A buddy and I have just figured out why "everyone" hates the wings. It is the same irrational "hate" I have for the Yankees (world series defeat of my padres notwithstanding). Illitch is the Steinbrenner of hockey.
1) he wants (needs) to win
2) he LOVES the sport
3) he is not afraid to spend money on someone who he thinks will help him win
4) he surrounds himself with people who are smarter (I mean hockey/baseball sense) than him
5) did I mention he wants to win?
Say what you want about owners like Steinbrenner, llitch, and extending to other sports Cuban, Al Davis, the Rooneys, etc. take a look at the history of those franchises, and you will see that the stability and passion is there. And that tends to help them win more often than not.
And that, more than anything, pisses fans of everyone else off. More often than not.
I've noticed something this year, Kronwall is leading ass first rather than shoulder first on a lot more of his hits. Granted, the hit on Kessler was borderline, and could arguably be considered suspension worthy...HOWEVER I'm wondering how much of that is "anticipation" and just "missed timing" than anything. IOW is it just the fact that he was lightening himself off his skates and mistimed it slightly? If he stayed down, feet heavy, what would happen? The biggest difference here is that Rinaldo's head was even with Ericsson's at contact...even though Ericsson is what, four inches taller? (although if our favorite s***box had kept hisf****** HEAD UP I don't think the hit even connects...)
His head was turned looking behind him 3/4 of the second he possessed the puck. It is college hockey, they play with full face masks, they do not want east-west blindside checks regardless of the positioning of the attacking player. It is mainly to protect these kids so they can have a future in a better league and choose to destroy their bodies for pay instead of for a education.
I don't know what replay you were watching but Oliver had his head down from the blue line to the point he turned INTO Ramage. It almost looked like he was more concerned about the backcheck than what was in front of him on the ice
I'm sorry but it was like three full speed strides he had his head down and that's three strides too many. Don't blame it on the cage, blame it on the fact he was looking in the wrong direction. And like I said, Oliver actually turns into Ramage. What do you want HIM to do, the play probably came on faster than he intended with Oliver's turn. Look, I'm sorry that the kid got hurt but it was a lapse in fundamentals that caused this, not any goonery.
Not defending the attack on the mascot but...Silly string is NOT something you want sprayed in your eye. The evaproating propelant can cause frostbite and the solvent is flamable as it come out of the can. In addition, the stuff is a skin irritant, and people can have allergic reactions to it. What the mascot did could be considered battery.
The points stat isn't. He was supposed to be the defensive defenseman on the Jonny-Rafi pairing.
I think everyone expects very single d-man on the red wings to produce points like lidstrom does.
Well he blew that. Thing is everything I always read/heard about what they were hoping from him was a big body Dman with the hands of a Forward since thats what he tried to be and failed doing.
The rationale was that Johnny Turnover would be Nicky with Krons hitting abilty. sadly I cant find the link I had posted on a different forum where he actually stepped out of the way of a puck being shot which screened Howie and led to a goal. Cant remember the team, wanna say the Stars, the Blues or Blue Jackets.
People that have seen him play in person have a whole new level of disdain for him. TV tends to stay with the puck so you cant see what he is doing on the ice but it takes bad play to a whole new level.
My point with this is that he has been given a chance. Even if you give him the benefit of the doubt that hes new to the position, how long do you let someone screw things up before moving on? If Detroit wants a half assed D man that is 6'6 220, they can hire me. Ill play for league minimum and would probably show more heart and try than him. Hope he goes to the minors, no team deserves what he brings.
I'm only 6' 3" and can't skate but I played rugby and can hit and take a hit like Kronner..sign me up too lmao
(edit digression aren't both kronwall's and ericsson's brothers playin for gold?)