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#2626136 PK Subban - spot on Don Cherry impression

Posted by number9 on 21 September 2015 - 08:51 AM

This isn't the NBA PK

#2626114 If Larkin forces his way to the team , what will we look like?

Posted by number9 on 20 September 2015 - 10:43 PM

Right. Detroit has Datsyuk. Richards, Zetterberg, Sheahan, Helm, Ferraro, Andersson, and Glendening down the middle already. That's 8 guys who can play C. He's not going to get time because of C's being injured. It's going to be because he's just too good to ignore. Which I don't see happening. He's awesome, but to overcome the amount of depth we currently have he has to be the next coming. And I think he's great, but I don't expect that from him, it's hard to expect that from any player.

#2626101 Cleary re-signs... 1 year deal

Posted by number9 on 20 September 2015 - 05:29 PM

Even with a few injuries, I highly doubt Cleary sees any time with the Wings. To be honest, I'd be shocked if he sees a single game this season, this coming from one of the man's few supporters he has left...

I'm usually a tie to the vet, let a kid who needs it get more ice time in GR kinda guy, but this isn't a tie anymore. We're gonna be better with a kid playing. Cleary clearly shouldn't be playing.

#2625935 Wings Release Training Camp Roster

Posted by number9 on 18 September 2015 - 12:36 PM

I think the argument is not that Babs doesn't like offensive defensemen (he seemed to like Lidstrom, Rafalski, Schneider, and Kronwall just fine).  But rather, that given the limitations of our blue line, it might have been better to play to the strengths of our defensemen (many of them are better offensively than defensively) rather than try to turn them into something they've never been. 
The opportunity cost of such a strategy is high.  When you play away from someone, or something's strengths, you limit its effectiveness exponentially.  Take Smith for example, he needs work.  Clearly.  But it would be easier to turn him into an effective point producer than to turn him into an effective shutdown guy.  So why ask him to do the latter?  In the best case scenario you only end up with an ok defender, rather than a pretty good puck mover. 
It would be like making Pulkkinen pass more if our offense wasn't very good.  Best case scenario you lose a good shooter to create and ok passer.  It's dumb.  
If you've got a bunch of under achieving guys with a particular skill set, you try to maximize the potential of that skill set.  Not move completely away from it. 
If Babs is such a brilliant strategist, he should have developed a strategy based on active, good skating, defensemen.  Since that's what he had a team full of.  Instead, he clipped their wings and tried to make them be good at something they'd never done (or been good at) in their entire careers.  Not surprisingly, they didn't respond well to it, and worse yet, it completely limited the offensive potential of the team overall. 

Typical crazy anti-bab ramblings, I expected nothing less.

Babs is a god. End of story. We're taking our bad day out on Smith here, try to get back on track

#2625926 Kane case headed to grand jury

Posted by number9 on 18 September 2015 - 11:49 AM

NO MEANS NOOOO, clap, clap, clapclapclap

#2625880 Leafs acquire Grabner

Posted by number9 on 18 September 2015 - 09:16 AM

You mean like how you always used to say that Subban was "cocky"? Or like how Chara and Weber absolutely kill Johnny Gaudrea because he's so small?
Do you ever get tired of just repeating the same tropes over and over again or is that half the fun?

Being black and good at a white mans sport = cocky. Even when donating 10 million to dying children

#2625837 Kane case headed to grand jury

Posted by number9 on 17 September 2015 - 11:10 PM

If he was a fourth line grinder and not a star player, I wonder if Chicago would still allow him to come to camp.


the only difference would be the amount of media attention. I believe the hawks have handled this correctly so far. Until the man has been convicted of a crime he should be able to perform his job, however spotlight worthy it is.

#2625832 Kane case headed to grand jury

Posted by number9 on 17 September 2015 - 10:40 PM

This case needs to be observed individualy of the voynov case. Each case is unique unto their own. The evidence was pretty discerning immediately after it unfolded regarding voynov. However there has not been enough evidence to indict Kane at this point. I am by no means defending kane, and believe his reputation precedes him. Also I am a prosecutor not a defense attorney, but I am reminded of a case that I studied regarding rape. A USC football player was accused of rape by a high school "friend", and sentenced to 15 years. 2 years later, while he was in prison she came clean that it was a bribe contrived by her mother. I'm not saying he is innocent, but we need to take our fan bias out of the equation until our justice system rules on the case. Is it perfect? No, however the system gets it right more than it gets it wrong. In this case there isn't enough evidence to send it straight to trial, so let's wait to judge the league until after.

Out here in Buffalo I've heard convincing rumors that he did and didn't do it. At this point I think it's fair for Chicago to give him the benefit of the doubt. Fact is the man is still innocent at this point.

If that changes I'm all for swift and harsh punishment

The best thing that can happen is this goes to grand jury and the truth is exposed for better or worse

#2625681 Wings Release Training Camp Roster

Posted by number9 on 16 September 2015 - 09:50 PM

Playing wing ain't saving Smiths career.

#2625680 Voynov pleads "No Contest" to Domestic Violence Charge

Posted by number9 on 16 September 2015 - 09:44 PM

Kings: "Oh we were gonna ditch him all along" sure

#2625614 Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

Posted by number9 on 16 September 2015 - 10:52 AM

Being really good offensively so that it reduces the amount of time you have to play defense is way different than being good at executing defensive plays, though they serve a similar purpose.


Dekeyser is there to take the puck away, Green is there to keep the puck away.

#2625546 Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

Posted by number9 on 15 September 2015 - 02:50 PM

Who was that one offensive defenseman who kept the puck out of his own zone by essentially being another foward on the ice?  You know, the one who was always jumping into the play and carrying the puck deep into the o-zone.  I can't remember his name, but I swear he was pretty good.  I mean, obviously not as good as a stay at home guy...of course.  




He couldn't skate backwards... because he didn't need to skate backwards  :ph34r:

#2625544 Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

Posted by number9 on 15 September 2015 - 02:29 PM

I mean thats why the wings played better with that guy Mrazek, Frank you know that scrub who made our transition game much simpler and our defense look better, transition is VERY important especially when you consider the pace some of these games are played at.


Mraz helped the PP a lot too

#2625538 Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

Posted by number9 on 15 September 2015 - 01:24 PM

is it important? of course it is but it can't be the only thing a defender is good at, which is why the Norris has become such a joke.

If Green pulls a Rafalski I'd be more than happy and the first to admit I was wrong.

If Green pulls a Rafalski you don't need to admit error. Just be positively surprised.

#2625419 Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

Posted by number9 on 14 September 2015 - 09:55 AM

Poor Ogrodnick. If only he had punched more ppl in the face Dmac would never even have had the opportunity to wear 25.