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Everything posted by WingNut722

  1. I would have to agree with every word you guys said. It is extremely frustrating to watch this kind of garbage. I think it might have been Zetterberg who said he embarrassed not only himself and the current team, but also the whole organization and all the alumni who have worn the Winged Wheel sweater. That's pretty much true. You can't go out to the SAME TEAM who mopped the floor with you TWO NIGHTS AGO and the LOSE 10-1! Babcock used to go all high school on these guys when that happened and made the skate hard laps for a couple hours. Bowman would have just shot somebody. Blashill? I have no idea, but I really don't think he's the type of coach you're gonna hear through the walls, yaknowwhatimean?
  2. Third place in the Atlantic Division Standings? How did that happen? I didn't watch any of the last three games (Too busy watching football and drinking single malt with my dad). I do know that all of these games ended in losses (overtime or otherwise), and then I see we're in third place? This looks pretty good so far, a quarter of the way though the season. Dad went home and I'm all out of single malt so I'm looking forward to watching both Kings and Habs. The Wings are going to be hungry for a decisive win. They have what it takes to get 4 points this week.
  3. @SpikeDDS YES! That was fun! I had a great time watching that game! They had a lot riding on that game, mostly from the echoes of the embarrassment at the Saddledome last week. I'm glad they responded the way they did. They took their lumps in Calgary, learned from it, and gave it right back to them. I hope they learn even more from this experience. They are a team that CAN compete. A lot of the media count them out anymore, and the Wings showed everyone they must still be reckoned with. @hf101 I have long suspected the NHL has long had it against the Red Wings. They don't like to give them good press. Maybe it's a conspiracy theory but even when you look at highlight montages for good scoring plays by one or two players, invariably, they always throw in several from Detroit, more represented than any other team. But I'm not bitter....
  4. @yave1964 I missed the Cancuks game because I was watching the Lions, but it seems they're still trying to find their legs. as a team. They have the pieces and talent to be an incredible team, even a playoff contender, but they have to keep producing at that high level, night after night, whilst keeping everyone healthy. I am looking forward to the long stretch at Pizzarena. Million, and billions, and zillions of dollars, to build the place, no to mention another gajillion spent for all the media hype and they've only played there a handful of times. Let's get that baby moving and see what she can do!
  5. It's a little shocking, I know. But that's only half of it. After lass night's loss to the Canucks, Jeff Blashill actually had bad things to say about his team. Real bad. Almost like he was angry at them. This is just weird....
  6. @TropicalFruitGirl26 Witkowski was brought in specifically for sandpaper quality, same as Steve Ott last year, not that it did any good. Nevertheless, your statements are true, and Wings fans will undoubtedly agree. How do I copy this text to Jeff Blashill, though, so he'll consider it when developing his next lineup? Anybody know his handle? @JeffBlashill2017.... maybe?
  7. @SpikeDDS Absolutely. And when you're spending so much time trying to get out of your own zone, by the time you do get it across the other blue line, there's only one guy carrying it in while four other players trade seats on the bench. Tired hockey is losing hockey.
  8. @yave1964 Hedman and Kucherov played a hell of a game, for sure, but we didn't test them very well, particularly on special teams. Power play was awful and completely lifeless. Penalty kill was okay and giving up on goal is not the worst thing in the world, but the Bolts were able to spend too much time in the offensive zone. Once again, we relied on Howard a little too much.
  9. @SpikeDDS I can't argue with you there. It seems to be a hallmark of the Red Wings team to only play the second and third periods of any given game. It WILL bite them at some point, as it always does. For now though, they are playing well despite, and as you say, I'm really enjoying the play of Frk. Larkin is showing flashes of his freshman year, and everyone seems to be clicking fairly well. Handing Vegas their first franchise loss was pretty nice and being first place in the Atlantic Division looks good too! I know, I know it's only been a handful of games but c'mon!! :-)
  10. @SpikeDDS I'm here! Was between jobs for a while and just started a new one. Learning the ropes about internet usage here, but I'll check in from time to time. Wings looking good so far!
  11. Someone will need to be moved. With the new signings, the Wings only have $3MM in cap space, but still need to reach deals with restricted free agents Tatar, Ouellet, and Anthanasiou. Both Tats and X are arbitration eligible, so it could get ugly if Holland tries to lowball them. I can't imagine AA getting sent down just for cap room.
  12. I had to laugh when I read Blashill's comments regarding Witkowski. (not verbatim) "He brings a toughness to our team. he looks out for and sticks up for his teammates, something we need very much." That's exactly what Steve Ott was brought in for last year, and he barely ever played, before being traded to the Habs. Exactly how bad do we need the sandpaper, Coach?
  13. I hadn't heard of these attitude issues, but one thing we can all agree on is that the Detroit Red Wings franchise has always been one of maturity and respect, and anyone who does not get on board with that will be quickly shown the door. The last thing the Wings need right now is Jack Parkman in the locker room.
  14. @pilldoc Agreed! Fantastic effort for putting this together and managing it! Great commentary and some interesting selections. this was fun! Enjoy your weekend and Happy Fathers Day to all the dads, granddads, step-dads and dads-at-heart!
  15. I've got some busy times ahead in the next few days and I don't want to hold anything up. Unfortunately I will have to pass on this, most regrettably. I can't wait to see how it turns out though!
  16. Good morning, all- Just to let you know I've updated my post for the Ranger's selection of Urho Vaakanainen. It's beneath the original post. Thanks for your patience!
  17. "Yes, there are 14 A's! Vanna's gonna be busy for a while so let's go to commercial...!"
