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#2185342 Babcock Interview + Jagr to Detroit Rumor

Posted by F.Michael on 15 June 2011 - 10:40 AM

Jagr was probably the most dominating player in the Worlds. You don't believe it until you see him play. I didn't think he would be in shape anymore, but as he said himself usually it's the loss of pure speed that makes many older players worse.

Players who succeed at an older age usually either have to find a way around it (Lidstrom with his amazing hockey sense) or just somehow maintain it (like Selanne). Jagr's game has never been about speed; he's strong, skilled and relies more on holding on to the puck and making plays that way (I always say Leino is extra lite version of him).

Anyways. He's in shape. You have to see it to believe it. That doesn't mean I want him to the Wings, but I still see him as a +50 point player.

Jagr may do well in a Euro league such as the KHL that plays 40 to 50 games per season, but how will he tolerate the grind of a 82 game reg season plus playoffs?

In all due respect - ya cannot compare the KHL, and Worlds to what players go thru that play in the NHL.


#2185329 Chris Drury

Posted by F.Michael on 15 June 2011 - 10:33 AM

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No thanks. Not at this stage of his career.

From what I've seen of Drury these past few seasons I'd agree...Not worth it.


#2185084 SCF: Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks

Posted by F.Michael on 14 June 2011 - 10:46 AM

Say what you want about Luongo, but the guy's getting no help from the offense.

Anyway, I'm picking Bruins on Wednesday.

Me too.

For once I'd like to see their home game on the road.


#2185074 SCF: Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks

Posted by F.Michael on 14 June 2011 - 09:40 AM

That is great, not even any fight back from Sedin. That's embarrassing

I know - it looks eerily familiar.


#2183410 10/11 Hockeyfights.com awards voting...

Posted by F.Michael on 07 June 2011 - 05:50 PM

Fighting in hockey is yucky :bad:


#2183319 Aaron Rome

Posted by F.Michael on 07 June 2011 - 01:26 PM

To me thats just a late,late hit.....the puck was way up the side boards & Horton had nothing to do with the play anymore. I feel if they would have severely punished these types of hits earlier in the last few years there would be a lot fewer concussed players today.....once a guy gets rid of the puck he is out of the play & it shouldn't be open season on him.....most of Scott Stevens hits were of this nature & it should have been stopped then,instead of being praised. Now a lot of key players are getting concussions & a lot of them never return to their original selves on the ice. I like a hard hit as much as the next guy, but these Torres kinda hits have to be stopped or the game will become like UFC in nature.

2 things...

Reduce the size of both the shoulder, and elbow pads thus making them resemble what players wore in the 1970's/1980's.

Hip checking needs to make a strong comeback (although we'll most likely see a sharp increase in knee injuries).


#2183308 Aaron Rome

Posted by F.Michael on 07 June 2011 - 01:08 PM

different league, different rules - learn to evolve and play within them, simple as that.

I beg to differ - with an exception on the rules.

Playoff hockey has always been fast paced - hard hitting - intense hockey...It's that way today as it was years ago.

This is/was my concern when the whole cracking down on head shots began; not that it doesn't have it's merits, but when a good number of impartial viewers such as myself see this as a clean hit (albeit a tad late - hence the intereference pen) yet an injury had occurred - there'll be the looming chance of a suspension.

Wasn't blindsided, wasn't from behind, no charging...If an injury hadn't taken place we wwouldn't be having this discussion...The league is suspending Rome more for the injury than the hit IMO.


#2183297 Aaron Rome

Posted by F.Michael on 07 June 2011 - 12:35 PM

It's honestly pathetic that people are taken back so much by this hit. The hit was obviously late but besides it's timing it was a perfect open ice hit. There is a difference between coming from the blindside, and hitting someone head on when they're not paying attention. Should have been an interference penalty and nothing else. Rome led with the shoulder, you can''t punish someone for hitting too hard thats like suspending Datsyuk for stick handling too good. It sucks that Horton got hurt but next time he will be more aware when he is crossing the blue line.

Agreed.

Had this been Konstantinov on Lemieux circa 1997 - we'd all be seriously pissed if Vladdy were suspended.


#2183017 New arena news?

