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#2556928 Where were team-mates on the Smith headshot

Posted by F.Michael on 15 December 2014 - 05:39 PM



So your blaming poor ticket sales on the fact we don't fight anymore.... Would have nothing to do with the economy.


I would love for you to explain to Bob Probert's wife and 4 kids as well as countless other familys that lost someone way too soon because it will sell more tickets. Ignoring the long term effects of head trauma due to toughness is ignorance. 

Not to nit pick, but Probie's death was caused by cardiac arrest aka a heart attack (years of alcohol, and drug abuse were contributing factors).


But yes - his brain was donated for research, and signs of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) were present.

#2556891 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by F.Michael on 15 December 2014 - 01:34 PM


Not really.  He's a little bit like Maltby in attitude, but his skill set is almost entirely like Draper.  Both Draper and Glendening are/were matchup defensive centers, with excellent faceoff and penalty killing capabilities. 


The only thing Maltby and Glendening have in common is that they're both pretty big douchebags lol.  They love chirping dudes, being quasi-dirty, and facewashing guys. 


On second thought, Glendening is a Maltby/Draper love child.  A perfect combination of the two. 



I guess the d-bag factor about Glendening stands out the most for me, and he reminds me of Maltby in that way.


And besides - I don't get into stats, faceoffs % won, nor their pk ability.....I just wanna see some abrasive hockey!



#2556824 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by F.Michael on 14 December 2014 - 11:55 PM

Rumor has it that Yandle and Boedker can be had.  The asking price for Yandle is rumored to be a top line guy, prospect, and second round pick.  We've got a top line forward on our third line.  No rumored asking price on Boedker.  So...


Franzen, Helm, Kindl (or Andersson), Pulkkinen, 2nd




Yandle and Boedker



Which would give us





Miller-Glendening-Andersson (or Callahan if Andersson went the other way)



Any trade that invloved  moving Franzen would make me smile.

#2556731 Where were team-mates on the Smith headshot

Posted by F.Michael on 14 December 2014 - 02:33 AM

No. I don't see it that way at all. After the head shot, Brendan needed to go to the bench for concussion protocol. Someone else needed to step in. That's the deal. Cheap headshots will produce an immediate and angry response. At least they do for EVERY other team.

Disagree strongly here: a cheap shoulder to face on anyone should have the Wings buzzing like angry killer bees on the perp. That is NOT team play and needs to be rectified otherwise they will be known as pushovers and will be played accordingly. It is certainly not dropping gloves for no reason; it is avenging an ugly, intentional attempt to injure by illegal head contact. FWIW, I'd rather see goons bashing each other than cheap shot artists committing this kind of offence on players in vulnerable positions such as Brendan was. AND he got an extra 2 for 'slashing' when his retaliatory cross check was called. Not only were the team-mates MIA on this one, the referees were absolutely out to lunch.

Suspension forthcoming. If I was Brendan, I'd ask for a trade. He lays it out for the team every game and the team does not reciprocate. Brutal.

Not partaking into retaliation has been a theme for the Red Wings; it's been that way for a while (Hank's noggin getting bounced off the glass by Weber several years ago).


Smith will remain a Wing regardless...I honestly doubt any of the Wings have any concern of getting run by an opponent (if anything we fans have more of a concern than the players).


Come to think of it - we've seen more fights so far this year than what we've seen in years past.

#2556730 Oilers schedule presser tomorrow

Posted by F.Michael on 14 December 2014 - 02:23 AM


It's super douchey, but speaking for myself (and probably some others here who played) when I played in HS I would always take liberties with bad team or when we were winning. It's part of the game. That being said, the red Wings probably would have cut me :lol: and for good reason.

As talked about in another thread - hockey still retains an element of intimidation.


I never played any organized hockey while growing up (just pond hockey), but did play in adult leagues.


I remember this team we played a few times were full of firemen, and cops, and they played rough...Being a bigger guy myself - I stood up to a few of them - traded jabs/gloves in the face - hurtful words exchanged - etc.


20 min after the game - we were all having beers in the locker room together  :lol:

#2555801 Jimmy sucks in a shootout Howard

Posted by F.Michael on 11 December 2014 - 12:06 PM

As poor as he is in the shoot outs - I'm more concerned with his play for the playoffs when Jimmy won't have to worry about them.

#2555768 Jonathan Bernier - Nelson Mandela Comments

Posted by F.Michael on 11 December 2014 - 07:17 AM

Someone uploaded the interview to YouTube.

Sooooooo painful to watch.

What a crappy hairstyle...He needs to roll with a pompadour.

