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#2217195 Thoughts on Ericsson?

Posted by achildr1 on 22 October 2011 - 12:19 PM


Great fight by E.

Like the nastiness from him before it too.

I like his physical play before the fight, because thats what he needs to do to earn any part of his ridiculously inflated contract. He needs to be locked in a room, fed only protein bars, raw red meat, and made to watch video of Jiri Fischer's short career 24/7. The kid, as it stands right now, is a waste of talent, size, and 3+ million dollars. He needs to focus on his defensive awareness and physical play first and worry about putting up points in about two years. He's not good at anything right now on a consistent basis. One night he puts up a couple assists, the next 12 nights he looks lost. One night he has a fight and a goal, the next 3 months he makes pylons look like little orange Rod Langways. I can't believe I'm saying this, but he could learn from Lilja's career with the Wings. Lilja was the epitome of useless for the majority of his Wings career, but learned how to play defense and block shots by the time he left. Just focus on using that size and strength, the element the Wings need!

#2209705 Mursak is out

Posted by achildr1 on 25 September 2011 - 09:51 PM

Kris Draper. Dude is probably calling Kenny right now, he didn't want to retire.

#2209375 Fabian Brunnstrom

Posted by achildr1 on 24 September 2011 - 07:35 AM

I would agree with that. Honestly Homer shouldn't have gotten that extra year on his contract. Brunnstrom could be our new Sammy but with better offensive talent if he learns how to play defense.

Homer is a cheap, powerplay specialist with near unrivaled skills at what he does. I'd still take Homer over Sammy, everyday and twice on Sunday.

The thing with the Wings this year is we lack offense we can count on past Pav and Hank. Our suppossed secondary scoring options are either extremely streaky (Hudler, Franzen, Bertuzzi) or injury prone (Cleary, Filppula). Homer offers a unique skill set, unrivaled powerplay skills, playoff experiance, and a low salary for it all. This will almost certainly be his last year, but given our streaky, injury prone forwards and inexperiance of the next wave (Mursak, Tatar), I'm glad he is signed for this year.

#2200935 Kris Draper announces retirement

Posted by achildr1 on 25 July 2011 - 03:34 PM

To all the "retire already" Draper-haters, lay off. Drapes looked great this year and worked his tail off when at times most the team was taking nights off. He looked 10 years younger this year and I wouldn't have thought twice about letting Miller walk and letting Draper and Emmerton split his time. I think with how long Maltby was around, Draper got shafted.

#2197220 RFA/UFA Signings

Posted by achildr1 on 07 July 2011 - 10:17 PM

Seriously, how awesome would it be after a summer of turning almost every thread into a Hudler bashing bonanza, if he put up 60+ points like his potential suggests and he HAS shown capable of before?

I would like to get rid of Hudler, but not for a bag of pucks, and not to replace with Zherdev or even freakin' Alex "Karate Slap" Semin. If we can't get a true, skilled, 100% effort guy in our top 6 then we might as well keep shuffling Hudler in for this last year and see if he's truely useless rather than replacing him with guys who are essentially the same players, even if it means 30 more points. Who would seriously want to see Semin locked up here long term? That's terrifying. As if Franzen and Ericsson refusing to be physical wouldn't be enough for LGW, we then pick up a 155 lbs, Russian slap fighter with a penchant for slacking? No thank you.

#2182222 Brad Richards

Posted by achildr1 on 02 June 2011 - 07:53 PM

I have that wierd feeling like Kenny is going to put in a decent effort here. If not, I really wouldn't care, but if we can pull a Hossa-esque moves im all for it. If Richards were here, I'd hope that Zetterberg would focus more on scoring 40 goals again and less on playmaking. We need bonafide goal scorers and if Brad and Pavel could be the playmakers to Hank and Johan's finishing abilities, our offense would be scary. With Raffi gone and Nick gone soon, we will probably spend the rest of our free space on defenseman and appropriately so. Here's my ideas and first go around with Capgeek...

Note: Cap should be at least $62 mill next year. Richards takes Datsyuk's salary after Holland tells him he can only make more than Pavel if he can take the puck from him. Richards signs before ever trying. We sign a hometown, offensive defenseman. Osgood stays because Holland adopts him as his son. Ericsson stays because he knows his flaws would be exploited elsewhere. We don't sign a tough guy because size is our enemy and strength is weakness. Hudler disappears, like last summer and most of his NHL shifts.


Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) / Brad Richards ($6.700m) / Tomas Holmstrom ($1.875m)
Daniel Cleary ($2.800m) / Pavel Datsyuk ($6.700m) / Johan Franzen ($3.954m)
Justin Abdelkader ($0.787m) / Valtteri Filppula ($3.000m) / Todd Bertuzzi ($1.937m)
Jan Mursak ($0.550m) / Darren Helm ($0.912m) / Patrick Eaves ($1.500m)
Cory Emmerton ($0.533m) / Kris Draper ($0.800m)

Nicklas Lidstrom ($5.000m) / Niklas Kronwall ($3.000m)
Brad Stuart ($3.750m) / James Wisniewski ($4.500m) or Andy Greene ($3.5-$4)
Jonathan Ericsson ($1.700m) / Jakub Kindl ($0.883m)
Brendan Smith ($0.875m)

Jimmy Howard ($2.250m) / Chris Osgood ($1.000m)

CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $59,400,000; CAP PAYROLL: $61,092,044; BONUSES: $0
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): -$1,692,044

Disclaimer: This is all under the not so likely assumption that we would actually sign Brad Richards. I highly doubt its going to happen. Most likely (if our needs are 2 defenseman, a backup goalie, and a top 9 forward) we'll end up with a Ruslan Salei clone, Tomas Kaberle (Schnieder was terrible and he played here!), Osgood (duh!), and Dale Hawerchuck (since Modano is probably done).

#2176225 Changes in the offseason

Posted by achildr1 on 16 May 2011 - 02:40 PM

"Man, Rafalski is so overpaid. He makes $6m and couldn't even stay healthy. WTF?"

Rafalski for five years at $6m was an absolute steal when it was signed. He's still a legit #1 defenseman now. He's not top ten like he was, but still very good and still one of the elite offensive defensemen.

Legit #1 defenseman? I was under the impression that elite defenseman can play defense. After watching him this playoff I thinly he's as close to being a PP specialist dman like Foster or Bergeron than he is to be an elite all-around guy like Lidstrom.

He may be the legit #1 guy on Florida or Columbus but that's more of a slight to them then an affirmation of talent to Rafalski.

I don't know that anyone is eager to see Miller leave. Just that he is among the more expendable or replaceable.

This. Miller game is more easily replaced by a younger, potential-laden prospect than any other players. Just so happens that we have to decide whether we should keep Emmerton and Mursak on the team next year and I for one hope that Miller doesn't get the spot over either one of them.

#2176176 Notable Restricted/Unrestricted Free Agents in 2011

Posted by achildr1 on 16 May 2011 - 10:13 AM

I would love to see Ehrhoff in a Detroit sweater.

This is a guy that I think Detroit would take a serious look at. Probably won't get an enormous salary/term and is our type of player from what I hear.

#2175665 The New Reality

Posted by achildr1 on 14 May 2011 - 08:54 PM

How did Homer look playing first line this year? His scoring was what? Oh yeah 2 points behind Flip.

It appears that the OP has criteria that three first line "types" in the elite sense must populate the first line. Rarely if ever is that really the case. Flip may not be 1989 Stevie Y, but he is great at creating space which has been lacking for Zetterberg in particular the last 2 years.


This is such a terrible comparison. Homer is a regressing, near 40 year old, PP specialist on a team with a bad PP. Filppula should be a top 2 line guy but doesn't produce when he plays there. Homer may likely be done because he doesn't put up the numbers he should and isn't suited to be a bottom 6 guy.

In fact, I don't believe that the top line should be all elite players. Most teams can't do that in the cap world. What I do believe is neccessary is, lf you have two elite guys, you should have at least 3 guys that are legitimate, point producing 2nd line types. We have 2 of those guys, both of whom can barely play 70 games. How many of the guys on this team could put up points without playing with Datsyuk or Zetterberg? Were basically a team of 3 rd line guys after our two elite players. I'd just like to see that change a bit.

#2175443 Hudler's Future

Posted by achildr1 on 14 May 2011 - 08:09 AM

I'm going to call it.

Bleacher Report - After a long, frustrating search, Brian Burke has finally got his man. After unsuccessfully attempting to lure Brad Richards to the Blue and White and missing out on a trade that would have seen Paul Stastny as the newest Leaf, Burke landed playmaking extrodinaire and Stanley Cup Champion Jiri "Adam Oates" Hudler. Hudler is expected to play on the top unit and be the playmaking center to the dynamic offensive Juggernaut that is the Phil Kessel Show. Phil, being much more valueable than three high draft picks and certainly Tyler Seguin, has been attacked falsely by the elitist "majority of common sense hockey people" for being an underachieving, streaky, one dimensional hockey player. Burke's new acquisition couldn't be much farther from those things. Hudler, whose passionate play and crunching body checks are feared by many, should complete a dynamic offensive duo rivaled only by the Sedin Twins and Heidi & Spencerô.

