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#2225041 Ryan Miller's opinion on Milan Lucic

Posted by F.Michael on 13 November 2011 - 05:04 AM

What makes me scratch my head is the attitude of many goalies, and how they feel they cannot be touched - even when they're outta their crease as Miller was.

Miller is one of my favourite goalies here but f*** it, I like what Lucic did. Goalies get enough protection in the crease and around it. They don't deserve to go for a skate that far up the ice and expect to be protected as they aren't protecting the net at that point (otherwise the argument is the goalie being anywhere on the ice is considered protecting the net), they're playing the puck as any other skater. Lucic doing that, while infuriating him, lets him know that next time the puck is that far up the ice, Miller is taking a risk by going for a skate so far up the ice, and he just might think twice. I don't think goalie interference applies to that, even less do I think it's charging the goaltender. Lucic is finishing a hit on a player skating far away from his net to play the puck and not playing goal.

The reaction by Miller and Ruff is over the top.


#2221911 WWSBD?

Posted by F.Michael on 03 November 2011 - 01:02 PM

I don't think Babcock sucks. He's proven himself in the past. However, it seems like he's had a new challenge the last couple of seasons that he hasn't had to deal with before: complacency and lack of motivation. On paper, the Wings are oozing talent. We should be scoring goals left and right. However, the team has come up flat for the last 5 games. They look tired. In the post game interviews, they look defeated. They blame bounces not going their way. Babcock needs to get this team together, tell them they are all sucking right now, and fix it. Like Electrophile said, make them do suicides until they puke. Go over plays until their eyes glaze over. Bench players. Whatever it takes. Babcock needs to figure out how to light a fire under everyone's ass. And quick.

Talking with fans, and reading through these forums, it seems like we give the team a pass way too often. If they lose, its "early in the season, calm down" or "the refs suck" or "so and so had an off night, they'll bounce back." We've been waiting for Franzen to get his crap together for how many seasons? The young guys need to start stepping up and producing. The veterans need to start playing like they're veterans. I know we're just fans, and who really cares what we think, but maybe this type of thinking has crept into the team, coaches, management, etc? They just look like they don't care anymore.

Maybe I'm just frustrated...

I gotta disagree with the 1st bold sentence.

I agree 100% with the 2nd bold sentence.

Scotty would make the players responsible for their play by benching their ass.

He wouldn't be scared to put any line combination out on the ice.

Maybe request a trade for a snarling veteran type on defense, goodbye E and/or Kindl. He loved vets

Put a real physical presence on the top lines so Z and D have room to work.

Getting everyone to buy into the system.


This is pretty much my take on Scotty Bowman as well.

#2221670 Anyone else worried about Kronner?

Posted by F.Michael on 02 November 2011 - 03:55 PM

To me it looked like Kronner finally realised what it's like being on the receiving end.

#2218758 Ian White appreciation thread

Posted by F.Michael on 26 October 2011 - 03:31 PM

What about next year?

Santa is gonna come early, and deliver us Shea Weber.

#2215165 Abdelkader pounds Lapierre

Posted by F.Michael on 14 October 2011 - 04:44 PM

Sorry...Not much of a fight if you ask me...1 guy turtles, and the other is punching the linesman's leg...Nothing to look at here folks - move along.

I don't think I have ever said that. You have me confused with someone else.

I think players can get sparked up by a fight. On the other hand, so can the other team. That is why I don't put AS MUCH stock into the benefits of fighting as you do. There is a big gray area on which team gets more of the jump from it, and I don't think there is anything wrong with having one opinion or the other. My issue is creating strawmen simply to prop up one of the opinions.

Personally, if there was a player who I wanted to have his clock cleaned last night, it was Ballard. The guy was grabbing people, acting tough towards our smallest players, and in general acting like a ******.

If we're lucky the next time he'll get a 2 min roughing pen, and our "enforcer" the pp can take it from there.

#2212152 NHL will Look into Fighting: Shanahan

Posted by F.Michael on 04 October 2011 - 02:30 PM

The biggest issue with fighting debates is how much you can attribute things to "deterrence" when you cannot truly see it in the majority of cases. The May fight against Boll was one of the few times you see a player's actions basically stopped completely due to the actions of an enforcer.

If the instigator pen was removed I bet many players like Cooke would think twice if someone like Shawn Thornton could just come along, and punch his lights out.

