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#2025224 Wings' Goaltending Situation

Posted by VM1138 on 11 August 2010 - 04:30 PM

Really? How about that Game 3 against San Jose? Wings in control and then Howard gives up the weakest goal I can remember from the side boards, from the end line, and the Wings lose the game. The entire series was lost on that one goal. If he makes that "save" the Wings win game 3 and who knows where it goes from there. Once that goal slipped over the line the Wings were out of the playoffs.

God forbid a goalie have a subpar game in a playoff run? Unheard of!

#2024661 Wings sign Ruslan Salei

Posted by VM1138 on 09 August 2010 - 09:44 PM

He missed 56 games last year with a back injury. Also he's 36 years old.

I wouldn't call him a soft player, because he is physical, but he never fights and is coming off a serious injury.

As a player, I'd be more intimidated by a big hitter than a fighter. I could always choose not to fight. It's much harder to avoid getting leveled. Thus, a hitter > fighter in my eyes.

#2024498 Wings sign Ruslan Salei

Posted by VM1138 on 09 August 2010 - 03:54 PM

Don't see why people are upset. He's dirt cheap, he's mean, he can hit. He's a better Lilja and cheaper. He could complement Ericsson really well and help his development along. And he's probably eager to play for a quality team. What is the issue here?

#2021705 Bold Predicitions for the 2010-2011 Season

Posted by VM1138 on 02 August 2010 - 08:22 PM

Wings win the Cup.

Everyone else cries.

#2021680 It's Official: Turco to Hawks

Posted by VM1138 on 02 August 2010 - 07:15 PM

Turco really is better than Niemi. The only plus for Detroit is that Turco has nightmares about winged wheels. But this was a really good solution to their goaltending problem.

#2018919 Attn Cap Geeks...give me a scenario...

Posted by VM1138 on 24 July 2010 - 10:25 PM

LA is on the way up. No way he bolts that organization, plus they'll be able to throw basically whatever he wants at him. Nobody will get Doughty til later in his career. The only way we can get a young, dominating defenseman is to hope one gets drafted by a crappy team like Atlanta and is willing to leave. And even then we'd have to compete with everyone else.

So...best bet? Hope Kindl, Ericsson, or someone else comes out and magically dominates.

#2018338 Hawks trade Reasoner to Panthers for Jeff Taffe

Posted by VM1138 on 23 July 2010 - 12:01 AM

Why is that funny? The wings struggled to finish off the Coyotes and then got creamed by San Jose, and they have done exactly what with their roster that is going to put them over the top? Hudler? lol

Top 6- Franzen, Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Hudler, Fillpula, Cleary

Top 6- Kane, Toews, Sharp, Bolland, Hossa, Brouwer

Edge= Chicago- 4 of those guys are still in their early 20's

Top 4- Lidstrom, Kronwall, Rafalski, Stuart (Last years whipping boy)

Top 4- Keith, Seabrook, Campbell, Hjalmarsson

Edge = Hawks D is much younger, skilled and faster, but the Wings, barely, only because Lidstrom is still better then all of them combined.

Goalie- Niemi
Goalie- Howard

Edge= Niemi. Stanley Cup.

As far as depth, well, to start, any team that has Todd Bertuzzi is only going to go so far, you can make up your mind as to who is better amongst the rest, Ritola, Dowell, Skille, Meech, Lalonde, Miller, Eaves, Kindl, Kopecky, Stalberg etc.

This post is so full of stupid. And I'm not a big insult-people-over-the-Internet person.

The Wings struggled against Phoenix, a tough, up-start, unpredictable team. They did NOT get creamed by the Sharks. They dominated more than half of the series but got hosed on poorly timed 5 on 3s.

And as for the Top 6, Kane, Toews, and Hossa surely is formidable. But so is Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Franzen. I say the Wings have the edge but that's debatable. They struggled because of the team's injuries all year long.

And Niemi was very mediocre. Most people who watched the playoffs remarked that in this case the bad goalies went all the way. It was a crazy fluke, but Niemi was no all-star caliber player. Now, Howard hasn't proven anything either, so neither has an edge here. So Niemi has a Cup, it's not like he was the best player for the whole playoffs. I'd be willing to bet Niemi is a one-hit wonder like so many goalies have been lately.

And again, I'm not sure why saying a bunch of Chicago payers are in their low twenties says anything about their talent now.

#2017809 NHL's Most Unbreakable Records

Posted by VM1138 on 21 July 2010 - 06:39 PM

A lot of Gretzky's records that are not listed there are pretty unreal. 50 goals in 39 games, 92 goals in a season, 215pts in a season, 1,963 career assists, 163 assists in a season.

I don't think Gretzky's are untouchable, to be honest. Right now, they're astounding. But the game evolves so quickly. I'd say his totals could be broken within the next 15 or 20 years.

