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#2524103 Shawn Thornton will not be returning to the Bruins

Posted by GoWings1905 on 16 June 2014 - 10:57 PM

I am 100% positive ALL GM's have interest in players before July 1st....it's my opinion that Holland will not show any interest in him...but stranger things have happened...
 
I would welcome Thornton, even though he is not who I think Holland should go after, just like I would welcome Boyle.  I do think, on the other hand that both of these guys would be better pickups than Nosek, Epec, Asslec, Ballsec though...

Of course Holland has an idea going into July 1st. You stated he isn't interested in NHL players though, which is either speculation or a major leap of exaggeration. Without debating the merits of the actual signings, Holland is always active through free agency. Trades are another story, but show me an instance where Holland has only been interested in undrafted players. He can take flyers on those guys (and why not?) and still pursue other players come July 1st, which by all indications is the plan.

I don't see Thornton being an option, nor do I think he should be one for the Wings. However, I am extremely confident Holland will sign at least one NHL quality d-man in the near future. I guess I'm just not following the assumption Holland is standing pat this summer.


#2523759 2014 SCF : (2) The Big Apple vs. (3) Hollywood

Posted by GoWings1905 on 13 June 2014 - 11:41 PM

The Kings certainly earned it. Fun team to watch play and they prevented Chicago from winning it all most importantly. However, that's two in three years so it's gonna be harder rooting for them going forward.

Seeing the Stanley Cup is easily the coolest moment in sports. Hockey is the best.


#2523570 Spezza Requests Trade

Posted by GoWings1905 on 12 June 2014 - 12:01 AM

I like Spezza quite a bit, but I don't see a fit at all for the Wings. They have plenty of depth up the middle. The need is a top-six winger ideally with some size that can score goals.

Besides, I'm not willing to part with the assets it will take to acquire Spezza. The Ducks, Blues or Predators seem to be mentioned the most in regards to trading for Spezza.


#2522835 2014 SCF : (2) The Big Apple vs. (3) Hollywood

Posted by GoWings1905 on 04 June 2014 - 10:12 PM

Who else? That dude isn't clutch or anything.


#2522614 Shero & Bylsma Fired

Posted by GoWings1905 on 03 June 2014 - 01:43 PM

He may be annoying and awkward as part of the broadcast team, but Pierre has a great hockey mind. Very knowledgeable about the game.


I agree completely. He's a doofus and awkward on television, but he knows a ton about hockey. I can appreciate what Pierre brings to a telecast far more than fan boy Edzo. He's just a cheerleader on national broadcasts.


#2522367 WCF: (6) California Dreamin' v (5) The Night Chicago Died

Posted by GoWings1905 on 01 June 2014 - 08:40 PM

You know the state of NHL officiating is poor when Dan O'Halloran is selected for a Game 7 in the conference finals. Should have just teamed him up with Brad Watson while they were at it.


#2522248 WCF: (6) California Dreamin' v (5) The Night Chicago Died

Posted by GoWings1905 on 30 May 2014 - 10:45 PM

Damn it. As much as I absolutely despise the Blackhawks, they know how to win games when it matters. Have to give them credit because the Kings had all the momentum up 3-1 in the series and 3-2 late in an elimination game on their home ice. 

 

Fitting this series is going seven games. These are two excellent teams and this feels like the Stanley Cup Final, which is why Chicago can't win because there's no way the Rangers beat them. The Kings won't be overwhelmed by the situation having won two Game 7's on the road already in the playoffs at least. Just seems like a huge blown opportunity not finishing off Chicago tonight at home. 




#2522111 The Franzen Hate.

Posted by GoWings1905 on 29 May 2014 - 03:20 PM

Sure, considering the complete set of positive integers, 2 is certainly very close to 6.


Nyquist, Tatar, Jurco is close. Plus Weiss possibly, Mantha is coming. The Wings have cap space too. It's not just about Franzen this season, but the likely steeper decline to follow in years to come. Lose the buyout after this summer and then you are just stuck with Franzen.


#2521872 WCF: (6) California Dreamin' v (5) The Night Chicago Died

Posted by GoWings1905 on 27 May 2014 - 01:46 PM

 
Their blueprint is to build a tough team build on superb defense  if they can add a bit of scoring in the off-season, the Blues are for sure are a cup contender again next season. But I agree with you, they have to proof it at some point but given how tough the West is making it out of that conference is insane.


Fair enough. I do agree with you about the Blues and drawing the Blackhawks in the first round was just unfortunate. However, I think you have to achieve and maintain playoff success before a team can be declared a model.


#2521558 Emmerton-ov: Cory heading to KHL

Posted by GoWings1905 on 23 May 2014 - 07:26 PM

Any chance Emmerton can take Joakim Andersson along with him?


#2521193 Blues re-sign Elliott, announce Miller won't be back

Posted by GoWings1905 on 19 May 2014 - 06:38 PM

Miller isn't going to sign for a 50/50 timeshare. Besides, that is a ton of money tied up in goalies. The Red Wings have far bigger issues to address. 




#2520309 ECSF : (5) New York Rangers vs. (2) Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted by GoWings1905 on 13 May 2014 - 09:03 PM

The Pens are a joke. How do you win only one cup and collapse so frequently in the playoffs with that core of players? I hate to give Chicago credit for anything, but at least they continue to build incredible depth to support the high draft picks acquired from tanking.

I definitely want the Rangers to win it all now.
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#2520070 The Franzen Hate.

Posted by GoWings1905 on 11 May 2014 - 10:43 PM

Who would you rather have? Mule or Rick Nash and his two goals in his last 28 playoff games? 


Hossa


#2518732 Wings will buy out Tootoo, not Franzen.

Posted by GoWings1905 on 01 May 2014 - 05:03 PM

 
Every player makes mistakes. Obviously some more noticeable than others. Datsyuk turned the puck over a few times in the series as well. Do we hate him now to? Face it. Hating on Mule is the hip thing to do right now. Cleary and Sammy haven't been playing, so there had to be someone else to blame for all the teams problems. Franzen worked hard in that series. But because he didn't score, he will be seen as lazy. There has been times in his career he has no doubt not worked hard. These playoffs were NOT one of them. 


Pav scored three goals in five games too. If Franzen was doing other things in the series, then OK, maybe I can overlook a very inopportune turnover. What other conclusion could people draw from Franzen if he isn't scoring? He doesn't kill penalties, isn't physical and doesn't set his teammates up for scoring chances either. Despite his whining to the media, Franzen's one job on this team is to put the puck in the net. One goal in 23 games -- there's an effort problem involved in that for a player that logs as many minutes as Franzen, yet contributes nothing else while being on the ice.

I've given Franzen the benefit of the doubt before, but he has been a bum in the playoffs for four years now. Playoff Franzen isn't suddenly going to reappear with age and an already questionable work ethic. Franzen gets all of this backlash because he earned it; not due to Cleary and Sammy no longer being around.


#2518632 ECSF : (5) New York Rangers vs. (2) Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted by GoWings1905 on 01 May 2014 - 09:48 AM

The Rangers play back-to-back in Games 6 and 7 against the Flyers. Then they have to turn around after one day off and play three in four nights to open the series with the Penguins. Funny how that always seems to work out when Pittsburgh is involved.