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#2031037 1996 World Cup of Hockey

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 04 September 2010 - 01:53 PM

Tonight, the NHL Network is supposed to show all 3 games of the 1996 World Cup of Hockey final between US and Canada.

For my money, it's the best hockey I've ever seen in my life. Both teams were loaded with Hall of Famers, and unlike the Olympics, there was tons of physicality in the series, since these were North American teams.

Just to give you an idea, Canada had the likes of Gretzky, Messier, Yzerman, Sakic, Lindros, Stevens, Brodeur, Niedermayer, Coffey and Shanahan. United States had the likes of Chelios, LaFontaine, Hull, Modano, Leetch, Hatcher, Richter, Tkachuk, Leclair, Housley and Amonte.

Basically, I don't think there's ever been a series, aside from maybe the 1972 Summit Series, that featured a more impressive array of Hall of Famers and legends, and it was something to watch all these guys on the ice at the same time. It's sadly not talked about as often as it should.

So what are you memories of this series?

#2030893 The NHL fan base is growing...

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 03 September 2010 - 03:38 PM

This is all Andreas Lilja's doing.

#2030791 Mike Comrie to Penguins

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 03 September 2010 - 11:09 AM

Why do they need another center, when they have the best top three centermen in the NHL?

#2030053 Power Forwards

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 29 August 2010 - 11:16 AM

Apparently, a person who realizes that power forwards have been historically equated with fighting by those around the NHL, is an enforcer slappy. :rolleyes:

#2029962 Khabibulin arrested for DUI

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 28 August 2010 - 01:43 PM

Does this mean his name will be taken off the Stanley Cup?

#2029797 Top 10 Russians in NHL History

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 27 August 2010 - 03:59 PM

kovalev. this man has no heart for the game. he is lazy and a smug *******. i'd definately put the professor in before that slug. and i'd also put fetisov in before that defensive disaster gonchar. if konstantinov got to play longer, he would be on that list for sure. he was a beast.

the most noteworthy russian goalie of all time is tretiak hands down. he helped revolutionalize goaltending and inadvertantly made ken dryden a better goalie from dryden watching his pre-game warm-up styles and what not.

i really wish that mikhailov and kharlamov played in the NHL. they would have really set the bar high for russians. and if way back then the russian players could come over to the NHL, the situations present today would probably not be so harsh for russian players signing and drafting.

Fetisov and Larionov were never really stars in the NHL. Their star days came in Russia.

Kovalev is a little overrated and lazy, but he's scored almost 1,000 points in his career. Gonchar has scored around 700 or so if I'm not mistaken. How can you put Fetisov and Larionov ahead of those guys, when their NHL careers clearly weren't better, and they were not really expected to be top stars on their teams?

Those two guys were complementary players for pretty much their whole NHL career.

#2029266 Raffi Torres signs with Vancouver

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 25 August 2010 - 06:36 PM

Another player many people here wanted, who wound up signing for a lot cheaper than expected.

#2028109 Small rule change confirmed

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 21 August 2010 - 05:13 PM

Agreed but if they won't eliminate the SO they should use a 3 point system.

Regulation Win = 3 points
Shootout or OT Win = 2 points
Shootout or OT Loss = 1 point
Regulation Loss = 0 points

As it is now a SO win is as good as a regulation win. That makes no sense whatsoever.

No, because then teams will start breaking all kinds of records for wins and it's not good for the game in my opinion to keep shootouts, and on top of that, hand out more and more points.

win in regulation or OT = 2 points
tie after regulation/OT = 1 point
loss in regulation or OT = 0 points

#2028103 Small rule change confirmed

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 21 August 2010 - 04:55 PM

How about getting rid of the shootout, and going back to ties and no points for an OT loss?

Time to eliminate this Mickey Mouse system altogether. I'm tired of seeing everyone's record being distorted by shootout wins and losses.

#2028097 Penguins sign Arron Asham

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 21 August 2010 - 04:36 PM

Yeah it sucks instead they will be able to consistently score and be arguably the best 3rd line in the NHL.

Yes, they're going to consistently score and dominate everyone else. No one can stop this wonderful line. Get a grip man.

Like I've said before, a line full of pretty boy skilled players is not traditionally a successful third line. We need a 3rd line more like the one we had in 2008.

The scoring will be plentiful from the top 2 lines, from Hudler and a healthy Cleary. Adding a 40 year old has been doesn't increase our scoring by that much.

