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#2011792 How much production do you expect from Hudler?

Posted by Opie on 07 July 2010 - 08:58 AM

I put 40-50 because I think there will be an adjustment to the size of the ice surface.

I also think Hudler will feel a need to prove himself, to prove that he is still a Red Wing.

Not saying I feel he does, because I have no problem with him spending the year in the KHL, it was the only way he was not wearing another uni in the NHL.

I don't think he will jump right in and start scoring tons.

He will have new linemates which also takes an adjustment period.

I think next year is the year he puts up his best season in the NHL.

EDIT: Also the Wings are not the same team that he put up 57 points on, he will be relied on, counted on to score. Dan CLeary is not what he was 2 seasons ago (injuries or whatever facts are facts) Flip is better but I don't think they will be on the same line, though I think they should.

#2011141 Shane Hnidy

Posted by Opie on 06 July 2010 - 12:44 PM

Probably the top guy on my list of wants for the D in Det.

#2008671 Free Agency Thread

Posted by Opie on 01 July 2010 - 07:01 PM

Stuart never gets the recognition he deserves on this team. He has been incredibly solid since we signed him

Whatever we disagree with on other topics this will always be one of my favorite post you have ever made, I refrain from making this statement here because usually people point out one or two bad plays. It is like after losing to ANA in the WCF and making a compliment about Lilja, you got hosed for it!

Stuart has been imo one of KH's best acquisitions, without a doubt!

#2007638 Parents sue because kids suck at hockey

Posted by Opie on 01 July 2010 - 08:56 AM

Really, really, your kid gets cut and you call a lawyer, this is a direct result of the "Everyone gets a trophy" society we live in now.

Guess what folks, the world is not fair, ask the millions of people without jobs, and the ones who can't get jobs because employers are seeking "People Currently Employed"

Friggin' stupid parents, teach your kid to buck up and deal with it, eventually he will need to learn that lesson, and when he does, oh boy will it hurt.

They hurt poor Daniel's dignity, boo friggin' hoo

They were talking about this on the radio this morning... this is just sickening and I hope the judge not only throws this out, but fines the parents for wasting the courts time and makes an example out of them - THIS IS WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE WORLD

If you don't make a team, use it as motivation, train harder, practice longer and make the team next time... nothing in life should be handed to you, it should be EARNED.

One of the most famous stories in sports is how at age 14/15 Micheal Jordan got cut from his high school basketball team, he used it to become the best of his era, and if I compared generations maybe the best of all time!

#2006820 Savard to waive no trade clause

Posted by Opie on 29 June 2010 - 07:22 PM

Drake whom are you refering to?

You would put Hudler in the top 6 over Savard? Or Homer? (he is only useful there) or Mule?

I won't bother making lines, but since it has been stated that Z and D will be paired together, most likely with Homer.

That puts Flip, Mule and Savard, or I suppose Hud Mule Savard if you like.

And a third line of Bert Abby/Flip Huds/Cleary something along those lines. I would rather have Flip in the top 6 than Hudler, myself.

Instead you would rather have Hudler in the top six and Savard centering the third line? (this was what my comment was based on, Eva wanting Savard to center the third line)

Edit: Since after all the premise of my post was that Savard would (He won't be so the point is moot) be a Wing next season, and I am not sure but the 4th not third line is the checking line IMO, the third line especially in Det is a scoring line.

#2006746 Savard to waive no trade clause

Posted by Opie on 29 June 2010 - 03:59 PM

NO but the only way your boy Huds makes one of the top two lines is if Dats and Hank are not reunited, so you keep making lines with Huds on one of the top 2 lines, thus demoting a clear second line center to the 3rd line.

#2003872 Bufyglien traded to Thrashers

Posted by Opie on 24 June 2010 - 10:00 AM

Fraser who was do an increase on your roster is now gone, 700k freed up, but yet another player they need to fill their roster spot.

Also if the Wings 3rd and 4th lines looked like that as well as the 3rd pairing most of this board would s*** their collective pants, juicy, runny, smelly, hungover mudbutt s***s at that!

#2002611 Holland Looking to sign an Enforcer

Posted by Opie on 22 June 2010 - 01:35 PM

Every team in the league would take a team like the 97 Wings, however with a Salary cap that is damn near impossible, guys that play like Vladdy or Shanny in their primes would cost a fortune so you can not afford Fetisov, Kozlov, Fedorov, Yzerman etc... all under the same cap. Unless they all take massive hometown discounts.

#1995987 Great or Bust?

Posted by Opie on 07 June 2010 - 06:50 PM

umm since when is one season enough time to say if a player will be great or a bust, what if he turns out to be just a decent hockey player, or average or slightly below average?

#1990015 Final Draft Rankings

Posted by Opie on 26 May 2010 - 02:19 PM

I love how people complain about the Wings drafting/scouting/Free Agent process when this is the most successful org in any sport in the last 20 + years.

How is it again that we as Wings fans get labeled spoiled all the time?

#1989358 Steve Yzerman named TB's new GM

Posted by Opie on 25 May 2010 - 08:54 AM

I got a say, big mistake if they make him the highest paid GM in the league.

