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#2571737 2/18 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Blackhawks 2 (SO. Yes, SO!).

Posted by F.Michael on 18 February 2015 - 03:01 PM

Wonder if the fans at the UC will chant 'Detroit sucks'?



#2571559 Does Kenny Hate Mickey?

Posted by F.Michael on 17 February 2015 - 07:55 PM

Yeah he's got celiacs, so he can't have gluten.
I don't see him drinking too many beers anymore

That is why God created Scotsmen who created the nectar for us to enjoy - scotch!

That is why God created Scotsmen who created the nectar for us to enjoy - scotch!

On 2nd thought.....I'm not so certain of who created the Scots?


#2570307 Nasty Business-Roussel ejected for cross-check to McQuaid's throat

Posted by F.Michael on 12 February 2015 - 02:24 PM


Yet more proof that you got bullied by enforcers when you played hockey.


I don't buy that whole "Craig Coxe didn't sign my autograph" story.   ;)




I did.  It was terrible.  The bullying was relentless.  I was also bullied by pot heads, horses, the ocean, and Game of Thrones.  You can tell because I don't like any of those things either. 

In my household - my wife is the enforcer...My kids don't listen to me, but when the Mrs gets home after a long day at work, sees the pigsty - look out!

#2569818 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by F.Michael on 11 February 2015 - 01:26 PM


I wasn't necessarily defending Smith. You framed this as a discussion about what Babcock thinks of Smith - specifically, that Babcock doesn't believe he's a top-four defenseman.


Smith's a good defenseman. The big mistakes stick out in our minds and we judge him accordingly. He moves the puck well. He drives possession. He doesn't get PP time (make of that what you will), but Babcock isn't afraid to use him in key situations. He's an incredible skater. He's got a mean streak, reminds me of Stuart at times. I think of him as a dynamic two-way defenseman.


Pairing him with Quincey was a mistake, one that we rode for far too long. He should be paired with Kronwall (IMHO), but, again, the top four seems to be set in stone in Babcock's mind.


My one issue with him is actually his work in the o-zone. He doesn't shoot enough (and when he does, it tends to look almost like he's holding back, like he doesn't want to score). He has great offensive instincts, but, for whatever reason, he's struggling to make things happen. He's struggling to generate. He looks like someone whose special spark has been punitively beaten out of him.


I do think he's on increasingly thin ice. At 26, he needs to take that next step that we've been waiting for him to take. Ouellet and Marchenko want his job.


Not that I necessarily disagree, but I feel like we say this every year. "He should wait until later." And then when that time comes, "He should wait until later." In the summer, we'll hear about our young players and how we want to see what they show us in training camp and how we'll make some decisions based on that. "There's no rush, no need to make a move in the summer. Might as well wait until the fall."

Holland isn't the type to pull off any big trade unless he gets the upper hand by a considerable margin...We've all become accustomed with his usual phrase 'our healthy player/s returning will be our deadline acquisition...And if the Mule does return healthy, and contributes as he did a few years ago - well - there ya go I guess. 


I'm certainly not against seeing some new faces - however I'd rather stay with what we have rather than giving up too much for a rental, or for a player who won't help as much as we'd like.

I see the potential in Smith that I don't see in Ouellet, simple as that. You don't have to agree with it, and you don't have to like it, but that's what I've seen by watching both players from their days with the Griffins to the Red Wings. Also, Ouellet was more of a well rounded, two-way player, even in his days with Armada in the Q before he was drafted and continued that style in the minors and up in Detroit. Smith on the other hand, was an offensive defenseman right through college and the minors and was forced to refine his game at the NHL level, to be a two-way defender... That's not an easy thing to do. It takes time, it has taken time and he's almost there...


So like I've said two times now, but you fail to get the point... Rearrange the top 6 however you want, but Smith is better than Ouellet, which is why I'd prefer to trade Xavier... and Franson is better than Marchenko, which is why I'd like to acquire Franson... Very simple.


Which is exactly what I did... But you missed that point as well apparently... After 25 NHL games, which is all we have to go on at this point, Smith was the better player. Does that mean he will be in the future? No, not necessarily but I do believe he will. And that's just based on what I've seen of them in their respective careers thus far...

