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#2006016 Eurotwins to be reunited

Posted by Finnish Wing on 28 June 2010 - 10:33 AM

No, Filppula is on the second line.


Hey cmon, I'm Finnish and even I think Hudler has more offensive potential at the NHL level than Filppula.

#2005991 Eurotwins to be reunited

Posted by Finnish Wing on 28 June 2010 - 09:29 AM

Abby is better offensively than Helm. At least has more offensive potential than him.

Even though I kinda would like to see Hulder in the 2nd instead of Bert I see what Babcock is thinking there. Every line now has a playmaker, a shooter and a net presence. Of course those bottom lines are more defensively but still. Shooters: Zetterberg, Franzen, Hudler, Eaves. Playmakers: Datsyuk, Filppula, Abdelkader, Helm. Net presences: Holmstrom, Bertuzzi, Cleary, Miller/Draper/Ritola.

As I said, that 4th line especially is probably more everyone doing everything. I was thinking Franzen more as a power forward, but maybe Babcock sees him as a sniper. This could work, I'm telling you.

edit: Also seems that Ilari Filppula doesn't have any realistic chance of competing for the extra forward spot.

#2005814 What is it why you're a fan of this team?

Posted by Finnish Wing on 27 June 2010 - 08:43 PM

Well I kinda expected the city thing being a major factor, but I didn't think that it would be enough just by itself. Need to wait a couple days so that the Euro fans vote as well, should see a bit more of the other options.

#2005794 What is it why you're a fan of this team?

Posted by Finnish Wing on 27 June 2010 - 08:14 PM

Okay. So I've been wondering this question quite a long time myself already. I'm Finnish myself and I know there also many many other fans who have no actual connection to Detroit itself. I can admit right away, that I don't "feel" for the city either, because I've even been in USA. The reason why I probably started being a Red Wings fan in 1999 was partly due it's success and partly due what players the team had. I by no means consider myself being at the same level with the hardcore fans who actually born as Red Wings fan.

Big reason for why I started kinda thinking what's being a fan is all about is my favourite team here in Finland, Tampereen Ilves. I've been an Ilves-fan since I was born. I don't live in Tampere, but all my family is from there and I've always had a strong connection to the place.

Despite being the most successful club in the history of Finnish hockey (kinda like Montreal over there), the recent years have been disappointing in many ways. It seems like the identity of the club is missing. Players change too much every year, and seems like many players come here just to earn the money. Some lead members of the organization (club board, the owner, GM etc.) became "bigger" than the actual club - Ilves. It seemed like these people didn't respect the history of the club anymore. Last year was terrible and the team finished last in the league. Many staff members got fired and most players changed again.

Because the the team seems to have no identity anymore, players and staff keeps changing and in terms of recent success it's the worst in the league fans have started wondering why are they still fans of the club. Seems like the only thing there is left is the logo - Ilves and it's history. I couln't imagine myself not being an Ilves-fan even though all these things happening. Maybe if the team moved to another city etc. it would be too much to take.

Now, I decided to do a little poll about this regarding our Red Wings. There are basically five different reasons I could come up with for someone stop cheering for the team. Please let me know, if you know a major reason which isn't listed over there and we'll work it out. I hope you could say which four reasons for example would be enough for you, because obviously we can't see it from there. AND I also hope you be honest. Because I know there are for example bunch of fans who haven't even been to Detroit ever.

#2005649 Sources: Flyers Land Evgeni Nabokov

Posted by Finnish Wing on 27 June 2010 - 03:24 PM

"Whatever talk between the Flyers/ Nabokov that transpired appear to be over. Asking price on new deal was way too rich for Philly's blood"

via Nick Kypreos on twitter

But they don't lose the 7th pick then, am I right? I thought the deal went through only if they were manage to sign him.

#2005517 1st Round Pick (21), Riley Sheahan

Posted by Finnish Wing on 27 June 2010 - 07:50 AM

To all the apparent "booze and hockey don't mix" fans:

Gee, look how terrible Patrick Kane is when he gets drunk and beats cab drivers.... Surely his skill has taken a hit eh? Yeah... exactly. This is a prime example that just because you drink, doesn't mean you slide in the draft. Sheahan slid down in the draft because he was amazing in juniors and his offense took a hit because he was a youngster on a new team with older players and competitors, and being taught to play defense first. Oh and everything he was used to doing had changed when he went to UND, no family, making new friends, tough ass academics, etc...

He'll be a top 6 forward on this team in the future, if i'm wrong i'll kill, skin, cook, and eat the damn crow.

