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#2306219 2012 SCF : Los Angeles Kings vs. New Jersey Devils

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 09 June 2012 - 03:05 PM

I read worst ratings since 04.

Coming off two straight Finals with great ratings. Mostly due to original 6 teams playing in each.

The ratings would have been higher if Jersey hadn't spoiled the party. Considering how they've played in these Finals so far, it's been a big waste for the league.

#2306181 favorite wing never to win the cup in Detroit

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 09 June 2012 - 10:38 AM

No love for Cujo?

#2306082 We Need to Get Tougher to Play Against

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 08 June 2012 - 06:35 PM

Nothing against enforcer(s),but don't want to see us becoming Bruins/Kings like team.
Yes they won it by chasing,dumping,trapping and fore-checking,but the key is still Conn Smythe winning goaltenders.

Call me crazy,but I still want Red Wings like team that moves the puck soo damn quick that fore-checking f*ckers come 1 second too late,lol

And Howard has not been able to outplay the other guy (not counting Bryzgalov) in order for us to advance far.

Since we're not obtaining a Conn Smythe goalie this offseason, we may as well demand something realistic.

Step 1) Sign/trade for Bobby Ryan and Colton Orr
Step 2) Do a Vulcan Mind Meld
Step 3) Put Colton Ryan in as a goal-scoring forward to do our fighting.
Step 4) Get Bobby Orr out there to play defense.

Ok, now that I've got the silliness out of my head, I would not mind having Colton Orr on the team.

The enforcer debate has been done to death, and I've given my nickel's worth time and again, but one thing the team seemed to be lacking, especially during the playoffs, was joy.

I know that sounds silly, but they all looked like they were going through the motions- like they were just doing what they were doing but had no purpose.

One thing we always hear about with guys like Downey (for example- not saying "bring him back") is how they lift the spirits of the other guys. They kind of act as an internal cheerleader. They build them up when they need the confidence.

Enforcers are commonly the "funny guy" in the locker room. No, not that way. Get your minds out of the gutter. I mean they're the guy that cracks the jokes and lightens the mood. They get the team up before the big games, and then go to their place in the press box. Or they play and do their duty.

Sure, we need a defenseman. We need a top six guy. We know who most of us want for those spots. July 1st only comes once a year. I'm sure Kenny will be focused on those two, plus any backup plans should those guys get snapped up quickly.

But we also need a guy who can bring the joy of playing hockey back to the locker room. And that, my friends, could very likely be an enforcer.

Go for it, Kenny!

Admit it.

Chicks dig enforcers and hockey fights.

#2306020 We Need to Get Tougher to Play Against

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 08 June 2012 - 12:42 PM

I want goons on this team. What's wrong with that?


#2305914 Avs sign David Jones

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 07 June 2012 - 08:59 PM

I wonder if his locker is still at the bottom of the sea?

#2305913 Would you do this deal?

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 07 June 2012 - 08:58 PM

How about Neil and Carkner straight up for Hudler?


#2305715 2012 SCF : Los Angeles Kings vs. New Jersey Devils

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 06 June 2012 - 09:28 PM

The Ratings Busters strike again.

Speaking of that, the chick behind Jersey's bench is packing heat.

#2305060 Would you make this trade?

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 03 June 2012 - 10:00 PM

I don't see this trade helping either team that much.

Franzen is a lazy idiot, but trading him is stupid unless we get an offensive scorer going the other way. What if we don't get Parise? Then we'll have even less reliable scoring at forward than before.

And Washington would be trading their best offensive defenseman for Kindl?

#2304899 Conn Smythe Predictions

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 02 June 2012 - 10:44 PM


#2304413 Excited and Optimistic

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 31 May 2012 - 06:37 PM

It'll be tough making the playoffs next season unless we have a huge offseason signing.

We finished 5th this season and the West is getting more and more competitive each year. Also, the Wings looked putrid when Lidstrom was injured late in the season.

It'll likely be a dogfight to get one of those last few spots. A Parise or Suter would make that easier of course.

#2304281 Nick Lidstrom retires after 20 seasons

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 31 May 2012 - 11:12 AM

Other than Gordie Howe, who was pushing 50, who else played hockey at such a high level in their early 40's?

#2304105 2012 SCF : Los Angeles Kings vs. New Jersey Devils

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 30 May 2012 - 10:15 PM

Way to lift those pads Fatso!

#2304103 We Need to Get Tougher to Play Against

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 30 May 2012 - 10:10 PM

IMO Prust would be ideal, but I don't see NYR letting him walk. I think Tootoo would have the most points/dollar of the 4th line players mentioned in this thread. His game isn't perfect, but a Tootoo-Helm/Abby-Miller line would be a great 3rd/4th line.

As long as there aren't Tootoo whistles at the Joe, I would be okay with the Wings signing him.

Abby had more fights and more points than Nystrom this season.

With that said, I've wanted Nystrom for a few seasons.

Abby had one more point than Nystrom in several more games. I'd take Nystrom's 16 goals and grit over anything Abby does.

In any case, this 4th line needs a major makeover. Seeing Homer and Mursak out there with Emmerton made me want to puke. Worst 4th line I've ever seen.

#2304042 Nick Lidstrom retires after 20 seasons

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 30 May 2012 - 07:45 PM

Alas, if only I could look half as good at 42...maybe its because I am not super human?

That sure would be a toss up! When Yzerman was scoring 60 goals and getting MVP votes, he sure seemed unstoppable...like I said, great company! In their primes, all four were HOF's in the making!

Lidstrom is the second best defenseman ever behind Orr. No way you can honestly say Yzerman is a top 5 all time forward.

Also, Lidstrom's longevity puts him above Yzerman. Stevie was a solid player in his late 30's, but injuries eventually took their toll. Lidstrom was an All-Star caliber player all the way to the end. I mean, the guy won all his Norris trophies after age 30!

I have mixed emotions of both sadness and anger.

Sad to see who in my mind is the greatest defenseman in NHL history, someone who I grew up watching, retire.

Angry to see him go out the way he did. Holland brought him back, just to stand pat and not improve the team around whatsoever around him. In exchange, we get just about shut out in the first round. He deserved a better way to go out......

He deserved a better fate.

For that, Holland deserves......

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#2304028 Thank you #5

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 30 May 2012 - 07:31 PM

Like I said in another thread, he's the best player of my generation.

I never got to watch Gretzky or Lemieux in their primes and it's doubtful whether I'll ever see anyone as good as Lidstrom.