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#2424356 Tyler Seguin available? what would do cost be

Posted by Opie on 01 July 2013 - 09:15 AM

I think Charelli and Neely are messing with the Young man's head.

 

I think this is their way of motivating a young guy who has had some professionalism issues and spends a lot of time enjoying the amble bars Boston has to offer.

 

This is staging on their part and I imagine they released the statement saying he is being shopped around.

 

The expectations for him was that he would be Stamkos by now, he obviously is not, but that is what they are expecting around here (I live in NH and get all the Boston Sports stations).

 

And then you throw into the mix Marchand's rise in stock compared to where he and Sequin were drafted, and the whole Kessel trade deal this kid is under a lot of pressure to perform.

 

With the losses they are expected to have this off season, I do not expect them to trade him, they are just trying to motivate his off season!




#2421215 Talking Tootoo

Posted by Opie on 21 June 2013 - 01:20 PM

Admittedly I am not the biggest Tootoo fan, nor did I like the Wings signing him.

Having said that:

 

There is no way he gets inserted into this line up with any regularity unless Miller and  Eaves are both hurt.

 

Those two are two of the better pkers on this team and play a very responsible game for the Wings.

 

The fourth line next year has 4 guys ahead of toots with a healthy Helm back, and that is without the Wings signing a Free Agent to move Abby down the roster.

 

This is with me assuming Bert and Sammy are gone next season, if they are here Toots will have an even harder time cracking the roster.

 

I enjoyed seeing Toots out there swinging for the fences, but he took himself out of the play too often!




#2419693 What would you give up for Malkin?

Posted by Opie on 13 June 2013 - 12:31 PM

This board sounds an awful lot like it did after the Hawks won their first cup.

 

"The Hawks will suck after signing a few big names!" 

 

"Good-bye Depth, Hello COOORRRRREEEE"

 

 

Hawks seem to have turned out OK!




#2419365 Bylsma and McLellan Extended

Posted by Opie on 12 June 2013 - 10:37 AM

I think both are better than any other alternative out there for their teams.

 

Would you really give up Bylsma for Torts?

 

Especially with superstars, that guy has proven he can handle stars, let alone superstars!




#2417347 What is happening to the league/sport I love?

Posted by Opie on 03 June 2013 - 12:51 PM

The NHL doesn't care about how good the team is, it cares about how much revenue it can bring in.  When you say "parity" do you think they are talking about the competition? No. They are talking about revenue and salary parity.  The NHL wanted a cap so the Detroit's of the league can not sign all the big names anymore.  They wanted the smaller markets to be the only ones who can sign the big names so they can generate more revenue with those names.  Why do you think Minnesota was able to sign the Olsen Twins over the summer? Do you think for a minute that id there was no salary cap that those guys would have gone to Minnesota? You make it so the successful franchises cannot sign the big names, now the small markets get to give them $14M a year and people buy the Parise and Suter jersey's.  But when it comes down to it, the team is so mismanaged that they still aren't as good as the same top 6 teams that are always there. Now Minnesota is probably going to be forced to buyout a top player and all of a sudden the team isn't even as good as it was this past season.

 

If we had league parity on a talent scale, then there would be different teams in the final 4 every year. (at least more than there is now.) But no, the 5 remaining teams where the last 5 Stanley Cup winners.

 

It's all about generating a couple years of profits in a city, its not about winning. At least to the NHL.  To the fans, once they realize their team still sucks, even with the superstar on their team, they stop going to the games...especially in places like Nashville, Florida, Phoenix and Carolina. You see how well it did for the Preds when they signed Weber to that huge contract... Sure, fans will go for a couple of seasons to see if the teams gets better around Weber, but it won't and they will stop coming....again.

Well thought out and written post. 

 

:clap:




#2417332 What is happening to the league/sport I love?

Posted by Opie on 03 June 2013 - 11:52 AM

Why dont you understand? A different team has won the cup for how many years now? 10?

 

Sure there hasn't been a repeat cup winner but look at the final four every year since the first lockout:

(EDIT: Dammit lost my format:)

Eastern Conf:

No Conference Finals played due to the lockout

. 2006 Carolina Hurricanes vs Buffalo Sabres  

2007 Ottawa Senators vs Buffalo Sabres   

2008 Pittsburgh Penguins vs Philadelphia Flyers   

2009 Pittsburgh Penguins vs Carolina Hurricanes  

2010 Philadelphia Flyers vs Montreal Canadiens   

2011 Boston Bruins vs Tampa Bay Lightning 

2012 New Jersey Devils vs  New York Rangers    

2013 Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

 

Western Conf:

2006 Edmonton Oilers vs Mighty Ducks of Anaheim

2007 Anaheim Ducks vs Detroit Red Wings 

2008 Detroit Red Wings vs Dallas Stars 

2009 Detroit Red Wings vs Chicago Blackhawks 

2010 Chicago Blackhawks vs San Jose Sharks 

2011 Vancouver Canucks vs San Jose Sharks 

2012 Los Angeles Kings vs Phoenix Coyotes 

2013 Los Angeles Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks

 

Sure a couple of teams sneak in once an a while like the random Pheonix/Vancouver/Tamba Bay/Carolina appearance, but look at all the Pit, Det, Chi, Phi,  SJ (even if they choke on it).

