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#2380909 How much do we miss Rafalski?!?!

Posted by Echolalia on 05 April 2013 - 07:30 PM

I'm holding out hope that Brendan Smith will be able to fill Rafalski's shoes in a couple years, after the rookie mistakes leave his system. He saw the ice so well last year during his brief stint. There's no way those games were all an accident.


#2380141 Concerned - we might not make it in to the playoffs

Posted by Echolalia on 04 April 2013 - 10:35 AM

It will be exciting! We get to see how our young guys and new leadership respond to this type of adversity.


#2379836 Shocking, Wings aren't active as trade deadline expires

Posted by Echolalia on 03 April 2013 - 05:57 PM

again..fine.  But be a seller then. 

 

Why?  Despite leading the league in man games lost, we are in a playoff spot right now, there's no need to blow up the team.  Committing your team to selling off your assets is the last option that any GM should think of, and will likely get anyone fired when they're not even bottom dwellers.  There's a lot of money to be had in postseason tickets, memorabilia, tv deals, etc which is ultimately what makes owners tick.




#2379811 Shocking, Wings aren't active as trade deadline expires

Posted by Echolalia on 03 April 2013 - 05:33 PM

There are only a few ways to get players onto a hockey team.  Draft them, acquire them through free agency, pick them up off waivers, trade for them.  Only one of these options requires you lose something (RFA also I suppose, but that's still a rarity in this league).  The salary cap makes draft picks, prospects, and roster players that much more valuable, so trades are that much less desirable an option to collect players for your team.  I understand that its frustrating to get your hopes up every trade deadline expecting to land some star, but in today's hockey league its more important than ever to be economic.  That means developing your talent, holding onto your picks, and making big roster changes through free agency, not through trades.  Its boring, but its also a smart way to go.

 

I'm in the minority which believes Holland did not make a mistake this deadline by not making any moves.




#2377558 Brunner hasn't hit the wall. He has slammed into it.

Posted by Echolalia on 31 March 2013 - 11:38 PM

Fatigue isn't the only issue here.

 

He was an unknown commodity with no NHL experience when the season began.  He scored a few goals early off, had a highlight reel shootout experience, and a few weeks later he's among the lead leaders in goals.  Suddenly, teams stopped treating him like a soft Euro and started taking away his time and space.  He's more tightly covered whilst sneaking into the slot from the soft-side.  Defense are on him much quicker and harder in the corners, and while Brunner can mentally adjust to North American hockey, it will be a slower process to build up the physical strength to be able to fight through the coverage that he is now experiencing.

Secondly, Brunner has really focused hard on playing a more defensively sound game.  He is back-checking much more effectively than when the season began, and he's playing much deeper in our own zone instead of floating at the blueline waiting for a breakout.  He has also been more conscious of opponent's breakout potentials and is adjusting his game in the offensive zone to accommodate this.  His new-found defensive responsibilities are also going to lower his offensive output.

Combined with the brutal North American schedule and travel, its no surprise at all why Brunner has suddenly gone quiet.  He's with good role models though, and I suspect that he will be able to overcome the schedule and the added defensive attention he has over the next few years.  Given his commitment to learning the defensive side of the game, and how far he has come already, I'd say the guy is willing to do whatever it takes to be successful at this level.  Lets hope my assumption is correct.




#2365077 Holland says those dreaded words, "Our Deadline Addition"

Posted by Echolalia on 05 March 2013 - 04:00 PM

I think trade prices have steadily been growing steeper and steeper. I'm almost scared at the possibility of Holland making a deal, because I'm worried about what may be going the other way.
Additionally, I wish we were able to see our team play completely healthy, just so we could get a realistic assessment of where our team stands. It's tough to assume what the Wings will look like, even when we know what style of play each injured player has.


#2364848 Going to the wings game tomorrow.

Posted by Echolalia on 04 March 2013 - 09:03 PM

Its awesome that you have this opportunity and you're willing to share it with us. 

 

Hope all goes as planned!

 

Also, tell Franzen LGW wants him to work harder.  And do it in front of Babs.




#2361552 Tuff road trip ahead

Posted by Echolalia on 26 February 2013 - 01:55 PM

I'm looking forward to watching the Wings play Chicago.




#2359581 Mursak on waivers

Posted by Echolalia on 22 February 2013 - 07:32 PM

Can we be hopeful and think that we made room for Bobby Ryan? Ryan O' Reilly? A girl can dream :)

 

Why else would Holland be placing someone on waivers if not to make room for someone else?? 

 

I'm already getting depressed for getting my hopes up.  I'm such a moron an oxymoron.




#2359064 Anyone else getting pissed that the Wings can't hold leads

Posted by Echolalia on 21 February 2013 - 10:12 PM

We should sticky this thread.  Apparently this isn't going to go away.




#2356702 Spammer runs wild, snuffed out by mod

Posted by Echolalia on 17 February 2013 - 11:05 AM


Why would they not just ban the account for now then figure the rest out? The dude is STILL posting new threads right this very minute. Amazing how the mods will ban accounts (within minutes) over someone bringing up the detroit pistons, yet this guy posts spam for hours on end and not one mod banned the account... SMH


Give them a break. Mods have a life and need sleep like the rest of us. The aren't paid to monitor the site 24 hours a day. These spam threads popped up at around 6:30 on a Sunday morning.


#2355646 Justin Abdelkader

Posted by Echolalia on 14 February 2013 - 11:12 PM

Apparently I'm in the minority here.  I think Abdelkader is one of the most defensively responsible players on our team.




#2353452 Do We Really Need a New Stadium?

Posted by Echolalia on 09 February 2013 - 08:32 PM

Oh my god yes the Joe needs to be replaced. The Wings have accumulated many awesome memories there, but that arena is terribly designed. Uncomfortable seats, no leg-room, terrible bathrooms which are also lacking. Need more box seats and better location as already stated. The whole thing is a concrete sarcophogas with no visual appeal, outside or inside. I am so ready for a new arena.


#2352079 Tomas Tatar Is Jiri Hudler 2.0

Posted by Echolalia on 06 February 2013 - 03:56 PM

Tatar didn't score, nor did he singlehandedly earn the Wings scoring opportunities, but that's not his role (just yet).
What Tatar did do well was demonstrate an excellent hockey sense in predicting where the puck was going, and getting himself to that spot, where he ended up with the puck on his stick. There was an excellent example of this in the third, when our defenseman (can't remember who) pinced down to the half boards to dump the puck back in deep. Instead of hanging out at the faceoff dot for a pass or dropping behind the net to pick up the dump in, Tatar went to the blue line, and sure enough, the puck was immediately turned over and shot up the boards directly to him, where he was able to keep the attack alive.
He was also tenacious on the puck. Tatar seemed to chase the puck down wherever it went in the offensive zone, instead of waiting around for a teammate to do all the work. Also, despite his small frame, he was mucking it up in the corners and along the boards and did not seem the least bit phased. To be honest (and I'll likely get flamed for this), he reminded me of Darren Helm, at least with how passionately and intent he was playing. He doesn't have the crash that Helm has, but at least last night he had Helm's heart.


#2352019 Tomas Tatar Is Jiri Hudler 2.0

Posted by Echolalia on 06 February 2013 - 12:38 PM

I haven't seen too much of Tatar outside of his time with the Wings (and a couple GR games), but I think the only similarities between the two are they are both small forwards, and both have a shoot first mentality. Other than that, I think Tatar is an upside in just about every other facet of the game.