About damn time we get some news worth me writing about!!
Well, how was everyone's summer? I must apologize to my readers, as I seemed to have dropped off the face of the planet for a few months, but I assure you it was all in the interest of me further pursuing my dreams.
...But let's be real, you don't wanna hear about that shit, DANNY DEKEYSER JUST GOT RE-SIGNED!! (If you actually wanna hear about that shit, just hit me up on Twitter)
The news is still pretty fresh, but it appears as though the young and talented Western Michigan graduate has agreed to a 2-year contract extension worth $4.375M. My initial thought was, "Hey look! They paid him more than Kyle Quincey!" But that thought was quickly dashed when I realized we're throwing almost that whole amount at The Saboteur in EACH of his two years. Perhaps I'll rant about that bullshit later, but let's focus on the positive side, shall we? Ah 'kay.
Let's face it, unless we have some kind of TERRIBLE case of misfortune with our up-and-coming young blueliner (Like THAT ever happens...right........??), Dekeyser is going to be our next top D-Man in the very near future. He's already an excellent player in all 3 areas of the ice, and has a SLEW of amazing mentors in the organization to learn from. While I'm happy as heck that Danny got signed, I--like many I noticed on Twitter--can't help but ask: Why the shit did it take THIS LONG to get a deal in place?? DK is going to be a defensive stud for many, MANY years to come, and considering that the Red Wings have never...let me repeat: NEVER...so much as attempted to fill the void left by Nicklas Lidstrom upon his retirement, a defender with this kind of potential is what we've sorely needed. Now that we have him, we need to lock that shit up like he lives in Fort Knox.
The only real roster question left now is whether Daniel Alfredsson will be healthy enough to opt in for another kick at the Cup. Then once that's settled, we can all pick sides and go to war about whether we think we've got a legit playoff team or if we're going to be a shit-show and miss the playoffs altogether!
Damn, I love this time of year...it's good to be back, baby.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Posted by Brad Butland at 3:18 PM
Thursday, April 24, 2014
There is a wide gap of difference between a 2-2 series and a 3-1 series. Detroit needs to keep that mind as they head into tonight's Game 4 match-up against the Bruins, who currently hold the 2-1 advantage in this first round clash.
The only other line change expected is the slotting in of Todd Bertuzzi for his debut in this series, with the hope that his bigger frame will help drive the play to the front of the Boston net. With these line changes, the Red Wings hope to generate more offense, but it wouldn't take much as Detroit has somehow managed to at least take one game after going three with only 2 goals. A huge factor for this has been the decrepit state of the powerplay. I won't be sad if Tom Renney is axed after this season, because whatever he's been trying to sell, the Wings haven't been buying all year.
We're only about 90 minutes from game time and hopefully when that time comes we see the Red Wings of Game 1 rather than the last two games.
This series is not out of reach by any means, but giving this one away tonight would almost surely make it so. If the Wings are going to turn it up, tonight is the night to do it.
Posted by Brad Butland at 3:38 PM
Saturday, April 19, 2014
The magic just doesn't stop, does it?
I gotta tell you, last night's first round opener against Boston was exciting and entertaining, albeit a bit thuggish on Boston's end, but no one expected much else coming into this series.
What most people in the media didn't expect, however, was for the severely underestimated Detroit Red Wings to skate into TD Garden and shut down the entire Bruins squad for 60 minutes and skate out with a 1-0 win and a one game lead in this best-of-7 match-up.
It's early, and it's only one win, but it's still one win. Three to go.
And can we all take a moment to prostrate ourselves before the glory that is Pavel Datsyuk? Did anyone wonder if he'd find a way to turn it up in the playoffs after coming back so recently? Well, he just answered all those questions with an exclamation point, as well as what could end up being the goal of the playoffs.
We're back at it on Sunday afternoon, and my only wish is that Babs does his job of keeping the boys humble. We've gone out and beaten the Bruins in a playoff game, so that's been proven doable. That doesn't mean we can be lazy from here on. Every game of this series, no matter how long it goes, will be just like Game 1. This series will be a war of attrition, and Detroit can not afford to slack off at ANY point, or it could be costly.
If Jimmy Howard stays as dialed in as he was last game, and the skaters continue to play disciplined and structured, it's totally possible. Franzen going Beast mode would be nice, but at least he set up the Dats goal. Maybe Game Two will be his turn.
We'll find out tomorrow.
Posted by Brad Butland at 8:54 AM
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Finally, a shootout loss we can feel good about!
The Wings managed to pull even with the Pittsburgh Penguins late in the 3rd after giving up two leads, but weren't able to put down the Pens for good as Detroit lost their match yesterday 4-3 after a shootout. The point from that loss was the last point the Red Wings needed to secure their berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a 23rd consecutive year, and this has arguably been one of the toughest of all 23 years.
There have been an inordinate amount of hurdles for Detroit to jump over just to get to this point--primary among them being the ungodly number of injuries the team has suffered. Depleting what was already a roster with some big holes didn't bode well for the Wings, but then a miracle happened:
The kids in Grand Rapids turned out to be riper than we thought.
Tomas Jurco, Riley Sheahan, Luke Glendening, and Danny DeKeyser among others accepted the challenge of filling roles far beyond their years and have been nothing short of stellar. Add to that the young fixtures Tomas Tatar and Gus Nyquist--of whom we knew would be regulars on the team despite the weirdness with Nyquist--and you get a youth movement for the ages.
Nyquist in particular has been superb, playing the best hockey of his life ever since taking the coaching staff's advice to maintain a more shoot-first attitude. Since then, he's taken himself all the way up to the top of Detroit's goal leaders, and the gap between him and everyone else is wide to say the least.
Dekeyser has been integral to the Detroit blueline. The young defensive genius is easily in the Red Wings' top 3 D-men, and after the most recent injury to Jonathan Ericsson which has him still sidelined, the Kaiser has played with poise and a measure of calm that few players his age exhibit.
There are so many great stories to talk about when you look back at this year's team, and we still have the playoffs to look forward to. Be it Pittsburgh or Boston that Detroit faces in the first round, the contest is sure to be an entertaining one! We'll be there soon as the Wings only have 2 games left in the regular season, but the biggest challenge has been cleared: We're in.
Now, anything can happen.
Posted by Brad Butland at 10:17 AM