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#2550115 Smith and Ericcsson?

Posted by F.Michael on 20 November 2014 - 09:49 AM

Why does there seem to be some sort of weird, pathalogical, need to assign blame to each and every little thing that happens to this team?  Smith went back out because he wanted to play, the coach probably wanted him to play, and the folks signing his checks want him to play.  A cut on his hand is a minor injury.  The kind that hockey players sustain CONSTANTLY throughout a season.  Think about all the times that you see blood in the course of a hockey season.  All of those are cuts, and all of those have the potential to get infected.  Most don't.  This one did.  It's not anyone's fault.  It just happened. 

And is it even infected?


Usually you do not see signs of infection for a good 24 plus hours later.....Me thinks it's just precautionary.

#2549988 Malkin hit on Girardi

Posted by F.Michael on 19 November 2014 - 09:21 AM

I think you've got me all wrong, I think fighting is great, when it's called for. I despise staged fights, and I'm not a big fan of fights after clean hits(that don't result in injuries). Too many fights lately happen because of complete overreactions. It's hockey people get hit, some players need to learn to deal with it. That being said, fighting after a huge clean hit (as in this case) when emotions are riding high is part of the game, and those are the fights that get fans excited. Not the pushing and shoving after a soft hit in the corner.

We both agree that there's no need for fighting after a clean hit...I think where we have our differences is the 'definition', or what may be perceived as a clean hit.


From what I've seen with this hit on Girardi - a teammate of his could easily see it as an attempt to injure...Malkin came in full bore, and didn't slow down (it could've been assessed a charging pen)...Unlike most on the Wings - a good number of other players from around the league will step in to send the message, and I personally cannot fault them for that since it happened so fast, and was such a violent hit.


We could discuss at length about Smith getting bumped/hit from behind near the end of the game last night by Foligno...Was Smith justified to engage in fisticuffs since he didn't appear to have suffered an injury - to which I say yes because it was from behind, and Smith was standing up for himself (although I do hope that cut on his knuckles heals quickly - don't need an infection to set in).

#2549852 11/18 GDT Red Wings 5 @ Blue Jackets 0

Posted by F.Michael on 18 November 2014 - 09:05 PM

That 'Little Cesars' commercial with the dad, and 3 kids is hilarious!


Reminds me of myself, and my 3 boys...Although I already have a beard...And I don't get pizza...I usually have a dram or 2 of scotch in the evening when my little monsters children are in bed.

#2549783 11/18 GDT Red Wings 5 @ Blue Jackets 0

Posted by F.Michael on 18 November 2014 - 07:39 PM

Cue the Van Halen. (Top Jimmy)

he's the king!.

#2549776 11/18 GDT Red Wings 5 @ Blue Jackets 0

Posted by F.Michael on 18 November 2014 - 07:34 PM

Bobbleheads.....Some poor guy in China who's painting these things is probably thinking 'who the f***k is this Abdlkinder - Abdelkazier - Abdulla - ah who cares.'

#2549756 11/18 GDT Red Wings 5 @ Blue Jackets 0

Posted by F.Michael on 18 November 2014 - 07:19 PM

Nice take-down by Q.

#2549660 Kevin and Kelly Klima....

Posted by F.Michael on 18 November 2014 - 10:02 AM

Now that's what I call 'MULLETUDE'!

#2549639 Malkin hit on Girardi

Posted by F.Michael on 18 November 2014 - 07:41 AM


Obviously not every kind of hit, that was a bit of a hyperbole on my part. But, come on, stop being argumentative, you're acting like we haven't seen time and time again fights start over the slightest of things. 

Clean hit=fight.(Sometimes this deserves a fight, but a lot of times these fights are complete overreactions)

Dirty hit=fight(this one deserves fighting)

Perceived dirty hit, but actually not=fight


Guys are so worried about being perceived as bad teammates, they go out of their way to protect a teammate-sometimes for no reason.   

Fights take place for just about any reason; a staged fight between 2 enforcers, a fight breaks out due to 'heat of the moment', or a fight breaks out due to a hit (be it clean, or dirty).


As long as fighting is tolerated at the pro level of hockey - some GMs/coaches will seek out players who are capable of doing so...A significant portion of guys that do engage in fisticuffs at the NHL/AHL level began fighting as teens while playing junior hockey in Canada...So standing up for a teammate is not some new, or original concept  that sprung up at the highest level of the game. 


The staged fights I can live with, or without.....I do however like seeing the team stand up for one another.....Shanny said it best some years ago while he was still a Red Wing; hoping his teammates don't mind killing off a pp if he is assessed an additional pen by going after an opponent who he feels took a run, or advantage of a teammate.


You can say - 'that was then, but this is now' in regards to how the game is being played...Well - that notion might be applied to the Red Wings since for the last several seasons we've seen Detroit at the bottom of the list for fighting majors, but lets be honest - other teams locker rooms would rather see justice met on the ice that night than a few days later in Toronto courtesy of a conference call.

#2549592 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by F.Michael on 17 November 2014 - 07:54 PM

Nothing against Abdelkader, but when guys like him are getting top line minutes - ya know sumthin ain't right.

#2549161 Malkin hit on Girardi

Posted by F.Michael on 16 November 2014 - 02:00 AM

Clean hit - no need for the scuffle afterwards...


Anyone else looking forward when these 2 teams meet again?

It was a clean hit from the blindside. That hit was maybe one Malkin should have eased up on out of respect for a fellow player, but it was clean. The fight after isf****** embarrassing, do we really have to have bench clearing brawls after every hard hit? This bulls*** is the driving force behind the league trying to get rid of hitting and fighting. 

Benches didn't clear - just players grabbing their opponent...


We have the luxury of watching everything in HD, and replay...Sometimes players think their teammate was run at, and will stand up for him (again with replay we can see that it was a clean hit).

#2548664 Tomas Holmstrom: Commercial Star

Posted by F.Michael on 12 November 2014 - 03:00 PM

Should we expect anything else from a man with 'Viking' bloodlines?


We need to remember 1 simple fact.....Scandinavians were the original 'enforcers' of their time.....They just grew tired of pillaging, and wreaking havoc, and by doing so they decided to conform via social well being, education, designing safe automobiles, modern architecture, affordable home goods, and hardware essentials.

#2547644 Rating the Defense through 6 games

Posted by F.Michael on 06 November 2014 - 04:07 PM

You guys need to get a room  :crazy:

#2547633 Brendan Shanahan: a letter to my younger self

Posted by F.Michael on 06 November 2014 - 03:24 PM

Shanny has been, and will always be 1 of my favorite NHL players of all time.

#2546465 Michael Del Zotto

Posted by F.Michael on 03 November 2014 - 06:20 PM


theyre free

they require no game no work

they know its just sex and nothing more and theyre okay with that

they know how to f***

Well - there's the risk of stds, and it looks to me like DZ is really working hard to look like a goof.


It's one thing to be discreet, and have your 'fun' like Kessel/Bozak in their hi-rise Toronto condo (they mentioned some wild parties being held there), but when you're on twitter - need I say more?

#2546397 Michael Del Zotto

Posted by F.Michael on 03 November 2014 - 12:00 PM

Of all the pretty women out there in ANY city that has an NHL franchise - why on earth would you wanna be with a woman who seen more weiners  than the urinals at Yankee Stadium on free beer night?