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#2609738 Slava Fetisov: Giant Hypocrite.

Posted by Buppy on 22 May 2015 - 03:02 PM

Even though I know rationally that the Soviet Union was one of the most powerful and influential military and political super powers in the history of the world, having grown up at the end of the Cold War it's very hard to think of anything regarding Russia or Socialism/Communism as anything other than a Yakov Smirnoff punchline.

#2609659 Slava Fetisov: Giant Hypocrite.

Posted by Buppy on 22 May 2015 - 10:59 AM

To be fair, Fetisov was 31 when he came over. Kids these days need a little oppression, builds character. :)

#2609549 Dylan Larkin turning pro... will play for GR immediately

Posted by Buppy on 21 May 2015 - 06:39 PM

Saying that Larkin will be a wing is just as silly as saying Pulkkinen will be a center. He won't.


Larkin, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound center, will likely be paired with Andreas Athanasiou has been a flex center-winger, Blashill said.

"That is probably what we'll do (putting those two together) and then we'll see on who else," he said.

With Meile and Nosek we still have good center depth. Much better than the editor depth at mlive, apparently.


Bert with AA and Larkin. Mantha down with Zengerle and Nosek. Hoggan or Tvrdon up with Meile and Pulk. Should be three dangerous scoring lines.

#2609488 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by Buppy on 21 May 2015 - 03:41 PM

Interesting discussion I just had:
What current players on the Wings do you think are the happiest Babs is gone, and the least happiest.

Jimmy Howard - This could be 2nd chance at being undisputed starter and chance to forget the 2nd half of last season. Pure speculation, but I'd say things between Babs and Jimmy weren't great toward the end of the season...especially when Mrazek was named playoff starter. Additionally, seems like when you get in Babs "dog house", it's awful tough to get out. Also, if Blashill is named our next head coach, playing for his old coach and a guy who has publicly praised him and had his back. Although Mrazek has a history with Blashill...I think Jimmy would get some "benefit of the doubts".
Kindl a close 2nd to Jimmy. If Blashill, new life under old coach?

Least Happiest:
Z - Unfortunate to say this. Babs loved Z (for great reason). I think whoever the new head coach is though, will not have the full benefit of Z's history, and potentially push buttons with Z specific to his on ice production, that Babs was reluctant to do.

Neither Howard nor Kindl played for Blashill, aside from the one season he was an assistant with the Wings.


Weiss would be the logical choice for happiest. Can't imagine anyone would be unhappy. Ambivalent at worst, and could apply to any of the vets.

#2609221 Datsyuk's House

Posted by Buppy on 20 May 2015 - 07:57 PM

Did you break into Putin's mother's apartment again and swap out all her photos with pictures of MacGratton?

Are you trying to suggest that the photos in Putin's mother's apartment weren't already of McGrattan?

#2608301 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by Buppy on 18 May 2015 - 10:43 AM

The Griffins are waiting to see who they'll face in the Western Conference Finals between Utica Comets and Oklahoma City Barons. Utica is up 3-2 in the series with game 6 tonight and game 7 (if Oklahoma win) on Wednesday night. The schedule for the Eastern Conference Finals between Manchester Monarchs and Hartford Wolf Pack has already been released. The ECF starts May 21st, with the first two games in Manchester on Thursday night and Saturday night, so my bet would be that the WCF would start on May 22nd, with the first two games in Grand Rapids on Friday night and Sunday afternoon...

But if Utica wins, the series will start there.

#2608074 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by Buppy on 15 May 2015 - 08:47 PM

Because he was forced to sit down with Dreger? Because he didn't know that dragging out the decision all year rather than signing an extension would add to the scrutiny? If you think his ego getting strokes isn't a big turn on for him you're nuts.

So Babcock is a primadonna because other people are more interested in him than other coaches, and even though you don't want him to come back, the amount of attention he gets annoys you so much you would rather he'd signed an extension than receive that attention? And that's why he should make an important decision on his future in less than a week.


