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#2579697 Do Maple Leaf fans deserve better?

Posted by VM1138 on 07 March 2015 - 02:53 PM

It's not libel if it was clearly intended to be a joke and not to be taken seriously, one of the most common defenses to it. The Onion is a perfect example.
And comparing a rape threat to a kid who was just making an innocent joke? Seriously?
Edit: http://www.theonion....t-we-nee,37422/
This article is a perfect example. Clearly a joke that some people took literally but not libel

It wasn't clearly a joke because people on the Internet asked whether t was true. That's how crazy destructive rumors spread on the Internet. The Onion is a recognized satirical website. Different than an individual commenting on something.

#2578175 Do Maple Leaf fans deserve better?

Posted by VM1138 on 04 March 2015 - 07:47 AM

I really expected Leafs fans to be more knowledgeable and rational. Their hatred of Kessel never made sense to me. The guy is a stud. I don't care that he's a goofy looking guy, he's a hard worker who scores and seems to be a great teammate.

#2578075 What's with the "giving players hamster names" obsession?

Posted by VM1138 on 03 March 2015 - 07:43 PM

Agreed it's just a hockey thing. Mostly a teammate to teammate kind of thing.. People posting online hear short nicknames in interviews sometimes so they repeat them.

And, like all things on the internet, some people get carried away.

It's one thing if it's an actual, naturally occurring nickname. Z, Babs, etc. it's an entirely different matter when people are making them up and hoping they catch on. See: Diesel, or any of the rher endless nicknames no one but Internet posters use that aren't even related to their name.

And then there are those that are blatantly for marketing purposes. Megatron. Don't get me started on those.

#2577886 Red Wings acquire Marek Zidlicky from NJ for Cond. 2016 3rd Round Pick

Posted by VM1138 on 03 March 2015 - 09:10 AM

People saying Zidlicky is small and can't play defense, he can play defense. But that's not really why he is here. He is here because he can make the first pass out of the defensive zone, knows how to quarterback a powerplay, and has a right-handed shot. Not all of our defensemen need to be shut down defensmen. Sure it's great to get a guy that can do both but those guys aren't available without giving up the farm.

Exactly. He's here for a very specific role. He will provide what Smith and Kindl were supposed to provide.

#2569807 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by VM1138 on 11 February 2015 - 01:00 PM

I'd assumed they were looking to package Kane and Bogosian together. I think I said so here or on SBNation.


Bogosian's bombed pretty hard, and everyone hates Kane, but those are basically the two pieces we're looking for - a premier power forward with serious issues (otherwise, his team wouldn't be trading him) and a right-shot defenseman who can log big minutes. So in that sense it's kind of a bummer. (Not to mention the fact that we get to see Kane five times every season now. Ugh.) But I'm assuming Cheveldayoff would've wanted Nyquist or Tatar.

Bogosian has like 13 points.  He's always been way overrated.

#2569621 Original Six...Sorta?

Posted by VM1138 on 10 February 2015 - 01:49 PM

It means something because people like history. These are the oldest teams with vaunted histories and legends. That's all. There's no rule they have to be rivals. Detroit and Chicago, for example, have been rivals in several sports. But the legends and the rivalries that do exist have had time to mature and get intense. Newer teams with shorter histories just don't have the same experience.

#2568492 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by VM1138 on 05 February 2015 - 12:47 PM

Whoever said we don't have space for a big contract is wrong. We've got $8 million in space right now. And we are relying on cheap drafted players for the future. We've got plenty of cap space moving forward.

#2567182 Marchenko recalled from GR... Ouellet sent down

Posted by VM1138 on 30 January 2015 - 03:34 PM

I know he's played years in the NHL already but I'm just not seeing why Myers over Marchenko would be an improvement.

#2565885 Greatest US-born NHLer of all time?

Posted by VM1138 on 25 January 2015 - 10:15 AM

Chelios.  Skill, longevity, and accomplishments are unrivaled among American-born players. Leetch and Modano are up there, too, but like others have said, Modano was never the greatest at his position, so it's hard for him to take away the top spot from Chelios, who was.

#2565481 New Zealand and South African Hockey?

Posted by VM1138 on 21 January 2015 - 08:44 PM

Hanta yo!

#2565395 2017 Winter Classic Red wings vs. Blue Jackets?

Posted by VM1138 on 21 January 2015 - 10:50 AM

No one really thinks Detroit-Columbus would be a good Winter Classic, right?  I don't think in the entire existence of the Columbus franchise I've ever been excited about a game against them.  Putting them outside won't change that.


If you're doing a throwback/heritage style event you need heritage/throwback style teams.  It's got to be Detroit versus an original six team.  Or at least one of the teams from the '67 expansion.

#2565392 Jimmy Howard.......All-Star!

Posted by VM1138 on 21 January 2015 - 10:49 AM

That's precisely why we should run with a 50/50 Howard/Mrazek setup in the next few years.  He's not anywhere near his prime yet.  Balance the load and run with the hot goalie in the playoffs.  It worked for us in 2008.  We haven't really had a chance to try it since.

#2565388 Brodeur retires. Named Sr. Advisor to Blues GM

Posted by VM1138 on 21 January 2015 - 10:42 AM

The thing that makes Brodeur hanging around sad and different than someone like Chelios playing way past his prime, is that Chelios never had any illusions about his skill level declining.  He played in the AHL because he loved playing hockey and wanted to play at the highest level he was capable of.


Brodeur still thinks he's a starter.  That's why he left New Jersey and I think he's taking so long to "decide" because he's still trying to convince people behind closed doors that he should get a starting job somewhere.  Or at least a backup job he thinks he can turn into a starting job.  His ego is well-known and I think that's what makes the situation kind of sad.


EDIT: My point being that it's not necessarily sad for a player to hang around, as long as they're not fooling themselves.

#2562207 McGratton on waivers

Posted by VM1138 on 10 January 2015 - 08:22 AM

I bet we'tee the only team board in the league that devoted six pages in 24 hours to McGrattan.

#2551546 Saluting the fans

Posted by VM1138 on 24 November 2014 - 02:24 PM

I hate the salute. It's forced and meaningless and fans already demand it. If they do something because they have to, it doesn't mean anything. I doubt the players are thinking 'gosh I love these fans.' It's muscle memory by now. Like wearing an American flag pin on your suit.