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#2624442 Franzen back on ice

Posted by kipwinger on Today, 01:15 PM

If Franzen is out I think Larkin will make the team


I don't see that happening unless there are massive injuries to our centers.  An injured winger shouldn't effect Larkin much.  We've currently got Pav, Z, Richards, Sheahan, Helm, Glendening, Andersson, and possibly Abby who have played center at the NHL level.  We would have to have significant injuries to several of our top tier centers, in order to necessitate moving Larkin to the big club in his first pro season.  It's possible, but not probable. 

#2624436 Franzen back on ice

Posted by kipwinger on Today, 12:57 PM

Think what you want.  I'm not here to convince you.  What I heard today was, A) He's had setbacks, B) He's encouraged by his progress, and C) he's optimistic about a return to start the season.


Taking that all together, I think it paints a reasonably encouraging picture about where Franzen is.  But there will be those (not necessarily you) who hear the first point, disregard the second two, and conclude that it's a bad news story. 


Today's news isn't really any different than anything we've known for the last two months.  He's working toward a comeback.  He's got good and bad days.  And he thinks he'll be ready to start the season. 

#2624428 So this is why teams hate the wings

Posted by kipwinger on Today, 12:25 PM

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 realize that Detroit hasn't been good literally forever.  I'm suggesting that this upcoming season, for instance, will probably be more interesting for me than the 1999 or 2000 seasons.  Even though these were heyday years of the Wings "dynasty". 


I like the question marks surrounding an upcoming season.  Going into it with Cup or bust on your mind is fine (especially if you haven't won in a long time), but it's a little less interesting when you've seen a ton of them. 


I love the competition for spots, the youth movement, the goalie debate, the new coach, the emerging stars.  All those story lines are more interesting to me than anything we were talking about heading into the 2010 season (for instance). 

#2624425 So this is why teams hate the wings

Posted by kipwinger on Today, 12:11 PM

I may be in the minority, but I actually think the recent rebuilding years 2003-2006 and 2011-Present, are far more interesting than the contending years.  There's more to think about, talk about, speculate about, and (quite frankly) ***** about.  Watching your team win the Cup is awesome, but I don't want to see it every year.  Or even be a real possibility every year.  Sometimes you have to struggle a little bit in order to work through it and know what optimism feels like. 


IMO being a fan of a super team is lazy.  And boring.  Which isn't to say that I want our team to be the Chicago Cubs of hockey.  But I don't want us to be the Yankees either.  If you choices each season are A) compete for the championship, or B) be disappointed, then you're missing out on a ton of awesome fan experiences. 

#2624411 Moving Jimmy Howard

Posted by kipwinger on Today, 09:52 AM

Do you think RFA Petr Mrazek is going to make 5 million dollars?  I don't.  I don't think that's remotely probable, regardless of the season he just had. 


Everyone always thinks that good young players, with tons of potential, are going to make a fortune after the ELC runs out.  They might for other teams, then don't for the Red Wings.  Look at Nyquist and Tatar.  Both are on reasonable bridge contracts.  Mrazek will be too. 

#2624281 New arena construction updates

Posted by kipwinger on 31 August 2015 - 03:59 PM

*southern belle voice*

Why, I *never*!


When I read that, my brain made your southern belle voice sound like Foghorn Leghorn in my head.  Hope you haven't been auditioning for that remake of Gone with the Wind.  Scarlett O'Hara you ain't. 

#2624272 Curtis Glencross regrets taking hometown discount

Posted by kipwinger on 31 August 2015 - 02:48 PM

I'm sure the Flames regret that decision as much as he does.


Why would they regret it?  They got good production, for less than market value, and then traded him for futures.  They got everything they wanted out of the deal. 


I don't think there's a problem signing and hometown discount.  But if I were going to do the organization a solid and take less money, you bet your ass I'd want a no trade clause.  No way would I do them that favor without some insurance for myself. 

#2624229 Curtis Glencross regrets taking hometown discount

Posted by kipwinger on 31 August 2015 - 11:07 AM

If I'm understanding the themes in this thread correctly, if you're wealthy you should shut up and enjoy it, and never ever talk about what you'd have done differently in life. 


