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lomekian

Member Since 25 May 2007
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In Topic: 10/11/14 GDT: Game 2 | Ducks 3 @ Red Wings 2

11 October 2014 - 08:38 PM

Again and again...the officiating in the NHL is of a spectacularly amateurish level compared to other major sports, It is so inconsistent that its hard for casual fans to be sure what the rules are or know what's going on and it turns them off. Hell I've been watching ice hockey for 20 years and I still can't tell when the f***-bags in the middle are going to make calls or not....and absolute joke in terms of consistency and professionalism, and there are so many games I've watched over the past 5 years where the officials have decided the outcome more than the players.

 

Apart for Bettman's golden boys, I don't even think its bias, just incompetence. 

 

That said, wings were good again tonight, and if they can maintain those energy and skill levels, they'll be a lock for the playoffs


In Topic: 10/11/14 GDT: Game 2 | Ducks 3 @ Red Wings 2

11 October 2014 - 08:32 PM

Getzlaf trips kronwall with the most blatant hook/trip ever...teh stripes let it go...goal duck....******* cheated again. disgusting....we've totally outplayed them and then get f***ed up the arse by a pathetic bit officiating.


In Topic: 10/11/14 GDT: Game 2 | Ducks 3 @ Red Wings 2

11 October 2014 - 08:28 PM

How can that not be interference...twice now a wing has been cross checked waiting for a puck to drop out of the skies....wings totally outplaying ducks, but can't quite get there..


In Topic: 10/11/14 GDT: Game 2 | Ducks 3 @ Red Wings 2

11 October 2014 - 08:02 PM

Great goal by Goose and a great assist by Kessler...dammit


In Topic: Kindl on the block

09 October 2014 - 10:23 PM

...a long time ago, before I was a member here, I was a contributing member of the old Detroit News chat forum, and I remember like it was yesterday I went ape s*** when they drafted Kindl... you say, what, you Lefty, going ape s***? No way! :lol: Yes, believe it!  Anyhow I hated it when it happened, hated it when he started making appearances, but like most of us, warmed up to him a bit in the lockout season because he finally seemed to making a turn for the better.  Boy we were ALL fooled! I am mad at myself for getting on his bandwagon for a bit, I usually do not do that (ie. Hudler, Franzen.)  But I quickly fell out of favor with him again last season, as did many.  I am not saying "I am right" "I told you so" but I am just remembering the day he was drafted (at that point the highest picked we have had in a long time.) 

 

Drafts are a crap shoot, and yes, he was scouted as a top defender at the time, but something just didn't sit right with me drafting yet another soft European.  I have since come off that stance on Europeans, but even when he was here for the first time all season, he just never impressed me.  Even though his junior days were played in the OHL (Kitchener) and he learned (or seemed to be learning) the North American game.  Now fast forward to this off season, and who was the guy we were pursuing hard to make our D better? Niskanen...who just happened to be drafted after Kindl.  Again, crap shoot...and lately it seems that Holland has been doing awesome at his draft table, so I am not blaming Holland for Kindl, but as with a lot of drafts, damn what could've been...

 

Rask

Oshie

Niskanen

Neal

Stastny

Letang

Quick

Boll

Yandle

Hjalmarsson

 

...even Stralman went way after Kindl.  Not saying we were the only ones who picked a dud, there are always duds.  Have a great career Kindl, just not here anymore...

 

 

To be fair, considering that the wings are currently icing Dats, Zatta, Franzen, Ericsson, Helm, Nyquist, Quincey (talking draft only), Andersson, Nesty - the highest of whom was a third rounder...and also tats, Howard & Jurco in the 2nd, with Sproul, Oullette, Backman, Jensen, Mrazek, Athanasiou, Marchenko, Pulks, Callahan all 2nd round or (mostly condsiderably) lower drafting really isn't something wings fans can complain about. Sure we miss a few goodies, but seeing as pretty much the entire roster were players turned down by almost every other team at least once (and usually much more) lets not feel sorry for ourselves.

 

As for Kindl specifically, the guy has size and for the most part the requisite technical ability...he just doesn't have the game intelligence, bravery or speed of thought, These are usually things that come with experience rather more than has been the case with him. You look at the tools and its easy to see why he was picked where he was. Stick the mentality, drive and improvement rates of a helm, nyquist or even Callahan in him and you'd have the kind of player you'd feel good about spending a late 1st on.  In fact if you could stick Almquist's game brain and confidence into Kindl, you would have the offensive 2nd pair man to drool over. But he'll always be a 6/7 here as he lacks the personal confidence, the coaches confidence and the comparative intestinal fortitude to stick. Its understandable...I wouldn't have the physical courage to play in the NHL. 

 

He could do a quincy and flourish in the right system...We just have to hope that a few overtly offensive teams lose some D to medium term injuries ...