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#2535029 Fedorov and Yzerman vs. Datsyuk and Zetterberg

Posted by Uncle Danny on 27 August 2014 - 01:29 PM

Many people are pointing out differences between eras, line mates, etc, all of which is interesting for discussion.  The question, though, is which pair would you take.  For me that's #19 and #91 all day every day.  No knock on the "kids," but I'd be hard pressed to find many duos I'd take above them on any roster, let alone the Wings.

 

(#66 and #68 come to mind... #99 and, well, anyone also)




#2518734 Ken Holland Quotes (Apr 29th

Posted by Uncle Danny on 01 May 2014 - 05:07 PM

Can we please shelve the "kick the tires," "we like our team," "(player x getting healthy) is our deadline acquisition," and "our PP is our enforcer" jokes alongside "(player y) is lazy and sucks," and "what's to stop Chris Chelios from..." as tired?  I'm begging you, please.  This board needs new material.

 

 

PS:  The beard quote is pretty great.




#2514767 ECQF - Game 4 - Bruins 3 at Red Wings 2 (F/OT)

Posted by Uncle Danny on 24 April 2014 - 04:09 PM

 

I heard they were doing something like this...

 

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Groovy.




#2507696 Puck Daddy: Trotz Head Coach for Caps

Posted by Uncle Danny on 09 April 2014 - 03:29 PM

He'll have no issue finding another job.  That guy has done incredibly well despite having scant resources to work with.  I'm not sure he'd do as well in Toronto, where the pressure valve is turned up to 11.  I'd love to see what he could do with all the talent in Edmonton, though.  Talk about a change of venue!

 

I hate to say it, but if we ever lost Babcock, I'd hope Kenny would give a long hard look at Trotz for our squad.  He's a coach.




#2507015 Lightning sign GM Yzerman to contract extension

Posted by Uncle Danny on 07 April 2014 - 04:42 PM

After the Legwand deal Holland needs to be canned, but I guess the dream of Stevie coming to replace him is a pipe dream now.

 

FYI since joining the Wings

 

Legwand: .56 ppg

 

Jarnkrok .75 ppg

Get over it.  They're not even close to the same players.  Legwand is a three zone centerman with tons of experience.  Jarnkrok is an unproven, but promising playmaker.  I'm not qualifying either, but to list that single stat as a means of justifying one's worth over the other is absolutely ridiculous.

 

In 1990 Paul Cavalinni was +38.  Yzerman was -6.  Again, I'm not comparing either player today to Yzerman or Cavalinni, but you can't judge a book based on the opening sentence.




#2436212 Cleary re-signs with Detroit, 1 year, $1.75m deal

Posted by Uncle Danny on 12 September 2013 - 01:11 PM

only 1 year???? you are all going to wish he signed in Philly when next year we have to give Cleary 4 mil and we cant be in the free agent hunt

 

What?  Cleary is 34 years old, and everyone involved knows he only has a few (maybe four) more years in the tank.  This isn't a test contract, this is his career from here on out.  He'll get one, maybe two, year contracts until he retires.  And $4m?  At 34 he was offered an overpayment by Philly at $2.75m.  He's not likely to reach that again.

 

I say props to him for leaving millions and years on the table to play where his heart is.  And for us, as fans, I think we should be pleased as punch.  We have a player who undoubtedly wants to play here, who took a large discount to do so and is better than at least half the roster.  We have to shed a few forwards?  Boof****** hoo.  This guy is a better player, a better locker room presence and has more experience than all of those on the chopping block... and he's loyal to a fault.

 

No matter the log jam we have, our team just got better and did so on the cheap.  What's not to like about signing Dan Cleary for one year at $1.75m?  Seriously...




#2429652 Jokes, know any?

Posted by Uncle Danny on 11 July 2013 - 09:25 PM

The bartender says "sorry, we don't serve anything faster than the speed of light here."

A neutrino walks into a bar.




#2421572 Flyers to buyout Briere

Posted by Uncle Danny on 23 June 2013 - 06:10 PM

Oops! I forgot that one. How about this:

"Just say no to multiple Dannies"

??

Hey!  Whud I ever do to you?!?!?




#2420266 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by Uncle Danny on 17 June 2013 - 01:06 PM

I don't understand how people can be so down on Sammy.  He was out all season with injuries.  He played what 2 games?  But that means that he is useless?  As far as Hudler, people may not like him but he has averaged 17 goals a game throughout his career.  He had 20 4 of the past 5 years and 10 in 42 games this year.  He's not a Rocket Richard candidate but he's certainly not useless.

 

I think you meant 17 goals per SEASON, not game.  If he was doing 17 goals per game, people would already be saying "Wayne who?"  ;)  Your points are good ones, though.

 

As for Brunner, I would have absolutely zero qualms with giving him $3.5 for two years for all of the reasons already mentioned.  You seriously don't let a player like him leave over $1m, assuming he'll take the shorter term contract.  He brings something to the table we sorely lack, and is (hopefully) just getting warmed up.

