Music (I teach high school choir, music theory, music history, and music technology plus play bass in several bands as well as freelance on keys); Reading sci-fi, fantasy, and military fiction; plus a wide variety of other stuff.
The vid on TSN from the league explaining the suspension was pretty clear it was a head shot. Long overdue. He should have been banned from the the league earlier. As others have said, hopefully this forces him out of the league next year.
Larkin scored 2(basically three) goals when matched up against Malkin, then he gets one goal and 2assists matched up against Crosby, and neither of them scored while he was matched up against them.
He's looking like a 1st line center already, I can see why they'd put him in grand rapids, but I'd like to see him start off the season in Detroit with top 6 minutes. If he's legitimately already capable of playing at a 1/2c level, he should stay up regardless of the circumstances, and I think hes earned a few games to see if he can be a top 6 c already.
Larkin is definitely looking like a stud. I'm honestly torn. If he is going to stay up, it shouldn't be in a fourth line role, IMHO. I think he (and the Wings) long-term would be better served by him being the stud 1C dominating in GR than only having spot duty in the NHL. The opportunity to further develop chemistry with Mantha and AA or Bertuzzi could lead to a line that has a bigger impact than Tampa Bay's vaunted triplets line. Pavel's injury does seem to leave a door open for him, though.
If they put lions on Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Kronwall, and Green's helmets will that turn the power play into Voltron? Or is Jimmy trying to channel his inner Lion-O? (Sorry for the old '80's cartoon references, I haven't had my coffee yet today).
Being a fan from 1984 - that was 13 seasons (and 1995 Final) of frustration, and near misses for me until Detroit won the Cup in '97.
I became a fan in December '83 after seeing the Wings live for the first time. I was a kid and thought Yzerman had the coolest name and was just awesome on the ice and loved the uniforms. I instantly converted from Flyers fandom to my dad's chagrin.
Sleeping on them is ok, but who wants to be judged by Babcock while having sex? Or hearing his voice in the throes of passion, "You need work harder, be tougher in the crease" Too much pressure. I shutter just thinking about it.
Totally changes the concept of "back side pressure," doesn't it.
The wings get approx $925,000 salary cap relief if a player is sent down, anything below that amount no longer affects them, anything above does. If it's a two-way deal odds are his NHL salary is below that $925,000 threshold and would be offset by the cap relief. That's probably why many folks are OK with Andersson being waived (plus he'd likely clear).
A two-way deal simply means a player receives a different salary at the AHL level than the NHL level. It has nothing to do with waivers. A one-way deal means the player is paid the NHL salary even if they are sent down.
Pittsburgh is Steelers and Pirates territory. If the Pens aren't winning, they don't care about them. I remember being in Pitt for all-states in 2009 (coinciding with the start of the playoffs). My Zetterberg jersey got lots of dirty looks. When we went to a Pirates game (a 20-0 loss to the Brewers), the guy behind me started talking smack to me due to the Konstantinov jersey. My response was "If you suffered through the dark days of Dickie Tarnstrom leading the Pens in scoring from the blue line we can have a great conversation about hockey, if you're a Crosby bandwagoner zip it because you can't spell Crosby without sob and cry."
His buddy started laughing and said "the Wings fan knows more about the Pens than you ever will". We ended up having a nice discussion during the game, they bought us several rounds and recommended some good places to watch hockey. They also said that it's a bandwagon hockey city.
As much as I'm a fan of Miller on the fourth line (& of course star wars nicknames), I'd really like to see how well a callahan-glendog-ferrero fourth line would play together sometime in the next couple seasons.