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#2265360 Nystrom hit on Letang

Posted by F.Michael on 01 March 2012 - 10:39 AM

It's theese sorts of plays/hits that are becomming more common due to the speed/size of the players in the game today.

Doesn't look dirty to me - however I haven't a clue as to what Nystrom was thinking, or what his intent was...As cnot19 mentioned - it's Nystrom's role as an aggressive forechecker to keep the puck in the oppositions end of the ice via physical play.

Another hard decision needs to be made by Shanny; I'm thinking no suspension.

EDIT - just wanted to add some additional thoughts...I don't recall seeing this many Dmen getting targeted years ago...The idea of opening up the game, and not allowing any form of obstruction only gives the green light for opposing forwards to nail unsuspected Dmen at high rates of speed...Years ago (take a look at games from the 80's, and early 90's) we'd see the forwards hook/tug on the jersey of an opposing forward to give their Dmen ample time to gather the puck, and make a play thus reducing the chance of getting run hard.

Another thought is getting rid of the trapezoid, and allowing the goalies to play the puck...I'm certain this too will reduce the number of Dmen getting injured as they retrieve the puck.

#2265333 Justin Abdelkader: A fighter's courage, but no fighter's skill

Posted by F.Michael on 01 March 2012 - 09:41 AM

Dallas Drake was a straight up head hunter. :D

Yup - anyone else remember this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7f7C8BsYb7U

#2265226 Justin Abdelkader: A fighter's courage, but no fighter's skill

Posted by F.Michael on 29 February 2012 - 09:18 PM

thats what playing college hockey has a great potential to do to you. If he wanted to be a fighter or had any inkling in his mind that he might have to do it in the future he should have joined junior. I still don't know why they don't ditch the cages and allow fighting in college.

Probably due to liability/insurance, and the NCAA wants a nice wholesome image...We can't have that Major Junior "thuggery" permeate into our precious collegiate system now can we :rolleyes:

#2265163 Justin Abdelkader: A fighter's courage, but no fighter's skill

Posted by F.Michael on 29 February 2012 - 03:44 PM

What's the matter, you don't remember all those times that Justin Abdelkader getting his ass kicked helped the Red Wings ****** victory from the jaws of defeat? Oh...me either.


On a serious note - this will turn into another enforcer debate in which those who know me well enough know where I stand on this topic.

#2265117 Johan Franzen Depreciation

Posted by F.Michael on 29 February 2012 - 11:35 AM

I think you're right. It's obviously hard to ***** about the guy's production over the past couple of years, especially given how much we pay for it. I think the real *****, at least for me anyway, is that except in rare circumstances, I've never believed that Franzen was the kind of guy who could take a game over and completely dominate. Obviously he's had a boat load of multiple point games, but that's not what I mean. I mean a guy that works so hard every shift, that opposition defenses have to match against him, have to spend time and effort to slow him down, or have to eat s*** if they don't. What's frustrating is that it's not that he doesn't have the skill set to do it, but rather, he's just kind of lazy. To me, what makes Pav, Z, and more and more often Filppula, so dangerous is that they are skilled enough to beat you themselves, but also because you have to take them seriously on every shift, they open the ice up for their linemates. I think Franzen could play that way, but sadly doesn't. I think he's the beneficiary of a lot of hard work from the other guys. And again, you could say this about a lot of people, but in most cases they're limited by a lack of pure skill. A limit Franzen doesn't have. Don't get me wrong, 25-30 goals a year is nice, and for the money it's wonderful. But 25-30 goals a year that commands a defensive response, and makes everyone around him better would be much nicer. And the only thing stopping Franzen from being a guy like that, is Franzen himself...which is just sort of, frustrating.

Basically, I see a guy who is already effective, but with a more consistent effort could be a Cory Perry or Shane Doan type guy. Somebody who's an absolutely beast to play against every night. Lord knows I'd love to see that.

Well said.

I never recall Franzen being anything more than a 3rd line player when he came over at the tender age of 25 yrs in 2005; what he became a few years later was for the most part unexpected.

