I dont see why this is surprising. Florida is notoriously bad at supporting its sports teams. Not just in hockey but in pretty much all major sports. Sure they may sell out when a team is dominating a league or deep in playoffs but if a team is mediocre or bad nobody shows up. Honestly can you blame them though? Would you rather spend your money to go see a mediocre or bad sports team or go to the beach and look at scantily clad woman and enjoy the ocean? Theres just to many other things to do in Florida year round than go to sports games. I believe the high amount of transplants to the state also adds into this. People are loyal to there original teams not adopted florida teams.
There are plenty of scantily clad women in the world. There is only one Tomas Kopecky.
I have reversed moderating decisions. Now, it doesn't happen often, but it does. You know how that dialog gets started? PM me. Moderators make mistakes. I make mistakes. We're not above rectifying them.
Matt, just one question? Can you bring back any of the following posters?
Crymson (no, seriously)
fat guy in a maltby jersey
I've gotten stung with that on many occasions. I type up a post and go to post it and -bang- the thread is gone. I don't blame the mods. I blame the wee knees who messed it up. (Ok, maybe at the moment I grrr at the mods for not leaving it up that one split-second more, because, you know, they can read minds and all that.)
I have to admit that there are times when it gets irritating and I have to quit reading in the middle of a thread, but there are other times I'm the one with the popcorn.
At the end of the day, we all have something to say and if it doesn't fly here we can go post it on facebook or another forum or something. Or yell at the cat. Or the plants. Or our shoes...
That's it. I'm starting a "Kronwall is Overrated and He Sucks" thread.
Again and again...the officiating in the NHL is of a spectacularly amateurish level compared to other major sports, It is so inconsistent that its hard for casual fans to be sure what the rules are or know what's going on and it turns them off. Hell I've been watching ice hockey for 20 years and I still can't tell when the f***-bags in the middle are going to make calls or not....and absolute joke in terms of consistency and professionalism, and there are so many games I've watched over the past 5 years where the officials have decided the outcome more than the players.
Apart for Bettman's golden boys, I don't even think its bias, just incompetence.
That said, wings were good again tonight, and if they can maintain those energy and skill levels, they'll be a lock for the playoffs
No. Officiating sucks equally in all three sports (don't watch baseball enough to know or care).
Every time I'm ready to proclaim NHL referees the worst, I think of NBA and NFL referees and retract the thought. Same thing with the other two sports. Referees are like players. They're human and will make stupid mistakes.
What sports really need is to get rid of refs and replace them with computers that never make any mistakes. But that's obviously not happening right now, so we're stuck with what we have.
I think Howie is a nice guy, I really do! He's played in the NHL for like what, 5-6 season? That's a major accomplishment!
But he's 30 years old, it's not like he's going to be getting any better from here on out. His still atrocious puck handling skills show he isn't really committed to trying to improve (I mean how hard would it be to spend 5-10 mins passing the puck back and forth with someone a couple times a week??).
I don't think there's any reason to continue to have our goalie of the future playing in the AHL just for the hell of it, especially if he's the better option to win us games. Who cares if he's currently in GR? Are they barred from calling him up? I'm mean sure give Howie a little bit more time to see what happens with him, but if it just continues like this I'd rather just have Mrazek start getting some serious NHL time. Why not?
If Mrazek is better, than he should start.
This franchise doesn't owe Howard anything. It's the same franchise that benched better goalies like Hasek, Joseph and Osgood at some point in their careers.
Well we brought in that coach-dude to help. But yeah, the PP won't get any better until the guys on the blue line actually wake up.
Coaching has nothing to do with it. People always blamed Renney for the powerplay, but this team just doesn't frankly have the talent. No coach could make Helm and Quincey into powerplay specialists. One injury to a Datsyuk or a Zetterberg, and we're severely undermanned.
I don't think "being physical" matters at much as people tend to think. Many fans (around the league) think if you're big and you're not playing like Backes or Lucic then you're "easy to play against". Which is likely not true. Obviously its harder to play against guys like that, but it's probably no walk in the park trying to body up Franzen for 60 minutes. No matter how "physical" he is (or isn't), he's still 225 lbs. of forward that you've got to try and contain for an entire game.
So in short, I agree lol.
I think the Wings are very easy to play against physically. The big guys aren't known for their hitting. Franzen is big and skilled, but doesn't really battle for pucks. Team speed is supposed to be our real strength, but that didn't really work for us when playing against a team like Boston.
As much as most of us can't stand Abdelkader being in the top 6, I really think it's a total shift in the NHL in general. Teams are rolling out top 9's now. Look around at the lines for other teams. Anaheim uses Matt Beleskey on their 2nd line, and they used Pat Maroon on their top line last season. Los Angeles has Tanner Pearson on the 2nd, while Justin Williams (who won the Conn Smythe) is on their 3rd line. Chicago's rolling out a Saad-Shaw-Kane line.
Is Abdelkader better or worse than some of those guys? I don't know, and I don't like him on that line, flat out. I do know that there's a shift in how teams are rolling out scoring lines. Teams aren't top heavy anymore - they're trying to run three balanced scoring lines. For better or worse, Abs is going to stay in that top 9 somewhere. Detroit's going to utilize guys like he and Helm to fill in spots on line where they battle for pucks and play in front of the net.
But all those teams are a lot better than us with a much deeper offensive pool So whatever they're doing, they're doing it right.
Abby in the top 6 is a perfect indication of why this team has fallen from contender status. Guy works hard on every shift, but it's like putting lipstick on a pig. It shouldn't be there and he shouldn't be getting big minutes with skilled players.
To clarify are we talking physical players or "meatheads"? You seem to be going back and forth. Who wouldn't like a physical player who is solid defensively and can score a big goal on occasion. Every team wants a few of those and there aren't that many available.
Holland signed Tootoo, a fighter and agitator, and after injuries to nearly every regular on the team, Babcock chose to play absolutely anyone but him. He made it pretty clear that isn't the type of player he wants on his team.
The Wings have plenty of needs, but an "enforcer" is at the very bottom of the list. The injuries have nothing to do with having an enforcer.
It was 17 years ago.
I'm just saying that I'll take a meathead if we can't get a fighter with talent (which I know we won't).
Enforcer may be on the bottom of the list, but the top of the list isn't something Holland seems to be able to realistically address. He doesn't have any sway over free agents anymore and neither does the organization. We're not going to obtain a top 6 winger or a top pair defenseman, so what's the use wishing for the impossible.