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#2107189 Red Wings Skills Contest

Posted by F.Michael on 30 January 2011 - 12:50 AM

I was wondering if the Red Wings have their own skills contest before or during the season, similar to the ASG format?

If they did, then I'd be curious to know who won what. If they don't, I see a skills contest going something like this:

Fastest Skater: Darren Helm. Draper is not as fast as he once was and Lebda is no longer here. Helm wins hands down with Draper coming second.

Hardest Shooter: Jonathan Ericsson. I don't think we have any really hard shooters, but it's either him, Stuart or Franzen. I pick Ericsson.

Breakaway Challenges: Pavel Datsyuk. No one can do what he can do with the puck. That may go for the whole league.

Accuracy Shooting: Johan Franzen. Can pick corners better than anyone on our team. A few years ago I'd pick Zetterberg, but he's no longer the top sniper on the team. The other guys would just hit the boards and glass, most notably Filppula.

What - no "who can punch their way outta a wet paper bag" competition :paperbag3:

#2105012 Enforcer Poll

Posted by F.Michael on 25 January 2011 - 06:04 PM

I don't support a goon being on the team that will accumulate less than 10 points throughout the course of the season and will average a fight/game. I would like a power-forward type though, who can contribute offensively at least as regularly as Miller or Eaves right now, yet can also drop the gloves, lay heavy hits, and wear down the opposition on a nightly basis when need be. The problem with getting someone like that on the roster is cap-space. A player who can score occasionally and hit hard demands more money than a strictly finesse/shooter/passer or strictly tough guy does. When the type of player we're talking about is likely going to have 3rd or 4th line minutes, is it worth the investment in him?

For what its worth, I would love to see Steve Downie in a Wings uniform (if the price is right of course)

IMHO the #1 problem with the Red Wings is that we're not seeing these types of players being drafted, and yes - as of now these types of players are in fact a rarity (unlike 15 plus years ago).

#2100739 Wings Negotiating w/ Nabokov

Posted by F.Michael on 20 January 2011 - 05:23 PM

Jimmy sounds pissssssed.

Hopefully it'll motivate him.

#2100548 Wings Negotiating w/ Nabokov

Posted by F.Michael on 20 January 2011 - 02:24 PM

Can you imagine how good Nabakov could be with a team in front of him that doesn't choke in the playoffs?

EDIT: I know he'd be coming in to replace Osgood as the backup, but part of me seriously believes he'll end up stealing the Number 1 spot from Howard unless Howard really picks up his play. Either way, a great 1-2 punch.


Not knocking Howard by any means, but he wasn't himself last spring either, and from what I gather it'll be questionable as to Osgood's health/fitness once the playoffs begin.

I'd welcome Nabakov with open arms; he still has a few years left in him at the NHL level, and has gotta be hungry to put his days in the Bay behind him, and prove his critics wrong that he's a top tier netminder.

#2096468 2011 NHL All Star Jerseys unveiled

Posted by F.Michael on 12 January 2011 - 08:26 PM

Looks like the pj's my boys would wear to bed.

#2091484 Red Wings Tough Guy?

Posted by F.Michael on 05 January 2011 - 04:43 PM

Gotta give it to the newbie though lol. First post is being the OP in a "Tough Guy" discussion. GMR watch out!!!

Hey - he makes us fellow knuckle draggers proud :thumbup:

#2091477 Red Wings Tough Guy?

Posted by F.Michael on 05 January 2011 - 04:38 PM

Yeah - who wants a guy that'll bring energy to the team, stand up for his teammates when needed, go into the corners/drive to the net, and pound lumps on the noggins of Perry, and Pronger when we can have the likes of Hudler, and Miller playing instead :rolleyes:

#2090395 Is the Western Conference better?

Posted by F.Michael on 04 January 2011 - 11:44 AM

Losing to the Islanders doesn't exactly make us look like the powerhouse of past years either.

However with Dats, and Danny outta the line up isn't going to do us any favors, and awkward bounces/deflections/re-directions have made Jimmy look rather ordinary as of late (mind you I'm not placing blame on him - just bad luck).

I hope the Wings can put forth a solid effort tonight in Edmonton; losing to them can be the bad start of a long 5 game road trip.