If you're sick of the hype quit paying attention to it. You've commented more about Babcock than probably 90% of NHL fans, and likely a fair few reporters. You're part of the hype.

#2608040 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by Buppy on 15 May 2015 - 06:08 PM


I was just coming to post this.  It's Lebron 2.0.  What a primadonna.  I'm soooooo tired of this crap.  Just sign af****** contract or don't, like every other person (GM, coach, or player) does in the NHL.

Lol. Cover up Kip, your hate-on is showing.


He's been allowed to talk to other teams for a week. Carlyle, McClellen, and Bylsma have all been available longer. Hitchcock has been "reflecting" for twice as long. Why should he be in any rush. Because some nobody on forum doesn't like him? 

#2608011 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by Buppy on 15 May 2015 - 03:17 PM

We have the starting goalie taken care of in Mrazek, and there will always be free agent veteran goalies who were starters that get cast off.
Were fine in net for a long time.
We need a high ceiling/high floor defenseman

The whole point of having a prospect pool is organizational depth. So you don't pin all your hopes on one person. A lot of things could happen. He could fail to pan out. Could get injured. Could leave in a year or 4 years. But it's not about that really. You can be confident in Mrazek but still want to have some depth in the system. Right now our goalie depth is poor.


We do need a high ceiling defenseman, but we need a high ceiling center too. Both would be good first round options. Whichever has the better player will be the better option.

#2607922 DRW Free Agents / Salary Thread

Posted by Buppy on 15 May 2015 - 02:21 AM

2.45 million against the cap for the next 6 years (you half the caphit and double the years).


Not quite. He would be paid 2/3rds of his remaining salary over double the term, which works out to $1.78m/year. Then you subtract that amount from his contracted salary for each year, then subtract the result from his cap hit for each year. So his cap hit would be:

$678k the first two years, $2.68m the third, then $1.78m for three.


Still better to trade him, but not too bad really since we can probably count on the cap going up as well as having a number of cheap kids. If we wait a year, it would be $1.4, 3.4, 2.5, and 2.5. 

#2607797 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by Buppy on 14 May 2015 - 07:20 PM

Mantha, Athanasiou, Bertuzzi and Nosek are not even close to being the same type player. Mantha is anything but expendable. In fact, he had a very reasonable year production wise for a first year pro. The only reason you along with others think he is a bust after one season of pro is because of all the hype. He was overhyped from the get go. Athanasiou is exceeding expectations but I'd be willing to bet both Andreas and Anthony have similar stat lines next season in Grand Rapids.

How is drafting a center the safer bet? And why would we need a center over a defenseman? We can absolutely get a top line center or a top pair defenseman at 18. We have Larkin, Athanasiou, Sheahan, Nosek, Holmstrom, Glendening down the middle. Surely they can fill all 4 center positions for years to come. We drafted what? 6 centers in last years draft? I guarantee we focus on defense this year and our number one pick should be a defenseman.

Anyway, I'm done with this. I have my opinion, you have yours. I'll talk Griffins but enough about the draft here.

Also, I agree nyquististhefuture. Well said.

Saying those guys can fill all 4 center spots is like saying Dekeyser, Marchenko, Ouelett, Jensen, Smith, and Sproul can fill all 6 defense spots. Might turn out to be true, but very far from a sure thing.


Bert makes it 1-0! 

#2607579 Free agents this off season

Posted by Buppy on 13 May 2015 - 07:24 PM

I don't recall every calling you or anyone idiots ... If it sounded like I did then I apologize for that but I wouldn't have to bring it up if people stopped defending weiss for 2-3 yrs ... He's a bust just like the clowe and clarkson signings were

No one was defending Weiss. It was noted that he was one of the top UFAs available, in respone to Richdg trying to argue that Holland is trying to build a team solely with drafting. No comment was made regarding whether it was a good signing or not and the only comment made on his performance here was me saying he hasn't met expectations. You then responded that the people who thought he was a top UFA were idiots, and you knew all along he'd be a bust.


