helm will also be within the mix as soon as he's healthy, which could be as soon as opening night.


There is no need to rush this kid. And what about a guy like Athanasiou, who has been with the organization two years longer than Larkin, and arguably outplayed him in preseason? I'm not saying Andreas should have necessarily been on the team over Larkin, but I just think both should have started in Grand Rapids, with the amount of depth we have up front in Detroit...


Anyway, good luck Dylan, I hope you prove me wrong, stick with the big club, and are in the Calder conversation at the end of the season...

#2628522 Dylan Larkin on opening night roster

Posted by frankgrimes on 05 October 2015 - 11:15 PM

I'm very happy for him, guy had such an amazing camp but on the same token I'm kinda sad in terms of (maybe) the Wings are rushing him. Pre-season is one thing but this week it's go time and would have prefered to see him center the Mantha line in GR. Anyhow I guess it's only temporally till Pasha is back having him center the 2 line would be a lot to ask out of  Larkin so soon  but you never know.


As far as him being the next face of the franchise I think it will be between Larkin & DannyD I mean when was the last time the 2 faces of this franchise were all from michigan and probably the best center and defender of the team in the future? That's so freaking cool, I may think Holland has lost his fire and question how his builds the team in a very softish way but him and the help of our perfect human really nailed the Dekeyser signing.

#2623129 Abdelkader entering contract year, possible $4M extension?

Posted by RusDRW on 14 August 2015 - 03:13 AM

Half of the money he is going to get belong to Pavel...

#2618355 Wings sign Brad Richards 1 yr, $3 million

Posted by KATIEBARTHEDOOR24 on 01 July 2015 - 04:26 PM

No thank you... Would rather have Semin. Not that he shows up for ever game either though

#2618070 Free agents this off season

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 01 July 2015 - 02:02 PM

Nyquist is untouchable... If anything Mantha or AA would be the forward and they wouldn't want any of our defenseman I don't think.


For the right player no one on this team should  be untouchable except Datsyuk and Zetterberg. 

#2617739 Saad traded to Columbus

Posted by marcaractac on 30 June 2015 - 08:28 PM

Jackets are going to be LA East next year. They are huge everywhere!


Huge everywhere and will finish out of the playoffs? I can accept that  :ninja:

#2617549 Brendan Smith re-signed 2 yrs $2.75 mill AAV

Posted by PumpIron on 30 June 2015 - 03:16 PM

I like smith's attitude, but his play has been lackluster under bab's. Hopefully he can somehow become a good offensive d-man we all wanted him to be under blashy.

#2606240 Players who might be available due to teams cap issues

Posted by frankgrimes on 05 May 2015 - 09:49 PM

Some people would rather have another 180 lbs soft player instead of a 27 old power forward who is also tough as nails

#2613284 What changes do you think we'll see with Blashill?

Posted by Richdg on 05 June 2015 - 04:10 PM

end of the streak.... barely making it with the best coach in hockey. I like Blashill but he isn't as good as babcock at this point in time. I expect a step back.

#2613283 What changes do you think we'll see with Blashill?

Posted by LeftWinger on 05 June 2015 - 04:07 PM

...and Q is NOT good. He was not worth a 1st round pick, and he is not worth the $4.25M.  I take that back, in this market, he is, but not in the real world of non-inflated salaries.  But whatever, he did get better as the season went on, but with the way our D played in the 2nd half, did he actually get better or did the others play down to him?  We wouldn't miss him, and K is more offensive minded. IMO, having Franson, Green and Kindl in the starting 6 is better than having Q in there. That would also give you 3 pairs of dual role players, Kronner, Green and Kindl would be your O minded guys and Franson, Ericsson and Dekeyser would the D minded guys...perfect setup.

#2609246 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by Internet.Unknown on 20 May 2015 - 09:44 PM

How do you know? Maybe the wings will be a top tier team with a new coach. Babs Haas some questionable line combos, and his refusal to demote Ericsson after so many terrible mistakes every game was atrocious. How come Smith got no pp time, how come Weiss could get 3 points in a game and lose 2 minutes ice time next game? This team needs an offensive rh defenseman. Otherwise it's actually a good team that Babcock couldn't motivate to even start games on time or play a full 60 minutes


I wish I could be so optimistic.


Babcock was right. Where is the next franchise player in this organization? Mantha? He hasn't lived up to the hype this season. Maybe he will later, but nothing is certain yet. Larkin? He's still a college player. Even if he turns out to be the Wings' next superstar, he's YEARS away from fulfilling it. Look how long it took Yzerman to win.


Fans talk about the Wings' forward prospects and young players as if all of them are can't miss future all-stars.



Scores a ton in the minors but won't find the same kind of time or space in the NHL. Will he score like Brett Hull or Kirk Maltby in the bigs?



