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#2627351 9/24 Exhibition GDT : at Red Wings 6, Pittsburgh Penguins 1

Posted by e_prime on 25 September 2015 - 09:16 AM


That lineup is deep, the thing that scares me is what happens when Datsyuk comes back. I just hope Jurco or Pulks aren't on the 4th line but I don't see how they aren't. Kind of disappointing with all the depth.

Can't be disappointed with this depth.  When injuries start happening we'll be happy to have it. 


Andersson and Ferraro are ultimately getting waived.  No big loss if either are claimed.

Helm can be an asset moving up and down the roster in any spot.  Would rather see him on the fourth line with Glenny and Miller.

If Jurco and Pulks are pulling their weight, and unless Franzen is tearing it up, I don't see why it wouldn't be Franzen sitting in the press-box. 

Wouldn't be bad to have him rotate in and out as necessary... give him and his noggin a rest every so often.

#2625764 Leafs acquire Grabner

Posted by e_prime on 17 September 2015 - 01:42 PM

Injuries.  Tumbled down the depth chart.  Healthy scratch as other players stepped up while he was out.


Here's good analysis of both Grabs and the prospects the Isles just nabbed up.


#2625758 Leafs acquire Grabner

Posted by e_prime on 17 September 2015 - 01:26 PM

Sung to the melody of that Door's ditty:


...5 for 1 baby,

1 for 5,

No one here* gets out alive...





5 prospects for Grabs.  FIVE.  They must really have faith in their previous drafting capabilities.

#2625529 Wings Release Training Camp Roster

Posted by e_prime on 15 September 2015 - 11:10 AM

Gustav Nyquist - Henrik Zetterberg - Justin Abdelkader (1)
Tomas Tatar - Brad Richards - Johan Franzen (2)


Riley Sheahan - Luke Glendening - Darren Helm (3)

Drew Miller - Joakim Andersson - Landon Ferraro (4)


Those top two lines look about right. But I can't see that as a third line, and I can't see Andersson playing a regular shift as the forth line center. If that's what Blashill has planned then I'll be dissapointed.


The all center line returns in "new and improved?" form?


Exactly my thoughts. So those are the "changes" I'd like to see made. As well as Smith in the top 6 and getting some power-play looks. Although I'm sure there are quite a few that would disagree with me on that...

:g: I wonder who?  :lol:

#2621876 Free agents this off season

Posted by e_prime on 30 July 2015 - 04:43 PM

General Fanager @generalfanager 2m2 minutes ago

EXTENSION Jakub Voracek (PHI) 8 yrs @ $8.25M per

@frank_seravalli $4M raise from current cap hit.

#2621839 Free agents this off season

Posted by e_prime on 30 July 2015 - 11:31 AM

Not a single one of those forwards interest me.  The only way I'm taking on a forward is if we move a couple and it's for an upgrade.

These guys just aren't going to make any difference.


On D, the only two I had any interest were Franson and Ehrhoff... but that was before we got Green.

The only way I'm interested in either of them now is if we could move Kindl and Ericsson's contract.  Which just ain't likely to happen.

#2621811 Mitch Callahan

Posted by e_prime on 29 July 2015 - 04:48 PM

This is the season where we find out if it's really Holland that likes guys like Emmerton and Andersson on our 4th line, or if it was really Babcock. With Datsyuk and potentially Franzen out to start the year, this may be Callahan's chance.


I hope Blashill goes with Callahan-Glendening-Ferraro. That line has speed, is physical, and is responsible defensively. That'd be the most well-rounded 4th line we've had in years.

My guess would be a fourth line with Miller and Glendening and Ferraro/Callahan rotating in.

IF Ferraro and Callahan have a good showing, wouldn't be surprised if this means an end to Drew Miller's time in Detroit.

#2621348 Remaing RFAs to be signed - Jurco, Pulkkinen, Aubry

Posted by e_prime on 23 July 2015 - 03:07 PM

Elon Musk has many rockets also but many have failed.... He has a lot of potential but he needs to learn how to release quicker or get open as he wont have that much time in the NHL to wind up and shoot like he has in the AHL most of the time

First. Nice rocket reference.


Second. Give him some time, man. Just because he hasn't figured it out with 34 games under his belt in the NHL doesn't mean he won't figure out how to get it off.

#2621344 Remaing RFAs to be signed - Jurco, Pulkkinen, Aubry

Posted by e_prime on 23 July 2015 - 02:50 PM

Do some of you believe Pulkinnen is a waste of a roster spot or something? There's very little to worry about here, we have the leading AHL scorer playing for us for dirt cheap and he isn't relied upon for scoring at this point, but it is is probably expected if he is to stay in the lineup



That is what people want. 


People want him to be this fully formed ideal NHL version of Pulkkinen.

