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#2379552 Official NHL Trade Deadline thread

Posted by achildr1 on 03 April 2013 - 02:13 PM

"Prices too high"
No they aren't, the prices are rock bottom. No team overpaid for any player other than perhaps Hanzus. Holland doesn't seem to know the difference between quality versus quanity. He's hording all these prospects which will go nowhere. Gaborik, Roy, Pominville, Iginla, Meester, Jagr, every signifcant player traded, was traded for NOTHING. Worthless prospects and draft picks aren't high prices.

That's crazy. Pominville was traded for our equivalent of Jarnkrok and Mrazek...that's the real deal. Gaborik brought back 3 NHL players...that's a real deal.

#2379380 Official NHL Trade Deadline thread

Posted by achildr1 on 03 April 2013 - 01:14 PM

Vanek, Pominville, Yandle, and Gaborik are all available.  But you're not going to get a sniff of any of them if you start by saying "I'm not going to trade any top prospects or my first round pick".
You know what's crazy, when you add a "dynamic" player to your team it tends to change the team's...dynamic.  Strange I know, but doesn't anyone else feel like even a lateral move might be worthwhile here considering our current core doesn't seem capable of getting anything done?

I really think getting rid of Franzen would change the dynamic. I jist want to watch the Wings bring it like they care everynight...even if we're not as good. I'm tired of the same old, same old garbage.

#2378693 Official NHL Trade Deadline thread

Posted by achildr1 on 02 April 2013 - 01:28 PM


Good to see that Kenny isn't going to give up that 1st round pick so easily.  With such a deep draft this coming offseason, I'd be surprised to see the Wings make many trades involving draft picks.

Kind of hilarious considering the Quincey trade...

#2375145 Red Wings should pursue Jagr

Posted by achildr1 on 28 March 2013 - 01:04 PM

I really don't think we should waste even 1 draft pick on Jagr. Mostly for the reasons you gave (he's old and likely won't resign next year) And yeah our PP was pretty sorry earlier in the seaon. But now we're looking much better with the man advantage. If im not mistaken I think we've scored at least 1 PP goal in the last 7-8 games. On top of that we'll have Helm back any day now, and eventually Bertuzzi.
We need an elite defenseman. And out of all the names I've been hearing I really hope for either Keith Yandle or Lubomir Visnovsky

Are the Islanders still sniffin' around a playoff spot tho? If not, we should be able to get Visnovsky relatively cheap.

#2374586 Calle Jarnkrok to play for GR Griffins

Posted by achildr1 on 27 March 2013 - 10:52 AM


Nice article about Jarnkrok's first practice with the Griffs before they embark on their 6 game road trip.

Lol...omgosh, anyone listen to Blashill at the end of that clip? Sounds like he's trying to mock/do his best impression of Babcock.

#2372540 Larry Murphy Fired by FSD

Posted by achildr1 on 23 March 2013 - 09:04 AM

This is stupid...he terrible when he started but I think he has come a long way is is actually quite good now. If I'm not mistaken he's done NHL network games and I am almost positive he will be hired by another/team network right away. Someone will eventually have to replace Mickey and I think Larry, while he can't replace Mickey timeless awesomeness, was in line for it. That said, I think he will actually get a bigger job. What a stupid excuse...as if Murphy somehow makes people change the channel. Lame.

Hold on to something, everyone. Holland's starting from the ground up.


#2371799 6th Place is the Ideal Spot - Let's aim for 6th boys

Posted by achildr1 on 21 March 2013 - 11:37 AM

Let's aim to go out there every night and have a consistant effort from every player. I'd rather watch that and have us miss the playoffs than watch some of these entitled loafs float around the ice.

#2371634 3/20 GDT : Wild 4 at Red Wings 2

Posted by achildr1 on 20 March 2013 - 08:16 PM

Look at Z trying to be Datsyuk....cute.

#2359659 Dan Cleary appreciation thread

Posted by achildr1 on 23 February 2013 - 10:36 AM

I still really like Cleary but certainly not with Pavs.  He's a great 3rd liner when things are going well.
Unfortunately right now he's too weak on the puck and his decision making with the puck is way too slow.
It's almost like his stick is too short when I watch him.

