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  1. Athanasiou Signed 1 year $1.4 mil

    Well I, for one, do care. The guy's electric and has the capacity for significant growth. Game breaking speed with hands to finish? This isn't just another "prospect". He's demonstrated he can already play at a high level. Am I the only one who's most excited about him out of all our kids besides Larkin? Dare I say I love his play more than Mantha? Yes. Yes I do. Sign soon, AA. Hey- if he ever becomes an assistant captain, can I be the first to call him triple-A batteries? You heard it here first- folks.
  2. Recent Korean Spammers

    I almost died laughing. I thought I was the only one who used that quote! Game over man, game over!
  3. DRW Training Camp 2017

    I'm still trying to understand what folk's fascination with XO is. I'm not being mean or judgy - I'm seriously interested in what people see? When I watch him play I see a mediocre skater with marginally larger than average size. His speed is one of his serious flaws and I saw it repetitively in losing puck chases into corners last year. He really reminds me of Brian Lashoff with better offensive potential. Nothing over the top, but somewhat steady for the most part. If that is what other see, then I guess I get it - that at least he isn't lazy and doesn't suck? How is he that much different than any of our other #6 - #10 defensemen? I'm Ron Burgundy?
  4. 2018 Detroit Red Wing All-Star(s)

    Can one hope for Mrazek? Jeebus I hope so. Followed by Larkin - the move to center for him will be key. He looked fast but lost on wing last year.
  5. Will Tyler Bertuzzi Make the Team Out of Camp?

    Pre-Torres or Post-Torres? Getting back to Lil' Bert - he's definitely got the heart, but is that enough for him to hold down an NHL spot? I like the fact that he became something extraordinary in the playoffs for the Griffs for sure. How do we think that translates to a 4th liner? What are the expectations? How do we measure good production for him? For my money - a positive plus minus, 5+ goals, 15+ points and some good ol' crashing and banging is all I would expect out of someone with his skill set for a rookie campaign. Especially with his expected black hole of a center.
  6. So - Does anyone know what happened to Fisch? Is he on the outs now? Or am I confused and this is a different role for Dan-the-Man?
  7. swedishconnection


    You dont, unfortunately. He was the one who stirs the drink on that team. They still have really decent wingers but no one to distribute the puck.
  9. Weiss

    If that is the case, why isn't Babcock on the bench after every practice? Oh, wait....
  10. Round 1 Line Combinations

    You Sir (or Madam), must not have been around for the Lilja / Lebda (or Meech) pairing. Lashoff has been nothing if not defensively sound and serviceable. Nothing flashy, but ho-hum and gettin it done. I will agree that Kindl does not impress. He's been a liability more often than not, but at least the guy can skate. Can't say that about Lilja.
  11. Poking the Bear

    One of the things that got me thinking last night was this: The terrible NBC talking heads were speaking before the game about the B's ability to play big and aggressive if you want; or play the skill game if you want that instead. That can be intimidating to a lot of teams in the league because with the Bruins they can usually do it better than the opposition. Turns out after watching the game that the Bruins didnt know which team they were last night. They can't out-skill the class of puck possession teams, and thier "big nastiness" came out like a wimper compared to the Anahiem teams we have faced over the years. With our generations of players being developed the same puck possession way, it's amazing to watch a "system" beat a team of bigger, better, meaner.
  12. Smith files for arbitration

    I dont think anyone was "writing him off." A lot of us found ourselves yelling "dammit, Smith" more often than any other player this season. He simply made a consistent amount of poor choices when other options were available. The good news is that he will improve with experience, and I think a lot of us who are critical of his play hope that he does. I was expecting him to stumble a bit, just as I expect any rookie to struggle. My general allowance is as follows: 1) Wingers: you get 2 full NHL seasons to show results (offensive numbers or defensive ability) 2) Centers: Tough job here. You get an additional season [3 total] to show results (faceoffs are scrutinized more and more each season) 3) Defense: Learning how to handle NHL forwards is formidable. I give 4 complete NHL seasons prior to ultimate critiquage. In Smith's case, he gets 3 more to show what he can do before I start calling for an inquiry. 4) Goalies: you have a screw loose. 5 seasons just because you control the least amount of the game, and may have a lackluster squad in front of you. Also- you are the craziest people on the roster and I usually cant figure you out.
  13. Wings sign Stephen Weiss, 5-years, $24.5m

    I'll admit it - I dont really know him very well and I have been watching a lot of hockey over the past decade. He has never really come across my radar, but I am not sure if that is due to the "he's buried in a terrible franchise" or "he's got terrible line mates" or the dreaded "he's not really that good". The one thing I have noticed watching his highlight videos is this: he goes straight at the net more often than not. Never going to complain about that. It will be interesting to see how he dishes to the 2 swedes on his line to start. Hoping for the best, but cautiously optimistic on this one.
  14. Stephen Weiss on his way?

  15. Wings in on Alfredsson

    Dallas makes a ton of sense for Cleary. They just traded for a young player, he is best friends with Horcoff who was just traded there, and there is familiarity with Jim Nill. I loved Cleary and wish him the best, but I hope he moves on from the Wings.