#2555091 Senators fire head coach MacLean

Posted by F.Michael on 09 December 2014 - 12:47 PM


I'd love to say Crosby in Pittsburgh, but it actually makes sense that they play hockey there.  Anything California based is going to get my vote for "Most Douchey".  Every day of the week.  So yeah, Anaheim.  God, could you imagine a team with Crosby, Perry, and Selanne for all those years?  They'd be insufferable. 


Strangely though, Kesler seems less douchey in Anaheim than Vancouver.  Which, of course, attests to the truly profound level of Vancouver doucheyness. 

Should we start a petition to change the city name from Vancouver to Vandoucher?

#2555077 Ben Bishop and Darren Pang swap goalie pads

Posted by F.Michael on 09 December 2014 - 11:58 AM

Panger in Bishop's gear would've been the norm back in the late 90's thru mid 2000's.

#2555069 Favorite arena

Posted by F.Michael on 09 December 2014 - 11:35 AM

I've been to Nationwide Arena a handful of times (twice to see the Wings) and while it's a nice arena, the fans are absolutely horrible.  Half of them have never seen a hockey game and the other half are only there because the Buckeyes aren't playing.  I understand the second half since it's a huge college town for one of the biggest schools in the country, but it's annoying having to watch a game next to their fans.  At least they're quiet for the most part and there's a lot to do in downtown Columbus.

lol - you wanna see some bad fans?


Go to the UC with Red Wings gear on.

#2555063 Favorite arena

Posted by F.Michael on 09 December 2014 - 11:06 AM


Mom and I were in Toronto visiting relatives. I was 12. We had no tickets to the Leafs game but someone knew someone that worked at Maple Leaf Gardens. They brought us in the back door used to access the zamboni bay and took us through a bunch of tunnels and stairwells to find and usher, who then proceeded to find us season ticket seats that they knew were going unclaimed for the evening.


It was a crappy game (vs Rangers) with no star power and I've always hated the Leafs. But man, that place was awesome.



Was never there for a game (did see a few games at the ACC)...The old MLG reminded me of a cathedral...A special place.

#2555061 Favorite arena

Posted by F.Michael on 09 December 2014 - 10:53 AM

I've only been to a handful but JLA and the Bell Centre are both great.


Maple Leaf Gardens was such a cool arena too with it's one long-sloped side and generally weird layout.


I wish I could have made it to Boston Gardens as well.

Back in 1990 - a buddy of mine, and I took a road trip to Toronto in late June.


We stayed at the Neill-Wycik dorms which was a short walk from the Maple Leaf Gardens...The front doors were wide open, and the security guys let us walk around for nearly 30 min...Had a good laugh with 1 of the maintenance guys; talking about the Leafs, etc.


Toronto is a fun city to visit.


The Joe hands down. And I have been to Scottrade, TD Garden, United Center (Joe Louis West as I call it.)

Yeah - back in the late 90's I was at the UC for a Hawks/Wings game...Half the crowd - maybe more - were Red Wing fans (keep in mind this was when the Hawks really sucked).


Everyone around me, and my buddies were Wings fans, and when the Hawk fans started their usual 'DETROIT SUCKS' chant - we started our own  'STANLEY CUPS' chant.....Within a few minutes many other Wing fans in surrounding sections joined in, and before you knew it we were drowning out the Hawk fans.

#2554907 Are the Wings a Contender?

Posted by F.Michael on 08 December 2014 - 03:05 PM

We is a contender.



If the Wings can stay healthy, and continue to play as they are then I don't see any reason why they cannot compete for the Eastern Conference championship come spring.


A good number of our rivals have lost some players due to cap issues, or injuries (suck it you d-bags!), and it appears our youngsters are becoming the players we had hoped that they would become.


It's been a while, but I'm really beginning to feel confident about this team, and their ability to stay at, or near the top in the standings...It's really awesome, and as a handful of analysts/critics  like Pierre Maguire have said  - 'Detroit doesn't rebuild - they just reload'.

Now that we have that cleared up... Call up Callahan while Abdelkader is out, if he doesn't earn his spot, we can send him down before his 10 games is up, if he does pan out, which I'm certain he will, trade Andersson for a late round pick...



I firmly believe that a guy with most of his teeth missing adds bite - erm - character to this team...Mind you I have all my teeth.....

#2554892 Senators fire head coach MacLean

Posted by F.Michael on 08 December 2014 - 02:21 PM

What concerns me most is what will happen to the guy who sat behind the Sens bench, and dressed up like MacLean?




No doubt.  He'd make Johan Franzen into Mark Messier.  Such is the power of McGrattan. 

Never underestimate the power of punching the faces of an opponent  can have on a teammate!

#2554787 Jonathan Bernier - Nelson Mandela Comments

Posted by F.Michael on 08 December 2014 - 09:56 AM

Toronto has a basketball team?