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#2585797 Opinion: Petr Mrazek should be starting Game 1

Posted by VM1138 on 27 March 2015 - 06:21 AM

Four goals should've beenenough to win. I'd say this one was on the goalies, Howard in particular.

#2585536 Opinion: Petr Mrazek should be starting Game 1

Posted by VM1138 on 26 March 2015 - 07:59 PM

Rather than debate who is better and being reactionary, let's just roll with who wins.  Right now that seems to be Mrazek.

#2585530 3/26 GDT: Sharks 6 at Red Wings 4

Posted by VM1138 on 26 March 2015 - 07:58 PM


Not if he’s used properly. 


Babcock doesn't care about using players properly.  He cares about jamming them into a role he needs and waiting it out to see if they suddenly transform into a different player.

#2585105 Cole to miss next 3 games

Posted by VM1138 on 25 March 2015 - 01:42 PM

I haven't gotten to watch a lot of games the second half of the season, but I just can't imagine what Weiss did so badly to justify being permanently benched.  Not every player can be 100% defensively sound at all times.  We're close to becoming (if we haven't already become) the Minnesota Wild of the '00s, defense-first, score only when the other goalie screws up.


Babcock really irritates me in this regard.  Weiss had the reputation of a hard-working, reliable guy.  Whatever his problems were, Babcock has hardly used him in the top six role that he's actually capable of playing.  At the very list put him on an offensive third line.  There is no reason Weiss should be sitting while Andersson plays.


Datsyuk coming back will be huge, and missing Kronwall and Cole is going to hurt. I'd say call up Marchenko instead of using Kindl.

#2581969 3/15 GDT : Red Wings 5 at Penguins 1

Posted by VM1138 on 15 March 2015 - 11:52 AM

Can I just take a moment to say how happy I am that we got Cole and Zidlicky?  I just looked through box scores and since joining the Wings they both have 4 points in 6 games (including today's so far).  And I didn't really pay attention but I think their assists are all primary, too.

#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!