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#2442134 Steve Yzerman wants Game Misconduct penalties for fighting

Posted by F.Michael on 05 October 2013 - 05:49 PM

Here's an interesting take by former NHL'er Chris 'Knuckles' Nilan...




Points out how his depression didn't come from the game, or the fighting - it came  from substance abuse.

This is all I have to say about the subject.  I love the fights, not the staged kind.  And, I think Yzerman is wrong and should be more concerned about his team than fighting. 



I'm really indifferent to the 'staged' fights, but IMHO there's nothing better than those 'heat of the moment' scraps between players who've been battling hard the entire night, and wish to 'vent'.

#2441553 ESPN Poll of Anonymous Players

Posted by F.Michael on 04 October 2013 - 12:36 PM

2 things caught my eye...


7% vote for Milwaukee to get an NHL franchise.


60% vote for getting rid of the instigator rule.

#2441549 Steve Yzerman wants Game Misconduct penalties for fighting

Posted by F.Michael on 04 October 2013 - 12:23 PM

No hip checks???

Really is that how you see things?


A cup winning team is boring?????


You are an all or nothing type of guy/gal I am assuming.


And you realize Yzerman is not asking for fighting to be abolished? He is asking for stiffer penalties.


But hey who cares if getting punched in the head led to players killing themselves as long as you are entertained.

And if Athletes are so willing to accept the dangers why are there class action suits in the NFL and NCAA because the leagues did not do enough to prevent long term damage from concussions?

Let me take a crack at this...


Hipchecks - very few players today seem capable, or willing to attempt one (hence why we do not see them as often like we did back in the 80's), and the potential for a knee injury, and getting called for a low hit by the refs are also factors a player must consider...When it's done right - it's a thing of beauty - however we don't see them as often.


NJ Devils circa 1995 - excitement at it's finest - am I right?  ;)


How many players in the past 20 plus years took their own life?..In recent years - I know Probert died of a heart attack, Boogaard of a drug overdose (accidental if I remember correctly)...Only  Belak,  and  Rypien I believe were deemed suicides, and both of those individuals had suffered from depression.


Not sure how the NCAA, and pro leagues could've prevented concussions when in just the past decade we're finding out more, and more of their long term effects.

#2441369 Howard or Miller?

Posted by F.Michael on 03 October 2013 - 02:06 PM

To be honest - I'd rather keep Howard, and let guys like DeKeyser, and youngsters from GR get the ice time in the near future.

#2441303 Nyquist taking things in stride, with class

Posted by F.Michael on 03 October 2013 - 09:33 AM

He knows his GM and coach have lost their marbles.   

It gets me to think - what's keeping Nyquist, and Tartar from demanding a trade?


What's so 'special' about being a Red Wing when you're stuck in GR, and guys like Bert/Sammy/Cleary are taking up roster spots?


If I were either of those 2 - I'd be pretty damn pissed off at Holland.

#2441267 Patrick Roy goes crazy on Bruce Boudreau

Posted by F.Michael on 03 October 2013 - 06:45 AM



This was the play in question. Roy thought this was a knee-on-knee, trying to injure McKinnon. Doesn't look intentional to me.

In slow motion I'd say it's borderline...


At game speed - from across the ice - I can see where Roy would be pissed off.

#2440413 Parros Concussed

Posted by F.Michael on 02 October 2013 - 07:23 AM

This. He's not the guy I'm being the wings to sign or anything but he's as respectable of a goon as it gets ha. Hope him and that sweet 'stache of his have a quick recovery.

Stu "the Grim Reaper" Grimson is another that can be added to that list of exceptionally smart 'former' enforcers.

#2439214 HBO 24/7

Posted by F.Michael on 26 September 2013 - 07:54 PM

I wonder if they'll show Cleary smoking weed on the show?  I know his eyes don't look like that from too much swimming.   :1eye: 

Hmm...Care to share a little insight?



#2439023 buffalo and toronto fight

Posted by F.Michael on 25 September 2013 - 08:11 PM

Former NHL enforcer and current Sabres colour commentator Rob Ray has valid opinions on the topic, all of which I am in total agreement with.

Scott - ‘I’m coming after you. I’m not going to hurt you but I’m coming after you.’


Umm - alrighty then...


So by Rob Ray's advice -  Kessel can  either flee with his tail tucked between his legs, and become the butt of jokes for everyone who dislikes him, OR he can do nothing with the silly notion that Scott will just bear-hug him, OR he attempts to stand his ground (mind you swinging at Scott's legs).


IMHO there's no 'easy' answer for a guy like Kessel who doesn't find himself in these sorts of situations (unlike Scott).


As always - it's easy for critics such as Rob Ray (an after the fact armchair general watching from afar) to judge someone elses actions in a 'heat of the moment' altercation.

#2438483 Burke Wins Default Judgment Against Internet Defamers

Posted by F.Michael on 23 September 2013 - 08:07 AM

Merci pour l'offre, mais je dois travailler. Attendez une minute ... n'êtes-vous pas marié? Je suis sûr que j'ai lu que dans l'Internet.


I just noticed that this is in BC.  I wonder if there are different laws there regarding libel and the internet.

Oui - Je suis en marié ... Je vais chercher une excuse pour employer le français ici à LGW.

So Burke sued the whole Internet?


#2438480 buffalo and toronto fight

Posted by F.Michael on 23 September 2013 - 07:55 AM

I have no problem with what Kessel did to Scott, talk about a spot picker, no Orr or McLauren in the line-up and he tries to fight Kessel? Come on, anyone that is critical of what Kessel did would have no problem if Zetterberg or Datsyuk did it if Scott had come after them during a game, and hey were in the East now so there's no guarantee we won't see something stupid like this go down. 



The "code" pretty much gave star/skill players like Kessel a free pass - that is until he goes after a teammate, or starts to swing his stick first - then Kessel's free game to anyone who wants to pound lumps on him, but this was not the case...Scott went right after Kessel, and all he did was to defend himself; lucky for Scott that Kessel didn't swing at his head.

#2435306 Saddledome Under Water

Posted by F.Michael on 06 September 2013 - 04:58 PM

Interesting how this was resurrected...Just posted a comment on the Brian Burke thread a few minutes ago about the flooding...



EDIT - awesome job by the Saddledome employees, and everyone else who helped with the clean up, and repairs :clap:

#2435304 Flames hire Brian Burke as president of hockey operations.

Posted by F.Michael on 06 September 2013 - 04:56 PM

This might be "insurance" if they fire Feaster.



Feaster could very well be tossed in the trash heap alongside the refuse from this past summer's flood.

#2434821 Franzen: "I am not a goal scorer"

Posted by F.Michael on 03 September 2013 - 03:47 PM

Weird. This is a pure mental/attitude issue, and I have to wonder what his deal is and how how Babs has tried to approach it. He really could do so much more.

Holland needs to find a hypnotist who can convince Franzen that he's Wendel Clark.

#2434742 Franzen: "I am not a goal scorer"

Posted by F.Michael on 02 September 2013 - 08:45 PM

No more Dodge  - Ram truck commercials.