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#2669808 Fixing this mess....

Posted by Dominator2005 on 16 April 2016 - 01:15 PM

Cleaning this mess starts and finishes with KH.

#2614793 The Bowman Effect

Posted by LAWings on 16 June 2015 - 02:00 PM

Several points that tie into each other:


-Someone else sees the Bowman effect and it cannot be understated!  Except for Buffalo, who no one can help, the Stanley Cup follows Bowman and I don't think it's coincidence in Chicago either.  14 Cups in one capacity or another plus another 4 Finals appearances where he didn't win, that's 19 Finals appearances since he started in 1967.  If Scotty Bowman is the janitor in your building, that makes you an immediate Cup contender.


-The decline really picked up when Brian Rafalski left 2 years after Bowman, if you look at the standings and defense numbers.  Not filling it with a proper partner for Lidstrom and getting a top pair Dmen to replace Lids/Rafalski has been a huge problem that everyone knows about and I don't need to rehash it here. 


-Ken Holland needs to go.  He doesn't know why free agents won't come to Detroit, he keeps saying there is no one to land on the free market yet all of our competitors have no problems landing free agents (Tampa, Minnesota...).  I think the Illitches need to look hard at moving Kenny, he is unable to keep up with the modern trends and it shows.  Yzerman went to Tampa and has not been afraid to trade core players, and he signed key defensmen, and has turned the team completely around, he looks like a friggin' genius with what he's done the last few years (trading for Bishop, signing Flip, trading St. Louis, buying out Vinnie, signing Hedman, Stralman, signing super huge goalies and defense, that's not coincidence that whole back end is over 6'5", etc. etc. etc.).  Other GMs also have no problems trading and signing, it's time for a regime change, the era of Holland is not working anymore. 

#2604682 should mrazek get #1 tag next season

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 29 April 2015 - 10:11 PM

The most games Mrazek has started is 52 and that was back in the OHL. 


I'm guessing he splits the season with Jimmy and the "starter" will be the guy who ends up earning the spot over the course of the season.

#2565429 New Zealand and South African Hockey?

Posted by kiwi wingnut on 21 January 2015 - 01:19 PM

You've probably not heard of our hockey down here because we have maybe 1500 players countrywide, though it is one of the fastest growing sports. The haka itself is a traditional war challenge, performed by the Maori, our indigenous people. We're pretty proud of our culture hence its incorporation into the sporting arena. I was privileged enough to perform the haka when I played for the NZ lacrosse team at the World Cup in Canada 2006. (Another minority sport with about 150 senior players in total!). There's the occasional uproar here about the overuse of the haka, but I reckon it's pretty cool, shows off our little country and gets people like yourselves who wouldn't otherwise know who we are talking about us!

#2548683 Ranking Wings Players by Draft Order

Posted by DickieDunn on 12 November 2014 - 07:49 PM

Hell, why enter the draft when you can further your education (hockey doesn't last forever) and then just choose where you'd like to play? Not saying that players should just start doing this, but the guys who feel their education is more important than the NHL have the right idea.  Then they also can stay an amateur and develop more, ie. Danny D. and possibly win that NCAA title in the process.  It's a fine line to cross risking a payday when you could very well injure yourself and be done before you step foot in pro sports.

You don't "enter" the draft. You're either eligible or not. Dekeyser wasn't drafted because he was a late bloomer.

Datsyuk made the team in 02 because he played so well in camp they didn't want to risk him going back to Russia permanently.

#2548582 Ranking Wings Players by Draft Order

Posted by toby91_ca on 11 November 2014 - 03:32 PM

You won't find many teams with their best players picked so low because most teams best players are a lot younger, so it would be tough for a very low pick to be such an impact player that quickly.  It was 3 years after they were drafted before either Datsyuk, or Zetterberg would play in the NHL....Datsyuk was also already 20 when he was drafted.  Most of the top players these days are in the NHL the year after they are drafted with the elite of elite making it the year of their draft.


I think size has been a big issue over the years, especially in the 80s....you find several examples of hall of famers that were drafted very low or not at all.  Today's game is more about speed than size, but size is still very important (just not as important as it was 30 years ago).


Also impacting drafting with non-North American players was whether they would ever come to play....so you'd see guys like Fedorov and Lidstrom drafted so low because it was a risk to take them, much different now.


I think size was the issue for both Datsyuk and Zetterberg.  Datsyuk was always seen as flashy, but I know I questioned whether he had what it took to be an effective NHLer.  There have been dazzling stickhandlers in the past, but that's not what will make you a great player in the NHL...so there was a bit of that with him.


Then, there's always the excuse that the draft is a crapshoot most of the time when you are trying to project guys who are only 18.  There are rarely sure bets.

#2547782 Jersey Sponsorship

Posted by rbochan on 07 November 2014 - 03:00 PM

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#2544623 10/25 GDT - Red Wings 2 at Flyers 4

Posted by Ram on 25 October 2014 - 09:09 PM

Well that stunk. Flyers got away with two like Wings got away with two against the Pens, in my opinion. Hopefully lesson learned with defense breakdowns. Moving on! LGW

#2541586 Joe Louis Arena to be Demolished

Posted by F.Michael on 16 October 2014 - 06:16 PM

What concerns me most.....













What will become of the metal troughs from the men's bathrooms?

#2535342 Expansion draft - how many players can each team protect ?

Posted by sibiriak on 01 September 2014 - 07:10 PM

That's kind of foolish. Once this next CBA is up there will be another lockout it's what the PA wants. There isn't any debating it, cause it's going to happen.

If the NHLPA wanted a work stoppage, they could strike. Lockout is, by definition, owners locking the players out.

Disclaimer: I do not wish to start any discussion of whose fault it was/is/will be. Just a word usage note.

#2534114 What Might Have Been: Gretzky to Detroit?

Posted by kipwinger on 12 August 2014 - 04:24 PM


Sorry what? Stevie Y became captain in 1986…..


He's not speaking literally, he's speaking figuratively.  When people nostalgically look back at Yzerman, they remember him how he was in the Bowman years and rarely remember the early part of his career.  He wasn't a selfless, gutsy, two way, leader back then.  He was a showy, one dimensional, goal scorer.  At the time of the Gretzky trade, Yzerman wasn't the Stevie Y that we all remember as "The Captain", though he was in fact the captain of the team. 


That's what he's saying.

#2532633 'District Detroit': Red Wings' New Arena Details Released

Posted by BottleOfSmoke on 20 July 2014 - 12:14 PM

I think it looks amazing. Hopefully it all comes to fruition. I am so thankful that there are people out there who love the city of Detroit as much as I do and who refuse to give up on trying to make it a better place. I will miss the Joe in all its s***ty glory, and hope they don't tear it down. I'd like to see it repurposed, maybe as the aquarium they had talked about at one time, but I know that's probably a pipe dream.

#2531915 Favorite Ken Holland Catchphrase / Quote

Posted by FlashyG on 13 July 2014 - 03:24 AM

This reminds me of a GDT I did earlier this year called the "Ken Commandments"



#2531227 Wings re-sign Cleary $1.5 mill + $1mill in game bonuses

Posted by aflac9262 on 10 July 2014 - 05:14 PM

Interesting. I was not aware that Garth Snow is also the current GM of the Detroit Red Wings. May God have mercy on us all.  :ninja:

#2531212 Wings re-sign Cleary $1.5 mill + $1mill in game bonuses

Posted by Shaman on 10 July 2014 - 05:01 PM

I believe it's been asked but... I really wanna see that gif again with babs holland and cleary


From FlashyG