The irony is that his dad is a boxer, and named him Evander after Holyfield. I like this kid even more now, not only for standing up to that spot-picking cheapshot artist, but also for giving him a taste of the Marc Savard went through. You can run, but you can't hide from karma.
Both sides of this argument have made and continue to make valid points regarding the pros and cons of having an enforcer in the lineup, but the pro-enforcer folks seem to concede the valid points that are brought up during the debate, whereas the anti-enforcer folks rarely concede anything.
Brad May was a valuable piece of this team while he was needed, and when we got our regular players back from injury, he was no longer needed. Not because of his style of play, but because we had too many players under contract and we needed space. IIRC, May was brought in towards the end of training camp without much realistic expectation of making the regular lineup, and only got a contract after Franzen went down with what appeared to be a season-ending injury. I'm grateful for his contributions when he was in the lineup, I'm glad he wasn't claimed when he was sent down, and I firmly believe he will get some playing time in the playoffs, especially if we have another deep run, but he is a role player and nothing more.
How many fighting majors have the Red Wings had this season aside from May? I can name a few, Ericsson had one against the Ducks and I think against the Sharks, Janik had a couple during his brief stint (which he lost if memory serves), Eaves vs. Versteeg which was a great fight, Abdelkader fought Corey Fairy, and I think Cleary had a fight too. Does fighting have its place in hockey? Absolutely. Does having an enforcer directly correlate with fewer injuries and/or star players being roughed up? Debatable. Are having a tough team and having a skilled team mutually exclusive? No, and that is where I think most of the partisan debaters are mistaken. You can be tough and not fight, and and you can be European and not be a wuss.
Newbury's first shift this year was the greatest Red Wings shift of all time.
The Penguins bring ratings. The Wings bring ratings. The Hawks and Caps also bring in ratings. That is why they are always on.
Honestly, some people need to stop drinking the haterade, step back, and take a look at the entire situation. It's a lot better than being bitter because the Penguins are on VS again.
Also, VS stated that they were going to broadcast a number of games this and next week to hype up the playoffs a bit. That's why it was an FSN feed and not an actual VS broadcast.
This x 100
Like them or hate them, the Penguins bring ratings, and when you are a TV network trying to get ratings, why not show the team that is most likely to get you high ratings.
The Penguins/Wings game last Monday was the highest rated regular season game in the history of Versus, it's not that complicated. It's the same reason why Washington is always on NHL Network and the Leafs have the national game on CBC HNIC every Saturday, TV is about ratings, and popular teams bring in ratings.
As far as marketing goes, I agree that the league should do a better job of showcasing talented players like Stamkos, Parise, the Sedins, etc. but why should they place less focus on the stars they already know bring in the big bucks.
When I heard the Penguins were on Versus tonight, my initial reaction was, "why does that not surprise me", but I cannot understand why people are so bitter about it.
I think it's funny that Ken made such a Freudian slip on-air, and I would really like to see the next few seconds of that video, where Mickey and Trev share a chuckle about it.
Let's face it, most of the bad feelings towards Crosby in general, and specifically on this board, is not because he is a bad player, quite the contrary, he is arguably the best player in the NHL right now, and I say arguably because people will argue about it until the argument turns into a pissing contest, shouting match, or whatever constitutes slap-fighting on a forum.
The bad feelings towards Crosby is mainly due to his overmarketing by the NHL and Bettman. He was tagged as the greatest thing since sliced bread before he even set foot in an NHL rink, and while comparisons to Gretzky are not completely unfounded, there is such thing as too much hype. Also, there are perceived personality flaws, from temper tantrums, diving/complaining to officials, lack of respect for opponents, and general immaturity which make the media onslaught even harder to swallow.
The thing that makes it so much fun to make fun of Sidney Crosby is that he is such an easy target. His first name is androgynous, he has effeminate features, let's face it, the guy probably went through hell in middle school for those reasons alone. Not to mention the antics I previously mentioned.
So, to those who scan these boards looking for mention of Crosby's name so they can jump to the rescue and say "not so fast, my friend", I say calm down. No one in their right mind thinks Crosby is a bad player, most of us just don't like him, and no amount of statistics or anything else you come up with to defend him is going to change that.
Getting back to the REAL reason for this thread, does anyone have the extended version of that video?
I'm not so sure Filppula compliments are allowed on these forums. If they are, they are a very rare find.
Compliments aren't so much rare, as they are instantly flamed by certain posters who seem to hate Filppula as though he had run over their dog or something. As a result, only a few brave souls still post positive things about him.
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Matt please don't worry about it... You have had your workload doubled with your awesome reaction to that attack
No offense to the person who posted that link, nor to the person who created those calendars, but the schedule wallpapers that Matt does are far better in my opinion. I have tinkered with making my own wallpapers in Photoshop, so I have a greater appreciation of how time-consuming it can be, and mine are far less elaborate than Matt's, so my hat is off to him for his efforts and the high quality results.