Was this season his sophomore slump? Gus scored fewer goals in more games while attracting a lot more attention from the opposition. Coincidence or could the small forward have hit his ceiling already?



So far a complete dud. People go on and on about his potential (why, I don't know, his size maybe?) but it has yet to materialize on the ice in game. He's on a trajectory to become the next Brendan Smith or worse.



Tots is the "youngster" I'm least concerned about. High compete level, seems to really want to win and score. Still, how many undersized forwards can a team ice and remain competitive?



See above. Mediocre first season. Injured early, yes, but he hasn't yet dominated since returning. How long will it take for his supposed "can't miss" player that every team wanted in a trade starts living up to the hype?



Sill lives in a dorm paid for by his parents. This is the next franchise superstar? It's gonna be a while.



Honestly don't know enough about him to comment.


As for the defense, Marchenko, Sproul, Jensen, XO, and Riley's brother (thanks, Kip) aren't all going to become impact players. Thankfully it looks like DD will be. Too bad the next best defenseman on the team is 35.


Again, I wish I could be so optimistic. I hope every one of the Wings' prospects turns into a franchise player and the team has to start shedding stars because of contract space. What a problem to have! But it won't happen. It can't. The odds and history don't support it.

#2608044 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by marcaractac on 15 May 2015 - 06:23 PM

If babs stays will I be upset? No ... I won't be in an uproar for him coming back ... My preference is we go a different route , preferably with jeff Blashill

My personal opinion is he's a good coach but overrated ... Those gold medals for me don't count as the teams were stacked full of all star players

From 2010-2015 we haven't done anything in the playoffs and we had hank and pav from ages 29-35? ... It's not like there career was done and over with

And as for the franchise sitting pretty I'd put that more on holland for not panicking and trading away top prospects and out scouting staff for always refilling the prospect pool with real good talent


2 players isn't gonna win you a cup. Lidstrom retired. We lost Rafalski, we lost Stuart. A lot of the secondary scoring aged out, and youth has been filling positions since, and getting better every year. All under Babcock. I also bet you that Datsyuk and Hank would both say Babcock had a big part in their own development 10 years ago to become the players they did. 


Look at teams like the Blues. They should be winning cups with the roster they have. But they aren't. Look at the Pens. Crosby and Malkin can't do it alone there either. We have a young team learning how to win. That game 7 heartbreak was a huge lesson going forward. Babcock is a huge part of that. 


You bring up the Team Canada argument. Canada has ALWAYS had stacked rosters. But before the back to back gold, there has been a lot of disappointment. It is silly to talk as if any coach could have coached that team to a gold medal when more often than not the team didn't win gold in the past. Besides 2002 it has been a lot of olympic heartbreak for Canadians. Babs was chosen to coach those gold medal winning teams for a reason. 

#2607828 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by HIFI_canadian on 14 May 2015 - 08:19 PM

Anyone that says Mike Babcock is overrated or that we won't miss him if he leaves hasn't witness an organizational collapse. Ask Dallas when they let go of Hitchcock, Toronto when they let go of Pat Quinn, Colorado when they let go of Hartley, St. Louis with Quineville..etc. 


Mike Babcock is the reason why we continue to make the playoffs and I believe he will come back. The only way he leaves is how much Toronto is willing give him roster control, that can be tricky.

#2606993 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by frankgrimes on 10 May 2015 - 03:10 PM

You think that our actual roster can do better without Babs?!?!
I agree that we need changes... but ROSTER changes.


Obviously the good thing is all the Babcock sucks people will get their wish :-)


Yes, changes are needed but getting rid of the best coach in all of hockey - who has coached a very average team into the playoffs for 3 seasons in a row - is the wrong thing to do..roster, GM changes would have been needed. But hey, a few patchworks here and there and an inexperienced coach in his first NHL year will make this team a contender so what do I know.


In all seriousness I hope Babs can win a cup wherever he is going next sadly he didn't get the horses for another cup here.

#2605469 Free agents this off season

Posted by nyqvististhefuture on 01 May 2015 - 04:45 PM

I guarantee the wings make a big trade if Babcock re-signs, I'm sure it will be a stipulation In the contract

Agreed ... I do think it's almost a certainty Phaneuf will end up here ... Grand Rapids win then Babs will travel for game 5 with holland and I'm sure a lot will be said on that trip

Babs also said he got into an argument with his wife ... Can't help but think that had to do with the mention of Edmonton (reminds me of pronger and his wife lol)

Seriously doubt his wife will give the okay to go to Edmonton and spend -40 days over there ... I'd say there's no way he goes there

Only teams I'd see Babs leaving us for would be a San Jose/Pittsburgh/saint louis type situation