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#2113226 Trade Deadline and You are GM.

Posted by Buppy on 08 February 2011 - 10:12 PM

You realize Meszaros is better defensively and more physical than Stuart, while being six years younger? Furthermore, Stuart is signed through next season, while Meszaros has two seasons more on top of that.


I didn't say it had to be a Tatar or Pulkkinen; but Philly won't just give up Mesz for Stuart.

Trading for a quality mid-20s shutdown defenseman isn't free.

I wouldn't say Mesz is either better defenseively or more physical. In a similar amout of games since the lockout, Stuart has around 200 more hits. Both are solid 2nd pair guys who can fill in on a top pair when required. Mesz is no more a shutdown defender than Stuart. He is younger, but I'm not building the defense around either so I don't care.

Regardless, even if I did think Mesz was better, he is certainly no where near enough of an improvement to include a 2nd rounder and a prospect. You even point out that our defense isn't physical enough and then propose trading our most physical defender for someone who hits less, and you throw in a pick that could easily garner a big, physical defender 6 years younger than Meszaros if we decided to go that way. Or, if we decided to trade the pick and maybe a low pick or prospect, we could get another defenseman of similar quality. (As proven by the trades involving the very players we're talking about.) Your proposal was a gross overpayment.

... but Stuart needs to shape up because he has not looked good. ...

I don't think you know what 'good' looks like. Stuart isn't an all-star, but neither is Meszaros. You trade Stu AND a 2nd AND a prospect with even a hint of NHL potential you better get an all-star in return or you're getting robbed.

#2112849 Trade Deadline and You are GM.

Posted by Buppy on 07 February 2011 - 11:07 PM

My solution as a fantasy GM:

Trade Stuart, a prospect forward, and a 2nd rounder to Philly for Meszaros.


You know this isn't the NBA and 2nd round picks are actually worth something in the NHL right?

Stuart for Mesz is a lateral move at best, so you're basically throwing away a prospect and a high pick while also adding $250k in salary.

#2105190 If Lidstrom retires....

Posted by Buppy on 25 January 2011 - 10:11 PM

Nick just needs to hang on one more year.

By then Robo-clone Lidstrom will be complete, and he'll have laser-skates. Probably a hyper-quantum plasma stick too. Pre-programed with a cap-friendly atomic contract. Kenny is working on getting rules allowing laser-skate equipped Robo-clones with hyper-quantum plasma sticks into the next CBA. Shanny and Stevie are his allies so we're optimistic.

2014 will bring us 3-headed-Mechahudler and possibly Laserface-GhostOzzie to dominate the annual Moon Classic. Future Hockey is awesome.

#2105144 Wings Have To Toughen Up Soon

Posted by Buppy on 25 January 2011 - 09:17 PM

Something to note in regards to the 'replace Miller with a fighter' sentiment that's so popular around here. When this team is healthy, Miller is in the pressbox. No one helps the team from that position, so to me it seems pretty pointless to worry so much about the bottom of the bench.

Guys like Miller and Mursak are great bench players. Cheap and capable of contributing in a lot of different situations or roles, even if not at a very high level; but at the same time, you're not really missing anything when they're not in the lineup.

Makes more sense to me to either aim higher and replace someone like Hudler or Flip with someone like Ott, Clutterbuck, Ruutu, Brown, Boyle or even Neil looked decent when Ottawa was good. Granted some may have bad contracts and or be too hard to get, but the principle remains. Or alternately, and probably better, replace someone like Bert, Modano, or even Hudler with someone like Konopka and use the money savings to upgrade someone else to compensate. Bottom pair defensemen also make a good spot to insert these types of guys.

#2104695 Wings Have To Toughen Up Soon

Posted by Buppy on 25 January 2011 - 01:14 AM

This isn't about "Enforcers". You can never have enough guys that can play a regular shift and drop the gloves on your team.

It's always about enforcers. Same 'debate' as always. I put debate in quotes there because you can't really call it a debate when no one really disagrees on any of the salient points.

No one wants a one-dimensional goon. Everyone agrees a guy who can play and fight would be nice to have. We all know it isn't an absolute necessity, but we all admit it wouldn't hurt. What are we actually debating?

The only reason it's ever discussed at all is because most of us over-invest ourselves in our team, to the point of trying to live vicariously through the team. So when someone on the team looks like a punk, the fan feels like a punk. Or from another direction, the 'softness' of the team gets pointed out, the fan feels soft. It's all the same thing, just slightly different buttons that trigger our insecurities, and a different balance of aggressive/defensive coping responses.

There's your daily psycho-analysis. Reflect.

#2102996 NHL picks All-star alternate captains

Posted by Buppy on 22 January 2011 - 02:04 PM

"It's pretty cool honor to have," Kane told Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune. "A lot of pressure comes with it with the players to pick. [Teammates Patrick] Sharp and [Jonathan] Toews have already been talking to me a little bit, I haven't heard much from Duncan [Keith] -- I don't think he has much to worry about. Sharp and Toews have been saying if I pick one before the other the other is going to be ticked. It's a tough situation."

So he thinks he gets to pick the team now?

#2102324 Cool NHL player names

Posted by Buppy on 21 January 2011 - 09:36 PM

I've always liked the Finnish names, especially first names; Jarkko, Teemu, Mikko, Jussi...they sound like Disney animals. Soft and fluffy, but also heroic and funny. Plus, I've always thought U was an underused vowel, and the Fins really seem to appreciate it.

