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#2180149 Kris Draper

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 26 May 2011 - 09:31 PM

A 5'5" power forward? Awesome.

5'5 enforcer more than anything else.

#2180143 Kris Draper

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 26 May 2011 - 09:18 PM

Didn't he go on to be a really anti-communist senator or something?

He was a cross between Sandy McCarthy and Darren Pang.

#2180077 Kris Draper

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 26 May 2011 - 05:21 PM

I like Draper, but he's like the relative that doesn't know when to leave the party.

I'd rather have a younger, bigger forward taking up 4th line minutes. We need to get younger as a team.

And that was not easy for me to type.

#2178781 Brian Rafalski announces retirement after 11 NHL seasons

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 23 May 2011 - 09:46 PM

I wish this happened last season.

Then we could have pursued Lebron.

#2178304 Your all-time team?

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 22 May 2011 - 07:59 PM

You contradicted yourself by saying that you never saw certain legends play, yet you had several on your list. So why would you include Harvey and Orr but not Hull or Richard?

Mine would look like this.

Lemieux - Gretzky - Howe
Hull - Esposito - Richard
Messier - Morenz - Lafleur
Trottier - Beliveau - Yzerman

Lidstrom - Orr
Harvey - Robinson
Potvin - Shore


#2178301 (1) Vancouver Canucks vs. (2) San Jose Sharks

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 22 May 2011 - 07:50 PM

Kesler is certainly a good player, and is improving each year, but his whining and his attitude seem to be getting worse and worse each season also.

What an ass he is.

#2177416 Atlanta Thrashers move to Winnipeg

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 19 May 2011 - 09:12 PM

Nashville will likely move to the Southeast.

Minnesota will move to the Central.

Winnipeg will move to the Northwest.

As I've stated before, the Wings are the only team in the West that guarantees ratings. The league will not be benefited by this move, even though us fans would love it.

#2176880 The Red Wings in 2 to 5 Years

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 18 May 2011 - 07:49 PM

Well, when Yzerman, Fedorov and Shanahan left, we still had guys like Datsyuk and Zetterberg that were already there to fill their shoes. I don't see anyone on the team now in their 20's, who is a star forward of the future.

I hope we'll still be good and competitive, but it will be harder with a salary cap to keep this team rolling every year. Although the cap doesn't exist anymore, the Wings of recent years are still similar on paper to what we had before. A continuation of the past of sorts.

The future looks like a blur to me 5 years from now in Detroit. Too hard to predict. Anything could happen.

#2176291 Which conference would you rather have the Wings in?

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 16 May 2011 - 06:59 PM


Less travel and more sleep.

#2176287 Holland or Yzerman?

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 16 May 2011 - 06:53 PM

Starting now and for the future?

Yzerman of course. Same reason Emperor Palpatine wanted Luke Skywalker to replace Darth Vader as his new apprentice.

Holland has accomplished a lot here, but every GM moves on eventually, and I would have loved to see Yzerman move in as Wings GM because he'll always be a Wing to me.

Only problem I see is him being conflicted and loyal to players he used to play with, which is a large part of this team. I think he would have felt uncomfortable making moves on some of these players who were his former teammates and friends.

But alas, it's too late. Yzerman is not going to leave Tampa anytime soon. Doesn't strike me as that kind of person.

#2175918 Changes in the offseason

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 15 May 2011 - 05:02 PM

We need more big strong North American guys. I'm tired of these soft Euros. And somebody that can fight please.


Finally, you've seen the light. I'm glad you've admitted your follies in the past.

Now it's time for Holland to go out and make it happen.

#2175915 Jaromir Jagr

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 15 May 2011 - 04:58 PM


If this was 2004 and there was no salary cap.

#2175855 Changes in the offseason

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 15 May 2011 - 12:39 PM

Hanzal would be difficult to acquire, but wonderful.

However, he is not a "gun" in terms of being a goal scorer. He did score a bunch of goals last season, but most of them were Holmstrom-esque. Yet another reason to pick him up; Homer's leaving and Hanzal can take his place on the PP.

I wouldn't be shocked to see Ken Holland go after Tomas Kopecky if he could be had for less than $2m; Kopecky has always been pretty good in front of the net also and would give the Wings another big, physical, mobile player who can play.

No thanks.

I don't want my memories of Kopecky's final shift in Detroit to be tainted.

#2175691 Tampa Bay vs. Boston

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 14 May 2011 - 09:53 PM

This team has won 8 straight playoff games! That's very impressive.

In his first season, Yzerman seems to have assembled a team built for the playoffs. I wouldn't think that looking at their roster. Several star players, but the other players are hardly proven playoff vets.

I didn't think these guys were getting out of the first round.

#2175516 Interesting article about possible changes

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 14 May 2011 - 12:28 PM

Ericsson probably saw how much Lebda got paid, and figured he deserved the same.


I say Toronto signs him and pairs him with Lebda.