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#2035796 Brett Lebda signs with Toronto

Posted by F.Michael on 23 September 2010 - 09:18 AM

Even when paired with one of the top d-men in the league, Lebda is horrendous... look at last night, no Lebda, they win 4-1... it's a sign, haha

but seriously, his signing may have very possibly been the single worst signing of the off-season by ANY team and that even rivals the bloated price tag and length that Boogard got from NY...

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but you seem to have a disliking for this Brett Lebda fellow :unsure:

#2033507 Lilja Contemplates Training Camp Invitation

Posted by F.Michael on 15 September 2010 - 01:38 PM

Danny Markov wanted an OBSCENE amount more than he was worth and was pretty much begging to go back to Russia... Lilja saw a crapfest like Lebda get 1.5 for 2 years and the, rightly so, thought he could get at LEAST the same, if not more considering how much better his is than Lebda and kinda backed himself into a corner, which he has gone on record of saying he wishes he had done things differently... this is hardly the same

Both Markov, and Lilja over estimated their value...Yes they're 1 in the same boat in that regard.

EDIT - Lilja was on LTIR for his head injury; not many teams out there looking to sign a guy in his mid 30's who's probably more prone for a serious head injury...Lebda being both younger, and healthier got lucky with the Maple Leafs...I for one wish nothing but the best for both guys.

#2031749 Lidstrom's defensive partners

Posted by F.Michael on 08 September 2010 - 10:51 AM

I honestly believe that Larry Murphy had probably the biggest impact on Lidstrom's developement...Murphy never being fleet of foot - was making the smart plays, rarely got caught outta position, and was tuff to beat 1 on 1...I'm certain Nick picked up alot from Larry.

#2030763 Howard Changing Masks

Posted by F.Michael on 03 September 2010 - 08:32 AM

Now, how many of you that have said Jimmy's new mask looks like junk are comic book nerds?

For me, this is probably the coolest Red Wing helmet I've ever seen. Period. I would also say Jimmy's previous mask was number 2 on my list. It's just different strokes for different folks. I'm a 25 year-old comic book nerd that used to have stacks and stacks of comic books. Dok Ock was one of the coolest villains in the comic book universe... even when the art for him back in the early comic days looked kinda lumpy. For me, I've seen every different combination of winged wheels imaginable... this Dok Ock mask is somthing so far out of the box that I can't even see the box anymore... BUT it still matches the Detroit Red Wing/Octopus theme.

Love it, Jimmy!!! Now stop all the pucks! :3

As long as Jimmy likes it, and continues to play great - then I'm happy :cool:

#2030760 Howard Changing Masks

Posted by F.Michael on 03 September 2010 - 08:17 AM

that looks awful

it honestly looks like it's straight out of a 12-year-old's notepad


Got to say I'm not a fan. The tach just looks better.

Looks dumb. The gauges were way better.

Gotta agree with these guys...Looks like crap IMHO; way to cartoonish which there are already plenty of.

The Mustang tach with the retired #'s is the better of the 2 masks - by far!

i don't know how you could improve on the concept of his old helmet, paying tribute to both motown with the car and gauges, and the wing's legends as the gauge numbers. i just think that's brilliant.
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#2029827 Power Forwards

Posted by F.Michael on 27 August 2010 - 08:04 PM

I think it partially has to do with the change in rules, but i wouldn't put it all on the rule changes. The game is faster than it was in the '80s and '90s, can't clutch and grab like you used to. But i just can't blame the lack of true power forwards on a few rule changes. It's an interesting question.

IMHO it began in the early 1990's...With an influx of talent coming over from eastern Europe many N.American trained players found a new challenge in keeping up with their higher levels of skill...Coaches at all levels of hockey caught onto this, and started making changes to the style we see more of today with an emphasis on skating, stick/puck handling, passing, and better defensive awareness.

#2029210 LA Kings sign Willie Mitchell

Posted by F.Michael on 25 August 2010 - 03:58 PM

Getting Doughty will be a pipe dream; Johnson on the other hand is a different story.

#2029090 A Long Time Ago...

Posted by F.Michael on 25 August 2010 - 09:03 AM

I liken Hossa to Boba Fett; a gun for hire who's going where the $$$ is at.

#2028948 Bill Daly confirms Red Wings contracts are NOT under investigation

Posted by F.Michael on 24 August 2010 - 04:53 PM

Other teams would be well advised to try to pattern their franchise operations after the model created, and adhered to, in Detroit.

Amen brother!

#2028411 Penguins sign Arron Asham

Posted by F.Michael on 23 August 2010 - 04:27 AM

I agree. Asham would've been a nice little addition and for cheap.

In these threads about adding grit people always make the argument that guys who will hit, fight, and aren't total goons aren't out there to be had, at least not for cheap. Asham is a good example of a guy that was.

And I have to admire your dedication in this thread GMR, but it's a lost cause dude. If Holland had signed Asham, there would be a 20 page thread about how great the guy is and what a positive addition to the team he is. Because he signed elsewhere, most of what you're going to get is how Holland knows what he's doing and Asham is useless.

Obviously we don't know if Holland ever contacted him or Asham ever would've played here. But he's a guy who was had for cheap that would've made a team better. That seems worth commenting on. This place has become such a Red Wings cheerleading camp sometimes. Talking about this s*** doesn't mean you hate the Wings or think Holland is a bad GM. It's a hockey forum.

It's not like he was saying Holland was a terrible GM or the Wings suck. Just pointing out someone who was out there and being disappointed we didn't get him, when the argument is often made these guys don't exist or will cost too much.

:ph34r: Harold - you're an ignorant fossil!...How dare you question the Detroit Red Wings brain trust?!!...Go to hell!!! :ph34r:


#2028410 Penguins sign Arron Asham

Posted by F.Michael on 23 August 2010 - 04:18 AM

Our fourth line has energy. We have Abdelkader and Eaves, among others. It's not like we have a fourth line of cowards on the team and need someone like Asham for it to stay afloat.

This is a single fourth line guy who honestly would not improve the team a hell of a lot over what he would replace. Nothing to freak out about.

Adding Asham certainly wouldn't have hurt.

But he gives us an added dimension that those guys don't.

And despite what other posters may say, it does help to have a guy on the 4th line that can drop the gloves.


#2027529 Jim Nill: Jakub Kindl 'should fit in well with us'

Posted by F.Michael on 19 August 2010 - 04:33 PM

Atleast he's not over-hyping him like some brass' like to do.

...or like some posters here

Whatever he wears, I just hope he stays away from 22.

With all due respect Lebda is a much better player.

#2027070 How big of a Wings fan is your Wife/Girlfriend/Significant Other?

Posted by F.Michael on 18 August 2010 - 11:31 AM

My blow up doll can't get enough hockey.

At least she won't ask you questions about icing, and offsides.

#2025882 Hockey withdrawals

Posted by F.Michael on 13 August 2010 - 03:48 PM

Top shelf where momma hides the cookies!

#2024753 Designer shares idea for new rink

Posted by F.Michael on 10 August 2010 - 09:36 AM

I've always liked Schulzte's concept of a New Olympia :thumbup: