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#2558531 12/21 GDT : Avalanche 2 at Red Wings 1 (SO)

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 22 December 2014 - 12:29 PM

I've held off on promoting this in the past, but I think it's now viable to discuss replacing Franzen.  Why is viable now...because he is not in our top 3 offensive group anymore.  Yes, he has 19 points thus far and an assist machine.  However, at a cap hit of $4M...I think his offensive numbers actually make him trade-able at this cap hit. 

1.  I'd replace him with someone younger who can produce for us for the next five years.

2.  He's 34, and a big boy, father time and father injury are not in his favor.

3.  The assists are great, but we need goal scorers.

#2555794 Babcock "I don't think it will be my final year here"

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 11 December 2014 - 11:41 AM

I've always thought that top coaches are well worth the big money.  They don't count against the salary cap.  So why wouldn't a team pay a extra for an advantage that doesn't go against the cap??  Coaches salaries are a drop in the overall budget when your looking at 70 Million $ player payrolls annually.

#2533678 Who is YOUR most under-appreciated/unsung Red Wing?

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 04 August 2014 - 10:26 AM

Rafalski.  He did it all...and did it all at a world class level.  Unfortunately, as so happens when you play with one  of the best ever at a particular position, he was often overshadowed by Nick.  I also think Nick learned a lot from him on the blue line in terms of offense.  I have seen very few "skate the line" with the puck like Rafalski did.  At the beginning of his term with us, he was much better at this than Nick.  His lateral movement with the puck at the blue line to find a shooting lane was second to none.  As a result, Nick soon became much improved at this, and eventually you'd have to say that they were equally as good.  But Rafalski was underrated in my opinion.

#2490916 Legwand to Detroit for Eaves, Jarnkrok + cond 3rd/2nd

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 05 March 2014 - 04:42 PM

Ok, I'm reading all of this trade bashing.  Can someone tell me exactly what Jarnkrok has done on the NHL level that makes this so outraging?  He's 3rd on the Griffs in points.  Yes, he shows some promise...it get it.  I get the "young talent", "ton of potential" thing...but has anyone looked at our current roster??  We are extremely heavy on really young guys.  Our brass has said (and done well with for the most part) the theory on experienced players and their being counted on to perform in the playoffs.  We knew if we wanted to get any player today, we would have to give up a piece of our young talent.  So....am I outraged that we lost Calle Jarnkrock in a trade today...not really....in fact, I think looking at all of our young talent losing a soft Euro with the proverbial "great hands", who has hinted that he wants to go home to Sweden and play, is actually a decent price to play for a veteran like Legwand.

#2471357 The Dan Cleary Hate Zone

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 08 January 2014 - 01:50 PM

If we are planning on making the playoffs, it would behove us to keep Danny with our young roster of forwards and injury track record year-to-date.

#2465954 12/17 GDT: Ducks 5 @ Red Wings 2

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 18 December 2013 - 11:39 AM

Our positioning and system play last night was horrific.  This is all consequence of new guys playing with each other.  To be honest, we're lucky the score wasn't 11-2.  The Ducks missed some great opportunities and open nets.  One power play they had the back door option open and the pass was missed twice....net was wide open.


I'm looking for any feedback or help on this question I've been thinking about.  My thoughts are that for the past few years, it seems are injuries (in terms of players and missed games) has been way above average in the NHL.  Last year we the the big "groin" syndrome, etc...  Does anyone know if this is true?  Also, if this is true, could our Wings staff be hurting us??  Meaning, training staff.  Coaches (e.g. practices at wrong times without enough rest, too much rest, etc...), strength and conditioning staff, nutritionist??  Could we be doing anything better to prevent what seems like a trend of our players missing so many games?  

#2465238 Wings muscle?

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 16 December 2013 - 11:54 AM

We have no muscle and this is by design.  Our toughest guys might be....Bert?...Big E? ..Abby?   I don't know why the disbelief or questions.  A lot of fans frequently beat the "call up the young guys from Grand Rapids!!" drum and these are all young, skill, mostly Euro players.  Kenny and our staff want it this way.  The players we acquire via trade are not tough guys at all (except for Tootoo who we quickly found no use for).  They are okay with getting pushed around after the whistle.  They are okay with a player getting hammered and with no answer back or retaliation.  


You see....we are sort of stuck in a quasi time vacuum.  Kenny and his staff (IMO) are still stuck on this old notion that USED to work magic for us.  That notion is this: play hard, little if any chirping after the whistle.  No sticks up.  No emotional retaliation penalties.  Take your lumps.  Take the penalty and...accomplish two huge objectives....frustrate the hell out of the opposing team and make them pay on the power play.  Worked like a charm! Gosh, I remember how Homer (Lids, Stevie, even Dallas Drake) used to drive the opposing players absolutley NUTS because he wouldn't retaliate.  Malts and Draps, same thing.  A little bit of chirping, but never any physical retaliation.  It would fester and teams would get so frustrated they would take penalties and end up in the box.  Then, we would capitalize with a really potent power play.  We Win.


It's way different now.  We don't frustrate teams like we used to.  We don't have a power play that teams fear.  People are mentioning Mac, Joey, Bob, Martin, Shanny...I get it.  But except for Shanny, we threw out the need for Joey, Martin, Mac type of player when Scotty came aboard.  Scotty wanted this type of player...but didn't NEED one.  This carried on with Dave Lewis and then Babs.  Kill them with skill.  We don't have the offensive skill top to bottom to kill like we used to.

