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#2506934 A plea to Holland.

Posted by joshy207 on 07 April 2014 - 02:14 AM

I would re-call Nathan Paetsch and pair him with Smith on the 3rd when E is back. He is an elite skater and has vast experience. 

Def for the next 4 games, the Griffs are in their p/o we need 3 pts to make sure the game in Buffalo is a must win now.


Paetsch is not under contract to Detroit, he cannot simply be "recalled".  Detroit would have to sign him first... which may be possible, I think they are sitting at 49 contracts right now.


I can't believe no one has challenged the idea that this year proves mgmt is stupid in leaving players down to "overripe." If anything, this year has proven that the Wings are correct in leaving the kids in the minors as long as they do. Everyone who is on the team now and spent time in Grand Rapids is ready to play in the NHL now, including a few that none of us expected to be playing this soon. That tells me that that they are doing the right thing, not the wrong thing.


You are contradicting yourself all over this post.

Are you saying that this year proves overripening is stupid, and you can't believe nobody has said you're wrong?  Or the opposite?  Because your first two sentences are total opposites.

The Wings did not think they could count on Jurco or Sheahan this year.  Instead, those two players are on what has been the Wings' best line many nights.  They did not expect Nyquist and Tatar to be the major contributors they have become.  Last year, they did not expect to have Andersson, Nyquist, Tatar, or Lashoff in the lineup, let alone contribute the way they did.  Most of the other "cup of coffee" call-ups have played quite well, too.

If someone that "none of us expected to be playing this soon" is getting regular icetime and contributing in the NHL, that player was NOT overripened.  That would include Jurco and Sheahan this year, and others like Helm and Kronwall who were called up full-time before they ran out of waiver exemptions.

If anything, the last two years have PROVEN that the Wings DO NOT NEED to leave prospects in the AHL as long as they do with little-to-no NHL playing time.  Their AHL coaching staff is doing a phenomenal job of developing these players, and those players should be rewarded with opportunities to make the Wings' roster out of training camp and/or having chances to be called up and play regularly during the season without having to wait for the injury bug to strike.

#2499580 QMJHL player loses a finger blocking a shot

Posted by joshy207 on 23 March 2014 - 03:06 PM

Gloves are not that heavy-duty.  It's not surprising at all that an 80-90mph slap shot can do that kind of damage to a finger if it gets pinched between the puck and stick.  The foam (and maybe plastic) will give enough for that to happen.

#2483083 NHL players will not participate in 2018 Olympics (Mod Post #99)

Posted by joshy207 on 09 February 2014 - 08:47 PM

Olympic Hockey will never be good again.  I sincerely hope the World Cup will be revived in the next couple years.  This sport needs ultra-high-level international competition.

On the World Cup subject, I'd like to see them have the top 7 countries (USA, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Czech, Slovakia, Russia) and an 8th team made up of players from all other countries, an IIHF/"World" team.

#2478769 Sammy Waived

Posted by joshy207 on 29 January 2014 - 04:04 PM

If he retires, his entire cap hit counts against the Wings.  If he stays with GR, they at least get the $100K in relief from sending him down.  So there's that.

#2473816 Would Samuelsson ever consider retiring mid-season?

Posted by joshy207 on 18 January 2014 - 12:17 PM

I'm sure Samuelsson has pride and that he'd rather be playing and isn't happy sitting out or playing few minutes when he does dress.

#2473557 Andersson out...Emmerton up

Posted by joshy207 on 16 January 2014 - 09:47 PM

The injury "thing" is beyond ridiculous...

#2471498 Pissed off: JJ speaking out

Posted by joshy207 on 09 January 2014 - 03:29 PM

I think the main thing to take from this article is the unprofessionalism displayed by USA Hockey and its officials.  This type of insider information, while craved by all of us, should never be released to the public.  If after the announcement, a coach, GM, or other official wants to say "this is why we took/didn't take Player X", that's fine, but it can then be a more polished statement.  Also, players who have been part of the program for years--like Johnson--and were passed over deserved a call before the announcement.  It's just the right thing to do.

