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#1 wingsownnhl43

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Posted 07 February 2010 - 04:00 PM

Along with Jimmy Howard, I think he has been one of our few bright spots this season. I still think he can get beter and I dont think he has reached his potential yet, but I am very pleased with his progression.

Your thoughts on Val's play this season...

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Posted 07 February 2010 - 04:20 PM


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Posted 07 February 2010 - 04:32 PM

I'm actually pretty let down by him this season. I expected a lot more from him and he doesn't seem to have the skills and abilities that I thought he would show by now.

He has proven himself to be an egregious goal scorer.... nobody gets as many wide-open nets as he does, but he always finds a way to miss. His goal yesterday was cool, but it was lucky, his initial backhand wasn't even on net.

He is good defensively, but for the amount we are paying him and the role he was supposed to play this season.... I'm pretty disappointed.... yes yes, I know EVERYONE's points are down, etc., but I wanted to see a whole lot more from Fil this year.
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Posted 07 February 2010 - 04:36 PM

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Posted 07 February 2010 - 05:10 PM

So he's gotten a point in just about every game since he's been back from his injury and people are STILL saying he isn't showing enough?
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Posted 07 February 2010 - 05:17 PM

QUOTE (Konnan511 @ February 7, 2010 - 05:10PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So he's gotten a point in just about every game since he's been back from his injury and people are STILL saying he isn't showing enough?


Part of being a Wings fan. It's kind of like a disease. Someone should write up a symptom profile of both the good and bad.

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Posted 07 February 2010 - 05:23 PM

What is it? 9 points in the last 10 games?


His faceoffs have been really bad lately though. After being 55%+ for the season these past 7 games have been really bad.

Edited by Z and D for the C, 07 February 2010 - 05:25 PM.

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Posted 07 February 2010 - 05:35 PM

He's been putting up some points lately. I still wish he'd shoot the damn puck more, but Datsyuk does the same s***. Last night when Pavel went into the slot then passed to the side boards I spilled my beer sad.gif and did like my avatar <---

Edited by Pucks, 07 February 2010 - 05:36 PM.


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Posted 07 February 2010 - 05:42 PM

All players are over paid in sports, Flip would be near the top of my list of bang for the buck on the wings, with Rafi at the bottom of it and Bert being the top of it.

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Posted 07 February 2010 - 05:50 PM

I think he is making progress. Seems to be shooting a bit more lately and hopefully he will shoot even more.
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Posted 07 February 2010 - 05:53 PM

QUOTE (Zata fan 40 @ February 7, 2010 - 06:50PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think he is making progress. Seems to be shooting a bit more lately and hopefully he will shoot even more.


He does shoot more... but he shoots wide.
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Posted 07 February 2010 - 06:05 PM

Don't trade him. Please!
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Posted 07 February 2010 - 06:08 PM

Love Filppula. I think he's definitely a solid center and an asset to the team.

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Posted 07 February 2010 - 06:31 PM

He needs to learn better balance and stickhandling skills.

He looks to be all over the place when he's fumbling around with the puck out there. Falling down, getting back up, losing the puck, fighting back for it. Watch Datsyuk and Zetterberg when they have the puck. Much better balance and control. He's too wild.

The only other criticism I have is his shot, which isn't very good. He needs to work on his aim this offseason.

Still, he's been one of our best forwards lately. I don't expect him to become that much better than what he is now. People here have unrealistic expectations for him.
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Posted 07 February 2010 - 07:11 PM

I appreciate Val. He scored a really nice goal two years ago, and at different points in time, he's received praise from Mike Babcock AND Teemu Selanne.

Plus, point streak! Can you believe what an offensive dynamo he is? I mean, 21 points in 32 games? I am amazed that he can combine this with his amazing defense (a respectable -7 this year, thank you very much!) and still manage to bring home ONLY, ONLY $3 M.

/sarcasm.

Nice guy, decent 3rd liner, and fan favorite perhaps bordering on bicuriosity for some.

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Posted 07 February 2010 - 07:38 PM

QUOTE (wingsownnhl43 @ February 7, 2010 - 04:00PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Along with Jimmy Howard, I think he has been one of our few bright spots this season. I still think he can get beter and I dont think he has reached his potential yet, but I am very pleased with his progression.

Your thoughts on Val's play this season...


Val shows up for every game and especially so in the playoffs. I don't care if he hasn't reached a certain level of scoring, if the rest of the damn team had his attitude and work ethic this season we would all be holding hands and singing together with little to complain about. Heart, the kid has it and it's not the easiest thing to find in a player. Val is a keeper. Also, I think he would be a little less wild out there if the rest of the team was playing with as much hustle as they should and could.

Edited by Stiffy, 07 February 2010 - 07:40 PM.


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Posted 07 February 2010 - 07:45 PM

QUOTE (Stiffy @ February 7, 2010 - 07:38PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Val shows up for every game and especially so in the playoffs. I don't care if he hasn't reached a certain level of scoring, if the rest of the damn team had his attitude and work ethic this season we would all be holding hands and singing together with little to complain about. Heart, the kid has it and it's not the easiest thing to find in a player. Val is a keeper.


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If you'll let me, I'd like to make another movie reference. It's a bit more than a chant, though.

"Coach McGinty, what will it take for your team to come back in the 2nd half?"

"Heart."

And then, Shane "Footsteps" Filppula....err...Falco took the field.

In all seriousness, heart is nice, but if you don't care if one of your "top" forwards never reaches a certain level of scoring, you should be a fan of a beer league team. Although with Filppula.....all bets are off, as he and his followers live in Bizarro world. Maybe Bizarro Filppula would be worth his pay but people would hate him? Sorry, I'm a bit punchy. Enjoy your evening.

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Posted 07 February 2010 - 08:04 PM

Just a decent third liner? This is just sheer stupidity and unrivaled bias. Even gcom will admit that if you put him on the third line you would have one of the best third lines in the NHL.

Filppula could finish with 40 points in 50 games (which is within reach if he plays on the second line) and you'd still say "SEE, FILPPULA WILL ONLY EVER SCORE 40 POINTS! OVERPAID"

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