Buh-buh-but, I thought everything was fine when they beat that scoring powerhouse the NY Islanders without him!
That's the thing with Pens fans. This team is incapable losing when Crosby is out. If they win, they did without Crosby, look how great they are. If they lose, well Crosby was out otherwise they would have won.
I hate the ****** more than any other athlete, but I don't want his career to end like this. I like watching him play and he's hands-down the most talented player in the NHL.
It seems like people here should aim their hatred more at the media than Crosby. He didn't demand the over-bearing coverage or attention on national broadcasts. I don't need to hear his name 200 times on a Versus telecast of the Red Wings and Lightning either, but that isn't Crosby's fault.
The NHL is a business and Crosby is a big loss. All of the Red Wings players themselves said they wanted Crosby to play tonight. If the guys on the ice want him around, that speaks volumes to his standing in the league.
The media coverage of Crosby is overkill without a doubt, but it really doesn't bother me as much as his on ice conduct. I don't like the sneaky little cheap shots he throws and then complains when he gets hit back. I don't like the way he went after Z after Game 4 in the '08 Finals or the cheap shots during the '09 Finals. I think that's garbage. He's amazingly talented, you can't deny that, but he acts like a jerk on the ice.
The first time I saw this, I thought "Wow! What an ass?! But that's Tootoo for ya". Then I saw the replay a bunch of times... I don't know. He is a cheap and dirty player, but there is some reasonable doubt. He was driving to the net, he tries to move to the front, but Erhoff blocks him prevents him from getting in front of the net, Tootoo is too close to skate behind the net at this point and runs into Miller. He actually tucks his elbow in before contact. People make a big deal about his "jumping". If he doesn't jump and Tootoo holds that position, he slams right into Miller knocking him straight backwards, which I think would have been far more violent of a collision. I think, Tootoo meant to run into Miller in some way during this game to agitate him, but had no intent to injure.
- Detroit wins the division
- Ovechkin wins the Art Ross and Hart Trophy
- Lidstrom ties Bobby Orr for Norris trophies
- Bryzgalov wins Vezina
- Crosby plays the second half of the season and Pens go deep into playoffs
- Jets make the playoffs
- Sabres do not make playoffs
- Red Wings make a significant trade at the deadline, possibly Shane Doan or Alfredsson or both.
- Canucks finish with the first seed in the West
- Bruins finish with the first seed in the East
- Neither Canucks or Bruins make it to the Conference Finals
- Final Four will be Detroit, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Washington
- Detroit vs Washington in the Finals
- Detroit wins the Stanley Cup, Lidstrom retires
Its not the Red Wings job to make sure other Western teams fill out their arenas. Also, if the Wings move East, these Western teams that never make the playoffs (like Columbus, St Louis) will see their odds of getting a playoff spot increase since they won't be getting beat down by the Wings. If they make the playoffs, they get at least 2 more home games. Winning games and getting into the playoffs will increase the fanbase and generate more interest. They could have sell outs for games that don't involve the Wings. Wouldn't these franchises rather have sell outs because their team is popular, not because the visiting team is popular?
Also, if your franchise is dependent on the Wings visiting your city 2-4 times a year, then you're doing something wrong and you probably shouldn't have a franchise in the first place. I think its crap that Wings fans, in which most live in the Eastern time zone, have to stay up insane late to watch half their teams' road games because some Western franchises can't generate local interest in their hockey team. Meanwhile, we could have a lot of great original 6 rivalries get renewed if they moved East.
The Wings are great, but they won't be great forever. Someday they'll have to rebuild and they won't be the draw in other cities that they are now. A conference realignment should have nothing to do with how good a team is at that moment because that could change any year.
Yes, Yzerman did all he could have done, but he was not even the best forward on the team (Fedorov), let alone player. Steve Y gets overrated by Wings fans (understandable, but still wrong), but Lidstrom is very easily better all-time player.
That's debatable. I debate it in my own head all the time. lol Based on awards and accomplishments, Lidstrom has to be considered one of the best of all time. However, Yzerman was in his prime at the same time as Lemieux and Gretzky. He missed out on a lot of scoring titles and MVPs because of that and was viewed as 3rd best back then. Would Lidstrom have been as successful if he played in his prime during the same time as Bobby Orr and Doug Harvey? Plus, Yzerman played 10 years without Scotty Bowman as coach. Lidstrom was very fortunate to always be on a talented, Cup contending team. So while, Lidstrom is a better player in terms of awards won and accomplishments, I think saying he's more talented is an illusion. Stevie definitely had a greater impact on the franchise than Nick.
BTW, how nice is it to have a problem like this where we have too many great players and we can't decide on who's the best? lol
Overall he still played well in the playoffs all things considered.
Perhaps you need to be a little less paranoid about the goalkeeping. Can't stop 'em all and everybody let's in a bad one here and there. For Howard's salary and his situations the past two (and first two) seasons of full-time duty, he's done very well all things considering.
Let's not forget, if it wasn't for Howard, we don't make the playoffs in 2010. He was AMAZING during that stretch when the team was injured and not playing all that great. 40-50 saves for him was the norm. He was inconsistent this past regular season, but I felt was very good in the postseason. IMO, Howard's playoffs in 2011 was significantly better than in 2010. Those first two games in SJ would have been blowout losses with a lesser goalie.