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#2519861 3 Words To Describe This Organization...

Posted by kipwinger on 09 May 2014 - 02:18 PM

Pure f****** Class. 

 

Per Malik:  "On Wednesday May 7th, 2014, Kelly Rothe, made it know about her surgery she was about to undertake, the following day the Detroit Red Wings organization brought Kelly and her family down to The Joe for a special private dinner. There she was surprised by local Detroit band, Kaleido, who gave her a private acoustic set. Then they took her to the Red Wings locker room where her favorite player was there waiting to surprise her."

 

My grandmother is a breast cancer survivor, and my aunt passed away from breast cancer.  It's absolutely mind-blowing how difficult the decision to have this procedure must be.  Especially for a guy, like me. 

 

So to see her choke up and say "you don't even know" when they ask what the Wings' gesture means to her...Jesus Christ. 

 




#2519855 Do Maple Leaf fans deserve better?

Posted by kipwinger on 09 May 2014 - 01:29 PM

 

What?  This makes no sense whatsoever?  This "mess" is of Burke's making.  The players are Burke's, the coach is Burke's.  The Leafs failed to make the playoffs season after season under Burke.  The year he was fired, his team of players and his coach gave one of the most spectacular choke jobs of all time.  So 7 (?) seasons of Burke's Leafs, 1 playoff appearance, 1 first round exit.

 

 

In Vancouver he did nothing.  In Anaheim, his patented strategy of throwing players at the wall and seeing who sticks, combined with the stars aligning (Niedermeyer falling into his lap, getting Beachamin a player he admitted he'd never heard of, Getzlaf and Perry on ELCs) for one season.  The following season he continued to throw players at the wall throwing piles of money at the likes of Bertuzzi and Schneider and through being "left alone" started to dismantle one of the best post lockout teams.

 

And in Toronto he continued to do nothing.  A huge bunch of trades, FA signings.....and the team is no better than they were 7 years ago.

 

But he likes fighters, and the Canadian media loves him, so he ends up with this massively over-blown reputation.

 

Well there you have it folks, any idiot can do what Burke does.  He's just a stupid, old, brainless, fart and all of his accomplishments across a long career were the product of pure unadulterated luck. 

 

Just lucked his way into an NHL executive job.  Lucked his way into a Stanely Cup.  Lucked his way into an Olympic Silver.  Luck, luck, luck. 

 

We should all be so lucky.




#2519828 So what do we have to trade?

Posted by kipwinger on 09 May 2014 - 09:42 AM

Ericsson is nasty along the boards, but I'll agree with Dickie (first?) that he's not a big open ice hitter.  However, to say he isn't physical (as someone else implied) is untrue.  Exhibit A:  Last year's Chicago series.  See below: 

 




#2519631 So what do we have to trade?

Posted by kipwinger on 07 May 2014 - 03:36 PM

Ask the Canucks how easy it is to trade a goalie with a long contract

 

 

Right, because Roberto Luongo signing a 12 year contract as the age of 32 is totally comparable to Jimmy Howard signing a 6 year contract at age 29.  Totally. 




#2519611 ECSF : (4) Montreal Canadiens vs. (1) Boston Bruins

Posted by kipwinger on 07 May 2014 - 01:50 PM

http://sports.yahoo....-155606401.html

 

Boston needs to lose, and lose badly to the Habs.  Ole, ole...

 

I'd just like to see Emelin sit Lucic on his ass with a nice, big, clean, hit.  No dirty stuff, no suspensions, just step into him in the open ice...hard.  Emelin's a good hitter, he can manage it. 

 

Then again maybe I won't have to worry about it if Boston doesn't figure out some way of stopping Subban from carving them up. 




#2519542 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by kipwinger on 06 May 2014 - 09:21 PM

Speaking of troll accounts and Mlive... :lol:

Good times.

*BURNS WITH RAGE*

 

I've been waiting all day for that haha. 

 

In my defense, I created that account ENTIRELY to troll Ansar Khan.  Everyone else is just collateral damage. 




#2519485 Was Legwand worth it?

Posted by kipwinger on 06 May 2014 - 05:57 PM

The only rumor I heard was that Toronto wants him, not that he is even considering leaving.

 

Iginla to Boston was done, until Iginla changed his mind at the last minute.  It's also a totally different situation from Legwand-Jarnkrok.

 

I'm not sure if I'm not being clear or if you're being obtuse on purpose.  The "Jarnkrok back to Sweden" rumor didn't amount to s***.  It was predicated on hearsay and was debunked by the Wings assistant general manager, as well as Jarnkrok himself.  Are we on the same page now?  I'm not sure how much more obviously and clearly I can make that point.  If you choose to believe it, and base your opinion of the trade off of it, I don't know what to tell you. 




#2519440 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by kipwinger on 06 May 2014 - 02:33 PM

Moving one of our best defensemen and another who may be one of our best, neither of whom is particularly tough, to forward, replacing one of our best scorers and a potentially good UFA, then filling the defensive holes with Q and 3 rookies is not, I think, what any sane person would consider the next best alternative. Not even in the top 50 best alternatives. In fact, I can't think of a whole lot of worse alternatives that don't involve acts of terrorism.

