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#2625994 Islanders turn cold blooded on top prospect

Posted by kipwinger on 18 September 2015 - 05:33 PM

Hear that everybody?  His parents let him do it so it's all good.  Just a big misunderstanding. 
Good luck with that kid.
Jack Capuano totally seems like the kind of guy who's willing to tolerate back talk from an 18 year old.  Totally. 

#2625939 Wings Release Training Camp Roster

Posted by kipwinger on 18 September 2015 - 12:54 PM


What begins? Larkin being awesome, or Jimmy letting in goals? :lol:


A little from column A, a little from column B?

#2625933 Wings Release Training Camp Roster

Posted by kipwinger on 18 September 2015 - 12:30 PM

It's also not like Babs only did this with the defense.  Remember when he moved Filppula to the wing and wanted him to shoot more?  He lost one of his teams' better playmaking centers, and gained a below average winger (who still didn't shoot more). 


He'd have been better off putting Zetterberg on the wing (since he had no problem shooting) and letting Filppula center him (since he had no problem passing). 


Filppula still would have had all the extra assists that he ended up getting that year anyway, but you'd have gained a guy with proven 40 goal potential on the wing. 


Babs was infatuated with trying to jam square pegs in round holes. 

#2625932 Wings Release Training Camp Roster

Posted by kipwinger on 18 September 2015 - 12:22 PM

I think the argument is not that Babs doesn't like offensive defensemen (he seemed to like Lidstrom, Rafalski, Schneider, and Kronwall just fine).  But rather, that given the limitations of our blue line, it might have been better to play to the strengths of our defensemen (many of them are better offensively than defensively) rather than try to turn them into something they've never been. 


The opportunity cost of such a strategy is high.  When you play away from someone, or something's strengths, you limit its effectiveness exponentially.  Take Smith for example, he needs work.  Clearly.  But it would be easier to turn him into an effective point producer than to turn him into an effective shutdown guy.  So why ask him to do the latter?  In the best case scenario you only end up with an ok defender, rather than a pretty good puck mover. 


It would be like making Pulkkinen pass more if our offense wasn't very good.  Best case scenario you lose a good shooter to create and ok passer.  It's dumb.  


If you've got a bunch of under achieving guys with a particular skill set, you try to maximize the potential of that skill set.  Not move completely away from it. 


If Babs is such a brilliant strategist, he should have developed a strategy based on active, good skating, defensemen.  Since that's what he had a team full of.  Instead, he clipped their wings and tried to make them be good at something they'd never done (or been good at) in their entire careers.  Not surprisingly, they didn't respond well to it, and worse yet, it completely limited the offensive potential of the team overall. 

#2625923 Leafs acquire Grabner

Posted by kipwinger on 18 September 2015 - 11:40 AM


Maybe this is stretching, but if you're not from southern ontario you're basically garbage on all levels


Ironically, you'd be a perfectly decent garbage man.  Otherwise, you're worthless. 

#2625877 Kane case headed to grand jury

Posted by kipwinger on 18 September 2015 - 09:02 AM

The league isn't a court of law and doesn't have to play by the same rules.  Pretty much every Commissioner in every sport has discretionary authority to suspend players if they're accused of something which tarnishes the league's image, or has the potential to do so.  Which is why Roger Goodell could suspend Tom Brady and Ray Rice, even though neither of them were convicted of a crime. 


It's the job of a judge and jury to determine whether Kane committed a crime.  It's the job of Gary Bettman to determine whether or not Kane is a problem for the league, which he might be, regardless of his guilt. 

#2625874 Wings Release Training Camp Roster

Posted by kipwinger on 18 September 2015 - 08:57 AM

I should have said "unfortunately for him".  Since this basically ends his chances of getting a contract this season. 


I'm not worried about Helm.  He's a boss. 

#2625865 Leafs acquire Grabner

Posted by kipwinger on 18 September 2015 - 08:46 AM

Vinnik? That was a fun ride from start to finish.


Richard Vinnik, Daniel Panik, what's the difference?  The only thing that matters here is that SOME Maple Leaf is better than Jurco.  Because the Maple Leafs do it right, and the Wings don't.  Hence their respective levels of success throughout the years. 

#2625826 Leafs acquire Grabner

Posted by kipwinger on 17 September 2015 - 09:11 PM


William Nylander won't see the NHL until he's 24. The ole Gus Nyquist treatment.


