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#2454951 Brendan Smith

Posted by The Secret on 17 November 2013 - 09:25 PM

Not everyone can walk in and be a stand out like Dekeyser. I was one that regularly said the same thing about Ericsson that most are saying about Smith now. Ericsson took his time but is finding his ground and Smith will be the same. For now enjoy Dekeyser's success unti Smitty finds his ground.

 

Oh. What about that Kindl guy? 2 years ago I'd have said he was on his way out of town but he has actually finally proven some worth. Patience. It will be worth it.




#2457600 What Does This Team Need More/Most?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 24 November 2013 - 11:38 AM

We need some more snarl, some more size up front. But at the same time, it isn't just an enforcer. We could use a guy like Chris Stewart, Bertuzzi is a decent deterrent, but you see how the game changes if he doesn't play. We need big guys that can put some pucks in the net. And on the back end, we could use either a guy who blocks shots like a madman or can connect tape to tape on every pass. But all of that is easier said then done, because not only do we have a nonchalant GM, he doesn't have cap space or roster space to make trades.  

 

I agree about Bert, but it also says a lot when the Wings rely on a 38 year-old with a bad back to be a deterrent of any kind.  Like when he dropped the gloves to go with Weber after the head smash on Z.  Good on Bert for doing it, but I also felt kind of bad for him.

 

As I've mentioned before, it'd be nice to have someone like Jordan Nolan on the 4th line like the Kings do.  He's 6'3" 227 lbs, will drop the gloves with anyone and is a pretty effective grinder who will score a few.  You know when the Kings 4th line is out there.  And Nolan is only 24 years old, drafted in the 7th round.  Dwight King is another one, taken in the 4th round. He has more offensive upside than Nolan. 

 

It's not like the Kings got them because of high draft picks.  There are guys out there.  You occasionally have to pick them instead of a non-physical skill guy.

 

To try and head off the inevitable enforcer argument, I'm not talking about the Wings getting a John Scott.  But it would be nice if they at least had a 4th line with some size and grit, and would make people answer for playing against the Wings like the Sens did last night.   Even before last night many of us have been saying how the bottom 6 are a collection of spare parts instead of one that has a mission and identity when they're out there.




#2455006 Today's Chuckle - NHL selling team Snuggies

Posted by 55fan on 18 November 2013 - 01:13 PM

When will the NHL® Official 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® version be available?

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It was only available on websites that you don't get, but because you live in an area which the NHL® says is supposed to get them, are blacked out because of contractual obligations.  The NHL® suggests that you pay them hundreds of dollars to get these websites, at which time they will allow you to read the fine print informing you that you can not get these websites. 

 

The NHL® apologizes for the inconvenience, and will now lock out the players to negotiate this problem because the NHL® loves you, because you are the Best Fans in the World™.




#2452958 Brendan Shanahan appreciation thread

Posted by F.Michael on 12 November 2013 - 03:39 PM

I remember Shanny in Hartford, and how he wasn't overly thrilled about playing on a team with an indifferent owner/fan base...That was spring of 1996.

 

Then later that fall - rumours swirled about Shanny being moved; I recall thinking that he would be a perfect fit for the Red Wings.

 

No matter what he does as 'head disciplinarian' - he'll always have a big fan in F.Michael.


My favorite Shanny pic of all time.

My favorite is my avatar...YzermanShanahan.gif




#2450040 Philly Capitals line brawl

Posted by F.Michael on 02 November 2013 - 09:25 AM

he fought for the fans, who seemed to love it...

Well - that might be true, but ya know it's pretty bad when all you got to cheer for is watching your goalie beat up the other teams goalie...It's sort of on the same level of some drunken goof sitting in his weathered lawn chair on the front yard laughing his a$$ off while watching his bully of a son beat up the kid from across the street.

 

It might make ya feel good for a few minutes, but in reality it's a pretty bad situation.




#2449429 Franzen believes hes playing well.

Posted by StormJH1 on 01 November 2013 - 10:32 AM

The criticisms of Franzen are totally fair, so I get it.  But the reality is that while his contract isn't a good contract, it also a manageable enough cap hit to avoid it being a total disaster. 

 

The other thing about Franzen is that he's going to have knee problems because he already has and because of how he's built.  If he played like Ryan Kesler, would he be capable of banging his way to a 30-goal pace every year?  Very possibly.  But I also think he'd average about 25-40 games missed from injury every year.

 

The thing that irks Wings fans about Franzen is what people call "work rate" in soccer.  But there are some good strikers in soccer that have notoriously poor work rates, yet still put the ball in the net.  That's what Franzen is, or at least what he's supposed to be, in a streaky fashion.  He sticks out like sore thumb on a team on a team full of defensive minded forwards, but as great as 13 and 40 are, you will see them disappear for weeks at a time from the scoresheet.  That was made Marian Hossa (IMO) such a great Red Wing during the '09 season, he carried that team for weeks in the regular season when nobody else was scoring.  Then his shoulder tore apart in the Playoffs and he skated in circles.  But Franzen was never as good as Hossa, nor was he ever as expensive.  He literally cost almost half the price from a cap standpoint, so the comparison is ridiculous.

