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#2279978 Stamkos hits 60

Posted by Wing Across The Pond on 07 April 2012 - 08:24 PM

Great effort from him all season, shame about the general team play. Last person to hit 60 and not make the playoffs... Steve Yzerman.

#2278199 Patrick Eaves Skating again

Posted by Wing Across The Pond on 05 April 2012 - 11:14 AM


Positive signs :)

EDIT: Helm also skating apparently, but says return is a way away.

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#2278125 4/5 GDT : Devils 2 at Red Wings 1

Posted by Wing Across The Pond on 05 April 2012 - 06:44 AM

Dear Wings,
Remember how you played after St. Louis scored two goals?
Play like that again. Just don't wait until the Devils score two goals.
Don't let them score any. Just play like you did when you were down by two.
Remember that? Yeah. Good times.

Love, Your friend, Karen

I lol'd. Love it!

I must confess that I fell asleep last night, mid-game, and missed all goals and the shootout. I shall have a nap a few hours beforehand tonight, so as to be primed for viewing this evening :) Jersey is being nicely laundered also as I speak, so I can get this smelly vintage one off!

Lets Go Wings

#2277302 4/4 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Blues 2 (SO)

Posted by Wing Across The Pond on 04 April 2012 - 08:14 AM

Really cannot wait for puck drop! Love sitting in bed ready to watch some hockey. I sit in bed because it starts at 00:30 here :(

#2277242 Red Wings Playoffs Advert

Posted by Wing Across The Pond on 03 April 2012 - 07:54 PM

Quite a cool vid, but not been gripped by this years playoff promos. Don't think they quite grab the excitement for me. That being said, I was more excited than a kid at Christmas at the moment!

Lets Go Wings

EDIT: Embedded vid instead of linking

#2272417 reunite the HZD line?

Posted by Wing Across The Pond on 21 March 2012 - 10:55 AM

Would also say about people thinking he should hang it up, it'll have more of an impact than one would think about whether Lids decides to call it a day. I'd take Homer's reduced minutes and ability to tip the odd puck if it meant Lids agreed to one more year. I think when one of them goes, the other will be close behind.

#2272416 Howard suffers groin injury...again.

Posted by Wing Across The Pond on 21 March 2012 - 10:52 AM

Strike me down for thinking positive in here, but I'm gonna say that Conks will be stellar in net. Reaffirm his place as a solid back-up. Roll into the post-season with confidence at the goaltender position to take some heat off the defencemen, who can then maybe relax a bit and not try to push it too hard thus reducing the amount of mistakes. That in turn will sort the PK out whilst at the same time reducing the amount of goals against. We get at least one more than they do. Happy days :)

And now, since I've said it, it HAS to happen. Please let it happen! Still, I feel quietly confident that tonight sees it start to get better.

#2272221 Did Holland build a BMW instead of a Chevy?

Posted by Wing Across The Pond on 20 March 2012 - 03:20 PM

I think when we're all healthy, our 3rd line of Abdelkader-Helm-Miller is pretty good (and would make an even better 4th line), but I totally agree with everyone that our 4th line is completely lacking in identity and purpose. My hope is that the veterans like Homer and Cleary will turn it up in the playoffs - they've been warriors for us in the post-season, but I wonder how much their bodies have left to give.

Homer is a warrior, but his game is playing off of players like Z or Dats. He's not a 4th liner, hence the lack of identity. Cleary could be a beast down there and give his brand of gritty game on the 4th line, plus I think he'd be man enough to accept that role as well.

The analogy of the car, whilst quaint and eloquent, is misleading. It suggests that when we lose one piece the others fall apart. It's more like taking the four wheels to be Dats, Lids, Z, Howie (say for arguments sake) then when they're injured replacing them with a milk crate, a corner section of Scalextric track, an overused VHS of the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, and a Fast Break. I know I'm being flippant, but the current situation isn't like we're a crap team who utterly, completely must have them to function whilst other teams can deal with it, it's simply that we're stacked with injuries at the moment and the players who are being asked to come in and replace them either haven't developed yet or are severely inexperienced. In short, they're just DIFFERENT pieces. Whoever it was that said teams like the Pens don't fail like this, I'd like to see them without star centre Crosby AND top scorer Malkin... AND starting goaltender Fleury for that matter........ AND a top-line defencemen like Orpik. Because that's what we've been going through. Not to mention we had players like Bert out (so say, take out Staal there), Helm now....

We're simply injured. It's a bit of a kick in the face to say that without a few certain parts this team isn't worth jack.

I miss Aaron Downey :(

#2272217 Howard suffers groin injury...again.

Posted by Wing Across The Pond on 20 March 2012 - 02:51 PM

If anything, Lids is going to get upset about this and hang 'em up. He is in the longest injury stint of his career and his teammates drop like flies every march. I don't forsee him sticking around to see it happen again.