Fact is, no one knows s*** about the future. There were good reasons to think Weiss would be a good addition, and there were reasons to question it. Same goes for Clarkson, Clowe, Brunner, Alfie, Lecavelier, and anyone else who's ever been brought up. No one is smart for making a correct prediction nor stupid for making a wrong one. It's not like anyone was predicting anything ridiculous.


Instead of analyzing the accuracy of past predictions, let's get back on on topic and make new predictions. Otherwise we won't be able to have any stupid arguments two years from now.


Here's mine. This UFA class sucks and will be even worse come July.

#2607298 Improving our 5 on 5 play....

Posted by Buppy on 12 May 2015 - 01:31 AM

The year before this Nyquist was 3rd in the league (though a little short of 750 minutes, so had to go to 500). Zetterberg was 14th. Tatar was 40th. Datsyuk was only 80th. With a similar roster we scored almost 20 more 5v5 goals last year, despite all the injuries. Tampa Bay, also with much the same roster was significantly worse last year. There is quite a bit of year to year variance.


Fact is, Hockey is a chaotic system. A lot of it defies easy explanation. There are probably 1000 different reasons why we struggled 5v5 this year. To even begin to try to explain you'd need an in depth analysis of nearly every minute of every game. But even that, being that we're talking about humans and not machines, the best you may come up with is: at what seems a bit of an inordinate rate, somebody zigged when we needed a zag. We are not a bad offensive team. That we were much better on the PP than we were 5v5 just looks like an anomaly. Chicago struggled to score this year too. 


Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Nyquist, and Tatar are all good top 6 forwards. Abby, whatever some may think of him, performed like a good a top 6 forward this year. You'll find few teams with a 5/6 forward that's markedly better. Whether he can continue to do it I guess we'll have to wait and see. I don't see any reason to think we really need to replace him.


Franzen may not come back, and that would create a hole in the top 6. That's our only problem for now. We have some guys that might be able to step up, but none that inspire tons of confidence so adding someone might be the way to go. But I don't think anyone needed a bunch of stats and insinuations that all our forwards suck to realize that. 


And we do not "need" to replace Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Kronwall in the next 3 years. That is ludicrously unrealistic. If we can find even 1 in the next 3 years and the other 2 within 3 years after they retire it would be remarkable. 

#2607174 Free agents this off season

Posted by Buppy on 11 May 2015 - 12:03 PM


holland and many others have said they are trying to build through the draft. he has refused to trade and has failed in the UFA market. Again there is no team that has won a SC that way. Sooner or later you have to bring in outside talent. We lack stars as a team and have very few in the system that could be stars. 

Your denial of reality is hilarious.

#2606952 ECSF: Tampa Bay Crying Coopers vs. Montreal Complaining Canadiens

Posted by Buppy on 09 May 2015 - 11:17 PM


I don't think the difference between Johnson and Tatar/Nyquist was "toughness, grit, or compete level".  I think, to a large extent, it was because Tyler Johnson was on the ice a lot more than Nyquist and Tatar were.  He averaged 18:51 in ice time per game, while Tatar and Nyquist were 15:56 and 15:50 respectively. 


Also, our powerplay wasn't very good and that affected their production totals as well. 



Well if you ask most everyone else, it's the smartest possible thing to do.  Because Mike Babcock did it. 


Another thing to do, and this is probably a long shot, is to play your scorers a lot.  Press offensively.  Control the puck.  And in doing so, make the other team use their 4th line 18 minutes a night and/or render their best player ineffective with defensive assignments.  Nah...what am I saying?  That would never work. 

Well, the three games we won were the three games that Miller and Glendening played the most. :)


Smartass-ness aside, if Tatar and Nyquist weren't getting much done in the time they did have it's illogical to think they'd have done much more with a few extra shifts per game. It's not like they were playing 8 minutes. Plus, some of Johnson's TOI was on the PK. Zetterberg got 18 minutes, basically none on the PK, (more ES+PP time than Johnson) and he didn't manage much either.