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#2335075 New fan.. need advice

Posted by GoWings1905 on 01 December 2012 - 01:14 PM

Run away before you get addicted and get your soul crushed by a jackass commissioner and a bunch of billionaires.

#2335020 Most important moments in Wings history

Posted by GoWings1905 on 30 November 2012 - 11:25 AM

March 26, 1997.

A champion was born that day.

#2334353 Has your opinion of kenny changed?

Posted by GoWings1905 on 20 November 2012 - 01:54 PM

Holland did the best he could this summer. Can't fault him for Suter choosing to play elsewhere.

My complaint will always be with Holland's lack of action in the years leading up to this off-season. Rafalski was a surprise retirement, but everyone knew Nick's days were dwindling and Stu was going back to California.

#2333454 Red Wings Off Season: I Give Them an A

Posted by GoWings1905 on 04 November 2012 - 11:26 AM

I think an "A" is a little generous. At best, I would give it a "C". Love the Tootoo move to add a different element to an already strong bottom-six. Not really thrilled about signing an aging Samuelsson (again) and expecting him to contribute offensively in a top-six role. The top-six has really been stagnant for years -- Zetterberg and Datsyuk have to generate everything offensively and in the playoffs especially lately, we don't have forwards that can score goals in tight games. Filppula had a terrific breakout season. Can he duplicate it or even get better? We all know what Franzen provides. The other two spots belong to maybe Bertuzzi and Samuelsson? I have said it in other threads previously discussing the off-season, but the Red Wings are going to need Nyquist and/or Brunner to contribute immediately whenever hockey resumes.

The defense is bad. Losing three of your top four d-men in two years is not a good situation especially when one of them is Nick Lidstrom. Obviously there's no replacing him and Holland did his best to secure the closest thing in Suter. I can't get upset over that, but it does bother me more wasn't done in advance when it was clear Nick's days were winding down and Stuart was going back to California. Colaiacovo is a decent depth signing (if healthy), however, who logs big minutes on this defense now besides Kronner? You are asking for major leaps out of Quincey and Ericsson, plus rapid development from Smith. I think all of that is certainly possible, but it's a rather scary position to be in.

A lot of things would have go to well for the Red Wings to even win a playoff round with this roster. Remember, they won ONE game last spring with Lidstrom around. The transition to being younger, bigger and faster is finally taking place at least.

#2332600 Sacrifice the full season to guarantee Bettman's removal?

Posted by GoWings1905 on 24 October 2012 - 09:16 AM

How are those remotely comparable? Bettman has been commissioner for three lockouts, including the first entirely canceled season in professional sports. The NBA missed very little time relatively, MLB hasn't had a lockout in over 15 years and the NFL never lost a game last year. The NHL is staring at a second season being wiped out now.

No, none of the commissioners are saints. However, one's track record of taking away the game is in a different league. All of the other sports have had negotiation struggles at times, but no one does a lockout like Gary.

#2331930 Best pure goal scorer for the Wings

Posted by GoWings1905 on 17 October 2012 - 12:00 PM

I don't think any of them are really natural goal-scorers. Franzen could probably get classified as that because all he does is score goals, unlike the other three. The Red Wings haven't had a legitimate sniper since Hossa.

Of the four, I would take Z. His backhand is sick and he scored goals at a nice clip until his game evolved more as a center.

#2331670 Sacrifice the full season to guarantee Bettman's removal?

Posted by GoWings1905 on 15 October 2012 - 07:22 PM

So 70% of you are insane... Pretty shocked by these poll results

Season is toast anyway. What's insane about wanting the source of another lockout gone?

#2331596 2012 Baseball thread

Posted by GoWings1905 on 14 October 2012 - 10:32 PM

Yeah, while I feel for Girardi's loss, that's a pretty weak explanation. His dad passed away last Saturday and the Yankees still played the Orioles series during that span and won. They have no emotion because all of that high-priced talent can't hit the ball except off Valverde. Probably doesn't help their home fans that showed up booed everyone on the team in a heartbeat. TBS and Sager were full of excuses for the Yankees though instead of doing anything to give the Tigers some credit.

0.94 ERA from the starters so far in the playoffs. Throw in some timely hitting and you've got yourself a very dangerous team if the bullpen doesn't implode. This series is far from over, but the Tigers are the reason the Yankees look listless.

#2331565 Sacrifice the full season to guarantee Bettman's removal?

Posted by GoWings1905 on 14 October 2012 - 12:19 PM

I think we're going to lose it anyway. Might as well get something in return for it.

Exactly. Couldn't agree more.

I think this season is gone, may as well get the lockout fanatic removed as some consolation.

#2331261 2012 Baseball thread

Posted by GoWings1905 on 10 October 2012 - 11:55 PM

What's the Spanish word for s***? Because that's more fitting than potato. Unbelievable.

Valverde was so lucky last season. It was a fluke to convert every save and it's showing big time now because he is not closer material at all. He throws 93 MPH fastballs in the strike zone nearly every pitch and hopes it lands in a glove. Benoit has really been no different in the second-half as well. What was nearly a guaranteed win every time a season ago is now the complete opposite. You can't trust either in a close game to hold a lead. Goes to show how unpredictable bullpens are in MLB from year-to-year. The A's use Doolittle, Cook and Balfour and have major success.

You could definitely see this coming right when Valverde entered between his garbage and the A's penchant for always finding a way to win it seems, but man does this loss sting a lot. JV has to throw a complete game tomorrow basically and hope this unreliable offense can put up a few runs.

#2330993 Zetterberg to play in Switzerland

Posted by GoWings1905 on 08 October 2012 - 07:22 PM

Stoked I'm going to lose another season of watching Z play. Careers go by fast enough, let alone losing two years because of the lockout master.

#2329673 Jimmy D Speaks out on Lockout, fined $250k

Posted by GoWings1905 on 21 September 2012 - 09:57 PM

Another mouthpiece for the league and Bettman -- just what nobody wants to hear anymore. Jimmy D's extreme defense of Bettman in that interview was pathetic. Three lockouts under his watch speaks for itself. He's a piss poor leader of the NHL in every sense except in the eyes of the 30 billionaires whining about the system they created with Betttman's help.

#2328311 Thoughts on the current forward lineup

Posted by GoWings1905 on 11 September 2012 - 07:12 PM

Bottom-six is very good. Among the best units in hockey. Very solid combination of energy, skill and now some "sandpaper" (by Red Wings standards) on the 4th line. Depth plays such a huge role in the NHL and IMO the strongest part of the roster right now is the bottom-six.

Top-six has had issues for years and hasn't improved at all. Zetterberg and Datsyuk are a year older, Filppula has to duplicate his strong season and Franzen will score close to 30 but lacks consistency and effort. The Red Wings have needed a legitimate goal-scoring winger since Hossa left. Bertuzzi and Samuelsson belong nowhere near one of the two top lines on a contending team. The alternatives are unproven players with upside at least, but minimal to no NHL experience. I really like Nyquist and feel his development is one of the most crucial factors in determining the Red Wings ceiling this season.

#2327555 if you had to pick one player in the current roster.......

Posted by GoWings1905 on 02 September 2012 - 03:13 PM

Z to talk about growing a sick beard.

#2327514 Red Wings Sign Jordin Tootoo to 3-yr deal, $1.9M/yr

Posted by GoWings1905 on 01 September 2012 - 09:34 PM

Yeah, because having Tootoo will suddenly give Blues fans a reason to hate the Red Wings.

I hope his first dirty moment comes at the expense of Jackman.