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#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 :(


#2125168 Quebec City getting new arena

Posted by F.Michael on 03 March 2011 - 10:00 AM

Simple as this... If you put an NHL franchise in Canada somewhere, people will come. That will not be the problem by any means.

What kills me is this notion that a larger population = growth...That may be if it were an NFL franchise looking to re-locate to a city such as Los Angeles, but we're talking hockey here.

These teams have been there now for a a decade or more; many of the non-traditional markets continue to lose $$$.

If the BOG, and Bettman want to rid themselves of these welfare cases - then a few re-locations to the Canadian cities would be a step in the right direction.


#2121970 Avery Sucks.

Posted by F.Michael on 25 February 2011 - 09:49 AM

Why?

What does he bring to the game that is so special and compensates for all of his flaws and issues?

It's the classic weighing of the pros/cons of any particular player.

If he were a bit more "quiet" in his manner off ice/dressing room - then we wouldn't hear alot about him.

I think what he brings come game time can be of a significant value.


#2121448 Avery Sucks.

Posted by F.Michael on 24 February 2011 - 06:28 PM

What's that got to do with Avery?

Nothing directly - just another example of a player interacting with a fan.

Avery does it = not funny to some fans (even though I thought it was).

Shanahan does it = hilarity to the masses (and yes - it was funny).


#2121399 Avery Sucks.

Posted by F.Michael on 24 February 2011 - 05:01 PM

So did Maltby for many years. Would rather have good guys like him and not ass clowns like Avery.

Nothing against Maltby, but there's a particular reason why I would take Avery over Maltby...I'll let you guess what it may be ;)

Avery is somewhat entertaining. That being said I'm quite happy his sideshow antics aren't with the Wings anymore.

This thread had taken quite a retarded turn. Mors has abused the "No Sensible QQ" policy.

So fellow LGW members aren't allowed to post their opinions?


#2121391 Avery Sucks.

Posted by F.Michael on 24 February 2011 - 04:53 PM

Let me tell you, the Nashville fans are probably one of the worst in the league, As many of you know I use to live in that s***hole, and that state and town do not need professional sports! Back on topic, you gotta love Avery's comebacks, sure the dude is classless sometimes, but he sure is fun to watch!


The Nashville comments goes to the Chelios video! Sorry, I get soooooo angry when I think about the Nashville Welfares i mean Predators!!

Well - agree, and disagree.

Agree that Nashville is just 1 of a handful of welfare teams in the league, but disagree that the folks in Nashville are really the "worst" in any particular category...When I was down there a few years ago (Wings game in which Lilja's noggin met Weber's fist) I thought the locals were really nice, and thoroughly enjoyed the "southern charm".


#2121383 Avery Sucks.

Posted by F.Michael on 24 February 2011 - 04:49 PM

Say what you will, I'd love to have Avery back in a Wings sweater.

Agreed.

For all his faults the guy is a pretty good at what he does be it talking $hit, agitating, or playing a grinding style of hockey.

We also seem to have a "No Fighting" and "No Hitting" policy that goes nicely with our shameful "Don't back your teammates up" policy.

Agreed part deux.


#2121332 2/22 GDT: Sharks 4 at Red Wings 3

Posted by F.Michael on 24 February 2011 - 02:45 PM

Is there a stat that shows the # of goals bouncing off a teammate's skate, or stick, or a re-direction?

How about a stat that indicates how most of our Dmen aren't capable of clearing the crease of opposing forwards?

Howard isn't a Vezina calibre netminder - however I for one don't believe a fair # of the goals are entirely his fault.


#2116827 Isles vs Pens

Posted by F.Michael on 15 February 2011 - 09:02 AM

I'm confused. Dean Lombardi rips the officiating and gets fined. Mario Lemieux does the same and gets nothing.

Oh, I forgot who I was talking about and what team he controls. I get it now.

Yup - pretty much why the NHL as a whole is looked upon as a "garage league" by many outsiders :rolleyes:

If this isn't a blatant sign of favortism - then I don't know what is.


#2116347 Isles vs Pens

Posted by F.Michael on 14 February 2011 - 04:47 AM

Heaven forbid an owner stands up for his team. It was clear on the intentions of the Islanders, and Mario called them out on it. He'll get fined, but the whole fallacy of "But they have Matt Cooke and Cindy Crysby blah blah blah" doesn't pertain to Mario's argument or comments, so why even bring them up? Just because the Pens have Cooke, that doesn't mean Mario can't complain when a game turns into a goonfest.

I think Mario was overly dramatic with the James Harrision "I'm out" comment, but it was good to see an owner stick up for his team.

I personally have no problem with Mario (or any owner/gm/player) voicing their opinion - in fact it's refreshing that some do since it's needed from time to time.

I just hope that he gets a hefty fine from Gary; how much of a field day would the media have if Mario gets away with what he said?

Here a small statistic *penalties*;
1st FLA 183 minor / 14 major / 460 PIMs total
29th NYI 244 minor / 48 major / 1022 PIMs total
30th PIT 290 minor / 63 major / 1113 PIMs total *all three highest*

Furthermore a brawl needs two parties, so why is Pittsburgh in the victim role?

Pittsburgh has been the "league darling" since Crosby's arrival, and considering who Mario has on his team (Cooke), and the fighting majors - he comes across as the textbook definition of a hypocrite.

With the hefty fine of $100,000 going to Isles owner Charles Wang - ya gotta wonder if he's thinking of putting the team up for sale, and/or relocating the team outta Long Island...This has gotta really piss him off.


#2114172 Montreal vs Boston

Posted by F.Michael on 10 February 2011 - 11:29 AM

Agreed on all counts.

I understand that people here love the Wings, and the team for the last several years has mostly lacked the fighting element, so they may be inclined to say "who needs it" or "we don't want it." But if this team was winning and could beat the snot out of people, I doubt many here would be complaining either. It'd be an awesome thing to watch the Wings win and intimidate teams physically.

Winning on the scoreboard + winning the physical battles = great hockey.


#2114093 Montreal vs Boston

Posted by F.Michael on 10 February 2011 - 08:49 AM

I'm certain if games like this were broadcast on NBC on a Saturday night - ratings would go thru the roof.