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xtrememachine1 last won the day on July 4 2012

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  1. It should be Murray, but it'l likely be Fleury for all the reasons you listed. Even though Fleury has a history of melting down in the playoffs, Murray won the Stanley Cup in his rookie season (an extremely rare feat) and Murray was way better statistically in the regular season and better statistically against Ottawa. "Logic be damned, we like Fleury!"
  2. After the way he acted at the end of Game 2 with Turris, I'm glad. Maybe I'm just not paying close enough attention, but Crosby seems a lot more mature now than he was 5 years ago. Malkin... he's still the same jerk that attacked Z at the end of Game 2 in the 09 Finals.
  3. I like this idea, but even more, I like the idea of getting more dependable puck handling defensemen on our blueline. Watching the Sens play and seeing their forwards pass it back to Karlsson, Wideman, Phaneuf with confidence and blast it back into the zone or on goal made me wish we still played like that. This is one of the reasons why the Wings were so successful in the 07, 08, 09 stretch. Lidstrom, Rafalski, Schneider were great at keeping the puck in the zone and forwards had confidence in them to handle the puck. Shattenkirk and Trouba would be good pieces to pick up to play that way again, but honestly, for me, it doesn't have to be those guys, just those types.
  4. How did they cheat to win? I only saw the third period, but it seemed pretty even, nothing wrong with the goal either.
  5. Don't even get me started on that. I'm doing my best to block out that year. So many bad things not only with that series, but the entire playoff season. I don't want to get on a rant, so I'll stop now.
  6. The Preds have a pretty good defensive group, but... yeah, I can't see them winning 4 out of 7 games against the Pens. Its a shame the East isn't stronger. Beating two mediocre teams and a team that chokes against you all the time and the Pens are in the Finals again. Watch when the Wings get good again, the entire conference will be stacked. lol Remember back in the day when we'd have to beat Dallas and Colorado just to get to the Finals?
  7. He seems to be like Bill Belichick of the NHL. No matter what happens, no matter who gets injured, no matter who they acquire or call up from the minors, everybody plays like a star. Jake Guentzel looks like the next Brett Hull with the way he's playing right now.
  8. I can't understand how this is happening to the Caps. 55 win season again, nobody could be hungrier, they should want revenge for last year, the Pens are injured, they have home ice... how many things do they need to go in their favor before they can beat the Pens? Its amazing to me that they lost both home games and they barely won a must win Game 3 and lost this one. If they lose this series, which is a huge possibility even if Crosby's out for the remainder, they need to blow this up. I know that sounds crazy considering all the success they've had in the regular season, but they can't keep blowing it in the postseason like this. Winning the President's trophy isn't what this is all about.
  9. Considering what we got in the Smith trade, everyone expected more with Vanek considering he's actually been pretty good for us. If you had told me two days ago, that we'd get a 2nd and 3rd for Smith and a 3rd and an AHL d-man for Vanek, I wouldn't have believed it. Considering we gave up a first to get Kyle Quincey a few years ago, you'd think Vanek would be at least a 2nd round pick. Apparently, below average d-men are worth more than snipers in the league right now. This is probably the best deal Holland could get for Vanek. Having said that, if d-men are valued more on the trade market, he absolutely should have traded Green and maybe Ericsson too.
  10. I expect Vanek to be gone today. He's too talented and could help a lot of teams looking for offense or a playoff push. That's the only one I realistically see being moved though. Howard is injured. Ericsson has too many years left on his contract. Sheahan won't help anyone this time of year. I could see him being moved to another team in the offseason. Maybe another team figures they could make him into a better player, but they wouldn't want him for the stretch run or playoffs. I kind of figured Green would get more attention, but he's probably a next trade deadline player like Vanek is this year.
  11. I don't know why, but reading this comment and seeing that Datsyuk winking picture made me literally laugh out loud.
  12. Glad we're getting a couple nice picks for Smith. I didn't expect that at all. Disappointing to look back at when Lidstrom retired and Smith came up to the big club. We had huge expectations for him then (he was a first rounder) and now we're trading him away for picks. No one expected him to be the next Lids, but he couldn't even crack our top 6 and our defensemen are terrible. I hope the front office is better at evaluating young d-men talent now than they were then.
  13. I don't know if he's the worst. However, the problems we're having (inconsistency, not up for every game, blowing leads in the 3rd period) are all signs of poor coaching. Larkin and DK seem to have regressed too, however that could be the individual players going through a rough spot and not necessarily coaching. We also have to remember he's really young and very inexperienced compared to other coaches around the league.
  14. There just isn't much to get excited about right now, unfortunately. It has been a very bad year for the Wings and Wings fans though. Datsyuk retiring, Gordie, Mr I, the Joe, our playoff streak probably coming to an end. That's a lot of bad in a short amount of time. This franchise and its fan base are kind of in a state of mourning. It doesn't surprise me to see the lack of activity on this board, even a gameday thread.
  15. If we can't get good defensemen, the next best thing would be to get someone that knows how to teach his players how to play good defense. Unfortunately, I don't see the Wings giving up on Blashill this quickly, regardless of whether we miss the playoffs or not and Hitchcock will get a head coaching job somewhere soon.