#2099145 "The Red Wing"

Posted by Buppy on 17 January 2011 - 11:11 PM

Like the rest of the guardians...stupid.

I like the GP concept, but for something supposedly several months in development with allegedly professional comic writers involved, it's been disappointing. The whole thing seems like some college art student spent the whole semester partying, and had to cram the whole project into one weekend.

#2094566 Norris turning into "best offensive defenseman"?

Posted by Buppy on 09 January 2011 - 12:12 PM

Buffy will probably get nominated, but he'll need a lot more than a 2 point edge to beat out Nick.

But yeah, pretty much since Orr, the Norris tends to go to great two-way defensemen. Kind of like the Selke goes to great two-way forwards. I really doubt Nick would have 6 if he wasn't so good offensively. Coffey probably wouldn't have any.

But remember it is 'best defenseman', not 'best defender'. Looking at the overall efficacy of the player, it's hard to argue that Buffy hasn't been one of the most effective defensemen this year. Same with Green the last two years.

#2090358 Howard, Stuart, Eaves possible Tuesday against the Oil

Posted by Buppy on 04 January 2011 - 09:41 AM


That's some of the most ridiculous nonsense I've seen in some time. I literally don't think even a single word is true. Not even the small ones like 'by' or 'at'.

#2090208 Howard, Stuart, Eaves possible Tuesday against the Oil

Posted by Buppy on 03 January 2011 - 09:44 PM

I'd like to see a straight rotation too, though I wouldn't say Howard is really having a sophomore slump, nor would I say Ozzie is outplaying him by much. I think they're doing pretty similar.

I do think Howie needs some extra work with the goalie coaches. He seems to be dropping way too low when he goes down. Doesn't seem as tall on his knees as he did last year. Maybe just a technique problem, or maybe he's lost some flexibility. Either way, if he could just stay a little more vertical, most of the deflections that have been going in would start hitting him. His left shoulder has been especially brutal. He also seems to over-commit some times.

#2089192 Is Basketball a Canadian sport?

Posted by Buppy on 02 January 2011 - 02:36 PM

Actual Ice Hockey as we know it is Canadian. There have been plenty of ball and stick games played over the course of time, there is evidence in egypt of ball and stick games, as well as in the UK they played a similar game called Banty. British soldiers did play it but did not invent it.

I just did a project this semester at University about it so thats why I really see it as Canadian. To say anything different is misinformed really. The British had games very similar to it but Hockey is Canadian.

Saying Basketball is Canadian is not nearly the same as saying hockey is British. A Canadian that studied in Canada invented basketball, so it is not wrong to say it is Canadian. I would say its a little bit of both but thats just me.

From what I've always heard, Ice Hockey was 'invented' by British soldiers as an adaptation of a game played by native Canadian tribes. But it's still a Canadian sport.

Basketball was invented in America, first gained popularity in America, and until recently played almost exclusively by Americans. It is an American sport.

The inventor was Canadian (though he did later become an American citizen), the sport isn't.

Or we can just make it simple and say all games are African.

#2087591 Who do you like?

Posted by Buppy on 30 December 2010 - 11:24 PM

Zetterberg - Playoff MVP, superior beard / With his skills should be more dominant
Datsyuk - So slick he's become an adjective / Too slick, sometimes he slips on himself
Lidstrom - The Perfect Human / Unfortunately, he is human
Cleary - Hustle and hard work / Too fragile
Franzen - Could be a 50+ scorer / Isn't
Bertuzzi - Seems like a funny guy / Two hands Bert (Plus, he looks like my alcoholic brother-in-law, so I want to set him on fire.)
Rafalski - Offense / Defense
Filppula - Flashes of brilliance / Immediately followed by low simmering flames of mediocrity (Plus, shoot the damn puck)
Kronwall - World-class all-around game / Headhunter who takes shifts off
Holmstrom - Best of his generation in his role / Very limited role
Eaves - Hustle and hard work, and a nice shot / Hit more and get a haircut
Stuart - Much better than he gets credit for / Because of his uncanny knack for having his mistakes turn in to goals against
Hudler - 2008-09 (Plus, funny litte guy, probably great at parties or as a pet) / 2010-11
Helm - Speed / Nothing but
Ericsson - This year / Last year
Abdelkader - Hard work and hustle, and hitting / Eventually he'll need a raise
Modano - I used to skate at the rink now named after him / Cameo in the Mighty Ducks movie
Salei - His nickname is Rusty, makes me think old-fashioned small-town friendly, like he'd let me shoot his BB gun / Probably wouldn't
Miller - Haven't really noticed him this season (That's both good and bad)
Draper - Memories (Plus, he's not as bad now as most think) / Soon to be only a memory
Howard - Last season set the bar pretty high, no real sophomore slump / Probably too high, kind of seems like a sophomore slump
Osgood - HHOF, definitely / Rafters, no

#2086429 New Jersey's situation about to explode

Posted by Buppy on 29 December 2010 - 01:03 AM

How will Lemaire returning affect things in the Swamp?

Their losses will now be at least twice as boring

#2085723 Jordin Tootoo in rehab

Posted by Buppy on 27 December 2010 - 11:08 PM

He's one of those guy you hate playing against, but we all know he would be a fan favorite in Detroit. Hopefully he sorts his problems out and returns to the ice soon.

Wouldn't be one of my favorites. Mostly because I'd have to kill myself in embarrassment the first time a Detroit fan blew a train whistle.