I don't understand why you consider the Wings to require a shutdown line considering Babcock matches up his top lines against the opposition's most nights.

To give Hank and Pavel a little break so they can concentrate on offense more.

What Babcock does hasn't always worked by pairing our best players against theirs. Besides, guys like Bertuzzi and Homer are in the top 6, and they're not that great defensively.

Why do you think Modano will be great here? Just because he scored over 1,000 points in his career? He's not that same player anymore, or else Dallas would have likely kept him.

#2027960 Penguins sign Arron Asham

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 20 August 2010 - 11:40 PM

You are in no position to challenge my "knowledge of the game" when you are arguing against hockey geniuses (who built multiple cup champion teams) in Holland, Jim Nill, and Jim Devellano... Seriously?

Your opinion is the minority. I'm siding with the entire Red Wings' management for the team they built this year. You are the minority here. And you say this isn't a video game? I think the only one here playing the video game is you. I doubt Holland, Nill and Devellano have time to play video games, they are too busy building championship teams. What's your excuse?

Geniuses make mistakes too. Last year those geniuses brought back Williams. Holland is the best GM in hockey, but he isn't perfect.

And I don't base my arguments on what the majority believes. If anyone on LGW does that, they should not be allowed to post here. I don't care if my opinion is in the minority as long as it's my opinion. I've posted my opinion on this tonight. That's all I'm here for.

#2027908 Penguins sign Arron Asham

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 20 August 2010 - 10:09 PM

This thread is funny. :D

*Grabs more popcorn*

Thanks for your wonderful contribution to it. :thumbup:

#2027872 Penguins sign Arron Asham

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 20 August 2010 - 08:32 PM

Modano adds more to the team than Asham could. Nor is Asham so special of a player that we won't have plenty of similar options next year if Modano retires.

And what 4th liners should we not have signed?

No one but you has said anything about Maltby, he's not signed, and will not be on the team next year except maybe in GR for an injury call-up. Draper was already under contract and on the cap anyway. Then we have Helm, Abby, Eaves, Miller, and Ritola. Five players for four spots. So you have to get rid of two of them to make room for Asham.

Asham isn't even that good of a fighter. Turn on some MMA if you're that desparate. This is a stupid complaint.

I was waiting for that MMA comment. And I just mentioned above what 4th liners we shouldn't have signed. There's nothing stupid about my complaint. You just don't see it my way that's all.

#2027859 Penguins sign Arron Asham

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 20 August 2010 - 08:17 PM

Not really but maybe you just answered your own question assuming I was talking about you...

I guess I did. :hehe:

I just wanted to make sure that's not how it sounded. I never said we should have an enforcer on every line and constantly fight. That's not our game.

But a guy like Asham over some old man like Maltby who's being offered a similar contract is something I'm going to get a little pissed about. I haven't said anything in this thread other than my own opinion on the matter. If you guys don't care about this issue as much, then so be it. I just don't like any smart alecs coming in here and misquoting things I said to make themselves sound smarter than what they really are.

#2027851 Penguins sign Arron Asham

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 20 August 2010 - 07:45 PM

I am totally with you, Holland and the Wings are desperate for 4th liner players; they don't have enough and need to sign about 30 more. :ph34r:

Babcock could have a killer 4th line of Asham-Helm-Abdelkader-Draper-Miller-Ritola-Eaves! Holland screwed up, he could have the biggest and baddest 4th line in the league. Problem is though, would the refs let the Wings ice 9 players on the same line? That could be tricky, but I'm sure it can be done.

Or maybe Wings should, instead of icing 2nd line talent on the 3rd line, waive Hudler, Cleary and Modano so Babcock can ice two 4th lines.

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Was this post made by you or a 4 year old?

I never said I wanted Draper even on the team. Same with a guy like Maltby who will probably get paid for playing in GR this season.

A third line of Hudler, Helm and Cleary would be arguably the best 3rd line in the league. Modano gives us more offense on the 3rd line, but we already had enough of that without him.

You can't just load a team with talent and scoring only. A guy like Asham for cheap is not a bad bargain. He's younger than Modano, so we could have him for more seasons possibly in the future.

Don't know why you made such a childish post to start your argument. My arguments were legit and mature on this. I wasn't kidding. Grow up next time before you misquote me about signing 30 tough players.