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#2225582 Mark Howe's Hall of Fame Induction Speech

Posted by Sprsquirt7 on 15 November 2011 - 05:35 PM

Mark How inducted to the HOF? Really? Perhaps it should be renamed to NHL HOF as it has nothing with hockey worldwide. In Sweden, Finland, Chechoslovakia and Russia and we so many defs that were WAY better than Mark Howe. 100 more that are not there.

PS still I understand for whom the "product" is made.


I understand that in the past in Russia in particular players would get neglected because of never playing in the NHL but come on... The NHL is the BEST level of hockey bar none. There is 0 arguing that. International accomplishments are part of the discussion, Olympic golds, International Tournaments, etc. but they are not the whole of it nor the majority. A hockey players season is long and consists of many games. The international stuff is a month at its longer end and ends up happening only every so often. Olympics every 4 years for example. It stands to reason that the best players in the world are in the NHL, have played in the NHL, and made themselves HOF worthy in the NHL. The majority of a players career is done in the league that they play and represent. So with that wouldn't you have to regard someone with say 1000 points in the NHL higher than someone with 1000 points in another league? The HOF is for the BEST players in the game of hockey, its not the NHL's fault that the BEST players all come here.



Also the speech was awesome


#2221916 11/3 GDT: Flames 4 at Red Wings 1

Posted by Sprsquirt7 on 03 November 2011 - 01:03 PM

Don't worry everyone, I wore red wings attire today and I'm going to get to watch the whole game. Every game i've fully watched and worn gear on we won. As soon as I stopped watching the losing started, Sorry it took me 5 games to get back :)


#2203060 Breakout rookies for the 2011-2012 season

Posted by Sprsquirt7 on 09 August 2011 - 06:55 PM

I wonder if people actually read the article or just decided to skim the 10 and *****. I think its a fairly solid list and he goes to explain his picks pretty well. Jvr isn't new but he is right about his potential. Sadly only one I see him being substantially off on is Tatar :(


#2105780 1/26 GDT: Devils 1 at Red Wings 3

Posted by Sprsquirt7 on 26 January 2011 - 08:59 PM

I know Helm isn't our best finisher, but if anyone has watched him over the past few years and payed attention, his overall skill is just getting better. He is easily one of my favorite players to watch play. I really hope we lock him up for a multi year contract after this year. His offensive game is increasing, can't hit em all :)


#2080860 Chicago fans last night

Posted by Sprsquirt7 on 18 December 2010 - 10:42 AM

I'm generally thinking that the fans who were cheering were fans who were around during the 90's at a minimum. The fans who were boo'ing were new bandwagon fans with the mentality of "He play for da Wings, He Enemy, booo!!" Which is truly sad because he has done so much for that team. Chelios was traded. He didn't test the free agent market, he didn't demand a trade. Dollar Bill Wurtz (sp) traded him to detroit, much like he did to all his star players during that time. Chelios was an All star almost every year he played in Chicago and also won a Norris I believe. It really does show the true ignorance of the new Blackhawk fan.

Its also very true that even though he works for the Wings and is considered a Wing today, he still LOVES Chicago. I've spoken with his sister and she made it very clear that his heart is pretty much split between the cities and that he would have played there again in a heartbeat.

So basically don't get down on all chicago fans because a lot of them know what is going on and what to do, last night was just seemingly overrun by the new crowd. All the Blackhawks fans in the hockey circles im associated with understand Chelios and his value to that franchise.


#2071723 ESPN: J-Ho no sophmore slump

Posted by Sprsquirt7 on 01 December 2010 - 10:48 PM

So is it more about Howard or Price? I have seen you around always wanting Price and wishing we traded for him... i don't get this sentiment. I believe price is a damn good goaltender too but he plays in a completely different system. I don't really want to go into the difference in systems and the different types of saves a goalie has to make in the systems because it will fall on deaf ears but there is a large difference.


#2028940 Line Musings

Posted by Sprsquirt7 on 24 August 2010 - 04:21 PM

I think you are getting at a good point in that you can't rely on a single player to move the puck through center ice. Although I still think the way they have lines "expected" this year is better.

