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#2611063 The return of The Mule?

Posted by jimmyemeryhunter on 28 May 2015 - 01:40 PM

He occasionally was used on the PK.  But not regularly. 
He scored 22 points in 33 games last year prior to his injury.  He's a useful player.  No doubt. 

His leadership probably wouldn't a bad thing in our locker room either, he learned from some hall of famers himself.

#2611054 The return of The Mule?

Posted by kipwinger on 28 May 2015 - 01:13 PM

I feel like I'm one of about three people who actually stick up for him every time he comes up.

He still scores more than Jurco.
Which kinda seems like his replacement.

Blash should teach Jurco to be a center too.
Franzen was actually really damn useful.
Didn't he used to penalty kill too?


He occasionally was used on the PK.  But not regularly. 


He scored 22 points in 33 games last year prior to his injury.  He's a useful player.  No doubt. 

#2610999 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by Helmethead on 28 May 2015 - 10:00 AM


#2610997 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by number9 on 28 May 2015 - 09:55 AM

All I heard on Nosek is that he will miss at least the next two games, and Larkin will be centering a line with Pulkkinen...


#2610170 Dylan Larkin turning pro... will play for GR immediately

Posted by Datsyukian-Deke on 25 May 2015 - 10:43 PM

Must contain excitement for this kid. Must contain excitement.

#2610053 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by wings_fanatic on 25 May 2015 - 02:18 PM

After watching his goodbye to the media, I can say that Babcock is such a great person. Not only was he a great coach for us, for 10 years, but he was simply a good person. Everyone got so worked up about him taking too long, but if you were watching him, you could tell how upset he is to be leaving Detroit. He cared for these players, he acknowledged that players like Nick, Pav and Hank were a huge reason for his success. He talked about how the organization is set up for tons of backup plans, he talked about how he has been spoiled, about how his kids have grown up here and how they are now moving away for school. The guy is just good and any team in the league becomes better if he is the man in charge of the bench.


I have had the benefit of meeting Mike Babcock 3 separate times when the team I coached got to play at Joe Louis. Mike made it a point of his day to always come see the kids before their games (even while he was preparing for the Wings game). He would come in, introduce himself, talk to the kids about hockey, ask them what their favourite team was and so on. Just such a classy guy. Oddly enough, for the kids who said their favourite team was the Leafs, Mike joked around and said he was 'sorry to hear' haha.


I wish he was coming back, but at the same time I embrace change and I look forward to Blash and seeing what he can do to get our team going a step further. 

#2610026 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by krsmith17 on 25 May 2015 - 10:20 AM

I don't get why you would think that Glendening would "follow Babs"... He's under contract with the Detroit Red Wings. He can't just decide to pack up his gear and move to Toronto, nor would he even if he could. There has been a lot of joking about trading Glendening to Toronto for Kessel or a 1st round pick or whatever because of how much Babcock loves him but he isn't going anywhere. I'm sure Holland and Blashill appreciate Glendening's game just as much as Babcock. He's here to stay and for good reason, he's a great 4th line shut down center.

#2610021 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by jimmyemeryhunter on 25 May 2015 - 09:21 AM

Callahan Ferraro Bertuzzi the next grind line?

Ill take Glendenning over Ferraro every day of the week.

#2609998 should mrazek get #1 tag next season

Posted by marcaractac on 24 May 2015 - 10:21 PM

Indeed. I just don't see Jimmy as the best man for the job in Motown. I feel comfortable that McCollum will be a more than capable backup too.

You lost me at McCollum, but I agree on Jimmy. We need a vet backup for Mrazek when the time comes. McCollum will likely be a career ahler who gets nhl time during injuries.

#2609909 Players who might be available due to teams cap issues

Posted by Euro_Twins on 23 May 2015 - 10:23 PM

Maybe. If Stamkos doesn't want to resign, he will not. Ditto for everyone else.

Don't be surprised if Malkin is moved this summer.

Why would stamkos want to resign? He's just hitting his prime

#2609871 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by jimmyemeryhunter on 23 May 2015 - 02:45 PM

And he didn't even cry he was close to it (maybe very close) but that's just what real men do, you are close to crying but you never do in front of a lot of people.

I balled watching school ties in high school, I hadn't slept in a few days, but it got to me.
I may not be a "real man" but I drink, I work, and I cuss when I think...
And I pay my bills.
so I might be.

I also cried like crazy when my grandpa died, and I saw my grandma cry for the first time.
It Broke my heart.

I have faith in babs and shanny, but I don't really want Toronto to become good again.
Its too funny watching them suffer in mediocrity.

