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#2525551 2014 NHL Awards Winners and Losers

Posted by number9 on 24 June 2014 - 07:38 PM

Cuba had a few too many cocktails before hand




#2525519 Wings "in the mix" for Iginla

Posted by number9 on 24 June 2014 - 05:02 PM

 

Also agreed.  Although I'd caution anyone against thinking would be likely on our team.  I'd be amazed if he put up 50 pts. with our anemic offense. 

 

But sure, on the right team, with the right roster, and the right system, vets can be a big help.  For those of us (like me) who are skeptical of signing more aging vets, I think the argument is that we're not the right team.  Teams full of high end talent in their primes can add around the edges with aging vets.  A team full of guys who are aging and injury prone probably shouldn't (is my argument). 

 

But they can all be best friends

 

I've stated before that Iginla on the top line is my preference (accompanied by a Franzen buyout and a hearty farewell to Alfie)

 

You're right, this is a good time and place to discuss buying out Franzen again




#2525487 Wings "in the mix" for Iginla

Posted by number9 on 24 June 2014 - 01:33 PM

 

Fair enough.  But you're being dismissive.  It's just as wrong to suggest age doesn't matter at all as to suggest that it's the only thing that matters.  Surely you'd agree that there is some downside to exclusively targeting past their prime vets, no?

 

Agreed, but the tendency around here is outrage over signing anyone even approaching the twilight of their career. Iginla contributed 61 pts last year, that's better than most players currently in their prime.




#2525474 Alfie informs Wings he wants to return

Posted by number9 on 24 June 2014 - 12:55 PM

 
Is "The View" the one with totally hot Lisa Ling, or is it the one with totally unhot Rosie O'Donnell?


Rosie

Most members of this forum should be on Dr. Phil though to deal with their anger and resentment issues


#2525464 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by number9 on 24 June 2014 - 11:39 AM

2 years ago when I first joined this fine forum I talked about we need to pick up O'Reilly during his holdout. Most thought I was crazy and that he wasn't worth it. Now everyone agrees he is a great player. Just think, we could have drafted him instead of Ferrero.......LOL 1 pick later.......
 
Those that think a bunch of our old always injured forwards are going to score a bunch of goals are smoking some good s***! Please pass it around! Datsyuk, Z, Weiss, Franzen, helm, now Alfie again, can't stay healthy. That is going to make it tough for them to score a bunch of goals. As of today-still June so things can still change, we are going to struggle offensively in the 14/15 season scoring. Injuries will happen. All those rookies that played so well last year are heading to the dreaded soph. season. There will be struggles. Which ones and how much? No idea. But just becasue player X score Y in half a season don't bet on it doubling by playing the whole year. If Sheahan and Jurco can both get to 75 games played and 15 G each, I will be happy. If tatar gets to 20 that is good. Same with Nyquist. The other teams have seen them and they will game plan for them now.


Why oh why did we not realize your infinite wisdom 2 years ago? Why?


#2525460 Hartnell to Columbus for Umberger + 4th in 2015

Posted by number9 on 24 June 2014 - 11:20 AM

Most lgw members morning routine.

Wake up, have coffee
Complain about franzen (honourable mention of hossa)
Take a shower
Complain about babs/Holland/being too soft
Complain about franzen
Complain more about franzen
Complain even more about franzen....

This is the song that never ends...


Na that's the routine of about 3 LGWers who apparently know better than professional hockey minds


#2525296 Hartnell to Columbus for Umberger + 4th in 2015

Posted by number9 on 23 June 2014 - 03:10 PM

Don't know if I'd want Hartnell on the books for another 5 seasons.  He's already slow as molasses and with his style of game, he's going to continue to decline at a decent rate.
 
I think it's more fair than people are making it out to be.


Yeah I actually think Philly won here. Maybe not this next year, but after that...


#2525215 Player Development - Patience pays off?

Posted by number9 on 23 June 2014 - 10:01 AM

We've had more vet contracts over the years so its been easier to sink players


#2525170 Player Development - Patience pays off?

