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While Brunner showed signs of being a great player, He didn't seem to have the drive to get the puck. He often seemed to wait for it to be dished to him. That's not REDWINGS hockey. To wear the sweater you have to train and work to play a complete game. Over the REDWINGS history there has been a consistency of 2 way forwards, top scoring defensemen and a lunch pal mentality across all lines. Money doesn't buy that. It comes from respecting the game, the logo on your sweater and the heart of the players in your locker room. I think Alfie and Wiess both understand this. Let the kids go marinate in the league for awhile if they are worth it, they will be back. It will do Fil some good to hangout in TB with Stevie Y (Talk about Heart). Brunner needs to get some dirt under his nails. LETS GO REDWINGS!!!
1 year, 7 months ago on Honest Question
I'd have to go with Ian White as the replacement for DeKeyser. Experience and being on the + end of things, puts him above Lashoff in my book. Besides so much of the play has been on special teams that having a righty on the blue line would be a benefit too. What White gives up in size, he makes up with instincts and puck movement. Lashoff needs to ripen a bit more.
1 year, 10 months ago on Red Wings vs Ducks Game 2 Recap
Perry (in the above picture) looks as if he's looking for a place to hide. The kids bent over backwards but didn't break. Thank you boys! LGRW
@marti783 @moorecha So you propose blowing the team up? A different style of play? What needs to change? I think losing Lidstrom was change enough. Last years 8th seed won the CUP. The team just needs to remember its the playoffs and you dont let off the gas for one minute. We got the road win we needed, now lets take care of home ice and persevere. We are just seeing the parity that the league has been trying to create for years. LGRW
1 year, 10 months ago on Series Tied, But Dekeyser Down
Someone, Plaster this all over the glass tonight, PLEASE! I suppose these are his game day under garments. It all Makes sense now, sports bra to pump up his chest but no jock to back anything up. LGRW
1 year, 10 months ago on Ladies and Gents, This Was Corey Perry As A Child
He's versatile enough to play across any of the lines. He's the wrecking ball with finesse we need in on the forecheck. Put him on a line with Pav and Z or to take pressure off of Fil and The Mule. Having Big Bert roaming the middle of the D zone will free Kronwall ( the other Wrecking Ball) to seek out Selanne and disrupt his game. Wanna get the game off of the boards? Put Bertuzzi on the ice.
1 year, 10 months ago on It's Time To Release the Bertuzzi
All in all, last night seemed to be a feeling out process for the team. Vets and stars trying to play conservative to cover for the youth. And the youth playing to not make mistakes, instead of playing to win. Lines tended to shy away from an aggressive forecheck, which led to the one and done offensive play last night. The stretch passing in the 1st period made the our forwards play too high in the defensive zone trying to get a jump on the outlet pass. This left a lot of real estate for team disney in our zone, effectively collapsing our D and giving them the boards and reducing the likelihood of Kronwall putting Salami through the glass. We started controlling both zones in those last 4 regular season games. We need to stop playing their game and start playing ours! LGRW
1 year, 10 months ago on Red Wings vs Ducks Game 1 Recap
Should we have expected this to be a normal season? We are without one of the greatest two-way Defenders ever. Not to mention the anchor and captain of a team that's had continued success for 20 plus years. To assume you could replace that without a dip in play discounts how truly great and significant #5 was. We are left with a team that is trying to find how to pick up that slack. You cant trade into another player like that. That player needs to be nurtured and grown into that role. The REDWINGS are the best team on this planet to cultivate another Legend as they've done so many times before. Perhaps the perseverance and will that was displayed this season, just to make it in to the post season, is evidence that this team and its fans should take nothing for granted and make no assumptions that the Winged Wheel logo is what gets you to our goal. Through all adversities, we BELIEVE and we PERSEVERE. That's how so many legendary players before have set the benchmark of excellence. The issues faced this year weren't because of a couple of transactions that didn't go as planned. Injuries on the blueline have plagued us. Lack of a power play didn't help either. It's hard to replace Homer in the goalies face. They had 1/2 a season to learn to play as a team, yet still they got it done. It wasn't pretty, but they got it done. Playoffs once again. The Real Season Begins!!! LGRW
1 year, 10 months ago on How Will You Remember the 2013 Regular Season?
