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#2068671 11/26 GDT: Red Wings 2 at Blue Jackets 1

Posted by atodaso on 26 November 2010 - 12:38 AM

good job as always! +1

#2061478 Forsberg's last comeback attempt

Posted by atodaso on 11 November 2010 - 05:13 PM

How has he been doing this year? Ummm yeah.....Farve has lost it.

Even a 37 year old crippled Forsberg is better than probably 80%+ of the league.

have you watched any of the games? he hasn't been as bad as the stats suggest. a lot of the INTs are plays where his receiver runs the wrong route or can't handle the pass. the whole team isn't doing as good as they were last season and i think it's unfair to put it on him. either way, favre is the NFL all-time leader in every meaningful category for QBs. to suggest that forsberg is/was a better hockey player than favre is/was a football player is ridiculous.

#2060572 Should we risk our future for an elite defenseman?

Posted by atodaso on 09 November 2010 - 07:21 PM

Since rafalski has a NTC, letting lidstrom walk away after this season and signing weber/suter might be a good idea, they're the best FA's this summer..

where is that god damn minus button???

are you serious???

#2059251 Lidstrom & Modano Interviews on CBC's After Hours

Posted by atodaso on 07 November 2010 - 02:55 AM

here's the full version with nick. i didn't even realise that the first video i posted was cut short. sorry about that.

#2059247 Lidstrom & Modano Interviews on CBC's After Hours

Posted by atodaso on 07 November 2010 - 02:23 AM

here's nick

#2059245 Lidstrom & Modano Interviews on CBC's After Hours

Posted by atodaso on 07 November 2010 - 02:16 AM

the topics were both on-ice and off-ice. nick was asked which stanley cup he was the most fond of, and he also talked about his family a bit. he was asked about the ******** injury from '08 as well. mike mostly talked about his decision to come to detroit and some stuff from his early playing days.

the reason i also thought the interviews were awesome is because they weren't cliche questions with cliche answers. it was a half hour show so they asked them quite a few questions. i'd recommend to anyone who didn't see it to look for it on you tube. someone will probably post it eventually.

#2058312 11/5 GDT: Red Wings 3 at Oilers 1

Posted by atodaso on 05 November 2010 - 09:11 PM

Yeah but Crosby wins the fights and doesn't inspire the other team to score.

they don't have to. his team is 0-4 when he fights. which tells you why he fights in the first place.

#2056066 Big Bert 2.0?!?

Posted by atodaso on 01 November 2010 - 06:47 PM

"i'm glad he, um you know got a laugh out of it instead of getting mad and punching me... so, that was nice"


#2055695 Goals scored per game.

Posted by atodaso on 31 October 2010 - 05:34 PM

i voted for low scoring... you know, 5-0 detroit, 4-1 detroit, that sort of thing

#2054152 10/28 GD: Coyotes 4 at Red Wings 2

Posted by atodaso on 28 October 2010 - 07:53 PM

alright, now if we can just get about 10 more power plays this game is ours!

#2048799 New Overtime Format Coming?

Posted by atodaso on 17 October 2010 - 11:27 PM

they should change it to one minute of 5-on-5 followed by one minute of 4-on-4, then 3-on-3, 2-on-2, 1-on-1... then if no one scores the players have to use their wrong shooting hand for 3 minutes of 3-on-3.... then, if still tied, the winner would be decided by making the goalies wrestle and seeing who pins who first.

bring back the W-L-T system already!!!

#2045940 Kirk Maltby to announce he is retiring

Posted by atodaso on 13 October 2010 - 01:32 PM

Don't know if this was posted already but I thought it was a nice read.

By Nicholas J. Cotsonika, Yahoo Sports

Gritty Maltby's long gring comes to an end.
If one moment can sum up a 16-season NHL career, for Kirk Maltby, this is it: Game 5, Western Conference semifinals, 2002. The Detroit Red Wings were trying to eliminate the St. Louis Blues. Maltby was killing a penalty.

Blues defenseman Al MacInnis, who had one of the most fearsome slap shots in hockey, broke Maltby’s stick with a blast from the point. But Maltby didn’t give up. He positioned himself like a goalie, crouched, hands out. He blocked another shot. And another. Joe Louis Arena roared, the fans chanting his name as if he were a superstar scorer: “MALT-BY! MALT-BY!”

“I think I was on the ice with him, and I was chanting his name, too,” recalled Wings center Kris Draper. “He’d do anything to help the team win. That’s why you miss a guy like that.”

Maltby retired on Tuesday, and the game lost more than just another grinder. It lost another member of the Grind Line, Detroit’s beloved blue-collar checking unit, and it lost a type of guy that was already rare and is becoming even rarer in the salary cap era: a role player who spends a long time with one team.

