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@Old Fat Bald Guy Whoa there buddy, what are you trying to do? Improve our offense?
4 weeks ago on Red Wings Recap 11.12.13
Fuck every cable company and sports league. They can change all the things you just said but it still doesn't change how fucked up everything is. I can't watch my local sports team without having to purchase a bunch of channels I don't ever plan on watching?? Well fuck you, Gary Bettman & Comcast & every other giant cable company & sports league. I bought Game Center and a subscription to a DNS hosting service so now I can watch ALL Red Wings games without having cable. All for less than a cable subscription plus no contract. God I love the internet.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Hey NHL Network, We Need To Talk...
I love how the Wings have to be forced into fielding their best team. They can't do it on their own.
2 months ago on Hey Babcock - Need Goals? Here You Go...
All in all, I liked what I saw but I think we need to do better at finishing, that's for sure. I thought Alfie and Weiss played very well and DeKeyser is going to be VERY GOOD for this team for a very long time. Datsyuk is going to have an amazing year, I feel. I thought he had a great preseason and judging by his interviews, he feels 100% healthy and is ready to go and it showed tonight. I can't help but wonder how good this team could be if our management just learned to let go of some of these senior citizens and play the kids. You talked about the second power play unit, well just imagine what a jolt it would get with Nyquist out there or Tatar. It needs more playmakers.
2 months, 1 week ago on Sabres vs Red Wings 10.2.13
@ThroatShot @marti783 Step back from the ledge, my friend! I can't believe for a second that Holland would deal either one of those two guys to make room for Alfie or Cleary. He's all about drafting and developing. The guys who are in jeopardy of being traded, in my opinion and from what I've read, are guys like Miller, Eaves, Emmerton and Tootoo. Of course, we still have that last buyout as well. I totally agree with you about the roles that they will be given though. My biggest fear about Babcock is that he'll dump them on the fourth line where they won't shine. It's like using your Ferrari to haul your trailer, haha. I don't mind them being on the third line because I don't think they're ready for prime time, just yet. Being on the first and second line means going up against the other teams top 4 defensemen. I just want to see them on the third line together and I want them to play every damn game, unless they prove to not be worth a spot on the team. Actually, I wouldn't be opposed to Nyquist on the top line with Dats instead of Abby. Tatar, I'd take a wait and see approach.
5 months, 1 week ago on Honest Question
Yesterday I thought this team moved lateral, not forward or backward. Today, after some more thought, I actually like these signings much more. After really looking at the numbers, you realize Weiss is actually a lot better than Fil, not just a little. Alfredsson's numbers have declined but not as much as you would expect from someone his age. Hell, the year before the lockout he scored 27 goals which is something we could expect him to strive for playing with Dats, Z, and now Weiss.
Not to sound like a PR machine for Holland who loves to use the following line but, getting Helm from back form injury is like another free agent signing as well. Couple that with our talented young forwards having a bigger role...well I can get on board with this team.
I just want to see one more forward come in , and no, I'm not talking about Dan Cleary. Someone like a Brendan Morrow. If we can get him, then damn, I kinda like this team...
@brendanksullivan @marti783 Thanks, man. I have a more optimistic outlook actually, today than yesterday.
5 months, 1 week ago on Free Agent Frenzy Open Post
The best way to describe today was we just went in a big circle. We didn't get any better or any worse, we just have different players on our team.
AAAAANNNDD I'm stepping away from the ledge. 4.9M? I can live with this. Especially considering it's free agency and you're going to overpay regardless since it's the open market.
Weiss @ 6M/year can't be true! WTF!! Pull out now, Ken, PULL OUT!
@moorecha I want Brunner back too but for the right money and length. I don't want to be the Buffalo Sabres when they signed Ville Leino to a 6 year deal
Dan Cleary gone? Time to break out the champagne! Although I won't believe it until I see him sign with another team.
Fil should start to sell whatever he is smoking because he'd make way more money that way.
I like the Alfie signing. 1 year - 3.5M cap hit? How can you argue with that?
I'm going to wait until the dust settles after this free agency to determine whether In Holland we Trust has become a fallacy or not. I have a wish list just like everyone else and I hope most of it comes true. Here it is:
1. Let Cleary walk. (For the LOVE OF GOD)
2. Buy out Samuelsson
3. Re-sign Brunner
4. Sign or trade for at least TWO top 6 forwards (I refuse to accept Abdelkader is a top 6 forward, regardless of what Holland wants us all to believe)
5. Sign a top 4 D-man
5 months, 1 week ago on Seeya Carlo - Colaiacovo Is Gone
We could go the entire free agency without signing a single player, lose Brunner and Val, keep Samuelsson and I would still consider it a great summer if we let Dan Cleary walk..
5 months, 1 week ago on Cap Anxiety
I think the whole idea of buying him out is insane and I don't know where that came from. It doesn't make any sense considering how low his cap hit is. The discussion ought to be about trading him for someone(s) who gives you more than what he can give you. Yes, he's a 30ish goal scorer, but we all know those tend to come in bunches and scoring 10 goals in 3 games isn't as valuable as scoring 10 goals in 10 games. He was on my list of players to "address" but he's not our biggest concern and if he stays, I can live with it. To me, we need to get rid of baggage like Cleary and Samuelsson and give those spots to either our youngsters or free agents. Making moves like that will determine how much I like our offseason.
6 months, 1 week ago on Mule is Staying Put
Disappointing loss but the future is bright. Personally, I think we win this series if DeKeyser doesn't get hurt. I hate pointing the finger at one guy but I think Smith cost us a couple games this series.
Anyway, I look forward to the off season and hopefully we land some free agents to fill in the spots we need.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Red Wings Game 7 Recap
@behood19 I agree. You have to wonder, at this point is playing him doing more harm than good for his confidence. He seems to be out there for almost every Chicago goal. I think they really screwed up by not playing Ian White at all during the final weeks of the season because they almost have no choice but to keep playing Smith. You can't really bring in White at this point since he hasn't played in months.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Recap: Game 7 Awaits
@Reddy Yea, I feel bad for Z because he has to play with those two. Cleary tries hard but just isn't skilled enough and Fil is skilled but just doesn't try hard enough.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Play The Kid Line - They've Earned It
@Jay Argentina I want to witness Dan Cleary get scratched just once in my life. Just ONCE, that's all I ask.
7 months ago on Change It Up - Put White or Colaiacovo In
The NHL is getting to the point where you don't want a power play because the refs are just going to give it right back to the other team and if your team stinks with the man advantage (like we do), it's going to do nothing but get the other team amped up. That penalty on Smith after the 5 min major was a joke and considering how bad our power play is, I was actually hoping they wouldn't give the Ducks player a major because I knew it was gonna come back to bite us.
I don't know what game Babcock was watching in the third but the play definitely wasn't even. It was all Ducks. At one point I saw two forecheckers and we've shown that we can't handle any pressure on our defense. We simply looked scared to lose in the third. This team needs to learn to play as the 7th seed. We're not the ones who had a record breaking season. We have nothing to lose and we need to start playing like it.
7 months ago on You Can't Win 'Em (In OT) - Game 5 Recap