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#2450131 Helm in, Franzen out against the Oil tonight!

Posted by GoalieManPat on 02 November 2013 - 04:13 PM

Anyone got odds on the possibility of tomorrows headline being "Helm back to IR with injured lady parts"? Im saying 50/50

#2448450 Trial date set in Steve Moore’s lawsuit against Todd Bertuzzi

Posted by GoalieManPat on 28 October 2013 - 08:30 AM

Wow 10 years ago. I feel old. The 38 million number makes me LoL. If this guy gets any money look out for the next guy who gets majorly hurt in a fight. Lawsuit time!!

#2447708 What's Killing Our Offense?

Posted by GoalieManPat on 24 October 2013 - 11:57 PM

8) The power play has become very stagnant and not enough moving parts...need to simplify it and just have someone bombing away from the middle on the back end
9) Way to many times do we give the puck away to easily in the D zone causing more energy to be spent trying to retrieve the puck
10) Lack of a killer instinct when the opponent has had most of its life taken out of them...one example was the game against Chicago last season when they had the lead and then took a boneheaded penalty with 2 mins to go and lost in a shootout 2-1
11) Dan Cleary

Fixed that for ya.


We've drafted really well at forward, IMHO. Names:














Drafting good is fine. But if when said prospect is ready for the NHL you have to hope your coach and GM will give them there shot instead of re-signing old washed up players to take there spot on the roster. Perfect example is Nyquist and Tatar right now. Right now I have no confidence Babs or Holland will play the young hungry kids when they are ready. Instead we will get more Cleary and Samuelssons.

#2439736 Mantha is crushing the Q, 4 goals and an assist tonight

Posted by GoalieManPat on 29 September 2013 - 06:52 AM

This is what I was afraid would happen.  He's too good for Junior hockey now.  Hopefully they've got him playing in all situations - PK, defending leads - to help round out his game.


Why are you afraid? The kid is 19. Hes supposed to be tearing up juniors at this age for a 1st round pick. Its the natural progression of prospects. The kids development is not going to be stumped with another year in the Q. Its another year for his body to continue filling out which will make the transition to pro that much easier. Which is a major part of development.

#2439373 9/27 Pre-Season GDT : Maple Leafs 2 at Red Wings 5

Posted by GoalieManPat on 27 September 2013 - 06:52 PM

They're booing Alfie in Toronto...


Worse, they are booing him....in Detroit.

#2439257 Petr Mrazek or Jonas Gustvsson

Posted by GoalieManPat on 27 September 2013 - 04:40 AM

Mrazek is already better than monster. Him being the starter in GR though will develop him more than sitting on the bench in Detroit right now. The best thing for young players is ice time. No matter where that is. No need to rush a good thing when we are already solid in net with Jimmy. Mrazek had a great first season in the pros. You don't want him having a sophomore slump in the NHL. That can sidetrack his progress.

#2438487 buffalo and toronto fight

Posted by GoalieManPat on 23 September 2013 - 08:28 AM

True Scott going after Kessel was a dick move but come on Phil. At-least act like you've got a set of testicles (not a joke about his battle with cancer). Ive got more respect for Alex Semin playing the bongos than I do for Kessel. Running like a scared teenager while taking shots at someones ankles. Then he goes and starts jabbing him with his stick while Scott is being held by a teammate and a linesman. I really wish the linesman would have just let go at that point. Kessel would have deserved the beating. Dont poke bears with a stick unless your wiling to get mauled. Same goes for poking no talent goons.

#2438012 Gallant and Barch find a way around the new helmet rule

Posted by GoalieManPat on 20 September 2013 - 07:32 PM

Yes, it is possible to hurt one's head during a fight (see: Lilja, Andreas) but not as likely as getting hurt by hitting a guy with a helmet.




This right there. I dont have any stats to back anything up but just going on memory Id think its fair to say there were more man games lost due to hand injuries punching visors and helmets than injuries from falling in a fight.

#2438005 ESPN Future Power Rankings: Red Wings #2

Posted by GoalieManPat on 20 September 2013 - 06:23 PM

Like Chicago, the Red Wings have done a good job drafting without the benefit of lottery picks, with Gustav Nyquist, Brendan Smith and Joakim Andersson playing key roles during Detroit's playoff run last spring. In the coming seasons, Babcock will have to make room for Tomas Tatar, Calle Jarnkrok and Teemu Pulkkinen. The signing of Danny DeKeyser was a boost to a defense that needed a young standout.