I hope TooToo's tenacity is infectious. If the 3rd and 4th lines can be that aggressive on the forecheck, coaches will have no choice but to break up their top lines to balance defensively. Historically when the REDWINGS consistently play like that, they are not out played nor out scored. There's a reason benches don't have names on them, Carpe Diem and claim your spot! LET"S GO REDWINGS!
1 year, 11 months ago on Red Wings vs Ducks Recap: 3.24.2013
Here,Here! Thank you for that post. I live for this time of year to begin the season of the greatest game with the most passionate fans on earth. If you care about Hockey then, play the game and figure out the issues on your own time. Our(The Fans) time is now and youre all on Our clock, get to work and put your supposed love for the game into action by playing the game on the ice, not the BS game off the ice.
2 years, 5 months ago on Fool Me Once...
Hats off to you sir! Excellent work!
2 years, 9 months ago on Onward and Upwards - A Perfect Poster For The Perfect Human | May
on game day, I wear home or away sweater unless theyre coming off a loss, then its a black one until the game starts, then back to home or away. Game day meal is Hot N Ready or Blue cheese & bacon sliders. to wash it down 3 Newcastle Brown Ale, 1 per period. Each one downed before the horn sounds, from beer mugs purchased for this reason. It was a set of 4, so I had to break one. You understand... Ive been doing the beer thing since '97 and have missed on average 6 games a season. I dont plan on stopping anytime soon.
2 years, 10 months ago on Get Out Your Superstitions - We're Gunna Need All The Help We Can Get | April
Short cycles of the puck, especially when dealing with bigger players. weaving in and out opens lanes because bigger slower players tend increase the gap and leave the stick to take up that space, the skater that just had the puck now trips on the stick and a whistle is blown. next 5/5 shift I'll bet theres even more space for fear of another penalty. It starts with cyling the puck in out and around the dots. Moving feet get tripped, create space, and confuse the vision and balance of defenders. I dont care how big and physical you are, if your vision and balance are thrown off, youre a pylon. REDWINGS IN 7! BELIEVE THAT!
2 years, 10 months ago on Frustrated | April
Poorly managed game by the officials to begin with. Weber knows better and if he doesnt then anyone that wishes he would wear the Winged Wheel is off their rocker. That was a classless play no matter how you look at it. If the league is trying to clean the goon out of of the game then they cannot allow these incidents to happen without punishment.
2 years, 10 months ago on Suspension? I Predict No, Here's Why | April
10 feet is a luxury! If you have your head up then you would see whats 10 feet in front of you and avoid it. IF YOU SKATE WITH YOUR HEAD DOWN, BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN! Voracek even agrees... For fans and a team that prides themselves in being called "The Broad Street Bullies" you folks sure as heck do whine alot.
2 years, 11 months ago on Kronwalled: An Analysis of the Voracek Hit | March
No elbow , but I do see a head down. Hockey 101, skate with your head up! Your line of sight guides your defensive impulses.
Adversity is what tempers a team for the post season. Is it ironic that TPH, Dangles, Jimmah and Mr. Lost and Found (Quincey) were all out of this game? I don't think so. Babs is an excellent coach, he holds the team accountable no matter who's out there. Glad to see that even with plenty of mistakes to go around, the WINGS could come back and win the game in regulation. They did it without a Capt, an Allstar netminder, not to mention without Datsyuk! I still remember the Island, glad I didn't have to witness a repeat!
3 years ago on Red Wings vs Blue Jackets Recap 2.28.2012 | February
Wow, theres a fire under Kindl's ass tonight. Imagine that.
