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#2524661 Compliance buyout expected to be used on Tootoo

Posted by F.Michael on 19 June 2014 - 05:59 PM

I keep seeing that argument against Franzen about him being hot in meaningless moments, but I'm not sure where it came from. I remember thinking last season when he was red hot "thank god Franzen is scoring". I don't have the numbers to back this statement up but I remember having the thought that his hot streak last season was clutch. Then when he slowed down Nyquist rocketed forward. My point is I just don't know of "he scores in meaningless situations" really has any validity. If someone has the numbers that say otherwise that's cool, I'll accept that. My feelings on Franzen are mixed, I'm definitely not trying to blindly defend him.

Well - when we need the Mule to step it up - he usually doesn't.


Many will point towards his point production, and his cap value ratio - however he's still getting paid $5 million plus thru the 2015/2016 season...I'm all for using him as part of a package deal.

#2524581 Shawn Thornton will not be returning to the Bruins

Posted by F.Michael on 19 June 2014 - 11:57 AM

High scoring? Scoring is at the lowest it's ever been

Hmm - I believe the 'Dead Puck Era' from the mid 1990's to the mid 2000's had seen lower scoring games - hence the changes made to increase scoring opportunities.


Ironically - 1980's scoring races coincided with fisticuffs galore.

#2524554 Shawn Thornton will not be returning to the Bruins

Posted by F.Michael on 19 June 2014 - 10:13 AM

Goons and big hits are being phased out because of the concussion lawsuits, both the ones against the NHL and the big settlement with the NFL.

What you're saying is true, but does anyone else out there getting tired of players taking liberties (Brooks Orpik, or Matt Cooke for example) ?


The knuckle dragger in me would rather see justice served on ice instead of some board room in NYC.

#2524376 Shawn Thornton will not be returning to the Bruins

Posted by F.Michael on 18 June 2014 - 08:10 AM


Didn't he score several points against our terrible team in that series, despite limited minutes?  


Our 4th liners are hot garbage, and people here are making fun of Thornton, who can actually make the games somewhat interesting to watch, unlike our 4th line of Miller, Glenfiddich and whomever.  

Hey now - Glenfiddich is a fine single malt - especially the 15 yr Solera...

I hope he didn't hear any one making fun of him... I hear he's not afraid to fight.


Also, if Glenfiddich was on our fourth line.  I'd have that jersey already.  Goddamn that'd be awesome.

I'd settle for a Daniels, Beam, Walker... hell, even Powers.

crap - you beat me to it

#2522665 Shero & Bylsma Fired

Posted by F.Michael on 03 June 2014 - 06:54 PM

No. Because he is obnoxious, clearly biased on national broadcasts, annoying, and he gets away with it all.

Maybe I'm getting old, or maybe I don't give a crap, but I can honestly say that I've never heard Mcguire being 'clearly biased'...Yeah - he chats up certain players/teams, but he's doing it because they're exceptional.

#2521890 Puck Daddy: Trotz Head Coach for Caps

Posted by F.Michael on 27 May 2014 - 07:12 PM

Methinks the "Coach Killer" has met his match.

If Ovie, and his teammates ever got their heads outta their asses for a brief moment - they might realize that a guy like Trotz may lead them back into respectability.

#2520848 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by F.Michael on 16 May 2014 - 02:04 PM

A healthy Jonathan Ericsson will be Detroit's addition to their 2014/2015 roster...

#2520808 Dan Boyle not coming back to the Sharks

Posted by F.Michael on 16 May 2014 - 11:06 AM

I dunno.....Sumthin about signing older players who are beyond their prime sorta gives me the willies.

#2520736 ECF : (5) New York Rangers vs. (4) Les Canadiens de Montréal

Posted by F.Michael on 16 May 2014 - 05:33 AM

Devinez quelle équipe je vais être enracinement pour?


Que diriez-vous d'une répétition de l'année 1993 avec les Kings vs Canadiens pour la Stanley Cup?

#2519197 Quebec City getting new arena

Posted by F.Michael on 04 May 2014 - 08:09 PM

QC is very small population wise. Now Bettmen dt say anything about relocation. Their best beat is to get someone to buy the Panthers and move them. east to east thing. I am just not sure a city with less than 800,000 in its metro area can maintain a team. hell Grand rapids has 1.4 million. WE WANT A TEAM! That would be stressful however.

Population means nothing if there's no fan base, or fan of the game itself.


Atlanta, Miami, and Phoenix all come to mind...Seattle wants basketball more than hockey.


The Nordiques average nearly 15,000 in their old barn while in QC, and right now it looks as though Winnipeg is doing ok.


If Bettman/BOG wish to right some of their wrongs - 1 step in the right direction would be to push the Panthers into a sale for a re-location to Quebec City...I just hope they would go back to their old jerseys, and not change like Winnipeg had.

#2519196 Now some gritty forwards.

Posted by F.Michael on 04 May 2014 - 08:01 PM

I dunno.....I don't think anything will happen - it's just how Holland is.


IMHO - if the Wings want some size, and toughness - why not spend more time scouting the WHL/OHL/QMJHL?


Instead of drafting some kid in the 3rd round who's 5'10" 160 lbs soaking wet from the Czech Republic - why not take take the kid from Edmonton, Alberta who's 6'4" 215 lbs with a penchant for gritty play? 

#2518449 Wings will buy out Tootoo, not Franzen.

Posted by F.Michael on 30 April 2014 - 08:03 PM

Tootoo deserves better IMO...I don't mind seeing him cash out on the Red Wings dime - to be honest I'm glad he's going somewhere else where he'll be useful.

#2517490 What is more important?

Posted by F.Michael on 26 April 2014 - 11:37 PM

Well I agree the devils and wings for example won with balance and good/great goal contending but that was before the cap. After the cap it's the team that prioritize offense and having a really good top 6 that are winning the cup most.

Well - I agree with what you wrote above.....However - the op's question was more or less 'one or the other'...


Defense with great goaltending but mediocre offense or great offense with mediocre defense and goaltending....There's nothing about balance...I'll stick with what I said earlier - strong D, and goaltending.

#2517470 Was Legwand worth it?

Posted by F.Michael on 26 April 2014 - 10:49 PM

I think adding Legwand helped get us into the playoffs. So right now, I'll say yes.


Talk to me in a couple years for a more complete and confident answer...

This right here...


Legwand played well while Dats/Hank were outta action...Hindsight being 20/20 we'll see in a few more years to what we had given up.

#2515849 Classy move by Tootoo.

Posted by F.Michael on 25 April 2014 - 03:59 PM

Tootoo needs to be in game 5.