In defence of the trade, Burke stated that greatness comes at a price. He believes James Reimer, the Leafs 2012 first round pick, and 17% percent stake in the Leafs in a drop in the hat compared to Hudler's experiance and elite "vision". Burke stated, with a sense of accomplishment, "Ken Holland is the one who believes you don't need a great goalie or high draft picks to win, I'm just trying to follow his lead." He went on to say, "The loss of Reimer hurts but Hudler's tenacious backchecking should cover the difference between Reimer's play and our replacemen's,, Norm Maracle."

All's well in Toronto folks.

Maple Leafs Fan

#2175434 The New Reality

Posted by achildr1 on 14 May 2011 - 06:52 AM

Fil will get at least 70 points if he is healthy and plays with Pav all next year

I only played high school hockey but I'd put myself down for at least 25 points if I played with Pavel all year. Jonathan Cheechoo had 50+ goals playing next to Thornton and rides buses in the AHL when he isn't. Colby Armstrong looked like an offensive force next to Crosby and an offensive farce next to anyone else.

My point, that isn't a great measuring stick for Fil, he probably wont play with Pavel all year anyway, and even if he did I'm not convinced he gets 70 points.

#2174852 The New Reality

Posted by achildr1 on 13 May 2011 - 08:45 AM

After watching the playoffs I've come to some conclusions, changing my previous knowledge/assumptions as to how good or not good some players are....

The Good:

Niklas Kronwall - is a legitimate #2 guy now and won't be too off base as a #1 when Nick leaves.

Darren Helm - This guy is better than Draper was at the same age and could almost certainly top out at 45+ points on the third line and be one of the best PK'ers in the league.

Pavel Datsyuk - he's getting better. I think Z may have leveled off but Dats is finding new ways to be inhuman.

Jimmy Howard - this playoff made me extremely encouraged with him as our main guy.

The Bad:

Johan Franzen - this signing looks so bad, even more now than I thought it did at the time. He needs to learn to do something other than score so when he doesn't, he won't be basically useless.

Valtteri Filppula - sometimes he looks like a very poor man's shadow of Datsyuk, othertimes (and often) he's invisible, and most the time he isn't contributing as much as we need him to.
He has proved he's not a 2nd line player. Theoretically he could still break out but I'm not holding my breath.

Mike Babcock - when did he turn into Jim Leyland? Making unnecessary changes and putting out very suspect lines/pairings at key times, frustrating to watch.

The Ugly:

Brian Rafalski - how far has this guy fallin'? Two years ago he may have been a #1 guy on several teams, was our #2, and knew how to play defense. Now, he's a highly paid Kurtis Foster/MA Bergeron type. I've never seen his defense so terrible but the big shocker is how he's rushing on offense and taking terribly timed, low quality shots and killing our PP momentum.

Jonathan Ericsson - what can I say? What does he do OK, let alone good, on even a semi regular basis? On top of that, he is literally a pylon.

Jiri Hudler - he's the forward version of Rafalski, without the point production. Gets paid like a top 6 guy but brings almost nothing to the table unless he's on a streak.

Salei, Osgood, Modano - Right there is the rack...hang your skates up, please.

If we were to slot players where they deserve to be...

1st line types:
Zetterberg. Datsyuk
2nd line types:
Franzen, Cleary (both of whom are only good for about 65 games a year)
3rd line types:
Filppula, Hudler, Bertuzzi, Holmstrom, Helm, Eaves
4th line types:
Abdelkader, Miller, Draper

Defense probably reads like this now, with two guys on the brink of retirement.

#1 Lidstrom. #2 Kronwall
#3 Stuart. #4 Rafalski
#5 (none) #6 Kindl
#7 Ericsson, Salei

I think the needs are clear.

At least 1 top six forward, a top 4 dman, a backup goalie who can play when he plays without having to play several in a row to "get into my groove" or whatever.

#2173556 WCSF Game 7 GDT: Red Wings 2 at Sharks 3

Posted by achildr1 on 12 May 2011 - 08:51 PM

I cannot stand Logan Couture. He looks so unbelievably annoying.

#2170584 Nashville vs. Vancouver

Posted by achildr1 on 10 May 2011 - 07:58 AM

In all honesty, that's an impression I've never seen taken to that extreme before. The arrogance part is true and comes with the territory, but the rest I don't agree with at all. I think you're taking the frustration of Canadians having to see struggling teams in Atlanta and Phoenix when those teams could be supported in Canada and really exaggerating the Canadian mindset. The vast majority of us simply want the best for the NHL as a whole; to see as many as full buildings and well-supported franchises as possible. You think we only care about and/or respect three American teams? Totally untrue. Again, a strong NHL is important. The location of the franchise is secondary in my opinion and this is not a Canada vs. America thing and never has been.

