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#2034845 GDT: Red & White Game

Posted by McAwesome on 21 September 2010 - 10:35 AM

Go Team, Go Team Go!!!

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#2034257 Who will be the whipping boys for '10-'11?

Posted by McAwesome on 18 September 2010 - 02:45 PM

I predict the choice of whipping boy will be divided among the following sub-groups on LGW:

Pro-Lilja - Salei
Pro-Hudler - Filppula
Anti-Ozzie - Howard
Pro-Enforcer - Hudler, Modano, anyone on the 3rd or 4th lines that doesn't fight

Personally, I think that no one is really immune to being the occasional "whipping boy", except maybe Lidstrom, who can do no wrong. Everyone makes mistakes, some more than others, but mistakes can lead to losses and no one on this board likes it when the Wings lose.

My early odd-on favorite is Bertuzzi though, he is the closest thing we have to a Sammy/Lebda/WIlliams type who makes a lot of the same kind of mental errors on a regular basis.


#2033454 Babcock's Contract Extension

Posted by McAwesome on 15 September 2010 - 09:42 AM

I do wonder if Babcock ever blinked 1st and lost a staring contest

Babcock is the only person every to beat Chuck Norris in a staring contest. He almost beat the sun, but the sun cheated because it has no eyes and therefore can't blink.
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#2029687 Bill Guerin will NOT be offered a contract

Posted by McAwesome on 27 August 2010 - 10:50 AM

Tampa's got a plethora of forwards.


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#2028979 A Long Time Ago...

Posted by McAwesome on 24 August 2010 - 07:09 PM

Am i the only person in the world that has never seen a star wars before? Who knew i would ever feel like a loser having NOT seen them haha



Wow. Just Wow.

I don't think you are a loser, but I am honestly surprised that there is someone out there that has not seen any of the Star Wars movies. Did you make a conscious decision to avoid them?

What about Lando?


How about Chris Chelios as Lando, a scoundrel that later became an ally and a valued contributor to our cause.


#2028027 Penguins sign Arron Asham

Posted by McAwesome on 21 August 2010 - 11:16 AM

Since when has a solid 3rd line center been someone who can't check and has never been known as a great defensive forward?

I know we have other forwards that can play defense, but it'd be nice to have a 3rd line with more than one defensive forward. Modano will be asked to change his whole mindset around and take a complete back seat on this team in a role he's not all that familiar with.

It might work or it may not. Don't know why everyone thinks it'll be a success without reservations. You do realize that he's not a star anymore?


No, he's Wing. :ph34r:





Sorry, I couldn't resist

Edit: For the record, I'm with you on this. While I am excited for what Modano can bring offensively, it would have been nice to land a player that can do what Asham does for so cheap. It would have been pretty sweet to have a 4th line of Abdelkader, Eaves, and Asham, that would have been a bear to play against.


#2027718 In Depth Look at the Central Division

Posted by McAwesome on 20 August 2010 - 12:31 PM

is this guy a leafs fan or something? no way lebda is better than salei


Agreed. Lebda may be younger, but that's the only advantage he has. About the only thing Lebda does better than Salei is suck. Also, he says Salei has a Stanley Cup ring, when did he win that? In 2003 with Anaheim? I'm pretty sure that's the only time he's sniffed the Finals.


#2027031 How big of a Wings fan is your Wife/Girlfriend/Significant Other?

Posted by McAwesome on 18 August 2010 - 09:35 AM

I love your wean-on strategy.


Thanks, I didn;t really plan it that way, but I saw that the Wings would be in Tampa that preseason and I really wanted to go, and my wife wasn't too enthusiastic because she knew nothing about the game, so I had those 2 DVDs and asked if she wanted to watch them to learn more. Boy am I glad I did, now she shows my son the Stanley Cup DVDs (2002 & 2008) and one of his first words was hockey.


#2014055 How are you dealing with the off-season?

Posted by McAwesome on 12 July 2010 - 01:13 PM

How can I lobby to get you to change your avatar? lol


Motion seconded, pleased get rid of that disturbing thing. :hehe:


#2013997 Osgood may retire following this season

Posted by McAwesome on 12 July 2010 - 11:53 AM

Osgood will be turning 38 this November and his contract is up after this season, so it is no surprise that people are already speculating that he will retire. I don't remember reading anywhere about Ozzie himself mentioning retirement, but he really doesn't have anything else to prove, other than perhaps wanting to win another cup before he retires. I hope he earns more playing time this season, he has a realistic shot at passing Grant Fuhr and Glenn Hall on the all-time wins list, and if he splits the starts pretty evenly with Howard, he may even catch Tony Esposito, pretty much guaranteeing himself a place in the HHOF.


#2003340 Sakic vs Yzerman Debate

Posted by McAwesome on 23 June 2010 - 04:29 PM

He's talking about this.


