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#2680399 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 29 June 2016 - 08:15 PM


Nobody cares about it except ownership and management.

I care. I think it's something to be proud of. It's certainly not something that comes easy. It shouldn't be a goal unto itself and I don't think it is. 


Tanking would be something were I would embarrassed for the team and disappointed in the organization.

#2680388 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by VM1138 on 29 June 2016 - 07:24 PM

Tanking is stupid.  I wish we didn't even discuss that on here.  It's embarrassing for the team and it doesn't guarantee anything except YEARS of misery.


If we had landed Stamkos, another forward and a defensemen this team could have been a contender.  Now we won't be contenders but there are a few moves to be made that can still upgrade various departments and make the team more dynamic.  But yeah, let's tank instead and be crap for 5 or 6 years.  Grab a couple lottery picks and hope we have enough talent to do something at some point within a decade.

#2668620 Silly Question - to go or not to go to game 2?

Posted by vladdy16 on 15 April 2016 - 10:53 AM

Why would you not cheer?  While it's infantile to say you can't wear Wings gear (but they have), they haven't said you can't root for the Wings.  I'd wear an Original Six shirt and eat all their food.

#2663615 April 2016 Red Wings Schedule Wallpaper Now Available!

Posted by Matt on 31 March 2016 - 06:31 PM

April 2016
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#2656576 March 2016 Red Wings Schedule Wallpaper Now Available!

Posted by Matt on 29 February 2016 - 08:55 PM

March 2016
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#2654214 New arena construction updates

Posted by SetecX on 21 February 2016 - 08:41 PM

Updated: http://wingsarena.tumblr.com


Almost have the steel wrapped all the way around on the lower portion. Bunch of concrete prefabs in place for the rows of seats in the upper.

#2653043 2/15 GDT : Detroit Red Wings at New York Islanders, 1:00PM EST

Posted by NerveDamage on 15 February 2016 - 09:37 AM


Go Wings!

#2652184 2/12 GDT : Colorado Avalanche at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 12 February 2016 - 09:28 AM

Boy, Freddy Olausson reminds me so much of Ian White. Long career, one year paired with Lidstrom, and then nothing.


That's not fair.  Olausson played a long time in the league and was a much better player than Ian White.  He was past his prime during the 2002 run, so it's fitting his career didn't last long after that.  

#2644247 12/22 GDT : New Jersey Devils at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 23 December 2015 - 08:13 PM

I don't understand why this is a thing?


Nobody has a problem when people point out Ericsson's terrible play.


Nobody has a problem when people point out Kindl's terrible play.


Nobody has a problem when people point out Helm's terrible hands.


They've had good games and bad games, but nobody has a problem when people suggest these players be used differently or even off the team entirely.


When these things do happen, nobody goes around bemoaning the "Ericsson Hate Brigade" or the "Kindl Hate Brigade" or the "Helm Hate Brigade".


But my god, Howard has a bad game or does something stupid and your first reaction "Oh MY gOD I MuST DEFeNd HIm FroM teh HatE SquADS!!!!11"

Hate is when posters were saying they'd rather lose with Mrazek than win with Jimmy. Hate is when people were dissing Jimmy when he had the better stats. I'm sure the previous poster was referring to those people, who attacked him without any ammo. Now they have ammo and you know they're going to run with it.


I don't think anyone said you can't criticize Jimbo. He deserves some criticism, but it is one game while he's been solid otherwise (except shootouts, of course).

#2643959 12/22 GDT : New Jersey Devils at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by krsmith17 on 22 December 2015 - 12:37 PM

wings_fanatic, just curious, how do you feel about the whole rotation between Jimmy and Petr that Blashill has been going with?...

#2643888 This is why we need 2 goalies.

Posted by Richdg on 21 December 2015 - 07:38 PM

Here are the month by month stats this year:



October: 2.21 GAA and a .928 Save %

November: 2.56 GAA and a .899 Save %

December: 2.14 GAA  and a .938 Save %



October: 2.67 GAA and a .921 Save %

November: 1.79 GAA and a .941 Save %

December: 2.76 GAA and a .905 Save %


These numbers show it about as clear as possible. Nobody plays at a static level every day/week/month/season. All players are up and down. So far our G's have done it perfectly. When Howard is up Mrazek is down, when Mrazek is up Howard is down.

#2643809 First time visit - parking

Posted by RedNed on 21 December 2015 - 11:27 AM

Thanks to everyone for your help.  Just wanted to give an update on our visit - mainly for any other first time visitors (particularly those worried about visiting Detroit for the first time). 


