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#2500713 3/25 GDT - Red Wings 2 at Blue Jackets 4

Posted by kipwinger on 25 March 2014 - 02:23 PM

Does anyone else hate having Andersson on the wing as much as I do?  Slow and doesn't score...awesome.  He's good defensively and at faceoffs, I get it, but if he's not going to play center (where those things matter) then why bother?

#2500657 Callahan called up from GR.....

Posted by kipwinger on 25 March 2014 - 09:39 AM


As I slowly lose respect for Lucic, I have to imagine that these comments were made in account of the animosity between Boston and Montreal made all the more bitter by the fact that they just ended their 12 game winning streak. But yea, sounds pretty stupid saying that. It was a clean hit, accept the fact that you got smoked. 


I've always respected the fact that Lucic played hard, but he's clearly one of the dumbest players in the league.  I definitely lost a little love for the guy after this.  Plus, I think the culture surrounding the Bruins doesn't help.  They're like Philly, right there on the border between playing physical (which is fine) and gooning it up because that's "Bruins/Flyers" hockey. 


Edit:  Here's how you take a legal hip check like a man.  Good on PK.


#2500480 Callahan called up from GR.....

Posted by kipwinger on 24 March 2014 - 04:28 PM


The last fight was the lover's spat Babs and Cleary had, when Babs benched him.


Aw s***!  That was the baddest fight I'd ever seen until Dallas Eakins and Taylor Hall had their tussle.  Talk about no-holds barred, did you see Eakins throw that towel at Hall?  Oh no you didn't!

#2500471 Legwand to Detroit for Eaves, Jarnkrok + cond 3rd/2nd

Posted by kipwinger on 24 March 2014 - 03:54 PM

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that the two lines of thinking aren't mutually exclusive. 


Chances are we did overpay for Legwand because Poile would be the worst GM in the world to not make us overpay.  He had us over a barrel and he knew it, why not try and get more than you would under normal circumstances?  If we weren't so injured he'd likely have asked for less rather than lose Legwand for nothing in July. 


However, that doesn't mean that Legwand is bad, or wasn't worth the price, or that he isn't playing a huge role in our recent successes. 


There are a lot of instances when a team overpayed for someone AND it turned out to be a good move.  I bet Columbus isn't regretting the Wisniewski signing right now, nor Toronto the Kessel trade. 


So congrats, everybody is a winner in this debate.

#2500463 Callahan called up from GR.....

Posted by kipwinger on 24 March 2014 - 03:33 PM

Happy to see my man Mitch up hope he gets in a scrap!


As I said before, if he gets into a scrap Babs will never play him again, and he might actually kill Callahan if he takes a bad penalty and costs us a point.  I'm excited to see the kid play too, but I'm just hoping for a sound defensive game and hard forecheck/hitting from the kid.

#2500418 Backes on playing against Malkin and Crosby

Posted by kipwinger on 24 March 2014 - 01:44 PM


Agreed.  Frankly I kind of hate him because of how he plays when it's against the Wings, but he's the kind of guy who plays on the edge that I'd like to have on the Wings.  


Yeah, I feel about Backes the way I always felt about Shane Doan.  The guy's awesome as hell but I cringe everytime I think about our guys going on the ice with him. 

#2500408 Callahan called up from GR.....

Posted by kipwinger on 24 March 2014 - 01:16 PM

I mostly agree with you, but I also think he didn't have enough time to get comfortable. I'm also not in love with the fact that Babs threw him in the deep end and made him kill penalties right away, even though he did a decent job on the PK.


I mean, I definitely don't think he looked terrible.  I just think he looked like he was in a bit over his head, like Sheahan did in call ups the first couple of years.  The good thing for Ferraro is the fact that he's got legit NHL speed.  If he can keep his focus on defense and pk he'll have a job just because he can skate.

#2500397 Callahan called up from GR.....

Posted by kipwinger on 24 March 2014 - 12:36 PM

They do NOT want Tootoo in the lineup at all then, I guess.


No sense in calling him up, Babs will only play him 5 minutes a game so it's a wasted roster spot. 

#2500391 Backes on playing against Malkin and Crosby

Posted by kipwinger on 24 March 2014 - 12:20 PM

I don't get the fascination some of you have with this guy. Is this thread just another excuse to dream about getting him to the Wings? Because that quote seems like what anyone would say about going up against Sid and Malkin.


I can't speak for everyone else but my fascination with him has a lot to do with the fact that he's a huge powerforward who's a stud defensively, chips in 20-25 goals and 50+ pts. a season, hits like a truck, plays hard every shift of every game, is a consummate leader, and doesn't seem overly douchey as a person.  But that's just me.

#2500380 Callahan called up from GR.....

Posted by kipwinger on 24 March 2014 - 11:55 AM

I'm fine with this.  Ferraro was ok, I guess.  But his speed covered up for the fact that he wasn't prepared for the speed of the NHL game, and the effects that this has on your decision making threshold.  He was hurried, and played like he was hurried.

#2499373 Franzen calls out team

Posted by kipwinger on 22 March 2014 - 07:55 PM

We haven't lost since Franzen made is statement.  Coincidence?  I don't think so.

#2499325 Is the Real Brendan Smith Finally Starting the Show Up?

Posted by kipwinger on 22 March 2014 - 05:30 PM

Cmon kip - even you have to admit Smith was great tonight... building on previous games like I think he has been doing lately. Showed up on the scoresheet tonight for you too.


He didn't really do much good or bad last game, and he was good today.  Keep doing that and I'm happy.  I'm all for Smith turning into something good, it's not like I want the kid to fail.  I just don't see any need to make excuses for him when he's playing badly.  I get the feeling that some fans feel like if they say "Smith is playing like s***" that he'll magically disappear.  It's ok to criticize him when it's appropriate.  It's ok to praise him when it's appropriate too.  Go look at the GDT and you'll see a big "atta boy" to Smith with my name on it.  If he keep it up he'll get more. 


And if Quincey has another stud game like he did in Pittsburgh, and plays almost thirty minutes with HUGE pk time, I'll praise him too.  Because it's not against the law to say something good about Quincey either.

#2499193 3/22 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Wild 2

Posted by kipwinger on 22 March 2014 - 03:32 PM


Sentimentality is powerful. I've been a vegetarian for years.



#2499179 3/22 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Wild 2

Posted by kipwinger on 22 March 2014 - 03:28 PM

Don't be stupid.


You're new, so let me break off a piece of advice for you.  This is sort of frowned upon around here.  Disagree all you want, Lord know I do, but don't act like this.  It creates a combative atmosphere that has a tendency to spiral out of control.  We don't want this forum turning into the comments section on Mlive.

#2499057 3/22 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Wild 2

Posted by kipwinger on 22 March 2014 - 02:44 PM

we agree on something!


We probably agree on lots of things, I'd imagine.  Just not Brendan Smith.