To me thats just a late,late hit.....the puck was way up the side boards & Horton had nothing to do with the play anymore. I feel if they would have severely punished these types of hits earlier in the last few years there would be a lot fewer concussed players today.....once a guy gets rid of the puck he is out of the play & it shouldn't be open season on him.....most of Scott Stevens hits were of this nature & it should have been stopped then,instead of being praised. Now a lot of key players are getting concussions & a lot of them never return to their original selves on the ice. I like a hard hit as much as the next guy, but these Torres kinda hits have to be stopped or the game will become like UFC in nature.
Reduce the size of both the shoulder, and elbow pads thus making them resemble what players wore in the 1970's/1980's.
Hip checking needs to make a strong comeback (although we'll most likely see a sharp increase in knee injuries).
different league, different rules - learn to evolve and play within them, simple as that.
I beg to differ - with an exception on the rules.
Playoff hockey has always been fast paced - hard hitting - intense hockey...It's that way today as it was years ago.
This is/was my concern when the whole cracking down on head shots began; not that it doesn't have it's merits, but when a good number of impartial viewers such as myself see this as a clean hit (albeit a tad late - hence the intereference pen) yet an injury had occurred - there'll be the looming chance of a suspension.
Wasn't blindsided, wasn't from behind, no charging...If an injury hadn't taken place we wwouldn't be having this discussion...The league is suspending Rome more for the injury than the hit IMO.
It's honestly pathetic that people are taken back so much by this hit. The hit was obviously late but besides it's timing it was a perfect open ice hit. There is a difference between coming from the blindside, and hitting someone head on when they're not paying attention. Should have been an interference penalty and nothing else. Rome led with the shoulder, you can''t punish someone for hitting too hard thats like suspending Datsyuk for stick handling too good. It sucks that Horton got hurt but next time he will be more aware when he is crossing the blue line.
Had this been Konstantinov on Lemieux circa 1997 - we'd all be seriously pissed if Vladdy were suspended.
For the love of God, more bathrooms, especially women's restrooms. Once we get a lot more of those, the stands won't look as empty as they look. Bigger concourse too, that'll help intermission traffic obviously.
How about installing a toilet in every seat?
That way you'll never have to leave the viewing area, seats will always be full of paying customers (it'll look good on tv), and never miss any of the action on ice.....Though the smell might get to some
No. Holland offered him 2mil and he knows what he's doing, so clearly you're off base. Go through the NHL list of contracts and you'll see Ericsson is on par or better than a lot of guys making between 1.5 and 2.5 mil.
Ericsson just got paid 1.25mil in salary this past season and had his best statistical year of his career (thanks to Rafalski). Of course he's going to get a big (in terms of percentage of his last) raise.
I feel extremely dirty for half ass defending him. Please don't make me do it again.
No matter how ya cut it - Ericsson is nothing special, and just because other players get more doesn't mean Holland should over spend, and keep a guy who hasn't done much.
I'm not the only one here who feels Big E can move on, and test the UFA market come July 1st.
EDIT - and to add; now's a good time to see if Kindl is ready for full time employment at the NHL level...There were times when he played I thought he looked more capable than Ericsson.
No amount of coaching has anything to do with Ericsson's boneheaded mistakes and inabilities. Coaching is not responsible for his failure to be physical, nor his frequent defensive screw-ups--getting caught not skating, pinching at the blue-line at terrible times, leaving players wide open in awful areas, taking stupid penalties--nor his offensive inabilities--horrible shot selection, giving up breakaways due to mess-ups in the offensive zone, general inability to produce points--nor his general laziness. That's all on him.
Couldn't agree more.
Granted McCrimmon is no defensive coach of the year, and I'm glad to see that someone new will replace him...However I've always felt the players are responsible for their actions; screw-ups, lack of physical play, etc, etc are mostly on the player, and Ericsson for one has had more than his fair share of gaffs in his own end.
The NHL took control of the team, rather than the previous owner illegally putting it into bankruptcy court (allowing them to break contracts made with people in Phoenix) and handing it over to a person the league didn't approve of. Big difference.
No matter how you dress it up - a turd is still a turd...This turd of a franchise hasn't made any $$$ since they left Winnipeg...Big contracts/new building/fancy shops or not - this team, and the city of Glendale are still gonna bleed millions of $$$ every year.
Again we see why you want him on the team, you wouldn't care if he put up 5 points so long as he would drop the gloves, and in the process you would drop a player who is a very good PKer and a guy who has shown he can play at a 20 point pace (Miller had he played 82 games would have had 23 points both of the last two seasons)and is 3 years younger. I take track record over forum member's projections.
Lets be honest here...Many of us knuckle-draggers scratch our heads as to what makes spare parts like Miller so valuable in the eyes of Red Wing fans...Konopka brings an element, a spark, getting the fans into the game, maybe an emotional lift for his teammates.
If ya ask me there were numerous times I thought the Red Wings resembled zombies with their lack of emotion, and indifferent play these past few seasons...1990's or not - Red Wings hockey was a hell of alot more fun to watch when we could beat up our opponents as well as beat them on the score board.
Whether you blame the players or blame the coach, the team has to shuffle the deck to improve the defensive performance. Since our blue line isn't going to see much change due to the contracts we've got, the only other option is to dump the coach.
Yup - always easier to get rid of a coach than it is to move a handful (or more) players.
A coaching change seemed to do well in Tampa (along with a new GM); maybe a new guy coaching our Dmen will have a better result as well.
I'm guessing that's why Babcock had mixed up the pairings this year. Stuart and Lids never really played particularly well together this season, but it mixes up some size and physicality on the pairings. It's not like the early years when Murphy and Nick could handle the Legion of Doom line by playing the puck and not the body. It's been a continuing strategy for the Wings with having guys like Schneider and now Raf on the top pairing, but the reality is that Lids and Rafalski are getting up there in years and have lost a step, so against a team like San Jose it would be too hard to battle around the net.
Stuart and Kronwall can hold their own fairly well. Assuming we keep Ericsson he still needs to play more physical. More like he did in the first round. And Salei has apparently stopped playing with an edge. Kindl's got good size, but it'd be nice to have someone big that will really make guys pay around the Wings net.
Whatever became of the Ruslan Salei that rammed an unsuspecting Mike Modano into the boards years ago?
Not saying this team needs thugs, but we could certainly use some added size/grit on this team at both forward, and defense.