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#2624162 Curtis Glencross regrets taking hometown discount

Posted by Hockeytown0001 on Today, 12:03 PM

That being said, it's hard to feel sorry for someone who wasn't responsible enough with his spending when he makes that amount of money.


#2624145 Free agents this off season

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on Today, 01:54 AM

 

If Stamkos wants to come to the Leafs, there is no way they say no, especially when giving away assets is not involved.
 

I think he meant more that Stamkos wouldn't want to go there since they're rebuilding and it looks like they won't be competing for quite a while.




#2624106 Moving Jimmy Howard

Posted by krsmith17 on Yesterday, 02:01 PM

I think Mrazek has the potential to be an elite NHL goaltender, and I do believe he will be our clear number one at some point this season, possibly as early as Christmas. Like many have already pointed out though, it would be a huge mistake to trade Howard before next offseason unless some team blows us away with an offer we can't refuse (not going to happen...). The competition will be great for both goalies and we need the insurance in case one of them goes down with some sort of injury...


#2623905 Franzen back on ice

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 26 August 2015 - 08:23 PM

Anybody remember that old guy in Monty Pythons Holy Grail who keeps assuring his son he's fine, but the son's adament that the geezer will be "stone dead in a minute"? That's how I'm beginning to see this Franzen thing. Half the folks around here seem more sure of the peril than franzen, his doctors, or the organization.

"I'd probably have player if we had beaten Tampa."

"No, no. Your career and life are in jeopardy."

" I'm practicing again."

"Wrong, you're minutes away from being a vegetable."

 

Anybody remember that guy in Monty Python who had his limbs hacked off but kept insisting it was a flesh wound? Half the folks around here seem awful certain he's not at risk for permanent damage as a result of his multiple concussions.

 

"I didn't get out of bed for a month" 

 

Can't wait to get you back in the lineup Mule.

 

"I'm not medically cleared yet." 

 

I'm thinking you'll play on the second line. 

 

"I've had at least 5 documented concussions.  The last two being less than a year apart" 

 

Should be good for 50ish points.  

 

 

Straw men are fun.




#2623895 Franzen back on ice

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 26 August 2015 - 02:05 PM

I didn't see anybody talking about "quality of life" when Yzerman could barely skate (or walk).  I'd imagine that affected his ability to play with his kids, or hell, even get out of bed.  Yet he was gutsy, team first, leader for hanging on long past his prime, even as his contract, production, and presence became increasingly prohibitive.  His best seasons in the latter years were only as good as what Franzen is doing now, mostly for more money. 

 

I had considered that regarding Yzerman and other players willingly sacrificing their body but to me it's different when it's your brain. 

 

With your knee there's so much more that's known about what your quality of life will be and what the treatment options will be, like a knee replacement.  With CTE and post concussion syndrome it's literally your entire world that could be affected.  

 

I'd take chronic knee pain any day over potentially years of migraines, memory loss, noise and light sensitivity, depression, nausea, and personality changes. 

 

I can't speak for others but for me it's truly not about wanting Franzen off the team.  It's more about me remembering these guys are people with lives and not just hockey players I root for and/or criticize.  In the craziness that comes with fandom, it's easy for me to forget that sometimes.




#2623877 Franzen back on ice

Posted by puckloo39 on 25 August 2015 - 10:32 PM

It's unlikely he will be the Mule of Old ... and very likely that he will be targeted by other teams and out again - this time permanently?  That is my fear -- for his life and health.  But I do imagine that it must be terribly difficult to walk away from a sport you love, and where you've excelled... while you can still walk straight and all.   :scared: 




#2623876 Franzen back on ice

Posted by hillbillywingsfan on 25 August 2015 - 10:21 PM

Technically he's not cleared to play yet. Probably will get clearance from the sound of things, but we'll see.

 

No doubt that much of the "hang-'em-up" talk comes from people who just want him gone, but also some seem to have an overblown sense of the risks. Like they think he's one good hit away from being a vegetable. 

So having 5+ concussions doesn't justify hanging them up talk in a sport where getting hit in the head is pretty common? I think that the people trying to defend him against the mean ol LGW posters who want him gone are having their better judgments clouded.




#2622296 Stadium series Wings vs Avs 2016!