3 years ago on Holy Crap - Kyle Quincey Back With Detroit | February
@Red_Wings-Devilmasta He was trying hard not too.
Its a good fit to bring him back. I think Kindl needs to marinate a bit more. He plays with a fake sense of confidence and tries to make big boy plays instead of keeping it simple. It usually blows up in his face and costs us momentum in key situations. Quincey knows what to do and has done well away from home. Welcome back.
Usually there are Stars fans waiting around every corner to say something stupid about the REDWINGS! One person says she doesn't care if the Stars lose every other game as long as they beat the "bed springs", huh? This year my days here in Dallas have been very quiet as the Stars fans realize they are 0/4 against the REDWINGS! this year. I get to now remind them that they go down in history on the losing end of breaking a record that has stood for 83 years! Take your one cup on a goal that rules had to be changed to make legit, and... @#$%#@$%!!!!DETROIT REDWINGS HOCKEYTOWN!!! 24/7/365
3 years ago on Stars vs Red Wings Recap: The Record is Ours, Hockeytown | February
Miller, Cleary and Helm are all great players. Cleary's legs are frustrating him I'm sure. Helm has foot speed and when he has open ice, he can definitely finish. I think Josh is right, teams have figured out if you can take away his time and space then you will neutralize his offensive threat. Miller happens to be as Mr.Redmond would say", Johnny on the spot!" lately. Miller's swagger is a reflection of the wave he's on right now. More power to him... If youve got a Winged Wheel on your sweater I say if youve got the pepper, then use it!
3 years ago on Miller's Getting Cocky | February
Everyone around here, keeps talking about some sort of maze. Have you seen it? You know me Jimmy, I'm a problem solver?!
3 years ago on Caption Contest Time! | February
Call me crazy, I think Phoenix fans would've filled this place up. I mean does anyone really care about Original 6 rivals anyway?
Make that 2
3 years ago on Mr. Hockey and His Fight Against Dementia | February
If we are just talking for picks and no trades, Gill is not bad for his stay at home mentality and his patience with a young defense partner. Commie was the best stats wise of the 3 in this past game, Gill provided shutdown assistance and Kindl was -3 on the night. Kindl could stand to ripen some more although his stats are right with E52, but E52 needs to earn his keep. Im a fan of saving duckets until season's end, but if picks will get us good support then so be it.
3 years, 1 month ago on Trade Target: Defensemen | January
@freakazoid0587@Jordan_Reis Yes, Kindl seems to be the low man on the D roster. That last game showed he was the albatross on the D's neck. There was plenty of blame to go around so im not saying it was his fault by any means, but limp wristed passes into the slot to break out of the zone didn't help relieve the pressure... but this all goes back to the thought that we could pick up Ruutu and Gil for picks only.
We're talking about the blackhawks, is that possible?
I dont think its an upgrade scenario as much as it is supplementing the roster for the future. The WINGS have a great stable, but I think reinforcing the defense while Lidstrom is still playing would be paramount to keeping up the level of play on the back end. He wont be replaced, but for any player to learn from him all they can, would only help Kronner out. Lidstrom carries the load of three players at times. Thats an awesome load to pass on to the next guy. WINGS have to have options to see who steps up and shoulders that load.
I'd like one of the those posters. Even if the timing wasnt exactly right! Love your work Josh, Thanks
3 years, 1 month ago on We Know Who to Blame For Last Night... | January
I agree Jordan, Ruutu and Gill are the safest (best/cheapest) deals to hit the deadline. All of the other defense options except Weber and Suter, I think would need some work in the off season with the WINGS to minimize the risk and maximize their usefulness on the roster.
3 years, 1 month ago on Trade Target: Forwards | January
I get to see alot of Morrow, being that I live in the Dallas area. Hes the real deal. He's the player that has been described in alot of these posts. I fear what it would take to get him here though. Babcock knows his play very well and he respects Coach too. He's a grinder, no whining, no excuses kind of player. He reports for duty no matter what line he's asked to be on.