This comment isn't directed at you Doc, but there are some here who will chime in: "sense when is a guy like {insert tuff guy here} ever on the ice when {insert cheap shot artist here} is on the ice?"...That comment always makes me giggle; as if there cannot be a quick change where the player closest to the bench hops off, and the tuff guy gets on, and goes after the guilty party...That just can't happen now - can it :rolleyes:

EDIT - sounding like a broken record here, but with Gretzky making a comment about the removal of the instigator pen this past spring - I wonder if the league would ever consider it?.....I won't hold my breath.

#2210517 9/28 Exhibition GDT: Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by F.Michael on 29 September 2011 - 09:27 AM


I'm not impressed at all with what Brendan Smith was trying to do there. Leaning like that where else did he think he would hit Ben Smith than right in his head?

A perfect opportunity for an old school hip-check.

Too bad we rarely see them anymore; a truly lost art :(

#2210425 9/28 Exhibition GDT: Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by F.Michael on 28 September 2011 - 09:40 PM

unintentional. would have hit the shoulder if he didnt drag it.

Agreed...The drag & side-step put himself in a vulnerable spot.

Either way I'm thinking 4 to 6 games suspension.

#2209753 Datsyuk's Wrist

Posted by F.Michael on 26 September 2011 - 08:59 AM

Any ligament woes (I'm assuming it's strained ligaments) can take months if not over a year to be anywhere near close to 100% healthy :(

#2209426 NHL Center Ice programming

Posted by F.Michael on 24 September 2011 - 04:25 PM

DirecTV by a wide margin is the best provider in sports programming.

I was once a subscriber to Time Warner cable; they had the Center Ice package - however in many cases only 1 feed was available (mind you this was several plus years ago prior to the whole HDTV change).

I was once a subscriber to Charter Cable - where I live the local franchise didn't offer Center Ice, and the overall service was horrible (Charter Cable throughout the USA has the worst ratings in cable tv).

I was once a suscriber in Dish Network - overall they were pretty good...They'd offer both feeds in most cases - however usually 1 feed was in HD (most of the time it was the home feed)...Last year I switched to DirecTV because of the FOX Sports fiasco.

Now that I have DirecTV - I'm in heaven...9 times outta 10 both home, AND away feeds are in HD.

From what I understand, and have heard from those "in the business" - cable is limited as to the # of channels that they can carry thus limiting the # of channels that they will offer the Center Ice programming in HD; satellite doesn't have those restrictions, and is capable of offering more for your $$$.

#2207553 Babs sets defense pairings for camp

Posted by F.Michael on 14 September 2011 - 10:24 AM

I was really hoping for Ericsson to play with Lidstrom. He's the one who needs it the most.

To be honest I don't want a repeat of 2006 when we saw Lilja paired with Lids.

glad to see white with lidstrom. makes me more comfortable knowing lidstrom will be able to cover up whites defensive lapses.

Lidstrom won't be covering up for White too often as White is pretty respectable in his own end of the ice.

#2206199 Report: Wade Belak found dead in home

Posted by F.Michael on 04 September 2011 - 08:27 PM

Auto Erotic asphyxiation....what a way to go.

RIP Wade, you were always a fan favorite.

I was thinking this may have been the cause when I 1st had heard that he had hung himself...INXS frontman Michael Hutchence died the same way.

#2205629 I could have made it to the NHL!

Posted by F.Michael on 31 August 2011 - 02:11 PM

I could have made it to the NHL...

1) If I grew up somewhere else other than Wisconsin; not to blow all of your minds - WISCONSIN IS NOT A HOCKEY STATE!

2) If my parents would've put forth the effort in getting me in the sport when I wanted to back in the 2nd grade (they knew nothing about hockey, and few rinks in the burbs of Milwaukee...See above).

Although I will say my parents got me some skates, and a stick for Christmas, and I played on the nearby pond just almost every day of the week throughout the winter (be it with some friends or alone)...Pretty much taught myself how to skate, crossovers, backwards, etc, etc...Some of my friends even joked how I was probably born in Montreal, and some gypsies abducted me, and sold me off to my parents :P

#2204755 Anyone else a little excited

Posted by F.Michael on 21 August 2011 - 09:12 PM

I'll be more excited when we get another player that can do this.


We already got ourselves a guy that gets beat up - his name is Johan Franzen :hehe:

#2204384 Crosby's 2012 Season now in Question

Posted by F.Michael on 18 August 2011 - 05:10 PM

it's pretty pathetic that some of you would wish to see one of the best point producers and most talented players in the nhl never take step on the ice again just because you're still bitter about a SCF loss a few years ago.

all this talk about his "character" make it seem like he's sean avery.

get a grip.

also, LOL at maltby "not being a ******". talk about homer-goggles at their worst.