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#1935542 Tilted Visor Trend?

Posted by F.Michael on 09 April 2010 - 01:46 PM

I like the way Eaves, Bert, Homer, Ericsson et al wear theirs.

Eaves?

You mean Lilja :thumbup:

I never liked the visor, and detested the full cage...For me it was night, and day without the half shield/full face protection in terms of visibility.

Got a puck near the eye in a preseason game against montreal in september of 2008, and since then he choosed to wear the ugliest visor :(

I thought it was due to a broken schnoz?...Anywho he broke into the league with a visor - makes sense for him to wear one in his last few years in the league.


#1934778 Larry Murphy appreciation thread

Posted by F.Michael on 08 April 2010 - 11:59 AM

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He may not be the best broadcaster out there. Hell, he's probably the most awkward person I've ever seen on television. But damn it if he isn't one of the most entertaining, whether it's because he's soused up all the time or not. His love of cheap hot dogs and curly fries is something we can all relate with. He was a pretty good defenseman too. :thumbup:

"Soused" - as in "sauced" - as in intoxicated?...He comes across as pretty sober to me - although he does seem awkward from time to time.

I've always wondered if there are any aliens among us.

Murphy has to be one. He just look weird.

:lol: - it's been a while since you've made me laugh...Good job son - good job :thumbup:

Didn't Murph have orange hair a year, or 2 ago?


#1934705 Tkachuck to retire at season's end

Posted by F.Michael on 08 April 2010 - 10:07 AM

meh...

Without a doubt a greatly talented player, but he always seemed to be a bit selfish and missing that special something.

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I'm glad he didn't get his name on the Cup...He was indeed a selfish jerk with the Jets/Coyotes; he became well known for re-negotiating his contract with a few years remaining.


#1933813 Where will the Wings play next year?

Posted by F.Michael on 07 April 2010 - 09:05 AM

Agree with the post above.

I read that same article a while back, and it makes sense...As long as the city doesn't try to screw over Ilitch - there's really no reason to move to the Palace of Auburn Hills.

That said it's still going to be 4 to 8 years before there's a new home for the Red Wings; Ilitch wanting public funds/support for a new arena is going to delay the construction until the local economy picks up.


EDIT - It's far too early to say, but the "best" deal for the Ilitch's, and for the fans may have been for the Ilitch's to sign on for an additional 20 years at the Joe, and then spend the reported $80 - $100 million outta their own pocket for a major renovation.


#1929490 Little Thing Ive noticed

Posted by F.Michael on 31 March 2010 - 09:11 PM

Okay while I was watching the Griffs game tonight I was talking to some of the guys and I really noticed something and I was wondering if any fight haters noticed too.

Having an enforcer does really make the team play with more balls. Think about while May was playing. We had guys like Meech and CLeary fighting and we were just playing like we had overall a bigger pair of balls while May was in the lineup.

So I just wanted to say it does seem to me an enforcer does have an effect on the team more so then most ppl here on LGW care to admit. And no I'm not flame-baiting haha I'm just saying something I've noticed lately.

Why do you think Maltby has been somewhat useless these past several years?...No Kocur/McCarty/Lapointe on his line = a non-agitating Maltby.

I've been saying this for years - having a true/legit tuff guy, or having a handful of guys who are capable of dropping their mitts will make everyone else on the team play alot bigger/meaner.

It's why I'd much - MUCH - MUCH rather have our beloved Detroit Red Wings circa 1997 over todays team any day of the week!


#1929123 Top 10 Red Wings

Posted by F.Michael on 31 March 2010 - 08:07 AM

I don't know, maybe it's because I'm 33 and :wub: the 1997-2002 teams, but I'd put Yzerman, Lidstrom, Fedorov, and Shanahan all ahead of Datsyuk and Zetterberg.

I'd have to take a day or two to think of my top 10, so I'll get back to you.

:thumbup:

Lidstrom is easily no.1 on the list. Only a blind Steve Y fan would claim otherwise.

Lidstrom
Yzerman
Fedorov
Datsyuk
Zetterberg
Shanahan
Osgood
Holmstrom
Vernon
Konstantinov

...or a fan of the team from the mid 1980's - you know - the "Dead Wings" era.

When Lids got to Detroit the team was outta the basement, and on it's way to greatness...Stevie Y was the reason the team got outta that basement.


#1924593 GM's recommendation on hitting

Posted by F.Michael on 25 March 2010 - 12:37 PM

Then maybe the size of the players and the PADDING is a problem...

Seriously what use is the plastic on the shoulder pads other than making a body check hurt a bit less?

Agreed.

The football styled shoulder/elbow pads with the hard plastic caps are a big reason why guys are getting their bells rung with absolutely no pain/injury to the guy's shoulder/elbow who's throwing the hit.

I'm all in favor of getting the players to wear equipment sans hard plastic; like what Shanahan, and Chelios wore.