The article lost all credibility right there. Chicago has 2 lottery picks on there roster right now and three the last 10 years. That is nothing like the Red Wings.

#2434186 Red Wings to Officially Retire #5 on March 6th

Posted by GoalieManPat on 26 August 2013 - 05:53 PM

Took a couple weeks but I convinced the wife that we should get a half season ticket plan just to be sure to get tickets for this game. WIN!

#2427153 Wings sign Stephen Weiss, 5-years, $24.5m

Posted by GoalieManPat on 05 July 2013 - 02:04 PM

I guess one thing that's interesting is didn't Lecavalier sign for 5 years @ $22.5 mill? I think he's only 3 years older than Weiss, and much bigger.


Weiss moves a lot  better than Vinny. I think that was the big thing. 

I actually love the cap-hit for Weiss and the signing overall is looking great because we need at center. Now its the Alfredsson signing that has me thinking we essentially chose a guy about to retire for Cleary and Brunner. Brunner should have been signed before UFA for the money and term they were looking for. 


It looks like we have run out of cap since we still need to sign Nyquist, Smith, and Andersson. Bye Brunner :(


I dont think even Brunner knew what he was worth. His is just an odd situation.

#2427036 Wings sign Stephen Weiss, 5-years, $24.5m

Posted by GoalieManPat on 05 July 2013 - 01:31 PM


Not sure how we sign Gus, Andersson and Smith with 2.3 milion but there must be some kind of plan in place.


There will be more than 2.3 million. The wings have trade a couple forwards after today's signings. Trade for picks = cap space

#2427015 Wings sign Stephen Weiss, 5-years, $24.5m

Posted by GoalieManPat on 05 July 2013 - 01:26 PM

f*** !!! GONNA BE A LONG 5 YEARS ! ! 4.9 CAP HIT OMG ... really hating ken holland man , wish jim nill stayed


4.9 is a steal in a weak FA class when teams want to overspend.

#2426838 Wings sign Alfredsson to 1-year, $3.5m deal (+$2m bonuses)

Posted by GoalieManPat on 05 July 2013 - 12:43 PM

Another short term fix, that will not address our need to get bigger and stronger. Waste of $$$ in my opinion.


The best thing about a short term fix is its short term. Get him for a season and hope for better FA's next year. If it works out then good its better than having they money sit.

#2425205 The Overreaction Thread

Posted by GoalieManPat on 03 July 2013 - 01:15 AM

4. Lack of Team Talent? - We played Chicago harder than anyone they met en route to winning the cup, and had 3 chances to eliminate them. As of right now, the team will be adding Helm, Bertuzzi, Dekeyser, and Tatar to next years full time roster and losing Filpulla and White for sure. Brunner and Cleary remain to be seen, but can someone tell me how next years team isn't better than last years based on injuries alone, and before you take into account the development of all of our rookies?


Its not an overreaction to say Holland hasn't been living up to his reputation the last 5 seasons. The guy has without a doubt let the roster get stale and the teams declining results prove that. It started with him hanging on to Draper and Maltby way to long and now hes doing the same with Bert and Cleary. He hasn't made a solid free agent signing since Rafalski and a good trade since Stuart. He seems to try and be doing just enough to stay in the playoff hunt but not enough to be a true contender. 


Yes they played Chicago hard but lets be realistic. Chicago played probably there worst 4 games of the postseason at the start of that series. The fact that Chicago was then able to kick it in gear and win three straight elimination games shows how big of a divide there is between the two. 


You cant say this team will be better next year just because of the young kids coming up and players getting back from injury. You cant be sure how Tatar, Nyquist, and Anderson fair through a full NHL season. They could be solid but they are just as likely to struggle as rookies. Sure Dekeyser looked real solid before his injury but he struggled quite a bit in the AHL finals once coming back. And theres no guarantee Helm ever gets back to the level he was playing at before all his injuries. Hes barely played in a year and a half and who really knows if this mystery back injury ever will heal right.


The teams biggest need is a 2C and a true scoring winger. I dont see Holland doing anything to fix it this season. In fact I wouldnt be surprised to see Brunner leave with a better offer elsewhere and then Holland panics and resigns Cleary for 3 years. I see this being just as likely and him signing any impact player.