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#2270727 Wings getting a share of adversity

Posted by VM1138 on 16 March 2012 - 09:14 AM

Winning the division isn't all that unlikely, really. The Blues have lost two straight I think. Runs like the one they've been on don't last. And the Wings are getting healthy and should be going into playoff mode soon. It'll be close but I think the Wings will probably leap frog the Blues again as they hit their own patch of adversity.

#2270700 Wings getting a share of adversity

Posted by VM1138 on 15 March 2012 - 11:35 PM

I disagree that this is "adversity." Generally, adversity has been when injuries plague you (which is the case here, admittedly) or something happens to you. The Wings' biggest problem this season has not been adversity, it has been lack of heart and drive. That is of their own making. I hope they can get it in gear for the playoffs.

#2270281 Officials won't let paralyzed player onto ice to celebrate

Posted by VM1138 on 14 March 2012 - 09:21 PM


It IS a liability thing and is 100% justifiable considering that everyone in this country sues at the drop of a hat, and if ANYTHING had happened to the kid while on the ice, you can guarantee there would have been a lawsuit. Like I said, you have to turn off the emotions and think about it rationally though...

I don't think they would have been anymore liable than if a regular kid slipped and fell. It's an accepted part of the game and should be covered by insurance. On top of that, a wheelchair basically physically cannot tip over on flat ice.

#2265766 Players you hate for being good

Posted by VM1138 on 02 March 2012 - 06:33 PM

Crosby. The kid is talented, but I hate how we shut him down every game and then he pops in for a game winning goal or some other important goal and then goes back to disappearing.

Take the '09 series for example. I don't remember him being a factor until what, game 6? And didn't he score the game winner in that? Stupid.

#2265765 Devin Setoguchi

Posted by VM1138 on 02 March 2012 - 06:31 PM

This one is still the funniest by far.

This is the best one I've ever seen!

#2264362 Brendan Smith watch thread

Posted by VM1138 on 27 February 2012 - 11:25 PM

I'm usually pretty conservative with prospects, I think. But allow me to make a bold prediction:

Smith is going to tear the place up. He's going to be for us what other teams always seem to have: A crazy good rookie who's going to blow the lid off the joint.

#2264359 Post-TDT: Red Wings stand pat, no additions

Posted by VM1138 on 27 February 2012 - 11:22 PM

So I've been away at work all day and the initial disappointment of expecting a signing and not getting one has worn off. Looking back I realize we hype up trade day for entertainment more than anything else. So on that front the deadline was yet another bust.

But honestly, it was such a low key day that nobody really got better. Nashville MIGHT have...but that's a BIG question mark. Everybody else is just as good as they were yesterday, but the Wings did improve on defense, and defense wins championships.

Obviously we still have a weak fourth line, but that can be rectified by calling up talent (hopefully) from GR. And out top 6 is still questionable...but they always turn it on come playoffs.

So I can see why Holland, not seeing a must-have deal, would want to roll with "luck." As long as the team stays healthy (which you can only do so much to protect against) this team can win the Cup.

So in short, while I'm disappointed we didn't address our forward needs, it wasn't a total loss, and it's further offset by no other team getting better, either.

And I refuse to buy the garbage that this team can't win the Cup because it's the same as last year. No one in their right mind would say the Wings really lost in '10. And last year they turned a series around and came a single goal short of winning the second round. And at the time all the talk was about how if the Wings made it past the Sharks they would go straight to the finals. So yeah, I think with a chip on their shoulder and more depth at D this team can win the Cup, because the last two years were strange flukes, especially 2010.

So the league I say: bring it.

#2263902 2012 NHL Trade Deadline Thread - February 27th, 3:00 PM ET

Posted by VM1138 on 27 February 2012 - 02:52 PM

Moment of truth upcoming...

#2263833 2012 NHL Trade Deadline Thread - February 27th, 3:00 PM ET

Posted by VM1138 on 27 February 2012 - 02:16 PM

And Oduya doesn't really make Chicago all that much better right now. Depth, I guess.

#2263825 2012 NHL Trade Deadline Thread - February 27th, 3:00 PM ET

Posted by VM1138 on 27 February 2012 - 02:13 PM

People are forgetting about Quincey already. That's a significant move on defense that makes us better. Other teams are trading players but they're giving up players, too. Like someone said, Vancouver wasn't a Pahlsson away from winning the Cup. San Jose did get better, though, but they're already weaker than us in the standings.

#2262981 2/25 GDT : Avalanche 4 at Red Wings 3

Posted by VM1138 on 26 February 2012 - 11:50 AM

The fourth line lacks any kind of identity. It's such a random hodgepodge of forwards. Emmerton is clearly the weak link. Replace him with a gritty center and bam, suddenly you've got a balance of speed, grit, and faceoff wins.

#2262470 Vancouver sweeping the rug?

Posted by VM1138 on 25 February 2012 - 05:25 PM

Jimmy Howard is my hero.

#2262378 2012 NHL Trade Deadline Thread - February 27th, 3:00 PM ET

Posted by VM1138 on 25 February 2012 - 12:36 PM

I would lose Hudler for Parise in a heart-beat. And I wouldn't' want Hudler for 5 million, either. But some people act like Hudler is worthless which is clearly not the case. Even if Zetterberg weren't having an off year Hudler would still be 3rd in scoring. Nothing to sneeze at. Until we get someone who is a bona-fide improvement over Hudler (Parise) we need to keep him. Don't trade him for a bottom 6er is basically what I'm saying.

#2262331 2012 NHL Trade Deadline Thread - February 27th, 3:00 PM ET

Posted by VM1138 on 25 February 2012 - 10:11 AM

It's ok to vent pal, its all good.... I hope Hudler doesn't return, to be honest. Trade him for a Jets Pizza, bag of pucks, or let him walk.

Yeah, who needs his 18 goals? What a scrub.

2nd in team scoring 18 goals, no less.

#2261010 2012 NHL Trade Deadline Thread - February 27th, 3:00 PM ET

Posted by VM1138 on 23 February 2012 - 12:36 PM

OHHH, I hope, I hope, I hope...! :w00t2:

Meanwhile, I think that Selanne's coming here (and Stuart going to the West Coast) is one of the more logical scenarios out there. We shall see...:cool:

I don't think Stuart gets traded. He's vital to a Cup win. I think we'd rather lose him for nothing after winning the Cup than trade him now and risk throwing our defensive depth out of whack for a scorer who might get cold at the worst possible time. I think the Quincey trade shows that Holland wanted a replacement locked up before the bidding wars of the off-season hits. Meaning he fully intends on keeping Stuart.