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#2426444 Wings in on Alfredsson

Posted by Opie on 05 July 2013 - 10:22 AM

I agree with VM, he does not fill the main void with this team, a sniper.


Unfortunately Mule is supposed to fill that void, he was picked over Hossa, he was supposed to be the scoring machine the Wing's need.


However he is more often playing like Johan Franzen instead of the Mule!

#2426412 Wings in on Alfredsson

Posted by Opie on 05 July 2013 - 10:12 AM



Age.  Brunner has a potential future with the Wings.  Alfie gives Detroit a season or two and then it's time to find yet another replacement for the offense with Dats and Z even older.


Brunner played one shortened season in the NHL and had a hard time being consistent at that.

Didn't Brunstrum have a pretty good first year in the NHL?

I can go down the list of one year guys that have played in the NHL. 


Tatar, Nyquist, and the other forwards "Rotting" in GR are not ready to assume top line minutes, Alfie fills that role for one season while the young guys have another chance to acclimate to the NHL.

#2426389 Wings in on Alfredsson

Posted by Opie on 05 July 2013 - 10:03 AM

Those of you sharting your collective pants do realize that Alfie scored as many points as Brunner, you know the guy that everyone is freaking out over the fact Holland hasn't signed?


He also was a PPG player in the post season, and he played all but one game this season.



OR... are you just freaking out because of his age?

#2426339 Shawn Horcoff to Dallas, per TSN.ca

Posted by Opie on 05 July 2013 - 09:30 AM

Anyone doubting that Nill was responsible for all our good moves over the last 5 years and Holland all the old player re-signs?


Yes me, just like Howard is not responsible for every win and loss, Nill nor Holland are completely responsible for every successful draft/signing.


It seems more to be you are assigning credit to Nill for good signings and blaming Holland for bad ones.


Who in the boardroom said sign Brunner last year and who said don't bother, who said get Sammy and who didn't?

Who was behind drafting your boy Mrzak, was that all Nill and Holland was like "Nah, we don't need him", but the team went with Nill over Holland? 


You have as much of a clue about that as I do, which is exactly none!


What if Sequin never improves and Erikkson scores 40 playing with Krejci and Lucic?


You seem to arbitrarily assigning credit and blame and also assuming a lot about the future.


Getting Horcoff from the Oilers, and a Sequin the Bruins were begging to trade is not the same as getting Stamkos from TBL and that is what you are making it out to be like.


Nill has made some splashy moves in a third tier market with a lot less pressure than doing it in Detroit.

#2426325 Wings in on Alfredsson

Posted by Opie on 05 July 2013 - 09:13 AM

As a one year stop gap, two at most, I am ok with this.

He will do well on Dats Wing (IF Bob Mc is right), and is a proven commodity giving the Wings the ability to split Dats and Z.


It also give Tatar Anderson Nyquist another year or so to fine tune their chemistry and skill.


I would like to see:


Abby Dats Alfie

Brunner Z Mule

Tatar Anderson Nyquist

Miller Helm/Emmerton Eaves/Tootoo


Not the best line up the Wings have ever Iced, but I have also seen worse!

#2424606 Tim Thomas watch 2013

Posted by Opie on 02 July 2013 - 08:05 AM

Apparently, according to media around Boston (Mainly talk radio so no links) the B's as a team, both players and management, were not at all happy with his antics.

If he had stayed on the team I think the White House non visit would have blown over, rather been blown over by his performance.

But the way it played out he left a bad taste in a lot of people's mouths.


We shall see if that stops a team like Philly (who routinely throws bad money at goalies) from picking him up.

#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!

#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. 



#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!