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#2049298 Leafs are in 1st place overall!

Posted by The Secret on 19 October 2010 - 02:28 PM

I hear the city of Toronto is planning a parade for the good start they have had. I've also been told that its pretty much a done deal that they will also win the Cup this year... I guess we have next season to look forward too.

#2045845 Kirk Maltby to announce he is retiring

Posted by The Secret on 13 October 2010 - 08:47 AM

Just watched Malts give his retirement speech and got choked up along with him. Thanks for the great career and for being a part of one of the most memorable lines in Detroit. Malts is, was and always will be Red Wing and I'm glad he's taken a job within the organization to stay home where he belongs. Good luck Malts.

#2041091 Sharks cut Andreas Lilja

Posted by The Secret on 06 October 2010 - 08:42 AM

I don't think it had anything to do with money. He wanted more ice time.

Bad decision any way you look at it... coming off of a very serious injury, visa set to expire, being offered a job with a team you know and like. Bad call. Too bad, he was really winning me over as a fan before his injury too. I do think Salei, if healthy, could be a much better and cheaper replacement anyway. Good luck Lilja.

#2040711 Sharks cut Andreas Lilja

Posted by The Secret on 05 October 2010 - 12:29 PM

I bet he is kicking himself for being too greedy now! His greed might have knocked him right out of the league. I think he was lucky to have been offered 1 year at 1 mill after having to miss a year with a soft head... the rare player in Detroit that does not show his loyalty back to the team

#2038703 Wings release Aaron Downey

Posted by The Secret on 30 September 2010 - 10:14 PM

Who needs enforcers? Franzen, Datsyuk, and Zetterberg are completely invincible to cheapshots.

Downey would NEVER be on the ice with either of the above players. Hard to enforce anything for them from the bench! I'm all for a player who can drop the gloves and defend himself and his teammates but has to be able to play some hockey as well.

#2038699 Wings release Aaron Downey

Posted by The Secret on 30 September 2010 - 09:58 PM

8 pages on the release of Downey? He was a crappy hockey player and a mediocre enforcer on a puck possession team... We have no need for a player like him. I'm glad he is not wasting valuable ice time that a younger player could use.

#2035954 Red wings ink Parkes to three-year entry-level deal

Posted by The Secret on 23 September 2010 - 03:42 PM

Whaaaaaa? Another Canadian kid?! Nice. This makes me happy. Just hope they all pan out now starting with Smith, the Ferraro kid, then Sheahan... round that out with a few good Yankee in Callahan and McCollum and I like the transformation! Better balance of NA and Euro styles are in the future!

#2030734 Habs re-sign Carey Price

Posted by The Secret on 03 September 2010 - 06:56 AM

Im confused by why Price signed with them again? Its not like he is getting much more then he would get on the market-and I do believe he'd be a better goalie else were!- but what boggles my brain is that after seeing him play there for a few years and hearing the booooooos sent his way...then hearing his response to the fans after the boooooos, :scared:............HOW THE HELL CAN THIS WORK??? (unless I am missing somthing)

I agree. After spending a few years in Montreal I can honestly say that they are extremely passionate about their team but they are the perfect example of the old saying "a fine line between love and hate". First off I think they should have taken a page out of Hollands book with Price and let him ripen a bit on the farm team, they threw him into the Wolves way to fast and it might have damaged his max potential! Now for him to re-sign in such a hostile environment and expect to improve is going to be a very tall task... high risk/High reward. If he can do it he will be the King of the city, if he can't they will drag him through the streets and cover him with hot poutine! I think Price would have been better going somewhere else... maybe Hockeytown would have been a better home :D

#2027347 Lilja: Red Wings only team to offer contract

Posted by The Secret on 19 August 2010 - 08:02 AM

I just can't imagine Lilja being a top4 Dman in the nhl, he's not good enough. You need more offensive abilities playing top4 minutes.

Lilja started terribly but was comin along quite nicely and slowly was winning me over as a fan before getting injured but he'd never be a top 4. Salei is a better player if he is healthy anyway and for the price he signed at he basically stole the spot away from Lilja. You snooze, you lose!

