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Poll: Who was the Wings regular season MVP

13 April 2014 - 03:32 PM

I'm sure someone will be along soon enough with the end of season grades, but in the meantime, here's your chance to vote for your MVP.


Now, before you all rush off and vote for Nyquist, let me remind you of two things.  One, the season began in October, not after the Winter Olympics.  Two, a win in October is worth 2 points, just like a win in March.


Right, onto the options


1)  Daniel Alfredsson.  68GP, 18-31-49, +2.  Joint top scorer.


2)  Niklas Kronwall.  79GP, 8-41-49, Even.  Joint top scorer, 10th in league scoring by defenceman.


3)  Gustav Nyquist.  57GP, 28-20-48, +16


4)  Henrik Zetterberg.  45GP, 16-32-48, +19.  2nd in league scoring before his back issues first flared up.


5)  Jimmy Howard.  21-19-11, 2.66 GAA, 0.910 SV%


6)  Jonas Gustavsson.  16-5-4, 2.63 GAA, 0.907 SV%


Now obviously Nyquist is going to be the popular vote for what he did down the stretch, but we have to remember that Zetterberg was in beast mode before Christmas.  Remember when he (with Z and Alfie) was our only offence, and if they didn't have 3 point nights, we didn't win?


However, for me, the MVP has to be Kronwall.  Through all the injuries to the captain, and every other Alternate to boot, he has become the de facto leader of this team.  In the locker room, in front of the media, and on the ice, Kronner has been front and center.  He's had a great year offensively, and for all the hate about his defensive play was still even.

Has Mikael Samuelsson finally played his last game for Detroit?

17 December 2013 - 02:02 AM

No Zetterberg, no Helm, no Weiss, no Franzen, no Abdelkader.  Emmerton in GR, Tootoo in GR.......and he still can't crack the line-up.


Have we finally seen the last of #37?  I wonder if this is Kenny's way of putting pressure on him - now will you waive your NMC so we can do a salary dump trade?

Who will be LGW's whipping boy this season?

02 October 2013 - 12:44 AM

Last year was Whipping Boy by committee - Quincey stood out early in the season, before Cleary managed to wrest the crown from him, but by the playoffs Smith worked hard to ensure he was #1 Whipping Boy.


Who will it be this year?  The candidates are many - Quincey, Smith and Cleary are all back for another kick at the can.  Samuelsson and Bertuzzi, are other early favourites.


However, historically its always been someone unexpected.  So I'm going to go with Franzen and say this will be the year when LGW opinion finally turns against him.


What say you all, the LGW massiv?

Grand Rapids Griffins - Behind The Benches

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:

List of Lidstrom's defence partners over the years

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