“I’d just like to think I was a guy who came, worked hard – whether practice or the game – and come game-time all I wanted to do was win and did what I had to do to help my team,” Maltby said in a farewell news conference.

The Wings won that Game 5 against the Blues, 4-0. Maltby shrugged off the fans’ chants much the way he handled his retirement. (“I was just out there trying to do my job,” he said then. “The equipment is pretty good these days.”) But the Wings went on to win the Stanley Cup, and it’s no coincidence.

Consider this: Only five players had their names engraved on the Cup each of the last four times the Wings won it – 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008. That group does not include legendary captain Steve Yzerman. It does not include superstars like Sergei Fedorov and Brendan Shanahan. Its only regal member is Nicklas Lidstrom, a six-time winner of the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman. The other four are role players: Tomas Holmstrom, whose specialty is screening goalies on the power play, and the Grind Line guys – Maltby, Draper and Darren McCarty. (And Holmstrom almost shouldn’t count. He appeared in only one playoff game in 1997.)

The Grind Line had a special place in the heart of Detroit and the game of hockey. Anyone who had worked at an auto plant or hustled in a cold rink could appreciate the job done by Maltby, Draper and McCarty – work that was especially important at the most important time.

“If you’re going to win come playoff time, you need skill,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said in the news conference. “But you also need people who want to go to the trenches and do the dirty work.”

Maltby literally got his hands dirty. It seemed he would wear the same nasty, discolored gloves all season, which would make his face washes all the more effective. Maltby was a master agitator, spraying ice shavings into goalies’ faces, getting into it with opponents, drawing punches and penalties.

“I was a pain in the ass,” Maltby said. “But I didn’t mind giving those shots. I know I took my share of shots, too. I didn’t mind that. I liked that. It’s kind of the game within the game.”

But don’t be fooled. Just because Maltby accepted and excelled in his role didn’t mean he couldn’t play the actual game. He could hit, skate and score. He had 50 goals and 91 points his last year in junior, and even though he never had more than 14 goals or 37 points in an NHL season, he chipped in key goals at playoff time.

“The beauty of that line was that they had skill,” Holland said. “When they got the puck, they hung onto the puck and made it difficult for the other team to get their hands on the puck. Usually, a checking line, when they check, they throw the puck away.”

Maltby spent his first two-plus NHL seasons with the Edmonton Oilers. But after the Wings acquired him during the 1995-96 season, he spent the rest of his career in Detroit – well over a decade. That was unusual for any era, but this was a unique situation.

Holland valued the contributions of the Grind Line. He allowed McCarty to earn a second chance in 2007-08 and ’08-09, even though McCarty had gone through personal and professional problems after leaving the Wings after the ’03-04 season. He has kept Draper as a depth player and mentor, even though Draper is 39 and far from the form that won him the Selke Trophy as the NHL’s best defensive forward in 2004, knowing Draper took less money to stay in Detroit when he was his most marketable. He gave Maltby one last chance at the NHL this season at age 37, signing him to a two-way contract, and when Maltby decided not to accept a demotion to the minors to wait for a call-up, he gave him a job in the organization as a scout.

“For role players or grinders or whatever you want to say,” Draper said, “to be able to stay in a city as long as both of us have is something that we really appreciate, we know is very special, very rare.”

How often will we see this in the future? Teams might sign an Alex Ovechkin, an Ilya Kovalchuk or even a Marc Savard to a long-term contract. But a Kirk Maltby? That’s the type of guy most easily replaced by a younger, cheaper player. It’s the natural cycle of life – and it happened here, too – but now it will be only accelerated.

The decline of the Grind Line has been a long time coming. Joe Kocur, who actually preceded McCarty on the unit and was on the original Grind Line T-shirts, retired after the 1998-99 season. McCarty retired after the 2008-09 season. Now it’s Maltby’s turn, and Draper said: “My day is coming, too.”

Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm, two 23-year-olds, are Detroit’s next generation of grinders. They should be only so lucky to be like Maltby, to hear their names chanted after a gutsy play at the Joe, to finish with four Stanley Cup rings.

“He’s a gamer,” Draper said. “He’s a guy that when you’re in the playoffs and the game’s on the line, you want him on your bench, on your side.”

#2044794 Kirk Maltby to announce he is retiring

Posted by atodaso on 12 October 2010 - 01:35 PM

Kirk Maltby to announce he is retiring per mlive.com


#2035268 Am I the only one that respects Gary Bettman?

Posted by atodaso on 22 September 2010 - 01:04 PM

yes, you are

#2034754 Wings name Red & White Teams (also send 13 back down)

Posted by atodaso on 20 September 2010 - 11:07 PM

This is probably true lol. We are so deep this year, I kind of want to see a rash of injuries just so I can watch some of our prospects play.

i would minus you if i could