Cleary is pretyy close to a waste of an opportunity for a younger player right now. Ultimately, if this was a video game, Andersson would have his spot and Cleary would be gone. Thats not how the Wings work tho, rightly and wrongly. It would be nice to ship him off tho.

#2358337 Next 2 games are very very important.

Posted by achildr1 on 20 February 2013 - 03:02 PM

Im just going to say it...I would be very surprised if we made the playoffs this year. I think Holland knew what was up, before the injuries, when he said we might not make the playoffs.

The breakdown:

Our defense is terrible. Quincey is useless and was officially a waste of that pick. We are arguably better off with Lashoff full time over Quincey. Kronwall is a #2 guy and has too much pressure on him. Ericsson, while not his classically terrible self, instills next to no confidance in me for any kind of playoff type worth. White, Kindl, Huskins, Carlo are all generic filler, depth defenseman. Kronwall and Smith are the only two defenseman we have that I have any confidance in.

Howard is overworked, and while he is underrated, I think he's going to get shelled this year. He has to be yelling "Nick! Where are you?!"...Like a toddler cries for his Mom.

Injuries, while seemingly never good, might actually give Holland some perspective. I personally think, maybe somewhat in hindsight, that it may have been better to not have signed Samuelsson anyway. Some of Bertuzzi, Eaves, Miller, and Emmerton could and should have been sent packing as Nyquist, Tatar, and probably even Andersson are ready for full time duties. So with the injuries, Holland gets to see that those guys bring more than thier older, less skilled counterparts.

Other rantings: Franzen might frustrate more than he's worth...to bad we have him locked up for life. Filppula probably needs to be traded while other teams still think he's going to be awesome one day. I can't see how replacing him with Nyquist in a near throwaway season would hurt too many feelings. Filpulla should bring a pretty nice return from a playoff team.

Highlights: Brunner is way better than I expected and is a legitimate asset to the future of this team. Mrazek keeps on surprising. Zetterberg is on fire and Datsyuk seems to get better with age.

#2358280 Pavel Datsyuk dangles the entire Predators team!

Posted by achildr1 on 20 February 2013 - 01:18 PM

I was actually thinking about starting a thread about this, but I guess I'll just do it here.  I wanted to know who people thought was better, all things considered: Datsyuk or Zetterberg? 
While I'll readily admit that Datsyuk is the more skilled player, I still think Zetterberg is the better player overall.  He draws the tougher defensive matchups, he hangs on to the puck better when pressured, brings more intensity night in and night out, is a noticeably better penalty killer, and consistently puts up similar or better offensive numbers.  Plus, he'll actually shoot the puck without being forced to at gunpoint. 
Anyone else care to chime in?

Im not trying to be confrontational here but...you cannot be serious?!! "Hangs onto the puck better"...complete nonsense, seriously. I have played and followed this game for 19 years and i have never seen anyone crafty or as strong on the puck, especially considering his size, as Datsyuk. I personally think the comparison between the two is not even close. Im not going to look it up, but if im not mistaken, a Hockey News poll of players was taken recently and Crosby and Datsyuk were 1-2 in being strongest on the puck.

Better defensively...Datsyuk literally owns the Selke trophy (best defensive forward IN THE NHL) and takes the puck away from the opposition as much or more than anyone IN THE LEAGUE, let alone on the Wings. Datsyuk is arguably the best overall player in the league. Zetterberg isnt even in the conversation. Z has been impressing me this year and there is a reason he's the captain...but Datsyuk is clearly the better player.

"What a pleasure we have, night in night out, to watch that man", Ken Daniels just said (im watching the replay of last night, and the just played a montage of Datsyuk's highlights from only the first two periods).

#2348370 Things that are better than the Wings special teams.

Posted by achildr1 on 29 January 2013 - 11:17 AM

Gary Bettman's public image.

#2328830 Abdeklader signs 4 year extension, $1.8m cap hit

Posted by achildr1 on 14 September 2012 - 10:14 PM


Huh? Are you saying he'll be better than a 4 time Stanley Cup Champion and someone who played over 1,000 games as a Red Wing?