And if you go back to the final 8, you will see that it also tends to be the same teams over and over again with teams like ANA and Van being there more often.

 

It really is the same top 5-6 teams almost every year.

 

Det and Pit being the top of the class since the lockout, maybe parity is working better in the east (other than Pit) but to me it is a joke!




#2395228 Danny DeKeyser suffers broken thumb, out for playoffs

Posted by Opie on 03 May 2013 - 10:45 AM

Needs some of Karlsson's magical healing potion

 

Ray Lewis' special Deer Antler Thoat Spray ©




#2395186 Danny DeKeyser suffers broken thumb, out for playoffs

Posted by Opie on 03 May 2013 - 08:53 AM

This worries me a hell of a lot more than I thought losing a rookie who was with the team for ~2 months ever could.

 

This kid is becoming the rock of the D, Kronwall is the leader, the big hitter, and offensive d-man, But Danny has been the rock.

 

This hurts more than losing anyone not named Howard, Kronwall, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Franzen!

 

But it is the playoffs so as matt198913 said, "Next Man In!"




#2393270 Corey Perry Knee/Kick to Howard

Posted by Opie on 01 May 2013 - 11:20 AM

I voted nothing, while I agree he did kick Howard in the mask, I was surprised he got a penalty at all.

 

He was checked into Howard, I didn't see any intent, but the fact he kicked him in the mask not the chest made all the difference in the world to the Refs.

 

I thought the refs did a great job of letting them play.

 

There were a couple of no calls both ways that I could see as frustrating, but I didn't see phantom calls. 

 

When you see the replay, Howard's mask spins around, to me this is akin to Howard losing his mask, the whistle had to be blown.

 

I thought that was the original whistle was a stop due to his mask, then I was pretty surprised to see a penalty called.

 

Again, I think if he kicks Howard in the chest, Howard falls, and the refs would have let them play.

 

I should also note that I use the word kick loosely, I think it was more his leg flailing from the contact from the Wings defender.




#2393230 Howard = Average

Posted by Opie on 01 May 2013 - 10:06 AM

 

Not to mention he's doing this with an inexperienced D in front of him. Just wait till this D gets solid.

 

I think what we saw towards the end of the season, is truly what we should expect from Howard and the D corps.

 

Now not 2 shutouts every 5 games kind of deal, but very solid, smart play.

 

Everyone seems to have a role and know what it is now that Dekeyser has stepped up.

 

In the next few years I think you see this D rounding into the Wings D we saw after the last lockout with potential to be as good as the  D was recently.

 

They will never replace Lids, but Dekeyser's style is similar enough that now they can began to reshape the D the way it was a few years back.

 

They just need to replace the Rafalski/Schnieder blast from the point, maybe that is Quincey, the crappy announcers last night loved his shot!




#2390530 Franzen's a Bargain

Posted by Opie on 27 April 2013 - 10:48 AM

The Franzen hate needs to end. I know his contract is a little long, but for the cap hit he's a bargain at his production level. Not every scorer can produce as consistently as Stamkos and other ELITE guys can. Franzen, like most scoring types, is streaky. Does he amp it up to the next level in the playoffs and such? Yes. Does he completely take nights off like 2011-12 Ovechkin/Semin? No.

 

We've been spoiled by the Yzerman's and the Datsyuk's. Not all players can be that perfect. I'm happy to have Franzen on this team.

 

Now Quincey....

Again, I ask, and no one has answered, when he is 40 will you still expect him to play like a 4 mil a year player?

 

I don't, I expect him to play like a 40 year old (if still playing), right now I expect him to play 32 year old, and to play hard every night.

 

You mentioned not everyone can be Like Yzerman or Dats, but the list of guys hustling every night while wearing the Winged Wheel goes much deeper than those two: Draper, Cheli, Z, Mac, Maltby, etc...

 

He was given the security of a career long contract, sure the team got a cap friendly hit, but he never has to get a contract again, he  can score 5 goals a year the rest of his career and not need to worry about a contract ever again.

 

His contract is player and team friendly, not just one way.

 

And someone mentioned Cleary falling down or Kronner's bad passing even Sammy's shinguard assault or Helm's hands of cement, I can keep listing players short comings or mistakes.

