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#2296693 Crazy, but serious, off season predictions

Posted by T.Low on 24 April 2012 - 02:10 PM

Alain Vineualt to Montreal, Mike Babcock to Vancouver.
Coaches do indeed have a shelf life. Don't get me wrong, I really like Babcock.


Ryan Kesler for Ryan Getzlaf. Both need a change of scenery.



WHat are your crazy hunches?


#2296103 Who will be Vancouver's 2012-13 goalie?

Posted by T.Low on 23 April 2012 - 01:41 AM

They will ride the Schneid.

Gillis will ask LuLu for a list of 5 teams.

The best thing about Schneider is that the fans can't yell Luuuuu everytime someone hits him with the puck.


#2295286 4-1 1st rd exit best thing for Wings

Posted by T.Low on 21 April 2012 - 02:04 PM

In an abrupt 1st round exit that includes only one victory, a series where nobody on the team really shined, it's ultimately the best thing to happen to the Wings this season on many different levels, (short of winning another Stanley Cup of course).

Limping along into a conference final loss, for example, (or even another 2nd round loss), would have provided too much cover for our weaknesses. It would have made it too easy to gloss things over and many real issues would only be considerred suspect issues that we could possibly live with.
However, this 1st round exit is a complete failure by Detroit Red Wing standards, and now everything is exposed and on the table for scrutiny. Everything from when to chip and chase ( and work on that more often) to who we really need on Pavel's wing, to Filppula, Franzen, on down the line, to reassessing our tendency to keeping the youngsters (Smith this year) off the playof roster when they are the one's with the energy, blah blah blah. Our roster, our philosophy, our staff... Everything is now on the table to be scrutinized.


Also, I think it would leave a bad taste for Lidstrom in regards to retirement timing. Again, if we had made it to th conference finals, maybe Nick would have thought that is as good as thing can get, he's had a full career, blah blah blah, and it's time to retire.
This year's exit may light a fire in him to return for one final season. At the same time, Smith can be on the roster to learn from Nick, which did not really happen last year. One more run for the Cup in 2013 for Nick Lidstrom.


This team has more to gain and learn from an embarrassing 1st round exit and it's resulting harsher off season scrutiny than they do from the experience of cruising along into a conference final loss.


What do you think?


#2294844 What's Kenny Holland's Offseason Plan?

Posted by T.Low on 20 April 2012 - 10:32 PM

parise and suter




What am i missing? Why would Suter want to leave Nashville, a team on the rise, for Detroit, a team on the slide?


#2294821 Legwand hides puck in game 4

Posted by T.Low on 20 April 2012 - 10:23 PM

That is cheating, plain and simple. It's not a cagey veteran move, it's cheating.


Edit: Don't get me wrong; it would not have changed anything. Nashville had their way with us. They were able to score whenever they needed to, and able to stalemate our (n)offense.


#2293336 Too many damn pretty boys

Posted by T.Low on 20 April 2012 - 11:03 AM

So, you guys want a team of grinders? Why not join fans of Boston or Nashville then - I personally enjoy watching pretty goals scored once in a while and SKILL has been the signature of the Wings since early 90s. BTW that weakling Semin scored NICE winner today, and when great tough Abdelcader scored last time? If we get Semin, at least Datsyuk won't be bored dead playing with you know whom (Parize does sound better choice to me then Semin, but a lot of teams want him). Finally, Bert, Mule, and Holmstrom can all be considered grinders - unite them in a Red Bombers line and give the assignement to hit rather then score.





I pretty much agree. Like how at the deadline Gillis traded away Vancouver's 3rd line scoring potential for grinders and the team has been misfiring ever since.

It's always been a league of copy cats. WHen Detroit wins the Cup, all of the sudden everyone wants a puck moving Dman and skilled players. Then Boston rag dolls Vancouver on the way to winning the Cup and everyone wants hard hitting hockey players.

Seriously, we are only a few bad bounces away from being up 3-1 instead of down 3-1, but unfortunately, that's hockey.


We all know that if this team goes balls out for 60 minutes, they can beat anybody in the NHL. That's what's bumbed me out.


#2293113 Too many damn pretty boys

Posted by T.Low on 20 April 2012 - 01:16 AM

All I can say for sure is that we are too busy s***tin the bed to take advantage of Chicago, Vancouver, and San Jose all getting knocked out. And probably Pittsburgh.

If the other three series all hold the course, it could be St Louis/L.A., and Detroit/Pheonix...but I'm not holding my breath.


#2292229 The "Age" factor has finally caught up!

Posted by T.Low on 18 April 2012 - 01:17 PM

Disagree with op.

Every year you hope that you are 1) Healthy goihng into the playoffs and 2) it would be nice to be hot.

This year we were neither. We peaked at the wrong time of year and then got the injuries. It's not an excuse, it's just a reality check.

Lidstroms mobility is hamperred. Same with Datsyuk. (If Dats were in this year's mid season form, who knows what this series would look like).


#2289465 Nashville or Detroit: Better Hockey Fans?