 

Also, if he just has a TERRIBLE year (which I don't think he will), isn't compliance buyout still an option after 2014?  Provided of course he isn't on the IR.  My opinion remains that I'm not going to dwell on him until that window has closed.  I think fans are right to worry about what's ahead, but the contract is what it is, and it's not killing us right now.




#2446688 10/21 GDT: Sharks 1 @ Red Wings 0 (SO)

Posted by 55fan on 21 October 2013 - 02:30 PM

Oh God, we are going to get killed. I'm saying it will be five to nothing and will finally get a goal towards the end of the game.

I'm going the other way.  There's no way we can win this one, so we'll blow the Sharks out of the water.  Everyone who has been sucking will play lights-out.  Z and D will have career games.  LGW will plan the Stanley Cup Parade.

 

Then we will get totally flattened the next game and LGW will want every player on the team traded.  In fact, some of them will get traded twice and somehow end up back here, necessitating a third trade to get rid of them.

 

Then we will complain about a lack of consistency.




#2437404 9/17 Pre-Season GDT : Red Wings 0 at Blackhawks 2

Posted by Dabura on 18 September 2013 - 01:23 AM

This thread was several hundred infinity times more entertaining than the game.

 

Also this just goes to show how much our two star players mean to this team. You KNOW the outcome would've been different had 37 and 71 been in the lineup tonight.




#2437361 9/17 Pre-Season GDT : Red Wings 0 at Blackhawks 2

Posted by Euro_Twins on 17 September 2013 - 09:07 PM

 

Hockey really isn't a sport one can listen to. Audio commentary on other sports can at least give one a general picture of what is going on. Not so with hockey.

 

Not when they don't tell you whats happening...




#2437352 9/17 Pre-Season GDT : Red Wings 0 at Blackhawks 2

Posted by Euro_Twins on 17 September 2013 - 08:53 PM

did they have a we want cup chant yet

 

They should, they have only won the cup 2 out of the 5 years the NHL has been around...




#2437337 9/17 Pre-Season GDT : Red Wings 0 at Blackhawks 2

Posted by BottleOfSmoke on 17 September 2013 - 08:34 PM

The dam has broken. And these announcers act like that was the go ahead goal in OT of game 7.


#2428277 is anyone happy right now?

Posted by Superman54 on 06 July 2013 - 10:25 PM

Holy s*** b@ll$ there are far too many crying posters on here. We replaced a soft player in pass first Filppula for a more hard nosed equally talented (I say more) centremen in Weiss. It's not charity, if Detroit was given everything they wanted then it wouldn't be much of a competitive league you fairies. I live in Calgary and the bloody flame fans are more optimistic then us about their cup chances.


#2425425 How much is too much?

Posted by T.Low on 03 July 2013 - 12:51 PM

"Competitive monopoly" is a rather unique situation that appears in sports more so than other areas of the marketplace. I haven't seen anyone post about it yet, but it's really a big reason on why UFA prices can be so ridiculous.

For example; While there may be five 2C's that are capable of 25 goals 35 assists per year, there is only one Vinny Lecavalier.

If you want a Vinny Lecavalier on your team, the local Sporting goods store does not have five Vinny Lecavaliers on the shelf. There is only one in all of the world.

You could buy a Weiss or a Filp instead, but its not the same as a Vinny. Vinny Lecavalier has a monopoly on Vinny Lecavalier's.  If you want one, you are going to have to bid against everyone else that wants one too.

When you have a monopoly on something,you are a price maker, not a price taker.

The salary cap was meant to level the playing field in regards to acquisition powers. It has proven to be kryptonite to Illitches checkbook and has taken the Mickey out of Hollands off-season. He has chosen not to overpay during UFA season. And I can't blame him. There is only so much pie to slice up for your team.


#2425325 How much is too much?

Posted by Nev on 03 July 2013 - 10:17 AM

Its not just the price, its the term that is being asked for by these guys.  Its one thing offering a guy like Clarkson a 3 year $18M contract, if he doesn't live up to it, you're not stuck with it for very long.  But a 7 year $42M contract?  If he reverts back to being a 15 goal scorer, you're stuck with him till 2020!.  You can't trade him, cos no-one wants his contract, and you can't bury him in the minors like before.

 

As I've been saying for a while, there's always a desperate GM ready to make a desperate signing and "over-pay."  I'm sure someone out there has already given Flip's agent the nod that he'll give him a ginagerous contract, hence his desire to hit FA.

 

Holmgren is desperate to keep his job.  If Vinny doesn't work out, and Philly are stuck with him, what does Holmgren care?  He won't be there, its someone else's problem.




#2425313 How much is too much?

Posted by T.Low on 03 July 2013 - 10:04 AM

UFA's will be inherently over priced because demand is high and supply is low.  They will ruin the salary structure of your team, and quite possibly the attitude of the room.

 

We all know that Holland and Illitch understood after the '05 CBA that prices for UFA's would be waaaay hyper inflated and therefore went to a philosophy of building a team through the draft.

 

As you see, Wings fans are having a difficult time living on a budget when we never had to before.  We can't handle not buying every Lecavalier and Horton that we see become available, like the good ole days of  buying up a Lucky Luc and having no room for him except on the 4rth line.

 

That is one reason winning the Calder Cup was so significant.