#2471496 Look who's top in GR scoring

Posted by joshy207 on 09 January 2014 - 03:20 PM

How about just referring to players by their NAMES?

#2470520 Helm has sore groin...

Posted by joshy207 on 04 January 2014 - 11:51 AM

I'm sure waiving all these guys (Tootoo, Eaves, and whoever else is going to have to go) and benching Samuelsson is going to do wonders for Detroit's image for free agents... bringing Cleary back has been a colossal error.

#2470120 Helm has sore groin...

Posted by joshy207 on 01 January 2014 - 08:04 PM

If it's not one thing, it's three others.  Poor guy.

#2469421 World Juniors Tourney Thread

Posted by joshy207 on 01 January 2014 - 04:03 AM


it is toronto in 2015, then montreal in 2017




"In 2015, Montreal will host the preliminary round group including Canada’s National Junior Team, as well as two quarter-finals, for a total of 12 tournament games. Toronto will host the other preliminary round group, plus two quarter-finals, the relegation series, fifth-place game, both semifinals and both medal games, for a total of 19 games. Canada will move from Montreal to Toronto for the medal round.

Everything will be reversed in 2017 – Canada’s preliminary round group will play in Toronto, while Montreal will host the medal round. The number of games in each market for 2017 will be finalized at a later date."

#2468453 World Juniors Tourney Thread

Posted by joshy207 on 30 December 2013 - 01:00 PM

Could be a huge swing here, Mantha goal and a PP right after.

Mantha definitely knows how to find the back of the net.  You can't teach that.


As we've seen SO many times with the Wings, it's quality of shots, not quantity, that really matters...

#2468009 Drop the announcer and "Light the lamp goal"

Posted by joshy207 on 28 December 2013 - 07:30 PM

Obviously, DTE is shelling out money for that.  No different than a "Belle Tire Power Play" or the "Call Sam Studios" on TV.  I agree though, it's annoying.

#2467799 I'd like to talk about this off-season/next season

Posted by joshy207 on 27 December 2013 - 01:33 AM

Supposedly, Sheahan, Ferraro, Callahan, and Almquist are out of options next year and would have to clear waivers to be sent down.  Depending on who Holland can (and actually WOULD) move this summer, most, if not all, of those guys might be here.  I can see Ferraro being let go, he hasn't even gotten a sniff of NHL action yet... Callahan and Almquist could stay or go, depending on roster limitations, and Sheahan should be up next year.  Glendening could beat out Callahan and Ferraro, but I believe he is still waiver-exempt.  Ouellet (and Sproul) still have waiver exemptions, and I'd venture a guess that Holland will use those and let them develop in GR for another year.


I'd let every UFA walk, with the possible exception of Alfredsson.  I'd try and move Kindl for a mid-round pick (3rd/4th).  I would explore moving Franzen, maybe see if Vancouver is interested in trading Edler for him... Edler and a F prospect (Cole Cassels?) for Franzen and a D prospect (Sproul?)  Explore the veteran backup goalie market, but strongly consider the fact that Mrazek might be the backup next year.  Howard gets 55-60 starts, Mrazek the rest.  Then explore the UFA market, see if there are any good fits at top-6 F and mid-level D.  DO NOT "OVERBUILD" THE ROSTER.  This season's roster management has been nothing short of an embarrassment.  Sticking NHL-caliber forwards in the AHL because you can't trade them and don't have room for them is NOT a good look.  Especially when you re-signed a washed-up returning veteran after training camp opened and you did not have the room to do so.  I think Holland has made a lot of miscalculations since 2009, and I think he has THIS SUMMER to make up for them.  If he can't, then it's time for someone else to step in.  This club is ripe for some change... I think too many guys are content here.

#2465172 Can't remember the last time we were this pathetic

Posted by joshy207 on 15 December 2013 - 11:19 PM

Sheahan, Ferraro, and Callahan are 4th liners, too.  No better than what is already here.  Just younger.  I think a strong dose of fresh blood is needed... this team is stale.  Too many guys who have been here for too long, too comfortable.  That includes management and coaching.  Status quo has become acceptable.  For a team that says they expect to win, not winning seems to be OK.  You can't have it both ways...