Posted by T.Low on 17 April 2012 - 01:13 AM

[/quote]I have enough "class" and "respect" to stay on the forums of my own team. I personally have no interest in what Preds fans have to say during a playoff matchup when we are playing against them, and the best way to avoid conflict is to stay where you belong, on a Preds fan site not on a Wings fan site. :thumbup:
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The only way that can be considered class and respect is if you cannot control yourself on another team's forum, so then, yeah, you are doing them a kindness by staying off their forum.

I get on other teams forums all the time if I want to know something about that team or what the fans think of something. Not sure what the big deal is.


#2289463 Nashville or Detroit: Better Hockey Fans?

Posted by T.Low on 17 April 2012 - 01:04 AM

I've never been a fan of these silly 'more votes mean you are better" poles (or the x amount of posts for a win threads for that matter). But it's pretty obvious that the Nashville fans create a way more awesome atmosphere at their arena than the Wings fans do at the Joe.

I don't want to hear any s*** about Nashville finally having something to cheer about; it doesn't matter; their crowd is way better than our crowd. I would venture to list their crowd in the top 3-5 in the NHL.

And while were at it, I roll my eyes everytime I hear Ken Daniels say it's another sellout crowd at the Joe and you see tons of empty seats on tv. So, all the seats have been sold, tickets are all paid for, yet people would rather not go? That's embarrassing. People always respond with "Well, they are corporate tickets"; Yeah, no s***, and nobody wnats them so they are just sitting in a drawer at the office? WTF.

The best games at the Joe are when the Canadians come over from Toronto and and yell agsinst their Canadian Wing fan counterparts from Windsor, or the games that the college kids came to last year when they started the Todd Ber TU Zi chant.

Face it, other than that, the crowd is too quiet too often.


#2278098 Welcome Back Mule!

Posted by T.Low on 05 April 2012 - 12:44 AM

It seems like Pavel leaned over to Johan on the bench and said, "You get in scoring position; I get you puck no matter what. We win game. Now, go".

There are more than a few guys in the league who could have done what Franzen did at the end of the game. No one else could have done what Datsyuk did. No one.


#2277085 Milbury slams Blysma and Crosby

Posted by T.Low on 03 April 2012 - 01:35 AM

I've never seen the problem with Milbury; he's an old school guy that calls it like he sees it. He's genuine, doesn't try to be anything that he's not, and is not politcally correct and overly professional and polished like too many of the other guys. I like his intolerence for bulls***.

And more often than not, he's right.

Props to Milbury.


#2275685 3/30 GDT : Predators 4 at Red Wings 1

Posted by T.Low on 30 March 2012 - 06:06 PM

Side note:

How is it only 4 o'clock?!?!?!




I'm in Europe this week, way ahead of you guys in time, so I've already seen this game. PM me if you want to know the score.


#2275316 Atlanta Thrashers move to Winnipeg

Posted by T.Low on 29 March 2012 - 01:30 AM

The Thrashers belong in Atlanta, as do the Flames really.
That the franchises didn't flourish there is because of poor ownership in both cases. Look it up.
It has nothing do with lack of fan support. Bettman chose one franchise to back over another because of toxic ownership in Atlanta.
That the NHL isn't in the ninth largest U.S. TV market really is shameful. Especially when that same market is corporate headquarters to UPS, Delta, Home Depot and Coca-Cola.

Still, it's hard deny Canadian enthusiasm for hockey and that counts for a lot.
It's hard though when a team leaves a city. I hate to see it for any fan base.






Show me the demographics of Atlanta and then explain to me how that equals hockey fans. As a UofM econ major, I'm not seeing it.


#2273068 Are Chicago fans not as bad as we thought?

Posted by T.Low on 23 March 2012 - 01:20 AM

Otherwise, what kind of fan are you?






Being a fan is a very weird thing in itself: I will sit here and watch while you perform. I have a fantastic image of you the player even though we most likely have not met, but you have a really vague and even faceless image of me, the fan. But I will be there for you.

That is just weird. I generally don't watch a whole lot of stuff, I'm still pretty active myself and never really got into sitting around watching other guys perform. (Way back in the day my girlfriend got mad at me because i never wanted to sit around every Thursday nite to watch "Friends" on tv, I wanted to get 6 of our own friends and go out and have our own good times.)

So for me to become a fan of a team that i have never played on, well, it's going to take something pretty powerful for me to invest my emotion, my concern, and my very limited time. I played baseball with Pat LaFontaine and was disappointed that he got drafted and the Wings were left with this Yzerman kid. So, again, I didn't really have any reason to tune in and watch. Then they started getting tough, getting better, and making some noise. And then they became characters and personalities that I could relate to. You could see thier efforts and thier progress. They started getting close and I was hooked. And then they won.

Football was my favorite sport growing up in Michigan, but I can't tell you who the Lions running back is now. Luved the Bad Boys, but I can't tell you the starting five of the Pistons or the coache's name. They don't seem to be that good and all the guys that i could relate to are gone. Why watch? Why spend the time and effort to get to know all these new guys? They are not coming over for a BBQ (like Greg Kelser did when he was a Piston).

Sure, lots of bandwagon fans are dumbasses, but a lot just have other priorities in life than committ to watching other people do things. For a person who is trying to match their circle of concern with their circle of influence, being a sports fan is certainly counter productive. But the Wings got me.