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#1979914 Luongo Not the Answer for Vancouver

Posted by VM1138 on 08 May 2010 - 12:14 PM

The trouble with Luongo is the same problem many goalie-based teams have. They put too much pressure on a single guy, and usually sign a bad contract that hurts them from actually improving the team too much.

Luongo might do better on a team like Detroit or Chicago where the team is more balanced and he can blend in.

In Vancouver, it's basically the Luongo show, he's the captain, got an obscenely long contract (anything above 3 years for a goalie is ridiculous in my book), and he caves. But look at the Olympics, when he had a solid team in front of him and wasn't the star it worked fine.

EDIT: Hey, if Vancouver could go from playing well to collapsing, maybe it could happen to San Jose for....oh, I don't know, 3 more games maybe?

#1979766 Tomas Kopecky

Posted by VM1138 on 08 May 2010 - 08:19 AM

Wow, so much for all the false hatertude that this man has gotten on this very forum all year, eh? He has been dominant for the hated Chicago Blackhawks, eh? He is a large contributer to Chicago's success against the Canucks in Canada. How much do Wing fans wish they still had Kopekcy or, at least, that he wasn't a Chicago Blackhawk? Man, those Blackhawks are good.

Kopecky, is that you?

#1979172 Detroit is old and one win wont change that.

Posted by VM1138 on 07 May 2010 - 10:29 AM

We've been old and on the way down for 10 years. Eventually someone is going to be right.

That's what they're hoping for. I just don't get the whole "old" thing, considering we're not that much older than the league average. A year maybe? And that's only because of Lidstrom. It's like when Chelios was throwing off the average. One player doesn't make an entire team suddenly too old to compete.

#1975928 Nick Lidstrom

Posted by VM1138 on 04 May 2010 - 10:31 PM

I don't want to be the "I heard it from a friend of a friend" rumor spreading guy, so I will say in full disclosure, this next comment is hearsay:

However, a gentleman on my hockey team claims to be a good friend of the Lidstrom family and says their house has been sold and they are renting a condo for the remainder of the season because he is most likely done. Take it for what it's worth, but if true, that doesn't sound too promising. I hope it's not.

edit: I questioned the validity on the mere fact one was able to sell a home in Metro Detroit.

He's certainly capable of playing, but it doesn't look like he has the passion to play anymore.

I know, I'm no insider and I really don't want to claim to know what anyone feels inside, especially a legend, but has anyone else gotten that impression this year? That it's not his skills that are declining as much as his passion for the game?

Many players retire before their skills give out simply because they've done it all and want to spend time with family or pursuing other interests, even the all-time greats. When you devote your life to a game, as important as it seems, your interest does wane after a while.

#1975772 Babcock

Posted by VM1138 on 04 May 2010 - 10:06 PM

Opinions? I'm sure there are plenty of mixed feelings at this point.

Yeah, definitely mixed feelings in my mind. He's either the best coach in the league or the greatest coach in the league.

Not sure yet.

#1971659 WCSF Game 2 GDT: Red Wings 3 at Sharks 4

Posted by VM1138 on 02 May 2010 - 10:03 PM

The only good thing is that with all this garbage the Wings still only lost both games by one goal. I expect big games 3 and 4. Detroit is fully capable of taking over this series.

#1971636 WCSF Game 2 GDT: Red Wings 3 at Sharks 4

Posted by VM1138 on 02 May 2010 - 09:59 PM

The Wings played well. The series is really even play-wise. Howard has been great, Datsyuk is amazing but you can't do much playing half a game on the PK and having terrible, terrible luck.

They do need to hold onto the puck more, though. They seem to lose it really easily.

#1969459 Eaves misses practice

Posted by VM1138 on 02 May 2010 - 12:00 PM

Id rather have a healthy williams than a badly broken down anyone. Nothing worse than a hockey player 2 strides behind.

But...that IS a healthy Williams.

#1968351 Yzerman Tampa's NEW GM ?!

Posted by VM1138 on 30 April 2010 - 06:14 PM

I can't think that would be a good career move for Stevie. Yeah, he may be the GM but all the politics around that place is going to doom any GM from the start. Aren't they still run by a board of people who don't care about hockey or know anything about assembling a team?

He needs to go somewhere that will give him some actual control over how the team is made up.

#1960697 Eastern Conf.

Posted by VM1138 on 27 April 2010 - 07:43 AM

i would love to see Boston and Detroit play for the cup. atleast if detroit was to lose that series it wouldn't sting like losing to the pens.

just wait until next year with hopefully a healthy savard and the addition of most likely seguin.

Pittsburgh will have a cakewalk to the finals again, but the good news is that any one of the remaining Western teams could beat them. The only thing they have going for them is Crosby and we all know how easily Zetterberg shuts him down every year.

#1958200 WCQF Game 6 GDT: Coyotes 5 at Red Wings 2

Posted by VM1138 on 25 April 2010 - 03:50 PM

Howard was terrible.

This was just a game the Wings couldn't win no matter what. Posts, missed empty nets, ridiculous non-calls and ridiculous penalties. Crazy bad bounces and a weak Howard combines to a devastating loss.

Now we're stuck with a Game 7 which can go either way. Considering how badly the bounces went today, going into a game where one bad bounce decides the series is not where the Wings want to be right now...

#1956704 Sad story...

Posted by VM1138 on 24 April 2010 - 08:28 PM

I don't think that's a fair assessment.

Yeah, most of them are probably too stupid to know how to hammer someone to death.

I'm sorry, this really is serious and sick, and this guy should be put away for life if he's guilty.

#1953899 Jimmy Howard among Calder Finalists

Posted by VM1138 on 22 April 2010 - 11:55 AM

They can keep their Calder so long as Jimmy gets to lift the Cup this year.

#1953361 Report: Hudler released from Moscow Dynamo

Posted by VM1138 on 21 April 2010 - 08:35 PM

True, Hudler can't play physical or anything. But that's okay. It's a pipe dream to think you can have an entire team full of gritty two way forwards. I'll take a scorer like Hudler even if he's not perfect.

#1953352 NHL playoffs TV ratings up 21 percent

Posted by VM1138 on 21 April 2010 - 08:30 PM

ESPN doesn't show as much hockey because they don't make money off it. They don't have anything against the sport itself.

Anyways this is great news, finally the NHL seems to be on the right track.

They bash the NHL every chance they get. They always try to diminish it. It's not a matter of not covering it because they don't broadcast games, they literally tear it apart when they do discuss it.