Offense
Holmstrom Datsyuk Zetterberg
Bertuzzi Filppula Franzen
Hudler Modano Cleary
Abdelkader Helm Eaves
Subs: Miller, Ritola, Draper

The reason i feel like this is better is simply because Franzen does so much better when he has someone to take the "big man" role off of him. Bertuzzi knows his role and will essentially perform it better than hudler could. Also Franzen is quite good at moving through the neutral zone as well. As we all know the lines will change a fair amount and i wouldn't mind seeing hudler ont he second line, but I see bertuzzi as the better fit for Franzen and Filppula.


#2013974 Remaining Free Agents

Posted by Sprsquirt7 on 12 July 2010 - 11:06 AM

Draper and Homer needs to go. Old and soft.


Drapers usefulness is getting limited but he can still play well enough for a 4th line role. Holmstrom had 25 goals last year and to say he needs to go because he's soft is just ridiculous.


#2002541 Sakic vs Yzerman Debate

Posted by Sprsquirt7 on 22 June 2010 - 12:45 PM

How did sakic have better numbers?

Yzerman 692G 1063A 1755P
Sakic 625G 1016A 1641P

Yzerman has more stanley cups as well.

I'm suprised its in Sakic's favor. But its not that huge a difference between the players, they are both class acts and 2 of the best ever.


#1999523 Pronger Responds

Posted by Sprsquirt7 on 14 June 2010 - 04:17 PM

HAHA ok Pronger may be one of the most hated players ever but he is so damn entertaining and he has some actual wit. The minors comment is great. Although Burrish will probably find a place somewhere.


#1998118 Would you want Byfuglien?

Posted by Sprsquirt7 on 11 June 2010 - 10:06 AM

Byfuglien had only like 34 points in the regular season. He was a team worst -11 in the regular season. He was tied for a team worst -4 in the postseason. Byfuglien had an offensive outburst in the postseason which is why I understand the current trend to like him. He is not worth 3m. He hasn't shown that he can continually produce and do it consistently. I honestly don't see him fitting in with the Red Wings because of his semi liability in the defensive zone. He will fit in somewhere and be a major contributor but it will have to be on a certain team in which defense isn't a major priority, ie not the red wings.

I don't know of a replacement for Byfuglien but I'd rather have someone like Asham. That guy played exactly how I would want someone in a Wings jersey to play and he has a nice scoring touch for being a "grinder". For the price especially Asham > Byfuglien in my mind.

edit: my answer was no if you didn't get it from the post lol


#1994358 Holmstrom signs 2 year extension

Posted by Sprsquirt7 on 04 June 2010 - 04:08 PM

Im just curious but since babcock and holland seem to be expecting a lot out of Hudler why so many are putting him on the third line. With his offensive potential, I would better assume he is on the 1a or 1b line.


#1975798 There are 7 games in a series

Posted by Sprsquirt7 on 04 May 2010 - 10:09 PM

I have faith in the team and will always cheer my heart out until they are officially out... I still believe no matter how dim the light may be. Not everyone will share how i feel.


#1951214 New SO Rule For Next Season

Posted by Sprsquirt7 on 20 April 2010 - 09:19 AM

One thing about this whole put your best shooters first and go down the line until you get to the weakest is that there is the assumption that the goalies are going to let goals in. Even the very best players in the shootout are at 50%. Most other shooters are far below that and the good shooters are right around 30%. Assume that you throw your top 3 players for the shoot out out there. And the other team throws out 1 top guy and 2 good guys. You each score one goal, who appears to be the better coach going down the line, or who is in a better position to win. You've used your top 3 while he's only used 1 of his top 3. Granted this is a hypothetical but realistically i've seen plenty of shootouts go past that 3rd round even if they have put out their best players for the shootout.

I believe we had a shootout earlier this year in which Babcock held off using Fillpula until round 7. He used him as a reaction to their player scoring. Filp tied the shootout up and a couple rounds later miller scored the game winner. Filp would be considered one of his better shootout players but was used strategically, not mindlessly. And i know the argument already "well if he played him a round earlier they wouldn't have had to even go that far". The thing is you can't compare a no pressure shot vs a pressure shot and how that affects a players ability to score.