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#2623708 Adidas Gets NHL Jersey Deal

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 22 August 2015 - 09:56 AM

What part of Adidas owns CCM did you not understand?


I think what frank might be getting at is that even tho CCM is owned by Adidas, you can damn sure bet that CCM won't be left to work on these jerseys alone. It'll be hugely influenced by the parent company and we all know they're just not a hockey brand. 


It really would be nice for once if the NHL could be left to be run by people and companies that truly care about hockey first, but we all know theres no money in that....

#2623171 Las Vegas rumored to get an expansion team

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 15 August 2015 - 02:39 PM

I just think that, like it or not, these guys are professional athletes, and therefore they are role models to millions of people and children growing up. Thus, they're off ice behaviour is probably, almost more important than the behaviour they exhibit on it. If we place a team in Vegas, are we likely to see more stories about off ice behaviour? Can you imagine if the NFL had a team in Vegas?


All of these things are obviously subject to our own opinions, and are all projectables. These things may or may not happen at all, and a team there could be a success. Or it coiuld not, and could end up giving the league a bad name. Personally, I don;t think it's worth the risk, especially considering that the 3 biggest sports in the US do not have a franchise in Vegas. I would have thought that would be enough to prohibit the NHL from attempting something like this. Especially considering the vast failures they've had in small, non-hockey markets...

#2622535 Las Vegas rumored to get an expansion team

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 08 August 2015 - 02:15 PM

Ive been against this idea from the beginning, and now it's one step closer I still find it totally abhorrent. There'll be no real fan base there, and there could be constant links to gambling. And what about the team that lives there? Can you imagine some of the more shadier characters in the league being able to stay out of trouble? It's another desperate attempt by Gary to try and force hockey onto markets it doesn't belong for the sake of expansion fees to fill the pockets of those paying his salary. 

#2619942 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 10 July 2015 - 12:13 PM

They don't have much left to prove, but theyre not better options than we have now, thats the problem.
Yes kindl should be gone, but he still has some potential too, and he actually showed he can be a top four d man, albeit for the lockout shortened season, but still.
And Ericsson is not suited for our top pair, I agree with that, but he is still a top four d man, and you don't move that for a bottom pairing guy.
There will be injuries, and they'll get their shot, and hopefully when they do, they'll grab ahold if it and run with it...
Then next season one of them will be the seventh guy while waiting for his chance...its how the wings tend to do things, we've seen it at forward with Gus and tats, and I don't see it changing just because its defense and not forwards.

And no arguments about Quincey, he was good last year, but hell be gone next season. He was one of our steadiest d men last year, which could be just because he was with Deke, which is fine.


Maybe not better options as it looks right now, but how are these guys supposed to realise their potential if they don't ever get to play at the highest level? 

I get your opinion, I just feel its time the Wings took a chance with 1 of these guys, especially with how they both played last year. 

Kindl plays arguably the most sheltered minutes in the league in terms of D, which is why he looks good every time he comes into the lineup, appears to play well for a couple of games, then makes the inevitable couple of mistakes and gets bounced. Its the same story over and over, I just feel its time the Wings cut their losses with him. 

That's my opinion though

#2619927 Over/Under for Larkin's time as a Red Wing in 15/16

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 10 July 2015 - 09:55 AM

I think we're taking these "so and so sucks" comments a little too seriously.. they'll all develop just fine, it's the wings organization after all.

And I think aa gets less hype than mantha/larkin because Mantha and Larkin have very high expectations for prospects. I'm as excited for aa as I am for anyone else.


Plus, I think AA flew a little under the radar, especially at the beginning of last year, then he broke his jaw. His reputations has always been as a solid defensive forward, but he showed last year that he can also put up points. It was a big year for him, and I think that raised his status within the organisation. Plus, Mantha and Larkin were first round picks. For a team that rarely has 1st round picks, that makes their expectations even greater. 

#2617868 Holland doesn't expect to be busy this offseason

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 01 July 2015 - 10:43 AM

Frankly I could give 2 s**** about moves that KH 'should' make. Im sorry, but i'll still say the out look of this team is extremely bright. The free agent class SUCKS. And the last thing we need is another Stephen Weiss bad type contract that we'll just regret, take up a roster spot, and block someone who could be better long term making an impact. 


This team has a good young coach, who has already got to know half of the team and coached most, if not all of them, who's had success at every level, chomping at the bit to prove he's better or equal to the man he's replacing. 


