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#2462473 Shawn Thornton attacks Orpik (leaves game on stretcher)

Posted by F.Michael on 09 December 2013 - 10:08 AM


The Norris Division was a dangerous (and entertaining) freak show. Today's leaugue is, by comparison, a(n entertaining) petting zoo.


Just saying.



I was a kid back in the 70's...I fell in love with hockey when I was in the 2nd grade, and after bugging my parents for weeks - they finally relented, and took me to a Milwaukee Admirals game...Man - the crazy s*** I saw.

#2462363 Shawn Thornton attacks Orpik (leaves game on stretcher)

Posted by F.Michael on 08 December 2013 - 10:53 AM


So your a big fan of womans hockey then. Checking will never be out of the game. It moves to fast to not touch anyone.

Hi - I'm F.Michael - maybe you don't know me all to well so let me take the time to introduce myself...


For those who've been here these past several years knows that I'm a proud member of the 'Knuckle Dragger Club' (well it's sorta unofficial)...Anywho - I am one of a handful of dinosaurs here at LGW who loves a good fight between 2 willing combatants, and still feels it to be beneficial to have a handful of guys on the roster who can take a reg shift, and get their noses dirty when needed.


Now  - with that being said...As expected - there's disgust of what we had seen with last night's game...My point was that if we wish to see this form of behavior removed from the game at the NHL level - we may as well go ahead, and eliminate checking from the game along with fighting...Many may forget that much of these violent acts begin with what may be deemed a dirty hit from an opponent, and as both GMR, and Nev pointed out to me - Orpik has a habit of injuring opponents with questionable body checks, and is generally not well liked.


Long story short - eliminating fighting from the game won't keep it 'clean' to a level that some would prefer; as you rightfully pointed out - the speed of todays game combined with physical play via checking will most likely cause some injuries, and heated exchanges between opponents...I myself don't mind seeing these sorts of rivalries form since IMHO it creates some of the best hockey to watch (Red Wings vs Avalanche anyone?).


Well - that's my take on that.

#2460255 Retaliation

Posted by F.Michael on 02 December 2013 - 10:17 PM

As a self proclaimed 'knuckle dragger' - I always liked the idea of beating your opponent on the scoreboard as well as beating them up.


It's why I'd much rather have a team that resembles what we had in the 90's than what we have today.

#2460008 HBO 24/7

Posted by F.Michael on 01 December 2013 - 08:55 PM

Just added HBO to my cable package a couple of days ago for this.  Well, and Game of Thrones as well, but this.   :)

Be sure to watch Boardwalk Empire...Better than the Sopranos if ya ask me.

#2458540 Defense or Offense

Posted by F.Michael on 27 November 2013 - 01:39 PM

A vast majority of our forwards couldn't score in a women's prison while carrying a fistful of pardons.

#2455847 Respect Babcock and Holland

Posted by F.Michael on 20 November 2013 - 05:52 PM

Cup favorite in 2, or 3 years?


You got the winning Power Ball numbers for me?

#2452958 Brendan Shanahan appreciation thread

Posted by F.Michael on 12 November 2013 - 03:39 PM

I remember Shanny in Hartford, and how he wasn't overly thrilled about playing on a team with an indifferent owner/fan base...That was spring of 1996.


Then later that fall - rumours swirled about Shanny being moved; I recall thinking that he would be a perfect fit for the Red Wings.


No matter what he does as 'head disciplinarian' - he'll always have a big fan in F.Michael.

My favorite Shanny pic of all time.

My favorite is my avatar...YzermanShanahan.gif

#2451526 Brendan Shanahan: Hall of Fame Memories

Posted by F.Michael on 07 November 2013 - 07:45 AM

Good read...Thanks for sharing.

#2451523 Chicago fans steal players helmet off head and dump beer on him

Posted by F.Michael on 07 November 2013 - 07:34 AM

Not surprising...I've been to numerous games in Chicago in both the old Stadium, and newer UC...Chicago has some pretty nasty fans; many are outright assholes.


It's why I would never take my children to a game there.

#2450040 Philly Capitals line brawl

Posted by F.Michael on 02 November 2013 - 09:25 AM

he fought for the fans, who seemed to love it...

Well - that might be true, but ya know it's pretty bad when all you got to cheer for is watching your goalie beat up the other teams goalie...It's sort of on the same level of some drunken goof sitting in his weathered lawn chair on the front yard laughing his a$$ off while watching his bully of a son beat up the kid from across the street.


It might make ya feel good for a few minutes, but in reality it's a pretty bad situation.

#2450032 Philly Capitals line brawl

Posted by F.Michael on 02 November 2013 - 09:03 AM


Damn old time hockey and I missed it.

My only real beef is the fact that there may have been a few guys on the Caps (Holtby in particular) who were on the ice, and aren't accustomed to getting involved in fights, and are then 'jumped'...The 'Old School Knuckle Dragger' in me thinks that was a pretty low brow move by Emery, and unless you're Matt Cooke/Ulf Samuelsson/Claude Lemieux/etc/etc - you do not deserve that sort of treatment.

#2450001 Philly Capitals line brawl

Posted by F.Michael on 02 November 2013 - 02:57 AM

As others have already mentioned...Flyers GM Holmgren is on the 'hot seat' more ways than one...


The team sucks - they goon it up (in a rather unsavory fashion I might add - mind you I still enjoy the pugilistic side of the game) - and as Harold pointed out - I'm certain Holmgren had words with both the coaching staff, and players.


To me - this has suspensions, and fines written all over it...Can we possibly ship Franzen, and maybe Smith (or player/s 'X') to land Giroux before Holmgren is relieved of his duties?


I honestly don't believe it will happen, but just think if it did.

#2450000 Philly Capitals line brawl

Posted by F.Michael on 02 November 2013 - 02:48 AM

I could see if 1, or 2 Flyers wanting to mix it up (of course getting consent with a few Caps to see if there's any willing combatants), but a full line brawl was a bit over the top - especially with Emery going after Holtby (just when he got his image/career in the NHL back in order with the Blackhawks - he craps the bed with the Flyers).

#2448818 fedorov confirmed for wc alumni game

Posted by F.Michael on 30 October 2013 - 11:57 AM

Anyone else think Feds today can contribute more than a good portion of what we have now on the roster (namely Franzen)?

Busting out my Fedorov jersey today for this wondeful news :D

Me too!


I for one was pretty upset how things went down between Feds, and Holland (mostly pissed at Fedorov), but I must admit - he'll always be a Detroit Red Wing in my mind, and I'm looking forward to his return...Hoping the crowd will give him a standing ovation.

#2447848 stephen weiss

Posted by F.Michael on 26 October 2013 - 12:20 AM

During last night's telecast, Mickey stated that because Weiss is coming off injuries and because he's coming from a team with relatively no system, he believes Weiss won't begin to hit his stride until about the 20 game mark.  Because Mickey has played professional hockey and therefore knows how hard it is to go from team to team, system to system, and bounce back from injury, I'm going to go with his assessment. 


That said, Weiss hasn't lived up to expectations.  Which is hard for me to say because I lobbied hard for the guy in the offseason and was thrilled when he was signed. 

There are times when I do not agree with your view, but when I do - I make sure to give you a :thumbup: