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#2435225 X Factor Part Deux

Posted by Opie on 06 September 2013 - 07:42 AM

Dekeyser, after he left the Hawks series it was different Wings Defense. 

#2435107 Extensions for everyone! Niklas Hjalmarsson gets 5-year

Posted by Opie on 05 September 2013 - 11:20 AM

Speaking of defensemen and extensions/contracts wonder if STL and Pietrangelo will come to common ground.









It's been reported that the two sides have been discussing an eight-year, maximum term contract but have failed to find common ground on the annual compensation of such an agreement. TSN's Bob McKenzie indicates that Pietrangelo's camp is looking for a $7 million annual average value, while the Blues are looking for something closer to $6 million.



(Did I just hijack my own thread??)



EDIT: To Hijack even further, Mac (Dang it, it is Mac and Andy strickland reporting it) is also reporting that they may bring in Ryan Whitney in case they are unable to reach a deal with Alex:




EDIT2: been a long few days, I can't even read the articles I am posting apparently!

#2434945 What forward is the Red Wings X Factor?

Posted by Opie on 04 September 2013 - 11:41 AM

Franzen, if he is the Mule for a good part of the season with this line up he could post career highs.


If not he could be relegated to 3rd line minutes and that will impact his production greatly.



Hopefully he steps it up and brings high energy every night, I am not holding my breath though.

#2434816 Wings sign Stephen Weiss, 5-years, $24.5m

Posted by Opie on 03 September 2013 - 01:58 PM

Love this part:



“Told him if he wasn't ultra-competitive he couldn't come here. If he didn't bring it every day he couldn't come here, because he was going to hate it if he didn't, dislike the coach and dislike playing here.

“It's real straightforward. If you don't do it right, you're not happy here.''



Now if Babs could just have that meeting with 93 that would be great!

#2434793 Franzen: "I am not a goal scorer"

Posted by Opie on 03 September 2013 - 09:27 AM

Zetterberg takes a ton of "days off". When you see how he played the last 10 games and when you see how he played in the middle of the season, why can 't he play like that day in and day out? He also makes 3 million more than Franzen and scores less. It's all perception.


And here is where a lot of Franzen is like Player X comparisons fail, when Z is not scoring, or as you say taking "days off", he is still one of the best defensive forwards in the game.


Franzen when not scoring is one of the biggest wastes of space on the ice.


All you really need to see is him with the puck between the red line and the offensive blue line, if he flips it in the zone and barely skates after it, you are not getting much from him that game.


If he protects the puck and gains the zone, or dumps and chases it, you know he is in the game mentally.


However, when he is not "in it to win it" he is better served in the press box.


I also do not understand the posts about him having size and play maker ability.


When he loafs, he does not create plays, and he almost never uses his size, so how skills he doesn't really use make up for him taking shifts and games off is really confusing to me.


As I have said numerous times on this forum, you take Franzen and give him Tootoo, Abby, Cleary, or Helm's heart and desire and you have an all world talent.


As it is right now, you have a very talented player who often times has little effort and desire.


I can excuse a lack of talent, like Helm's hands of stone, he just doesn't have hands of a Franzen or Bertuzzi even, but I have a very hard time excusing lack of effort!

#2434788 Good things happening in Detroit

Posted by Opie on 03 September 2013 - 07:44 AM

I am one of the coordinators of this event.  


We organized the entire thing in only 3 days, so I doubt that any of the players were even aware it was taking place. 


We are very grateful to have the Wings organization for the smoke detector donation.



I like this posts, just because you are helping out!

#2434478 Teemu Selanne to return for a final season

Posted by Opie on 30 August 2013 - 04:02 PM

I will believe this is his last season when he retires officially after whichever season ends up as his last and then doesn't stage a mid season comeback!


Edit this man still has the best goal celebration ever with this one:

#2432840 NHL to takeover of NJ around the corner?

Posted by Opie on 08 August 2013 - 01:09 PM

The solution is simple.

Step 1: lockout to stop big contracts and teams not sharing revenue

Step 2: sign the same huge contracts right after lockout ends

step 3: ???

Step 4: profit...



You forgot step 5, repeat the process in less than 10 years!

#2430526 Ryan Miller Fire Sale

Posted by Opie on 17 July 2013 - 02:38 PM

I love the underachievers bit!!!



Ville Leino anyone?

#2430477 Ryan Miller Fire Sale

Posted by Opie on 17 July 2013 - 09:33 AM

This has been posted on Yahoo:

I found it hilarious.









"He's like a bald eagle, draped in the flag, playing country music, while an eating apple pie." 



Edit: Dammit, I can never imbed youtube vids correctly!


#2430381 Maple Leafs plan cup parade?

Posted by Opie on 16 July 2013 - 03:14 PM

Thats exactly  what you get, when you are hiring guys in suits that don't love the sport nor have any passion for tradition. I also like their team but parts of the fanbase and ownership is just arrogant. This guy basically wants to erase a part of the tradition their, what an awful awful thing to do. It is hard for me to imagine players liking this at all.



Can you imagine if this were done in Det?


You think Holland gets some s*** now, imagine if the first thing he did was plan a parade and take down the Howe statue?


He would be hung in front of the Joe!

#2430350 Maple Leafs plan cup parade?

Posted by Opie on 16 July 2013 - 01:18 PM



Listen I get that move with a team with no history, the Panthers, even TBL that has a cup and a little history.


But you are talking about the franchise with the 2nd most cups, O6, long standing tradition and a fan base like that of the Cubs and Red Sox (before the championships).


IMO, you don't just walk in a tear down the history like this is some MLS club that has only been around for about 10 years.


I will be interested to see how long this lasts!

#2430342 Datsyuk Interview

Posted by Opie on 16 July 2013 - 12:55 PM

A lot of this has to do with the interviewer.


I don't think Pierre gets the same gold from him.

#2430301 Datsyuk Interview

Posted by Opie on 16 July 2013 - 10:31 AM

Straight Pavel gold:



Henrik Zetterberg was named team captain this season. How did he transition to being the captain?


“How? He cut out the letter “C” and stitched it on to his jersey, that’s how.



Gold Jerry, GOLD!

#2430297 Best Hitter on the Team

Posted by Opie on 16 July 2013 - 09:51 AM

Abby nearly double Tootoo's hit total, probably TOI as well.


But Abby ends up out of position less.


So I guess defining "Best" would be important.


Is best to you hardest?

Does being taken out of position by the hit make a difference to you?

Does total amount of hits matter to you?


Best is a term that leaves a lot of subjectivity.