He arrived with a solid work ethic of someone who hustles, and never gives up on the play - hence his nickname by Stevie...Me thinks the injuries, and to a certain extent being targeted by the opposition has taken a bit of a toll on the Mule, and now we're beginning to see his play drop off, and he doesn't appear to be as hungry as he was just a few short years ago...Although I gotta admit - he's taken some pretty heavy-duty injuries (ACL tear, and facial lacerations when he went face 1st into the boards come to mind), and the guy comes back earlier than expected...For that I'm very impressed with!

I'm hoping he's just saving himself for the playoffs; God knows we'll need him, and Bert to really step it up, and use their size to their advantage...Either way he'll remain a Red Wing; I seriously doubt Holland will move the Mule anytime soon.

#2265113 Legacy of Ken Holland

Posted by F.Michael on 29 February 2012 - 11:20 AM

Primeau lead to Shanahan, so it worked out.

And for the record...Shanahan >>>>>> Jagr >> Primeau

#2264628 Brad Stuart's family issues

Posted by F.Michael on 28 February 2012 - 05:30 PM

His wife has a daughter with another man. She can't move out of the state of California with her daughter... and obviously she's not going to leave her daughter behind.


The only way the child could reside in another state is if the father of that child would relinquish parental rights - thus allowing the mother, and said child to move elsewhere...Since the father wants to be a part of his daughter's life (I'm assuming this is the case here) - the Stewart clan more, or less will stay in California.

#2256286 Is Nicklas Lidstrom The Greatest Detroit Red Wing Of All Time?

Posted by F.Michael on 13 February 2012 - 03:52 PM

Personally I'll always see Yzerman as the greatest Red Wing.

#2254335 How WC tickets will be sold

Posted by F.Michael on 09 February 2012 - 02:57 PM

The NHL doesn't give a damn about fair, they want 110,000 tickets sold. Selling as many as they can to Leafs fans will ensure that.

...and Burke's comments at the announcement today were pretty funny (concerning Leaf fans attending), and also quite true - except for winning though :sly:

#2254273 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium Finalized

Posted by F.Michael on 09 February 2012 - 01:22 PM

Could Bettman sound any LESS interested right now?

Hmm - seemed fine to me.

I'd say Bettman looked pretty upbeat about this; who wouldn't want to showcase 2 long time rival Original 6 teams on the grand stage known as the Winter Classic?

Just hope there's no lock-out, and HBO will continue the 24/7 series.

#2254256 Miller Time Appreciated Thread

Posted by F.Michael on 09 February 2012 - 12:47 PM

I for one have been critical on the guy...So far this season he's got me eating crow; his solid 2-way play will ensure him a spot when Eaves returns.

#2254253 Jeff Carter

Posted by F.Michael on 09 February 2012 - 12:38 PM

ogreslayer - that's a big-ass pic of Craig Janney...Did ya take the poster from your bedroom wall, and scan it to post it here ;)

#2249976 What happened to Zetterberg's scoring touch?

Posted by F.Michael on 26 January 2012 - 11:11 AM

That's just retarded. He's under no more wear and tear than any other hockey player out there.

With all due respect - T.Low IMO is spot on, and I agree with him...Remember Hank's lingering tendonitis in his wrist?..Who knows if that, and his back flare up on a reg basis throughout the season?

Every player is different; some wear down faster than others, and are more prone to injury, and quite possibly re-injury (see Osgood's groin, and Yzerman's knees).

Hank has slowed down a bit, and so has his scoring prowess...He's still a #1 centerman on most teams, but with Dats in the line up - Hank then is the #2 guy.

#2249372 Thomas on the way out for Boston Bruins?

Posted by F.Michael on 25 January 2012 - 05:02 PM

Boston would be utterly mental if they were to deal Thomas away...Rask may be the "future" in about 2 to 4 years from now, but in all honesty this is Thomas' team, and if Bruins want a chance to repeat - it'll be with Thomas in net.

#2249368 What happened to Zetterberg's scoring touch?

Posted by F.Michael on 25 January 2012 - 04:49 PM

IMHO he's been on a slow decline these past 3, or 4 years - point totals excluded (I brought this up a few years ago).

He appears to have lost a step, or 2 in his skating, and doesn't have the accuracy in his shots as in years past.

Dats is still an elite centerman, and unfortunately Hank is not.