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#2542896 Franzen to 7-day IR

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 21 October 2014 - 05:31 PM

Sorry but that's absolute bull. You can't compare Miller to Jurco because both have completely different roles on this team. miller is clearly a 4th line guy who is relied on on the PK, whereas Jurco is a scoring forward who is counted on to use his body and speed to create offensive chances


If we actually send Miller down, what does that achieve? Who's going to play on the 4th line? Cleary? Sorry, but that 4th line thus far has been tremendous through 5 games, and if Glendening had the hands of Ovechkin he'd be leading the league in scoring with the number of chances he's had. 


You can't fix one problem by creating another. 


As for Franzen, I know a lot of you hate him, but screw it. He's been on fire thus far. He's 34. We know exactly what he is. And oh yea. Hockey's a contact sport. I'm sure they're far more injuries that ever get reported to the press. Doesn't make it more or less frustrating when they happen, but they just do. Luckily he's not out long term and it's only 7 day IR. So can please, just for once, when we get an injury this season, can all the haters hold off with the 'i told you so's', and actually enjoy this team for what it's worth, which right now is looking quite promising. 

#2542655 TANK IT! 2014-2015 Season

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 20 October 2014 - 03:12 PM

I love how this thread has been reactivated from the depths after 5 games, the Wings are 3-1-1 without their best player, have gone toe to toe with 2 of the best teams in the league, look incredibly energetic and speedy, and have a tremendous PK. 


Whats not to like? 


Screw the 'experts'. They're not the ones out there on the ice. And so far, I like what i've seen (outside of the first two periods of Wednesdays game, but even then we got a point out of it)

#2542652 Franzen to 7-day IR

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 20 October 2014 - 03:07 PM

I think after last years debacle, the Wings are being cautious here, and rightfully so, especially with Franzen off to such a good start. 


Also, it delays the inevitable roster crunch decision for a little while longer - gives Nestrasil a few more games to hopefully impress. IMO they need to waive Cleary and send him down to GR rather than the easy way out (which would be to send Jurco back to GR)

#2540373 10/11/14 GDT: Game 2 | Ducks 3 @ Red Wings 2

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 12 October 2014 - 08:04 PM

I like that kronwall addressed that he needs to stay on his feet there. The defense in general was a level better against the Bruins although DD has been nothing but solid both games. Ericsson's play has been concerning


So solid in fact that I have barely notices him in the first two games. Which always is a good thing. 


I've been really impressed with lots of guys and just the overall team in general. Franzen has been the best for me thus far. Being physical, coming back defensively, making an effort every shift and actually setting up quite a few goals. Him with Z and Gus looked really good for the short time they've been put together. Once Datsyuk comes back I'd love to see the 3 of them stay together but we'll see what happens. 

#2540283 10/11/14 GDT: Game 2 | Ducks 3 @ Red Wings 2

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 12 October 2014 - 07:50 AM

Yes that loss stings a little but really is there a reason to complain here if you're a wings fan? I honestly thought they played brilliantly and deserved to win the game. They're showing so much energy, speed and desire, and they responded physically to the challenge of the Ducks. Multiple times we saw guys (abby, Helm, Smith, Franzen etc) throw the body around and its great to see. Hell, when Kesler tried to take Smith's head off, Glendening was right there shoving Kesler down telling him to go **** himself. 


The only thing hurting the Wings right now is a few costly defensive mistakes, but with time, if they keep playing this way, those will fade. We'll be getting Pavel back probably by next weekend at the earliest and that's also a great sign as it gives us more offensive firepower and depth. The kids have all played great thus far, and our D is looking much better than last year. I'm really liking the DeKeyser/Smith pairing and have thought they've both been solid. Like i said, theres been a couple costly turnovers the first two games, and as such pretty much all our opponents goals have come off of Red Wings mistakes. That can only be good because if we cut down/eliminate most of these, while continuing to play with speed and energy then we're in really good shape to be honest. 

#2539357 10/9 GDT : Bruins 1 at Red Wings 2.

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 09 October 2014 - 06:02 PM

WOOOHOOOOO!!!! This has seriously felt like the longest summer without hockey that I can remember. Soo excited for the Wings to be back, can't wait!! LGW!!!

#2538733 Will Cleary make the roster? (poll)

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 07 October 2014 - 11:18 AM

TThere's a lot of talk about a possible trade.
Anyone see or hear any viable rumors?


from where? I hope so, but haven't heard 

#2538685 Datsyuk to play Thursday? Weiss to be a healthy scratch?

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 07 October 2014 - 05:50 AM

I'm just sick of people saying being a realist is a Debbie downer. A realist is someone who forms their opinions based on facts but yet were Debbie downers because we don't drink the kool aid of hopes and dreams.


Sorry but that's a load of bs. The guy spent the entire year last season playing hurt or on the shelf. Now, because he's not been lighting it up in the preseason, despite the fact that he's the healthiest he's been in two seasons, you feel the need to can him just to boost your own ego?


Give me a break. 

#2538314 Holland interview with Mickey comment about a trade

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 04 October 2014 - 03:12 PM

I will raise my hand and admit I didn't know sweet fa about Jensen really until camp and preseason. Good for him. But really, I thought our main guys were the big 4 (Ouellet, Marchenko, Sproul, Backman) and everyone after that was either nowhere near ready or just an afterthought. 


