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#2551886 Mantha getting closer.

Posted by kipwinger on 25 November 2014 - 09:21 AM















So... you guys are saying we have some options on the back-end?  




Have you been on a bender for the last couple of days lol?  Your posts are...interesting?

#2551534 11/24 GDT : Ottawa Senators 3 at Red Wings 4

Posted by kipwinger on 24 November 2014 - 01:53 PM

Weiss on playing wing tonight - "It's completely different. I played center the last two games (in Grand Rapids) and I got wing tonight, so I'll have to be on my toes"...


It really doesn't make sense to throw Weiss in the lineup in a position that he has never really played, especially when Helm has been playing quite a bit of wing this year...


I think Babcock out thinks himself sometimes.  And I'm not sure whether that makes him too smart, or not smart enough. 


Just like the time he didn't put Nyquist on the powerplay in overtime.  "Well, we thought about it and then I talked myself out of it".  Knock it off.  I get the impression he feels like if something is obvious, it must be inferior or something. 

#2551533 Saluting the fans

Posted by kipwinger on 24 November 2014 - 01:50 PM

You know that isn't a realistic idea, right. There's so many hockey fans in and around Toronto they would still sell out even if a large amount of fans stopped buying tickets in some kind of protest. 


With that in mind, maybe it's a little more understandable why leaf fans use their own stupid forms of protest (paperbag masks, jersey on ice, general douchebaggery)


Then they're doomed to always be as bad as they are.  Good.  I don't care, I'm not a Toronto fan.  But I do find it hilarious that these goobers think they deserve a salute after each game.  For what?  Being too dumb to recognize a bad investment?

#2551519 Inconsistency

Posted by kipwinger on 24 November 2014 - 01:10 PM

Our record has been better without Datsyuk in the lineup this season, but I think it would be foolish to think we're a better team without Datsyuk (and I'm not saying that's what you're saying..) For whatever reason guys seem to step up big time when Datsyuk is out of the lineup and sit back and assume he is going to carry the team to victory each and every night. That isn't the case any more unfortunately... Guys need to step up the same way as when he isn't playing even when he is...


Of course we're not a better team.  I'm just saying that you can't pin loses on the failure to have Datsyuk in the lineup.  We don't have too many loses without Datsyuk in the lineup.  So far, the fact that our impressive wins are punctuated by loses isn't due to Datsyuk's absence, because thus far when he's been gone we've won more often than lost.  That's all I'm saying. 

#2551488 11/24 GDT : Ottawa Senators 3 at Red Wings 4

Posted by kipwinger on 24 November 2014 - 11:50 AM

Let's go wings! I'm glad to see Weiss is in but I wish we had him at center. I'd like to see him getting back to playing his natural position. Does anybody know what position he was playing in GR?


Center.  But you didn't think Babcock would make it easy did you?  Obviously if you want a guy to be your second line center one day, you start him as your third line wing.  It all makes perfect sense if you have an honorary PhD in Sports Psychology.  Dumb asses like Jeff Blashill just make Weiss a center and give him decent wingers and look how that turns out...

#2551483 Saluting the fans

Posted by kipwinger on 24 November 2014 - 11:38 AM

I'd be pretty disgruntled after not having won a Cup since 1967.


Then they should stop buying tickets and put pressure on the organization to make some fundamental changes.  They're like Lions fans.  If you're sick of losing stop giving them money. 

#2551475 Saluting the fans

Posted by kipwinger on 24 November 2014 - 10:54 AM

The long suffering Maple Leafs' fans ought to be saluted each and every game for being the most fickle, arrogant, and entitled group of fans in all of professional hockey.  Hard to imagine why a guy like Phil Kessel wouldn't be interested in saluting a bunch of folks who were calling for his head after a 37 goal, 80 point season.  Ditto for Kadri.  And Reimer. 


There's only one salute these s***birds deserve, and it involves something other than a stick in the air. 


Maple Leafs fans, you are the problem. 

#2551471 11/24 GDT : Ottawa Senators 3 at Red Wings 4

Posted by kipwinger on 24 November 2014 - 10:37 AM

I hope you're right derblaue. He needs to get in some games with the Wings as soon as possible.


I hope you're both right.  Weiss need repetitions and confidence and he's not going to get either of those on the bench.  Hopefully Babs' understands and is on board with this.  Weiss needs to be given a line, with competent wingers, and enough time to find his game.  Which shouldn't be asking too much.  Look how much time Babs has given Helm to find his game after his craptacular start.  Weiss is going to have some bad games on the road to recovery.  But if he keeps getting jerked after each bad outing, he's never going to gain any traction. 


For now I'd stick him on a line with Helm and Jurco as wingers, and just let him get his strength and speed back.  They won't score much (or at all) but if they can play teams even (until Dats gets back and the lines shuffle again) I'll be happy.

#2551373 Lines Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 23 November 2014 - 06:16 PM

I'm hoping Weiss can take Cleary's spot on that third line soon.
With Alfredsson officially not returning to the Wings maybe Holland is more inclined to make a trade at this point of the season. Trading for defense is expensive and risky and a good winger would be a big help


It's not expensive for Jim Nill apparently.  For that guy, getting good defense is a simple as identifying the biggest one dimensional thinker in the Western Conference and giving him EXACTLY what he wants....a big stupid meathead.

#2551370 Lines Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 23 November 2014 - 06:14 PM

"'scuse me while I... WHIP THIS OUT"  You mean, that Jumbo one?


When in doubt I whip it out, got me a rock n' roll band, IT'S A FREE FOR ALL!!!!



#2551366 Lines Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 23 November 2014 - 06:10 PM

Probably.  Who's a top six forward on the Sharks you'd take?  I dunno?  Someone that's maybe too comfortable in San Jose?  :innocent:


We need a second line center.  They've got a Jumbo one. 

#2551359 Inconsistency

Posted by kipwinger on 23 November 2014 - 05:54 PM




yup, i said it.


Careful.  You know how that kind of talk is responded to around here.

#2551358 Lines Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 23 November 2014 - 05:52 PM

I'm putting this here because I didn't want to start another thread.  But did anybody else see Jim Nill absolutely fleece Doug Wilson on that Brendan Dillon for Jason Demers trade?  Apparently if you've got a half assed hockey player, but he's bigger than 6'3 and 220 lbs. you should call the Sharks.  Think they'd take Kindl lol? 

#2551336 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by kipwinger on 23 November 2014 - 02:28 PM

Are you crazy?
Franzens the best winger eversss.

But if someone bites on this, I'd put his name out there and see what offers we get


Haha, I actually think Franzen has been excellent this season.  So this is no knock on him.  But I'll trade a second line winger for a top line center any day of the week.  As would, hopefully, every other person in the hockey world. 

#2551271 11/22 GDT - Red Wings @ Maple Leafs - 7:00 PM EST

Posted by kipwinger on 22 November 2014 - 10:01 PM

Man I'd like to see a little bit more consistency out of this team.  Like a good four game win streak would do my heart good.  We've got a skilled team, and some guys are playing really well, but damn if they can't do it every night.