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#2536210 2014 Prospects Tournament and Training Camp (Sept. 12-23)

Posted by kipwinger on 14 September 2014 - 10:15 PM

Where's BottleofSmoke?  Just found this little nuggest barried in Malik's most recent drivel...


#Europe: Melén 1+0, +1 & 1 SOG in a 2-1 loss. http://stats.swehockey.se/Game/Reports/208695  #RedWings


11:39 AM - 13 Sep 2014


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#2536143 2014 Preseason Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 13 September 2014 - 12:47 PM

Happy to see Jordin Tootoo got invited to the Devils camp.  Despite never really fitting in here, he played the good soldier and never complained about his plight.  He's a class act all the way and I hope he catches on in New Jersey. 

#2536142 Who should get cut/traded by game 1 of the season?

Posted by kipwinger on 13 September 2014 - 12:38 PM

I would love to see Callahan steal Miller's spot. More grit and possibly also better scoring touch.


I don't know that I'd want him to take Miller's spot per se, but I would definitely like him to beat out one of Ferraro, Andersson, Glendening, or Cleary.  That would be ideal.  I just think Miller has more value than those guys, so I'd rather have him on the roster and have the option to use him. 

#2536055 A Perfect fit for the Bruins...Ville Leino?

Posted by kipwinger on 12 September 2014 - 10:48 AM

What the hell is wrong with a Chiarelli? First trading Seguin, now not re-signing Thornton and now Leino? The guy is the exact up opposite of a Bruin! Yeah they can send him down but I'll highly doubt he makes the team out of pto If he's smart he tries to replace Thornton but I guess he is confident with a softer Bruins team but only till the leafs are coming to town. Save for Chara nobody can take on Orr or Mclaren not even Lucic I expect some cheap shots against Bergeron, Krug and Krejci. This may very well be the softest Bruins edition since years I would be pissed if I were a Bruins fan


Frank, you can't possibly think that Chiarelli should make personnel moves based on the fear of a non playoff team "coming to town".  Even without Thornton the Bruins are miles tougher than every other team in the league.  I think they'll be ok during the next brawl filled circus that they seem to have once or twice a season. 

#2536050 A Perfect fit for the Bruins...Ville Leino?

Posted by kipwinger on 12 September 2014 - 09:53 AM

He can still play as a third line scorer. At 1M or even 800K, what do they have to lose? Can he REALLY be worse than Cleary at 1.5?


Theres a big difference between playing on a PHI team as opposed to BUF, which has one of the worst teams in recent memory. On top of that, maybe the pressure of making too much money got to him.


I know personally, I play hockey better when im surrounded by good line mates. 


Well apart from the fact that he's absolutely the antithesis of "Bruin Strong", he also hasn't scored a goal since 2012.  He only had 12 assists and zero goals in 58 games last year.  So yes, I'd say he's a worse option than Cleary if you want goals to be scored.  A year ago Cleary had more goals than good knees.  What's Leino's excuse?

#2535969 Dekeyser signed. 2 yrs $2.187 million AAV

Posted by kipwinger on 11 September 2014 - 12:46 PM


Quincey I can almost live with as another desperation move by Holland when he didn't land the UFAs.  Q can play decent for long stretches and probably gets more flack overall than he deserves, though that's in great part due to the games where it looks like he forgot how to play hockey. 


I just can't believe Kindl is still on this team making $2.4 million for the next three seasons.  It's time to cut bait.  I've been wrong a lot more than I've been right, but one of the things I definitely was right about was how Kindl vs. Ericsson shook out. 


Kindl should no longer be in this lineup at that price.  They could either bring up a kid or sign a seasoned vet to play the 5/6 spot with Lashoff and free up some cap space to sign Dekeyser and Smith next year, and Lashoff the year after if he develops into a decent stay at home Dman.  


Problem is, you're going to pay Kindl one way or another and waiving him only gets you minimal cap relief.  It's not a situation like Samuelsson where you waive him and only have to pay for the remainder of the season.  In Kindl's case you'd be paying for 3 more years. 


Best case scenario you start him on the third pair, and second PP.  Hopefully he can produce (initially) at the pace he did a couple years ago and he'll have some trade value.  Right now he's got no trade value and he's too expensive to demote. 

#2535935 Dekeyser signed. 2 yrs $2.187 million AAV

Posted by kipwinger on 11 September 2014 - 09:31 AM


We get it Kip...


You definitely do.  But read over the last three or four pages and you'd be shocked by the number of people blaming KH for this deal not being done.  Ya know, cause he's a screw up and Dekeyser is just an honest local boy with a heart of gold. 