Having an opinion without facts to back-up said opinion may be detrimental to your well being here at LGW's.....:crazy:




#2569815 2/11 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Penguins 4

Posted by F.Michael on 11 February 2015 - 01:14 PM

Bad feeling about this one. I think basically just because it's on NBC. :lol:


I think I'd rather gnaw off my own pubes than listen to EdZo tonight. But alas.

I must admit.....I snorted out some of my latte when reading this.


EDIT - Not sure if he'll get the chance, but I'd love to see Glendening have an opportunity to get under the skin of Crosby/Malkin.

#2569792 So, Evander Kane...

Posted by F.Michael on 11 February 2015 - 12:47 PM

I don't understand this trade from Buffalo's point of view. They are rebuilding and a guy with serious attitude problems should be the last thing they should want alongside their up and coming players. Bad trade Murray



Seems counterproductive if you're a franchise that's about to have an opportunity to land some highly regarded draft picks, and now you have a guy that's a distraction.

#2569790 Nasty Business-Roussel ejected for cross-check to McQuaid's throat

Posted by F.Michael on 11 February 2015 - 12:42 PM

Chris Chelios was notorious for hitting people in the face with his stick.  Come off it everybody.  You want to talk about "old time hockey"?  Here you go.  Stick work.  As old timey as it gets. 

'Old Time Hockey' would've seen a line brawl with Roussel getting bloodied...Surprisingly nothing happened immediately after that.


I have some fond memories of watching Chelios getting his ass kicked by Gerard Gallant, and by a few others as well.


Chelios wasn't as tough as some would like to think...His only fight victories came up against guys like Fedorov, or Robitaille, but like you said - he was known more for his cheapshots.

#2569650 ESPN 30 for 30 - Of Miracles and Men

Posted by F.Michael on 10 February 2015 - 04:46 PM

Always admired the Soviet/Russian players, and when they came over in the early 90's.


My 1st 'lettered/numbered' Red Wings jersey was #16 Konstantinov...His name takes up the entire jersey :thumbup:

#2569647 Manny Legace joins concussion lawsuit..

Posted by F.Michael on 10 February 2015 - 04:36 PM

Clearly he's suffered from concussion/s.....He used to think that he was a quality NHL netminder.

#2569616 Original Six...Sorta?

Posted by F.Michael on 10 February 2015 - 01:20 PM

I do think it calls into question something bigger though.  Why do we care about the Original Six if they're not original?  Does it really mean anything?  Do all these Finns, Swedes, Russians, and Czechs give a damn about a history that's made up?  Or is it some talking point they're told to hit on, just like they're required to wear officially sanctioned clothing during interviews?

I still see the Original 6 as who they are perceived to be - the 6 franchises prior to the expansion in 1967...Nothing more - nothing less.

#2569596 Nabokov traded back to San Jose

Posted by F.Michael on 10 February 2015 - 10:36 AM

Future considerations is usually dependent on something happening beyond the deal. A player can't be given up for nothing so I would imagine the deal is something like if Nabakov signs a new deal then San Jose would need to give something. He's retiring so I would imagine there's nothing going to be exchanged. An example of this would be when we got Draper for $1

#2568375 song title game

Posted by F.Michael on 04 February 2015 - 07:15 PM

Life, in a Nutshell - Barenaked Ladies

'Lust For Life' - Iggy Pop

#2568371 Great Brandon Prust Article

Posted by F.Michael on 04 February 2015 - 07:05 PM

Thanks for the share.


Even though fighting in hockey is at a all time low - it still needs be be tolerated in the game at the pro levels.

#2568044 This or That

Posted by F.Michael on 03 February 2015 - 04:43 PM

Scotch. Lagavulin or Ardbeg Sent from my hooka via hash cloud.

Oh - nice - another scotch fan!


Lagavulin all the way!


Italian food or Mexican food?

#2565382 What should we do with the Monster?

Posted by F.Michael on 21 January 2015 - 09:37 AM

Do nothing right now.


Ya never know when the injury bug could strike, and last season the Monster played well when Jimmy was outta action.