Posted by number9 on 22 June 2014 - 10:22 PM

When you give an over-ripe player a shot at the NHL you know he's getting his best chance. He's had ample time to prepare. If he doesn't cut it, it wasn't meant to be anyway. Sinking players in the minors also gives you the best contracts. They will all be deflated bc they haven't proven anything at an NHL level either. Wings have known about this for years, and are still great because of it, despite picking low every year. Damn Nill for letting the word out!




#2524830 Brad Richards bought out by Rangers

Posted by number9 on 20 June 2014 - 11:42 AM

It's getting kind of ridiculous how many options at center there might be this year. Kesler, Spezza, B Richards, O'Rielly, Stastny, Legwand, J Thornton, Bolland, Grabovski, Ott, Roy, O Jokinen




#2524756 Shawn Thornton will not be returning to the Bruins

Posted by number9 on 20 June 2014 - 01:48 AM

 

 

He played 82 games, so of course he'd be among the team leaders in these categories. 

 

Doesn't mean he's a good or effective hitter.  He's a decent PK man, but our PK wasn't that good when it counted in the postseason.  

 

Highest PK time per game as well. Still has the best gva to tka ratio too. Only forwards who really did better in hits per game are Abdelkader, Tootoo, Helm and Jurco. So basically Miller is our best 4th liner checker at the moment. I won't claim he's a bigger hitter, but the kid grinds, is fast, and smart in the D zone. He's a great PK man.




#2524514 Detroit re-signs Gustavsson 1 yr $1.85 mill

Posted by number9 on 19 June 2014 - 03:21 AM

 

Were there not at least one or two games where Gustavsson gave us more than a chance to win in the shootout. I'm thinking specifically of a game against Tampa when he stopped 6 out of 7 or 7 out of 8, but our forwards couldn't score a single goal (http://scores.espn.g...ameId=400484719).

 

I think certain people are also forgetting how he played in the playoffs when he was called on at the last minute - he played well enough that you weren't worried when he was put back in the next game. Other back-ups buckled in the same scenario (Tampa, Montreal, before they called up Tokarski).

 

Gus was a great back up this year. anyone who says otherwise is leftwinger




#2524512 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by number9 on 19 June 2014 - 01:55 AM

BULLCRAP YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG PUCK IS LIFE WHO DUNKED ON YOU WHAT IS THIS EVEN I CAN'T

OFFENS

 

 

BOS you must be as drunk as i am right now, god i wish hockey would start again




#2524508 Shawn Thornton will not be returning to the Bruins

Posted by number9 on 19 June 2014 - 01:00 AM

 

But they make our 4th line easy to play against.  We haven't had an effective 4th line since the grind line.  Your 4th line should be an energy, hitting line.  Miller doesn't really hit anyone.  

However I will say this: I think a perfect grind line should have a feared player, a pest, and a defensive all-star.

 

That's why I think Maltby - Draper - McCarty/Kocur was perfect..... Pest - Defense - Scary

 

Helm is the pefect Draper replacement. Abby is good, but isn't scary or pesty enough IMO. Miller is great as well, but he's like a Draper playing the wing, and we already have that in Helm.

 

Yet, with all that said, the nature of the game is changing. Gone are the McCarty Kocur types. In are the Helm, Miller, Draper types.




#2524506 Shawn Thornton will not be returning to the Bruins

Posted by number9 on 19 June 2014 - 12:42 AM

 

But they make our 4th line easy to play against.  We haven't had an effective 4th line since the grind line.  Your 4th line should be an energy, hitting line.  Miller doesn't really hit anyone.  

Drew Miller led the teams forwards in blocked shots with 63 (number 2 was Glendening with 38)

Miller had 26 take-aways and only 9 give-aways. Better ratio then any other bottom 6er on the wings.

Miller was 2nd to only abdelkader in hits among forwards on the team with 122 compared to Abbys 172.

Miller led all forwards on our team in PK minutes with 246, Andersson was number 2 with 170

 

That's a damn solid bottom 6er, or at least one of the better bottom 6ers on this team.