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#2391154 WCQF: (7) Red Wings vs. (2) Ducks

Posted by Echolalia on 27 April 2013 - 08:36 PM

Bring it on!




#2390645 4/27 GDT - Red Wings 3 @ Stars 0

Posted by Echolalia on 27 April 2013 - 05:41 PM

I can't wait to see Darren Helm score tonight!   Wait, he hasn't been playing, you say?  Well then I look forward to seeing Todd Bertuzzi dominate the corners and feed Dats the puck!  Erm, he's out too?  Well I'm still really excited to see Sammuelsson shoot the puck 15 times into the shins of the opponent but score on the 16th shot! Oh, he's missed the whole season?  Well at least Cleary has been injured and missed all season too right?  Right?? ...You mean to tell me he has been playing this entire time?

 

So tell me again how is it that we are even in position to win a playoff spot again??  Oh well.   Do whatever it is you've been doing and get the two points, in spite of everything! 




#2388444 Dekeyser Nickname Time

Posted by Echolalia on 23 April 2013 - 05:59 PM

If this forum were bigger on memes and running jokes, I would suggest we just forget about DeKeyser and change all of our usernames to just about everything that has been mentioned so far




#2386884 Mike Babcock Line swapping.. Too much?

Posted by Echolalia on 20 April 2013 - 01:16 PM

There was another coach who swapped lines even more than Babcock has.

He goes by the name Scotty Bowman.


#2385080 Bert thinks he'll be back this season

Posted by Echolalia on 15 April 2013 - 01:07 PM

Bettuzzi's biggest asset, and one our team has desperately needed is his size and puck protection. Our team is not strong on the puck along the perimeter (aside from Dats and Z who are regularly double-teamed). The Wings play much better when they can hold onto the puck down low and dictate the speed of the game. Bertuzzi is good at hanging onto pucks and moving them to open ice, and its going to give Pavel and Z more time and space to be creative.

Having said that, this guy is on a multi-year contract right now if I'm not mistaken, and I think it may be a better option to wait and make sure he's as healthy ad possible before jumping into the chaos at 70-80%. But I'm not the doctor nor the player, so it ain't my call.


#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.