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#2121061 JLA Seating question

Posted by Blueliner on 23 February 2011 - 05:06 PM

The Joe is by far my favorite place to watch a hockey game. I've seen games in St. Louis, Atlanta and Columbus and the Joe is my favorite. The atmoshpere it creates is awesome. I go there to watch hockey games. I'm not a three year-old that needs to be entertained at every second by flashing lights and dramatic introductions. I just watch the game. I'm so focused that I don't even realize that I'm shoulder to shoulder to the person next to me. As far as concourse, concessions and bathrooms, here is some advice.

1. Get to the game early. Don't wait until 7:30 to walk in the door.
2. Eat and drink before the game. That way you don't have to buy a Hot-n-Ready" for $19.
3. Limit the beer. More drinks equals more trips to the bathroom.
4. Go to the bathroom right when the horn goes. Don't wait a couple minutes and then decide to go.

People can't expect an arena to be just like their living room.

#2115096 Jakub Kindl

Posted by Blueliner on 11 February 2011 - 08:51 PM

Kindl's play has been pretty bad lately. He's committing bad turnovers and taking bad penalties. He looks way too slow and it is showing.

#2112853 Trade Deadline and You are GM.

Posted by Blueliner on 07 February 2011 - 11:12 PM

Why are people involving Meech in trades? Nobody wants him.

#2076919 Funny Bobby Ryan goal

Posted by Blueliner on 13 December 2010 - 12:07 AM

That's awesome.

#2070505 Grades

Posted by Blueliner on 29 November 2010 - 06:51 PM

My grades are based on preseason predictions on my part and their performances thus far relative to that.

Abdelkader: B+
Bertuzzi: B+
Cleary: B-
Datsyuk: A-
Eaves: C+
Filppula: C+
Franzen: B
Helm: C
Holmstrom: D+
Hudler: D-
Miller: C
Modano: C-
Zetterberg: B+

Ericsson: C
Janik: N/A
Kindl: N/A
Kronwall: C-
Lidstrom: A
Rafalski: A-
Salei: C+
Stuart: B+

Howard: A-
Osgood: C

Remember, my ratings are based on what i expected the players to contribute and what they have. I think the biggest one my people will disagree with me on is Kronwall. he's been decent, but I expected a lot more out of him. Stuart has 10 points with only 2 of those being on the PP. Kronwall has 10 points but only 4 ES points. Stuart is having a great season and needs more love this season from LGW brass. The only other DMan with more ES points is, shocking, Lidstrom.

You either need to greatly lower your expectations or stop being the professor that refuses to give an A. Cleary has 10 goals and you gave him a B-? Get real.

#2031736 ESPN Summer Skate: Detroit Red Wings

Posted by Blueliner on 08 September 2010 - 09:45 AM

Summer Skate -- Detroit Red Wings

Until last season, the Detroit Red Wings were the league's great powerhouse -- they hadn't even finished lower than third since 1991. They were envied for building one of the league's best teams season after season despite poor draft positions; the key was to keep the team together and stock it with a depth of reliable veterans and enough promising youngsters to weather a rash of injuries.

This offseason has been no different, as they recruited distinguished and dependable veteran Mike Modano, and raided the European leagues once again for Ilari Filppula and Jiri Hudler. Even with these additions, their aging roster constantly affords opportunities for the right youngsters.

Trending up: LW Justin Abdelkader
Last season: Minus-1.8 GVT | VUKOTA Projection: 0.0 GVT

The Red Wings are notoriously cautious with their rookies, but a rash of injuries caused them to perhaps rush the 22-year-old Abdelkader, leading to a disappointing season in which he generally played below replacement level.

The fan favorite gradually stepped up his game and his improved toughness was a valuable postseason asset. The restricted free agent is likely to join Darren Helm and Patrick Eaves on what could become the league's best energy line, but based on his 76 points in 109 AHL games, Abdelkader could easily be promoted to skate with Modano. Regardless of where he ends up, expect Abdelkader to sign, stick and earn his keep.

Trending down: C Kris Draper
Last season: 2.6 GVT | VUKOTA Projection: 1.4 GVT

At 39 years old, Kris Draper is older than Kirk Maltby, Chris Osgood, Tomas Holmstrom and Brian Rafalski, though actually younger than Nicklas Lidstrom and Mike Modano. After two straight 17-point seasons, especially the last one at minus-13, a GVT of 1.0 and ice time chopped below 12 minutes, we thought the distinguished career of a man who was once traded for a single dollar was finally over. It turns out that he apparently had one more season left in him. We doubt he has two.-- Vollman

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Justin Abdelkader could be on the rise for the Wings.E.J.'s name to know: C Mike Modano

Now, I don't usually have a 40-year-old in this section. In this case, however, I think it's warranted.

After 20 seasons in the Stars organization, Modano decided he wasn't quite ready to retire. After pondering a couple of offers, the league's all-time leading American-born scorer decided to return home to his native Michigan, signing a one-year deal with the Wings. It certainly seems like a good fit.

In Hockeytown, Modano joins a veteran team that remains very capable of making another Stanley Cup run. And the Wings are a franchise that has done quite well adding aging stars to their locker room over the past two decades.

Modano, who had 14 goals and 30 points in 59 games for the Stars last season, is still a good skater and he can fit into a lot of different spots for head coach Mike Babcock. I expect he'll be energized by the change of scenery and he'll accept a supporting role behind Detroit superstar forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.

While I don't expect Modano to put up anywhere near the numbers he did during his prime, I think he has a shot at 20 goals/50 points. And in Detroit he'll have a real chance at another Stanley Cup. He certainly wouldn't have gotten that in Dallas or at home on his couch. -- Hradek

#1987669 Shanahan taunting fan during 2002 Finals

Posted by Blueliner on 20 May 2010 - 03:53 PM

#1965190 San Jose Sharks look alike thread

Posted by Blueliner on 29 April 2010 - 12:18 AM

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#1955834 Automatic Chara suspension recinded

Posted by Blueliner on 23 April 2010 - 11:35 PM

Apparently, the best players in this league get a pass on this rule. Same thing happened with Malkin last year in the Finals.

#1949684 Ozzy for game 4?

Posted by Blueliner on 18 April 2010 - 04:58 PM

They need to win. Howard has looked terrible. 11 goals in three games doesn't get it done in the playoffs. Osgood is a proven winner in the playoffs. 74 career wins to 1. What do you think?