Smyth, now thats a nice blend for the needs of the team. Frees up the Mule and Cleary as shooters for deadlier PP rotations. Thats on the cheap too.
Two Fins and a Swede on that 2 line smells like goals.
If more size and grit (Goon) are what we are looking for to add to the top 6, we have to understand whether our PK (22nd in the league) is up for it or not. Bear in mind this puts TPH on the ice more in shorthanded minutes than PP and 5/5. seeing where he sits with points on this team and in the league, you could assume goal production would go down. Thats a big price to pay to keep people off of Howard. The best way to do that is to keep the puck on the other end of the ice as much as possible. Flip, Happy, Hemsky/Ruutu?
I know that NHL36 was great. I can't wait for the series that will lead up to next years Winter Classic!
3 years, 1 month ago on Red Wings vs Canadiens Recap 1.25.2012 | January
The team seems to second guess themselves and the system without TPH or Dangles out there. I'm sure I'm no more disappointed with them than they are with themselves. LGRW
Gotta point there
3 years, 1 month ago on Hey! Free Goalie! Niittymaki Available | January
Conks, Patience and look at Nabokov
@moorecha Well I must have missed that one. Franzen is the token whiner then, we dont need another one.
3 years, 1 month ago on Could Selanne Be An Option? | January
I dont put much value in a whiney player. The top of the West is so close and the games will only get chippier. I remember one player sitting in the lockeroom crying and whining to the media because he had just been run over by Kronner. "Hes dangerous!", Salami says. Well, so is any player in the league when youre skating with your head down or between your legs looking for your manhood. I have yet to hear a single WING complain about being checked hard. Ask Homer! They take it and leave it on the ice. Numbers or not, Salami doesnt deserve the Winged Wheel on his chest. Leave him at Disneyland!
@D.M.N@magnum9 Nice, glad you could see the intended humor in me words.
3 years, 1 month ago on It's Good to be Happy | January
@magnum9 Guns dont kill people, people kill people.
Oh, Colorado. No need to say anymore
@magnum9 I can agree with that.
Sorry to misunderstand the comedy in your post, Im a transplant from Michigan and here the gun issue is a hot one John Wayne is around every corner its seems. I posted because you were saying that you were done with this blog because of it. LGRW
I live here in Texas too, I have alot of rights also. Does that mean I have to smoke, drink light beer, and drive a truck too big for my garage, when the only thing i ever carry around in it is a six pack, a shot gun and a pack of smokes? Everything listed above in different combinations are recipes for a disasterous outcome. We're talking hockey here partner, not polictical or social issues. I had a right to wear a suit of armour to the game Tues. I have yet to come across the need to wear one at a hockey game, I imagine the same would be true for a gun.
@Reddy The ice was terrible last night. The puck was bouncing so much during warm ups before each period that both teams had to adjust their passing. wet spots in the ice that just killed a lot of passes that weren't off the ice. that coupled with the fatigue from the night before, really slowed down the passing game in the neutral zone. both teams looked scared of making a mistake trying to carry the puck thru wet spots.
3 years, 1 month ago on Red Wings vs Stars Recap 1.17.2012 | January
couldn't have said it better myself . Then my 9yr old son looks up at the rafters and says,"Wow dad! they've only won one Stanley Cup!!!!?" Ha! We didnt hear much the rest of the night from the man behind us, except the whining about not getting enough Power Plays. At the end of the game my 6yr old turns around, looks at the man and says, "See, I told you so!" We left to the chanting of "LETS GO REDWINGS" thru every hallway inside and walkway outside all the way to the train station. No matter where you go, there we are in every corner, WING FANS! That game was worth every penny, and the boys enjoyed staying up so late on a school night too! LGRW!!!!
3 years, 1 month ago on 30 Wins | January