Thank goodness Lidstrom doesn't think like you.

#2269491 The reason The Wings shipped Mike Commodore

Posted by Wing Across The Pond on 13 March 2012 - 08:53 AM

The Production Line blog gave an interesting view on the reason to why Wings shipped Commodore to Tampa and didn't sign anyone else in his place...


Interesting theory, just wondering what people think? I haven't seen the prospect at all so can't really comment but could Holland be THAT farsighted?

Theories please.

#2268824 Smith/Kindl/Ericsson

Posted by Wing Across The Pond on 10 March 2012 - 06:12 AM

I give big E a heck of a lot of credit for agreeing to stop playing Center though. Imagine that, playing as a forward your whole life, a scout sees the one game you play defence and decides to try and convince you to play the rest of your career there. Hats off to him for that. For some reason I feel far better with him in there over Kindl. He's gone off the boil.

Perhaps its simply a case of E thinking too much, almost like because it's not his 'natural' position (which it actually has come to be over the years) that he's scared to make even the slightest wrong move and he gets himself into a muddle. Then again, how do you tell a guy who's that worried to do everything right, just to calm down a little. That's what I think anyway. The head can mess with even the best of us.

#2262398 Top 15 Nicest Players

Posted by Wing Across The Pond on 25 February 2012 - 01:38 PM

I think Iginla would be a dude. Can see him being really nice, not shunning fans or other players or reporters and such. That being said, for off-ice niceness, didn't Vinny Lecavalier give like, a years salary to fund a children's hospital? That makes a nice guy in my book.

Also Lids ALWAYS seems nice, without fail, almost to the point where he still can't believe the fame and attention he gets.

#2259966 Kyle Quincey traded to Detroit in 3 team trade (TBL & COL)

Posted by Wing Across The Pond on 21 February 2012 - 05:50 PM

Here is what really doesn't make sense. The wings gave up a pick AND Sebadtian Piche. The lightning were giving up Steve downie essentially for those 2 assets. I don't pay much attention to Tampa but he is pretty good right? So what gives?

I don't think he was an essential piece. Plus he wanted a change of scenery. I'm thinking of the potential backlash from some Tampa fans, if they find out that Yzerman basically went out of his way, lost a player for a pick and an average prospect, just to help his old team. I get what you mean though, but I think he got exactly what he wanted out of it, and a little more by being smart and acting as a go-between.

yes i watched hockey if you notice quincey is 6'2 200 +pounds , we didnt have alot of big guys in the back end back then , meech was 5'10 thats why i was so against getting rid of quincey for meech back then ... meech was -12 both seasons in detroit wouldnt say he was so good

anyways let's just agree to disagree :thumbup:

From the looks of it, you've referenced his height and weight roughly 100 times in this thread. It's irrelevant. Chara is tall, heavy, strong, and a great player. Martin St. Louis is about 4 foot tall, 90 pounds soaking wet, and a great player. You've glossed over the entire counter argument presented to you that Quincey wasn't playing well enough to keep a place over Meech. You've mentioned that he was -12 but have made absolutely no effort to argue why Quincey was so much better. That's like me saying "Coke is great because Pepsi sucks"... when in fact they could both suck, just one a bit more than the other. From a management point of view you don't waive the better player when there is a risk either could be claimed. You attempt to waive the worse player and hope for the best. Hindsight is 20/20. But he's back. So get over it.

#2255424 what should our 2013 winter classic jersey look like

Posted by Wing Across The Pond on 12 February 2012 - 12:55 PM

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The Cameron Frye style will be fine with me

I own this jersey :) took me a while to find it though. Apparently Gordie sent him a jersey to wear (hence the name and number 9), yet the vast encyclopedia that is the World Wide Web doesn't seem to register it's existence outside the film. Apparently they never wore one with a white collar :( Which means mine is most likely a personal production. I did get it on ebay after all.

I think it should be red (obviously) but think Toronto should wear blue as well, as someone mentioned. However don't know if I'd like a new jersey or not. I mean we don't really have a diverse history of jerseys to remodel :P but maybe a new one would be good.

Worth reverting to the old logo though and inverting the colours? Or just pedantic?

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#2255188 Joe Thornton... class act

Posted by Wing Across The Pond on 11 February 2012 - 06:51 AM

Saw this on the NHL website. I have no idea what the point of it was but to show that Joe Thornton had another one of his classless moments.

And then to make things worse, the commentary team makes the claim that Toews instigates. Please, somebody, let me know where this happens? Before, or after, Thornton's crosscheck to the back.


In a lesser way, it reminds me of this also....


I mean, what the heck has this guy got against opposing captains? Captain envy?