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In Topic: Round 1 Line Combinations

19 April 2014 - 11:11 AM

Heres what WILL happen:


Franzen - Dats - Abby         (hate this line)

Tatar - Sheahan - Nyquist

Jurco/Miller - Helm - Alfie/Bertuzzi :(

Miller/Jurco - Glendenning - Legwand


Kronwall - Smith

Dekeyser - Quincey

Kindl - Lashoff



Here's what I think would be the most productive lineup with the assumption that sproul/oullet remain in the minors:


Nyquist - Dats - Abby

Tatar - Sheahan - Jurco

Franzen - Helm/Legwand - Alfredsson

Miller - Glendenning - Legwand/Helm






Lash/Kindl NEED to be separated if we have any chance of making it anywhere. That might be the worst D pairing I've seen in detroit in recent time. Smith can't be removed from Kronner as he is clearly at his best with someone reliable beside him. The bottom 2 pairings are balanced out as much as possible this way.


Dats has shown to not play well with franzen/alfie but I'm sure we'll still see that combination throughout the first round. IMO, he needs a player like abby with another fast skilled forward such as nyquist/jurco on his line. IF franzen decides to show up for a few shifts he'd be okay on datsyuks line as long as there is that skilled forward on that line as well. 





You Sir (or Madam), must not have been around for the Lilja / Lebda (or Meech) pairing. 


Lashoff has been nothing if not defensively sound and serviceable.  Nothing flashy, but ho-hum and gettin it done.


I will agree that Kindl does not impress.  He's been a liability more often than not, but at least the guy can skate.  Can't say that about Lilja.

In Topic: Poking the Bear

19 April 2014 - 11:01 AM

One of the things that got me thinking last night was this:  The terrible NBC talking heads were speaking before the game about the B's ability to play big and aggressive if you want; or play the skill game if you want that instead.  That can be intimidating to a lot of teams in the league because with the Bruins they can usually do it better than the opposition.


Turns out after watching the game that the Bruins didnt know which team they were last night.  They can't out-skill the class of puck possession teams, and thier "big nastiness" came out like a wimper compared to the Anahiem teams we have faced over the years.


With our generations of players being developed the same puck possession way, it's amazing to watch a "system" beat a team of bigger, better, meaner.

In Topic: Smith files for arbitration

12 July 2013 - 10:36 AM

Smith played half a season in the league and gets already written off, give him time. The guy never had the benefit of learning from an all-time-top 5 defenseman and like someone mentioned had to play on the worst Wings edition since almost two and a half decade.

I hope he gets around 1,2 - 1,5 very managable cap hit and enough time to prove his worth.

I dont think anyone was "writing him off." A lot of us found ourselves yelling "dammit, Smith" more often than any other player this season. He simply made a consistent amount of poor choices when other options were available. The good news is that he will improve with experience, and I think a lot of us who are critical of his play hope that he does. I was expecting him to stumble a bit, just as I expect any rookie to struggle.

My general allowance is as follows:

1) Wingers: you get 2 full NHL seasons to show results (offensive numbers or defensive ability)

2) Centers: Tough job here. You get an additional season [3 total] to show results (faceoffs are scrutinized more and more each season)

3) Defense: Learning how to handle NHL forwards is formidable. I give 4 complete NHL seasons prior to ultimate critiquage. In Smith's case, he gets 3 more to show what he can do before I start calling for an inquiry.

4) Goalies: you have a screw loose. 5 seasons just because you control the least amount of the game, and may have a lackluster squad in front of you. Also- you are the craziest people on the roster and I usually cant figure you out.

In Topic: Wings sign Stephen Weiss, 5-years, $24.5m

06 July 2013 - 08:06 AM

I'll admit it - I dont really know him very well and I have been watching a lot of hockey over the past decade. He has never really come across my radar, but I am not sure if that is due to the "he's buried in a terrible franchise" or "he's got terrible line mates" or the dreaded "he's not really that good".

The one thing I have noticed watching his highlight videos is this: he goes straight at the net more often than not. Never going to complain about that. It will be interesting to see how he dishes to the 2 swedes on his line to start. Hoping for the best, but cautiously optimistic on this one.

In Topic: Stephen Weiss on his way?

05 July 2013 - 01:04 PM

Weiss signed with detroit