Posted by 55fan on 05 August 2015 - 04:42 AM

Let's be honest, McCarty basically assaulted him in 97 

And it was epically beautiful.




#2623833 Grantland: The Heavyweight Belt of NHL Rivalries

Posted by Hockeymom1960 on 25 August 2015 - 05:47 AM

Pretty soon rivalries will be based on the actually game being played. How lame. I can't think of a single good rivalry that doesn't involve punching. Except the Yankees vs. The Red Sox, Michigan vs. Ohio State, North Carolina vs. Duke, or Liverpool vs. Manchester United.

Yep, obviously can't have bitter rivalries without fighting. You betcha.

 

We get it.  You don't like fighting, but some of us do.  




#2623705 Franzen back on ice

Posted by Playmaker on 22 August 2015 - 07:15 AM

I always feel bipolar when it comes to Franzen.  One minute I want to defend him, and the next, I want to punch that stupid ass grin off his face because he's so damn frustrating to watch.   You see the stats and think damn, he's still good. Look at the points.  But then you watch the games and you see him get knocked down and then he looks around waiting for the call and then ever so slowly gets to one knee and then stops and then finally gets up and moseys on over to the bench while the play is going on in the other end.  Then you see him score 7 goals in 10 games or whatever and you think hot damn, the old Franzen is back!  Then he's hardly noticeable for the next 20 games and the Wings are losing games and not scoring worth a damn and there he is on tv like wuh??   Who me????  I'm not a goal scorer.  I'm a defensive specialist!  STFU. Did you tell Ken Holland you were just a defensive specialist when you signed the long term deal?  Then it's, well, his cap hit is a bargain for the points he scores, right?

 

On the health front, knowing what the medical community knows now about concussions and you have a guy who's already said he's had life altering symptoms trying to come back with a wife and kids, and you think what a selfish moron for putting himself at risk like that. Thank you for 2008, go back to Sweden and have a nice life. Then the next minute you think wow, he must really be dedicated to try and come back from this.  But will a guy at his advanced age and history of multiple concussions really contribute much?  Do we want him taking up a roster spot?  But what if can come back and chip in 20 goals?  Or would it just be better having that cap space if he goes on LTIR really be better for all involved?

 

I guess it all comes down to expectations and potential.  They guy has all the physical gifts.  Year after year, you hear the Wings need a big tough winger who can score.  That could and should be Franzen, but it isn't.  You wonder if its his health.  Then he and the team say no.  Next thing you know,  Franzen is out for multiple games with some "mystery" ailment.  

 

I'm decidedly undecided on the guy.




#2623686 Grantland: The Heavyweight Belt of NHL Rivalries

Posted by vladdy16 on 21 August 2015 - 05:27 PM

Pretty soon rivalries will be based on the actually game being played. How lame. I can't think of a single good rivalry that doesn't involve punching. Except the Yankees vs. The Red Sox, Michigan vs. Ohio State, North Carolina vs. Duke, or Liverpool vs. Manchester United.

Yep, obviously can't have bitter rivalries without fighting. You betcha.

No one said there can't be bitter rivalries without fighting, although hockey does lend itself to that being a large component.  Most here are lamenting the decidedly low bar that has been set for what constitutes a rivalry; something we've actually been doing since the press kept telling us we had one going with the Preds two seasons into their existence




#2623679 Mullets - post pics

Posted by Nev on 21 August 2015 - 04:15 PM

How has this thread gone 3 pages without Barry Melrose?

 

Honestly LGW, a man goes away for a month or two, and standards start to slip...

 

8-barry-melrose-sports-mullets.jpg




#2623625 Z and Emma expecting

Posted by Hockeymom1960 on 20 August 2015 - 04:10 PM

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Not my creation.




#2623605 Grantland: The Heavyweight Belt of NHL Rivalries

Posted by Jersey Wing on 20 August 2015 - 01:05 PM

Done by year/era and YES, the Wings Avs rivalry as they see it ran the longest of any of the heavyweight rivalries. OMG, so many great fight and brawl clips mixed with some good writing:

 

http://grantland.com...-nhl-rivalries/

 

(Love the top picture lol)




#2623246 Number One Center vs. Number One Defenseman

Posted by Aznknight on 17 August 2015 - 09:43 AM

Offense wins games. Defense wins championships