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#2176155 Homer needs to be a 4th liner/PP specialist next season..

Posted by VM1138 on 16 May 2011 - 08:13 AM

Homer had a pretty good season, and actually impressed me with his skating and puck handling. I don't get all the hate. The guy produces points.

#2176153 Ole-Kristian Tollefsen

Posted by VM1138 on 16 May 2011 - 08:10 AM

Leino would never had succeeded here. And it's not like he's a great player. Yeah, he puts up some numbers, but only when playing with other great players. He's also not a hard worker and not the kind of player to make his own points by working hard.

#2175952 Simple off-season post

Posted by VM1138 on 15 May 2011 - 06:29 PM

This off-season won't be about UFA's. There simply aren't enough good ones anymore. Holland will have to dip into trading. The first rule to trading is you find a team that needs something you have (perhaps someone needs a competent winger to play with their superstar (Hudler) or a playmaker (Flip), or both, and happens to have a solid Top 3 offensive D-man to spare. That's how deals are done.

Hudler and Flip will probably have to be packaged, but they've proven they are not essential to this team.

Which means you're probably looking at a weak team in the East as a trading partner.

#2175566 Interesting article about possible changes

Posted by VM1138 on 14 May 2011 - 02:50 PM

Am I the only one in favor of bringing back Miller? Sure, he doesn't score much, but I like his defensive game. I still like him as our 13th forward, which would give Mursak and whoever else more playing time.

You're not the only one. The guy has been nothing but excellent for us, always giving his all. I think he's a lock for at the very least an extra forward. He's cheap, does well, and seems to be a good locker room guy.

#2175497 Interesting article about possible changes

Posted by VM1138 on 14 May 2011 - 11:22 AM

The Ericsson news is great news, even if you like the guy. We have problems defensively, but we also have a backlog there. Lidstrom stays, Rafalski can't be moved (and should stay anyway), Kronwall and Stuart are too good to part with, Ericsson, Salei, and Kindl. Kindl deserves a shot, Salei will probably be gone, but maybe not as he's a stable 6th defenseman. We couldn't really add anyone of value without losing one of our top four. With Ericsson gone Holland can pursue an extra defenseman, preferably a guy who is underpaid and performs in the playoffs. And Ericsson can go chase his "big contract" all next season. Win-win, right?

#2175243 Simple off-season post

Posted by VM1138 on 13 May 2011 - 05:08 PM

I can't believe so many want Leino back. The guy is not a hard worker, has trouble focusing, and pretty much hates (or at least really dislikes) Detroit. Recipe for disaster.

#2175135 The New Reality

Posted by VM1138 on 13 May 2011 - 02:00 PM

Fil will get at least 70 points if he is healthy and plays with Pav all next year

So...he's only useful when playing with the best player in the world? I'm not going to say Flip sucks, because he doesn't, but he doesn't bring enough to the table to justify NOT being traded for a defenseman or a winger.

#2175012 Bigger Picture Question - What was the deciding factor?

Posted by VM1138 on 13 May 2011 - 11:31 AM

I honestly don't think it has anything to do with the teams as a whole. San Jose dominated often (like they usually do) because of their size and reach of their cycling game. But they weren't deeper, our stars are better than their stars. Let's look back at the series, shall we?

Game 1: Decided entirely by refs. Probably should have gone to Detroit.
Game 2: San Jose outplayed Detroit, deserved to win. Series tied 1-1.
Game 3: Very even game, Detroit could easily have won, but of course it needed the storybook ending of the team being dominated scoring an easy overtime goal. Series could be 2-1 either way at this point, but let's cede this to the Wings without the underdog reffing in the final minutes.
Game 4: Detroit eked out a win. Detroit up 3-1.
Game 5: Four and five were very evenly played, so we'll say the Sharks win this one. The Wings got pretty lucky, so 3-2 Wings at this point.
Game 6: The Wings dominate, close out the series. Wings win 4-2.

So no, I wouldn't say San Jose was obviously a better team in any way. Our powerplay sucked and the team got off to a bad start.

#2174856 The New Reality

Posted by VM1138 on 13 May 2011 - 08:51 AM

After watching the playoffs I've come to some conclusions, changing my previous knowledge/assumptions as to how good or not good some players are....

The Good:

Niklas Kronwall - is a legitimate #2 guy now and won't be too off base as a #1 when Nick leaves.

Darren Helm - This guy is better than Draper was at the same
L could almost certainly top out at 45+ points on the third line and be one of the best PK'ers in the league.

Pavel Datsyuk - he's getting better. I think Z may have leveled off but Dats is finding new ways to be inhuman.

Jimmy Howard - this playoff made me extremely encouraged with him as our main guy.

The Bad:

Johan Franzen - this signing looks so bad, even more now than I thought it did at the time. He needs to learn to do something other than score so when he doesn't, he won't be basically useless.

Valtteri Filppula - sometimes he looks like a very poor man's shadow of Datsyuk, othertimes (and often) he's invisible, and most the time he isn't contributing as much as we need him to.
He has proved he's not a 2nd line player. Theoretically he could still break out but I'm not holding my breath.

The Ugly:

Brian Rafalski - how far has this guy fallin'? Two years ago he may have been a #1 guy on several teams, was our #2, and knew how to play defense. Now, he's a highly paid Kurtis Foster/MA Bettering type. I've never seen his defense so terrible but the big shocker is how he's rushing on offense and taking terribly timed, low quality shots and killing our PP momentum.

