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#1995638 Stanley Cup Finals eeriy similar to 2009

Posted by AIK'91 on 06 June 2010 - 11:52 PM

i'd hardly call toews overrated. He's a great captain and knows how to lead a team at such a young age. Im not saying he's comparable to Yzerman yet, but something about the kid is special. On the other hand, Kane is overrated and so is Keith. I'd love to see Toews win a cup someday, but not Kane.

I agree, Toews is a great player. Obviously not on Yzerman-level, but good nonetheless.

However, Keith is definitely not overrated. Underrated if anything. He is simply one hell of a dynamic defenseman at both ends of the rink. He has one of the quickest first few strides in the entire league to go along with terrific hockey sense.

And Kane I hate. Enough said.

#1994860 my team

Posted by AIK'91 on 05 June 2010 - 02:04 PM

1. Mike Comrie won't sign that cheap.

2. Even if he did, he's not the kind of player I would want on "my team".

3. You forgot Draper.

4. Or conveniently made him disappear.

5. Despite all this talk about signing Asham, I think he's going to stay in Philly. I mean, unless it's for a bigger payday (which won't come from us), why leave a team you've gone this deep with--a team with which you have a solid role already established.

6. Even if he hit the FA market--after these playoffs--he'll get more than $1M from some team.

7. We need a veteran defenseman to compete with Kindl. If not Lilja, some other cheap veteran at least.

8. Lastly, how many FA-related threads have you created in the last 24 hours?

#1991721 Pavel Stealing Moves From Gretzky?

Posted by AIK'91 on 31 May 2010 - 10:25 AM

Gretzky must have been in Russia and saw Pavel play as a kid. :ph34r:

#1991062 New NHL 2010 finals commercial

Posted by AIK'91 on 29 May 2010 - 12:04 PM

I don't like it. :thumbdown: Although I mostly hate rap, so that might have something to do with it.

Just putting this out there though (as an observation, hopefully not a prejudiced statement)...of all the rappers, the NHL chose maybe the only prominent Caucasian one out there. ;) Now, obviously this isn't on purpose or anything. But, inadvertently, the connotation doesn't exactly break any stereotypes about the league in general.

In order to grow in the coming decades, the NHL has to do a much, much better job of getting minorities interested in hockey. Surely this commercial will have virtually no impact either way, but I would think even if only a few people notice what I just did, that's not helping the league at all.

#1990172 Yzerman Jersey

Posted by AIK'91 on 26 May 2010 - 10:13 PM

Now, Stevie's by far my favorite player of all time, ever since I was 3 years old. And I have no qualms with still wearing his jersey around.

But, if you were to go to a Wings game next year, would you still wear #19 to the game even if you had the jersey of another current player? I was just thinking this would be kind of awkward. It would somewhat be like supporting another franchise while attending a Wings game.

If it was anyone else who left the organization, I wouldn't even think about it--his jersey wouldn't be worn. This case is different obviously. In my mind, the Red Wings and Yzerman are still one and the same. Since Yzerman's done so much for Detroit and Red Wings fans, I feel really bad for the fact that I'm even thinking about not wearing his jersey to a game.

Has this crossed anyone's mind at all though?

EDIT: I guess it's too late to backtrack now. I already screwed myself with this post. :lol:

So I should probably just better explain what I was thinking at the time I posted this. Of course, it's ridiculous to not wear Stevie's jersey. He's done everything for this organization. Like for a lot of people, he's maybe the main reason I love hockey so much.

For the longest time, I only had an Yzerman jersey. And I still wore it often to games the past few years. But I wore it less after he retired; not because I didn't have the same emotional attachment, but more so because I thought at games it would be better to support the players on the ice now.

So, what I'm saying is, if on gameday, you had an option, would you now be slightly more inclined to wear a Datsyuk or Zetterberg instead, while obviously still having the same utmost respect for Stevie. ;)

#1979952 Possibility that Williams plays Game 5

Posted by AIK'91 on 08 May 2010 - 12:59 PM

Possibility that Williams plays Game 5...? :scared:

If so, there is the very real possibility that Babcock is on drugs. Seriously.

#1976778 "I don't even want to think about it"

Posted by AIK'91 on 05 May 2010 - 03:49 PM

Ummm... I know there is an emotional attatchment to Nick Lidstrom, but Datsyuk is easily our best player. Datsyuk is one of the top 3 players in this league, hands down.

Easily our best player? With Zetterberg, he's not even necessarily our best forward every game. Sure, Pavel plays a flashy game and is absolutely phenomenal at both ends of the rink. He's probably the league's most exciting player to watch, especially one-on-one.

