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#2556792 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by kipwinger on 14 December 2014 - 06:59 PM

YOUR AVATAR

YES

carry on

 

I knew you'd like it.  I was waiting for your inevitable comment lol. 




#2556780 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by kipwinger on 14 December 2014 - 03:51 PM

No need to trade either of them.  Almost every team in the league asks for top young talent, and almost nobody trades it.  There's a reason why guys like Stafford, Stewart, Fleishmann, Boyes, Perron, etc. are the names being rumored for trade.  Because those are the kinds of guys teams trade.  Not their 23 year old future top sixers.  Teams can ask all day for Sheahan and Jurco, but they're not going anywhere.  Doesn't mean we don't have valuable pieces for trade though. 




#2556759 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by kipwinger on 14 December 2014 - 01:30 PM

 

Yandle and Boedker are super overrated. Yandle is Rafalski without the benefit of the RH shot, and Rafalski was not exactly always loved around here. And Boedker is suddenly being super overrated around the league just cause he's available and fans wanna see moves made IMO. He's not at all good defensively, like a bigger Hudler.

 

I think the deal makes us better in the O-zone but hurts us slightly in the D-zone, even with the addition of Yandle. We don't gain much physicality in the deal either. It's like trading softies for softies, but we give up a bit of our future too. I say no.

 

A couple of points I'd make in response.  Despite the fact that Rafalski wasn't exactly loved around here, anybody who still doesn't see how valuable he was to the team is nuts.  Yandle would be too.  Secondly, Boedker is noted for his two way play, I'm not sure where you're getting that from?  AND he's capable of putting up points.  Finally, I think we get (marginally) more physical in the sense that A) Yandle is more fiesty than any of our d-men and fights (rarely, but on occasion), B) Boedker is physical in the same way that Helm is, plus he's quite a bit bigger and heavier, C) trading Andersson would get Callahan in the lineup, and he's more physical than anybody on our team. 

 

And really, what are we losing?  Helm?  Franzen?  Neither of them are particularly strong this season, and I'd be happy to move them plus picks and prospects for two 50 pts. players in their twenties (not exactly mortgaging the future by trading a 22 year old Pulkkinen for a 24 year old Boedkker). 




#2556754 12/13 GDT : Red Wings 1 @ Maple Leafs 4 *MOD WARNING POST 198*

Posted by kipwinger on 14 December 2014 - 01:11 PM

 

I don't mind trusting in Holland, but isn't that kind of a stretch? Yzerman's put together a ludicrously deep team (for a cap era team) that's going to be competitive for a long time. He got Bishop for nothing. He got Garrison for nothing. He flipped Quincey for a first-round pick. He turned the impossible MSL situation into Callahan, a first-round pick, and a second-round pick. He found Johnson. He has Palat and Kucherov, and Drouin, and Hedman, and crazy organizational depth at the goalie position (though, Nabokov was definitely a "You serious, bro?" signing) (though, he's an upgrade over Lindback). Stralman and Boyle were great signings. Flip's been huge for them. Stamkos is a pretty good hockey player. John Cooper - perfect fit. Cutting ties with Salo was the right call, one Holland probably wouldn't have made, because loyalty and veteran leadership and right-handed shot and depth and all that.

 

Losing Panik hasn't hurt them one bit. Yzerman knows what he's doing.

 

We'll eat those nancys in the playoffs.  Steven Stamkos wants nothing to do with a steady diet of Luke Glendening.  Nothing. 




#2556576 12/13 GDT : Red Wings 1 @ Maple Leafs 4 *MOD WARNING POST 198*

Posted by kipwinger on 13 December 2014 - 08:33 PM

I'm not sure, but is Petr Mrazek totally awesome or not?




#2556509 NHL Mumps Outbreak

Posted by kipwinger on 13 December 2014 - 07:13 PM

In Ontario every child is supposed to get the MMR vaccine at age 1 and at age 4 years. Its free too.

 

That's because your commie country has commie healthcare.  I'd rather stand on a pile of mumps riddled children than sacrifice the sacred bond between my money and the multi-national insurance companies who provide ever more expensive, and barely adequate, insurance. 

 

But off that subject. 

 

Sidney Crosby's a chode, am I right?




#2556493 NHL Mumps Outbreak

Posted by kipwinger on 13 December 2014 - 05:55 PM

Crosby rule 2.0?  Any attempt to mump, or accidentally mumping, another player in the head is expressly forbidden by the NHL.  Players attempted a clean check are responsible for their salivary glands, spittle, and all other oral residue.  Any player found in violation of these rules will be assessed a game misconduct and will be required to forfeit one of their lymph nodes to Sidney Crosby.