Does that mean that if you're poor you should constantly talk about your past regrets and failures and pine for a change in fortunes?


Or could we all just agree that regardless of the size of your bank account, you're entitled to talk about your life however the heck you want when someone asks you?

#2624111 Dan Cleary re-signing still possible?

Posted by kipwinger on 29 August 2015 - 02:44 PM

Brad Boyes is still unsigned as well.  If I were Montreal I'd sign him.  They could use the scoring. 

#2624097 Teemu Pulkkinen 2015-2016 watch

Posted by kipwinger on 29 August 2015 - 12:43 PM

Once Pav is back, you've got Z, Tatar, Gus, Franzen, Abby, Jurco, Pulkkinen, and maybe Helm all competing for winger spots on the top three lines.  I don't think Pulkkinen is necessarily the lowest on the depth chart, but he's at the lower end.  So I don't think he'll get enough minutes to consistently score goals.  I'm looking for around 15 from him this season, and about the same number of assists.

#2624090 Moving Jimmy Howard

Posted by kipwinger on 29 August 2015 - 12:09 PM

Closest I can find to what you were saying is this...http://thehockeywrit...ng-taylor-hall/


Which was Hall and Petry for Sheahan, Mantha, Pulkkinen, and Sproul.  Not Sheahan, Sproul, and a 1st. 


It was also an entirely speculative piece written by a writer for the Kelowna Daily Courier.  A periodical with about as much circulation as the Flint Journal.  Not an "Oilers reporter". 


Edit:  However, I'm not even really trying to blow your s*** up here.  If the Oilers would trade Taylor Hall for Jimmy, Smith, Sproul, and a pick I'd make that trade too. 

#2624004 What's your roster lines ?

Posted by kipwinger on 28 August 2015 - 12:58 PM

Trading Howard is dumb if we want to make a playoff run.  What happens if Mrazek gets injured?  Tommy McCollum would be our starting goalie. Think about that for a second. 

#2623925 Dan Cleary re-signing still possible?

Posted by kipwinger on 27 August 2015 - 08:38 AM

I would be very upset for sure! But there is another player who's name can be inserted in place of Cleary's and it would all mean the same...hasn't been useful in 3-4 years, its not 2009 anymore, at one point was a good locker room guy, just showing up to collect a paycheck...yet, everyone thinks this player will somehow channel his old self and return to his glory days!


I don't want either of them on this team, but for arguments sake, why is it not out of the realm of possibility to think that Cleary could also channel his old self? I doubt it will happen, just like I doubt the other player will either...at least there is mention of sending Cleary to GR to avoid losing a prospect to waivers for him....again...or will he?


Because Cleary didn't score 22 points in 33 games last season.  He scored 2 points in 17 games.  Franzen scored 11 times the points in just under half the amount of games Cleary played.  That's why it's reasonable to expect points from Franzen and not from Cleary.  Obviously. 


Your insistence that Franzen is washed up, and that he's somehow comparable to Cleary is completely and totally absurd. 

#2623909 Franzen back on ice

Posted by kipwinger on 26 August 2015 - 08:46 PM

I'm sure your heart is bleeding for the future of Johan and the rest of the Franzen family.  I mean, sometimes you have to save people from themselves. 


It seems pretty clear he wants to play.  It seems a little less clear, but still reasonably clear, that he'll be allowed to try.  And it seems mostly clear that he'll make this team better.  So I honestly don't see what the problem is.  Why not get on board the bandwagon and wish him luck, for all the good agonizing over it will do you?

#2623901 Franzen back on ice

Posted by kipwinger on 26 August 2015 - 05:51 PM

Anybody remember that old guy in Monty Pythons Holy Grail who keeps assuring his son he's fine, but the son's adament that the geezer will be "stone dead in a minute"? That's how I'm beginning to see this Franzen thing. Half the folks around here seem more sure of the peril than franzen, his doctors, or the organization.

"I'd probably have player if we had beaten Tampa."

"No, no. Your career and life are in jeopardy."

" I'm practicing again."

"Wrong, you're minutes away from being a vegetable."