#2447092 Any new Helm Updates?

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 22 October 2013 - 02:14 PM

I think Helm has a sore heart.

#2440469 Who will be LGW's whipping boy this season?

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 02 October 2013 - 10:10 AM

Babcock.  Due to his loyalty and sticking with veteran players who are not performing as well as fans assume our younger players sitting in Grand Rapids would perform.

#2417559 Darren Helm - Career in Question?

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 04 June 2013 - 09:50 AM

Most likely will. Speed is 100% related to back strength. And so all we can hope is they find what the back issue is and fix it. If it's never diagnosed, it's going to be a risky game.


Respectfully, I 100% disagree with your statement above.  Are you saying leg strength, leg drive, push technique, abdominal/core strength, etc... don't have anything to do with speed??  Back strength is certainly a factor, but not THE 100% factor!

#2408998 Babcock tells players they are soft. Pushes them to play better.

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 21 May 2013 - 03:18 PM

One of my favorite post game interviews by a coach.  Best moment at 0:47...."Tha Sof"


#2407639 Poster Ideas For Tonight's Game!

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 20 May 2013 - 02:43 PM


The Windy City Blows

#2407634 Poster Ideas For Tonight's Game!

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 20 May 2013 - 02:35 PM

Kane vs. Abel (...and Howe, Yzerman, Lindsay,Delvecchio, and Sawchuck) 

#2405814 WCSF Game 1 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Blackhawks 4, (CHI leads series 1-0)

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 16 May 2013 - 10:57 AM

Feeling okay today.  Expecting a game 1 victory on away ice (and to that degree...Chicago in the UC) against the President's Trophy winners was a very, very tall order.  Our job is to split and get back to the Joe. 


For my captain obvious statement of the day: Not the single reason we lost last night, but I do believe we lost our legs in the late 2nd and 3rd.  IMO..there is no doubt the boys went out in Anaheim and have a few "pops" after the game 7 win.  Jimmy even eluded to this fact (with a wry smile) in post game interview.  Next day, long flight back to the D.  Players go home and scramble to make up quality time with family/friends for a half day since they've virtually been preoccupied for the last two weeks with beating the Ducks.  Next day, onto Chicago and flight to windy city and back in a hotel room.  Players bodies probably still adjusting to not being on PST time.  It got to them.  Ran on adrenaline for the first half of the game, then nothing.  It happens.  That's why playing the in West has/had been such a disadvantage to us.


One other observation: I can't stand the light feather chip pass/shot when we are trying desperately to clear our own zone.  We do this A LOT!  When guys have been on the ice for 50 seconds and are dead tired, and the other team is all over us (I mean hornets nest ALL OVER US!) , we go for the soft chip up the boards.  I don't get it??  In those situations, you have to hard around or hard out, and take the icing if it happens.  I know we can't change lines in that case, but at the very least you'll get a 30 second breather to regroup.  Last night the Hawks had two forwards standing atop at blue line, just waiting to intercept these attempts.  They'd prevent our clearing attempt, long pass along blue line to other side of ice, and their in business with a good set up.  It drives me crazy!!!! 


Lastly, Quincy needs to sit.  His transition game in our own zone is slow, predictable, and pathetic.  Just bad.


Our job is to split and get back home.  Let's do this.

#2397301 Abdelkader suspended 2 games for hit on Lydman

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 06 May 2013 - 12:16 PM

The only thing I don't agree with in this situation is no call being made at the time, by a ref who was three feet away.


Besides that, I'm okay with the rest.  A lot of speculation around the rule(s) and interpretation of this hit.  Doesn't really matter.  He clearly lined him up from at least 20 feet, drilled him at full speed, made contact with his head, and left his feet during the hit (like Michael Jordon type air).  The reality is that it doesn't really matter if he left his feet before hit, during, after...if he made contact with head or shoulder first, or how many strides he took before the hit.....whatever.  The fact that three elements potentially happened and debatable for a single play/hit....charging, contact with the head, and his feet leaving the ice, you're done.  Any of these three happened alone on one hit, he may have avoided suspension, but together it really a easy to see how he got suspended.  It's been like this for a while now in hockey, and all the players are very aware of what the league is trying to crack down on.  Is it better now than when players could absolutely destroy other players without recourse?...I don't think so.  But it IS REALITY.  Weber hit??....geez- ancient history.  What is Shanny going to give us a mulligan on that one.  For our mental health sake, get over it.


Abby should know better.  I give him an A+ on willingness to be physical.  F for execution.  D for intelligence on particular play at that particular time .  Full speed, contact with head, leaving your feet....You do that in the playoffs and a guy gets helped off the ice injured....the punishment will be heavy in today's NHL. 


Anyhow, I don't want to turn into Ducks fans who only talk about how they get screwed by the refs year-after-year and how they could have 8 Stanley Cups if it weren't for the league and the refs wanting them to lose.  As Wings fans, we're so many levels above that.  It's done.  He nailed a guy.  He's out for two.  Playoff hockey.  Let's tie this beeeaaatttttch up and win it in six.