#1924536 GM's recommendation on hitting

Posted by F.Michael on 25 March 2010 - 11:06 AM

So you support head shots? Heat shots are violent, it kinda hurts. Yet you support removing the instigator, which would lead using violence as a punishment. It don't remember who said something about "rather sitting in the press box for suspension than getting punched in a face by Boogaard". If violence should be used as the punishment, how come headshots - which are obviously painful violence - should be allowed then?

:rolleyes:

Most guys that get their bells rung by getting hit "head on" are usually guilty of not keeping their heads up...Look at 90% of Scott Stevens hits; most were clean/legal - just caught his opponent with their heads down.

Now on the other hand of a player jumps into an opponent, or raises his elbow to make a connection to the face/neck/head - then yes it needs to be dealt with.

You really need to spend some time watching old game footage from the 70's/80's; hockey in those days is nothing like your vivid imagination is conjuring up.


#1924471 GM's recommendation on hitting

Posted by F.Michael on 25 March 2010 - 08:37 AM

Whatevs, dawg. I live in the real world. I've seen the NHL without the instigator rule, and I know that it can exist and work reasonably well. "The NHL getting their s*** in order" with regards to preventing cheapshots through dicipline is something that I have never seen and am not sure I believe to be possible. I mean, that would be nice, much as sexy space aliems giving me money and handjobs would be nice, but I don't clamour for things that I'm not certain are even possible in this mortal coil.

Maybe my memory is a tad foggy (or there were too many fermented malt beverages consumed over the years), but I seem to recall how the league ran somewhat smoothly without the issues we see today.


I'm sorry, I forgot that I live in fairy tale land.

I'll just leave and go ride my unicorn off into the sunset. Later, homeskillet.

Hey - if you're in the greater Milwaukee area could you pick me, and my Leprechaun buddy up?...He needs to get back to Ireland post-haste!

I heard that the players would like to expand it beyond just lateral or coming from behind type plays, they want to avoid even the head shots that come head on (no pun intended). I may have heard wrong as I just got the end of a radio discussion yesterday.

I hope you're wrong...If that's the case - why not eliminate checking from the game altogether?


#1921908 GM's recommendation on hitting

Posted by F.Michael on 22 March 2010 - 06:52 PM

Removing the instigator would have also worked, without having to rely on our brilliant officials.


Yup.

Yep, my thoughts exactly.

That said, I don't mind how that rule is written. I'm worried on how it's going to be enforced, I don't have a whole lot of faith on the officials.


Yup.

Please list some of the players who were brain damaged as a result of blindside head-hits durring the era before the instigator rule was thought up.

It isn't about relatiation, it's about respecta and prevention, and for the most part it worked.



That's change I can believe in!

Yup. Yup.

If guys do cheapshotting now, I have no trouble imaging guys beating innocent players if the instigator is removed. If you wanna hurt someone you could just start beating him, because it would be allowed. That's just an another opportunity to be dirty.

I do think the pre-instigator NHL was more violent and less about actually playing hockey than it's today.

It's quite obvious you didn't watch much NHL hockey pre-instigator rule.

Once again it wasn't like that back then; most tuff guys followed a code, and they sure as hell didn't beat on smaller/skill guys.

I have alot more faith in the idea of the players policing themselves instead of letting the league continue to do so.


#1921412 White vs Red?

Posted by F.Michael on 22 March 2010 - 01:45 AM

Detroit RED wings look better in RED...duh! ;)

Welcome Puffy!

So you've decided to venture into the dark side huh?

:cool:


#1918635 McCarty & Claude Lemieux on TSN's OTR

Posted by F.Michael on 19 March 2010 - 09:28 AM

It feels good to be vindicated - I said all along that 1) Mac suckered Claude, and 2) that Claude didn't turtle, his bell was rung and he went down from the suckerpunch. Both of those things were talked about tonight, Mac had no problem with it - he even said that the suckerpunch he landed to the side of Claude's head was among the hardest punches he ever threw.

It was a great interview, I really enjoyed the insight that both guys offered. They seemed to agree, that men who land that kind of shot should expect to have to answer to the other team's toughguy. Both guys were known as being pricks on the ice but they seem like class acts here.

Agreed.

I actually gained some respect for Lemieux for his brutal honesty.


#1918160 Teams that Should Have Never Changed their Jerseys

Posted by F.Michael on 18 March 2010 - 01:57 PM

Yeah, I saw highlights of the game.

The jerseys looked awesome. I was waiting for Troy Crowder to come off the bench there.


The jersey devil is probably green anyway, so why not wear the color?

Bill Guerin was probably having some flashbacks as well.


#1917159 No rhyme or reason to NHL's 'discipline'

Posted by F.Michael on 16 March 2010 - 11:10 AM

Nothing new here; it's been this way for a long time...It's the reason why knuckledraggers such as myself would like players to police themselves.


#1917087 Holmstrom has had a great season

Posted by F.Michael on 16 March 2010 - 07:59 AM

It's like he playing for a new contract.