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#2570964 Franson to Preds

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 15 February 2015 - 02:17 PM


Not really.  Players want to play in Toronto, regardless of how bad they are.  It's a huge city and the biggest hockey market in the world.  Nashville is the furthest thing from that.  


Yeah, there's less pressure in Nashville and they're a better team, but come on.  

That's why free agents flock there. Oh, wait...

#2570946 Next Number to be retired

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 15 February 2015 - 01:12 PM

Many people have argued that 13 is the best player in the league (more often a few years ago). Why would he not be up there? He hasn't put up huge number, but he's one of the best 2-way players of all-time, life-time Wing. I also think Z gets up there for similar reasons.


I also think that 91 should be up there. From our recent golden age, the players you most associate (and most responsible) are 19-91-5. Get him up there.  

#2570942 Franson to Preds

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 15 February 2015 - 12:57 PM

Marchenko or Ouellet will take the final spot for playoff time. Listening to Holland's recent interviews I really don't think we're doing much. Green is still available, but Washington is in a Wildcard spot so I don't see them trading him. Also, we're just 4 pts. ahead of them so I don't know why they'd want to help us out. I'm fine without a trade now. Adding the RH Dman was supposed to help our PP and our get our offence going. Our PP is #1 and our offence has been doing well. With Marchenko we have a viable RH shot on D and having him seems to have helped Smith.


I just hope we find a taker for Kindl at the deadline. 

#2569868 So, Evander Kane...

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 11 February 2015 - 02:43 PM

Stafford is a UFA though.  If he leaves at the end of the season, do people still think Winnipeg wins this trade?  

Good point. I guess that explains why Buffalo had to give the first rounder. 

#2569604 Original Six...Sorta?

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 10 February 2015 - 12:10 PM

I think it's just a game of semantics that Olberman is nitpicking at. I always took "original" to mean before the 1967 expansion.  I think it is fairly well known that, in the early years, the NHL was in flux and included teams that don't exist anymore.

#2569515 Nabokov traded back to San Jose

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 09 February 2015 - 06:24 PM

I never understood why he left the Sharks. Was it just the whole go back home to Russia/get paid thing?

When his contract was up he asked for too much (somewhere near 6 mill, i think, but my memory could be off). Sharks were really close to the cap and wanted to use the money elsewhere or else they'd have the same team that hadn't gotten them very far.) Then in free agency, some weird situation happened where he waited for the sharks until all goaltending openings were gone or maybe no one wanted to pay him a big contract (kind of forget). I remember thinking it was a good cautionary tale about dealing with Free agency, though. He definitely should have been able to find a good spot, but it kind of messed up career when he was pretty much in his prime.


Edit: I also think Niemi was signed after he was gone, but I could be wrong

#2569406 Babcock: "HE WINS, FULL STOP" - THN

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 08 February 2015 - 01:32 PM

I don't think he's leaving either, just the whole thing about him being a leaf fan is silly. And Calgary didn't have a team until Babs was almost 20.

Haha, of course, I didn't think of that!!!

#2569401 Babcock: "HE WINS, FULL STOP" - THN

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 08 February 2015 - 01:10 PM

Babcock grew up in Saskatchewan. He's more likely an Oilers fan growing up. And if he wants a challenge, Edmonton sure is a challenge too.

From Wikipedia, 


"Although he was born inManitouwadge, Ontario, he grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, which is often incorrectly listed as his birthplace. He spent the majority of his childhood moving around between Northern OntarioManitoba and the Northwest Territories, before his family settled in Saskatoon, which he considers his hometown."


Saskatoon is roughly the same distance from Calgary as it is to Edmonton, though Edmonton's a tiny bit closer. Looks like he was all around, though, so who knows who his childhood team was. I wonder why - A military family?


I really don't see Babcock going anywhere else. The way he speaks about the team in interviews, he just seems so personally invested in many up and coming players and very happy with the organization.

#2568922 Wings-Avs alumni game speculation

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 06 February 2015 - 01:27 PM

No one wants to see bitter rivals kiss and make up. Keep it nasty and in the past.

We've already seen it, though. McCarty and Lemieux giving autographs together... Osgood interviewing Roy. No one can pretend to think they're still bitter rivals. Anything that would potentially bring Fedorov back is okay by me.

#2568773 2/5 GDT - Red Wings 3 at Avalanche 0

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 05 February 2015 - 11:11 PM


But ... but ... but Jeremy Roenick said that the Wings are being DOMINATED!  :shout:

Ah, JR's on, glad I found a non-NBC stream!

#2568768 2/5 GDT - Red Wings 3 at Avalanche 0

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 05 February 2015 - 11:02 PM



Sorry about the misfortune.  Let's see, Wings being thoroughly outplayed, Mrazek having a great game.  Colorado goal waived off in the first due to a hand pass.  Colorado also getting the best of the officiating.  Am I missing anything?

Oh yeah, Big Rig pretty much opened the game with a fight vs.MacKinnon.  Not a great fight, but it got the juices flowing early.

Kind of disagree. The 1st period was pretty horrible, but the Wings looked like the more dangerous team in the 2nd, to me.

#2568591 TANK IT! 2014-2015 Season

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 05 February 2015 - 05:58 PM


Maybe I'm a bit sentimental but I still believe their should be a middle ground.


Best UFAs will be: Franson, Boychuck, Ehrhoff and of course Staal


Spezza, Fleury re-signed during the season. Williams would be a nice gritty depth player

Ah, I must have missed the Spezza and Fleury signings. I actually thought that the Pens would let Fleury go if they didn't have more success in the coming playoffs. He has played well this season, though.


I think if we sign a free agent, it'll only be to fill that D spot (Franson, Green, Boychuck, Erhoff). Otherwise, I think it'll another offseason of no movement and add by subtraction. Cleary leaves to make room for Pulkinen, Andersson makes room for Callahan/Ferraro, Monster-Mrazek. If no trade/signing, maybe Lashoff-Marchenko, and hopefully Kindl-Oulette. Then the following year Quincey-Sproul. That could be great for us. I'm all for a trade if it gets us what we need without too much sacrifice or picking up a FA if the price isn't outrageous, but our recent "worst offseason ever," as some called it, should show that no movement isn't necessarily a bad thing. 

#2568547 Diving Fines

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 05 February 2015 - 03:57 PM

Nice find but please right Nyquist bigger I've had to zoom in a lot to read the gname on my phone.

I think you missed the joke.


I think Nyquist's fine should become like that embarrassing secret about your uncle that everyone knows, but no one will ever mention out loud 

#2568418 TANK IT! 2014-2015 Season

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 04 February 2015 - 11:30 PM

When a problem comes along you must TANK it!

Tank it Good!

#2567576 1/31 GDT : Islanders 1 vs. Red Wings 4

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 31 January 2015 - 04:48 PM

Just did a standings check. 3 teams in the division are on pace for 110+ points and Rangers (the last Wild Card) are on pace for 103 points. Is this abnormally high? It seems like it is. 

Since The Sabres have been kind enough to abstain from taking points there are plenty to go around.


Seriously though, it's because of all the Shootout/Ot games. More and more points as parity becomes the norm.