#2084269 Should Valtteri Filppula be traded?

Posted by F.Michael on 24 December 2010 - 02:10 PM

Other than Datsyuk and Cleary, I haven't seen one Wings forward bring it consistently all year.

That's an indictment of everyone else's play.

Obviously, it starts at the top with Zetterberg, who seems to play great one night, and then not show up for the next few games offensively. He should have more than 12 goals on the season, especially with how many shots he takes.

Flip has been inconsistent his whole career here. He's a guy that can be a good 2nd line forward on some nights, and look useless on other nights. Trading him depends on what the return offer is.


Not more than 3, or 4 years ago it was somewhat challenging as to whom was the better player - Hank, or Dats...Today it's as clear as can be - Dats is by far the better of the 2, and like you referenced to Hank's offensive prowess isn't what it used to be.

As for Filppula - he's a decent 2nd line center who needs guys whom are capable of finishing what he's started...No matter what - he'll always be a 45 to 55 point guy (at least while he's a Red Wing)...With that said - he's a solid performer in the playoffs, and unless we get someone who'll add something significant to our roster - I'd prefer to keep Flip.

#2063860 Bob MacKenzie

Posted by F.Michael on 16 November 2010 - 08:31 PM

The article basically says "fans can whine as much as they want, but at the end of the day Campbell is still going to have his job and he is going to do it the way he wants to do it". It doesn't seem that ridiculous to me, and deep down inside we all know its the truth. Big deal.


Dunno what the op has against MacKenzie since he's just telling it as it is - the league runs itself with little care what we the fans want/think...It's been that way for some time, and will continue to do so.

I respect Bob. whats with all the hate? The article seemed just fine to me.

I guess some here feel they have a say in what goes on around the league...They must not like what message Bob is sending to those of us whom have read his article.

#2059260 Get ready folks, hitting is about to exit our game

Posted by F.Michael on 07 November 2010 - 05:07 AM

Shoulder to shoulder. Period. It's not that hard. Destroying a guy is not the only way of separating him from the puck. I don't care if it's Chara on Theron Fleury, a hit to the head is dirty.

Even then there's the chance for contact with an opponent's head.

As I also stated a few pages earlier - this game moves too fast for players trying to target 1 specific area of the body to hit; size of the players, speed at which they are moving, and the path/angle that they are skating in relation to one another are all variables that factor in when they collide...In most cases aiming for center mass - aka the chest is usually the safest way for a player to seperate an opponent from the puck; if the player "targets" the opponents shoulder, and "whoooops" missed his target, and his opponent gets by, and creates a scoring chance - that guy is gonna get an earful from his coach.

Once again there's abosolutely no ill will on Thorton's behalf; elbow tucked in, both feet on the ground, nailed Perron fair and square...Gotta keep your head up.

#2059242 Get ready folks, hitting is about to exit our game

Posted by F.Michael on 07 November 2010 - 01:46 AM

I hate the whole, "he had his head down" argument. A hit to the head is a hit to the head!

So what's a taller player like Big Joe to do when a smaller opponent is leaning forward yet with his head turned, and has the puck in/around his feet?

Once again it's hockey, and at this level these guys should have their noggins on a swivel...Thornton played the body; clean check all the way.

#2057632 New Jersey's situation about to explode

Posted by F.Michael on 04 November 2010 - 05:24 PM

I guess the only reason Wings fans would have to not like the Devils would be the '95 Finals. And that was quite a minute ago.

Ah - no....Still hate them.

Loving every minute of this...Looks as though Lou found himself in a new version of the trap :lol:

#2055766 So does anyone else hope Lidstrom comes back next season?

Posted by F.Michael on 31 October 2010 - 09:31 PM

I want Lidstrom's sons to marry Yzerman's daughters...Just think of the hockey bloodlines there!


#2049719 Rypien suspended 6 games

Posted by F.Michael on 20 October 2010 - 04:47 PM

I suspect the league will give them some sort of compensatory package, likely tickets to some upcoming high-profile game.

Why would they want that when instead they'll take both franchises, and the league to court, and attempt to sue for millions?

When I saw the hilights last night - all I could think of is how many lawyers in the greater Twin Cities began salivating at the thought of representing this father/son pair of brothers.