#2025189 Wings' Goaltending Situation

Posted by The Secret on 11 August 2010 - 02:58 PM

The unfortunate part is that most wings fans really don't know what it is to be a goaltender. Save the must-save shots? To Wings fans, that means no mistakes. Every goalie makes them. Control rebounds? To Wings fans, that means no rebounds. Every goalie gives up rebounds. Play a solid all around game? To Wings fans, this means play solid and no mistakes. Every goalie makes mistakes.

Lets cut through things here shall we? The Wings did not lose in the postseason last season because of goaltending. The Wings team as a whole did not deserve to beat San Jose who came much more prepared than the Wings did.

The Wings goaltending situation is just fine. The Wings team is just fine. If the offense and defense in front of Howard/Osgood stays healthy and consistent, the wings will have a 50 win season.

Name me a Number 1 goalie who swallows pucks more effectively and consistently than Howard.

Like Howard, support him... be his secret BFF but your are kidding yourself. His rebound control was terrible, he was caught out of position and bailed out the the team too often, and his 5 hole was as wide as the grand canyon some nights. It was his rookie season in the NHL and he has a lot of improvements to make. No, we did not lose in the playoffs solely because of goal tending but we weren't helped along by it by any means... some nights he was flat out crap. If he has done his work in the off season and worked out some of the bugs then he'll be fine and if he hasn't then he'd better stop listening to his secret BFF's

#2025159 Wings' Goaltending Situation

Posted by The Secret on 11 August 2010 - 12:53 PM

Although I agree with this to some extent, the NHL is a different beast and HOW many goalies have we seen that exploded onto the scene, only to be out of the NHL altogether in 3 years? (Steve Shields, Brian Boucher - although he kinda had a resurgence last year, Roman Chechmanek, Jim Carey, etc, etc....) the point is, it's all about how he handles it mentally and how consistent he can stay... I think he has shown through college, to GR, to Detroit, that he can handle adversity and let it roll off his shoulders (remember, he almost lost the job in GR to Larsen and came back to have a Calder'esque first season in Detroit, so I don't think he is in that group and I think he will continue to play solid... let's just keep things in perspective and accept the fact that he may still have a few down points in the season... the focus is, and should be, on how he bounces back from it...

....Jose Theodore, Carey Price, Andrew Raycroft
I was not ever 100% confident in Howard and I thought he had multiple area's in need of big improvement but he did seem to have that calm about him and did bounce back from horrible games. I think after having improved even a bit on those glaring problem area's he could be just enough goalie this team will need with the ability to put on a show now and then... very similar to the career of Chris Osgood.

#2024224 Red Wings might opt to keep Ritola at the expense of Miller

Posted by The Secret on 09 August 2010 - 09:24 AM

Drew Miller is a great plug... I didn't mind having him on the team but I think we have seen the max of what he can do. We need to gamble now and then and I would gamble on Ritola at the expense of a plug like Miller without even thinking about it. Look at what happened with Leino... he was given time but perhaps not enough. I was one who wanted him off the team but its proven to be the wrong choice. At least give Ritola an opportunity, there will be other Miller types available if the gamble doesnt work.

#2015952 Bob Probert passes away at 45

Posted by The Secret on 16 July 2010 - 03:35 PM


Wow, this got me. I'm still in disbelief... these video's remind me of what he brought to the team. What a player... and listen to the crowds, its deafening. There will never be another!

#2010507 TSN: Discussion of Modano To Wings

Posted by The Secret on 05 July 2010 - 03:45 PM

Modano is too old! We need to get tougher on the 3rd and 4th lines not older. Unless Modano comes for real cheap...like so cheap that you couldn't turn it down but I doubt that would happen. I would pass on this!

This is exactly the way I read his comments. It almost feels like he's posturing here, seeing if he can get a better deal somewhere else with better minutes, but maybe it's more showing Dallas that someone still wants him. He could just be bitter too, who knows.

Also, I doubt his jersey number is a huge issue. He could end up wearing #10 or #18... or something. My only true gripe with Modano is that he looks like Jon Heder.

YESSSSSSSSSSS! I think he looks like a decroted piece of crap.

#2010505 Getflaf for Zetter

Posted by The Secret on 05 July 2010 - 03:39 PM

Trade... Getzlaf's game is too big to turn down. Nothing against Z but I'd have to make this trade. Getzlaf is unstoppable!