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#2038718 Wings release Aaron Downey

Posted by F.Michael on 30 September 2010 - 10:45 PM

Downey would NEVER be on the ice with either of the above players. Hard to enforce anything for them from the bench! I'm all for a player who can drop the gloves and defend himself and his teammates but has to be able to play some hockey as well.

Change on the fly...Closest guy to the bench gets off the ice, the "tuff guy" jumps on, and goes after the opponent causing trouble.

Giving that ice time to Abbie will be much more effective and beneficial to Abbie and the team... he can skate, likes to hit, will drop the gloves and can add some scoring now and then.

I honestly don't see Abby having much of a role as a fighter in the NHL; not that I don't mind his efforts - just that the few I've seen him in he doesn't appear cut out for it.

In my opinion, Abdelkader needs to focus on developing his offensive game. I wouldn't mind seeing him fight here and there, but he's got too much potential to be a career 4th line player. Leave the enforcing to someone else, you know?

Abby to me seems more or less a bigger version of Cleary.

#2038045 Which of These Teams Can Make the Playoffs

Posted by F.Michael on 29 September 2010 - 04:45 PM



Nuff said.

#2038026 NHL Center Ice

Posted by F.Michael on 29 September 2010 - 04:29 PM

is tonight's (Wings vs Rangers) on Center Ice?

Right now pre-season games are on the NHL Network, and not on Center Ice.

This will be my 10 season of having Center Ice; dunno how any Red Wing fan outside of Michigan can live without it.

Most Wings games are in HD, and have Mickey, and Ken...Not sure how the computer feeds are (in terms of picture/sound quality, but for me it's a non-issue since I'll gladly pay extra in order to watch it on my big screen HDTVs.

#2037783 Ericsson on notice?

Posted by F.Michael on 28 September 2010 - 10:57 PM

I get the impression that it'll be a revolving door for that last spot on D.

#2037703 Is Mike Modano This Year's Dallas Drake?

Posted by F.Michael on 28 September 2010 - 04:34 PM

I see Modano more like a Larionov; guy who's past his prime - yet is still capable of being a productive member on the right team.
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#2037320 Do the wings have new jerseys this season?

Posted by F.Michael on 26 September 2010 - 08:54 PM

Cannot understand why some veteran posters here are quick to jump on new posters/new fans for what appears to be a legit question.

IMHO it's not the best way to make a new impression, nor is it a very welcoming gesture...Glad to see new posters here, and new fans from around the country :thumbup:

#2035796 Brett Lebda signs with Toronto

Posted by F.Michael on 23 September 2010 - 09:18 AM

Even when paired with one of the top d-men in the league, Lebda is horrendous... look at last night, no Lebda, they win 4-1... it's a sign, haha

but seriously, his signing may have very possibly been the single worst signing of the off-season by ANY team and that even rivals the bloated price tag and length that Boogard got from NY...

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but you seem to have a disliking for this Brett Lebda fellow :unsure:

#2033507 Lilja Contemplates Training Camp Invitation

Posted by F.Michael on 15 September 2010 - 01:38 PM

Danny Markov wanted an OBSCENE amount more than he was worth and was pretty much begging to go back to Russia... Lilja saw a crapfest like Lebda get 1.5 for 2 years and the, rightly so, thought he could get at LEAST the same, if not more considering how much better his is than Lebda and kinda backed himself into a corner, which he has gone on record of saying he wishes he had done things differently... this is hardly the same

Both Markov, and Lilja over estimated their value...Yes they're 1 in the same boat in that regard.

EDIT - Lilja was on LTIR for his head injury; not many teams out there looking to sign a guy in his mid 30's who's probably more prone for a serious head injury...Lebda being both younger, and healthier got lucky with the Maple Leafs...I for one wish nothing but the best for both guys.

#2031749 Lidstrom's defensive partners

Posted by F.Michael on 08 September 2010 - 10:51 AM

I honestly believe that Larry Murphy had probably the biggest impact on Lidstrom's developement...Murphy never being fleet of foot - was making the smart plays, rarely got caught outta position, and was tuff to beat 1 on 1...I'm certain Nick picked up alot from Larry.

#2030763 Howard Changing Masks

Posted by F.Michael on 03 September 2010 - 08:32 AM

Now, how many of you that have said Jimmy's new mask looks like junk are comic book nerds?

For me, this is probably the coolest Red Wing helmet I've ever seen. Period. I would also say Jimmy's previous mask was number 2 on my list. It's just different strokes for different folks. I'm a 25 year-old comic book nerd that used to have stacks and stacks of comic books. Dok Ock was one of the coolest villains in the comic book universe... even when the art for him back in the early comic days looked kinda lumpy. For me, I've seen every different combination of winged wheels imaginable... this Dok Ock mask is somthing so far out of the box that I can't even see the box anymore... BUT it still matches the Detroit Red Wing/Octopus theme.

Love it, Jimmy!!! Now stop all the pucks! :3

As long as Jimmy likes it, and continues to play great - then I'm happy :cool:

#2030760 Howard Changing Masks

Posted by F.Michael on 03 September 2010 - 08:17 AM

that looks awful

it honestly looks like it's straight out of a 12-year-old's notepad


Got to say I'm not a fan. The tach just looks better.

Looks dumb. The gauges were way better.

Gotta agree with these guys...Looks like crap IMHO; way to cartoonish which there are already plenty of.

The Mustang tach with the retired #'s is the better of the 2 masks - by far!

i don't know how you could improve on the concept of his old helmet, paying tribute to both motown with the car and gauges, and the wing's legends as the gauge numbers. i just think that's brilliant.
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#2029827 Power Forwards

Posted by F.Michael on 27 August 2010 - 08:04 PM

I think it partially has to do with the change in rules, but i wouldn't put it all on the rule changes. The game is faster than it was in the '80s and '90s, can't clutch and grab like you used to. But i just can't blame the lack of true power forwards on a few rule changes. It's an interesting question.

IMHO it began in the early 1990's...With an influx of talent coming over from eastern Europe many N.American trained players found a new challenge in keeping up with their higher levels of skill...Coaches at all levels of hockey caught onto this, and started making changes to the style we see more of today with an emphasis on skating, stick/puck handling, passing, and better defensive awareness.

#2029210 LA Kings sign Willie Mitchell

Posted by F.Michael on 25 August 2010 - 03:58 PM

Getting Doughty will be a pipe dream; Johnson on the other hand is a different story.

#2029090 A Long Time Ago...

Posted by F.Michael on 25 August 2010 - 09:03 AM

I liken Hossa to Boba Fett; a gun for hire who's going where the $$$ is at.

#2028948 Bill Daly confirms Red Wings contracts are NOT under investigation

Posted by F.Michael on 24 August 2010 - 04:53 PM

Other teams would be well advised to try to pattern their franchise operations after the model created, and adhered to, in Detroit.

Amen brother!