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#2177218 Brad McCrimmon will not return for 2011/2012

Posted by F.Michael on 19 May 2011 - 12:00 PM

Whether you blame the players or blame the coach, the team has to shuffle the deck to improve the defensive performance. Since our blue line isn't going to see much change due to the contracts we've got, the only other option is to dump the coach.

Yup - always easier to get rid of a coach than it is to move a handful (or more) players.

A coaching change seemed to do well in Tampa (along with a new GM); maybe a new guy coaching our Dmen will have a better result as well.


#2175137 Bigger Picture Question - What was the deciding factor?

Posted by F.Michael on 13 May 2011 - 02:00 PM

I'm guessing that's why Babcock had mixed up the pairings this year. Stuart and Lids never really played particularly well together this season, but it mixes up some size and physicality on the pairings. It's not like the early years when Murphy and Nick could handle the Legion of Doom line by playing the puck and not the body. It's been a continuing strategy for the Wings with having guys like Schneider and now Raf on the top pairing, but the reality is that Lids and Rafalski are getting up there in years and have lost a step, so against a team like San Jose it would be too hard to battle around the net.

Stuart and Kronwall can hold their own fairly well. Assuming we keep Ericsson he still needs to play more physical. More like he did in the first round. And Salei has apparently stopped playing with an edge. Kindl's got good size, but it'd be nice to have someone big that will really make guys pay around the Wings net.

Whatever became of the Ruslan Salei that rammed an unsuspecting Mike Modano into the boards years ago?

Not saying this team needs thugs, but we could certainly use some added size/grit on this team at both forward, and defense.
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#2170006 Interesting trade idea - Alexander Semin

Posted by F.Michael on 09 May 2011 - 02:11 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3_0ukjimpw




#2139386 mccrimmon

Posted by F.Michael on 31 March 2011 - 09:07 AM

It would really wake 'em up if Babcock started sitting whoever hasn't performed, regardless of their big salary, cough Mule.

Agreed.

Many here want McCrimmon fired; yeah he's part of the problem - however I don't ever recall the lacksidasical play we've seen this season from seasons of past (in particular the Bowman years).

Too many screw-ups, or indifferent play, and players not being held accountable.


#2128976 Owners back Gary Bettman with 5-year contract extension

Posted by F.Michael on 11 March 2011 - 05:21 PM

Well - ya gotta give the little turd credit where it's due...He got them the cap, tv ratings are slowly but steadily rising, and overall league parity.

I don't care for him, but obviously most of the owners do :brow:


#2127731 Chara's hit on Pacioretty

Posted by F.Michael on 09 March 2011 - 03:38 PM

great news. crybaby LGWers in tatters.

I'm gonna catch hell for saying this, but for once I agree with the league.


#2127686 Chara's hit on Pacioretty

Posted by F.Michael on 09 March 2011 - 02:54 PM

From Boston.com -

Chara hit difficult to defend

From what I've read of the fans response - the writer is a baseball guy, and he should keep his opinions to himself on matters relating to ice hockey.


#2127510 Chara's hit on Pacioretty

Posted by F.Michael on 09 March 2011 - 10:08 AM

In a dark/damp cave just outside of Philadelphia - Chris Pronger is watching the replay over, and over while thinking to himself "gee - maybe I should try that?"


#2127465 Chara's hit on Pacioretty

Posted by F.Michael on 09 March 2011 - 08:14 AM

this looked like interference and no more... i know this wont be a particularly popular opinion. this play happens once a year and everyone mentions how dumb the rink design is and then nothing gets done.
another link to the video since that ones gone.....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jimZ1tSdPY0

Watching the game last night, and watching the vid you posted - I honestly dunno how some here can say for any certainty that Chara knew what he was doing, and purposely drove Pacioretty's head into the "turnbuckle".

I'm certain there have been numerous collisions over the years involving the edge of the glass at the end of the players bench, but unfortunately for Pacioretty he gets knocked out, and Chara is instantly public enemy #1.


#2126995 Babcock speaks out (in a very good way)

Posted by F.Michael on 07 March 2011 - 01:53 PM

The problem is the other teams have "their number" now and know how to play them. Come on Wings, time to change things up. Haven't you figured that out yet????? :blink:

Exactly - it's been known for the past several years; forecheck the hell outta Detroit, and wear them down in their own end of the ice.

Puck possession works well in the reg season, but as we've seen in the past - the playoffs is a different story.


#2126659 3/5 GDT: Red Wings 4 at Coyotes 5 (SO)

Posted by F.Michael on 05 March 2011 - 11:27 PM

Is it the job of the defense to hang their goaltender out to dry because that's what's happening on many nights, including tonight. You and a lot of other posters around here have crazy expectations for goaltending. Expectations which are completely unrealistic, especially with this defense. I really hope you are letting your emotions get to you because this post is just ridiculous.

Many forget that some of the best netminders out there just so happen to have a team that plays well in fron of them on a consistent basis...Just sayin.


#2126628 3/5 GDT: Red Wings 4 at Coyotes 5 (SO)

Posted by F.Michael on 05 March 2011 - 11:04 PM

As another poster said, it's been inconsistent ever since McCrimmon took over.

True - however does the fault lie upon McCrimmon, or does Babcock get a share of the blame as well?

Babs is the head coach, and has the final say on what goes on.


#2125415 Tests Confirm Probert had chronic traumatic encephalopathy

Posted by F.Michael on 03 March 2011 - 06:58 PM

I'll get grilled for this from some, but fighting is a thing of the past in hockey. It's time to move on. With what they know about concussions and head shots, it's time to give automatic game misconducts for fights and FINALLY get serious about head shots. I for one am scared someday to maybe see Datsyuk or Zetterberg get a serious concussion from someone who's half the player they are, and jealous of their talents and successes in the League, like Cooke.

It's much more fun to watch Draper-Helm-Abby stake around and cause problems with their speed, instead of meat heads like Chris Neil or Cooke. Fighting and goons have been slowly going out of style since the 1970's, it's time to finally get them out of the game.

I hope Don Cherry takes this article seriously, but I highly doubt it because he's stuck in 1972.

Why not get rid of boxing/MMA/football...Those 3 make the head injury woes of hockey look miniscule.

Contact sports will always have issues regarding injuries.

IMHO the league can do a few things: go back to the "old school" shoulder/elbow pads, allow for a little bit of clutch/grab like we had seen throughout the 80's/early 90's just enough to slow guys down, and remove the instigator pen - yeah I said remove the instigator pen.


#2125366 Eddie Bo Johan

Posted by F.Michael on 03 March 2011 - 04:18 PM

Steve's wife and daughters still live in Michigan. He commutes back and forth when he can.

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#2125260 Eddie Bo Johan

Posted by F.Michael on 03 March 2011 - 11:52 AM

Congrats to the Franzen's :thumbup:

Now a more serious matter; how are the Yzerman girls supposed to mate with the Lidstrom boys now that they're in the Tampa area?...I was hoping for future superhuman hockey players for the Red Wings :(