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#2433686 San Jose Sharks decide to use practice jerseys from now on...

Posted by Yzerfan1999 on 20 August 2013 - 06:48 PM

Hahaha - what idiots.  I thought the orange piping on the numbers and the shoulder caps looked really good.  This is definitely a step backwards.  The Oilers and Leafs learned that stripes at the bottom of the jerseys were necessary a couple of years ago - seems like San Jose wasn't paying attention.  Brutal.

#2431381 It's time - to predict 2014 Team Canada

Posted by Yzerfan1999 on 24 July 2013 - 11:14 AM



Not bad.

er...I guess.  But didn't half of those guys get chased out of the NHL for being lazy?  I also didn't see Afinigenov or Zherdov among the invitees.  Maybe I am blind...


I think any combination of the remaining Canadian options are much better.

#2429706 So.. what are our expectations for this roster?

Posted by Yzerfan1999 on 12 July 2013 - 09:29 AM

Here are my bold ;) predictions;


Alfredsson scores 30 goals playing with Datsyuk/Zetterberg.

Dekeyser takes a step back - he starts to actually look like a rookie.

Smith steps up and becomes an actual 2-3 d-man, and he scores 40 points.

Kindl scores 10 power play goals.




The Red Wings win the Stanley Cup.  There's something about this team when they acquire a vet who hasn't won a cup yet (I mean a real vet, not Hossa). They stepped up in 2008 when they wanted to get Drake a Cup, I think that the desire to get Alfie a Cup along with the play of these younger guys could be the recipe for success! 


Either way, should be an exciting season. 

#2429705 Ilya Kovalchuk announces retirement

Posted by Yzerfan1999 on 12 July 2013 - 09:20 AM

Per @NHLDevilsPR (The NJD communications department twitter feed)...

Looks like the Devils won't get hit too hard with his "recapture" penalty for retirement, according to CapGeek.  $250k/year, which isn't too bad.  But it's until 2024/2025...   :blink:





#2426316 Wings in on Alfredsson

Posted by Yzerfan1999 on 05 July 2013 - 09:08 AM

Alfie is the perfect 1-year insurance plan for next season.  This years' UFA class is weak, and guys are going to get long, outrageous contracts.  I think Holland is doing the right thing going after guy who can still contribute for 1 year.  Low, low risk here guys. 

#2426312 Wings in on Alfredsson

Posted by Yzerfan1999 on 05 July 2013 - 09:00 AM

And at 40, his 26 points this past season would have tied him w/ Brunner for the 4th highest scoring forward on the team with a fairly sizable drop to the next in line which was Flip with 17.


Edit: That said, I really don't see him playing anywhere other than with the Sens.


This - and I think we shouldn't worry too much about his age.  Holland could see him as a short-term replacement for Fil (or Brunner, god forbid) somewhere in the top 6.  It will be a 1 year deal that gives guys like Nyquist and Tatar one more year on the 3rd. 

#2425139 Red Wings won't pursue David Clarkson

Posted by Yzerfan1999 on 02 July 2013 - 10:11 PM

This is good news - and I think we all knew this would be the case.  Holland tries to avoid getting caught up in overpaying UFAs.  Clarkson is looking for a huge pay day from a team willing to take a gamble.  I can't believe he wants 6 million.  I know he has had two pretty good seasons, but his offensive totals are no better than Franzen's, and IMO he is less proven.  I still think Ryder is the better choice - he'll be cheaper and I bet you he scores just as many goals. 

#2416216 Jakub Kindl

Posted by Yzerfan1999 on 30 May 2013 - 02:41 PM

Kindl turned it up this year big time. Love the way he skates. Looking forward to seeing him on the Wings' blueline for years to come.

Thats the biggest thing I noticed about him - he is skating a lot better.  He also moves the puck well in his own end.

#2416037 Z's hilarious reaction to Pierre

Posted by Yzerfan1999 on 30 May 2013 - 08:52 AM

Hahaha.  I saw this last night and laughed my ass off. Hilarious! I'm sure Pierre understands the rejection, but its his job to try to get the interview.  I'm sure he has been turned down before. 

#2400377 WCQF Game 5 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Ducks 3 (OT) - (ANA leads series 3-2)

Posted by Yzerfan1999 on 08 May 2013 - 11:48 PM

Its now May 9th.  Happy Birthday Steve Yzerman!

#2397121 Ottawa - Montreal 5 on 5 fight

Posted by Yzerfan1999 on 05 May 2013 - 09:44 PM

I am cool with all of this - but I HATE the hand waving after fights.  That'sf****** lame.  Act like its not the first fight you won. These guys watch too much UFC, its not a show, they should act like they are just taking care of business.

#2397000 Abdelkader suspended 2 games for hit on Lydman

Posted by Yzerfan1999 on 05 May 2013 - 06:53 PM

Just put Bert on the top line.  Who cares, Abdelkader wont make or break the Wings in this series.

#2393133 WCQF Game 1 GDT : Red Wings 1, at Ducks 3. (Anaheim leads, 1-0)

Posted by Yzerfan1999 on 01 May 2013 - 12:19 AM

Not a horrendous game, but the Ducks played better and deserved the win in the end.  Liked the Nyquist line as the game progressed.  Datsyuk wasn't as dominant as usual but I liked Zetterberg and Franzen's game. Ducks really forechecked our D hard and it was tough to get out of the zone.  Hopefully the Wings will have a little more intensity for game 2.  

Winnable series for sure.

#2390385 Babcock rumours?

Posted by Yzerfan1999 on 26 April 2013 - 09:10 PM

This is such s*** - Babcock will finish his contract with the Wings before anything happens.  I love Dreger, but f*** him for breaking this the night before our biggest game of the season.  This is someones "oh this would be nice" fantasy. 

#2387398 4/20 GDT: Red Wings 1 @ Canucks 2 (SO)

Posted by Yzerfan1999 on 21 April 2013 - 12:52 PM

Interesting game last night.  Couple of things I noticed;


-Filppula was god awful - I usually have a lot of faith in him but he was actually getting in the way of his line mates last night.  Might have been the worst game I've ever seen him play. For the first time, I think the Wings might be better off letting him walk next year in favour of keeping one of these kids in the lineup.

-DeKeyser continues to impress me. No doubt in my mind he will be our top shutdown defenseman in the near future.

-Nyquist, Andersson and Emmerton all played really well.  Looks like Emmerton is finally making strides toward being a useful everyday player

-I love our defense WITHOUT White and Colaiacovo


Additionally, the CBC broadcasters really put this season into perspective.  I've been pissing and moaning about the Wings' "fall from grace" all season but in reality, its amazing what they've been able to accomplish given their lineup and the tight Western Conference.  After last night's game, I am actually kind of excited to see these younger guys progress over the next couple of seasons. 


I also still think the Wings will make the playoffs.