 

I'm fairly sure that this guy is the same troll who frequents Mlive.  There's a guy over there who constantly rants about getting Ovechkin and moving Ericsson and Smith to forward.  It's super clever. 




#2519419 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by kipwinger on 06 May 2014 - 12:50 PM

I'm not making excuses for Ovechkin, I think he is pretty lazy defensively, but look at the big picture. We need goals, he scores a lot of them. Our PP is pretty much awful, Ovechkin is a PP monster, also accounting for his plus minus as a lot of his goals come on the PP and don't count as a +1 or else that area of his stats would look much better. Ovechkin hits, a lot, we need a strong physical presence that will throw the body around and threaten the opposition. He's a scoring winger, a need most of us have claimed we are in desperate need of for a few seasons now. 

 

Ovechkin would land in my top 3 of guys i'd want to come play here, I think he would thrive and his production and overall value vastly outweighs his lack of defensive play.

 

Dude whatever.  Ovie sucks.  No way could some bum, who doesn't play defense, is notoriously selfish, and and only stands around looking for the one-timer, help us.  Even if he's good on the PP.

 

Wait...what's that?...You've got a picture for me...oh.  FML. 

 

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#2519370 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by kipwinger on 06 May 2014 - 08:50 AM

Are you serious????

 

Don't feed the troll.




#2519280 Now some gritty forwards.

Posted by kipwinger on 05 May 2014 - 02:40 PM

How dare you. Hampus Melen is a god among men.

 

Your love of Hampus Melen is one of your more adorable traits. 




#2518879 Who will be LGW's whipping boy this season?

Posted by kipwinger on 02 May 2014 - 12:40 PM

Kindl and Lashoff got it pretty bad down the stretch.  But I'm going to say it was the triumvirate of Bert, Sammy, and Cleary.  Despite having almost ZERO effect on our team (good or bad), they still managed to get blamed for everything all the time.  Go back and look at the GDTs.  Never have three guys been blamed for so much after playing so little.




#2518866 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by kipwinger on 02 May 2014 - 12:02 PM

 

 

Zetterberg was top 3 in scoring for the first two months before his injury. Datsyuk was top 10. Alfie was top 30 at one time during the season as well.

 

We don't sign high offensive players (since Hossa). If we got Vanek this offseason I would bet he scores 30-40 goals and gets over a PPG. It's hard to score a lot of goals when you have dmen that can't move the puck at all (Quincey, Lashoff, Kindl). When we had Lidstrom, Rafalski, Kronwall, Stuart we were top 10 in goals for every year.

 

Agreed.  That's my point.  Our team doesn't maximize offensive talent because we don't have the philosophy or system to do so.  Load the team up with offensively talented players and they'll all factor into each other's production.  It's no secret that Datsyuk's two best offensive years were when he had highly talented wingers to pass to.  It's also no secret that Zetterberg's best offensive year was when he was the one "being passed to".  If you're not willing to get those types of guys, or play those types of guys, then you're not going to optimize offensive potential, which is exactly the point I'm trying to make.  Doesn't mean you can't win, just means you better win the New Jersey way.




#2518845 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by kipwinger on 02 May 2014 - 08:47 AM

How does signing Niskanen to 5.5 affect team chemistry when Kronwall's making 4.5?

 

I know this seems like a stupid question. But it could be a thing,

 

It's a legit question.  For years that's been the Red Wings way.  I'd like to think it would matter about as much as when Hossa came in and made more than Hank or Pav, but who knows. 

 

I do know this though.  If the Wings continue to deny that market/contract inflation pertains to them they'll continue to miss valuable free agents.  And as they slip down the standings the free agents are even less likely to sign with us, and will require more money if they do.  Vicious circle. 

 

I'd hope Kronwall is professional enough to understand that.  Lidstrom certainly understood that in order to ice the best possible team he couldn't continue to remain the team's highest paid player into old age.




#2518841 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by kipwinger on 02 May 2014 - 08:32 AM

Niskanen isn't a #1 D. It would be stupid to pay him like one just because he's the best free agent D.

 

Agreed.  Nobody is saying that he should get paid like Chara, Suter, or Weber.  And he won't.  He should get paid about 5.5 million.  Which is a slight overpayment, but in today's market, with few other options, that's what a defeseman with his skill set will make.  We either 1) can pay it, 2) stick with what we have, or 3) spend more money than the overpayment for Niskanen on a cheap alternative.  Those are the options and two of them don't seem to be working too well for us. 

 

He'd be making about as much as Duncan Keith, who signed his 5.5 million dollar contract extension two months into the 2009 season.  Up to that point, his previous career best was 44 pts. and 32 pts. 

 

Wisniewski signed a similar sized contract after putting up similar numbers and playing similar minutes.  So did Erhoff. 

 

It's likely Niskanen doesn't become a Duncan Keith, Chicago got a steal by signing him long term and letting him develop.  But he'll likely be as good as Wisniewski or Erhoff.  And both of those guys are worth their contracts.  Quality, big minute, puck moving d-men don't grow on trees.