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#2310663 Red Wings OUT of bidding for D Justin Schultz

Posted by VM1138 on 28 June 2012 - 08:08 AM

People are acting like children in here. "Well, if he doesn't want to come here, he's just a loser. I'll take my toys and go home."

Anyone think maybe he just wants to play for his hometown (Vancouver) and it wasn't a slight against the Wings? Or perhaps the Wings only offered him bottom pairing minutes and some other team offered him something better?

#2310264 Parise Likely Out. Next Options

Posted by VM1138 on 26 June 2012 - 10:06 PM

I get the mentality of some of you with his price tag, but I wish this bad nightmare of Semin would just go away. We don't need another lazy floater.

However, I would love for Doan to play for the Wings. If we can't get Parise there are some interesting second tier combos that will give us some well rounded depth but not the natural firepower we need.

#2309616 Pens Targeting Suter and Parise

Posted by VM1138 on 25 June 2012 - 07:33 AM

I still think we land both. All we know is that Parise went to the same school as Crosby, but that doesn't mean they like each other or are friends. Holland just has to realize that it's okay to slightly overpay for great talent.

#2309184 Top Swiss-leaguer Brunner to sign with Wings, Babcock has big plans

Posted by VM1138 on 23 June 2012 - 10:39 AM

Sounds like he has a good head on his shoulders, though, which sets him a bar above Grigs, Brunnstrom (when he first arrived in the NHL), Leino, etc.

Grigs was arrogant and entitled, as was Brunnstrom. Leino was obsessed with finding a girlfriend and having fun. But from what I've heard Brunner is a no-nonsense kind of guy and that could help him over here. Although credit where credit is due, Brunnstrom has evolved and now has a much better attitude and work ethic.

#2308866 Tim Thomas.

Posted by VM1138 on 22 June 2012 - 05:40 PM

I still find it funny that everyone trashes him for "antics" when as far as I know, he only refused to go to the White House and only commented when pressed to. As far as I know he's not a trouble maker or not well liked among players. But I guess politics has a way of blinding people even in sports.

#2308865 High End Trade Options

Posted by VM1138 on 22 June 2012 - 05:38 PM

Flip is one of those players who puts up nice numbers, and he's a solid player, but he's never wowed me (or a lot of other people). I would only trade him for a player who is as close to a guaranteed upgrade as you could get. He's a great defensive player, but I just don't see him breaking out like so many people hope for every year. He had a good year this year, but does anyone really see him as a game changer like Datsyuk or Zetterberg? Or even someone like Helm, who can string together amazing plays and change the momentum of a game?

Again, not trashing Flip, he's got great talent and has some great games, but I just don't see him as indispensable if we can get an upgrade for him and a pick or something.

#2308697 Top Swiss-leaguer Brunner to sign with Wings, Babcock has big plans

Posted by VM1138 on 22 June 2012 - 10:11 AM

I'm not so sure he goes to the AHL first. I'm skeptical that he can actually become a consistent secondary scorer, but as people said it's low risk high reward, right?

But the Wings are in such an awful crunch right now that there's not really time to let a 26 year old develop in the AHL for a season or two. We need the scoring, and he may be a replacement for Hudler if he doesn't re-sign. There's just not a lot of options. I say he gets the green light right off the bat, and whether or not he stays depends on his success.

I know that Holland's style is to send him to the minors first, but I just have a feeling they break with tradition this off-season.

#2308224 Darren Helm signs 4 year extension

Posted by VM1138 on 20 June 2012 - 09:20 AM

Untouchabe? That is a little much. Yes good checkers are always needed. But so are stars that can take your team to the promised land. A team of stars isn't going to get it done, nor is aa team fo checkers. But there are packages where helm could be moved. But we are talking about picking up stars. If the pens were to offer us Staal for helm and others, I would do it in a heartbeat. No, I am not saying we can do that, but as an example it mkes the point.

