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#2573767 Larionov on NHL/AHL stifling creative play.

Posted by F.Michael on 23 February 2015 - 02:05 PM

pffft - that goon Larionov.....He's the guy responsible for igniting the brawl on that fateful evening of  March 26th 1997.

#2573763 Do Maple Leaf fans deserve better?

Posted by F.Michael on 23 February 2015 - 01:49 PM


For everybody except those who formerly felt entitled to degrade and undermine those they found "lesser".  They long for the days when they could say whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted, and nobody would object.  Because heaven forbid people universally condemn these idiots.  That's "overly PC". 


Not that we have any of those folks around here. 



People have opinions - whether you agree with them, or not - they're still entitled to them.


For you, or anyone else to chastise them because of that - does that make you any better than those who you're condemning?


I agree it was a poor decision by Rielly to associate girls/women with how pissy/moody his Leaf team mates are acting, but it's these sorts of issues that create such an uproar  make my knuckle-dragging-neanderthal  brain hurt.

#2573673 Do Maple Leaf fans deserve better?

Posted by F.Michael on 23 February 2015 - 01:40 AM


Let me give you an easy example: what would happen if people who are offended that others are offended did the same thing and complained in groups about the "offended party " ? That's right a never ending circle of being offended that others are offended...it would be so comically chaotic and stupid at the same time.


Maybe it's just me and I'm too relaxed for stuff like this it just doesn't bother me.

 People get offended over anything in todays ultra 'pc' society we live in.


That said - wonder Rielly will be on the trading block.

#2573669 Zetterberg leaves after 2nd Period; "upper body injury"

Posted by F.Michael on 23 February 2015 - 12:47 AM

Fighting after a cheap-shot has exactly one purpose: to fulfill a primal sense of revenge for one's team.  It doesn't cure the injured player. It doesn't prevent a cheap shot from happening.  It doesn't discourage players from doing it again after they've already committed the cheap-shot.  In fact, it has been demonstrated repeatedly that teams with more fighting majors actually tend to have more injuries and stick infarction penalties against, which would suggest that fights actually increase the amount of cheap shots you receive, which is the complete opposite of  "keeping the opposition honest".  This has been repeatedly demonstrated on separate occasions by separate people (a few sources for the curious: http://regressing.de...-don-1442618145, http://www.pensionpl...ness-in-hockey, http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2013/09/30/the-edmonton-oilers-and-the-new-era-of-the-one-dimensional-fighter/).  Its also not that hard to see if you just watch a hockey game.  Ericsson fought Benn.  Benn still cheap-shotted Zetterberg.  Downey was in the lineup when Lapierre injured Lidstrom.  Lapierre didn't shy away.  In fact, he came back at Downey for more in the third period, looking to crosscheck the guy in the head.  Colton Orr was on the ice when Kadri was getting cheap-shotted, and eventually Kadri got into his first fight against Tampa Bay, despite Orr being out there with him.  To keep the flies off.  And so on, and so on.

So if you're pro-fighting, fine.  I understand that it gets the heart racing, and there's a certain primitive sense of satisfaction you get when watching someone get their face beat down after wronging one of our guys.  OK.  I get that feeling, too, so I understand where the desire to see fights comes from (and keep in mind that I'm not at all pro-fighting.  I would rather see fighting removed from the game entirely).   But what I won't do is try to justify those emotions by wrongly suggesting that fighting prevents injuries from happening or keeps the rats in line.  It just doesn't work that way.  And its especially silly to dedicate a roster spot to an enforcer based on this false notion.

I can live without the 'staged' fights, but I feel it's important for the NHL/AHL to tolerate the 'heat of the moment' fights where 2 players agree to drop the gloves, and get it over with (would rather have that than a stick swinging affair).


It's nice to see teammates stand up for one another, and one could argue that it may build camaraderie within the locker room.


Yes - I do agree that having a roster with a handful of players capable of fighting won't stop cheapshots, but it may make some members of the opposing team think twice if they know they may have to 'face the music' later in the game, or sometime down the road.


The Wings don't need McGrattan types, but those like McCarty who can play on the 3rd/4th line, and drop the gloves when needed are always welcome (now if Babcock would play them - that's a different story).

#2573472 Zetterberg leaves after 2nd Period; "upper body injury"

Posted by F.Michael on 22 February 2015 - 12:12 AM


In fairness, I don’t know what Ericsson saw. 


Earlier this year year when Nolan smoked Helm (boarding, 2 game suspension), Ericsson went nuts. 


With his surgically repaired finger I'm guessing Ericsson must be more careful if/when he chooses to engage in fisticuffs.


It's these incidents that makes ya wish we had a Dmac on the team to settle the score, but again...

#2573467 Zetterberg leaves after 2nd Period; "upper body injury"

Posted by F.Michael on 21 February 2015 - 11:59 PM


Man, Ericsson should have killed him there. 


Also, I love the Stars announcers with there “suttal interference” BS.

I agree with you that Ericsson should've gone after Benn, but that's a topic that's run it's course over, and over.

#2572601 TSN: Winnipeg, Toronto and Edmonton top NTC lists

Posted by F.Michael on 20 February 2015 - 10:38 AM


Good lord. When will it end?


I go to Montreal at least once a year for business and/or pleasure. I somehow manage to get fat, drunk, sometimes enlightened, and always highly entertained. My french is about as good as Archie Bunker's.

Archie Bunker speaks French?


On a serious note...Went to Montreal back in 2003 for the F1 race; had a wonderful time - the people there were very friendly, beautiful city, neat shops/restaurants...No worries if you do not speak French, or if your French is 'rusty'.


EDIT - this reminds me.....I need to start a thread this spring - all in French for the Habs playoff run.


Modifier la deuxième partie - Google Translate est ma source pour le français.

#2572600 Do we need to add grit?

Posted by F.Michael on 20 February 2015 - 10:34 AM

I know that but the playoffs more than anything are the time where teams need to be able to compete against all sorts of teams..some bring speed others are heavy forcheck...That's what makes LA that good they fragment deal with every type of team based on having the right mixture.

I agree - LA built their team via the draft, and smart trades, but keep in mind they were a joke (like the Blackhawks) for many years after Gretzky left.


Kenny/Babs is doing what it takes to keep themselves competitive, and so far they've been doing a fine job - regardless how you, and I feel about the teams lack of toughness.

#2572533 Preferred Playoff Opponents?

Posted by F.Michael on 19 February 2015 - 07:05 PM

No thanks on the caps. Aside from having one guy who can win a game all by himself, Barry Trotz is Mike Babcocks kryptonite

Babs needs to punch Trotz in the throat.....Oh wait...

#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.