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#2646351 The Elite Dylan Larkin

Posted by Opie on 06 January 2016 - 12:22 PM

How about this for a happy medium:


Dylan Larkin is an elite member of his draft class.


See, now we recognize his (potential for) greatness, but also keep in perspective that he needs to do it consistently over multiple years before he is elite in the NHL!!!

#2635116 Play Coach - When do you pick a goalie

Posted by Opie on 04 November 2015 - 08:54 AM

I would make the change when one of the following two things happen:


1. Jimmy and Petr become a problem in the locker room. According to some quotes currently both guys see this as a challenge and are supporting each other.

2. One of them shats the bed. Other than that keep the rotation going, I think the decline of Howard towards the end of seasons has been due to logging too many minutes.


I think J-Ho's body just cannot handle 60+ starts a year. If both of these guys can play at current level (they are almost mirror images stat wise), missing a couple of games will help them rest and hopefully keep on the same pace.

#2630775 McDavid with a dirty hit not called.

Posted by Opie on 14 October 2015 - 02:32 PM

I don't understand how that was a missed call, I think of a missed call as something that happened out of the ref's sight. 

He was watching the whole play, to me that was a bad no call, very similar to the Lions/Seahawks call (not a lions or seahawks fan).


Semantics I know, but that is the most dangerous place on the ice for that hit, poor officiating which is problematic in this league, well really all leagues.


Isn't there a review process for this, I am not saying that hit deserved a suspension, but someone needs to say "Hey kid, keep that up and we will probably be suspending the guy who took your head off!", and then let the rest of the world know he has been warned, then when he does it again no one is surprised when he is suspended, or we can all be up in arms when nothing happens (the more likely scenario given who he is)!


Transparency would be nice!


My question is what would have happened had the hit been reversed, and McDavid ends up face down?



EDIT: Got lost in my own thoughts, my original point was the league needs to be more transparent and tell the fans and teams if they spoke to McDavid or the officials about the hit!!!

#2577614 Red Wings acquire Marek Zidlicky from NJ for Cond. 2016 3rd Round Pick

Posted by Opie on 02 March 2015 - 01:59 PM



He looks like wee man!



#2577520 Red Wings acquire Marek Zidlicky from NJ for Cond. 2016 3rd Round Pick

Posted by Opie on 02 March 2015 - 01:11 PM

Very solid deal, best part of all is this eliminates the Phanooops possibility!

#2472718 Would you trade Jimmy for a top pairing dman?

Posted by Opie on 13 January 2014 - 12:07 PM

I came in here loaded for Bear to trash this thread.

Unfortunately your post was well thought out and no bashing from me will happen!


While I do agree I would rather have a top 10 D-man than top 10 goalie, Howard was the reason this team went any where last season. (Well Hank turning it on at the end helped a lot too)


He was rock solid in the post season giving up a few bad goals, but saving the team's collective bacon more often than giving up a softie.


For me it would have to be a legitimate top 10 D-man, but none of them are really available, Weber, Doughty, Suter, Pietrangelo (I was hoping his issues in STL this year and the Wings being in the East would have facilitated the wings poaching him), even if you wanted to go for a more offensive d-man like  Subban or Karlsson, it will take Howard and a lot more.


I think the offseason is really the only time you can get a fair deal for a D-man, catch them in contract dispute or wanting to play for a contender. Mid season everyone remembers how important a Defensive Stud is, and no one wants to part with them.


In the Offseason everyone is talking about forwards.


I really hoped the Wings would have swung something like Mule for Pietrangelo. It would have been a complete fleecing by the Wings, because to me he is one of the top D-men in the league.


I guess my point to all of this, if your netminder is not in the top 5, he just isn't going to get you a lot. Look at the Schneider to NJ deal, 9th overall pick, no roster player, no elite prospect.

Just a rubber bullet and a shot in the dark. Don't get me wrong a top 10 pick is better than 25th, but still that is not an elite player they got back.

#2471347 If we become sellers...

Posted by Opie on 08 January 2014 - 01:01 PM

Anything that involves Mule would be OK with me, but I think that ship has sailed!

#2471078 Kyle Quincey/Brendan Smith or Ian White/Carlo Colaiacovo

Posted by Opie on 06 January 2014 - 04:11 PM

did you just say quincey is offensive minded ......................

I didn't say offensively skilled!


They both play a very similar style of game, neither is a stay at home d-man, so yes Quincey is too offensive minded to be paired with Smith! 

