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#2577364 Official 2015 NHL Trade Deadline Thread

Posted by F.Michael on Yesterday, 11:39 AM

Although a die hard Wings fan, I want to start out by saying I live in Toronto, attend at least 5 leaf games a year, had a close friend play a brief stint with the leafs and my family and friends are all typical leafs fans. All in all, my exposure to the Toronto Maple Leafs is about as strong as it gets considering they are not my favourite team.


Dion Phaneuf is not as bad as the media suggests. Believe me.


I'm sure there are many people here who have played at a high level and understand that statistics do not tell the whole story... His numbers aren't great, He certainly makes a bad read from time to time, and turns the puck over too much. Guess what? I would literally take him over any DMAN on the Wings not named Nick. His real value is in the tough minutes he logs. When motivated and at his best, he plays every shift against the opposing teams best players night in and night out and does a lot better against them than the media will lead on.


He has seen 3 coaches, 3 different systems and has yet to have a reliable (whether consistent or talented) partner to build chemistry with. Also - it doesn't take much to figure out that the forwards he takes most shifts with might lack a few defensive instincts: Kessel -21 , JVR -23, Bozak -20. Much harder on any Defenseman when your forwards don't help out.


Pair him with Kronwall and watch what happens... Still 2 of the best open ice hitters in the game.

Well said.


I feel he's on par with Kronwall...I'm certain he'll become a more consistent player when on a better team with a superior coaching staff, and no media hounds atop of him 24 hours a day.

#2577354 Official 2015 NHL Trade Deadline Thread

Posted by F.Michael on Yesterday, 11:25 AM


She's not hefty enough for my tastes.  I'd expect more out of a good Canadian gal. 

Sorry Kip - can't help myself...Your love of 80's hair bands, and now this recent revelation makes me think of this classic.....



#2577135 Red Wings acquire Erik Cole, conditional 3rd from Stars

Posted by F.Michael on Yesterday, 02:16 AM

If Esteef were here he would approve of this logic.

I miss Esteef - he made me giggle.




#2575697 Official 2015 NHL Trade Deadline Thread

Posted by F.Michael on 27 February 2015 - 06:10 PM

Ian White and Coliacovo? haha

Ouch - got me there...


Showing my age, but I was thinking along the lines of Murphy/Rouse/Macoun.

I'm not expecting much more from weiss for the next 3 yrs ... I look forward to hopefully some of our kids becoming stars

I'm on the fence with Weiss (apparently Babs is too).

#2575663 Couture suspen.....no wait, just fined pocket change

Posted by F.Michael on 27 February 2015 - 04:20 PM

Logan Couture has been fined a measly $5k for his dangerous slew foot of Brendan Smith.

And the NHL wonders why they're not taken seriously.

Which is why we need goons :crazy:

#2575662 Official 2015 NHL Trade Deadline Thread

Posted by F.Michael on 27 February 2015 - 04:16 PM

Friedman on Phaneuf & the Wings



The Leafs took on Horton for Clarkson...For Horton to most likely not return from his back issues so he's 'cap relief' since Horton will most likely remain on LTIR.


I for one wouldn't mind Phaneuf since  he's still a legit top pairing (if not top 4) Dman...Now with Franzen out - is there any time frame in which he'll return? 


I'm not suggesting we make Franzen as part of the package to Toronto (although that would be nice), but with him on LTIR - that'll free up a significant amount in cap space, and if Kindl is part of the package - the Leafs may not have to 'eat' part of Phaneuf's salary which from the article is part of the problem.


EDIT - the last time we had ourselves a few ex-Leaf Dmen - things worked out ok for us.

#2575574 Sounds like the New York "Islanders" are no more...

Posted by F.Michael on 27 February 2015 - 10:26 AM

It's more likely that they change the name to the Brooklyn Islanders.  Brooklyn is ON Long Island for those of you that are geographically challenged. 

I'm cool with the Brooklyn Islanders.

#2574442 Zetterberg leaves after 2nd Period; "upper body injury"

Posted by F.Michael on 24 February 2015 - 06:12 PM


Meh, I started law school one year before I joined this forum.  You can post here and do school at the same time. Just need to know how to multitask.  


Speaking of, I was studying for the bar in law school when we lost game 7 of the SCF.  You're more than welcome to read my post game comments that night.  You'll see what you have to look forward too.   :lol:



I should have known you're a JD. It explains so much. In all seriousness, you deserve some kudos. The legal market is still pretty bad, but you got in at the worst possible time.

I try to avoid multitasking, especially when I'm working on something that is particularly dry, like reading for corps. I'm too ADD. I prefer to just buckle down and get it over with, not that it always works.

I too was well on my way to law school - except I didn't find it all that challenging.


Instead - I opted to attend MATC (Milwaukee Area Tech College or Milwaukee's Alternative To College), and immersed myself into the world of Respiratory Therapy, and a whopping 2 years later I was the proud recipient of an Assoc. degree...Woo-hoo for me!

#2573767 Larionov on NHL/AHL stifling creative play.

Posted by F.Michael on 23 February 2015 - 02:05 PM

pffft - that goon Larionov.....He's the guy responsible for igniting the brawl on that fateful evening of  March 26th 1997.

#2573763 Do Maple Leaf fans deserve better?