#2556482 NHL Mumps Outbreak

Posted by kipwinger on 13 December 2014 - 05:16 PM

I'm still trying to figure out exactly how this is Gary Bettman's fault.  I mean, I know it is.  I just can't figure out why. 




#2556426 Vaya con dios Damien Brunner

Posted by kipwinger on 13 December 2014 - 12:39 PM

I'm not sure what the argument here is.  Damien Brunner didn't have a bad attitude in Detroit.  On the contrary, many of the articles and interviews about him talked about his good attitude, constant smile, and generally jovial attitude. 

 

He left because he wanted more money than he was worth.  Not because he was some kind of *******. 




#2556378 Babcock "I don't think it will be my final year here"

Posted by kipwinger on 13 December 2014 - 02:56 AM

IDK when I try to talk with him about it he gets a vacant look in his eyes and then runs away.

 

Like Tim Robbins in Mystic River?




#2555994 12/12 GDT : Panthers 3 at Red Wings 2 (SO)

Posted by kipwinger on 12 December 2014 - 01:56 PM

Oh, you can bet I'll be sneaking looks at LGW.
 

 

Atta boy.  Priorities are priorities.




#2555991 12/12 GDT : Panthers 3 at Red Wings 2 (SO)

Posted by kipwinger on 12 December 2014 - 01:48 PM

Don't wedding rehearsals only really matter for the bride, groom, maid of honor, and best man?  The key is to be the third in line, and then just follow the guy in front of you, stand there, and look handsome.  You really don't have to do anything else. 

 

EDIT:  Ahh, he is the groom.  I guess you sorta have to be there then.  Be sure to take your smart phone though.  I mean, don't wedding reherseals only really matter to the bride and her mom anyway?




#2555984 Babcock "I don't think it will be my final year here"

Posted by kipwinger on 12 December 2014 - 01:38 PM

Better than dreaming about him reupping here and then be disappointed when he signs with a contender. With this strategy I can only be positive surprised as it was the case with Pasha

 

Are you saying that you intentionally believe unlikely things, so that when they don't happen you're happy about the surprise? 

 

Because it sounds like you are. 

 

In which case I wonder, why stop there?  You could believe a whole host of horrible (and unlikely) things and then celebrate your good luck when they don't happen.  Here's a couple...

 

1.  I'm going to get eaten by a shark tomorrow.

2.  Next Thursday my house will be poisoned by radon. 

3.  Racoons will abscond with my cat.

4.  This year, I really will get a lump of coal for Christmas.

5.  I'm probably already possessed by Satan (or perhaps some lesser imp). 




#2555942 Babcock "I don't think it will be my final year here"

Posted by kipwinger on 12 December 2014 - 09:56 AM

That might be kind of entertaining. At the very least maybe Kukla would add a guy who does more than copy other people's work and complain about how tired he is.

 

Thank god someone else feels this way.  His whole hypochondria schtick is the thing I like about him least.  Seems like every post has some vague reference to some chronic ailment.  Depression?  He's got it.  Bad back?  You betcha.  Arthritic knees?  Why not?

 

None of that stops him from getting loaded with a bunch of coeds in Traverse City at training camp every year.  Nada.  Never a "chronic flair up" of any of his "conditions" when his readers are paying his way to hobnob with the Wings. 

 

I can't stand Malik. 




#2555927 Are the Wings a Contender?

Posted by kipwinger on 12 December 2014 - 09:15 AM

Brian Rafalski wasn't "great in his own zone either", but I don't recall anybody complaining about his 40-50 pts., transition game, and powerplay ability.  Not every defenseman is a two way superstar.  Doesn't mean they can't be exceptionally valuable to the right club. 

 

Also, Yandle's "defensive shortcomings" are overblown.  He's not bad defensively, none of Phoenix's defensemen are.  Tippet is a defense first coach, and he plays a defensive system.  Yandle's as good or better defensively than probably three or four of our defensemen.  It's just a label he got suck with as a 20 year old that dummies keep repeating ad nauseam to justify not wanting him.  Is he a shutdown guy or two way superstar?  No.  Know who else isn't?  Kronwall.  Smith.  Karlsson.  Shattenkirk.  Wisniewski.  Subban.  Faulk.  Ehrhoff. Burns.  Edler.  etc. etc. etc.  Yet all of them are good players and none of them are liabilities.  Neither is Yandle. 

 

I'm sick of this "he's not great in his own zone" argument.  Not every player on a team needs to excel two ways.  Also, the argument is usually only used to malign players we're already convinced we don't like, considering more players than not do not excel at the two way game.