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#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.

#2674569 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by Echolalia on 29 April 2016 - 10:17 PM

It's like White Castle. It's god awful but sometimes you just have to have it.

#2674029 Mantha

Posted by Echolalia on 27 April 2016 - 02:53 PM

Just to compare.

Nyquist first trip up was in 11/12. He played 18 games and scored 1 goal.

Tatar first trip up was 10/11. He played 9 games and scored 1 goal.

Datsyuk's first year was 01/02. He played 70 games and had 11 goals.

Abby played 54 games over three seasons: 07-10. He scored 3 goals over that stretch.


Mantha's 2 goals in 10 games is 16 per 80 games. Those are decent numbers for a rookie that wasn't a top 5 pick.

He's got good offensive instincts but looked lost otherwise.  Keeping Mantha in GR was one of the few moves Blashill/Holland did that I wasn't upset about.


edit: having said that, I'm looking for Mantha to take the next step in October on the Wings' squad, and I'm looking for Blashill to put him in a position to succeed.

#2673816 Ownership shows Support for Kenny Holland

Posted by Echolalia on 26 April 2016 - 10:50 AM

I don't think "proven prospects" exist. If they're proven, they aren't prospects.

#2673810 Holland (selfishly) declined promotion

Posted by Echolalia on 26 April 2016 - 10:23 AM

I wouldn't expect the Wings' organization or fanbase to damn experience, hard work, and a long history of success so the rich popular kid can have a job. Holland was well within his right to decline the offer.

#2673552 Alexander Radulov: Wings on short-list of desired teams

Posted by Echolalia on 25 April 2016 - 02:43 PM

Not worth it, especially considering the amount of impressionable youth the Wings are bringing in now.  I would hate to have a guy like Radulov be Larkin and Matha's role model.

#2673202 I Hate Jeff Blashill because ...

Posted by Echolalia on 23 April 2016 - 03:40 PM

Regardless of his familiarity, its harder to coach at the NHL level than the AHL level and a coach, just like a player needs time to adjust their game to the increased competition. Its the reason why almost no coaches (or none) have won a Cup as a rookie. Its really hard to do right away. Blashill inherited a borderline playoff team and did just as well as his predessessor. Anybody expecting an immediate transformation was being unrealistic. Coaching a borderline team into the playoffs as a rookie coach is quite an accomplishment. He wasn't perfect, no doubt, but he did a good job considering the team is in the middle of a transition. I'd be far more disappointed with the result if he took over an established team full of prime stars and underperformed in the playoffs. He had almost the exact same season, with a very similarly transitioning team, as Dave Haskoll in Philadelphia and nobody is saying that rookie coach should be fired.


I think the Wings making the playoffs had more to do with Larkin and Mrazek having league-leading individual performances for half the season while everyone else was busy s***ting the bed.  Literally every other player on the team played quantitatively worse than last year.  This was a team that was on paper supposed to be better.  The league-leading power play from last year now also finally had a right-handed qb in Green and a veteran player and recent Stanley cup winner in Richards.  They finally got rid of Weiss.  Tatar, Nyquist, Sheahan were all a year older and closer to their prime ages.  And then when we had an opportunity to avenge our 7 game series loss to Tampa from last year with what should be a stronger roster, and Tampa without their top goal scorer and a top paring defenseman, the Wings managed only a single playoff victory.  By all accounts this year was a disappointment and almost every player on the roster did not perform up to expectations, even if you want to factor in some sort of rookie coach handicap.  Hopefully Blash has learned some things throughout the season, and uses the offseason to learn a few more things, and comes back next year in better position to get the most of this team.  And hopefully he gets some help from Holland.

#2673000 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by Echolalia on 22 April 2016 - 01:53 PM

Athanasiou will not be joining the Griffins, at least to start the playoffs due to a family matter. If he was sent down, I would assume it was just on paper, so he would be eligible later in the playoffs if / when his family matter is resolved...

I don't want him to rejoin the Griffins only because back in February when he was first called up I went on a limb and said that he played his last game as a Griffin, and I want so badly for my prediction to be true that I'm willing to have the Griffins suffer through the playoffs without him. Although at this point even if he does play it's kinda a technicality right?


#2672809 I Hate Jeff Blashill because ...

Posted by Echolalia on 21 April 2016 - 10:17 PM

Gotta admit I wasn't a fan of his work this season. Just about every player on the team performed worse compared to last year's individual stats. Mrazek played on his head for half the season and Larkin played on his head for half the season, and I think those two factors are what got the Wings to the playoffs. I haven't seen anything particularly impressive from coaching all season long. I guess he has a long summer to do some homework on how to be an effective NHL coach and Holland to maybe grab some fresh blood, but I'm not particularly excited with the state of this team right now.