 

On the flip side, he'd be a fool to ask for a longer term deal or to bolt from a team that he fits well on, gave him his shot, has a winning tradition, and has linemates he's proven to have some chemistry with.  With a two year deal, he'll only be 29 next time his bell comes up and still very much in his prime.  To my mind, that situation is the safest bet for all parties concerned.  He doesn't wind up playing for a doormat for five years and busting, gets a reasonable amount of money and a lot of great experience.  We get some scoring we desperately need at a reasonable price, and aren't locked into anything if he Leinos.




#2404699 2013 Round 2 Photoshop War: Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by Uncle Danny on 15 May 2013 - 12:31 PM

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#2404474 Round One Report Card

Posted by Uncle Danny on 14 May 2013 - 04:19 PM

On Cleary, the fact that he scored on "flukes" wasn't flukey at all.  He was doing exactly what he should be doing: going to the net and being in the right place at the right time.  I'll grant you that his body is breaking down some, however, he is EXACTLY the type of guy I want playing for us right now.  He knows his role, he digs and works harder than anyone else on the ice every single shift, and has been to a few rodeos before... oh, and he's scoring.  Grit, determination, hard work and experience.  That sounds like a playoff warrior to me.  He's playing beyond what his body should allow at this point, showing the kids how it's supposed to be done, and that's beyond admirable.


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#2333737 Petr Mrazek making some noise with his start in GRR

Posted by Uncle Danny on 08 November 2012 - 05:18 PM

Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur, Chris Osgood



One of these things is not like the others...



PS: Sorry, couldn't resist. I agree with the rest of your argument.


#2332075 Who was the better Wing/Player? Yzerman or Lidstrom

Posted by Uncle Danny on 18 October 2012 - 12:33 PM

Gretzky and Lemieux are way above Yzerman on the all time greatest centers list.

Yzerman was better as a two-way center, but so were Fedorov and Datsyuk. Would you rank them above Gretzky also?


There quite simply is no way I could fathom voting for anyone in the history of hockey above Gretzky at the center position. You know why Gretzky isn't known as a great two way player? Because any coach on the planet would have been a moron to ask him to curtail his scoring. He didn't have to play great defense because he'd simply outscore the other team. There is a reason he's known as The Great One.

Just playing out a hypothetical: had he decided that he wanted to play a defense first game, his hockey IQ and vision were such that I have no doubt he'd have been among the very best at it. As they say, though, you can teach defense, you can't teach scoring... which is what he did better than anyone before or since.

EDIT: Clarity


#2331943 Who was the better Wing/Player? Yzerman or Lidstrom

Posted by Uncle Danny on 17 October 2012 - 12:45 PM

To the OP, I'm going to parrot what others have already said. Yzerman was the better Red Wing, Lidstrom the better player. That said...

10 years before 2 way play by Bowman 1040 points, After Bowman, 12 years 715 points.
Now I'm not arguing that this helped us win our first cup in forever, just that Yzerman unselfishly changed his entire game for this team, and he could have gone on to break records had he decided to not put this team first.


I actually came here to refute this point by saying that Stevie's body broke down in later years, and he no longer would've been able to compete with a purely offensive game. I still think this is true, and I don't believe he would've lasted 12 more seasons that way.

However...

I took a quick peek at the all time scoring leaders, and it is not unfeasible (hi, double negative!) that he could've taken the number two all time spot if things had gone differently. Had he even played one more season in the real world, he definitely would've ousted Dionne, and possibly even taken the #4 spot from Francis had he remained healthy (given his numbers from his last two seasons -- 75gp, 55p and 61gp, 34p).


With him only 132 pts behind Messier even with his switch up to two way play, I could honestly have seen him topping every other forward all time save for the Great One.

2 Mark Messier EDM, NYR, VAN, NYR 1756 1887 1.07 3 Gordie Howe DET, HFD 1767 1850 1.05 4 Ron Francis HFD, PIT, CAR, TOR 1731 1798 1.04 5 Marcel Dionne DET, LAK, NYR 1348 1771 1.31 6 Steve Yzerman DET 1514 1755 1.16

...of course then we'd have exactly zero cups, and people would be talking about how he was the best centerman never to win the big one...


#2329516 Who is the Best Russian the Wings Have Ever Had?

Posted by Uncle Danny on 20 September 2012 - 06:27 PM

This is not at all a knock on Datsyuk, who is my favorite active player hands down by 12 country miles, but Fedorov was better in his prime. I've heard some say that Datsyuk is a great defensive forward (he is, and the Selkes back it up), that his stickhandling skills are par none (they are) and that he just brings straight up sex appeal to the on ice game (he does as well -- dude is slick).

The thing is, if you can come up with an adjective or description of a good skater in hockey, Fedorov matches that description (to my knowledge, he never played goalie, thus me saying "skater"). Want a power forward? Check. Need speed and energy? Gotcha, boss. Want a top forward shut down? Not a problem. Penalty killed? P'shaw. Need someone to dish? Yeah, we can do that. Shots from the point? Snipe? Check? Just need me to intimidate the entire other team with how much better I am at the game than all of you? No sweat. See you next shift.

The man's double helixes were made of hockey sticks.

Pasha is an incredible talent, and a great role model...but Fedorov was the better hockey player.