We've got a great goalie tandem, with Mrazek looking like a future stud in the making. Great prospects on D who might FINALLY get a chance to play full time with the team this season like they should have been doing last year. 


Some terrific young forwards, Tatar, Nyquist, Sheahan, Pulkkinen, Abby, Helm to name a few that really could keep improving and add to our foreword depth.


Some terrific prospects in GR the likes of Larkin, Mantha, Athanasiou, who could be ready to contribute very very soon. 


This is a playoff team who nearly defeated the eventual SC finalists. I see no problems in sticking with the program, letting the young guys gradually have bigger roles. I see no need for impatience or any brash moves just to try and 'keep up with the Joneses'. I believe this team will be good for a long time and has several great pieces on the way. I'd rather not see us blow it all with some stupid moves now. 

#2617820 New Coyotes jerseys for 2015-2016

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 01 July 2015 - 07:48 AM

Meh. I don't know. They should move the team back to Quebec IMO. God help us if they put a team in Vegas. 

#2615299 Wings open to trading Mantha and/or their 1st Round Pick

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 19 June 2015 - 01:31 PM

Mantha has the skill, he just came off a major injury in a league that is more difficult than he has ever seen before. He just has some confidence issues. The skill is there. If he gets in a full training camp and season and still is underperforming at the end of next season then I'll hit the panic button. I think he is gonna have a bounce back season however.


Exactly. There isn't any need to start panicking about Mantha or thinking about jettisoning him off somewhere else at this point. The kid started way behind, came off a pretty serious injury, and still put up 32 points in a league that was way harder than the QMJHL. I agree. If he has a good camp, starts the season strong, and works everyday as a pro should, there's no reason this guy couldn't be a good permanent scorer for the Wings. He has the skill set and the size in a forward that the Wings really haven't had since Franzen was awesome and Shanahan tbh. I don't expect KH and co to give up on Mantha just because he struggled in his first pro season. If he'd done that with all our prospects we'd be nowhere right now. I think the thing that has changed with Mantha was the fact that he was so hyped coming out of juniors, and that raised everyone's expectations. Then he got injured. And everyone ended up disappointed. Yet with most other first year pro's, I think most would have been happy with the result considering the circumstances. 

#2609608 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 22 May 2015 - 08:00 AM

At this point, it almost has to be Blashill. Re-signing him to an extension last year that pays double what any other AHL coach makes, refusing to let other NHL teams talk to him......


Really. The guy is a winner. And the Wings management have clearly earmarked him as the plan B in case Babcock left...

#2605063 should mrazek get #1 tag next season

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 30 April 2015 - 01:53 PM

We know one thing ... Howard struggles in the playoffs ... Sorry but that's the case and mrazek is 23 and howard is 30

I'm more for trading howard so mrazek plays as many games as he can , howard won't be a happy boy playing 30-40 games and if that happens his value dimishes and we get a pick

Right now we can say before the injury he was an all star and get a roster player or 2 that can actually further improve our team right now

A contending team like a saint louis/San Jose/Philadelphia would be intrigued


While I agree Howard should be traded eventually, I don;t think the Wings should just hand Mrazek the starting job based on a really good playoff. Howard is still a very good goalie, and his value can improve if he plays well in the regular season up to the trade deadline. 


Plus, where's the harm in having two really really good goalie's next year up to the deadline, and then trading Howie when his value could be at its highest and the return could be the greatest. Right now it's not, because he's been injured and he struggled. 

Also, Mrazek will need some tutoring and help getting through his first full NHL season playing 40/50 games. He really hasn't proven yet that he can handle the rigours of it and needs to work out his consistency issues. 


He's definitely our goalie of the future, but it'd be a bit short sighted to jettison Howard so quickly IMO

#2601167 ECQF Game 4 GDT : Lightning 3 at Red Wings 2 (OT) - Series Tied 2-2

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 26 April 2015 - 08:09 AM

I was talking about Games 2-4 for Datsyuk. And if you think Detroit controlled the game after the 2nd goal they scored you were watching a completely different game. I saw a Tampa team on full court press taking shots with reckless abandon on Mrazek. Detroit was on its heels for almost half the game, they went into curse control and that's why they lost. 


But I will agree with one thing: Mrazek has pretty much run Howard out of town so far. He has been why this series is 2-2 not 4-0. If the Wings had any chance at the cup he would be the only choice for Conn Symthe. 


I disagree with your assessment of Datsyuk. He hasn't looked lost at all IMO. He's just been so busy shutting down Stamkos that you don't see him doing much offensively (except for game 1 and game 5). 

