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#2534136 Helmer: First one to get a herniated disc in the new Season?

Posted by number9 on 13 August 2014 - 12:20 AM

about 120 pounds on your shoulders? I hope he can handle that.  Keeping balance is the difficult part and does ad a little strain, but not that much. Me and my friends used to have pool wars where put our girlfriends on our shoulders and attack each other. I'm kind of a wuss, but it was not difficult. Look if you go to festivals. There's always many skinny white dudes with a girls on their shoulders.


I was being sarcastic. Couldn't you tell??? :w00t:


I don't think anyone seriously here believes that. The writer is just trying to drum up news in the off-season when there isn't any... and this is the best he could do.

#2534081 Alfie wants to play

Posted by number9 on 12 August 2014 - 10:22 AM

Planet earth isn't lala land and on planet earth every team has to deal with injuries.
If Alfie wants to be back he won't make a lot of money, because the Wings still have to re-sign Danny D and he can kiss the cup dream goodbye. If the team misses the playoffs - which is very possible - he will end his career on a bad last year. He deserves better but that's the reality and not lala land, where this team would make 94 or even crazier 110 points *laughs*

Yup every team has injuries, but none had nearly as many as we did to key players last season. We will have our fair share of injuries, but it's highly unlikely to be anything close to as bad as last season. And last season we made the playoffs.

#2534051 Who is YOUR most under-appreciated/unsung Red Wing?

Posted by number9 on 11 August 2014 - 10:22 PM

I think we really lost a great player when it came to Lapointe.  I know the Wings weren't matching that Ludacris contract Boston gave him, but he was being groomed to be the next Captain.  Pound for Pound (thanks Mick!) he was the toughest little son of a B in the league.  He backed down from nobody.  He also could shoot the puck.  We miss players like Marty.  He may not of been my favorite, but he was missed.


Lapointe sucks, Lilja rules.

#2534050 Confused on the direction of this team going forward

Posted by number9 on 11 August 2014 - 10:19 PM


When Hakan Andersson says after this years draft that “hopefully we were able to get a centre to play with Mantha” I file that under:


- things I believe to not be bulls*** hype

- things said by a super-scout about a prospect, with a level of reverence never used on Jarnkrok.


When I read Fischer’s quotes on Jarnkrok I think of the passionate way in which he spoke of Sproul in this video (starting at the 50 second mark). When he says “Sproul can shoot the puck better, harder, under pressure, than 90% of the players in the NHL” (2:45) I want to believe him, but part of me knows that there’s probably some over-zealousness in play. I imagine him looking and sounding the same way when talking about Jarnkrok:



But whatevs. Maybe I’m over-analysing. I just find it hard to accept that Holland would knowingly trade “the next Zetterberg” for David Legwand but then say that Tatar, Jurco, Nyquist, and Sheahan are basically untouchable. 



I agree with you on that, and that's why I was for the trade. I Know they know better than me. I just don't think we should bash Calle until he really shows his value. In my book he's still a top level prospect until he proves otherwise. And like I said I will be so relived if the otherwise happens.

#2534046 Confused on the direction of this team going forward

Posted by number9 on 11 August 2014 - 09:33 PM

Lets also remember that Calle had 36 pts in 57 games with GR... with most all those points coming in the later half of games right right before the trade.


On a crappier farm team he proceeded to put up 9 pts in 6 games, warranting a call up.


On a terrible NSH team he then put up 9 pts in 12 games. (Zberg did not put up those pt %s at 23 or even 22 in Sweden)


You can argue that depth was worse so he got more oppurtunity, but linemates were also worse, so that kind of evens out.


Everything points to a very good 22 year old C. Again I still liked the trade, but I hope I don't kick myself in 2 or 3 seasons.

#2534044 Alfie wants to play

Posted by number9 on 11 August 2014 - 09:22 PM

The scary part is Holland knows Alfredsson can't play 82 games, but seems more then willing to sign him. I wish we would move on, but we won't. #11 and #71 in the starting line-up, baby!


Your entitled to you opinion, but don't care pair 11 to the former 11, they're not in the same category. Signing Alfie helps this team (No i don't want to tank)

#2534041 Confused on the direction of this team going forward

Posted by number9 on 11 August 2014 - 09:02 PM

I'm not talking fans. Fans go overboard. I'm talking scouts.


“He’s probably the best prospect in our organization overall. Whenever he makes the transition overseas, he’s going to be really exciting to watch at the NHL level.” — Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer (December 2012)


He's been compared to Zetterberg by multiple people within our organization and Zberg is the only player he's ever been compared to by the Red Wings. They've also never pegged him as say, a probable 3rd liner, or probable 2nd liner. From our understanding from the scouts it was always the sky could be the limit with this kid. Now did that change at some point making him expendable? Sure. But I personally doubt it. He was traded just when he was starting to dominate the NA game in GR.


I was personally fine with the trade at the time. I wanted to see the streak continue. But now that Leggy is gone and Jarnkrok is gone and the PO's are over, I feel a bit stung by the trade. The Red Wings will be fine without Calle but I'll continue to follow him and his career hoping that he really does dud and the wings knew what they were doing. But everyone who bashes his talent all of the sudden I think are just being homers. 