#2535910 Dekeyser signed. 2 yrs $2.187 million AAV

Posted by kipwinger on 10 September 2014 - 11:44 PM

I think it's interesting that everyone is blaming KH for this deal not being done, but if it were Tatar instead of Dekeyser we'd be inundated with comments about how Tats is an egomaniac who puts himself before the team.  Double standard much?


Dekeyser has only played 72 professional hockey games.  Whatever he and his agent are asking based on his modest point production and ice time is almost certainly too much.  But god forbid anybody call them out, because he's from Michigan.

#2535840 2014 Preseason Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 10 September 2014 - 09:47 AM

Right. I'd love another Hossa, and I'd do back flips if we got one. But I don't think we neeeeeed one. We can easily make up for that in depth instead of being so top heavy.


Yeah, it'll help that we've got top six talent (Tatar, Jurco, Sheahan) on good contracts and occupying the third line.  That's huge for depth.  I'd be absolutely thrilled if we had that depth plus somebody to occupy that top line wing who can score 20 and play big minutes (Alfie could score 20 but couldn't handle the top line minutes).  Maybe Helm will be that...but I'm not sold on it yet.

#2535782 Lines Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 08 September 2014 - 10:12 PM


I may have f***ed up on calling him a natural LW, but I know for a fact he's played LW especially in his earlier years before the wings. I concede that he's a natural C, but, unless I'm completely out of my skull, I'm pretty certain he's been played at LW many times before the Wings. I know RedWingsCentral listed him as C/LW until they updated to just C this last year. I'm assuming it's much how we all put Dats at C no matter what, and then you play fantasy hockey and he's listed as LW/C. Poor example but you get my point. Alamo, Wonka, is unnecessary, I think you know I'm a reasonable guy... maybe stupid...


It's all in good fun.  You are a reasonable guy, I'm just giving you a hard time lol. 

#2535764 Ottawa Senators are trying "European style" supporter sections

Posted by kipwinger on 08 September 2014 - 04:33 PM


That's common misconception about eurpean style support:


Supporters = they are going to the game to support their team loud and with all the other stuff

Hooligan = the onces going to the game in order to search/find fights they couldn't care less about the team home fans or away fans. So if you can keep those type of "fans" out all will be fine :)


It wasn't a critique of European support.  It was a critique of how aggressive North Americans can be when fueled by a healthy dose of booze and groupthink. 

#2535757 Ottawa Senators are trying "European style" supporter sections

Posted by kipwinger on 08 September 2014 - 02:32 PM

I predict the games will be more fun...right up until fans from the supporter sections start beating the hell out of opposition fans.  I get the feeling that in North America this will turn violent.  Then again, maybe not.  The Canadiens already have an atmosphere very much like this, and as far as I know nobody had been injured.

#2535748 2014 Preseason Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 08 September 2014 - 01:05 PM

I've wanted Alexander Semin on this team for years and I would still love to have him now. I don't want to hear all the s*** about his "shortcomings" and his "lack of defense" and his "lack of effort" and "if you think Franzen is lazy / streaky, you'll hate this guy", etc, etc... I love his game and he is exactly what this team needs in my opinion - a pure goal scorer and a right handed shot on the power-play. Imagine Semin on a line with Pav and Hank? Insane... As for the other three, I wouldn't be all that interested in any of them. It would definitely take a lot to get Semin away from Carolina but I would at least throw out an offer. I do still think we need to upgrade the defense before we do anything else with the offense, but I'd have to make a call on Semin for sure...


They'd need to take back equal salary or else eat some of his current salary.  I'm not paying Semin 7 million a year.  But I'm certainly intrigued by the thought of him on Pav's wing.  Most of the same criticisms that Semin gets were leveled against Gaborik before he got put with a big time center and started scoring like a monster. 


I don't know if it would work out the same way, but it's an intriguing thought. 

#2535679 Detroit offers D Raphael Diaz tryout

Posted by kipwinger on 07 September 2014 - 12:01 PM

I said this in another thread, but if you look at their numbers, Diaz and Anton Stralman are basically the same player.  The biggest differences seem to be that the Rangers went to the Cup finals so Stralman immediately gets a bump, and Diaz was mismanaged by the Canadiens so his icetime is a little lower.  Either way, provided he isn't rusty I'd sign him and dump Kindl or Lashoff.  Why not?

#2535678 2014 Preseason Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 07 September 2014 - 11:59 AM

Diaz is the exact same player as Anton Stralman, one of the guys everyone wanted Holland to sign as a UFA.  Diaz will come cheaper and do about the same things.  I'm for it.  Cut Kindl, or Lashoff, or whoever if the kid shows he can play.