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#2183297 Aaron Rome

Posted by F.Michael on 07 June 2011 - 12:35 PM

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.

#2183017 New arena news?

Posted by F.Michael on 06 June 2011 - 04:26 PM

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 :ph34r:

#2182710 Jonathan Ericsson's Value?

Posted by F.Michael on 05 June 2011 - 10:25 AM

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.

#2182700 Jonathan Ericsson's Value?

Posted by F.Michael on 05 June 2011 - 09:44 AM

Big E is easily worth at least 1.5mil a year. Hell even at 2mil a season, it isn't that bad of a deal. But with that said, even if he wanted to play here for free I wouldn't take him.

Maybe in Toronto.

#2182384 SCF: Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks

Posted by F.Michael on 03 June 2011 - 01:12 PM

Maybe I'm a little off base for thinking this, but does anyone else feel the league chose not to suspend Burrows in order to create more animosity between these 2 players/teams?

Maybe the league is looking for a little "Old Time Hockey" for the remainder of this series?

#2182312 Jonathan Ericsson's Value?

Posted by F.Michael on 03 June 2011 - 08:00 AM

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.

#2178024 Atlanta Thrashers move to Winnipeg

Posted by F.Michael on 21 May 2011 - 07:55 PM

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.

#2177454 gritty players I would like the wings to sign

Posted by F.Michael on 19 May 2011 - 09:58 PM

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.

#2177218 Brad McCrimmon will not return for 2011/2012

Posted by F.Michael on 19 May 2011 - 12:00 PM

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.

#2175137 Bigger Picture Question - What was the deciding factor?

Posted by F.Michael on 13 May 2011 - 02:00 PM

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.
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#2170006 Interesting trade idea - Alexander Semin

Posted by F.Michael on 09 May 2011 - 02:11 AM


#2139386 mccrimmon

Posted by F.Michael on 31 March 2011 - 09:07 AM

It would really wake 'em up if Babcock started sitting whoever hasn't performed, regardless of their big salary, cough Mule.


Many here want McCrimmon fired; yeah he's part of the problem - however I don't ever recall the lacksidasical play we've seen this season from seasons of past (in particular the Bowman years).

Too many screw-ups, or indifferent play, and players not being held accountable.

#2128976 Owners back Gary Bettman with 5-year contract extension

Posted by F.Michael on 11 March 2011 - 05:21 PM

Well - ya gotta give the little turd credit where it's due...He got them the cap, tv ratings are slowly but steadily rising, and overall league parity.

I don't care for him, but obviously most of the owners do :brow:

#2127731 Chara's hit on Pacioretty

Posted by F.Michael on 09 March 2011 - 03:38 PM

great news. crybaby LGWers in tatters.

I'm gonna catch hell for saying this, but for once I agree with the league.

#2127686 Chara's hit on Pacioretty

Posted by F.Michael on 09 March 2011 - 02:54 PM

From Boston.com -

Chara hit difficult to defend

From what I've read of the fans response - the writer is a baseball guy, and he should keep his opinions to himself on matters relating to ice hockey.