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#2537801 Are the wings underrated?

Posted by Nev on Today, 01:23 AM

Put is this way last year


1)  We were riddled with a completely ridiculous amount of injuries


2)  Howard had one of his worst seasons as a Wing


3)  We didn't ice the best possible team for much of the year because we were crippled by terrible roster decisions


And yet we were still an 8th seed.


So imagine if this year


1)  Injuries are at a reasonable level


2)  Howard plays like he did in 2013


3)  Cleary/Kindl/Lashoff don't keep more deserving players off the roster


Like Kliq says, I think we are easily capable of being a 4-6 seed.  And if Holland ever makes a trade for a RHD........

#2537799 Ericsson/Smith Day-to-Day with groin/hip flexor issues

Posted by Nev on Today, 01:15 AM


It all seriousness, what does that have to do with this?


LGW in-joke.


Anyway, as Euro-Twins said, this is just standard pre-season fare.  Holland and Babs warned us to expect pulled groins, and that they were going to be more cautious than usual with them this year.

#2536930 9/22/14 7:00 PM. Preseason GDT - DET 2 @ PIT 1

Posted by Nev on 23 September 2014 - 01:05 AM

Woke up this morning, first thing I thought was "wonder how the Wings did?". Second thing I thought was "I wonder who got injured?" :(

#2536692 Barry Trotz Wants Ovechkin to be more like Yzerman

Posted by Nev on 21 September 2014 - 02:30 AM

Yzerman was a center.  Russian wingers aren't known for defensive play, nor should they.  Yzerman was already past 30 when he started winding down offensively to play more defense.   


Ovechkin's job is to score goals, play hard and lead by example.  You don't have to be great defensively to be an effective player or a good leader.    


He doesn't have to be great defensively, but do you think he could at least try to be average?  He does the Controller Disconnected thing all over the ice, all the time.


Regarding Mogilny, the Devils used him on their checking line at the end of his career.

#2536612 Training Camp Thread

Posted by Nev on 19 September 2014 - 02:14 PM

Miller-Glendening-Callahan could be a great fourth line.

In the AHL maybe. I'd rather see Miller - Helm - Abdelkader, since that would mean our top 3 lines are full of quality.

#2536176 Nice article on Mantha

Posted by Nev on 14 September 2014 - 03:28 AM

I've said it before, but I really want Mantha on Pavel's wing.  Throughout his junior career, people have complained that he doesn't dominate play - Malik even complained about it after the first prospects game (after he scored 2 goals :lol: ).  Those who watch him closely say this is because his style of play doesn't involve chasing round the O-zone, but rather waiting for the puck to come to him and then taking advantage.  Rather like Brett Hull used to be with Pav - hanging round the slot while the kids mucked around in the corners, the puck would suddenly come free and there was an open Brett Hull firing a shot on net.


Sounds like Mantha has the shot, and the awareness (and the size, and the skating) to be a perfect foil to Pav.

#2534864 Datsyuk or Fedorov?

Posted by Nev on 24 August 2014 - 02:38 AM

Euro_Twins....if you are purely looking at stats, I don't think Datsyuk has a chance at the Hall at all at this point.  804 points in 824 is good enough?  Don't think so.  Lindros has 865 points in 760 games and has a Hart and Pearson...he's not in.


My personal starting discussion point used to be 1,000 points AND over 1 ppg.  Anything less than that would be very difficult, but there would be exceptions (e.g. several high end trophies)


GMR has nailed it.  If that is your criteria, then only a handful of players drafted during the Bettman era will make the HOF.  One only has to look at the list of total NHL points, I think Thornton is the highest ranked Bettman era player and he was something like 37th last time I checked.  The list is dominated by guys drafted in the 70s and 80s.  Under your criteria, all the accumulators who played in the 80s will get in ahead of the superstars of the 21st century, which is just wrong. 


Plus Pav's points can't be looked at in isolation, the guy won 3 consecutive Selke's whilst averaging 92 points and winning a cup.  He's a top-10 all time defensive forward.  Throw in his jaw dropping playstyle and he is just a unique player.

#2534314 Hockey 101: Zone exits for wingers

Posted by Nev on 15 August 2014 - 01:00 PM

Is this a thread where all of LGW is in agreement on our problems moving the puck?  The inability of our D to make a pass under pressure?  The number of board battles our wingers lose in their own zone?  The lack of righties?  Check, check and check.


Quincey is the king of passing the puck into his partners skates, Kindl won't take a hit to make a play.  Smith got a lot better when he was taken away from Quincey and gained the confidence to start skating the puck out of the zone.  Lashoff just chips it out (the "safe" play) which means the puck just comes straight back at us.

#2533406 Samuelsson signs new contract....... with Djurgarden.

Posted by Nev on 31 July 2014 - 05:54 AM


Are you currently dating Mark Mowers by any chance?


In a menage a trois with Matt Ellis.


After breaking up with Brad Norton.

#2532362 Callahan and Nestrasil re-signed

Posted by Nev on 17 July 2014 - 03:33 PM

Well, Kenny sure has had a great off season for the Griffins.

#2531132 Wings re-sign Cleary $1.5 mill + $1mill in game bonuses

Posted by Nev on 10 July 2014 - 04:05 PM

A  1 year deal for 500k would have been a terrible signing.  


This?  This is bad beyond words.

#2529829 Favorite Ken Holland Catchphrase / Quote

Posted by Nev on 03 July 2014 - 04:20 PM


Ah, yes it is a thread worthy topic.


Then don't post in it.


Please, tell me which thread I can post in, since every single thread is a Holland bashfest?  Which threads can I even READ which aren't the same old whining.


And every day there will be new threads which will be Holland bashfests, as if a front page full of them isn't enough.


I get it, free agency was a let down, but its only taken 3 days and its already got really, really tedious.

#2529789 Favorite Ken Holland Catchphrase / Quote

Posted by Nev on 03 July 2014 - 02:11 PM

This is getting boring now

#2529465 TANK IT! 2014-2015 Season

Posted by Nev on 02 July 2014 - 12:40 PM

Oh, and as for who's with you - when Fat Guy In A Maltby Jersey is the only poster who agrees with you, then you are badly, badly in the wrong.

#2529463 TANK IT! 2014-2015 Season

Posted by Nev on 02 July 2014 - 12:38 PM


I'm officially calling for a 2015 TANK job. I think we can all agree, there is absolutely NOTHING to amp us up and get excited about in the upcoming season. Literally, NOTHING. 
Instead of praying for another 8th seed finishing of limping into the playoffs and getting decimated in the 1st round, I would much rather hope for an absolute tank and hopefully get a top 3 draft pick. Not only will this give us all something to get excited for, but it might also spark some much needed change in the organization's management. 
Who's with me?  #Tankit2014



Well, I've read some ridiculous hyberbole on here lately, but this one takes the biscuit.


Last year, with no Datsyuk, no Zetterberg and an out of form Howard we still made the playoffs.  What do you think we could achieve with our 2 star players and our goalie back to 2013 form?


As for nothing to be excited about?  Pavel Datsyuk excites me every time he steps onto the ice.  Nyquist.  Jurco.  Tatar.  Hanks beard excites me.  MANTHA.


Go ask Oilers fans how Operation Tank is working for them, and how much they are looking forward to another season of it.