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#2334879 Another solid reason to hate on Cindy Crosby

Posted by evilzyme on 28 November 2012 - 02:28 PM

I generally respect his game, and think that some of the "crybaby" stuff gets a bit overplayed, but I did lose even more respect for him in that debacle of a playoff series against the Flyer where he started running around and instigating FIGHTS, only a few months removed from having to shut it down again after bumping his head on a teammate's shoulder.

If we're at a point now in our education about head injuries where we criticize the old days where concussions were considered a "lack of toughness", when do we get a point where we place personal responsibility of knowing to avoid selfish and unnecessary punching matches as the star of your team? I'm not even a fan of Crosby, but it still angered me to see him endanger himself in that way after waiting so long to get back. And of course, none of the Barry Melrose types in the media called him on it because he was just showing more "toughness" and "leadership".

Well, a big problem with all of this was that he was wrongly diagnosed. He didn't have a concussion but rather problems with his neck that was causing the symptoms of concussion (IIRC). When we think of him having a concussion, ofcourse the media is going to say, "He came back because it was his duty to play hockey damnit! Look at that toughness, I can see his balls from space." When we found out that it wasn't just a concussion from hits, then it became a little more serious and it's currently more serious. I think his reputation stems from his immaturity when first coming into the league, and the fact that he didn't earn the respect that he oh so desperately thinks he rated. Someone needed to show him the ropes on how to handle himself, on and off the ice. It's not necessarily his fault, as he was just a youngster. Over time you expect him to clean up his act, especially wearing the "C" on his shoulder, but he certainly didn't. If he did, he wouldn't have acted like a young primadonna during the Flyer series. I think the guy has some incredible skills, hell his skillset is second to none. Unfortunately, just because you're good at hockey doesn't mean i'm going to RESPECT you as a person. Once he cleans his act up and wants to act like a leader, then he'll start getting respect from me.

#2334876 Sheahan arrested for "superdrunk" driving

Posted by evilzyme on 28 November 2012 - 02:06 PM

Wow, weird timing on how this thing blew up all of the sudden, ESPN.com has it as one of their 11 "headline" stories on the front page (right below the breaking news that Hope Solo is happy in her marriage).

Guess it's all about an "angle". NHL news rarely makes it on that page for actual game events, but if some unknown prospect gets arrested wearing a Tellytubby costume during a lockout - now that's news!

That's just society my man. Someone could donate and save some childs life, but still leading on the news will be either, "some drunk dude ran around on pcp and blew off a couples face." It really is the angle that sells and projects an image upon society, unfortunately all that media wants to cover is violence and bad stuff, rarely the good in society.

#2334871 Has your opinion of kenny changed?

Posted by evilzyme on 28 November 2012 - 01:57 PM

I'm on the other side of the point on the Parise discussion, I'd have gladly spent 9 mill + on Suter and Parise. Those are two players that have proven year in year out to be elite at their position without any off the ice distractions.
Am I missing something or did Holland come out and say they weren't interested in either? Because from what I recall we were right in there among the last few teams that had a shot at both. So where does this whole Holland chose "Sammy+tootooo+bertuzzi" over "Parise" come from? Imagination?

Holland came out and said at the end, atleast from what I remember, that he went after Suter strictly near the end. Parise had become out of range for money, and he dropped the interest in grabbing him. He wasn't willing to spend that much money, nor tie the hands of the franchise for just two players. While they are great players, this is where GM's become good and better. There are way too many GM's nowadays that would throw the checkbook out the window for the talent, just in hopes that it improves their team regardless if it ties the hands of their franchise. The great GM's like Holland won't let this happen, and have enough knowledge to know what it causes. Do you want one championship, or the shot at 8 over the course of 8 years? I'll take the continued success everyday of the week, and twice on sunday. Too many GM's are willing to put everything forth for one championship, then they go on a firesale when players want increased salaries. Once that happens, everyone starts complaining about player salaries and the inflation. Listen, you don't have to sign the contract, you can develop a team through the draft and insert pieces where needed.

#2334858 Has your opinion of kenny changed?

Posted by evilzyme on 28 November 2012 - 11:40 AM

Tatar has been lighting up the AHL with Nyquist, but it still holds the same point. I'd rather go with the latter in that situation and take the 3 players over parise that 9mil. It's just fundamentals, we didn't sign them long-term but it gives us time to allow our minors to develop properly. Rushing a player into a league that he can't compete in, is worst for the player. They won't instill the confidence they would've if they were given more time in the minors. We talk about maturity and at the same time we got one of our leaders giving out his ID for an underage to go drink at the bars (i know how it works, but it just looks bad when you're a star prospect and leader for the team. just don't get caught) and the one using it getting a second alcohol infraction, this one being a DWI @ .3. So no, as much as I wanted parise to come to us, I don't want to give him the world and everything he wants. It should be hand in hand when dealing with a franchise. They supply you with a contract and money, and you supply them with the product. Sometimes, even the most wanted product isn't worth what it cost in the end. Not saying that Parise isn't worth money, or isn't a great player, but he certainly isn't a player that you throw 9mil/yr at.

