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#2534351 Ice Bucket ALS Challenge: Bettman edition

Posted by TheXym on 15 August 2014 - 08:19 PM

Very classy move by Danny Cleary. This video seems to highlight why the Wings felt he is such a great locker room presence. Huge kudos for putting up the donation information and putting together a professionally done video that may end up getting some airplay down the road to help the cause.

#2534005 Confused on the direction of this team going forward

Posted by TheXym on 11 August 2014 - 11:58 AM

So the Jarnkrok hype was actually a brilliant smokescreen to protect the preferred prospects? I can see it now if Jarnkrok ends up a bust - Ken Holland lights up a cigar, and in his best George Peppard voice cackles "I love it when a plan comes together!"

#2533306 Samuelsson signs new contract....... with Djurgarden.

Posted by TheXym on 29 July 2014 - 03:02 PM

All shin pad assassin jokes aside, Sammy was a bargain during his first stay here in Detroit.   He had good size, was irritating to play against, and put up good numbers for his salary. 
It's just unfortunate that Holland keeps repeating the mistake of bringing back former players, but I hold no ill will for Sammy. 

Well said!

#2533300 Samuelsson signs new contract....... with Djurgarden.

Posted by TheXym on 29 July 2014 - 02:34 PM

Sammy had some good moments earlier in his career, but this is a great signing. I hope he does well, but I'm darn glad he is no longer in Detroit.

#2533075 Forum Rules Refresher. PLEASE READ

Posted by TheXym on 27 July 2014 - 01:39 PM

I would like to bring up a rule I'm not sure I like on here. It regards the whole problem with starting multiple threads for the same topic. I've seen new threads about something fairly important get deleted because they were being discussed, and buried, in another large thread. Then, when you see an old thread about the topic get brough back, it'll get deleted too. Why have a million pages of forum topics if we can't start a new discussion or read or talk about a specific thing? I don't want to read through 85 pages of text to talk about one signing, it's a waste of time.

I empathize, but there is a forum search function, and recent topics aren't that far back. :)

Plus if you make a great point, it is best to do it in the existing thread so more will see it.

#2532210 preds prospects Viktor Arvidsson and Kevin Fiala shootout moves

Posted by TheXym on 15 July 2014 - 11:56 PM

I second the props to PredsFan. I appreciate the updates, and, for a fan of an opposing team, PF is pretty darn classy about not trolling like some others we've had to deal with (centcougar, anyone?) and also contributes to the forum in a positive way.

#2530253 What's best for Mantha?

Posted by TheXym on 06 July 2014 - 02:03 PM

This isn't the prospect tournament going on, it's a rookie camp. Mantha and Bertuzzi played a lot more games in through the memorial cup playoffs than the other guys, and Mantha was put out for 90 second to 2 minute shifts regularly. I think some of it is residual fatigue from that.

#2527575 Wings to have face to face with Matt Niskanen

Posted by TheXym on 01 July 2014 - 09:20 AM

I'm certain he would - however what makes Detroit a better option than others?
Honestly - I have no clue as to the other teams that are making a bid for Niskanen.

His personality seems to be more of the play second pairing, QB the PP rather than be the #1 all the time. Kronner and Smith together last year worked well, IMHO. Pair Niskanen with Danny DeKeyser and have him run the PP with Kronwall and I think it's a situation that fits his mind and skillsets. Ericsson with Marchenko or Sproul or Oulette for the third pair, Lashoff as a cheap 7th.

#2527549 UFA day looking up

Posted by TheXym on 01 July 2014 - 08:39 AM

Weiss and Alfie were good signings. Cleary was a fustercluck, but I can understand why due to his playoffs the year before, even if I disliked it. The Bert, Sammy, and Tootoo signings were from the year before and aren't considered in my eval of last seasons FA period.

If Cleary played like he did in the playoff run, Weiss was healthy and put up 50-60 points, and Alfie's back didn't flare up we'd all likely be singing his praises. Up front, it was a decent effort.

Agreed. I don't put much stock in st. James. she gets it wrong a lot.

Not a fan of St. James at all. I'm hoping the front office is using her as a smokescreen to disguise their real intentions. Either that, or she's being her usual hack self.

#2527536 UFA day looking up

Posted by TheXym on 01 July 2014 - 08:29 AM

I think Dabura is hitting it on the head. KH did well in the last offseason but it was derailed due to injury, and he is still smarting from Suter. I think he wants to make a splash again. Will it make a difference in retaining Babs if he does? Will it rejuvenate Pavs and Z?

#2523937 Slow News Day Thread

Posted by TheXym on 15 June 2014 - 01:34 PM

Jello, baby.

Nice to see Pav playing an instrument. If he switches to electric, I'd be happy to give free lessons. ;)

#2515227 ECQF - Game 4 - Bruins 3 at Red Wings 2 (F/OT)

Posted by TheXym on 24 April 2014 - 08:34 PM

They definitely should play Smith there.

#2515180 ECQF - Game 4 - Bruins 3 at Red Wings 2 (F/OT)

Posted by TheXym on 24 April 2014 - 08:22 PM

If a leaf grazes a tree in the forest and no ref is there to see the dive will they still call the penalty?
Age old riddle resolved.

But... there are no leafs in the playoffs. ;)

#2512714 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Bruins 4 - Series tied 1-1

Posted by TheXym on 20 April 2014 - 04:58 PM

NBC has great love for the Nutcracker and all things Boston Goon related.  I take back what I said earlier about out-smarting and out-playing them. The Wings are going to have to figure out how to out-goon them, somehow.

You mean bring back Dmitri Mironov to take slappers at their chests and Marian Hossa to give them the Berard treatment? I don't think it's necessary.

Everybody should have expected the Bruins to come out hard today, and their shenanigans shouldn't have surprised anyone.

Howard's giveaway just set the tone for the B's to dominate, and the quick second goal after a complete defensive breakdown just added fuel to their fire. The fourth goal was also weak, IMHO. Howard still made some great saves, but they lost this game in the first. The anemic PP compounded the issue.

Nobody should have expected the Wings to cone out of Boston up 2-0. Few people beforehand would have given them a shot at the split. If the PP actually converts in the 1st or 2nd it's a completely different game. I'll take the split.

Regroup and come out for game three focused and ready to play. The Sunday afternoon on NbC malaise has been evident all season. It's a best of 5 now.

#2512580 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Bruins 4 - Series tied 1-1

Posted by TheXym on 20 April 2014 - 04:20 PM

They call a rough on Quincey, but that was nothing compared to stuff the Bruins have done all game.

Weak goal. Howard should have had that.