 

However; IMO lack of skill or execution is far more excusable than lack of effort!

 

I respect Tootoo more as a player than I do Franzen, and I am by no means a grit and sandpaper guy, but when I see Tootoo taking bad penalties or being out of position it is still obvious every night that he is going hard and giving his all.

 

The Mule I watched 4 weeks ago and before was definitely taking nights of ala Semin and Ovie as you mentioned above.

 

I have watched him coast up and down the ice on Offense and Defense, watched him get the puck in the zone only to loft what amounts to a saucer pass at the goalie.

 

When Zetta is struggling offensively at least you know he can still help shut down the other team's top line. A disinterested Mule is disinterested in all aspects of the game, ESPECIALLY HUSTLE!

 

Is he tremendously talented? Yes!

Does he take days/weeks off? Yes!

 

I just have a hard time comparing a guy like Cleary's inability to score 30 goals with Franzen's lack of desire/effort to score 30.

 

He is happy with the status quo, I get that, I just don't appreciate it!

 

You are entitled to you opinion, and I will not argue that, but when a thread pops up claiming he is a bargain, I feel like chiming in!




#2390381 Franzen's a Bargain

Posted by Opie on 26 April 2013 - 08:58 PM

Franzen could lead the team in points and he'd still get s*** on. He's become the perennial whipping boy around here.

You must not have been on the board when Feds played. That name alone still creates fiery debate and many a suspension on this board!

 

These were the same arguments had then, except Feds had the whole defense thing on his side of the argument (and was immensely more talented even when loafing!).

 

When guys like Yzerman come to be the face of your organization, it becomes hard to accept players who don't give it their all because they are disinterested, not because they are hurt or have things going on in life.

 

Just simply due to interest.

 

I will admit it Yzerman spoiled me, like being the best team in the league for the past 15+ years (not each year, overall most successful org in recent history)  has spoiled some Wings' fans. 

 

I do not like part time players/ guys that only play for big games, but some have no problem with it and even admit that  he has the talent to be a $7M + a year guy, but it is ok because he is only being paid to be half the player he could be!

 

I understand that everyone picks it up a level for big games, I played enough sports at a collegiate level(very bad and very small college) to know that everyone turns it up a notch come post season, even the very bad.

 

But Mule doesn't turn it up a notch, he simply turns it on. 




#2390138 Franzen's a Bargain

Posted by Opie on 26 April 2013 - 10:41 AM

I asked this before in a Franzen thread:

 

Those of you who think playing like a 4 mil a year player is ok now because it is his cap hit, while he is actually getting paid 5.25 mil this year,  will you still expect him to play like a 4 mil player at age 40?

 

If not, then please stop saying he is a bargain at 4 mil a year.

 

That is his cap hit, not what he is being paid nor what we should expect from him.

 

He has said it, his coach has said, he lacks motivation a lot of times.

 

I am not surprised he is playing very well right now, the Wings have been in playoff mode for weeks, roughly the length of his streak.

 

And the Franzen apologists will come out and say if we put the last few weeks of this season, and the last month or so of season X you will see he is a monster.

WRONG!

 

i will see that he is a floater and plays when and where he wants because you had to pick and choose segments of his seasons.

 

His defensive play as of late is all I need to see to know that he spent the better part of this season disinterested, he is now playing D up and down the ice, 3 weeks ago he wasn't defending anything.

 

When Franzen puts an effort in for a full season, not a couple of months here and a couple of months there, I will back off of him.

 

But he only plays in Mule mode when he thinks it best, I like that about as much as I like diving!

 

He scores around 28 goals a season, however most of that is done in about 2 months worth of effort and work, if he worked as hard the rest of the season as he is working right now he would be in talks for the Art Ross.

 

Instead he is Floater of the Year!

 

 

That is the sickening part, he could be a top flight player in this league. Instead he plays when he wants, at least the last guy that played like this in the Winged Wheel was quite possibly the best defensive forward to ever play the game.




#2388287 4/22 GDT: Coyotes 0 @ Red Wings 4

Posted by Opie on 23 April 2013 - 09:03 AM

I have complained a lot about Franzen (I feel justifiably) but last night was the type of game I would like to see from him all the time.

Regardless of the two goals, I know those are important, but the rest of his game last night was on a level he does not (IMO) often reach.

 

Solid hits, great positioning on both ends of the ice, an active stick, he was in MULE mode last night!




#2380218 Going forward with what we have

Posted by Opie on 04 April 2013 - 01:17 PM

Holland was said to be involved in multiple players, how is that standing pat? 

Do you consider what he did this summer standing pat as well?

 

I guess I think standing pat and not getting the players are two different things.