#2017005 Red Wings Making Play for Modano

Posted by VM1138 on 19 July 2010 - 06:45 PM

Really? Brett Farve last year? That panned out pretty well for him.

Well, I don't know. Football isn't really a sport where you need passion to play. If you've got talent like Favre does, you put in a decent effort for a 16 game season (or 20 including a championship run). Quarterback is the least physical position, so it's not like you have to have drive to play 82+ games in which every game you have to constantly be moving and making that extra effort to get the puck that's just out of your reach, or fight for the puck in the corners or to get to the front of the net night in and night out.

Passion counts in hockey. To be brutally honest, I don't think it comes in play much in football, at least from a quarterback's position.

#2017003 Kovalchuk Re-Signs with Devils

Posted by VM1138 on 19 July 2010 - 06:42 PM

You know, at first I liked these front-loaded contracts, but now that more and more teams are doing it, and every free agency gets more boring, I've decided I don't like them.

Why doesn't every team simply signed all their under-35 players to reasonably priced, 20 year contracts and we can do away with free agency altogether. That way, no team has to worry about keeping their team together and we can suck all the off-season drama out of hockey.

#2016741 Red Wings Making Play for Modano

Posted by VM1138 on 19 July 2010 - 11:33 AM

What I'm saying is it sounds like playing closer to his wife is more of a priority to him. SJ would be a good fit if they can manage it since its closer to his wife also a chance to win.

I don't really understand this whole geographic thing. San Jose isn't exactly just a hot skip and a jump away from Dallas, either. But oh well. I have to agree with people on here, Modano seems to have lost his drive to go all in. In that case, he should probably retire and spare all the teams.

Of course, we won't know if he's lost it til he plays again, but it sure seems that way. Usually when a player takes this long to decide on retirement, it means he's not fully in it.

#2016511 Ovechkin takes advisor position with Unified Hockey Club Dynamo

Posted by VM1138 on 18 July 2010 - 12:57 PM

Acronyms are neat I guess. HC = hockey club, FC = football club. MVD = Ministerstvo Vnutrennikh Del, which means Ministry of Internal Affairs. Which is a weird thing to name a team after, but maybe in Russia they think it's silly to name teams after leaves and ducks. :P

Well, in Russia I bet "Ministry of Internal Affairs" is more frightening than lightning or hurricanes or even Panthers.

#2015243 Lilja, Modano, and Maltby news

Posted by VM1138 on 15 July 2010 - 11:12 AM

I don't think I want Modano here anymore. For one, I'm tired with the "will he or won't he," but he's starting to look a bit like a mercenary. The fact that he's even considering teams like Minnesota and Anaheim prove he's not looking for the best chance for the Cup. He's probably just looking for a comfortable place to play hockey for one more year, which makes me question his heart at this stage.

He could have provided something extra for this team, but not if his heart's not in it. Time to lock down our other assets and wait til the trade deadline to make changes.

#2013370 Sharks sign RFA Niklas Hjalmarsson

Posted by VM1138 on 09 July 2010 - 08:45 PM

Take off your Homer glasses and see the facts: Chicago Blackhawks 2010 Stanley Cup Champions. Detroit Red Wings 2010 also rans.

That is the Hockey's Holy Grail grabbed by the nuts. Mission accomplished. Talon, Bowman & Bowman, whoever, hockey is back in Chicago after a long, long absence. They could have farted around like Toronto and not gone anywhere and not gotten any picks in return for going no where. But instead, Chicago took the bull by the horns and won the frickin Stanley Cup. And now they have a 2010 Stanley Cup and better picks than the Wings do.

The Bowman's were handed a great roster that would self destruct at the stroke of midnight after the '09-'10 season, and they are getting a lot more out of the scrap pile than anyone thought they would.

A core group of awesome talent (a ton of Olympians), and some periphery players to fill in and step up. Where's the sarcasm you're hoping for?

It's one thing to hate your rivals, but it's another thing to underestimate them.

By default, they HAD to get picks. They can't afford to trade for any players. It's a fire sale. He may be a great GM but this isn't a demonstration of it. He's forced into this action. It's not genius or cleverness, it's the only thing he CAN do.

And picks hardly ever pan out. It could work for them, but they'll have to suck for 3 or 4 years to get to that point. Teams like the Wings can be great without having to suck for years to dive for picks.

#2012366 Brett Lebda signs with Toronto

Posted by VM1138 on 07 July 2010 - 10:18 PM

Click on the link and scroll to the bottom of the page. Comments are down there.


Thanks, for some reason those weren't showing up when I went there myself. Maybe it was a slightly different URL or an older article or something.

My personal favorite is this:

Bye Bye Kaberle! I think this is a good deal, very underrated D-man. Detroit fans will be upset.

Those poor Leafs fans won't know what hit them. Or maybe not since they're used to terrible players with bloated contracts.