For example, how could anyone not be impressed with Nashville fans after last night's game? The whackos were cheering "Go Preds go" after they were eliminated for God's sakes. They were freaking fantastic and deserve that team and better. And no, I do not believe I am in the minority of Canadians here.

Ill give you that was exaggerated, but not much in my mind, and really only for the humour of it. I have seen things written by Canadians to support that view, maybe not as extreme as I made it sound, but very much the same sort of concept. I believe and have seen a lot of Canadians quickly and easily throw (or have thrown recently) FLA, TB, PHO, ATL, PIT and even DAL under the bus. The pretense being how stupid Bettman can be for putting the team there, blah blah blah, the don't sell tickets and are struggling, they should go back to the promised land of hockey lore! And alot of it is true. At the same time though, Edmonton is failing miserably and isnt to far from possibly having to leave but I don't see Canadians lining up the firing squad to move them to a "better" market, which would likely be in the States. It doesn't seem like the betterment of hockey to me but the betterment of Canada. Winnepeg, if it weren't in Canada would almost certainly be condemned by Canadians as a destination because the market looks much like Nashville, minus the country music capital draw (which apparently is working out well for them). The truth is, the NHL doesn't need another cap floor type spender, but since its Canada, its ok. Even I'm excited to see a team go from somewhere it isn't loved to somewhere it is, but that doesn't mean the business side is going to work and be good for the NHL. This attitude is very prevalent, I see it all the time.

#2170569 Nashville vs. Vancouver

Posted by achildr1 on 10 May 2011 - 06:43 AM

Without trying offend, you guys simply don't understand.

The CBC stands for Canadian Broadcast Corporation.

CBC is going to be pro-Canadian. They are not a private corporation, they are actually funded by the Canadian government. So it is substantially different when the CBC broadcasts a game involving a Canadian team than anything that occurs in the United States. NBC has corporate masters and are not funded directly by the American people.

Further, while you may not see the bias, it is overtly apparent in any and all American coverage of anything that is American. Americans are not ashamed of it, and nor should they be. But for Americans to call out the CBC for being biased is a little unfair in my view. The CBC's market is Canadians. They don't consider American viewers and frankly, why should they? The CBC has nothing to do with the United States. Just as it is the case that the Canucks have never appeared on Sunday NBC hockey there is no reason for the CBC to cover American teams equally to Canadian (though oftentimes they do).

Another thing you all may or may not know is that Jim Hughson is a Vancouverite. He used to cover the Canucks locally as our play-by-play man for the radio station that used to carry Canuck games. He took over in 1995 after the Cup finals. So when Jim is at the mic oftentimes his bias seeps through. Though I think he does a reasonable job of remaning fair and balanced. And further, if you watch a Red Wings game on CBC (which I've watched many) you hear endless praise heaped on the organization, the players (past and present), the culture, the style of play, the tradition...etc. In fact, I think the Wings get the most love out of any non-Canadian franchise on the CBC (and on TSN / Rogers Sportsnet).

Further, it has become something of a national crisis in Canada that a Canadian-based team hasn't won the cup since 1993. Whether you guys understand it or not, Canadians view hockey as our game. We take it very seriously and it is seen as a tragedy that markets like Anaheim, Carolina, Tampa Bay and Dallas have won Cups with relatively young NHL franchises and with fan bases that don't really understand what takes to win the cup. Even Colorado could be included in that group.

So you all of 4 cups in 13 years (is that right???) should understand that the CBC, like most Canadians just want to see the Cup come home, to where (they/we) feel it belongs. Even if it is just once every 17 years. And truly Wings fans, we're all just jealous of you. I mean that. Wings are a model of consistency and success. No need to sweat the small stuff.

I love CBC. Furthermore, I love tsn.ca. For TV and internet, hockey coverage doesnt really get better than through those mediums. Canadians know the game, except most Toronto fans (their rabid, foaming at the mouth, drone/cult-like man love over their slightly-better-than-the-Marlies franchise every year blinds them to obvious hockey rational leading to fans to think JS Giguere could land them Evgeni Malkin, the rights to Mario Lemieux, and 43% stock in the Stanley Cup.) Regardless, I love their love of the game and the dedication to presenting it for the beautiful game that it is.

My issue is with Canadian arrogance over it. Read the comments on tsn.ca one time, for kicks. A huge number of Canadians are sports version of Quebec, they basically just want to break the Canadian teams away from the rest and do their own thing. Besides the Wings, Bruins, and Crosby's Pens (what would Canada do without there Brad Pitt/Wayne Gretzky/Jesse Owens mutant?) it seems the rest of American teams can go fly a kite and just make the AHL a 51 team farm system for Canada's 9 team League of Extraordinary Canadians...Annoying.