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#2007698 Parents sue because kids suck at hockey

Posted by VM1138 on 01 July 2010 - 10:04 AM

Wow, this is a great example of the entitlement society. Because he tried he should be guaranteed a spot. Wow.

#2004328 Evgeni Ryasenski

Posted by VM1138 on 24 June 2010 - 11:36 PM

Well, I like this attitude: "I am okay with spending time in the AHL."

But 16 points in 62 games in a Euro league? That's gotta translate to what, 3 points in 82 games in the NHL? Probably will never leave Grand Rapids but it doesn't hurt to give him a tryout.

#1998286 Fire sale in Chicago?

Posted by VM1138 on 11 June 2010 - 03:45 PM

I think people are overestimating the fire sale. They need to get rid of a few players, but very few crucial players. Most of them could be replaced with some cheap role players.

Remember, they copied the Wings style of play and won. Now they will copy the Wings pattern of signing cheap has-beens to rejuvinate their career.

Hawks will be 2nd in the division next season, 4th in the conference. Wings 1st, of course.

#1997008 GDT Stanley Cup Finals - Game 6

Posted by VM1138 on 09 June 2010 - 09:46 PM

Okay, it's official. I will be okay if Philly wins the Cup. If they force a Game 7 and then win said Game 7, watching Chicago blow leads and choke to piss away their one shot at a Cup in 40 some years would overcome any hatred I have of Pronger and the ******-ettes.

#1996997 GDT Stanley Cup Finals - Game 6

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

I can't believe Kopecky is playing on a line with Hossa and Sharp.

#1996967 GDT Stanley Cup Finals - Game 6

Posted by VM1138 on 09 June 2010 - 09:36 PM

There's hope for a third picture of Hossa crying slumped along the boards yet!

#1994220 Holmstrom signs 2 year extension

Posted by VM1138 on 04 June 2010 - 09:52 AM

Tanguay is a joke. I can't believe hockey fans actually want him on this team.

I like Bertuzzi, but like many of you if we can find a player that will have more impact for between 2-3 mil, it's a move that has to be made. Tanguay is not that move.

#1990951 Draper and Osgood Spotted Returning from Florida

Posted by VM1138 on 28 May 2010 - 08:35 PM

With as nice as it's been in Michigan going to Florida would be a bit of a fail but I don't really think these guys hang here much in the offseason. Hence, Florida trip isn't really out of the realm of the possible here. Think we're delving a bit too much here but hey, makes great thread banter.

We probably are, but like you said it's something fresh to talk about.

I'd hate to see Ozzie go but he probably has the best reason to. I think he could have a great season next year. Last year was a fluke for everyone and one more shot (actually getting playing time) could bode well for him and give us a great tandem once again. If he has the attitude to stay we need to keep him.

Draper...well...I'd hate to see him not retire a Wing but there's simply no room for everyone anymore. I'm not sure if he HAS to go, but with Helm coming into his own, is Draper's faceoff skill worth it? I'd have to go look to see his stats last year to know for sure.

#1990929 Draper and Osgood Spotted Returning from Florida

Posted by VM1138 on 28 May 2010 - 07:47 PM

Interesting spin. I was just told a story by my future mother-in-law. For the record, no one involved in this story is a hockey fan so they have no interest in fabricating a story.

Turns out, a friend of hers was on a flight returning from Florida and she sat next to Kris Draper. A few rows back was Osgood.

My first thought was: Wow, that's a coincidence considering Yzerman's recent appointment.

So, with what little information I have given you:

Coincidence? Maybe returning from a vacation? Why weren't their families present then?

Just going to help Yzerman get settled in?

Paying an "official" visit?

It seems strange considering that Osgood would likely want another starting job for a team needing a goalie to work for an old friend. Draper we all expected to stay, but with the new Tampa operation and Detroit not really needing him, perhaps Holland is agreeing to part with Draper to give Yzerman some veteran talent in exchange for a role player or draft pick?

Or is it all nothing? Weird coincidence at the very least.

#1987762 Does anyone think the Eastern conference can win the Cup?

Posted by VM1138 on 20 May 2010 - 11:02 PM

Philly could beat Chicago theoretically, just because they're an opponent Chicago hasn't played (super physical).

However, it's really irritating to see the lack of talent left in the playoffs. I know it sounds like sour grapes, but the Wings really got screwed by the refs in that series and they probably could have beaten any of the teams left (including San Jose, had they been allowed to play).

God, lame finish to the playoffs.

#1986961 LOL at the Sharks

Posted by VM1138 on 18 May 2010 - 11:04 PM

It is kind of embarassing that the Sharks are getting manhandled, yet they got lucky in beating Detroit. Just enhances my "paranoid" belief that with half decent refs the Wings would have taken that series.

#1984257 Crosby Should Get More Blame than Ovechkin

Posted by VM1138 on 12 May 2010 - 08:50 PM

Oh, everyone with common sense knew his great performance in the 1st round was because they played an AHL level team. Now he's back "among" the best, not "the greatest human being ever born."

And I for one am glad the Pens are out.

#1983377 Babcock: Improvement to come from within

Posted by VM1138 on 11 May 2010 - 10:10 AM

They said that last year and we lost half our team. It's just to keep everyone guessing. It's harder to get the players you want if the league knows you're competing for them. I don't expect anything major, but already we have Williams for sure gone, Maltby being forced out to play for another team (not official yet but Maltby doesn't think his odds are good it hear it sounds like). On top of that I fully expect them to sign a power forward scorer (if any are available) to add depth. If Lidstrom returns we're set on D. We can't make any improvements without losing Rafalski, Lidstrom, Kronwall, or Stuart, none of which are going anywhere. Meech and Lebda will be gone, for sure.

So yeah, there will be changes, just not a firesale.

EDIT: And Flip has been "at that point where he needs to break out" for a few years now. Time to cut the cord and find an impact player for him. Not saying he hasn't been good but he hasn't been what we need him to be. Flip for a scorer.

#1982845 Datsyuk to play in World Championship

Posted by VM1138 on 10 May 2010 - 03:35 PM


Rafalski was one of team USA's best players in the olympics.

I swear to God some people are delirious, or hate players so much they obsess over some little detail. Rafalski was one of our best players, overall, and he was the star of the Olympics.

#1981997 Let's Talk About the Refereeing

Posted by VM1138 on 09 May 2010 - 10:53 AM

Someone with hockey knowledge would recognize the fact that the reffing was one-sided. It wasn't like the Wings lost their cool and deserved all these penalties. THey didn't self destruct like the Sharks did in Game 4. They were very clearly questionable penalties and non-calls at crucial junctures that ended up deciding games. This is a problem no matter what team suffered as a result.