But, Nick quietly gets the job done. He's the steadying influence of our team. He shuts down the other team's best players and makes those crucial outlet passes (the key to our puck possession style and transition game for years now). Also, there isn't another D-man better at holding the line. It's just all the little things he does that make him night-in, night-out our best player. Datsyuk would say so himself. And so would Zetterberg, Yzerman, and Ken Holland, etc.

I admit though, for the first time ever, he has started to have the occasional bad game. But in many respects, he's still the same Lidstrom we've seen for years. The same Lidstrom that continues to be our best player.

Perhaps nobody else is admitting that Nick is our best player out of fear for having to ponder what this team will look like once he hangs 'em up.

#1964983 4/28 OOT GDT: Montreal @ Washington G7

Posted by AIK'91 on 28 April 2010 - 08:59 PM

Realistically adding a 6-7 million center is easier to fit than a 9.5 million dollar winger.

Realistically we would never get either one of them.

#1964963 4/28 OOT GDT: Montreal @ Washington G7

Posted by AIK'91 on 28 April 2010 - 08:49 PM

Interestingly, all 8 seed numbers are now represented:

#1-3 (West)
#4 (East)
#5 (West)
#6-8 (East)

#1954589 4/22 OOT Playoff Gameday

Posted by AIK'91 on 23 April 2010 - 12:00 AM

WTF, the pens playoff slogan are "Out for justice". What are they out for justice for?

Clearly, they realize there's no justice in this world.

I mean look at what Matt Cooke got away with on that hit to Marc Savard.

They've endured enough injustices through other teams' goals being waived off, playing with six skaters and having to take so many powerplays all the time.

Wow, can we say shut out?

Not anymore, you just jinxed it. ;)

#1954319 4/22 OOT Playoff Gameday

Posted by AIK'91 on 22 April 2010 - 09:22 PM

What a dive by McKee.

That's a disgrace to hockey.

#1934519 Any Word on Hossa's injury?

Posted by AIK'91 on 07 April 2010 - 10:35 PM

Regardless of the extent of his injury, there's a good chance he'll be MIA come next week anyways.

#1924621 Does babcock have a shot at the Jack Adams Award

Posted by AIK'91 on 25 March 2010 - 01:18 PM

With all our injuries this season, he should definitely have a shot at being nominated. But I can't see anyone other than Dave Tippett winning it this year.

Besides, as Babcock says, the best coach in the league is the one that wins the Stanley Cup. That almost makes the Jack Adams seem irrelevant.

#1918360 The Weather and Playoff Hockey

Posted by AIK'91 on 18 March 2010 - 06:53 PM

I'm still pretty new here, so hopefully I'm not breaking an unwritten rule by creating a new topic--and a relatively irrelevant one at that.

Anyways, in the past few days of Spring-like weather, every time I step outside, my mind immediately races to playoff hockey. Although we're obviously still battling for the playoffs this year, I was wondering if this happens to anyone else.

Walking around campus today, it's like I often almost automatically start thinking about when the next playoff game begins. Then, of course, I realize it's only March. However, this is the first time I have ever lived outside of the metro-Detroit area (I go to college near Chicago), and I sadly realized I won't have anyone to take in and enjoy each and every game with.

I guess that's why I joined this forum. To talk about hockey. Maybe not with live people, but at least with people that share a passion for the game of hockey. So I suppose what started out as a discussion about the correlation between the weather and playoff hockey has become an acknowledgment of our mutual bond. Hockey is such a niche sport that there aren't many casual fans to discuss it with. Before that used to bug me; but now, I can't say I mind much. When you talk with a hockey fan, like on these forums, you know you're likely talking to a die-hard follower of the game. That's why, to me, we're the greatest fans of the greatest sport in the world. So, in essence, thanks. Thanks for being hockey fans. I look forward to discussing whatever the Wings hold in store for us from here on out.

(And now after rambling about nothing, I have to go back to studying for my final tomorrow)

#1918163 Filppula or Hudler

Posted by AIK'91 on 18 March 2010 - 02:00 PM

A player with the offensive tools of Hudler is a much rarer commodity than a player with the all-around skillset that Filppula has shown. It's not a huge edge, but I think it is a decisive adge.

You've been spoiled by watching the Wings over the years. Of course, skilled two-way forwards don't seem like a rare commodity when our team has been built around them for years now.

Obviously, Filppula doesn't match up to Hudler's pure offensive skills. But, I'm sure most teams around the league would prefer a player solid at both ends of the ice over an offensive-minded PP specialist who's a liability defensively. Those are the types of players that help you win hockey games.