#2471067 Kyle Quincey/Brendan Smith or Ian White/Carlo Colaiacovo

Posted by Opie on 06 January 2014 - 03:32 PM

I still think most of Smith's issue are with who he is paired with.

Pair him with Dekeyser and you will see a different player.

Quincey is too offensive minded to play with Smith, hell Lashoff would be a better pairing for Smith.



EDIT: Quincey smith over two complete wastes of roster space.

#2449417 Franzen believes hes playing well.

Posted by Opie on 01 November 2013 - 09:26 AM

I am glad he feels happy with TWO good chances.

#2446447 Coaching Error

Posted by Opie on 20 October 2013 - 09:32 AM

[Sarcasm] I can not believe this team is not going undefeated GRRRRRRRRR [/sarcasm]


Seriously, it is one game against the Coyotes, after just beating arguably the best team in this infant season.


Bab's overrated?????? It is hard to be overrated when you are in fact one of, if not, the best coach in the sport.


All coaches make decisions that work or don't and judging them purely in hindsight is great for you reactionary, knee jerk,  arm chair quarterback post, but in real life, it was one game of 82. Monster has not proven he can take the reigns over, Jimmy has proven he is the netminder of the future, you put him back in because if you don't how else does he go from cold to warm to hot?


Much like a call to the Bullpen in baseball, when the player fails to perform it was a bad coaching decision, the player performs and it is his success, not the coach.


Oh we beat the Avs with Monster in net and Sammy in the box, lets play the entire rest of the season that way, I mean hey it worked for one game why not all of them, amiright! 

#2444639 Pronger is done

Posted by Opie on 15 October 2013 - 12:20 PM

When did Pronger ever have a sub-par D Partner, or someone who wasn't at least as good as he was?


In ANA  it was Rob N, STL it was MacInis.


The man was good don't get me wrong, I would have loved him paired with Lids, however to credit him with making the teams he was on great is misleading in my opinion.

#2442661 Steve Yzerman wants Game Misconduct penalties for fighting

Posted by Opie on 08 October 2013 - 12:10 PM

When Yzerman was being protected by these players did he know then what he knows now?


Maybe the new revelations about concussions in sport have changed his mind.


Maybe now that he is a dad his mind has changed.


None of you changed your mind after thinking one way for 20+ years, then discovered/learned something you previously were unaware of?


Do you think maybe the research and studies down on CTE and concussions have changed his mind?


For instance players used to smoke butts in the locker room before and after periods, should they still be doing it?


No because they realized the impact it has on their breathing and abilities, so players for the most part stopped smoking, and all of them (due to laws) no longer smoke in the locker room.


Also can we stop using the Blood feud as evidence we need to keep fighting, when was the last time a rivalry was that strong and had that much bad blood.


No fight in the past 15 years has as much reason to be had as those fights.

IF every fight in the NHL was in the same vein as the ones between the Wings and Avs, I for one would have no issue with them.

But most of the fights are over clean hits, scrums at the net, or because a couple of goons are on the ice.


Even when Matt Cooke ended Marc Savard's career, how many of the big bad bruins kicked his arse?

#2442618 Devils sign Brunner 2 yrs. $2.5 million AAV

Posted by Opie on 08 October 2013 - 07:30 AM

Brunner just scored a nice goal. EPIC FAIL signing Alfy and letting Brunner go.

Yeah I know if only Kenny had offered him a deal before the trade deadline, maybe even two offers and one of them being the exact offer he ended signing with NJ.

Then it would be EPIC WIN!


In "Reality Land" the nose turned down the offers he got from the Wings to test free agency, oh but don't let the facts get in the way of a good rant!

#2440597 Steve Yzerman wants Game Misconduct penalties for fighting

Posted by Opie on 02 October 2013 - 03:48 PM

Taking a slap shot, like Gregory Campbell, has no long lasting affects, a fight with or without a concussion can cause life long issues.

Including the depression that took the life of Boogard and others.

That is why your argument, while a valid point, loses me.


Hitting when done in a reckless manner, and when targeting the head does cause more damage than fighting, but the league is also trying to eliminate those things.


Sure a good Kronwalling or other clean play can lead to a concussion, but eliminating dirty or unnecessary plays can help reduce the numbers.


I can walk outside trip over my own shoelaces and get a severe concussion, you are never going to totally get rid of the risk, but why not try to prevent them where you can and where they fall outside of the normal realm of play.

Note: fights take place outside of "play" the whistle stops play and this is happening during stoppage time. I know fighting happens in game and not in the locker room or somewhere else.