Would really love the Wings to be gutsy and just go with Ouellet or Jensen to start the year with the Wings. 

#2538161 Holland interview with Mickey comment about a trade

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 03 October 2014 - 02:14 PM


It's a stretch for Kindl, but he explicitly says: ""Lash isn't in any trouble" [...] "Lash trained like crazy," Babcock said. "Lash is smart. Lash does a good job penalty killing. Lash is what he is." He's the 7th guy - comes cheap and is what a #7 should be.


He doesn't say anything about Kindl, specifically. Maybe that's where the opening lies. Personally, I hope one or more of the kids have fantastic games. I truly feel as if the defense needs a shake-up.


I agree. I think Lashoff is somewhat useful as a 7th D. Someone who it's ok to leave on the bench for half the season. You don't want any of the kids to be playing 20 games and sitting out the rest as the 7th D. Not good for their development. 

#2537595 Ericsson/Smith Day-to-Day with groin/hip flexor issues

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 29 September 2014 - 02:59 PM

You know what, I reckon all these sore groins, sore this sore that and whatnot are just simply a product of the media life and times that we live in. 10 years ago we didn't hear these things all the time in the preseason because there was no twitter around to keep people up to date 24/7. 


Just me reckoning. 

#2537198 Datsyuk 2nd degree separated shoulder injury - out approx 4 weeks

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 24 September 2014 - 04:04 PM

Calm down everyone. It's a mild shoulder strain, 2-4 weeks is nothing. Now is the best time for Pavel to rest, and it gives him a chance to get it healed fully with the prospect of missing maybe a week's worth of the regular season. 


Injuries happen. it's a contact sport. Datsyuk's injury was a freak, he was just hit hard along the boards. No one is ever going to say you're not allowed to hit someone while they're coming down the wall like that, like Pavel was. Hitting the corner like that is a freak. It happens. He'll be fine, and missing a week now is better than missing a week down the stretch. No amount of conditioning could prepare even the fittest athlete in the world for a collision like that. 


Yes it sucks that Pavel won't be in the lineup on opening night, but I don't see why everyone is just absolutely clamouring with depression at the fact that 3 guys are hurt already. All 3 injuries were freaks. Helm can still play, just slap on a cage and as long as he can breathe it's all good. And we're not the only team with injuries this early. Look around the league. Malkin and Crosby aren't practicing, Drouin broke his hand, Jordan Staal fractured his leg, Stepan also fractured his leg. So were aren't alone. it happens. Just be thankful that Pavel isn't out for that long and that during that time he can still keep his legs fresh

#2537015 Datsyuk 2nd degree separated shoulder injury - out approx 4 weeks

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 23 September 2014 - 04:01 PM

Only on LGW can you find this kind of reaction to 2 minor injuries in a simple preseason game that no one really cared about anyway. 


Pavel will be fine. Give him a weeks rest and he's still got another week to get ready for the start of the season. A broken nose is a broken nose. Helm will get over it. Mantha's injury was a freak, but he probably wasn't going to make the roster straight away anyway. All that has done is just quietened everyone talking about him.

#2536756 2014 Preseason Thread

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 22 September 2014 - 04:25 PM

I wanted to put this in its own thread but decided to post here instead.  I just wanted to comment on how awesome it is that the organization has fully embraced social media, and particularly the "all-access" philosophy they seem to have developed.  Between the Red Wings and Griffins Youtube channels I've watched behind the scenes videos of last year's playoffs, development camp, the prospect tournament, and now main camp, along with individual profiles of many of the up and coming guys as well as Wings regulars.  In each case the footage was more insightful and better made than the hyper-dramatic, scripted, crap that we were fed on 24/7 last year.  No B.S., all hockey.  Exactly what I want. 


Kudos to the organization for giving fans an absolutely massive amount of media to help get them through the long offseason. 


Couldn't agree more, even if all those prospect profiles just served to over hype everyone in my eyes!! 

#2536524 Mantha's Injury

Posted by wings4thecup06 on 18 September 2014 - 02:30 PM

As much as this news sucks, I'm going to put a positive spin on it, because I feel like it. 


1. This increases dramatically the possibilities of Jurco starting the year and remaining with the Wings - where hopefully they'll reunite the kid line from last year with him, Tatar and Sheahan, whom I thought were truly tremendous. Not only does this add to our scoring depth, it allows the 3 of them to grow their game at the NHL level together, feeding off each other and reaching new heights. Add into the fact that if D and Z are healthy, they won't be playing against top line opponents, which maximises their opportunities for success.


2. While we may have seen Mantha start the year with the Wings (I felt it unlikely, but no one could count it out), his injury/rehab process will mean that he will definitely start his pro career in GR, which is at this stage what I feel is best for him. Get his confidence playing against men, and then he can help the Wings down the stretch next year or as a playoff black ace, while getting a cup of coffee at some point along the way. 


3. It opens the door for others - Pulkkinen especially, and that free roster spot may now open the door for someone like Callahan to prove he's worth more than say Andersson.


The negatives I can see from this:


1. Mantha doesn't get to even participate in camp, nor play pre-season games against pro opposition. 


2. He'll be rehabbing, unable to use that leg for 5-6 weeks, which will put his progress back a little way. By no means is it insurmountable, but not the kind of start you'd want to your first pro season.