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#2566789 Larkin or Mantha?

Posted by wings4thecup06 on Yesterday, 06:03 PM

Personally I'd take Mantha right now. The Wings haven't had that kind of size/scoring ability in one player in a long long time. And it's needed. Not as badly perhaps now with the seeming emergence of Nyquist, Tatar and Sheahan, but still, for the future, we're gonna need Mantha to be good. 


That's not a knock on Larkin. I would happily take both :). Lets hope he continues to develop really well at U of M. How many years do people think he'll be there for? 2? 3? 

#2566766 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by wings4thecup06 on Yesterday, 04:14 PM

Kip, I completely get what you're saying, but I don't think we're quite there yet. I think by next years trade deadline we will be a serious threat. That is when I would look at making a trade to put us over the top, if that's the route every contender needs to go, although I'm not so sure about that...

I also get that no team has ever done anything with a purely home grown team, but as it sits right now, we have to be the closest team to that. I honestly do believe we can win the Cup with the roster we have now, shedding a little bit of dead weight, infusing a little more of the youth, and maybe a free agent signing. I don't think trading is the only option to get us to the top.

I think Ken Holland is going to do what he can to keep the guys he drafted and turn this team into a contender, so we'll have to see how it plays out...


I agree, but what I see is this team needing to win a playoff round or two this year with the kids, so that it makes them even hungrier. Sort of like what happened in 06/07. Got close, realised what was needed, and dug deep the following year and got the job done. After last years playoffs though, I think Tatar and Nyquist will want to prove themselves a little more come April. 


I do see KH attempting to upgrade the backend at some point before the deadline, but whether anything comes to fruition or not is another question. 


If it were me, I'd probably find a way to get something for Kindl and keep Ouellet in the lineup full time. Obviously, it depends who's available and what the cost is. 


No point selling the farm for one piece when that piece won't put us over the top just yet. 

#2566677 TANK IT! 2014-2015 Season

Posted by wings4thecup06 on Yesterday, 06:43 AM

I just re-read the first post of this thread. And then laughed incredibly hard.  :lol:

#2566676 2016 World Cup of Hockey

Posted by wings4thecup06 on Yesterday, 06:41 AM

It's a business, niche sports don't make enough money.


Yea I know, it's just the epitome of greed. Sorry, just hacks me off sometimes.

#2566675 1/27 GDT : Red Wings 5 at Panthers 4

Posted by wings4thecup06 on Yesterday, 06:40 AM

Thing I've found about Franzen is that he played really well the first 10 games or so. He looked re-energised, was properly engaged for most of the game. And then he just got streaky again. Which is fine, it's what we've come to know and expect. But concussions mount up. I'm not saying he's dropped off like some are, but head injury after head injury sure makes a difference, and the last couple of times he's been levelled to which you would have thought most players would get up fine from, he's got up really slowly. 


I agree with you though Kip, he's expendable not because his play has declined, but because he's been surpassed by others who work harder. If he retires early, the wings are subject to the cap recapture penalty right? 

#2566673 Larkin or Mantha?

Posted by wings4thecup06 on Yesterday, 06:24 AM


I'm not sure who would be available, but Seguin wasn't available until he was moved, so you never know.  Someone like Tavares gets fed up with playing for a loser, demands a trade and wants to go to Detroit.  I'd trade Larkin or Mantha, Pulkinnen, and a D prospect to get that deal done without thinking twice.


I don't think Tavares is getting fed up anymore....... :lol:

#2565524 Time for Teemu?

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 22 January 2015 - 09:19 AM

Overall, I think I was happy with the way Teemu played during his call up. Better than last season's 3 games for sure. I still think he was over anxious to shoot at times, although that's probably a product of the fact that all everyone has been talking about is his slapshot, how good it is, and how he's the next Brett Hull. 


Still, he certainly didn't look out of place, and played reasonably well defensively. IMO, he's gotta make quicker decisions with the puck, cause a couple times he turned it over because he took too long. That being said, i was super happy for him when he scored. Here's hoping we see him back soon. We need that right hand shot and his bomb.


Can you imagine if in a couple years time we could line up Sproul and Pulkkinen at the point of the power play? 

