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#2535958 How Do You Like Your Equipment?

Posted by Echolalia on 11 September 2014 - 11:31 AM

So I've been playing hockey since I was a kid.  Growing up, my coaches always used me as more of a defensive forward, because I was a taller, lankier kid with long arms in high school.  I also got used to playing with hockey sticks that weren't cut, so the butt of the stick often came up to my eyes/nose when I stood the stick up (ie really long reach, excellent poke-checking capabilities).  This is the way I've had my hockey sticks ever since, even though the role on my teams has gradually shifted to more of an offensive playmaker/scorer type.  The biggest issue I've had with my game is that my shot is fairly weak, and it takes me longer than I'd like to set up for a shot.  In order to remedy this, I tried cutting to a much shorter stick, with the thought that my lower hand will be closer to the blade of the stick and I'll be able to put more muscle into my shots now, and with a shorter stick the puck will be closer to me and I'll be more ready to shoot the puck from stick-handling, instead of having the puck another foot out from my body and having to take an extra step to pull it in before shooting with the longer stick.

 

The stick is now cut so the butt comes up to my collarbone when I'm on skates, so its a good 6 to 7 inches shorter than what I'm used to.  I've played one game with it like this and I can't believe how different the experience is.  With a shorter stick, it forces me to have more bend in my knees and at the hips just to keep the blade flat on the ice, so I find that my skating is more explosive.  Previously I was more of a back-is-straight kind of skater and most of the work came just from my knees.  I also find that I am way tougher to get the puck from in tight spaces.  There were several times in the last game where I was able to fight through poke checks or resist stick-lifts, or come out of a scrum of guys in the corner and still maintain possession of the puck.  I owe this to the fact that I'm able to put more of my weight through my lower hand and into the stick, and my body overall is closer to the ice, and thus harder to move.

Stick-handling/deking I would say has gone back a step, although I was doing much better with toe-drags.  With the longer stick, my range for stick-handling was pretty wide, and I could go wide left to wide right on a defender quickly, and be out of his range on both sides, so getting around guys was pretty easy if I could just find the holes. Now its a bit more of a challenge, and I need to change my game to be more comfortable stick-handling closer to my body, and relying more on foot speed.

Defensively I didn't feel that much of a disadvantage.  My range is definitely smaller, but I think the increase in speed that I got from playing with more bend at my knees and hips made up for the shorter range in most cases.

As for shooting power/speed of setting up the shot (which is the whole reason for the change), the jury is still out.  I can definitely get my shots off quicker, because I'm stick-handling pretty much right in my wheelhouse now instead of away from my body, and I feel like I can put more mustard onto my shots as well.  The problem is I'm so used to shooting the puck when its further out from my body, so there were many times where I would shoot the puck and not even make solid contact becauseI had pushed the puck too far from my body.  Unfortunately this happened during the shootout, where I whiffed on the puck and didn't even get a real shot off...  This is going to take some time to get used to. 

Overall I'm really excited about the changes, and I'm looking forward to getting back on the ice to keep working on getting more comfortable with a shorter stick.

 

Anyway I figured that I'd share my experience, partly because before I decided to go to a shorter stick I did some research online to see whether anyone else had gone through the transition, or could summarize their opinion of the pros/cons of long vs short sticks.  There wasn't much out there and it was mostly all the same stuff that people were repeating (a stick should go between your nose and your chin on skates, longer stick = harder shot, shorter stick= better deking etc), and after going through with it first hand, I've noticed that its more complicated than all the generalizations that are published online.

And for conversation sake, I was interested to hear how you guys and gals prefer your equipment and why, and whether you've made any changes to accommodate a change in the type of game you play.  It could be hockey stick, skates, gloves, anything.

 

edit: this also gives us something to talk about that isn't Dekeyser still hasn't signed!  Alfie is injured!  Cleary is wasting a roster spot!  etc




#2535945 Dekeyser/Tatar status update

Posted by Jesusberg on 11 September 2014 - 10:42 AM

There is over $5.9M in cap space remaining once Jurco is sent down, more than enough to sign DeKeyser to a reasonable contract as well as Alfredsson to a bonus heavy contract. Both Alfie's and Cleary's bonus' can get bumped to next years salary cap, so that is not an issue. I don't believe that this DeKeyser situation (if you can even call it that) has anything to do with any other player (Quincey, Alfredsson, Cleary, or whichever other player you can think to blame). This is between Holland, DeKeyser and Morris (agent) and a deal will get done, DeKeyser will not miss any games because of this and there will be no bad blood once it is done.

 

I think people keep forgetting this. Jurco is included in CG's estimate for the Wings. Who even knows what's going to happen with Alfredsson. At this point, it seems like a deal with bonuses and a lower cap hit is what he'll be offered - 709K is good for about 70% of Alfie's expected cap hit for this season.

I'm still not a fan of the Quincey signing, though. The defensive core feels stagnant. You've got Quincey and Kindl who are, IMO, playing below what you expect out of guys who should be considered seasoned, second pairing defenders. You can make the argument that Smith and DD can still grow and improve over the next season or two, and Kronwall and E are obviously solid. I would much rather have one of the GR kids over Q or Kindl - at least let Ouellet, Sproul, Marchenko and Backman compete to see who'd earn the spot.




#2535912 Dekeyser/Tatar status update

Posted by gcom007 on 11 September 2014 - 12:32 AM

 

DD and Quincey both have the same agent

 

Here is a tidbit from the article posted in this thread by BottleOfSmoke which is written by Nsar Khan regarding DD & Quincey.

 

"His defense partner, Kyle Quincey, signed a two-year, $8.5 million contract on July 1. But Quincey's contract has nothing to do with DeKesyer's negotiations. Quincey was an unrestricted free agent with 418 games of NHL experience, regular season and playoffs. DeKeyser is restricted. They're represented by the same agent, Pat Morris, who hasn't used Quincey's contract as a basis in DeKeyser's talks."