Not to mention a consumate professional, ultra hard worker, fourth liner who wore an "A", Selke winner, and the closest Chuck Norris look alike in the Western hemisphere. Drapes would still school Abby. Who knows what Drapes' career would look like if he had been given the opportunity his whole career that he was given during 03-04.
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#2322681 March 26th, 1997...The Movie?

Posted by achildr1 on 28 July 2012 - 04:33 PM

I decided to pop in the 1997 Championship video and got to thinking...

A movie about March 26th, 1997 (preferably marketed under that title) would not only rock for Wings fans, I think it could be the next great hockey movie if made with the same fervor as "Miracle". I don't believe i've ever seen a more entertaining hockey game in my life. Personally, I preferred the pre-lockout brand of NHL hockey. The battles, physical play, and refs who kept the whistles in their pockets made it much more convincing that only the best team won the game. Obviously, most of you probably know the intimate details of what preceded the game to make it what it was, so ill spare that. My rough draft includes...

Important...Avalanche are the antagonist, duh. It would be great to have it be just an unbiased advertisement for that rivalry and time in hockey history but the Avs have too many bad guys to make that work.

Opening Credits: A quiet video montage with intermittant quotes... Wings disappointments of the preceding few years, Lindros trade and the move of the Nordiques to Colorado, Wings 62 win season, Colorado getting Roy, etc...leading into the 96 WCF.

Opening Scene Movie opens with the intermission and minutes of the period preceding the Claude Lemieux hit in the 1996 Western Conference Finals. During this scene we get glimpses of main characters in the movie (Bowman, Yzerman, McCarty, Maltby, Draper, Vernon, Larionov... Sakic, Forsberg, Foote, Roy, Lemieux, Ricci, Crawford) and a feel for the air in each teams locker room.

Scene 2, The Shanahan Difference: Beginning of season. Talk between higher ups of the Wings about the Shanahan deal, why it was needed. Shows his arrival and Detroit locker room atmosphere.

Scene 3: Avs raise banner, explores lockerroom atmosphere, get to know players/attitudes (especially towards Detroit. Empahasis on Roy, Lemieux, Crawford.

Scene 4: One of the early season meetings of the teams with emphasis on the wings locker room struggles/coming together/animosity towards Colorado

Scene 5: Midseason highlights slideshow with commentator clips.

Scene 6: Week leading up to the 26th...anticipation from both teams, arrogance, jokes, etc. (all preceding scenes are less than 1/2 of movie time)

Gametime: More than enough opportunity to make a great flick here.

Actors (this is I think what got me started with this idea)...

Scotty Bowman - Jason Alexander (Sounds insane, but he could look almost exactly like him and if he pulled it off would be one of the more impressive acting roles he could ever accomplish)

Claude Lemieux - Jason Isaacs

Mike Vernon - Emilio Estevez

Mike Ricci - Himself (previosly played Elmer Lach in The Rocket)

Mathieu Dandenault - Himself (also played in The Rocket)

Marc Crawford - Himself (i bet he'd be a good actor)

Adam Foote - Owen Wilson (i know, right? Wierd? It’s in the nose...would also be a big role for him if he pulled of the attitude right because its not his normal role)

Joe Sakic - Harry Conick Jr. (I know, i know...google it tho). Probably not though, no idea for him.

Peter Forsberg - If you know anyone else that looks like the offspring of a vampire and lion, let me know.

Konstantinov - ?? (btw, Vlad was one of the oldest looking 27 year olds ever)

Darren McCarty - Critical role and I am clueless

Igor Larionov - Himself (a little hair color and he's 36 again...dude's to cool for anyone else to play him anyway)

Brendan Shanahan - huge role, big voice in the movie, humor focal point along with Darren (ideally some young, funny, up and comer...no idea tho)

Barry Smith - Paul Gleason

Dave Lewis - Whoever normally plays Hitler in movies

Real interested in who LGW can come up with!

#2307018 Nashville to trade Suter's rights?

Posted by achildr1 on 12 June 2012 - 08:21 PM

This may put be a big hiccup in our effort to sign Suter. I can't see them trading his rights to us. They may even trade him to someone else just so we don't have as good of a chance to get him.