#2334720 Has your opinion of kenny changed?

Posted by evilzyme on 26 November 2012 - 11:43 AM

saw this from HFB a few days ago, guess noone wanted to spread it but here's some kenny love:


"There are some incredibly smart GMs out there, guys like Ken Holland and Lou Lamoriello," said Whitney. "They’re not allowed to say anything but what the league is trying to do now is say, 'We don’t trust you GMs, we want to put in a system that tells you how to run your teams now. We’re going to cut your legs out. Kenny, I know you’ve got a genius mind when it comes to contracts and maneuvering things, but we’re not going to allow that anymore. We’re going to make it so the worst GM in the league can compete with you because your hands are tied.'"

#2334437 Jordin Tootoo and others hold exhibition game to raise money

Posted by evilzyme on 21 November 2012 - 08:49 AM


Jordin Tootoo along with 9 Ottawa Senators held a small game to raise money for youth sport programs. Tootoo scored the first goal of the game.

#2334354 Has your opinion of kenny changed?

Posted by evilzyme on 20 November 2012 - 02:03 PM

I still don't understand the Holland hate. It's not like the man can force the hand of free agents. He tried his best, and obviously put in some damn effort while doing so. He was in talks with numerous different agents, traveled to go visit them, and in the end they just didn't choose him. If anything, this off-season made me smile because he was so aggressive compared to previous seasons.

#2333693 Petr Mrazek making some noise with his start in GRR

Posted by evilzyme on 07 November 2012 - 08:12 PM


Rookie netminder Petr Mrazek made 24 saves to backstop the Griffins (5-4-1-1) to their first home win and improve his personal record to 3-0, marking the third-best debut ever for a Grand Rapids goalie. Only Ty Conklin (2011-12) and Mathieu Chouinard (2000-01) enjoyed better starts (5-0) in a Griffins uniform than Mrazek, who currently ranks third in the AHL in both goals against average (1.30) and save percentage (0.954).

Good stuff!!! Awesome to see the Griffs using him now.

#2333534 NHL Officially Cancels 2013 Winter Classic

Posted by evilzyme on 05 November 2012 - 02:21 PM

Good ol Stanley is going to look mighty good with all those gaps every 6-7 years.

#2333533 Brunner VS. Rueger

Posted by evilzyme on 05 November 2012 - 02:04 PM

When did Jimmy Howie go overseas?

#2333377 Helm takes puck to face, has fractured cheekbone

Posted by evilzyme on 03 November 2012 - 09:17 AM

But will he still be pretty?

I guess as long as he gets better it doesn't matter. He'll either be pretty or look like a hockey player.

Hope it turns out ok for him.


#2333344 Swiss League Topscorer Damien Brunner

Posted by evilzyme on 02 November 2012 - 07:36 PM

In all honesty though, i'm really happy to see him and Z making something of their line. He has the potential to be our go to man when we need a shooter, and he drives the center of the ice. If you watch nearly any of his replays, the boy cuts into the middle and goes straight for the slot to release a shot on net. I love it, and quite frankly any Wing fan should love it. It's what we're missing currently, inwhich that's someone who is willing to drive to the net. Unfortunately, we're unable to see if this translates into the North American game where physicality is much more prominent. I would've loved for him to be spending this time in Grand Rapids to actually develop a sense of space when dealing with smaller ice sizes. I truly believe he'll make a impact in our game though, and certainly be someone to makes some noise. He's got a great mentor by his side, and the chemistry will already be built by the time this gonger is over with.

#2332419 The Next Wings Captain is...?

Posted by evilzyme on 22 October 2012 - 06:15 PM

Lidstrom said in his press conference that it would either be; kronwall, zetterberg, or filppula. There could be truth to it, but all signs point to Zetterberg. He's normally in the camera, has poise and a calming sensation.

is there any credibility to this guy? he seems like an absolute duster. http://octopusthrowe...ansided_uppprev

#2328971 [Retired] Official Lockout Thread

Posted by evilzyme on 16 September 2012 - 08:45 AM

ill be rolling to grand rapids quite a bit. jurco's slated to start this year right?

#2328138 LIdstrom sells 2.9 Million dollar home

Posted by evilzyme on 09 September 2012 - 07:42 PM

what a beautiful home, damn you drug dealers and your 2.9 million in cash!