Posted by F.Michael on 23 February 2015 - 01:49 PM


For everybody except those who formerly felt entitled to degrade and undermine those they found "lesser".  They long for the days when they could say whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted, and nobody would object.  Because heaven forbid people universally condemn these idiots.  That's "overly PC". 


Not that we have any of those folks around here. 



People have opinions - whether you agree with them, or not - they're still entitled to them.


For you, or anyone else to chastise them because of that - does that make you any better than those who you're condemning?


I agree it was a poor decision by Rielly to associate girls/women with how pissy/moody his Leaf team mates are acting, but it's these sorts of issues that create such an uproar  make my knuckle-dragging-neanderthal  brain hurt.

#2573673 Do Maple Leaf fans deserve better?

Posted by F.Michael on 23 February 2015 - 01:40 AM


Let me give you an easy example: what would happen if people who are offended that others are offended did the same thing and complained in groups about the "offended party " ? That's right a never ending circle of being offended that others are offended...it would be so comically chaotic and stupid at the same time.


Maybe it's just me and I'm too relaxed for stuff like this it just doesn't bother me.

 People get offended over anything in todays ultra 'pc' society we live in.


That said - wonder Rielly will be on the trading block.

#2573669 Zetterberg leaves after 2nd Period; "upper body injury"

Posted by F.Michael on 23 February 2015 - 12:47 AM

Fighting after a cheap-shot has exactly one purpose: to fulfill a primal sense of revenge for one's team.  It doesn't cure the injured player. It doesn't prevent a cheap shot from happening.  It doesn't discourage players from doing it again after they've already committed the cheap-shot.  In fact, it has been demonstrated repeatedly that teams with more fighting majors actually tend to have more injuries and stick infarction penalties against, which would suggest that fights actually increase the amount of cheap shots you receive, which is the complete opposite of  "keeping the opposition honest".  This has been repeatedly demonstrated on separate occasions by separate people (a few sources for the curious: http://regressing.de...-don-1442618145, http://www.pensionpl...ness-in-hockey, http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2013/09/30/the-edmonton-oilers-and-the-new-era-of-the-one-dimensional-fighter/).  Its also not that hard to see if you just watch a hockey game.  Ericsson fought Benn.  Benn still cheap-shotted Zetterberg.  Downey was in the lineup when Lapierre injured Lidstrom.  Lapierre didn't shy away.  In fact, he came back at Downey for more in the third period, looking to crosscheck the guy in the head.  Colton Orr was on the ice when Kadri was getting cheap-shotted, and eventually Kadri got into his first fight against Tampa Bay, despite Orr being out there with him.  To keep the flies off.  And so on, and so on.

So if you're pro-fighting, fine.  I understand that it gets the heart racing, and there's a certain primitive sense of satisfaction you get when watching someone get their face beat down after wronging one of our guys.  OK.  I get that feeling, too, so I understand where the desire to see fights comes from (and keep in mind that I'm not at all pro-fighting.  I would rather see fighting removed from the game entirely).   But what I won't do is try to justify those emotions by wrongly suggesting that fighting prevents injuries from happening or keeps the rats in line.  It just doesn't work that way.  And its especially silly to dedicate a roster spot to an enforcer based on this false notion.

I can live without the 'staged' fights, but I feel it's important for the NHL/AHL to tolerate the 'heat of the moment' fights where 2 players agree to drop the gloves, and get it over with (would rather have that than a stick swinging affair).


It's nice to see teammates stand up for one another, and one could argue that it may build camaraderie within the locker room.


Yes - I do agree that having a roster with a handful of players capable of fighting won't stop cheapshots, but it may make some members of the opposing team think twice if they know they may have to 'face the music' later in the game, or sometime down the road.


The Wings don't need McGrattan types, but those like McCarty who can play on the 3rd/4th line, and drop the gloves when needed are always welcome (now if Babcock would play them - that's a different story).

#2573472 Zetterberg leaves after 2nd Period; "upper body injury"

Posted by F.Michael on 22 February 2015 - 12:12 AM


In fairness, I don’t know what Ericsson saw. 


Earlier this year year when Nolan smoked Helm (boarding, 2 game suspension), Ericsson went nuts. 


With his surgically repaired finger I'm guessing Ericsson must be more careful if/when he chooses to engage in fisticuffs.


It's these incidents that makes ya wish we had a Dmac on the team to settle the score, but again...

#2573467 Zetterberg leaves after 2nd Period; "upper body injury"

Posted by F.Michael on 21 February 2015 - 11:59 PM


Man, Ericsson should have killed him there. 


Also, I love the Stars announcers with there “suttal interference” BS.

I agree with you that Ericsson should've gone after Benn, but that's a topic that's run it's course over, and over.

#2572601 TSN: Winnipeg, Toronto and Edmonton top NTC lists

Posted by F.Michael on 20 February 2015 - 10:38 AM


Good lord. When will it end?


I go to Montreal at least once a year for business and/or pleasure. I somehow manage to get fat, drunk, sometimes enlightened, and always highly entertained. My french is about as good as Archie Bunker's.

Archie Bunker speaks French?


On a serious note...Went to Montreal back in 2003 for the F1 race; had a wonderful time - the people there were very friendly, beautiful city, neat shops/restaurants...No worries if you do not speak French, or if your French is 'rusty'.


EDIT - this reminds me.....I need to start a thread this spring - all in French for the Habs playoff run.


Modifier la deuxième partie - Google Translate est ma source pour le français.