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#2637199 11/14 GDT : Red Wings at Boston Bruins, 7:00 EST

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 15 November 2015 - 06:57 AM

It really has been a chore to watch the Red Wings play this season. As others have said ad nauseam, we can't handle the puck or complete a pass the majority of the time. It rolls, it hops a stick blade, its too fast, its too slow, it surprises the receiving player, its too far in front, its too far behind, etc. etc. The team for the most part looks lost. For me there are three major causes: our back-end is absolute garbage, our set plays are predictable and leave little margin for error, and our forward lines change by the shift.


All of these are problems this team has had to some degree for the last several seasons, but the third has been a constant source of frustration I feel is seldom mentioned. Hockey is a game of chemistry and timing. You need to have an understanding of linemates' tenancies, speed, role, and skillset. Comfort with linemates can sometimes take time, and when a team is slumping as a whole, all the more. Few things are more infuriating than to see our guys practice with particular line combinations for a few days, get into a game situation, and after a bad first 10 minutes, we shuffle everyone hoping for a spark.


Am I the only one who finds this practice absolutely absurd? Lines need time to gel, and teammates need to work themselves out of their slumps together. Shuffling lines at the rate Blashill has been doing, and Babcock used to do, would seem to throw off timing from shift to shift and frustrate players to no end. Its all the more infuriating to watch us break up the lines that are producing to lift underperforming players. Why can't we complete a pass? Our centermen are playing with upwards of 6 different wingers every game. I have to imagine its all the worse trying to break out of a rut when you are constantly hitting the reset button on your chemistry and having to adjust your attack, all while your defense is allowing the opposition to gain momentum on the other side of the ice.

#2618294 Wings sign Brad Richards 1 yr, $3 million

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 01 July 2015 - 03:49 PM

When I first heard the Wings were approaching Brad Richards, I was repulsed. When I heard one-year term, I actually got a bit excited. It is very unlikely the Wings will want to rush Larkin unless they absolutely have to. We are down our best center until November with Pavel out. Helm is preferred on the wing and could use a serviceable 3rd liner while Larkin seasons another year in the A. We have some money to spend as long as its only for this season. This would also all-but guarantee Cleary is out.


I still think we need to trade a defensemen or two for picks/prospects, but Richards for one year in a limited role would be a marked improvement at center. Also hoping Andersson was signed to sweeten the pot when moving some of our extra D.

#2608736 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 20 May 2015 - 10:38 AM

$4M for 5 seasons is absolutely reasonable. All offers above that are desperate/reckless, and I wouldn't consider the Wings either. This is going to drive the price of coaches up huge over the next several years. Hope we don't see owners locking out because they have to pay their coach and GM too much now  :baby:


I will say this: it's a little silly to be worrying about the "best coach in the world" getting paid more than $4M per season when we have Weiss at $5M per season and throw Cleary a charity million, AND they count against the cap!

#2608706 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 20 May 2015 - 08:34 AM

With the latest offer appearing to be somewhere in the neighborhood $50M over 10 seasons (with one rumor putting the total offer at $60M after additional incentives), how could you blame anyone for leaving? I'm at peace with the result either way, but my guess would be Babcock to Buffalo. They made him an offer he can't refuse, and as much as I'd like to lament another top-end free agent going elsewhere because Holland didn't want to pay market prices, we really shouldn't expect them to match.


A $50M+ offer for a head coach is a desperate offer made by a desperate franchise, with no viable alternative in their system, willing to do anything to succeed and in sore need of a win. The Wings are not nearly in such a desperate position, and with many already believing the team could benefit from Blashill's fresh perspective, Babcock is commodity that the Wings feel no need to overpay for. Of course the Wings want him to stay, he is likely the best coach in the world, and in many ways if he does come back, I would expect him to do so with renewed conviction. If Babcock turns down obscene money to stay with the Wings, it would be a clear statement that the Wings aren't going anywhere, a massive morale and PR boost for the organization.


If he does leave, it appears clear that the money was too good to pass up. Clean break, no hard feelings. The Wings will be forced to turn a great page and move on to the Blashill era. And honestly, I think that is the best way for it to happen. Blashill leading the Wings in the NHL is still an unknown quantity, and the organization seems both nervous to move on (especially from a coach like Babcock) and hesitant to lose another great coach/personnel person they've trained to another franchise (McLellan, Maclean, Nill, Yzerman & half of his staff).


I'll likely be happy whatever the outcome because I know the Wings will have a great coach one way or another. But I will say this: Babcock @ $5M < Blashill < Babcock choosing Wings over Money.

#2581736 3/14 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Flyers 7

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 14 March 2015 - 02:35 PM

No roster limit? Scratch them all. Detroit Griffin time!

#2539435 10/9 GDT : Bruins 1 at Red Wings 2.

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 09 October 2014 - 07:13 PM

Howard wiffs on the first shot of the season. Picking up where he left off...

#2531269 Who has been Ken Holland's worst recent free agent signing?

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 10 July 2014 - 05:53 PM

All of the above. What does that tell us?