William Nylander shouldn't see the NHL until after he's gone through puberty. 

#2625784 Leafs acquire Grabner

Posted by kipwinger on 17 September 2015 - 03:42 PM

This is to dump contracts so that they can sign all their PTOs. Boyes, Glencross, Setoguchi

Babs literally has a team of misfit toys/spare parts


But they're all veterans.  And ties go to the veteran. 

#2625717 Wings Release Training Camp Roster

Posted by kipwinger on 17 September 2015 - 09:32 AM

I think the big sticking point with Smith is that many folks see a lot of potential in the kid.  Which is fine.  He did produce at lower levels.  He was a first round pick.  He does seem to have the natural physical gifts.  But at least for me (and a few others), he needs to show me something with all that potential before I'm going to agree that the guy is "above average" or whatever. 


I don't expect him to even be all that good defensively (Babs did, and that was a mistake), but he needs to find a way to consistently produce offense.  So far he hasn't.  And while I'd agree that he hasn't necessarily been used properly, I think the same thing is true for Kindl and he's found ways to get on the board when Smith hasn't. 


Regardless of his potential, or his usage, this really is a make or break year for Smith.  He'll get has chance to lock down a spot (as he should) but I don't imagine the Wings will continue to pay him 2 million bucks to play mediocre defense and not score points.  Marchenko can do that for less money.  So Smith better be ready to show what he's got this season. 

#2625712 Wings Release Training Camp Roster

Posted by kipwinger on 17 September 2015 - 09:19 AM

Again, Kronwall is one of the better PP quarterbacks in the entire league.  I get your point about his hard minutes, but I'd be very reluctant to take him off the PP.  He might be the very most important part of it afterall. 

#2625634 Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

Posted by kipwinger on 16 September 2015 - 12:39 PM

Going back to Nash might've been the worst case scenario since he dropped down the depth chart in a hurry, and it might've hurt him financially since his time, and quality of play at the tail end of the regular season, and playoffs with the Preds was rather ordinary when compared to his #'s while on that sinking ship known as the Toronto Maple Leafs.


I'll be paying more attention to the Sabres this season.


Nashville was just a bad fit for him.  When Trotz was the coach, he fit right in, because they played a different game.  Laviolette's system isn't great for Franson because speed is so important. 


It's the same reason why I think Franson would have been a better choice for Detroit if we'd kept Babcock.  Green would have been a disaster under Babs for the same reason that Trotz didn't use him much.  The skills he brings to the table aren't valued in a system like that.  This is also the same reason why Detroit wanted Phaneuf while Babs was here, and lost interest when Babs left (And why TO suddenly wanted to keep him when Babs was hired there). 


Franson, and Poile, were familiar with one another and that's why he want to Nash.  But the presence of Laviolette, instead of Trotz, made it doomed from the start. 

#2625617 Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

Posted by kipwinger on 16 September 2015 - 11:12 AM

I've always shied away from the Franson comparisons because for whatever reason people feel the need to denigrate one player, if they like another.  But I don't think he's comparable to Quincey. 


Cody Franson is a good player.  He's a legit top four defenseman on about any team in the league.  That said, there are things he's good at, and things he isn't.  When people say he's "physical" they seem to be talking about his body checking ability, which is true.  But he's not particularly great on the boards, he doesn't block shots, he doesn't clear creases.  He was considerably less physical than Phaneuf while in TO. 


Offensively, he doesn't have the handles that a guy like Green has, nor does he have the speed or the wrist shot.  But he's got a really good slap shot/one timer, and he's an excellent passer with very good vision. 


Franson will score you some points, contribute on the powerplay, and occasionally lay a guy out in the open ice.  But because his offense is limited to his slapper, and because he can't skate well, he's not going to be a strong possession guy. 


It doesn't make him a bad player, and he's certainly no Kyle Quincey (whom I love, but who is not comparable).  I think the guy he most reminds me of is Sami Salo (minus all the injuries).  But that's just my opinion. 

#2625604 Wings Release Training Camp Roster

Posted by kipwinger on 16 September 2015 - 09:20 AM

If Rechlicz wins us the Cup (as would obviously be the case) then I'd like Ken Holland to trade him to the Detroit Tigers.  Because as much as the Wings are my favorite team, I REALLY want to see a World Series Champion in Detroit.