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The Red Wings and the Playoffs.

I'm an avid KK reader but rarely a writer.

 I only really write anything when I'm fired up or angry about the Wings.

 I am brutally honest and never sugarcoat anything.  I can say that I watch every single Wings game without fail.  I'm a stat and cap geek.  I've been ganged up on and called names before for voicing my opinion by so called bigger fans on the DRW than I am.

I'm ecstatic the Wings made the playoffs.  I'll admit I had serious doubts.  They just didn't look like a playoff team in so many games, so many times.  

I don't want to write for too long so I thought I would talk about a few players that struck a nerve with me this year.  Some good and some bad.

 I believe Datsyuk and Zetterberg had bounce back years.  Its amazing that Datsyuk was +21.  It proves what a player he is and what a coach Mike Babcock is.

 It was disturbing Zetterberg went like 30+ games with out an even strength goal but he was one determined Wing all year.

 I'm hard on Franzen.  Hossa is a bona fide Hall of Famer who wanted to stay here but we let him go and paid the Mule.  His up and down play is maddening.  He gets injured from time to time but so does Hossa.  I'd almost say I'm at a 50/50 split currently when at times I've felt 100% we should have kept Hossa instead.  

Jimmy Howard had a dynamite year.  Again yet again he played with little to no back-up help. I'm ecstatic he didn't get hurt and wouldn't have been surprised or angry if he did.  A lock-out year + a compressed schedule with no back up. He could have easily went down.   I believe that if Holland finds a frickin back-up worth a damn that can give Howard some legit rest, we'll be  in good shape.  6 years though is a long time but it seems to be the status quo.

 I wonder what is Holland's ideal contract for Datsyuk following next year.  What I like about Datsyuk is that he's only played 779 career NHL games.  Yzerman played close to double that.  Datsyuk has low NHL miles so to speak.  Joe Sakic had a 100 point season at age 37, Martin St. Louis just won the scoring title.  We all know Larionov was damn effective at advanced age.  

The defense was strange all year.  Was Ian White that bad that he was a healthy scratch all year?  I thought Quincey was a huge disappointment.  Not worth a 1st rd pick and I think he's in there strictly to justify giving up that pick.  The guys a fringe player for the top 4.  He gets pp time, he had 1 pp point all year and 3 total points- 1 being on that joke of a Franzen center ice floater.  That's unacceptable.

 I'm not happy with Brendan Smith either.  Look at Jonas Brodin.  That's where I expected Smith to be sooner rather than later.  He's had more than enough time for grooming.  I'd like to see Smith maybe be like a Tim Gleason or Bryan Allen type.  Disappointing.

 I think the Wings can win this series.  There's no Giguere or Pronger.  I want the Hawks bad in Rd 2.  Nothing would please me more than knocking them off.  That's 2nd only to the Cup.  Thanks guys.

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have to agree with you about quincey and smith two turnover machines.whenever those two are on the ice I cringe. can`t believe they have them as a pair.

Posted by sherwood on 04/30/13 at 07:17 PM ET

SandysWingingit's avatar

The pairing makes me cringe too, sherwood. Our weakest pairing, for sure, imo. Expected so much more from those two… especially when you see how quickly DeKeyser has acclimated. Love to have that first round pick back… you’re welcome, Stevie Y. Ugh!

Posted by SandysWingingit on 04/30/13 at 08:11 PM ET

DAN M's avatar

I like Dekeyser too. So help me Quincey’s on something. Hasn’t been ready to go all year. He’s a terrible choice to groom Smith which is obviously the thought process pairing the 2 of them. Getzlaf and Robyn Regher. Both drafted 19th overall.  You give up a 1st rounder for Bouwmeester.  A guy who rolls out of bed and gives you 25 minutes a night. Not Kyle Quincey. Horrible misfire by Holland.

Posted by DAN M on 04/30/13 at 08:15 PM ET

tkfergy's avatar

Dan M, you can block blogs on here, you just have to go to “My homepage” and you won’t see the blogs you don’t want to…

Posted by tkfergy on 04/30/13 at 10:13 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

I guess I’m the only one that actually think Quincey has played solid since he came back with the face cage.

I think your expectations for Brendan Smith are misaligned. He projects to be more of a puck mover and not as physical as a guy like Bryan Allen. I’ve always felt that if Smith follows a similar development path to what Kronwall has done, we should be thrilled. You can’t throw a young D under the bus after one half-season of NHL experience. In general, no position develops slower (look no further than Tyler Myers for a recent example, or Chris Pronger if you want to go back an era).

The defense was strange and inconsistent, but when all was said and done, as a team, the Wings logged a really impressive year when it came to keeping pucks out of their net.

Posted by Nathan from wasting perfect passes from my teammates on 05/01/13 at 08:24 AM ET

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