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#2504440 Dive of the Year

Posted by Hockeymom1960 on 01 April 2014 - 08:21 PM


#2504490 Detroit could be dangerous come playoff time...

Posted by BBD10 on 02 April 2014 - 07:16 AM

When we return Hank and Pav, we will add our two best to a team that has been playing great and young guys who have stepped up their game.  Our players will no longer be waiting on Hank or Pav to score all game long.  Nyquist might be one of the next greats for Detroit and hope that he continues his play when they come back.  Alfy, Nyquist, Hank, Pav, Helm, Franzen all healthy???  Who wants to draw them in the 1st round of the playoffs?  Crickets...

#2497236 I am not a fan of the Sharks, but I applaud this.

Posted by Smite on 19 March 2014 - 09:47 AM



this gave me goosebumps.

#2496333 Franzen calls out team

Posted by DeGraa55 on 18 March 2014 - 03:16 AM

Lol Franzen wow

#2496309 Franzen calls out team

Posted by gcom007 on 17 March 2014 - 11:12 PM

I haven't read the article, but if that's the key quote, there's something very important that's missing: "I need to work harder and I need to want the puck more."


He's right in calling out the team's effort as it's been lacking, but he is not a guy who tends to characterize maximum effort. If he wants to be a leader and make statements like that, that's great, we need more of that, but he needs to walk the walk, lead by example, and be the first to admit he needs to be better at what he's saying. 

#2488509 Marty St. Louis wants out because The Captain hurt his feelings

Posted by DickieDunn on 02 March 2014 - 09:25 AM

IIRC the trade was going to be Yzerman for Yashin. The timing of this doesn't leave much doubt that it's about the Olympics, unless he's wanted out all year and it's just become public. If it is about team Canada, he really does need to quit crying. There were other pretty damn good players left off, and Yzerman didn't pick the team by himself.

#2486557 Great story about Mike Illitch helping out Rosa Parks

Posted by rrasco on 24 February 2014 - 04:02 PM

And these are the reason Illitch will never be forgotten.  I don't even live in MI, but I appreciate the things he has done for the city.

#2481311 Vets over the Kids?, not any more eh Babs.

Posted by Z Winged Dangler on 04 February 2014 - 08:44 PM

no need to put weiss in there

I agree.  He's had a rough go this year coming off an injury plagued season straight to a groin issue and a sports hernia.  After the Olympics, the real Weiss will be back methinks.  Add him to the line up we have and we're looking good.  Add a healthy Franzen and we're lethal.  


I think that this year is a real lesson for Kenny and Babcock showing that you don't always have to be overripe, but ripe is good too.  We have a great future at forward and with the likes of Jarnkrok, Pulkkinen and Mantha on their way as well, we're looking good.  Add to the mix a guy or 2 out of Callahan, Tuzzi Jr, or Nastasiuk and you got some sandpaper.  


On D, Ouellet, Sproul, Backman, Marchenko, Jensen and possibly De Haan sounds good if I remember correctly, we have a bright future there too.  Then you have Mrazek and Patterson to try to steal a job from Howard in the coming years, all the naysayers claiming the Wings are "done" now that Lids retired have no clue whatsoever and they forget that despite Holland's latest signing bullpoop, we still have great scouts that whisper some pretty damn good names in his ear at the draft table.

#2478957 The Hudler Factor

Posted by rick zombo on 30 January 2014 - 02:07 PM

I miss Filpulla a bit.


Hudler? Not at all. Although he was good for a laugh.

#2478951 The Hudler Factor

Posted by sleepwalker on 30 January 2014 - 01:54 PM

No, I don't miss him.  He wasn't a good fit here, and was often a detriment to the team due to his small size and getting constantly knocked off the puck by everyone else on the ice.


But hey, Sammy and Quincey were OK here and then left and we brought them back only for them to suck.  Maybe it'll  be the opposite with Hudler. 

#2478950 The Hudler Factor

Posted by stillwater on 30 January 2014 - 01:52 PM

Hudler would only be one more thing to complain about. Don't miss him at all. The Flames can have him.

It must be pathetic to be a Flames fan, when Hudler is one of the things you puff your chest out about.

#2477998 Babcock's comments on playing time

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 28 January 2014 - 01:29 AM

I think people are too easily dismissing just how inexperienced these kids are.  When a rookie plays well at 14 minutes, that does not necessarily mean he will play even better at 19+ minutes.  You have to consider the lines matchups and their defensive responsibilities.


Part of the reason for relying on the vets is not just nostalgia.  They've got years of experience that have led to better defensive and coverage instincts.  The fact is they're more trustworthy shift after shift on a given night.  That's not to say the young guys are bad in any way, just inexperienced.  Babcock values players who won't screw up and cost the team goals, even when they're not producing much. 


With this many young guys in the lineup it's about finding the right balance. It's not as simple as "he scored playing 14 minutes so he should get 19 minutes and score more."

#2477993 Babcock's comments on playing time

Posted by Son of a Wing on 28 January 2014 - 12:14 AM


So is it making him earn his spot or spreading the scoring around?  I can't keep track.  All just the same Babcock media lip service.  Playing Bert and Cleary over Tatar was stupid from day one and that's been painfully apparent to everyone except Babcock for quite some time.




Yup could be earning the spot or spreading the scoring around or injuries or line matchups, or linemates and chemistry or stupid things he said to the press last year or he's struggling with his father's health/death.


Frankly I would believe any one of those before I believe Babcock would irrationally hate a player and possibly put that before his team.

#2477983 Babcock's comments on playing time

Posted by Son of a Wing on 27 January 2014 - 11:20 PM

Like how Jurco went straight to the top lines over a proven Tatar? Like that? Babcock hates Tatar.



Abby plays top line all the time.  Does that mean he's held in higher regard than Alfie?? No.  It's about roles and spreading out the scoring between three lines.

#2477969 Babcock's comments on playing time

Posted by Son of a Wing on 27 January 2014 - 10:30 PM

I'm so glad Tatar turned out to be awesome as a big f*** you to babcock.



Huh? If anything Babcock is partially responsible for the player he has become because he has made him earn his ice-time.  


As it should be with all young players.