After a long drive from Maryland, we arrived in Detroit shortly after 3pm on Friday and parked on the COBO Center roof. We called ahead to make sure they had parking available at that time because another lot we called near Ren Cen was full and had 30 on the waiting list (I guess people had not yet left work and the parking lots were crowded). The guy I talked to at COBO parking was very friendly and helpful and gave me good directions. We came off the Lodge Freeway (M10S from I-75) at the Howard St exit, didn't turn onto Howard but instead kept going straight onto 5th St, left on Fort St, right on 3rd St and the entrance to COBO roof parking was on the right immediately after 3rd St curved left into Congress St.  A bargain $10 for what looked like very secure parking. There were a few open spaces but it also looked like some workers were leaving at that time so I'm sure more spaces opened up later.


The view from the COBO roof was great.  We took some photos there and headed down the elevator into the COBO Center which is a huge, impressive building. Took a photo of the Joe Louis statue and made our way to the COBO People Mover station. From there we headed to Greektown People Mover station and wandered around the streets near the casino. At a sports store we asked the clerk if there was a good bar nearby that we could have pre-game drinks at. He suggested The Old Shillelagh at the corner of Monroe Ave and Brush St. That was a good choice - although the Guinness was only so-so for an Irish bar.  Plenty of people eating the food too but we weren't hungry as we'd eaten a big lunch on the road. There were lots of Red Wings fans there and the bar ran shuttle buses to the Joe (you could also take your drinks on the shuttle apparently). We didn't wait for the shuttle buses to run (they said they started about 6:45pm) because we wanted to get to the Joe earlier so we could get down to ice level for the pre-game warm-up. So we took the People Mover (along with other Red Wings fans) from Greektown to the Joe which has its own station.


The People Mover dropped us right outside the Gordie Howe entrance. We got hot dogs inside the Joe which were good. We got down to ice level behind the goal where an usher told us the Red Wings would be warming up. The warm up was awesome. It was great to be right down at ice level with the players just feet away on the other side of the glass. Probably the highlight of the trip. The game itself was also good. Although the Red Wings were struggling against the Canucks, they managed to tie it 3-3 late in the 3rd but then lost in a shootout. The fans were really into the game and the atmosphere was excellent. We really enjoyed our visit to the Joe.


After the game, we found our way back to the COBO roof parking easily enough (we saw a few shuttles from The Old Shillelagh waiting outside the Joe - so that might be an option for next time). We had to skip the elevators which were busy and took the stairs back up to the COBO roof. Lots of Red Wings fans had parked up there. Getting out wasn't too bad.  We took the tunnel over to Windsor, Ontario and it was a breeze - very little traffic in the tunnel. We had booked a hotel room in Windsor and found the hotel (Stonecroft Inn - clean & quiet) easily enough. The hotel had free parking, wifi and breakfast. 


We are so glad we went to Detroit and to the Joe before it closes. We didn't see the bad areas of Detroit of course but downtown was much safer and cleaner than we thought it would be. I found Detroiters to be warm and friendly and proud of their city. There are some great old buildings in the city and it must have been a magnificent city in its heyday. I hope something approaching those days will return soon.


Thanks Detroit! We'll be back!

#2643265 The Killer Instict

Posted by kipwinger on 18 December 2015 - 06:47 AM


I don't think its a knee-jerk reaction based off the last two games.  The Wings have blown 11 third period leads over the course of the season so far.  Our win percentage when leading after 2 periods is .625, which is second worst in the league, and that isn't trending up.


And I do think it's knee jerk considering this thread, and most of the opinions herein, didn't spring up while we were regularly beating good teams.  Nobody was rushing around to talk about all the changes we needed to make when we were busy beating Montreal in regulation.  But lose two games and here we go. Look back through the GDT's and see how many people were saying "I know we're scoring goals, winning games, and even getting points in our loses...but dammit we need roster changes". 


They weren't.


But I'll give you one thing.  Our win percentage when leading after two periods IS low.  So low, in fact, that I'd argue its an anomaly.  So low that its almost a freak thing.  So low that MUCH worse rosters aren't even comparably bad.  And as such, it's probably not something a roster change is going to fix. 


THIS is a mental thing.  And probably a usage thing as well.  Changing around bodies for depth players, who probably aren't going to be on the ice late in games anyway, isn't going to address the issue. 

#2641323 12/3 GDT : Arizona Coyotes at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by TheXym on 05 December 2015 - 08:07 AM

IMHO, the Hanzal play on Pulkks was much dirtier, tripping him then driving him into the boards. Pulkks had no chance to brace for the hit. Tripping into the boards from that spot at speed can be dangerous enough even without a follow up boarding to make sure you hurt the guy. Nothing accidental on that at all. I didn't think Hanzal was that kind of a dirty player.

The Miller hit, while unfortunate, I have less of a problem with, as Drew was pretty low to the ground. Though, Dahlbeck could have eased up instead of just blowing Drew up, I think if the teams were switched most would be arguing clean hit a la the Havsplat.

#2641268 Bummer, Miller & Pulkkinen out a while

Posted by puckloo39 on 04 December 2015 - 02:44 PM

I'm hoping AA gets called back up.


Or Cleary.






** runs away, laughing like a maniac **