Jonathan Ericsson - what can I say? What does he do OK, let alone good, on even a semi regular basis? On top of that, he is literally a pylon.

Jiri Hudler - he's the forward version of Rafalski, without the point production. Gets paid like a top 6 guy but brings almost nothing to the table unless he's on a streak.

Salei, Osgood, Modano - Right there is the rack...hang your skates up, please.

If we were to slot players where they deserve to be...

1st line types:
Zetterberg. Datsyuk
2nd line types:
Franzen, Cleary (both of whom are only good for about 65 games a year)
3rd line types:
Filppula, Hudler, Bertuzzi, Holmstrom, Helm, Eaves
4th line types:
Abdelkader, Miller, Draper

Defense probably reads like this now, with two guys on the brink of retirement.

#1 Lidstrom. #2 Kronwall
#3 Stuart. #4 Rafalski
#5 (none) #6 Kindl
#7 Ericsson, Salei

I think the needs are clear.

At least 1 top six forward, a top 4 dman, a backup goalie who can play when he plays without having to play several in a row to "get into my groove" or whatever.

I think you're too hard on Osgood. The guy can still play, he didn't even really get a chance this season. But if we extra money it wouldn't hurt to pick up an extra backup and ask either Ozzie or the other backup to sign a 2-way deal.

I'm actually surprised, I like the way you broke down the "line-type players" as it matches up my impressions as well. I do think Helm will eventually be a second liner for a few seasons, though. But your line-listing really shows where the holes are that need to be fixed. We have a glut of 3rd and 4th liners, which is good, but our top two lines really need a more consistent presence than rotating Cleary and Bertuzzi. Flip and Hudler combined would free up room for Mursak, and a power forward winger who scores consistently on the second line. On defense, it'd be nice to add someone like Weber but it won't happen.

EDIT: And I think you're too hard on Franzen. The guy had a bad year but pretty much every player does. He'll get it together. His history is too impressive to count him out.

#2172704 Hockey players are the greatest

Posted by VM1138 on 11 May 2011 - 08:56 PM

Respectfully, you have obviously never been to an important and closely played college basketball or football game if you think the crowd can't jolt the players like that.

That's quite a statement to say that hockey players are overall superior to all other athletes because you don't see them being buddy-buddy like in the NBA and MLB... I'd say European soccer teams and fans are just as passionate.

Also, what would you rather see in baseball? While in hockey we have players going as hard as they can for 30 second shifts, you have a guy standing on first base for 5 minutes. I think the argument you're trying to make is that hockey >> other sports.

Really, it's the intensity. Hockey players occasionally fraternize, but the game is too intense to do it on the ice. Once in a while you'll see someone make a comment (unheard of course) that makes an opposing player laugh, but it's usually not in the playoffs. And if we're discussing baseball, the players were probably just trying to stay awake.

#2169840 WCSF Game 5 GDT: Red Wings 4 at Sharks 3

Posted by VM1138 on 08 May 2011 - 09:56 PM

Can we officially get off of E and Homer for their huge goals tonight

Holmstrom, yeah. He hasn't been totally effective but he hasn't been bad and never really deserved to be ridden. Ericsson, however, was on the ice for a couple of the goals, as usual, wasn't he? Regardless, whatever my feelings on Ericsson we should never talk bad about a guy who scored in such a tight game!

#2168767 WCSF Game 5 GDT: Red Wings 4 at Sharks 3

Posted by VM1138 on 08 May 2011 - 06:53 PM

I don't even know what to feel about this game. I am excited but more nervous than anything. I don't want to go in all positive and expecting them to win but i'll be cautiously optimistic. Still have all the faith in the world that they can do it if they really want it. ONE GAME AT A TIME. GO WINGS!!!

Exactly. I went into the last game hoping they'd win but not really expecting anything. I will be doing this again. Controlling my emotions and hope. The way this series has gone is unebelievably frustrating, and I'm just hoping they can bring their A game and catch some puck luck.

#2168300 The NHL's new 'catch-up' officiating

Posted by VM1138 on 07 May 2011 - 08:09 AM

ROFL @ the conspiracy theories. Pathetic.

Actually, I think there's a very, very good chance that a empirical study of when penalties are called and to which team would show that within the 3rd period way more are called against the winning team. This would prove the "catch-up" rule.

#2167493 No lineup changes for Game 4

Posted by VM1138 on 06 May 2011 - 04:13 PM

Modano is not hurt. He was interviewed, and said he was not on the lineup sheet, and hinted he was really frustrated.

Gee, then maybe he shouldn't have admitted he doesn't have the fire for a playoff run before the first round even began.

#2167069 Sony PSN hacked a 2nd time

Posted by VM1138 on 05 May 2011 - 06:45 PM


For any PS3 owners out there, I'd suggest trading everything in and get a 360 instead. Also change your credit/debit card just in case, since the hackers have, if my sources are correct, 77 million accounts of peoples information from the first hack, and over 25 million from the second hack.

Honestly, I think I'll just wait. The PS3 is just awesome in every way possible, and I don't want to pay 50 bucks a year to play online with the 360. Or risk the constant failures.