You yourself just said you need that balance. I can't think of many players in the league in similar roles as Helm who can keep up with him. It's not just his speed, he's run entire plays by himself. In pressure situation he almost always makes the right play, and he has been known to draw three players to him and still keep possession down behind the opponent's goal. You can't easily replace that. He's not just a checker. He's a premiere checker in my book. Untouchable.

#2308223 Red Wings Prepared to Offer Hudler Contract

Posted by VM1138 on 20 June 2012 - 09:16 AM

I still don't understand why a team desperately in need of goal scorers would let Hudler walk for any other reason than salary. Obviously there's a limit to what he should make, but all of you eager to just dump him no matter what are missing the big picture. Whether he's small or not, he scores goals. You want a guy like that on your third or second lines. If we can keep him AND sign all the players we NEED, then it's a no brainer. But that doesn't mean we should get in a bidding war on the open market for him.

I wonder if some of you are the same people calling for Semin to come here. The reality is, if you can afford it, Hudler's 25 goals are 25 goals, regardless of his style of play. Our trouble is that we were relying on Franzen and Hudler too much. If they can be put in a secondary goal scoring capacity with the signing of a bona-fide goal scorer we'd have some of the best offense in the league.

#2308222 Rob Zombie to Direct Hockey Movie

Posted by VM1138 on 20 June 2012 - 09:12 AM

Yeah, this is exactly what hockey needs.

Rob Zombie is quite possibly the biggest hack in Hollywood these days. How he keeps getting movies is beyond me.

#2308158 Darren Helm signs 4 year extension

Posted by VM1138 on 19 June 2012 - 10:03 PM

Things you know you will always get with Darren Helm:

1) Speed.
2) He will outwork anyone on the ice for either team.
3) He will kill penalties.
4) He will score the occasional goal.

Yes, 4 years for 2 million is a no-brainer for me. Helm has made himself untouchable on this team.

#2307949 League takeover of cash-strapped Devils may be inevitable

Posted by VM1138 on 19 June 2012 - 07:25 AM

I get why the league is loathe to let teams fail, but they're too eager to jump in and bail out teams like Phoenix who have no hope of ever rebounding, thus dooming the NHL involvement. And then, when they finally move, the NHL will have done nothing but waste resources.

Why is it so hard for American businesses to see the writing on the wall?

I'd hate to see Jersey move, but reality is reality. They're not as far gone as Phoenix, but this has been a consistent problem. If there were any sort of real punishment in the NHL this wouldn't be happening more frequently.

League takeover should only be a transitory situation. A two year chance to get business affairs in order should be plenty. If after two years a team has not righted the ship it should be sold or allowed to go bankrupt, even if it makes the league look bad.

#2307330 The L.A. Kings: One and Done or Dynasty?

Posted by VM1138 on 14 June 2012 - 09:56 AM

I just don't see them contending every year. They barely made playoffs this time. Now, once the playoffs begin everyone gets to start fresh, but if they have trouble making playoffs with their roster, upon further thought I just don't know if they even make the playoffs every year. I think it's more likely Vancouver and San Jose have rebound years than LA has prolonged success.

#2306972 Is the Stanley Cup really the hardest trophy in all of pro sport?

Posted by VM1138 on 12 June 2012 - 03:43 PM

Yes, it is. The NHL, NBA and MLB have similar playoff lengths. The MLB is a joke when it comes to athleticism. As someone else previously noted, in the NFL you are only out there for a few plays and while it's a physical game it's not consistent physicality. A few seconds and boom, you're done.

So that leaves the NHL and the NBA. The NBA is hardly a physical sport anymore and again, and to compare it to the NHL is a joke.

So yeah, the Cup is the hardest to win.

#2306777 2012 SCF : Los Angeles Kings vs. New Jersey Devils

Posted by VM1138 on 11 June 2012 - 09:38 PM

Getting excited, even though I don't care about either team. The Cup is just that special.

On the other hand, this has been a pretty lackluster game. LA has looked good, as usual, but bleh. Place is quiet, playoffs have been dull.