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#2550277 Nestrasil Waived / Claimed by Hurricanes

Posted by kipwinger on Today, 04:12 PM

I love how everyone hates plus/minus until they can use it to bash someone they already hate.  If it's a stupid stat, it's a stupid stat always.

#2550264 Nestrasil Waived / Claimed by Hurricanes

Posted by kipwinger on Today, 03:56 PM

Am I the only one that thinks Cleary has looked fine so far this season?  Better than Nestrasil even?

#2550233 Smith and Ericcsson?

Posted by kipwinger on Today, 02:53 PM


Hooking isn't fun, though (no prostitute jokes, please :lol: ).  


If you're a Wings fan, fighting is technically not a part of the game anymore.  We're like the old Soviet teams whose coaches instructed them not to fight back against the Canadians.  


Smith did nothing wrong.  It was just bad luck he got hurt.  


It's so unpleasant to agree with such a small and obviously tangential point of your overall post.  But I do.  It was just a fluke.

#2550209 CBJ's Jack Johnson files for bankruptcy

Posted by kipwinger on Today, 01:56 PM

Ok, I relent.  Nothing he could have done to protect himself.  At least we can all agree he's better than Terrell Owens. 

#2550199 CBJ's Jack Johnson files for bankruptcy

Posted by kipwinger on Today, 01:24 PM

I feel bad for those of you that are blaming Jack for trusting his parents... I really do...


And I feel bad for you for feeling the need to turn this debate into a false dichotomy.  Trust your parents vs. Manage your Salary Intelligently at age 25 are not mutually exclusive.  No matter how convenient for your argument that may be. 

#2550197 Nestrasil Waived / Claimed by Hurricanes

Posted by kipwinger on Today, 01:21 PM

At that point, I feel like teams are willing to see what they have in their players to start the season. Now they've had a chance to see who's working out/who is not.

I would be worried to call Cally up at this point in the year - I think someone would grab him. Definitely think he's got more value than Nestrasil.


Well he definitely seems to be showing that his scoring from last season was not a fluke.  It's an absolute shame we can't get this kid into the lineup.  I think he'd be a beast in front of the net on the PP. 


But you're right, they probably were waiting to see what they had at the beginning of the year.  The Hurricanes, at least, looked decent on paper. 

#2550168 CBJ's Jack Johnson files for bankruptcy

Posted by kipwinger on Today, 12:22 PM

Most hockey athletes aren't dumb they attend colleges, went to good private schools and it always amazes me how people can go broke making so much money. The best financial advice is always to play it safe there is a reason why some loans with high interest rates are risky.


Also the so called financial professionals aren't always the smart choice either, I've worked in that business before and trust me it is unbelievable how unprepared some of them are (it's not even their fault because they companies - like in hockey terms are rushing them)...personally if I'm going to trust my money to someone it's always banks at first and a small amount of that will be used for average risk - average reward investments.


Hopefully he gets his situation fixed soon.


For some reason I assumed that all your investments were in the form of gold doubloons and were buried intermittently around your densely covered acreage.  I'm wowed. 

#2550156 Nestrasil Waived / Claimed by Hurricanes

Posted by kipwinger on Today, 12:15 PM

And yet nobody claimed Callahan when he was waived to begin the season.  Strange.

#2550131 CBJ's Jack Johnson files for bankruptcy

Posted by kipwinger on Today, 10:41 AM

But didn't he go to Michigan?  Lol.  I thought they hold their student athletes to a higher standard?


He and Frank Clark are shining examples of what being a "Michigan Man" is all about!

#2550121 Mantha getting closer.

Posted by kipwinger on Today, 10:17 AM

Here's an interesting tidbit I just ran across in a Khan article about Nestrasil...


"[Nestrasil] would have been buried further down the depth chart once Pavel Datsyuk and Weiss return from injuries and after the club promotes top prospect Anthony Mantha, which it will likely do if he produces in the AHL the next few weeks."


The bolded part is interesting because until very recently Khan had repeatedly taken the stance that as a result of his injury (and lost training camp), it would be unlikely that Mantha would crack Detroit's roster this season.  This sounds almost definitive.  As in, someone told Khan (off the record) that he'll be promoted if he plays well out of the game.  Usually Khan's good about acknowledging when he's speculating.  That doesn't seem to be the case here. 

#2550119 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by kipwinger on Today, 10:10 AM

Look how long it's taking Helm to get back into his former playing shape after missing so much time.  Khan just did an article on it the other day where he quoted Babs as saying something to the effect of "he's barely played for two seasons, it's going to take him a while to get back into form". 


Now apply the EXACT same thing to Weiss.  Only make it more complicated because he's learning a new system, has a coach that doesn't think he's "earned anything", and he's often asked to play the wing (which he already stated he hasn't done since he was a child). 


Yeah, I'd imagine it will take a little while. 


Well, that or he sucks and wants to sit back and collect money.  Weiss sucks!  Weisps Sux!  Werps Sercks!  Wasps stung!  Durka dur!

#2550118 Smith and Ericcsson?

Posted by kipwinger on Today, 10:01 AM

There's not, on my part anyway, but this just seems careless. Considering where the team was at that point in the game, (up by 4, 11 minutes left and 6 mins by the time his penalty was over) he shouldn't have been back out. It was pointless for him to come back out, and now his hand is worse off than it had to be. Whether it's Smith's call, Babs' call or the training staff, it could have been avoided. It's more about the situation than a minor injury that occurs constantly throughout the season. 


You're advocating holding a guy out of the remainder of the game, for a cut on his hand, because there's a possibility of infection? 


Can you even think of another time in the last 20 years that a player missed a game due to an infected cut on their hand?  That's how unlikely, and flukey, this injury is.  To suggest that someone ought to know better (regardless of the score) displays magnificent foresight, hindsight, or (more likely) both. 


Athletes want to play.  Coaches want them to play.  They're not going to sit out for something so unlikely.  Can you imagine how deep in Babs' doghouse Smith would be if he sat out the rest of the game because "maybe his hand could get an infection"?  Babs' wouldf****** lose it.

#2550108 Smith and Ericcsson?

Posted by kipwinger on Today, 09:13 AM

Why does there seem to be some sort of weird, pathalogical, need to assign blame to each and every little thing that happens to this team?  Smith went back out because he wanted to play, the coach probably wanted him to play, and the folks signing his checks want him to play.  A cut on his hand is a minor injury.  The kind that hockey players sustain CONSTANTLY throughout a season.  Think about all the times that you see blood in the course of a hockey season.  All of those are cuts, and all of those have the potential to get infected.  Most don't.  This one did.  It's not anyone's fault.  It just happened. 

#2550044 Smith and Ericcsson?

Posted by kipwinger on Yesterday, 02:57 PM

Agreed, I feel like he's really starting to come into his own and am pretty disappointed he'll be out. Definitely hurts the team at this point in time.

As long as he's scoring I can overlook the turnovers and occasional blown coverage.  That's what he was drafted to do.  But if he's doing the latter and none of the former, I lose my patience pretty quickly with Riley's brother.  Sucks that he's out though, he's been earning his keep lately.

#2550035 Smith and Ericcsson?

Posted by kipwinger on Yesterday, 02:27 PM

Take a bath Nick Foligno...geesh!


Seriously though, tough break.  Smith's been looking real good the last five or six games.  Hope it's just a minor setback. 

Holland has sissified the poor kid.  Smith used to fight more frequently in his younger days.  Now he's having problems due to this lame fight?    


If only Brain McGrattan were the Red Wings GM, am I right?