#2600142 ECQF Game 4 GDT : Lightning 3 at Red Wings 2 (OT) - Series Tied 2-2

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 25 April 2015 - 09:09 AM

It's funny people actually believe this.


He's only the biggest factor because the rest of the team has looked like hot garbage most of the time. Datsyuk looks lost, Z looks old, Helm has been a non-factor, Nyquist has one goal and not much else to show, Tatar has been pretty much a missing person and the defense, well lets not even get started on them.


The loss was not because of Glendening getting injured. They would have lost had he not. They lost because they spent just about every moment after they scored the second goal on their heels. Tampa controlled play and they scored 3 straight goals. It's that simple.


I'm sorry but that is absolute b*******. That's fine of you to have your opinion but you are completely wrong. That was by far the Wings' best game of the playoffs. They controlled the entire game up until making 3 mistakes within 7 minutes which unfortunately cost them the game. 


Anyone would have thought by your spouting that the Wings had been swept. Let's not forget its 2-2 in a series that most ofd the media thought we wouldn't have a chance to even compete in. And Glendening has been huge. That 4th line has been excellent. There's a reason why the Johnson line has been shut down in this series, and you saw it right there in game 4. Mrazek has been superb, aside from game 2. Datsyuk has looked lost?? Really. Aside from Glendening he's been our best player in this series. Were you even watching game 1? 


Helm has been a non-factor? And how about you actually look at the fact that Glendening is a really good solid player instead of the fact that you think he looks better than you think he asctyually is because in your opinion, the rest of the team is s***? Well if the rest of the team is s***, then why aren't we outside of the playoffs looking in, or staring at an imminent defeat in the first round like so many predicted?


continue to share your opinion sir, and that is fine. But when you ignore the obvious and continue to bash the team that we all know and love, then i will disagree with you. Just because we don't ice a lineup made of all stars anymore and future hall of famers, doesn't mean we can't sit here and respect the effort and hard work this team has put in to make it this far. 

#2597015 Smith in. Marchenko out for Game 3

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 21 April 2015 - 08:54 AM

I sure hope that Babcock doesn't make roster decisions based on the notion that "crazier things have happened". 


You don't take a guy who consistently struggles with minimal responsibility (Smith), and give him a ton more responsibility, and expect that to work.  It's the exact opposite of accountability.  It doesn't work...anywhere. 


I'd be all for moving Dekeyser up and dropping Ericsson down.  Why?  Because Dekeyser has shown that he can handle his current level of responsibility and thrive.  So you can probably give him a little more. 


But I'm never going to be in favor of giving more ice time, against better opposition, to a player who can't hold on to a roster spot with less ice time, and against worse players. 


Sure, crazier things have happened.  But so have MUCH, MUCH, MUCH smarter things too. 


I respect you sir and your opinions, but in my belief, there are a couple of things that stand out here. No one is saying that Smith is a top pairing D man. In fact, Kronner probably is a number 2 on a good D. But, Smith and Kronwall have played well together in the past, and right now this is all about putting the best possible D pairings together. 


Thus, Q and DK have been our best pair all season, so in no way would you promote DK to play with Kronner at this stage. If you have a pair that plays well together, it'd be a good idea to keep them that way. That would give us 2 pairs that 'play well together', and then Zidlicky with Ericsson would give a solid 3rd pairing of 2 veterans, one defensively minded, and one offensively minded. I'd say that's a better balance. Will it happen? I doubt it.


And accountability - its the entire reason Smith was scratched for the last 3 games. Batting that puck on the bench was stupid, so Babs scratched him as a result. Now that he's kept his head down and worked hard in practice, he's back in. I guarantee he'll be fired up and ready to play. 

#2596885 Smith in. Marchenko out for Game 3

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 20 April 2015 - 02:36 PM

Aaaaaand we're back to suggesting Smith should be on the top pair?  C'mon guys. 


I don't have a problem with him coming back in for Marchenko.  Marchenko hasn't looked great.  But if any of you think Smith would look better than Ericsson against Tampa's best players you're nuts.


This is only suggested because last year when they paired Smith and Kronner together, Smith's play went up. That's it. it's not about Smith being a number 1 d man. Its' just that when he is paired with Kronwall, he's a better overall D man.

#2596884 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Tampa Bay Lightning 5

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 20 April 2015 - 02:33 PM


How is Smith physical?  Like, literally what does he do that makes his play "physical"?


People keep repeating this, but don't ever substantiate it. 


This should be enough to get us started....







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