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#2628243 Roster Moves by the Wings

Posted by Echolalia on Yesterday, 11:57 AM

I don't know. Miele looked flashy, but it never amounted to anything. I definitely noticed him out there, but it was a lot more of him trying to something impressive and it not working out, like trying to deke around a defender or something.

#2627366 9/24 Exhibition GDT : at Red Wings 6, Pittsburgh Penguins 1

Posted by Echolalia on 25 September 2015 - 10:24 AM

Lol so in addition to getting tix to this game from a friend, now I find out my gf just scored some tix for tomorrow's game. I'm lucking out this preseason. I hope Green ends up playing though.

#2627329 9/24 Exhibition GDT : at Red Wings 6, Pittsburgh Penguins 1

Posted by Echolalia on 25 September 2015 - 07:36 AM

My buddy scored some pretty nice tickets for the game (13th row up from the glass on shooting end for two periods) and was kind enough to invite me along. Seems like what most people saw on TV echoes my thoughts.
Larkin is good. He's NHL ready right now. There were a couple times when he skated into coverage or tried using a hole which closed up around him I think faster than he was anticipating, but those things you get better with with more time in the league. But his vision, his IQ on the ice is excellent. He knows how to find quiet spots in the offensive zone. In the first period on one of his scoring chances he yelled "Pulkky!" before he was even in the slot to receive the pass. He had the vision to know that spot would be open by the time he got there, and the smarts to let Pulks know he wanted the puck before he actually got to his spot and stood still for easy coverage. He was also playing the point on the powerplay for a couple shifts, but it seemed like he had full reign of the ice, cuz he would pinch pretty low, go behind the net, cover the slot, then fade back to the blueline. He was always available to his team somewhere on the ice. At least in that aspect Blashill seemed to give him a real long leash.
One thing I did notice was that on defensive zone face off wins one of the set plays (at least including Larkin and Anithasiau) involved these guys completely ignoring any defensive responsibility and bolting for center ice after a clean face off win. They didn't look back to see where the puck went or if our D turned it over. They didn't fade to our blueline looking for a short breakout pass. They sprinted as hard as they could for center ice which obviously pulled Puttsburgh's defense off the blueline and opened up the path for our guys to skate out the weakside (or breakaway pass). Obviously the downside of this would be if the Wings turned it over we could potentially have a couple forwards way out of position, and likely a defenseman on the wall also out of position, but it's something to keep an eye on this year. Some other teams do this every now and again, but our young guys have wheels (and our defenseman are better when they have time and space to work and skate with), so this could be something Blash utilizes regularly. I did only notice it happen with Larkin and Anithisiau (or however you spell it). I could have missed it some other times.
I think Brendan Smith had a really solid game. I noticed that before faceoffs Smith seemed like he was doing the play-calling. He would skate to a couple guys on our team and tell them something or point somewhere before the puck dropped. It may have been more a case of him giving tips to kids new to the NHL, but either way he came off as a leader in that aspect, which was interesting to see. He's a risk-taker on the powerplay, which I'm not comfortable with. It didn't bite him in this game, but I can definitely see him trying to make a move around his man at the point and losing the puck leading to a breakaway going in the other direction. Maybe that risk is worth taking for the times he gets past his man and has free reign into the shot. Babcock didn't think so, Perhaps Blashill will. Time will tell.
Pulkinen has an excellent shot. He seemed a little more involved in other aspects of the game last night as well, which is actually was I was most excited to see.
Mantha seems like the type to hide in the offensive zone then strike suddenly, Brett Hull like. I don't like that, especially with how big a frame he has, which could be better utilized winning pucks in the corner or fending off defenseman. Having said that I did notice he forced several turnovers which lead to scoring chances.
Franzen looked like you would expect considering he hasn't played in almost a year. Howard looked steady. Bertuzzi seemed like he had a lot of energy out there. Other than that I can't think of anything else of note.

#2627096 9/24 Exhibition GDT : at Red Wings 6, Pittsburgh Penguins 1

Posted by Echolalia on 24 September 2015 - 03:16 PM

I'll just say, Franzen coming back better not lead to us waiving Andersson. Heaven forbid we lose that guy.

maybe i should wear the Andersson jersey to see him off right

#2626302 Islanders turn cold blooded on top prospect

Posted by Echolalia on 22 September 2015 - 07:41 AM

I get that but that doesn't change anything. If Tavares had the same bad attitude and showed up late his first day and was taken 1st overall, they wouldn't send him back to juniors. Same if Crosby did it, Ovechkin, Stamkos etc. Any top player in the league.

