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#1954927 Norris Finalists Announced

Posted by egroen on 23 April 2010 - 12:22 PM

I'm curious if there is a single GM in the NHL who would have preferred Green on his team this year over Lidstrom... even knowing their point totals ahead of time.

#1954918 Norris Finalists Announced

Posted by egroen on 23 April 2010 - 12:14 PM

Oh wow, the #1, #2 and #3 point-getters... how shocking!

#1954855 Norris Finalists Announced

Posted by mindfly on 23 April 2010 - 11:24 AM

First year in a loooong time that Lidstrom isn't even nominated... another reason why he probably will retire.... end of an era.. peace out

#1954014 Mike Babcock is an embarrassment to the NHL

Posted by Electrophile on 22 April 2010 - 03:19 PM

Actually, do you want to know what an embarrassment to the NHL looks like? A team that can't sell out its games until it makes the playoffs, and only then because the majority of people in the seats are rooting for THE OTHER TEAM.

Now THAT'S embarrassing.

#1953924 Mike Babcock is an embarrassment to the NHL

Posted by lilja4mvp on 22 April 2010 - 12:53 PM

actually, i think the NHL stepping in and purchasing one of its own teams is "an embarrassment to the NHL"

there shouldn't be an NHL team in arizona.


#1951054 Samuelsson looking good at 2.5 million

Posted by Crymson on 20 April 2010 - 01:14 AM

$2.5 million > $1.5 million. That's why Sammy is a Canuck.

Jiri Hudler = dips***. That's why Sammy is a Canuck.

#1950475 How will this series end predictions

Posted by mindfly on 19 April 2010 - 09:09 AM

After yesterday's pathetic effort and no signs of tightening upp defensively Wings will go for a 1st round exit....it sucks to be a red wing supporter this season

#1950735 Off-Day: Here's what I want to see next season

Posted by Winged_Wheeler on 19 April 2010 - 04:24 PM

I'd offer Lidstrom 1.5-2.5 mil, take it or leave.

#1950813 Ozzy for game 4?

Posted by Vladifan on 19 April 2010 - 07:16 PM

Detroit does turn on their goalies insanely quickly.

Yeupp. And so do the coaches. :ph34r:

#1950620 Ozzy for game 4?

Posted by interminded on 19 April 2010 - 01:06 PM

Babcock dug his grave some time ago.

This is not about Howard or Osgood. It's not about which goaltender we like or who we prefer in goal.
This is about a coach who rendered his backup goaltender virtually useless by keeping him on the bench for an unreasonable amount of games.
And that's just poor coaching in my opinion.

#1950005 Ozzy for game 4?

Posted by gcom007 on 18 April 2010 - 08:08 PM

You CANNOT blame Babs for not playing Ozzie this year he had NO choice, to say that is ridiculous.. We needed the points just to get here and you were not going to get them by throwing OZZIE out there this season just to get "warmed" up for the playoffs... But in saying that its because of that we unfortunately can't go with anyone else but Howie right now... Its just been a weird year overall :blink: Howie really needs to come up big Tuesday GO WINGS!!!

Osgood wasn't playing as bad as many have come to believe. Howard came in and played great when Osgood got sick, and after that Osgood never once got a decent shot to get going again. This goes all the way back to November when there was plenty of time to sort things out.

Granted, I do believe Osgood brought this on himself to some extent as well by mouthing off, in my mind, it never should have been made to be an issue. I said this WAY back when. There was no point in even creating the possibility for a goaltending issue. There's no drama on this team and these guys support each other. Keep them both warm and see how it goes down the stretch because after all, the playoffs are a different beast. I'm not saying I'm so smart. This is simple s***...really, really simple s***.

This is how simple, and seriously, think back to November when this all started...contemplate:

Don't utterly and completely ostracize a guy who went to the Cup Finals two years in a row, winning in '08 and carrying a battered team to game 7 in '09: good idea/bad idea?

Again, I am absolutely not saying that Osgood made a wise move in running his mouth, but Babcock should not have let it ever get to the point where Osgood would be so upset to uncharacteristically run his mouth to the press. His lack of foresight on the matter was wholly and completely lacking.

And also, don't forget, aside from simply not giving Osgood any sense of consistent starts, he did little to nothing to support Osgood at all in the press in continually saying that Howard gives the team the best chance to win when asked about Osgood. True or not at the time, it's just not going to help Osgood's state of mind when he's already stewing about not getting starts. And again, not saying Osgood was right to respond, but he was responding to fairly blatant criticisms of him that Babcock initially made in the press. And the bottom line is that Babcock didn't need to be saying what he was saying. I've been saying it for a long time, Babcock was creating a mess, and that mess is really starting to look like a mistake.

And to respond to what will likely be the first rebuttal...

Sorry, I don't buy for a second that Osgood wouldn't have been able to be a part of getting this team to the playoffs if given consistent starts throughout the season. He had some rough starts, but I have no doubt that he would've gotten things together especially down the stretch when things became more critical. Osgood's a big game goalie and he lives for the playoffs; there's no way he wouldn't give all he had to get there if it was on the line. I have complete faith in that.

#1949980 Ozzy for game 4?

Posted by Hossa4Life on 18 April 2010 - 07:46 PM

I WOULD like to have the Osgood of the last two runs in the net but he hasn't been that all season Hossa4Life... and Game 3 is not the time to see if he is going to be ready or not so I guess were stuck hoping Jimmy steps it up...

i think howard is the better goalie but i am alone.

#1949778 Ozzy for game 4?

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 18 April 2010 - 05:16 PM

Howard doesn't get to 74 playoff wins if you give up on him now. Ozzie wasn't always Mr. Playoff's you know. Not every goalie is going to pull a Ken Dryden in their rookie season. Extreme overreaction.

As far as I'm concerned, I really understand that Howard is green in the playoffs and he was going to get some lumps. I'm more pissed off that Babcock bet the farm on Howard since December and now we have the best playoff goaltender in the last two seasons rusted pass the point of no return.

Babcock doesn't seem to inspire the team, he plays favorites constantly, and now he has a rookie goaltender that is looking pretty sad between the pipes while the one he owns a ring to is taking stats.

#1949810 Ozzy for game 4?

Posted by Dynheart on 18 April 2010 - 05:29 PM

To watch Osgood do just as bad? This team has one option in goal and his name is Jimmy Howard. It's glaringly obvious and it doesn't matter who you have allegiances to.

Two Cups while playing, one while watching.

Not really a "fan" of any player on the team. But I have seen your replies. You will stop at anything to give a quick jab towards Osgood. You would think he would have shut up people like you after all these years. Guess not, though. Shoot 'em while their down. I guess you may have forgotten that Osgood played, cold...and rusty...agaist a hot Philly team. Not to mention they are playing desperate to make the play-offs and also are a high scoring team. He only let in 3 goals. So I think he could get it done once he gets warmed up. All he needs is 1 period.

Seriously though, I believe you, and like a few others, would rather see the Wings fail in the 1st round to get Howard some experience than the possiblity Osgood taking this team to another possible cup run. And nobody here knows if he can do it or not...Christ I just wish the fans would just root for the team than an individual.

#1949805 Ozzy for game 4?

Posted by digitaljohn88 on 18 April 2010 - 05:24 PM

This is why people calling for Ozzy to start more than 1 game in the last few months weren't just blind Ozzy homers. It'd be nice to have the OPTION to go to him, but we really don't have that.

Howard should start game 4 anyway. If he sucks and we lose, I'd go to Ozzy for game 5. Not that it would really matter after that.