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#2434974 What forward is the Red Wings X Factor?

Posted by T.Low on 04 September 2013 - 01:58 PM

I was lazy in my thought; I should not of said that we would be in trouble, rather that we would be nothing special.

Well, I guess for us, that is in trouble.

#2434658 Franzen: "I am not a goal scorer"

Posted by T.Low on 01 September 2013 - 09:31 PM

Why is everybody getting their panties in a ruff? It's nothing we don't already know.

The guy is what he is, does what he does, and gets paid what he gets paid. He's not first and foremost a goal scorer. . Too bad, so sad. Not a news flash. He's an asset and a good value.

#2433947 Grand Rapids Griffins - Behind The Benches

Posted by T.Low on 23 August 2013 - 01:59 PM

Threads like this are Gems.  It is the reason I come back to LGW and put up with the 48 pages of BS in the 50 page Brunner Contract thread.


Thanks a ton.

#2433691 San Jose Sharks decide to use practice jerseys from now on...

Posted by T.Low on 20 August 2013 - 07:21 PM

it's the weight of the C that has caused Thornton to underperform.

#2431455 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by T.Low on 25 July 2013 - 02:24 AM

Anyone seen the Brunner Contract thread?  Coulda sworn I was in it a minute ago...

#2430894 Each NHL Team's Mount Rushmore

Posted by T.Low on 19 July 2013 - 07:15 PM

You know a lot more about NHL history than I do.

The only thing I would change would be to add Garth Butcher on to Vancouver's. Mainly because he is an acquaintance of mine. Ha ha

#2430870 Fedorov: ‘We had the chance’ to bring Datsyuk to KHL

Posted by T.Low on 19 July 2013 - 04:17 PM

Sorry but this is not funny. I know what you are trying to say but what happened is still horrible and one can only pray, that the KHL has improved in that regard.
 st being Pasha once again, to be honest I wouldn't have hold it against him if he decided to stay in the KHL but I am obviously happy that he decided to return and signed an extension.

I didn't read it as a funny comment. I read it as a serious valid point and a real consideration, as well as a poignant commentary on the state of the infrastructure over there, including significant aspects such as emergency medical preparedness at rinks, player medical coverage in general, etc.  


Especially coming from F Michael; dude is usually spot on with his insights.

#2430456 Datsyuk Interview

Posted by T.Low on 17 July 2013 - 03:12 AM

Tell us how does iPhone Siri knows you are the Magic Man?


“How? Well, I picked up the phone and called Apple. I said ‘Let’s do this! It will be a great project!’

"And it turned out to be great, everyone is happy. It was easy. You just need to have the right connections!”


I love Dats.  He should be interviewed every game....twice.


10 bucks!

#2428450 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by T.Low on 07 July 2013 - 12:38 PM

Brunner  has the most deadly shot on the team.  It seemed like 50% of his goals last year were terrific snipes that were placed just right, places other shooters would have been less likely to hit in the heat of battle.

And close in around the net, others just jamb away but he lifts it up and through holes.


His defense is underrated.  He is good with his stick, can thief from behind, poke and agitate well, and  the smaller ice is much easier for him to cut off passing lanes than it was in Europe.


Too often people mistake skating slowly through shooting lanes for floating.  He is not the guy you want mucking for pucks in the corner.  He is the guy that finds open shooting angles so the corner mucker can get the puck out to him for a one timer.  


Even when he has struggled and been ineffective and shut down all game long, he can find that open part of the ice in the chaos of the game's last minute of play, and bury the puck in the back of the net better than anyone else on the team.  


While Nyquist, Tatar, and Brunner are very similar players, they are not carbon copy's of each other.  They each have unique strengths and all add value to this team.  But noboby has a deadly and confident shot like Damian Brunner, and at the end of the game, it's all about getting goals in the net.  We need a guy who's primary obsession in life is to score goals, and he is it, and at a pretty good price.

#2427977 who's on their way out of Detroit

Posted by T.Low on 06 July 2013 - 10:46 AM

Nyquist. Datsyuk. Franzen
Zetterberg Weiss. Alfredsson
Tatar. Andersson. Bertuzzi
Abdelkader Helm. Miller/Tootoo


No one knows if Helm is going to be able to play unfortunately, btw.

Your post is a good illustration of the fact that
With this roster, the line combos are virtually endless. Babcock is going to have fun matching up against other teams and keeping chemistry fresh.

#2427902 Darren Helm - Career in Question?

Posted by T.Low on 06 July 2013 - 01:49 AM

Pierre McGuire today team 1040 Vancouver said Helm is skating with the youngsters in Grand Rapids. FWIW

#2427499 Dan Cleary Watch

Posted by T.Low on 05 July 2013 - 04:31 PM

Go home, Holland. You're drunk.

He should quit while he is ahead. .

#2426778 Dan Cleary Watch

Posted by T.Low on 05 July 2013 - 12:22 PM

I think Abby has shown that he can take over Cleary's role- I don't see where the Wings have room for Cleary.



Dan Cleary had an awesome time in Detroit.  Resurrected a non career,;knocked Phanuef all the way back to Ontario;  stood up to Chris Prongber;  was key in a Cup victory; heart  and soul player that gave it his all, exactly what you want players to do in the playoffs.

I will always remember the awesome Dan Cleary.


Make lots of $ and enjoy Dallas.


Edit; I type slow on this thing.  

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#2425425 How much is too much?

Posted by T.Low on 03 July 2013 - 12:51 PM

"Competitive monopoly" is a rather unique situation that appears in sports more so than other areas of the marketplace. I haven't seen anyone post about it yet, but it's really a big reason on why UFA prices can be so ridiculous.

For example; While there may be five 2C's that are capable of 25 goals 35 assists per year, there is only one Vinny Lecavalier.

If you want a Vinny Lecavalier on your team, the local Sporting goods store does not have five Vinny Lecavaliers on the shelf. There is only one in all of the world.

You could buy a Weiss or a Filp instead, but its not the same as a Vinny. Vinny Lecavalier has a monopoly on Vinny Lecavalier's.  If you want one, you are going to have to bid against everyone else that wants one too.

When you have a monopoly on something,you are a price maker, not a price taker.

The salary cap was meant to level the playing field in regards to acquisition powers. It has proven to be kryptonite to Illitches checkbook and has taken the Mickey out of Hollands off-season. He has chosen not to overpay during UFA season. And I can't blame him. There is only so much pie to slice up for your team.

#2425313 How much is too much?

Posted by T.Low on 03 July 2013 - 10:04 AM

UFA's will be inherently over priced because demand is high and supply is low.  They will ruin the salary structure of your team, and quite possibly the attitude of the room.


We all know that Holland and Illitch understood after the '05 CBA that prices for UFA's would be waaaay hyper inflated and therefore went to a philosophy of building a team through the draft.


As you see, Wings fans are having a difficult time living on a budget when we never had to before.  We can't handle not buying every Lecavalier and Horton that we see become available, like the good ole days of  buying up a Lucky Luc and having no room for him except on the 4rth line.


That is one reason winning the Calder Cup was so significant.