#2533935 Crazy Head Slash at U16 Tournament

Posted by number9 on 09 August 2014 - 09:00 AM

Yeah a nice dive and then you get to hear the smack of a stick hitting a helmet. I hope you were just doing a sarcastic post. That girl needs a couple years in JV, but it's kind of funny after watching the posts on YT saying that she deserved that because she was an American. Hey just stay classy everyone.

Nope she definitely dove

#2533934 Marchenko

Posted by number9 on 09 August 2014 - 08:58 AM

Jiri Fischer is the new Morgan Freeman

Marchenko is the new Fetisov

Hampus Melen is the new Hampus Melen

#2533910 Predictions for the DRW 2014-15 Season!

Posted by number9 on 08 August 2014 - 10:15 AM

I wish I could "like" this 2,000 times.  Definitely my favorite post in a good long time.  Touche my man.  Touche. 

Ha I vaguely remember posting this lol

#2533909 Report: NHL to have 5 outdoor games in 2014-15.

Posted by number9 on 08 August 2014 - 10:13 AM

That's fine but from an business standpoint if they're making money. By having them in NBC and selling out the stadium. Why would the NHL not do it? At the end of the day it helps the teams and it helps the league. Now do they overdue it? Sure I agree with that. But while they continue to make money on them it's a terrible decision to stop having them.

I think in the short term they are, yes, going to make a lot of money. But they're destroying the novelty of the whole shabang by having so many so often, which is what made it cool and special to me. They managed to make the scheme dull for a lot of fans within an 8 year period. Whereas if they had show some restraint they probably could have kept me interested for decades.

#2533897 Predictions for the DRW 2014-15 Season!

Posted by number9 on 07 August 2014 - 11:55 PM

Well you saw kips post an do agree with him. The wings are missing so much on free agents and trades it's not even funny. But yes they're great at drafting but you can't win just via the draft. At some point some prospects need to be moved.

Trading jarnkrok was fine but only for a rental? That's not fine.

Since we can't get free agents we need to make a trade. Some of the guys being trades we should be on. Guys like Ryan and spezza etc etc.


Oh f*** you Mother f***** posting this s*** at 1 am when I'm good and drunk. I'll deal with you tomorrow after 5 pm when honest Americans have the reasonable ability.

#2533892 Predictions for the DRW 2014-15 Season!

Posted by number9 on 07 August 2014 - 11:25 PM


It wouldn't be like buying anything because they're your prospects, you didn't pay for them.  Also, selling makes sense when you've got so many other (tvs?) that these ones will never get used.  Also, quality guys get traded for unproven prospects and picks (in packages) all the time.  Bobby Ryan did.  So did Thomas Vanek.  Just to name two in the last year.  Package them with a top six forward and you could have Marian Gaborik or Jason Spezza or James Van Riemsdyk. 


Again, I'm not saying just throw guys away.  But I'm sick of everybody acting like the future of the Red Wings is hanging precariously in the balance, and should we move Backman, or Pulkkinen, or Tatar, or Nyquist, or Quellet, we'll all of a sudden become the Florida Panthers.  We won't.  Just so long as we don't move ALL of them. 


Saying that drafting and developing is the key to success does not mean that you can never, EVER, move a homegrown talent lest the organization crash and burn.  Just move them intelligently (e.g. not for David Legwand). 


Well see I trust management, whereas many of you don't. I'm going to be fine with the Legwand-Ironhook trade until Calle makes it big in the NHL. I like to think management knew what they were doing there.


I think once Mantha, Athanasiou, Marchenko, Pulkkinen, Ouellet, and Sproul (or a combination of others) officially join the team, and they are what we thought they would be. Then the trades you want will be made.


The Wings play REAL tight to the vest, and as a business man I operate the same way. IMO it's smart and minimizes risk, even if you lose some product in prospects who can't grace your system. All that means is that you're getting the best of the best.

#2533883 Predictions for the DRW 2014-15 Season!

Posted by number9 on 07 August 2014 - 10:38 PM

How is holland trying to win? Not letting Tatar and nyquist get their chance when they deserve it? Continues to bring back ok broken down players who provide little to nothing.

I personally dot have a problem with rebuilding or go balls in to win. But holland is just sitting on the fence doing a little of both and thats what bothers me most.


you're pretty much spot on. I just don't see things as black and white as you do. I look at a team like Philly, who tries to go balls to the wall every year, and I don't like the situation they're in. Then I see a team like the Oilers, who have been trying to rebuild for years and it's not working, and I don't wanna go through that either.


In the non cap era our strength was attracting FA vets who wanted to win... and we did that.


In the cap era our strength is drafting... and were doing that. But that means we're gonna have to be a helluva lot more patient with the results unlike the non cap era.


And I'm fine with that for the time being.

#2533881 Report: NHL to have 5 outdoor games in 2014-15.

Posted by number9 on 07 August 2014 - 10:27 PM

I think it's a great idea and obviously fans of these teams do to. They deserve to get to experience it as well.


The fact that we were scheduled to have 2 WC's within 5 years of each other makes it lose its luster for me. When they first started I was like whoa best idea ever, so happy to be in one. Then it was like YEAH one in Michigan! Then, before the later even happened, it was like so every team is gonna do this every couple years and it's not special. It's cool yeah but I'd rather it be something special and exclusive that teams do every 30 years. Something like 1 WC each year and no dumb stadium stupids.