After what? A total of 34 games played in the NHL? 

Its the same way that people want Mantha to be EVERYTHING! ALREADY! in the AHL.

It's just ridiculous.

#2621322 Pulkkinen re-signs.... 1 year deal

Posted by e_prime on 23 July 2015 - 12:31 PM

I'm not a big fan of HF either, because for the most part the articles are written by fans like you or I. Also, I'm not sure when that was written, but it very well could have been written a few years ago, which back then, I would agree with the assessment. However, both his skating and his defensive awareness have come a LONG way in the past couple years, since joining the Griffins. I was hoping to find the intermission interview from a game toward the end of the season (or it may have been in the playoffs) of Blashill speaking on Pulkkinen's game, and how much it has evolved since entering the league... no such luck. He was basically saying how far he has come rounding out his game, and his attention to detail in all three zones is night and day from when he came over to North American 2 years ago... Just like any label given by a player, it's very difficult to shake, and Pulkkinen's skating and defensive ability is no different. He came into the league, not understanding the concept of back-checking, now he concentrates on the defensive end almost as much as the offensive end... I'm sure he's not quite there yet, but the point is, I don't necessarily want him to be. As long as he is willing to back-check, he doesn't need to be a Selke candidate. I'd much prefer him play a solid, well rounded game, but concentrate on putting the puck in the net...


Pulkkinen was a 4th round draft pick 5 years ago... What is wrong with him being a complimentary player, getting 3rd line minutes and being a weapon on the power-play? I don't get it at all... He's a player we've been looking for for quite some time now. He is a goal scorer and if he becomes half as good as some of us expect him to be, he will be a really good player for the Red Wings...

Elite two-way superstar or GTFO.  ;)

#2621211 Remaing RFAs to be signed - Jurco, Pulkkinen, Aubry

Posted by e_prime on 22 July 2015 - 12:10 PM

Stats don't tell the whole story. Tatar and Nyquist can drive the play. Pulkkinen doesn't.

I don't care if he can drive the play.  We've got enough playmakers.  We need finishers. 

I'm hoping to see if Pulkkinen translate his AHL goal-scoring talents into the NHL level.


EDIT: Same reason I want Franzen on the ice, if he's healthy and effective.

#2621176 Preliminary Red Wings Training Camp Roster

Posted by e_prime on 22 July 2015 - 09:39 AM

Because conversation gets way more intelligent here at LGWs when the season starts? :lol:


Well, at least there will be "real" things to talk about???

Yes, I'm totally burying Lefty's connects and how underwhelmed we are by them and which prospects/players were asked for and ultimately not traded.  I mean, really... who gives a f***?

#2621171 Preliminary Red Wings Training Camp Roster

Posted by e_prime on 22 July 2015 - 09:12 AM

My god... Training camp/Pre-Season/October can't get here quick enough.

#2621105 Pulkkinen re-signs.... 1 year deal

Posted by e_prime on 21 July 2015 - 04:06 PM

generalfanager.com says we'll have 100, 000 so we'll be a bit in the minus side when we sign Jurco. But we'll have Datsyuk on LTIR at the beginning so we'll be fine. Franzen is also possibly their.


If the situation happens that everyone's healthy I'm pretty sure waiving Kindl would make everything compliant (assuming he gives us somewhere around 900, 000 relief).

We're going to waive some forwards before we waive Kindl.


generalfanager.com has Miele (575k), Ferraro, and Andersson listed on the forward roster counting against the cap. 


Miele won't be there and one of Ferraro (600k) or Andersson (815k) in all likelihood.  So anywhere from 1.175 to 1.49 million in cap space for Jurco if we're starting the year with this 23 man roster:


Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Nyquist, Franzen, Richards, Tatar, Helm, Abdelkader, Miller, Sheahan, Pulkkinen, Jurco, Glendening, Andersson/Ferraro


Kronwall, Green, Ericsson, Quincey, Smith, Kindl, Dekeyser


Howard, Mrazek


If Datsyuk (most likely) starts the season on LITR and Franzen as well... cap space is a non-issue.

#2620998 Remaing RFAs to be signed - Jurco, Pulkkinen, Aubry

Posted by e_prime on 20 July 2015 - 10:39 AM

it appears that its going just a bit hard re-signing these two. Guess Holland just assumed that they would take the leftover tablescraps. Too many overpaid contracts on this team. Too many useless players that can easily be replaced with cheaper contracts.

There's absolutely no rush to get Jurco or Pulkkinen signed so don't speculate that there's trouble getting them signed... both have stated that they expect deals to get done soon


...and there's more than "tablescraps" left for them, but that isn't the issue either.  Both Jurco and Pulkkinen know they aren't due hefty raises and don't expect them because they know how this team works.