Posted by F.Michael on 06 June 2011 - 04:26 PM

For the love of God, more bathrooms, especially women's restrooms. Once we get a lot more of those, the stands won't look as empty as they look. Bigger concourse too, that'll help intermission traffic obviously.

How about installing a toilet in every seat?

That way you'll never have to leave the viewing area, seats will always be full of paying customers (it'll look good on tv), and never miss any of the action on ice.....Though the smell might get to some :ph34r:


#2182710 Jonathan Ericsson's Value?

Posted by F.Michael on 05 June 2011 - 10:25 AM

No. Holland offered him 2mil and he knows what he's doing, so clearly you're off base. Go through the NHL list of contracts and you'll see Ericsson is on par or better than a lot of guys making between 1.5 and 2.5 mil.

Ericsson just got paid 1.25mil in salary this past season and had his best statistical year of his career (thanks to Rafalski). Of course he's going to get a big (in terms of percentage of his last) raise.

I feel extremely dirty for half ass defending him. Please don't make me do it again.

No matter how ya cut it - Ericsson is nothing special, and just because other players get more doesn't mean Holland should over spend, and keep a guy who hasn't done much.

I'm not the only one here who feels Big E can move on, and test the UFA market come July 1st.

EDIT - and to add; now's a good time to see if Kindl is ready for full time employment at the NHL level...There were times when he played I thought he looked more capable than Ericsson.


#2182700 Jonathan Ericsson's Value?

Posted by F.Michael on 05 June 2011 - 09:44 AM

Big E is easily worth at least 1.5mil a year. Hell even at 2mil a season, it isn't that bad of a deal. But with that said, even if he wanted to play here for free I wouldn't take him.

Maybe in Toronto.


#2182384 SCF: Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks

Posted by F.Michael on 03 June 2011 - 01:12 PM

Maybe I'm a little off base for thinking this, but does anyone else feel the league chose not to suspend Burrows in order to create more animosity between these 2 players/teams?

Maybe the league is looking for a little "Old Time Hockey" for the remainder of this series?


#2182312 Jonathan Ericsson's Value?

Posted by F.Michael on 03 June 2011 - 08:00 AM

No amount of coaching has anything to do with Ericsson's boneheaded mistakes and inabilities. Coaching is not responsible for his failure to be physical, nor his frequent defensive screw-ups--getting caught not skating, pinching at the blue-line at terrible times, leaving players wide open in awful areas, taking stupid penalties--nor his offensive inabilities--horrible shot selection, giving up breakaways due to mess-ups in the offensive zone, general inability to produce points--nor his general laziness. That's all on him.

Couldn't agree more.

Granted McCrimmon is no defensive coach of the year, and I'm glad to see that someone new will replace him...However I've always felt the players are responsible for their actions; screw-ups, lack of physical play, etc, etc are mostly on the player, and Ericsson for one has had more than his fair share of gaffs in his own end.


#2178024 Atlanta Thrashers move to Winnipeg

Posted by F.Michael on 21 May 2011 - 07:55 PM

The NHL took control of the team, rather than the previous owner illegally putting it into bankruptcy court (allowing them to break contracts made with people in Phoenix) and handing it over to a person the league didn't approve of. Big difference.

No matter how you dress it up - a turd is still a turd...This turd of a franchise hasn't made any $$$ since they left Winnipeg...Big contracts/new building/fancy shops or not - this team, and the city of Glendale are still gonna bleed millions of $$$ every year.


#2177454 gritty players I would like the wings to sign

Posted by F.Michael on 19 May 2011 - 09:58 PM

Again we see why you want him on the team, you wouldn't care if he put up 5 points so long as he would drop the gloves, and in the process you would drop a player who is a very good PKer and a guy who has shown he can play at a 20 point pace (Miller had he played 82 games would have had 23 points both of the last two seasons)and is 3 years younger. I take track record over forum member's projections.

Lets be honest here...Many of us knuckle-draggers scratch our heads as to what makes spare parts like Miller so valuable in the eyes of Red Wing fans...Konopka brings an element, a spark, getting the fans into the game, maybe an emotional lift for his teammates.

If ya ask me there were numerous times I thought the Red Wings resembled zombies with their lack of emotion, and indifferent play these past few seasons...1990's or not - Red Wings hockey was a hell of alot more fun to watch when we could beat up our opponents as well as beat them on the score board.