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#2585774 Petr Mrazek is the #1

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 26 March 2015 - 10:05 PM

Howard will still start in the playoffs unless Mrazek goes on an absolute tear to finish the season, but that's just not going to happen unless the team in front of him turns things around fast. I just don't really expect that to happen the way things are going. But I think the stage is clearly being set for Mrazek to have a chance to win the starting role next year. 


If Mrazek gets us into the playoffs, there's no way Howard will start.  Even Babcock isn't that stupid.  You don't punish a young goalie who carries you into the playoffs by benching him once the playoffs begin.  Bad for morale.  


This could be the last (hopefully) that we've seen of Howard as the number one goalie.  

#2585072 3/24 GDT : Coyotes 5 at Red Wings 4 (OT)

Posted by AndrewK80 on 25 March 2015 - 10:24 AM

At the risk of sounding like a troll: That's the weakest overtime goal I've ever seen anyone give up.

#2585056 3/24 GDT : Coyotes 5 at Red Wings 4 (OT)

Posted by Hockeymom1960 on 25 March 2015 - 07:01 AM

Good god that Howard versus Mrazek discussion is so annoying. Fact is that ever so good kid has had a bad stretch in his last games before being sent down, also he didn't play that well in his last game. Yeah sure - if this team makes the playoffs - go into it with a streaky rookie who is either hot or playing bad that's for sure a receipt for success. Howard hasn't been himself but the team as a whole is streaky, they either win a lot or lose a lot and this can't be soley blamed on the goalie. Is Howard elite ? Hardly he is a good goalie and in my mind a better one than that overrated Mrazek. but man I should stop expecting 2 points against weaker opponents this team simply is too streaky..


Overrated?  He's hardly played in the NHL and is a ROOKIE!  Some people just don't get it. .

#2585048 3/24 GDT : Coyotes 5 at Red Wings 4 (OT)

Posted by Andy Pred 48 on 25 March 2015 - 12:54 AM

I think because of Howard's $5.2m contract the vast majority of posters expect him to play lights out every game. Deep down we all know that ain't gonna be the case but it's the too frequent times he does have poor games that gets to the fan base. 5 goals on 22 shots is bad enough against an elite team but to give that effort versus the Coyotes is hard to take. It's not Howard's fault he got paid the money he has that lies elsewhere but it has put a lot of pressure on him to be an elite net minder and his talent isn't at that level.
The plus side of this game is although it was brutal in the result and goals conceded we came out of it with a point which puts us 3 games clear of Boston with ten to play.

#2584250 Ilya Kovalchuk announces retirement

Posted by Nevermind on 23 March 2015 - 08:34 PM

Even if we have a chance, I'm not really interested in spending the $7 million or whatever it would take to sign him to a long-term deal. Besides, if Babcock is still coach he might roll something like this...


#2584296 The Futures of Tatar & Nyquist

Posted by DickieDunn on 24 March 2015 - 10:49 AM

I would say that I think Detroit will not be in that same situation is because Ken Holland will not let his salary cap get out of control again.  Hudler left them once before for more money (to the KHL(which really soured me on him)) and then he was looking for top dollar again when he signed in Calgary. (by this time everyone wanted him gone so it was no big loss) So he was just looking for the biggest payday he could find.  When Filppula left, the going rate for a 2nd line center was through the roof and Holland's plan for the rest of the team (I believe that was the same year he went balls out for Suter) didn't have any room left under the cap for that going rate.  Holland will not let the cap control him again, he will contiue to grow his own talent, pay them accordingly and if the time comes where they are just looking for the payday and they no longer fit in the team cap structure, that is when he will lose them.

Actually the Suter fail was the previous year. Holland let Filpulla walk and basically signed Weiss for the same amount and term. I don't compare Filpulla to Nyquist or Tatar. I compare him to Weiss, for obvious reasons. Now I'm no expert, but I think Filpulla > Weiss.

I don't see how not getting Suter was a failure considering he wanted to play kind of close to home and with Parise. There's no way the Wings were going to give them those matching contracts, because it was stupid and a desperation move.

Weiss isn't getting a chance to show what he can do. I don't know if it's personal with Babcock, or he's not picking up the system, or if he's not getting along with the rest of the team, or what. Filppula isn't worth his contract either though.

#2583697 Jordin Tootoo's Goal

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 21 March 2015 - 01:41 PM

Putting up better numbers than Andersson and Miller.  

#2581849 3/14 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Flyers 7

Posted by chaps80 on 14 March 2015 - 06:42 PM


Howard was not in top form today, but only one of those 7 goals could he have possibly stopped. Our Defence was the problem today and has been for several months now. If our defensive game doesn't get it together we will not be going anywhere in the playoffs. Howard is not THE problem. 19 players hit the ice today, all 19 were not good enough to win in this league. 


Everyone blames the Defense. Other goalies in this league on worse teams steal games. Howard just can't seem to do that. From what I saw, quite a few of those goals were stoppable. Good on Babs for leaving him out there. Maybe he's sick of his half assed play as well.

#2578308 LeBrun: Babcock for COY and Holland for GMOY

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 04 March 2015 - 05:45 PM

What the hell does Lebron James know about hockey?  

#2576865 Red Wings acquire Erik Cole, conditional 3rd from Stars

Posted by shoe on 01 March 2015 - 08:24 PM

Guy comes to play in the playoffs.


Like the trade or hate it you will be cheering when he puts the puck in the net come playoffs, I bet my shoes on it.

#2576864 Red Wings acquire Erik Cole, conditional 3rd from Stars

Posted by NYC Wings Fanatic on 01 March 2015 - 08:23 PM

Cole gritty?!?!?! I'm missing something here




From The Hockey News Scouting Report section::


Assets: Has great straight-ahead skating ability and work ethic. Hits anything that moves. Plays a gritty, in-your-face style and owns solid scoring instincts. Leads by example on the ice.


Flaws: Over time, his body has broken down due to the punishment that comes with playing a power forward's role. His abrasiveness will continue to be a concern moving forward.


Career Potential: Quality veteran power forward.



Did we already have anyone we could have described as "Hits anything that moves"? Cole sounds refreshingly gritty to me!

#2576853 Red Wings acquire Erik Cole, conditional 3rd from Stars

Posted by Jesusberg on 01 March 2015 - 08:17 PM

I'm thinking something like:


#2576805 Red Wings acquire Erik Cole, conditional 3rd from Stars

Posted by sputman on 01 March 2015 - 08:02 PM


Man even before we got cole I thought he'd look good on the 3rd line ... At the best 2nd , I can't see him on huge top line


He was playing next to Spezza on Dallas' top line.

#2576802 Red Wings acquire Erik Cole, conditional 3rd from Stars

Posted by rick zombo on 01 March 2015 - 08:02 PM

Jesus Christ. 


I have my head up the azz of hockeysfuture.com as much as the next Red Wings fan, and I love my prospects, but this deal was a home run. Wtf are people complaining about? 

#2574060 Zetterberg leaves after 2nd Period; "upper body injury"

Posted by number9 on 23 February 2015 - 11:48 PM

From now on I'm wearing my yoga pants when I go to the hockey games. I want the players to see and  feel the love I have for them. I want Benn to know I am a fan of his and don't hold any ill will towards him for punching Z in the back of the head. I would just die if someone beat his face in. Such a pretty face. :glare:


IDK, personally I'd like to see his "pretty" face get beat in.