Wasn't stamkos sent back to minor league (albeit not for unprofessionalism) in his rookie year? I mean, I kinda see where you're coming from, but at the same time one of the things that makes these guys top-end talent is their commitment to the game. Guys like Tavares and Crosby are elite not just because of their raw talent, but also because they made a habit of showing up every day on time and ready to work and improve their game. This kid seems a bit like Semin in that he has the tools to be a great player, but he may have character issues that prevent him from reaching his peak.

#2626301 9/22 Exhibition GDT : @ Chicago Blackhawks 5, Red Wings 4 (OT)

Posted by Echolalia on 22 September 2015 - 07:35 AM

On paper Mantha Larkin Pulkinen seems like a pretty damn balanced line

#2626250 Hockeytown Authentics 40% off sale

Posted by Echolalia on 21 September 2015 - 04:54 PM

Hockeytown Authentics is having a sale including everything but authentics?

#2625744 Wings Release Training Camp Roster

Posted by Echolalia on 17 September 2015 - 11:53 AM

I don't think Smith would be solid on the PP because from a defensman's point of view, one of the biggests skills you need to have is to be able to reliably get your shot through from the point. Smith's offensive ability isn't due to his bombs from the blue line, but rather from jumping in on the play during a breakdown in coverage (which doesn't happen when teams are penalty killing and thinking positional hockey above all else). I don't have anything against the guy, but I don't think he'd be a big difference maker on the man advantage.

I just noticed this, but what.the.f***  is Mantha doing on a line with Miele and Cleary????

Getting mentored

#2625168 2015-2016 expectations

Posted by Echolalia on 10 September 2015 - 03:41 PM

A wings coach will never win the Jack Adams. Unfortunately

Seems the criteria often requires a coach to have immediate success with a new team.  If Blash gets the Wings to the top of the standings I wouldn't be surprised if he wins.  Then again, if Babcock gets Toronto into the playoffs it'll be hard for anyone to overcome that hype train.

Trade away players at the deadline

Accept missing the playoffs

Never give up hope winning the lottery

Keep losing for the next 40 years after this season


It will be fun to do a total rebuild

The first letter of every line


The real reason i made this thread was for number9 to post this

#2624378 Moving Jimmy Howard

Posted by Echolalia on 01 September 2015 - 04:36 PM

I have been and will continue to be in Mrazek's corner...


anyone know how many giveaway goals jimmy gave up when Franzen was on the ice? :lol: I kid, I kid!


like I said before, I am good with the tandem this year, I just fear the potential cap hit starting next year, or having a $5M backup...


Another way to look at this would be that we would have a number 1 goalie only making 600k or whatever it is.  Either way we have less than 6M tied up in both our goalies, and that number doesn't change regardless of who is number 1 and who is backup.

#2624264 RWN-HQ GTG

Posted by Echolalia on 31 August 2015 - 01:52 PM

I don't know if LGW regulars could meet up without someone (me?) getting punched.  It would be awful.  Or incredibly satisfying. 


1st Annual LGW Wrestlemania


Sponsored by Petr Mrazek, because when Howard is the rest, you go with the best.

And Holland Sux Inc, where annual Stanley Cups are a reality

and finally, Osgood Savings Account.  We have Hall of Fame savings, because we have Hall of Fame supporting staff.

#2624036 Moving Jimmy Howard

Posted by Echolalia on 28 August 2015 - 07:17 PM

Everyone seems to only remember the shutouts that Mrazek got, and completely forget the very next game when he was consistently pulled. Mrazek had one good playoff series and a very inconsistent regular season, and that's not enough to give him the number 1 job and get rid of the insurance.

#2623811 Dan Cleary re-signing still possible?

Posted by Echolalia on 24 August 2015 - 07:12 PM

I dont want this to happen, but I'm not going to lie, it would be hilarious to watch a couple people on this site freak out about it.

Worth it just for that. In fact number9 is actually Kenny Holland trolling everyone.

#2623644 Z and Emma expecting

Posted by Echolalia on 20 August 2015 - 09:33 PM

This reminds me of something funny I read:
If I have a daughter I'm going to name her lizard, and then she'll get the nickname Liz. And everyone will ask her "oh is that short for Elizabeth?" And she'll have to say "no my name is lizard."

#2623213 Red Wings Sign D Robbie Russo

Posted by Echolalia on 16 August 2015 - 09:40 PM

Article supporting your readings

This confuses me. Where does Russo fit on the Wings' depth chart? We have Marchenko, Oulette, Sproul all knocking on the door, plus Kronwall, Ericsson, Green, Dekeyser, Smith, Kindl, and Quincey. I would have imagined he would sign somewhere where he's more likely to play given that he lost his job with the Islanders due to depth.