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#2433807 Grand Rapids Griffins - Behind The Benches

Posted by Nev on 22 August 2013 - 06:59 AM

There is a thread for this in the Griffins forum, but since no-one goes there, and no-one has seemingly seen it, I hope the mods allow this thread to remain.


The Griffins did an HBO 24/7  style "behind the benches" series of videos for each round of their playoff run, which are frankly amazing.  The production values are incredible and they offer a fascinating insight.  The links are for the 2 videos from the finals, but all the previous rounds are linked beneath the videos.



Several things spring to mind watching them.


Blashill is mini-Babcock.  Very cool and proffesional.

Ferraro has a mouth and an agitating style to match Maltby, and drops the gloves to boot.

Tatar is a VERY confident individual, borderline arrogance and I can see why he rubs some Wings fans the wrong way.  He's going to really wind the opposition up.

The importance of the veterans on that team.  Some round here would I think like every player on the Griffins to be under-21, but its clear guys like Hoggan and Grant were hugely important on and off the ice.


Best line of the series - Triston Grant on being complimented on his playoff beard "Thanks, I have my mothers genes" :lol:

#2433751 Wings sign Nyquist to 2-year, $1.9m deal ($950k/yr cap hit)

Posted by Nev on 21 August 2013 - 01:16 PM

That's what Tatar is there for

Tatar-helm-nyq = shot-speed-hands :P


Ha, reminds me of the supergroup Rod Stewart, Elton John and Freddie Mercury were going to form - Hair, Nose and Teeth was the planned name :lol:

#2432880 Joakim Andersson re-signs, 2yrs, $1.465m ($732,500k cap hit)

Posted by Nev on 09 August 2013 - 03:02 AM

Did Emdog not center our 4th line the last 2 years?



2 years ago we had Helm but not Andersson.  Last year we had Andersson but not Helm.


If Emmerton wants to avoid being waived in October he needs to be sticking pins in the back of his Darren Helm voodoo doll.

#2432878 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by Nev on 09 August 2013 - 02:43 AM

When is that, again?


Says the poster who constantly bewails the money we're paying to depth veterans.

#2432704 Shawn Burr has passed away per Bill Roose

Posted by Nev on 07 August 2013 - 12:40 AM

Its a truism in the west that we don't like to speak ill of the dead.  If Gary Bettman died tomorrow, the media would be full of stories of what a great guy he was, how he loved his family, all the charity work he did that no-one knew about.....


With Shawn Burr, its very obvious - VERY obvious - that he was a genuinely great guy.  Various forums, news sites, Facebook, are all full of little personal anecdotes like the one Echolalia tells above.  The mother whose murdered son was a friend of his daughter, the beer league team he bought a full set of kit for, his interaction with fans away from the rink. 


Shawn Burr was a genuinely larger than life character, a giant-assed goofball with a heart of gold.

#2432703 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by Nev on 07 August 2013 - 12:32 AM

Not when everyone is healthy he isn't.

#2431511 Devils sign Jagr (1 yr deal, financial terms not yet disclosed)

Posted by Nev on 26 July 2013 - 03:09 AM

Me too, I have never been a big fan of him great player but questionable attitude and not a very loyal guy.



Really?  I agree that he doesn't care about the logo on his jersey, but his proffesionalism and off-ice work ethic are well known.  At 41 he just scored 16 goals in 45 games - more than anyone on the Wings btw. More than Franzen, more than Brunner, more than Z.  You can't do that with a bad attitude.

#2431508 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by Nev on 26 July 2013 - 02:51 AM

I don't care if Tatar is a ****** or arrogant or full of himself.  The only thing that matters - the ONLY thing - is that he performs on the ice.


Everything else is secondary.

#2431037 List of Lidstrom's defence partners over the years

Posted by Nev on 21 July 2013 - 03:40 AM

This was inspired by me and GMR jesting in another thread about how important Dmitri Bykov was to Lidstrom's 3rd Norris trophy, and it got me thinking to the um, variable, quality of his partners, particularly in his Norris years.  So here is my attempt to compile a season by season list.


I do require you guys help to fill in the gaps in my fading memory.  Please note I am not looking for every partner he played with that year, just his main even strength partner.


Names in Bold are Norris years, names in Italics indicate a career year for that partner.


91-92:  McCrimmon

92-93: ?/Coffey?

93-94: Coffey?

94-95: Bettman / Coffey (won Norris)

95-96: Coffey

96-97: ?/Murphy

97-98: Murphy

98-99: Murphy

99-00: Murphy

00-01:  Dandenault

01-02: Olausson

02-03: Bykov

03-04: Schneider

04-05: Bettman

05-06: Schneider

06-07: Markov

07-08: Rafalski

08-09: Rafalski

09-10: Rafalski

10-11: Rafalski



Have at it guys, I'll edit this post with updates and corrections as we go.  Thanks

#2430929 Fedorov: ‘We had the chance’ to bring Datsyuk to KHL

Posted by Nev on 20 July 2013 - 02:05 AM

Like it wasn't enough when they took my boy Bykov from us in 2003.


I'll never forgive Russia for that.  


Word.  No way Lids three-peats as Norris winner without Dmitri.

#2430449 Datsyuk Interview

Posted by Nev on 17 July 2013 - 12:42 AM


Maybe my passport says I am 35, but on the ice you get punched in the face for some reason


OK, that made me spit my breakfast out! :lol:

#2430040 Henrik and Pavel

Posted by Nev on 14 July 2013 - 02:59 PM

Honestly, the ridiculous standards that some Wings fans hold up for number retirement these days, we'd better un-retire Lindsay, Delvecchio and Abel, because they don't qualify.  Hell, even Yzerman, he's not all-NHL all-time quality, so he doesn't count either.  Just Sawchuk, Howe and Lidstrom it is.


IMO, Datsyuk is a yes.  4 more seasons and he will be ~1050 points, more than Ullman, Lindsay, Fedorov, Abel etc and good for 5th all time in Wings scoring (only Howe, Yzerman, Lidstrom and Delvecchio will have more)....throw in (at least) 3 Selkes, 4 Lady Byngs, 2 Stanley Cups and an incredible human-highlight-reel style of play and I don't see how you can say no.


Zetterberg is going to be borderline.  A lot depends on how his health holds up, and what he achieves in the 2nd half of his career.  He could easily accumulate 1000+ points, but he might need a bit more silverware.


Fedorov, by any measure should be straight up there.............except for the manner of his departure.  That was one reason why I hoped he would come back late in his career, so he could have a rapproachment with the fans/management.  Hopefully he'll appear in one of the legends games at the WC to begin his rehabilitation.

#2429980 Development Camp Day 1

Posted by Nev on 14 July 2013 - 08:21 AM

the nephtuzzi 


Win :D

#2429869 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by Nev on 13 July 2013 - 03:05 AM

Trade Sammy and Quiency, and a 2nd round pick to the Islanders for a 7th round pick. Sign Brunner for 4 years at 2.5 per. DONE.


Sammy has an NTC.

#2429184 2013 HHoF Inductees

Posted by Nev on 10 July 2013 - 12:48 AM

Greatest moment in Chelis career?