Meh, that was nice, but that wouldn't even make Stevie Y's top 10.

Since so many have been quoting stats to make their arguments, I decided to look at their numbers on a per-season basis rather than their whole career and here's what I found:

Yzerman and Sakic both had 6 100-point seasons, look at the difference

Yzerman: 155, 137, 127, 108, 103, 102
Sakic: 120, 118, 109, 105, 102, 100

As someone else pointed out, only 2 players have ever recorded more points in a single season than Yzerman's 155.

Top 5 goal totals

Yzerman: 65, 62, 58, 51, 45
Sakic: 54, 51, 48, 48, 41

Again, advantage Yzerman.

Basically, what it boils down to is that Yzerman had the higher peak, while Sakic's peak lasted longer. You can attribute Yzerman's "decline" to a combination of injury and coaching style, but for a long time he was the only good player on his team, whereas Sakic had a better supporting cast for longer.

From a purely objective view, the slight advantage goes to Yzerman, but as a Wings fan and more importantly as someone who grew up idolizing him, there is no contest, Yzerman hands down.


#2000904 Is Filppula going to be our 3rd line center...or 1st line winger?

Posted by McAwesome on 17 June 2010 - 06:57 PM

If Babcock is trying to create 3 scoring lines and a grind/shutdown line, this is not the group of forwards to do it with, there are not enough scorers to fill 3 lines, plain and simple.

If you go with something like this:

Zetterberg/Datsyuk/Holmstrom
Hudler/Filppula/Franzen
Bertuzzi/Abdelkader/Cleary
Eaves/Helm/whomever

that gives us 2 stacked scoring lines and 2 wreckingball lines that also have some scoring potential.

No way Hudler or Filppula are going to be bumped down to the 3rd line in favor of Bertuzzi, at least not on a regular basis. Putting Bertuzzi together with Cleary and Abs will be one heck of a hard line to play against, they may not be the most scary line in terms of skill, but all 3 will crash the net (hopefully not all at the same time) and wear the opposing unit down, even if they spend their entire shift chasing the puck in the offensive zone, that is what a grinding line is supposed to do, forecheck and hit. The 4th line of Helm and Eaves + whoever will be our shut-down line, and having 2 4th-liners who hit double-digit goals last season is nothing to scoff at.


#2000632 How would you feel about Chelios as assistant?

Posted by McAwesome on 17 June 2010 - 09:23 AM

I'm actually in the camp that I don't know how effective coach's can be when they were former teammates of the players they're coaching and I'd also like to see a guy work his way into the AHL and up from there, rather than just getting a spot on the big stage right out of the gate, but with Chelios, he has such a great hockey mind and was viewed as an elder statesman by all his teammates anyway, that it might break the mold and work...

One thing about Chelios, is that regardless of how confident he is, he's never been one to expect to be handed anything (hence being willing to play in the AHL last year) and I don't think he'd have ANY problem being an assistant, or even lower to start to be honest...

I'm also in the camp that I want McCrimmon gone one way or another, but I think Chelios will eventually be a coach in this league anyway and I would have no problem with this move...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't Dan Bylsma teammates with some of the players he coached on last years's Penguins team? I'm not saying I disagree with you completely, but most of the players that would consider Chelios a peer (Except maybe Lidstrom, Draper, and Holmstrom) are already retired or no longer with the team. On the topic, I definitely agree that anyone could do a better job than McCrimmon, and if anyone can get hired as an NHL assistant without prior coaching experience, it's Chelios, he was practically a player-coach when he played, and his hockey knowledge, more importantly his knowledge of defensive strategy, would be a huge improvement.


#1999799 Teams considering buy-outs

Posted by McAwesome on 15 June 2010 - 09:27 AM

If he can be had for less than 1mil, Moreau would be the perfect fit on the 4th line, he may not be the heavy that some feel we need, but he definitely has the Dallas Drake style of play, and we could absolutely use another hard-hitting, shot-blocking, gritty forward who will stand up for his teammates. As for the other players mentioned, no thanks.


#1997658 Early Predictions for next season....

Posted by McAwesome on 10 June 2010 - 03:06 PM

1) Versus and NBC will run more ads featuring Crosby lifting the Cup than Toews, sparking infinite anti-Crosby threads, and Carman's post count will triple as a result.

2) If we stay healthy, we have a realistic shot at winning the division, especially with the depth that Chicago is likely to lose due to their cap situation.

3) Tampa Bay will make the playoffs and upset a division winner in the first round.

4) Toronto will make the playoffs (that's right, I said it).

5) Either Crosby or Ovechkin will be injured and unable to play in the outdoor game, ruining Uncle Gary's grand scheme.

6) Canada will have to wait yet another year for a Cup winner.

7) Very few people will be happy about Holland's free agent moves.

8) One of this season's division winners in the West will finish out of the playoffs.