#2565522 1/20 GDT: Wild 4 @ Red Wings 5 (SO)

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 22 January 2015 - 09:12 AM

The promising thing here is that they managed to find a way to win the game despite not bringing it. Yes the Wild didn't generate much on their own through 40, but that 3rd period should have been nowhere near close. 


Ericsson's blunder took me right back to the 07' playoffs and it was as if Lilja had been reborn. Regardless, everyone makes mistakes, and the Wings should have shut the game down. I have a feeling that they got a little over confident perhaps and with a 4-1 lead heading into the 3rd and the prospect of a week off, most players wanted to go on vacation. 


Still awesome to see Teemu pot his first in possibly his final game with the wings for a while. 

#2565520 Stadium series Wings vs Avs 2016!

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 22 January 2015 - 09:08 AM

I don't care if it's the Wings and every rival they've ever had, the Stadium Series needs to die.  


Agreed 100%. This is a pure money grab from the league, and what's worse is that its totally depreciated the Winter classic in the process. 


In fact, what they probably should do, but won't, is not hold any outdoor games for a few years. 


Less is more you know? 

#2565518 What should we do with the Monster?

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 22 January 2015 - 08:45 AM

Gotta keep Gus tbh. Mrazek will be around to more than keep the Wings floating above the water until Jimmy returns. Then Mrazek will go back down to GR, and Gus will periodically spell Jimmy down the stretch. Hopefully, the Wings won't be in such a dire situation that requires them to bring their A++++ game every night thanks to the healthy position we're in after 47 games, so giving Monster a game or two every now and then won't hurt, while having Mrazek in GR should strengthen them too.

#2564964 1/20 GDT: Wild 4 @ Red Wings 5 (SO)

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 20 January 2015 - 06:39 PM

GO WINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Two from Weiss this Tuesday night


Pulkkinin gets the horn going


:siren: :punk: :siren:



Teemu hasn't looked bad in his call up, but I still feel he's squeezing his stick, a little too eager to shoot perhaps and has made a few poor decisions. I'm glad he's here, but I don't think the Wings are maximising his potential. Or maybe i just got spoiled last year because Sheahan and Jurco came up and contributed from the get go. Here's hoping he pots one tonight 

#2563358 Franzen on IR

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 15 January 2015 - 03:28 PM

Kip, that is a good point, and I do understand it.  My point was just that I hated losing Hossa, and since Franzen was the main guy kept to be "The Sniper" on this team, I turned on Franzen when he NEVER even came close to being the right guy.  I understand the business aspect of it, but even back then I was in favor of dumping Hudler, Filppula and Franzen instead of losing Hossa. I always was pro-Hossa and always will be.  My whole point that started this was, I didn't think losing Hossa in favor of Franzen was the right thing to do, and I was right.  Hossa has 2 Cups to our none since he left.  So even though Holland chose to keep three players instead of one, it didn't help us what so ever.  Hudler and Filppula left anyhow and Franzen is nitrous garbage.  So, losing all three of them and keeping Hossa would not have hurt the team, and it may have even bettered the team because Hossa would've been on Dats' wing this whole time (more than likely) and probably would have scored more shootout goals...



I don't want to be Devil's advocate here, but one player does not a cup make sir. Those Hawks teams were stacked even without Hossa. And if we'd kept Hossa and had to lose Franzen, Hudler and Filppula, we probably wouldn't have won another cup just because the losses would have hurt our depth. 

#2563320 Franzen on IR

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 15 January 2015 - 07:59 AM

I love how, 6 years on, Hossa still stirs up the pot in these forums.

#2562879 MLive : Howard out at least 2-4 weeks with "slight groin tear"

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 13 January 2015 - 05:55 PM

Personally, I don't really see the harm in letting McCollum start sunday against Buffalo. Low risk game. Coming off a back to back. And the last thing we need is to push Mrazek to the edge so he gets injured. 


McCollum was a first round pick remember, and the last 2 years in GR his played has improved to the point where he's at least looking like a shadow of the reasons he was picked so highly in the first place. Wouldn't do any harm in taking a look at him. When's the next chance the Wings will get this opportunity? Training camp?

#2559941 12/31 GDT : Devils 1 at Red Wings 3

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 31 December 2014 - 05:15 PM

Going to the game tonight!! Woohoo!!