#2529393 Quincey re-signed by DET. 2 yr s $4.25 mill AAV

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 02 July 2014 - 10:47 AM

I'll say this: Holland did as well as he could with his offers to other FA that chose to go elsewhere - besides maybe Gilbert which could have been a cheap improvement and still left room for the top-2 or -4 defenseman we were seeking. Despite his compounded failure to "nut-up" in previous off-seasons, I honestly believe he did all within his power to get the players we needed this off-season (given the current sad state of the team, which is his doing). If they don't want to come here, you can't force them and shouldn't grossly overpay them.


However, there is absolutely ZERO excuse for the Quincey signing. That is disappointment turning into full-blown, unavoidable, mature, objective, and justified RAGE. Holland did what he always does when he misses out on his target: slaps some tape and shoe-polish on trash and tries to pass it off as a "bargain" or a "consolation prize". We aren't getting the sirloin because they ran out of prime rib; we've been fed a steady diet of cold spam. For that, Holland should be replaced.

#2528355 2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 01 July 2014 - 02:26 PM

Trading for Myer should never have a Nyquist or Mantha as return, especially given his salary, his underachieving, and Buffalo's need to rebuild hard. This happening would be absolute insanity.

#2528301 2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 01 July 2014 - 02:08 PM

If we can't land Niskanen at this point, I would rather see some of our young D. The only thing I hate more than Kenny's lack of free agent success are his knee-jerk trades. Rental Legwand for a legit prospect in Jarnkrok and the Kyle Quincey debacle make me nervous enough without him being terribly desperate to boot. If we give up Nyquist or Mantha in a trade for some 2nd-tier d-man, I'm going to lose it...

#2513120 Howard = Average

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 22 April 2014 - 02:01 PM

Yup. And my opinion is that it's amusing that one day everyone wants Jimmy to play the puck, then when he does, everyone wants him to stop.


I think people just want Jimmy to learn how to play the puck well, which may be unfair/unrealistic. The problem with the play he made last game (besides the effectively changing the complexion of the game/series to that point) was that he could have done practically anything else with puck and had a better result. He panicked and played "hot potato" with his d-man's hip, so the puck ended up in his goal.


Not because he played the puck. Not because of a bad break. Because he panicked. I can't think of a worse thing for a goaltender to do on the big stage, especially when he isn't playing the greatest to begin with.

#2505327 4/2 GDT - Bruins 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 02 April 2014 - 09:53 PM

Hope the Bruins take out their frustration on the Leafs tomorrow  :bye1:


Haha I would HATE to be the Laughs tomorrow....

#2505321 4/2 GDT - Bruins 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 02 April 2014 - 09:52 PM

I had to come and say: absolutely massive performance from Howard when his teamed really needed it. More of that, Jimmy!



#2502507 3/27 GDT - Canadiens 5 vs. Red Wings 4

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 27 March 2014 - 10:05 PM


Except that it wasn't Holland at all.  Babs, Dats, and Z, wanted him back.  Holland's got a lot to be ashamed of (Tootoo, Sammy) but this one ain't on him.  Here's the quote...


"Nyquist could have made the Wings to start the season. But Holland signed 40-year-old free agent Daniel Alfredsson, and then he re-signed 34-year-old Dan Cleary in training camp. Cleary was a surprise, because he had bad knees and better offers elsewhere. But coach Mike Babcock wanted him back. The team leaders wanted him back – from Howard to Zetterberg to Datsyuk. And he came back on a one-year deal worth $1.75 million, when he turned down the Wings’ offer of three years at $2.25 million per on July 5 and the Flyers, Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets were offering three years at $2.75 million per."


And here's the link...




Man, imagine how much Cleary is kicking himself now... looking like he could be washed-up after this season because of his health and poor play. Sad to see the guy leave that much on the table and have it go sour, especially with all the great memories here, but the fact remains he should have never been brought back.

#2502480 3/27 GDT - Canadiens 5 vs. Red Wings 4

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 27 March 2014 - 09:38 PM

The Howard-bashing needs to stop.  He certainly hasn't looked great this season, but his track record (especially in the playoffs) should give him the benefit of the doubt.  He made some amazing saves tonight despite his defense ending up out of position on almost every play.  The first goal was broken coverage that gave Plekanec an open shot from the slot.  This was probably one that Howard could have stopped, but good shooters score from there all the time.  The second was a horrendous turnover in the neutral zone that resulted in a perfectly executed 3-on-2.  The third occurred after a blatant interference non-call and was a screened shot with eyes that probably even shocked Desharnais when it went into the net.  Number four went off Kronwall; no goalie can stop deflected shots unless they get deflected right into them.  Number five was another blown coverage and another deflection that Howard had no chance of saving. 


If you want to blame someone for Howard's save percentage, blame our defense. 


Is it Howard-bashing to say that Howard hasn't played well? He hasn't. Its nothing personal, but the fact remains that the stats are crap and the anyone that watches the game can see he isn't tracking pucks well, his glove has been wavering, his rebound control is non-existent, and his body language after goals doesn't instill confidence.


Every game we can do the postmortem on each goal and find a screen, or a bounce, or a "good shot". When we end up blaming zero goals on the goaltender who is routinely letting in 3-5 goals, you might have to look at your own objectivity. I'm not saying every goal is Howard's fault. I'm saying the trend is that he lets in a lot of goals at the worst possible time and he needs to own that as much, if not more than our crappy defense.