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#2677031 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by Echolalia on 05 June 2016 - 05:05 PM

I never understood all the love for Jurco, and in continues to baffle me as more time passes.  At first it was just Babcock not utilizing him properly, but then his boy Blashill became the head coach, whom he had a good working relationship with in the AHL.  And then Blashill repeatedly scratched him and played him primarily in the bottom six as well.  Its difficult to imagine two separate head coaches mismanaging the same player in the same way, especially when one of those coaches used him liberally in the AHL.  Jurco has had opportunities in the top six and he has been unable to run with it on any of the chances he was given.  To this, people respond that his opportunities weren't long enough and he needs more time to gel with his linemates.  I can appreciate this to an extent, but at the same time, how long should a head coach attach an anchor to one of his top two lines to bog down the rest of the line with before he cuts the cord?  If Jurco struggles on the top six for five games and we end up losing one or two of those games we're already talking about the difference between making and missing the playoffs.  Should he go 10 games on the top six?  15?  20?  I don't know the correct answer, but I do know that Larkin, Nyquist, Tatar, Abdelkader, even Helm had no problem making the most of the opportunity when they were put alongside Datsyuk or Zetterberg.  The NHL doesn't reward potential.  It rewards performance.  And that's Jurco's biggest issue.  Pulkkinen as well, for that matter.  I would love for him to suddenly click and become the power-forward we've all been hoping for, and I'm not saying that it won't happen yet.  But we can't hold the rest of the team back while we wait for Jurco to develop.

#2676924 Possible Leak of Florida Panthers New Logo

Posted by Echolalia on 03 June 2016 - 06:24 PM

I like it. Very clean

#2676915 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by Echolalia on 03 June 2016 - 10:36 AM

I have just read the last few pages here to get "up to date", and folks to say the least I am nervous as frick going forward.  
Kenny has a lot of work to do this season and he reminds me of that kid who waits until the morning of an exam to study outside the class for a half hour before he goes in to write it.

I actually don't get that vibe at all. He already made a trade albeit a small one and the playoffs aren't even over yet. At the very least we know he's working the phones. I think the market is kinda muddy at the moment but it should open up a bit during/after the draft.

#2676812 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by Echolalia on 31 May 2016 - 05:02 PM

I would take Shattenkirk because he has a cool name same as I would take Clutterbuck and I like Clutterbuck not just because he has a cool name!

I forgot about this good point

#2676540 Datsyuk - someone who works for JLA told me he's sold his house

Posted by Echolalia on 25 May 2016 - 08:08 PM

Yeah I don't see any reason to be suspicious of his decision to leave either. He's already earned a ton of money, won a ton of awards, has been over here for a decade and a half and is getting older and more worn down, meanwhile his daughter is getting older without him in Russia, and he told us years ago he wants to finish his career off playing back at home in Russia. This is his chance to do that before his body can't keep up. It's also his chance to be with his daughter and watch her finish growing up. And he has nothing left to prove over here.

#2676207 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by Echolalia on 18 May 2016 - 08:58 PM

I can see this. Blashill is a lot like Babs he expects a lot out of his centermen but mostly safe defensive play before before offense. Richards isn't great defensively, mostly because of his skating, but he's not going to make careless plays with the puck that we might see more from AA if he starts getting a lot of minutes

It's frustrating, especially since we struggle to score but I understand this philosophy and we see more centermen in the league like Toews and Kopitar having more team success then guys like Duchene and maybe a reason Stamkos doesn't play centre for Cooper

I disagree with the bolded. Richards was a turnover machine and play killer for large parts of many nights. Every now and then he would have the wiley veteran play but he was also a hindrance to the team. I really hope he doesn't come back.

#2676004 Datsyuk - someone who works for JLA told me he's sold his house

Posted by Echolalia on 15 May 2016 - 07:21 PM

I'm impressed with your stalking skills kickazz

#2675994 Datsyuk - someone who works for JLA told me he's sold his house

Posted by Echolalia on 15 May 2016 - 12:58 PM

I've accepted that he will be gone next year and am ready to see who (if anyone) is ready to pick up the slack.  If by some chance Dats does come back I'll be pleasantly surprised.  

#2675960 Grand Rapids Griffins Playoff Thread

Posted by Echolalia on 14 May 2016 - 08:03 PM

Bertuzzi knows how to elevate his game.  Love it.

#2675869 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by Echolalia on 13 May 2016 - 07:54 AM

So we know why Bedard was let go of eh?

lol I nailed it

#2675789 New arena construction updates

Posted by Echolalia on 11 May 2016 - 09:35 PM

Hey everyone. Been a bit since I posted here but I still been making updates to the blog. Now I am offering videos in 4k resolution AND interactive 360 degree panoramas.


Check it out: http://wingsarena.tumblr.com


You should use that drone to spraypaint a Red Wings logo over the Little Caesars logo once the arena is finished

#2675362 Kentucky Derby: Nyquist

Posted by Echolalia on 07 May 2016 - 11:04 PM

See guys Nyquist is solid.  Someone just needs to ride him.

#2675061 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by Echolalia on 03 May 2016 - 10:10 PM

I just want to chime in and say this Joe Louis history is all genuinely interesting and I didn't know some of this stuff

#2675060 Marquette's Lakeview Arena named Kraft Hockeyville winner!

Posted by Echolalia on 03 May 2016 - 10:08 PM

The UP is America's best kept secret

#2674572 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by Echolalia on 29 April 2016 - 10:27 PM

In Canada we have arenas named after monopolistic cable companies, a s***ty airline, a bank (because we all know what stand up companies banks are). Wanna know what these buildings have in common besides being named after s***ty corporations? They are all awesome places to catch a game. 
At least the Wings new arena is being named after a business based out of the city and not simply sold to the highest bidder. Does it sound a little silly? Perhaps. But so does half of the other arenas out there. It will be called by its abbreviation more than anything. The name of these buildings is literally the least important thing about them this day and age. 
But oh wait, I live in Newfoundland so what the f*** do I know, right?

Id almost rather it have gone to the highest bidder. At least then I could understand that the Illitches are further lining their pockets by selling out. But he's paying for the name with his own company, which is essentially shifting his own money from one pocket to another and not actually getting any monetary gain out of it other than what advertising his company might bring in. He could have literally named it whatever he wanted and be in the same place he's in now financially. It makes the name seem that much more slimy.