Patrick Kane is a prime example of having elite talent and being in the NHL even when he probably hasn't worked as hard for it as many other guys.

#2005514 Sources: Flyers Land Evgeni Nabokov

Posted by Finnish Wing on 27 June 2010 - 07:47 AM

Great deal like the one with Hamhuis. :rolleyes:

#2005132 1st Round Pick (21), Riley Sheahan

Posted by Finnish Wing on 26 June 2010 - 10:19 AM

Because none of us have drank under age in high school or anything. They always turn out to be bad people :rolleyes:

Well, I don't think you can really compare a bunch of average LGW fans to a guy who's goal is to become a pro-athlete and play in the NHL.

Although the amount of NHL players who drink or have drinked a lot at the high school age is much bigger than most people would think. Not saying it's a good thing, but sometimes you have talent and you can "afford" the drinking. Some players have less talent and they need to work even harder.

#2004987 2010 NHL Draft Thread

Posted by Finnish Wing on 25 June 2010 - 09:47 PM

You do realize that being picked for the Wing's means waiting on average at least an extra few years to be in the NHL compared to most other franchises, right?

It's mindfly. He doesn't realize anything. He just keeps shouting stupid things that come to his mind.

#2004934 2010 NHL Draft Thread

Posted by Finnish Wing on 25 June 2010 - 09:09 PM

I don't get what Kenny is doing with his defense. Sure, Kronwall hits, Stuart does a little, but 5 out of 6 d-men are softies, with captain nick leading the way. Tinordi is right there, this guy is gonna be a monster in 4 years, Sheahan is gonna have trouble cracking the lineup because of the of jam at center for the next decade. Oh well, we will see if Tinordi becomes a star and if Sheahan even makes the club in 4 to 5 years. Then there is another fubar draft I can hate Holland for...

Weren't you supposed to go sleeping?

#2004813 2010 NHL Draft Thread

Posted by Finnish Wing on 25 June 2010 - 08:31 PM

I've got every pick correct in my mock draft right now.

#2004426 Sharks re-sign Marleau & Pavelski

Posted by Finnish Wing on 25 June 2010 - 10:33 AM

Tell your GM the Wings will gladly take Seto off your hands ;)

Don't want no divers here!!!

#2004425 Sounds like the wings are looking for size

Posted by Finnish Wing on 25 June 2010 - 10:31 AM

Im pretty sure the people against McIlraith know absolutely nothing about him. Would you people really not like another wings player doing stuff like this:

That's Jiri Fischer.

#2004098 Sounds like the wings are looking for size

Posted by Finnish Wing on 24 June 2010 - 02:53 PM

What are you seriously on about? No one mentioning drafting "zero risk tough guys." We're just talking about getting some bigger bodies in our team.

What I'm on about is that there are actually some fans who would draft Dylan McIlrath on the first round over Granlund or Tarasenko if all were available. Seems ridiculous to me. So no, we're not just talking about getting bigger when someone even considers taking McIlrath over Tarasenko.

And yes, someone's afraid to take the risk. Afraid to take the risk with Tarasenko, who has realistic 1st potential and rather taking a defender who has realistic second pairing potential. I can't imagine any other reason for that except fearing small risks or choosing the player based on nationality.

Once again: you can't teach talent, but you can fix the skating and fix the physical game.

Midol, perhaps. We do need to get bigger and tougher. Skill has always been the thing for sure and no one is discounting that. But we have to stop getting pushed around.

It's not about skill, it's about talent. Just because we need to "stop getting pushed around" doesn't mean we should make stupid decisions in this years draft. Even if we drafted McIlrath it would take three or more years for him being a real physical factor for us in the big team.

You can make a trade to get more physical or sign some free agent. But you should always draft primary based on who's the best out there and what you would sacrifice (which should never be talent) when getting him, not based on what you need right now. Of course it should affect as well, but it should never be the biggest factor.

#2004089 Sounds like the wings are looking for size

Posted by Finnish Wing on 24 June 2010 - 02:34 PM

Doesn't the commitment to play in the KHL make you wanna take someone that will for sure be over here and could be a top line player?

Who exactly is this kinda player then? You have to take risks. It's the draft for God's sake. Draft only "zero risk" physically ready guys every year and I bet you won't stay a winning organization for long. You have to compare the risk and the reward. A guy like Tarasenko actually has huge potential even though there are some risks. Don't tell me you would really draft McIlrath over him as well?

This is starting to make me feel sick.