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#2447078 The DeKeyser Appreciation Thread

Posted by Nev on 22 October 2013 - 12:56 PM



I almost feel like he was a gift from The Hockey Gods.



They owe us one after Konstantinov and Fischer.

#2447077 10/21 GDT: Sharks 1 @ Red Wings 0 (SO)

Posted by Nev on 22 October 2013 - 12:52 PM

His best play last season was when he was moved to center down the stretch.

#2447074 Ericsson names daughter "Liv" in honor of Stefan Liv

Posted by Nev on 22 October 2013 - 12:47 PM

@DetroitRedWings: #RedWings D-man Jonathan Ericsson confirmed that his new baby daughter, Liv, is named in honor of his late friend and teammate Stefan Liv.

I can't think of a more beautiful tribute.

#2446488 Brendan Smith

Posted by Nev on 20 October 2013 - 12:43 PM

What doesn't help Smith is that he is unwilling or unable to play "his" game.  When we drafted him, there were 3 things that he was known for


1)  Big hits.  Well, they stopped after he got suspended a couple of preseasons ago


2)  Fighting.  Well, that stopped after Babs publically chewed him out for dropping the gloves and leaving them a defenceman short.


3)  Offence.  Well, he gets no PP time as he's stuck behind Kronwall, Alfie, Kindl and the inexplicalble Sammy.



Whilst watching him handle the puck in his own zone like its a hand grenade is unbearably painful, I refuse to believe that he lacks the skill to be an NHL defenceman - as other posters have pointed out I believe the problem is between his ears.  Right now he's *thinking* when the puck is near him, but an NHL defenceman doesn't have time to think, it all has to be instinctive.  Ericsson was exactly the same up until 18 months ago - you could almost see the gears whirring in his brain as he tried to figure out what he was supposed to do next.  Thankfully, it eventually clicked and he is rock solid these days.


It also doesn't help Smith that he's stuck with Quincey who is equally fond of bobbling the puck and/or passing it his skates.


Time, a spot on the 2nd PP unit,  and a solid veteran D-man alongside him are what Smith needs, as hard as the growing pains may be.

#2445169 Any new Helm Updates?

Posted by Nev on 17 October 2013 - 03:05 PM

Found this whilst rooting in my folders for the favourite meme thread...



#2445168 10/17 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Avalanche 2

Posted by Nev on 17 October 2013 - 03:04 PM

Go on Patty, just try it, I dares ya.



#2445078 Favorite Red Wings Memes Thread

Posted by Nev on 17 October 2013 - 12:40 AM

This one has long been a favourite.



#2444918 Pronger is done

Posted by Nev on 16 October 2013 - 02:14 AM

I really have mixed feelings over this.  On the one hand, his symptoms sound horrible.  On the other, I wonder if he's sat at home now thinking "I wish I never smashed Holmstrom's head into the glass.  I wish I never stomped on Kesler"?  The NHL is unquestionably a safer place for Pronger's retirement.  He was a great player, second only to Lidstrom in his generation.  He was also a dirty, cowardly, cheap shotting, spot picking bully who could and should have been called for cross-checking on every shift of his career.  A "tough guy" whose fight card is topped by Dan Cleary and Michael Handzus.


As for cap circumvention, its already cap circumvention even without the whole "retired by not retired".  The guy is signed till he's 43, how is that different to the original Kovy deal?

#2444586 10/14 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Bruins 2

Posted by Nev on 15 October 2013 - 12:55 AM

Does anyone have a recording of the "Are you serious?!" Because that was hilarious.




Go to the 1 minute mark.


In other news, re-watching the highlights this morning I just noticed how Franzen hustled on the 2nd goal.  As someone who rags on him as much as anyone, nice to see.  Now do it again 82 times!

#2443928 The Sean McIndoe Appreciation Thread

Posted by Nev on 13 October 2013 - 03:04 AM

I check downgoesbrown several times per week.  The suspension chart was a thing of beauty.




Dammit Pronger!

#2442781 Devils sign Brunner 2 yrs. $2.5 million AAV

Posted by Nev on 09 October 2013 - 12:53 AM


WOW, that was an egregious disregard for defense. I don't think he'd have dared do that under Babcock.


Did you not see Franzen on the PK on Saturday?

#2442436 Detroit @ Boston 10/14. 1pm start time?

Posted by Nev on 06 October 2013 - 02:19 PM




On a related note, I watched Hockey Night in Canada on the NHL Network last night and there was no mention - from what I watched - of any of the non-Canadian games. Not even the Wings game. Is that normal? Also, is Glenn Healy senile? I'd only seen HNiC, like, twice before.




From what I've seen of HNIC over the years, you're lucky if they mention any non-Toronto teams.

#2442385 Detroit @ Boston 10/14. 1pm start time?

Posted by Nev on 06 October 2013 - 01:58 AM

Why can't you be happy for all us Wings fans in Europe who get to watch a game at tea-time? :)

#2442383 Steve Yzerman wants Game Misconduct penalties for fighting

Posted by Nev on 06 October 2013 - 01:57 AM

Here's an interesting take by former NHL'er Chris 'Knuckles' Nilan...




Points out how his depression didn't come from the game, or the fighting - it came  from substance abuse.



Oh, it was the drugs and the booze that made him depressed, that's OK then *facepalm*


So the next obvious question is - why was he on the drugs and the booze?  In fact why do so many enforcers have problems with drugs and alcohol?  Why is drug addiction and alcoholism so much more prevalent amongst them than regular NHL players?

#2442031 Nyquist taking things in stride, with class

Posted by Nev on 05 October 2013 - 02:55 AM

Griffs win 8-1 in Rochester, Nyquist with a goal and 2 assists!  Sproul 2 goals, Almquist 3 assists.