  18. @hf101 @pilldoc Oh all right, but it won't be NEARLY as much fun... Well, the New York Rangers...blah blah blah.... defense and offense...yadda yadda yadda...Ottawa Senators...etc. etc. etc......salary cap...... Spoiler alert....they pick: Urho Vaakanainen Defensemen Finland JYP As mentioned, I have additional notes which will be posted tomorrow, but suffice it to say I PROMISE I selected him based on more than just the excessive amount of vowels in his name. And also, that fact that that my daughter knocked over the box of Alpha-Bits yesterday morning while I was looking over the prospect lists had absolutely nothing to do with it. And now, @FD19372, will you and the Edmonton Oilers please put me out of my misery...? UPDATE - Friday June 16 (As Promised) The New York Rangers have consistently been enjoying some success of late, qualifying for the postseason for seven consecutive seasons and 11 of the past 12. Owing to a core group of scorers and the unwavering talent of Henrik Lundqvist. This success and potential has translated into considerable power for the Rangers’ front office, and with it, high-caliber free agents such as Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis looking for their best chance at winning the Stanley Cup. This most recent season, new GM Jeff Gorton made a splash by cleaning house, with no fewer than 11 players looking for new apartments in the Big Apple or elsewhere However, continued appearances in the post-season do not guarantee that elusive ring, and the Blueshirts found themselves on the outside looking in, losing to the Ottawa Senators in the Conference Semi-Finals. And yet, the Rangers keep searching. The Rangers have many strengths to boast, and it seems deceptively simple, although the most frustrating, to simply find that one piece to bring it all together. For one, being able to roll four effective offensive lines is a rare commodity in today’s NHL, and yet the Rangers do it with speed and finesse, showing an evolution away from the team’s recent reputation of gritty enforcers. Financially, the Rangers find themselves in a comfortable position with respect to the salary cap, with $9 million in flexibility. A few key questions arise though, with six restricted free agents to be dealt with, and whether or not defenseman Brendan Smith, acquired at the trade deadline from the Red Wings will be re-signed. Smith, for his part, has said he enjoyed playing with the Rangers, and as long as a fair deal is reached, he would have no problem wearing Broadway Blue again. That deal though, would need to be long term, and likely run upwards of $4 million per year. Although with the recent announcement that Dan Girardi, and his hefty contract are going to be bought out, it seems almost certain that Smith will return. Similar to the Red Wings, though less desperately so, the Rangers can use some additional talent on the back end. They finished the regular season 4th in the League in Goals For, but mediocre 18th in Goals Allowed. Meanwhile the reign of King Henrik is far from over, posting .927 save percentage and 2.25 goals against average in 12 playoff games. Still, the Rangers are confident that young prospect Igor Shestyorkin, is a worthy heir to the throne. With such a gross scoring talent on the ice, the best way to explain the Rangers 4th place finish in the Metropolitan division is simply that the Rangers were not able to score more goals than they allowed the other team. That points to the defense. Defensive talent is as good as gold in the NHL today and even with a new contract with Smith, the Rangers need help on the blueline. Unsurprisingly, strong hockey sense, and dynamic puck skills will be the stock in trade. With the 21st overall pick in the 2017 HF.net NHL Mock Draft, the New York Rangers and GM Jeff winGortonut, select, from SM - Liga Blues: Urho Vaakanainen Defense Ht: 6’1” Wt: 185 lbs. From hockeywriters.com: Urho Vaakanainen is a classic stay-at-home defenseman that has the uncanny knack to anticipate a transitional rush heading into his own zone. He seems more polished in front of the net than his peers, and is often described as playing beyond his years of experience. Vaakanainen is patient and rarely allows a streaking forward a clear path to the goal. Plus, he disrupts the passing lane, and smart enough to use the boards when clearing the puck out of the zone. These attributes make him the ideal candidate to preserve a one-goal lead late in games. Surprisingly, he’s an excellent puck mover which makes him a viable candidate to lead the rush on the power play. His passing skills are pinpoint accurate, so it isn’t out of the ordinary to see Vaakanainen hit a streaking teammate on the tape with a quick pass for an easy goal. Strengths Great On-Ice Vision Solid Puck Handling Excellent Penalty-Killer Very Mobile Skater Fluid Strides Under Construction (Improvements to Make) Needs to Become More of a Playmaker Improve Shooting Skills Lack of Experience NHL Potential Recent draft speculation has Vaakanainen being selected from the 15th overall pick to the end of the first round. Playing two seasons in Finland’s top league has shown that he’s ready to compete at the NHL level. However, Vaakanainen cannot turn around the fortunes of a struggling franchise by himself, but if surrounded by other rising young stars then you’ll see a sharp improvement in the standings. It would be smart for the team that selects Vaakanainen to leave in Europe for the next two seasons, and allow him to add muscle to his slender body frame. Plus, this move helps to develop his overall game and make him a more viable top-four defenceman candidate.
  19. Oy, this is lousy timing. I have a write up for this, but it's on the office computer and I had to take today off. I won't be able to get this posted until tomorrow morning.... If we need to keep this moving I can certainly try to scratch off something.
  20. @thenewestlights Back to you, Ron!
  21. @pilldoc @Podein25 @AJgoal @yave1964 As general manager of the Detroit Red WingNuts, I must protest this ridicule against our new star defenseman! Since Johan "The Mule" Franzen has been laid up, it's been several years since we had a dimwitted mammal for a mascot!
  22. @Podein25 That is QUITE a bold statement, sir!

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