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#2391329 Thank You Detroit Red Wings...

Posted by ben_usmc on 28 April 2013 - 01:31 AM

Best part is, we have players on this team right now that are holding us back.  Once the Clearys and co. are gone, a lot of GR will be pushing.  We seem like we have massive depth in both defense and offense in the next few years.  I believed this year was; If Babcock missed the playoffs he would have been held responsible, however if the team got in despite everything, he deserves the damn Jack Adams. 

#2387353 4/20 GDT: Red Wings 1 @ Canucks 2 (SO)

Posted by ben_usmc on 21 April 2013 - 08:36 AM

Wings played good enough to win, they didn't :( . Hopefully we can turn it around and go on a streak to close out the season. 

#2386206 4/17 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Flames 3

Posted by ben_usmc on 17 April 2013 - 11:32 PM

I just feel really bad for Dan Cleary.
This could be his last chance to win another Cup, and his teammates and Howard let him down.

Dan Cleary is the worst player on the Red Wings

#2384268 Can someone tell me why Brunner is playing the point on PP?

Posted by ben_usmc on 12 April 2013 - 10:33 PM

I have no idea what Babs is doing here but why do we have Damien Brunner playing the point when in fact he is not a sniper, probably one of the weakest players on our team when it comes to shooting (besides Helm) and he is not a good defensive forward. Give me Kindl! 

I'm going to have to disagree as well.  I don't like him on the PP point, but he in my opinion has a fantastic shot

He needs to sit for Tatar

I also disagree with this. Cleary needs to sit, he provides nothing

#2383647 4/11 GDT : Sharks 3 at Red Wings 2 (SO)

Posted by ben_usmc on 12 April 2013 - 10:27 AM

Might be because he plays against top lines and him and Pav get double teamed all the F'n time!!

So do a lot of other stars.  Of course most of them also are surrounded with more talent or better work ethics.  Can someone explain why we have sat, Brunner, Eaves, Tootoo, Nyquist, etc. Yet Dan Cleary continues to play....

#2378618 Ericsson for Courturier?

Posted by ben_usmc on 02 April 2013 - 12:03 PM

I love Mrazek I really do. But Jimmy is here for the foreseeable future. Adding young big forward to our line up will make us a more effective team for the next 4-5 years, and Couturier has all the potential in the world to be a great player.


I don't see the downside, we lose a blue chip goalie, for a blue chip forward. The difference is we actually have a good goalie that will be here for a while, while our forward depth looks pretty barren for bigger top 6 caliber prospects.


Now unless you think Mrazek will step in next year if we let Howard go, I don't see how this deal doesn't look appealing.

Mrazek is going to be the back up in about 2 years, then once Howards contract start coming to an end, they will probably split until Mrazek slowly takes over.

#2373113 10/24 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Ducks 1

Posted by ben_usmc on 24 March 2013 - 07:05 PM

WTF is the hate on Brunner for?  They scratch Nyquist, Brunner, Tatar? Yet they kept Cleary, Franzen, Abby (yes I know he had a hatty but until that point?)... 

#2368858 3/13 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Flames 5

Posted by ben_usmc on 13 March 2013 - 11:09 PM

Anytime Abby or Cleary touch the puck I ponder what it would be like to have an actual NHL player in their place 

#2366524 Favorite thing about the Wings this season

Posted by ben_usmc on 07 March 2013 - 10:24 PM

Tatar, Tootoo, Brunner

#2364553 3/3 GDT : Blackhawks 2 at Red Wings 1 (SO)

Posted by ben_usmc on 03 March 2013 - 09:12 PM

Abby is leading the team in hits (again), plays the net front role well, has more takeaways than giveaways, is defensively responsible, and provides good pressure in the corners. IMO he's doing exactly what is expected of him. He isn't the type of player that can carry line- he is a checker and can be a complimentary player like Homer and Cleary (was). The line is the problem, not his play.

Abby blows

#2363551 Helm: "Minor Setback", still out indefinitely, *merged*

Posted by ben_usmc on 03 March 2013 - 01:18 AM

Good news! Helm will be our deadline acquisition.

for the 1st time I actually believe it's a worthy pick up

#2362771 Ryan O'Reilly signs offer sheet with Calgary, Avs match

Posted by ben_usmc on 28 February 2013 - 06:51 PM

The flames have to once again show why there mgmt sucks so bad

#2351876 Landon Ferraro or Sheahan?

Posted by ben_usmc on 05 February 2013 - 11:26 PM

As I stated in about every thread since last year, bench Daniel Cleary.  I'd like to see Ferraro, because I haven't had a chance and everyone says Helm with hands

#2348295 1/27 Red Wings 1 @ Chicago Blackhawks 2 (OT)

Posted by ben_usmc on 28 January 2013 - 10:19 PM

Get rid of Dan Cleary, that alone will show this team is serious about actually trying to win games. 

#2315723 The Next Move

Posted by ben_usmc on 05 July 2012 - 01:29 PM

posted this in another thread but this is probably more appropriate for here:
Look at it this way if you roll with what we have, and go into the regular season with all this free cap. Then we can have a very good idea on who can produce at this point (Nyquist, Tatar, Smith, etc...hell even some established players) and make trades accordingly. Our defense is not good but I don't think it will be the abortion on skates that most here do.

I say this b/c while Lids was imo the leading Norris candidate before injury, after he cameback he wasn't his normal self. Compound that with Stu who checked out very early and seemed basically one of our worst dman all year, and Quincey/White playing terrible= overall bad team d. Now with the inclusion of Smith (who will be better then either a terrible Quincey/Stu) and from watching Q in both Col/LA (he will be better), White may not improve much, he I don't think he will be as bad as late last year either, then to me the defense looks like a wash. It won't be near the top, nor near the bottom...

Our offense to me has already improved Tootoo will bring out more in either Helm or Abby. Sammy (though I dislike the signing) is an improvement over Hudler in physicality, plus he certainly is more willing to shoot! Brunner sounds like he will improve Helm (but I'm not totally counting on that). Nyquist in my opinion is going to blow peoples minds with a full season in the NHL. He looks a lot like Datsyuk so I have high expectations for him, last season in his time up he was at one point 7 for 7 points/games switching between 1st/4th line duties. The most recent comparison to me would be Matt Duchene in that he would get knocked off the puck super easy because of weight but pops back up instantly and is always making something happen. Tatar wasn't OMG amazing when brought up but compared to the baggage this team has dragged around the last 2 years, I believe he will be an improvement.

Our goaltending should improve hell we were using Conklin (I thought it was a good signing at the time, and I admit I as wrong as hell)

Wildcard statement: Give Sheehan some more time with the big club. The only NHL game he played in, it appeared he was great at maintaining control with people dragging on his back.

Overall my opinion is that we right now are about in the same boat as late last season. Right now we will make the playoffs, but get dropped in the 1st. Keep the cash until we see what we have and what's available, as long as we can just tread water while others start sinking then there is no point in throwing fist fulls of cash towards players just because it's what's popular (Suter/Parise) or trade away depth for (Ryan/Nash).