 

Seriously?

 

That's the point. What needs to be said when all parties involved know exactly what went down with Quincey? What do you expect people to say in the press? I am well aware of the overlap and the differences in contracts and careers; I read the articles. Bottom line is that a player of less value than Dekeyser got signed for more money than the Wings want to give Dekeyser, and whether Dekeyser feels he deserves as much or not, you can be assured that he's not going to go down easy after seeing that Quincey deal.

 

I adamantly stand by what I said.

 

"you have to be an idiot if you think that didn't send a message to Dekeyser's camp, and it was the wrong message to send considering Dekeyser stands to be important to this team for the long-run when Quincey should've been a guy shown the door."




#2535792 Las Vegas rumored to get an expansion team

Posted by sputman on 09 September 2014 - 07:32 AM

 

Damn it, I only have 1.1 billion... anyone want to pitch in? 

 

Just let me check my couch cushions here...

 

Nope, just some old cheetos. Sorry.




#2535611 "But I don't want to be a pirate."

Posted by hooon on 05 September 2014 - 12:07 PM

As much as I like Seinfeld - I'd get into it more if it had a 'Big Lebowski' theme night.

 

Bathrobe themed jerseys? 

 

 

I like the Seinfeld idea - its a pretty bizarre thing to do, but what the heck!




#2535613 "But I don't want to be a pirate."

Posted by ogreslayer on 05 September 2014 - 12:12 PM

As much as I like Seinfeld - I'd get into it more if it had a 'Big Lebowski' theme night.

 

The Dude could abide that:

 

 

https://www.geekyjer...duct.php?id=169

 

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#2535634 Dekeyser/Tatar status update

Posted by frankgrimes on 05 September 2014 - 06:17 PM

Wow! Talk about an over-reaction lol. Maybe if training cap starts and DD is not signed this point would have merit, but at this point nobody knows what is going on behind closed doors.
 


Yeah and that's why I'm starting to get worried.


#2535461 Las Vegas rumored to get an expansion team

Posted by wings87 on 03 September 2014 - 03:05 PM

Having a team in Vegas is great for those days when Bettman wants to get away from the wife. ;) "Honey I need to go check up on Vegas. What's that? Why am I packing so many thongs? Uh... Uh... Cab's here, gotta go"




#2535431 Las Vegas rumored to get an expansion team

Posted by kylee on 03 September 2014 - 12:15 AM

We need relocation, not expansion.




#2535384 Las Vegas rumored to get an expansion team

Posted by DickieDunn on 02 September 2014 - 03:21 PM

That is very true. But that the Panther's arena is actually in Sunrise, Florida - pretty far from the tourist spots. If a Las Vegas team had an area in walking distance from the strip and your choice for the evening was between Carrot Top, Celine Dion and an NHL game I think they could take advantage of the tourists. Also, the hope would probably be that there would be that people would gamble on the game and then go watch it.

 

Again, I think it's a horrible idea, but (if the rumour is true) that is probably what bettman is thinking.

 

Tourists go to Vegas to see Celine Dion, Carrot Top, Penn and Teller, etc. along with gambling.  They don't go to see a hockey game.  Even if they do come from Detroit, or Toronto, or wherever to see their team play Vegas, they're not going to be buying $150 Las Vegas Regrets jerseys, and $20 hats, or the other merchandise.




#2535224 Alfie wants to play

Posted by DickieDunn on 30 August 2014 - 07:58 AM

Cleary used to be a very good role player. Now his knees are shot and he can't skate. Unless he found some magic pills that healed them, he shouldn't be anywhere near an NHL ice surface. If they really wanted him back he should have gotten a tryout deal. Now I'd he doesn't make it the Wings are stuck with 2.5 mil in cap hit because you know he'll get his 10 games in.


#2534989 Las Vegas rumored to get an expansion team

Posted by MabusIncarnate on 26 August 2014 - 10:48 PM

Yeah, I mean Phoenix is doing so well, let's toss another team right next to them. 

 

So what fun and exciting name are they going to slap on this one?

 

If any of those cities was going to be the first "lock" to get an NHL expansion team, Vegas is the last one on the list I thought would be receiving one. Seattle or QC makes the most sense.




#2534959 Fedorov and Yzerman vs. Datsyuk and Zetterberg

Posted by LeftWinger on 26 August 2014 - 06:05 PM

In all seriousness, this is no contest. Yzerman and Fedorov, hands down, all day long, all week long, all year long...etc...etc...

 

I love Pav and Z, but if Yzerman and Fedorov were able to play in this no obstruction era, I cannot imagine the points they would have put up. I believe Pav and Z would've done fine in 90's, but not as good as they do now and I believe nowhere near what Yzerman and Feds would do today...




#2534586 Candiens, P.K. Subban agree to 8 year contract

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 19 August 2014 - 07:43 PM

@theScore: Kovalev is unsure why P.K. Subban is worth $72M: 'He plays like he did on streets as a child.' http://t.co/GoV5aINrNn http://t.co/AFKZPl1Rq8

SHOTS FIRED

 

It's pretty hilarious that Kovalev of all people would call out a player.  Especially the part about scoring 5 goals but allowing 5 goals.  Maybe check your career +/- there Alex.  The guy embodied the lazy Russian stereotype when he played.  

 

I guess he's not been getting enough attention lately? 




#2534220 Holland signs 4 year extension with wings **MOD Warning Post 130**

Posted by number9 on 14 August 2014 - 09:42 AM

Best signing yet. Hollands offseason acquisition is himself. His deadline acquisition will be Babs.