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#2203617 Datsyuk or Zetterberg

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 13 August 2011 - 06:12 PM


He's a little older, but has elevated his game the last few years. Right now he's the best two-way player in the league and carried the team last year whenever he was in the lineup.

Zetterberg is not as good as he was several years ago, imo. His accuracy and goal scoring is down, despite him still being one of the league leaders in shots taken.

#2203497 Which is Most Likely to Happen this Season

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 12 August 2011 - 03:30 PM

This question came down to two options for me.

Hudler playing 20 games at center.


Cleary and Holmstrom both playing 75 games.

The injury rate of Red Wing forwards and, and especially Clears and Homer, makes this one go towards Hudler in the middle.

I love it.

But you do realize that you won't be coaching the Wings this season?

#2203456 Andrei Kostitsyn, being shopped

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 12 August 2011 - 12:14 PM

Sure thing.

This trade would finally silence those posters who complain about us not having enough toughness on the roster.

#2202996 Kovalev complains in Russian media

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 09 August 2011 - 11:43 AM

interesting so that means Datsyuk, Ovechkin, Malkin, Gonchar, Bryzgalov all fall into that "modern day" criteria? WHo are you DOn Cherry? What about Mogilny, Fedorov, Zubov, Bure who technically played at the same time when Kovalev won a cup with the Rangers?

this is such BS... Do Red Wings fans question Pavel Datsyuk's heart? If a north american player is streaky you call him steaky, but if a Russian player is like that you call him lazy and say he has no heart ... this is dumb

I don't make the stereotypes, but they are out there. People do consider Kovalev to be a stereotypical Russian hockey player, and it's a shame.

There's too many players who have given a bad name to players like Datsyuk and Ovechkin, who play hard on every shift. From everything I've heard about the older generation Russian players, no one would ever question their commitment to every game. Of course, they never had a chance to be spoiled or lazy.

And I've called plenty of North American players lazy before. This doesn't just apply to foreign players. You could say there's more lazy North American players now then there used to be, for many of the same reasons.

However, when a foreigner does it, even more people will complain about it or point it out. That's the way it goes in life. Kovalev being lazy will be treated worse by the hockey media than a North American player being lazy, because there's a lot of Don Cherry's out there. He's just more vocal than anyone else.

#2202950 RFA/UFA Signings

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 08 August 2011 - 09:55 PM

Why'd you just accuse me of complaining?

I guess you weren't really complaining, but even so, your statement was off the mark. Nobody here is overhyping him. Certainly not by 10 times.

#2202942 You can't let this happen.

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 08 August 2011 - 09:34 PM

Always likes the Blues color and logo scheme. The worst NHL logo today? Avalanche or canucks home Jersey.

Carolina's "rose" logo looks like s***.

Anaheim's is ever worse, because they don't even have a real logo.

#2202937 Kovalev complains in Russian media

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 08 August 2011 - 09:16 PM

Kovalev is pretty much a stereotypical Russian hockey player, tons of talent zero heart.

That's because these guys are rich, spoiled athletes.

In the days of the Red Army hockey teams, those players lived in apartments and got paid as much money as you and I. They also trained 12 months a year. Those guys didn't have this lazy, white collar attitude that the Russian hockey players have nowadays when they come over to the US. That's guaranteed millions for you and a chance to live in America.

So your statement wasn't entirely fair. Kovalev is the stereotypical, "modern day" Russian hockey player.

#2202794 San Jose Sharks

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 07 August 2011 - 02:36 PM

They're built to get lucky bounces and help from the refs against the Wings? Cool story, bud.

Stop making excuses. It makes us Wings fans sound like some pathetic losers.

Sharks beat us both times. Plain and simple. They won 4 games in both series and we didn't. We had our chances to win and didn't get it done.

This whining about bounces and refs is getting old.

#2202787 Brett Lebda traded to Nashville

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 07 August 2011 - 11:22 AM

When one of your scorers takes you to arbitration, thus delaying you for a month, during which time all of the good free-agent forwards are signed, and then bolts for Russia, what do you do? You sign the guys who are still available. Williams was one of the few, and he had scored 20 goals in the prior season.

Nice try.

Holland traded him in 2007 because he knew that Williams was a soft, lazy player. He freaking traded him for Kyle Calder for pete's sake.

Re-signing him was as dumb a move as Holland has made.

#2202771 Brett Lebda traded to Nashville

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 07 August 2011 - 12:36 AM

Yeah, because Kenny is the worst GM in the world, right? Because he'd do something this stupid, right?

No, wait. Why would this not surprise you? It'd be a terrible move. Kenny is not an imbecile and has no history of doing this sort of thing. I can only think that this is yet another insensible criticism of Holland.

What sort of thing?

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#2202731 Brett Lebda traded to Nashville

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 06 August 2011 - 04:30 PM

Lebda = 1 Cup

Thornton/Iginla/Luongo = 0 Cups

#2202403 San Jose Sharks

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 04 August 2011 - 02:13 PM

I still think they're a bad matchup for the Wings. We didn't do much in the offseason to change that in my mind.

They have a big, physical team and I don't think our forwards are big or physical enough to bring it every game on the forecheck against them. The Wings played well towards the end of the series, but still lost. I just don't like our chances if we play them again.

I also agree that San Jose folds in the Conference Finals, but that didn't matter against the Wings since we faced them in the 2nd round.

#2201419 Assistant Captains

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 28 July 2011 - 11:23 AM

I guess Homer will never get one, despite his longevity with the team.

I'd give it to Hudler. He has all the qualities you'd want in a leader. He skates hard on every shift, constantly goes to the net, rarely takes games off, and is responsible defensively.

If not Hudler, I'd give it to Aaron Downey, just because he's Canadian and he fights. Who cares if he's not playing anymore.

#2201305 After the 12/13 Season

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 27 July 2011 - 04:41 PM

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#2201153 Jason Williams signs 1 year contract with Pittsburgh

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 26 July 2011 - 06:39 PM

Now they don't have to worry if Crosby gets injured again.