I love guy and he did great things for the Canadian team, however in the Olympics he doesn't have to worry about competing offers, and players asking for more money or handing out NMCs.

Good luck Stevie, this is only a training stint until you come back to Det!

#1988514 It's Official: Happy Hudler is Back

Posted by Opie on 23 May 2010 - 04:17 PM

Not to be a dink Bring back the bruise brothers but you just named 3 Canadian players, he said Finnish players play more Canadian style than US born players.

His intentions (I think) were to say that Finnish players do indeed play like Shanny, Yzerman and the such.

#1988142 Jimmy Howard has championship skills

Posted by Opie on 22 May 2010 - 08:15 AM

gcom007 - What do Ozzie's Rings and Mike Vernon's career record have in common?

They have nothing to do with this post season!


I agree he should have played less during the season, however Babs didn't think a rusty Ozzie could pull it out. Not my opinion not my decision.

The other option was 3 other rookies.

Yes Howard needed to rest more during the season, however the only way Babs thought he could get any wins was to play Howard.

Can you imagine the overreaction here if the Wings finish 9th.

You may say well what does that have to due with anything, the pressure on this org to make the playoffs and a run at the cup is higher than any other team.

Babs had to do what he could, was it what caused the loss to SJ, no!

Games 1 and 2 how many special teams goals did SJ score?

Three goals, dude this is not 1999 anymore do me a favor and look through the scores of the rest of the league during the post season and tell me how many games the winning team scored 4 or more! Sure it is about 50/50, what does that prove, 3 goals is not that big of a hurdle.

How many goals did the Wings average in wins? and Losses? see you only provide one side, the side that helps you. I would be just as worried that the goalie has to give up less than 2 goals to get wins. But that is just me, I think the team lost as a whole, including Howard. PK goals were almost guaranteed at the end, and you can say that was on Howard all you want, but that is you being biased!

Oh and anything to say about the Hart thing?

He is a rookie, lets see what he can do next year, he could be the next Raycroft, He could be the next Vokoun, the next Richter, the next Carey, or even the next Chris Osgood, which based on their relationship and personalities is probably the most likely, and hey a 400 win (not that Howard has that much time left in his career) goaltender is pretty damn good.

Last thing on this subject, you keep stating you supported and support Howard, but everything I read in your posts says the opposite.

Stop avoiding direct questions and it may not look like that.

Sorry that is the way your posts read, you make generalizations about goals he let up, and twice I have asked you for specifics and then you directly quote me and still don't point to any specific goals.

Do you know who needs to say to people they support Howard "really I do, I do I support him, I always have and I will prove it", people who don't, they are trying to prove it to themselves as much as the people reading it.

It is like saying "I am only going to say this once" if it is the truth you don't have to worry about saying it once, twice, a hundred times! (Thanks Cal Lightman for that quote! lol!)

#1988043 WC in Pitt. pretty much a done deal for 2011

Posted by Opie on 21 May 2010 - 10:21 PM

And fans since 195 freakin' 9 will be a fan in 20 friggin 12 that is the point, the league is not trying to keep old fans, it is trying to get new fans.

Sure most people watch college football, however do you know the last time I watched a college football game in its entirety, yes football is the big winner that day, but there is plenty of room for other sports on that day. The NHL can not compete with football on the pro of college level yet (sure I may be delusional with the yet), therefore they try to grab the non college football fans on that day or the fans that are tired of no definite Winner.

BTW before the Pens were announced for their second WC how many people complained about the day of the WC?

I don't remember anyone complaining about the day the Wings played, no one said "aw crap all of those potential Wings/ NHL fans will be watching college football."

What you left out electrophile is how big of a NCAA Football fan your dad is, if bowl games (which are not his team) mean more than a hockey game (which is not his team) to him, one may think he is more of a bowl game fan than a Hockey fan. Not saying it is true just making an observation on your statement I do not know your father nor am I pretending to know what he likes.

I will watch it because I think the outdoor game is a truly unique experience and no matter who is playing I will watch, because the game is an oddity, I can not watch it next week, however College bowl games are on forever and lead to NO CONCLUSION!

Edit: by forever I meant the season ends in Nov, Bowls start 3 - 4 weeks later, and this year there will be a total of 35 bowl games played in 3 weeks, there are more bowl games than NFL playoff games, and they lead to no conclusion.

There is no consensus Champion and that fact leaves the NCAA vulnerable right now, many people are very upset with the Bowl situation and many long time fans are disappointed and that makes this the best time to try and take some of their fans. Even if they only become casual fans.

The NHL can not rest on its laurels and say, well that day belongs to college football, and Sundays are NFL, that leaves them no chance to showcase.

#1987068 Eklund's top40 UFA's and possible teams

Posted by Opie on 19 May 2010 - 08:42 AM

Teemu has only played for one team, and was even their captain? Really?

NO he is a free agent with only one option which he has proven the past three years.
I did not say they have same past with their teams I said they were in the same situation, meaning as far as free agency goes they are only playing for one team, or they are retiring.

If you or I were to look at Teemu and Lids as Free agents, you and I would agree, correct?, that they both are going to play with their current team or retire right?

Seeing as we are talking about free agency and players going to other destinations, I didn't think this explanation was necessary.