#2609667 Slava Fetisov: Giant Hypocrite.

Posted by number9 on 22 May 2015 - 11:17 AM

The obnoxious thing about it is that it won't make Russian professional hockey more viable. It won't do anything he's hoping it will do.  It will just make Russian hockey crappy because nobody who's playing it will give a damn.  And anybody who gives a damn will turn their efforts toward activities that aren't subject to repression. 


How do I know?  Because it already happened with Russian sports.  And industry.  And art.  And everything else.  Forcing people to do something stifles motivation, creativity, passion, hard work, and effort.  It NEVER increases them.  Ask Slava, it's exactly how he felt in 1989.


On the contrary, most Russians regard the soviet era as the golden age of Russia. You only regard the period as stifling because you have been blinded by decadent western imperialism.


What's Slava's job in Russia again?

#2609668 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by number9 on 22 May 2015 - 11:19 AM

Jus sayin, Wiz might come cheap because the Ducks arn't playing him. We all know the points he capable of.

#2609631 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by DickieDunn on 22 May 2015 - 09:30 AM

Not necessarily. I'd agree with you but there wasn't a bidding war from the Leafs side according to Shanny and Babs. The Leafs made the offer before Babcock was heading to Prague. The only one that raised their offer were the Red Wings. If you believe that is of course your choice, but I haven't seen any media piece that says otherwise. What does it tell us ? Well, Babs didn't demand that kind of money and I'm sure he'd still choose the Maple Leafs if we matched that offer or if the Leafs offer wasn't better than our first.
"It all comes down to cash" is a too simple answer.  Decisions are made because of a number of reasons. Money may have played a role, but all the other factors mentioned here in the thread and by Babs were probably more significant. If everything came down to money no one would have blamed Babs if he said so. He could have just sat in the presser and told the media that the Leafs made the best offer money wise. Would you blamed him ? I sure wouldn't. Almost nobody would. Instead he made lengthy explanation that sounds reasonable for a guy like him.

He did say that in the presser.  He said that Toronto made an offer he couldn't refuse.  Every other thing he said would factor into the decision went right out the window when that offer was made. 
He said his family's input would make a difference.  They wanted to stay.  He left.
He said he didn't want to be part of a rebuild.  Toronto is rebuilding.  He signed.
He was concerned about Detroit's future prospects.  Ours are better than Toronto's.  He signed with them.
He said he wants to win.  Went to one of the league's worst franchises.
I'm not even lambasting the guy.  I'd have left for that money too.  I'm just wondering why everybody feels the need to act like this was all about something it wasn't. 
Detroit has a long history of people who have PROVEN that they'd rather win than make the most money.  Not just said it.  Did it.  They've done it over and over and over.  From Holland to all of our star players, each could have made more money if they'd hit the free market.  They chose not to because they liked being here, and so they were willing to take less. 
But Mike Babcock isn't one of those guys.  He's not Nick Lidstom.  He's Sergei Fedorov.  Nothing wrong with Sergei, great Wing, great player, decent guy.  Same with Babs.  But they both chased the money.  Plain and simple. 

So you were there when Babcock talked to his wife and heard her say I don't want to go to Toronto, even for that much money? No? Then how do you know what his family wanted? Money absolutely was a factor, but if anyone gets offered a huge raise to go to a new company, I guarantee 99.9% of the time people leave. I mostly like where I work now, typical BS you find in any company aside, and it's less than a mile fromy house. But if I got am offer to drive 25 miles for another $3 an hour, I'd be out of there in a second.

Fedorov wasn't about the money either. He'd wanted out of Detroit for years, despite what he said in the media. He tried his best to get out after '97 and only came back because that ridiculous contract the Camels offered got matched. He wanted to go somewhere he'd be THE guy.

#2609579 Dylan Larkin turning pro... will play for GR immediately

Posted by Dabura on 21 May 2015 - 09:24 PM

They drafted Larkin to center mantha.


Eh, not necessarily. They drafted him because he's an awesome centerman from Michigan. If he and Mantha become a dynamic duo because they just work that well together, awesome. But it shouldn't be forced. Finding chemistry and coming up with winning combinations is not at all an exact science.


Having said that...I'm still hoping we get to see Athanasiou - Larkin - Helm at some point, if only for s***s and giggles. (Legion of...Zoom? Vroom? Va-Va-Voom?) (Cuz, like, the motor city and cars and stuff. GET IT?!?!)


Man, we're gonna have a crazy-quick forward corps within the next couple of years.