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#2584204 Jordin Tootoo's Goal

Posted by kipwinger on 23 March 2015 - 11:32 AM

55fan....why would you be watching some Devil hockey?  The most boring form of hockey on the planet.  Even when the Wings are playing them, I think about whether I want to watch.

 

Not really sure if you've noticed, but Detroit's shot suppression game isn't exactly exhilarating to watch.  Last I knew we were at, or near, the top of teams with fewest shots (for and against) per game.  These days it looks like we're not too different from New Jersey.   




#2584200 Losing Streak affecting Babcock's Decision?

Posted by kipwinger on 23 March 2015 - 11:21 AM

I agree with you, and by worry I meant Babs has to deal with not being able to have as many top players due to the cap.

 

What do you mean?  We're in excellent cap condition.  Babs doesn't have "top players" because the ones we had got old, and the ones we will have aren't old enough yet.  If Kenny had wanted to, he likely could have signed a bunch of second tier stars (e.g. Vanek, Moulson, etc.), we definitely have the space.  But legit "top talent" doesn't really hit the market much, and as previously mentioned our home grown "top talent" is either too old, or too young, currently. 

 

And just to be optimistic, I'd like to point out that Tatar AND Nyquist are both coming off freshman and sophomore seasons which rival or surpass the freshman and sophomore seasons that Datsyuk and Zetterberg put up.  So there's plenty of reason to believe we've got top players coming (in addition to all the first rate prospects we've got coming too). 

 

Contrary to the narrative, Mike Babcock has had (and will have again) plenty of talent to work with as coach of the Red Wings. 




#2584190 Losing Streak affecting Babcock's Decision?

Posted by kipwinger on 23 March 2015 - 09:15 AM

The coach doesn't have to worry about that it's the GM. A coach can only work with the roster he's been given by his GM. I mean Bowman also had the pleasure of working for - back tghen - by far best and most active GM in the game. A luxury Babs sadly doesn't have

 

I find it odd that you're lamenting the job the GM has done in a year where we've younger, bigger, more skilled, and healthier than we've been in years.  And in the same year where he went out, got the coach exactly what he wanted at the trade deadline, and those two players are playing better than anybody on the team (other than Abby). 

 

What else do you want Holland to do?  Other than coach and/or play the actual games himself, I think he's done a pretty good job. 




#2584189 Jordin Tootoo's Goal

Posted by kipwinger on 23 March 2015 - 08:45 AM

As always, glad to see Tootoo doing well.  He was a classy guy when he was here, and I'm happy to see him land on his feet.  Hopefully this season's effort will earn him something a little bit more long term from the Devils.  He probably wouldn't be a bad guy to have around during their rebuild.  He's got the right attitude and the right work ethic.  Probably isn't going to make a difference on the ice most nights, but could be a good locker room guy for the kids they'll be bringing in soon. 




#2583908 Losing Streak affecting Babcock's Decision?

Posted by kipwinger on 22 March 2015 - 12:17 PM

Bowman had great teams in 95 96 99 00 and 01 and didn't win. He used grinders with Hall of Fame centers and had Fedorov on defense for awhile. He must suck too


If Babs had eleventy billion cups I'd cut him some slack too.




#2583756 Losing Streak affecting Babcock's Decision?

Posted by kipwinger on 21 March 2015 - 11:41 PM

I don't expect him to win ever single year, but you guys are downplaying some of the really great teams he had and lost with. His teams were not mediocre in 2005 or 2009. I get irritated when people act like he's had nothing to work with. He's had good, to great teams since joining the wings. He's got one cup. He's not such a super duper coach that its anathema to even consider life after Babcock.


#2583738 Losing Streak affecting Babcock's Decision?

Posted by kipwinger on 21 March 2015 - 10:56 PM

Has Babcock grown to such mythic status that its absurd to even consider another coach? Because if he is that good, why don't we have more cups under his tenure?

Why is it so hard for people to acknowledge that he can be a good coach, but the wrong one for this team, at the same time?


#2583712 Losing Streak affecting Babcock's Decision?

Posted by kipwinger on 21 March 2015 - 03:41 PM

Do Blashill's teams score at 5on 5? If so, adios Babs.


#2583306 3/20 GDT : Red Wings 1 Tampa Bay Lightning 3

Posted by kipwinger on 20 March 2015 - 04:35 PM

I'm the worlds best uncle. Last year, for Christmas, I sent my nephews quite a few selfies I took in Vegas. They sent me back a "Thank you" card.


#2583277 3/20 GDT : Red Wings 1 Tampa Bay Lightning 3

Posted by kipwinger on 20 March 2015 - 12:11 PM

Aww, you're such a good uncle.

 

 

What a lamb.  Thank you for noticing!




#2583270 Connor McDavid

Posted by kipwinger on 20 March 2015 - 11:38 AM

 

People also don't give Chicago enough credit for making shrewd moves to navigate the cap and keep the team contending on a yearly basis. They've basically one a cup with two different teams of role players to compliment the core. They also drafted extremely well (Sadd and Keith in the 2nd round were great picks).

 

That was painful to type. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go barf.

 

They've been successful in all the ways Pittsburgh hasn't actually.  Pittsburgh has consistently underwhelmed since 2009 precisely because their role players have been terrible, and Crosby, Malkin, and Letang can't win playoff series' alone. 




#2583266 3/19 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Panthers 3

Posted by kipwinger on 20 March 2015 - 11:28 AM

Hahaha.
I laughed really hard at this.
Good work.

 

For some reason I get the impression we have the same sense of humor.  Can't put my finger on it though. 




#2583259 3/19 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Panthers 3

Posted by kipwinger on 20 March 2015 - 11:23 AM

I tried to step in and mediate once,
Kip tried to fight my mom and krsmith and I just ended arguing till I *almost turned into kip.

(*kip turned into me, and now a mixture of the workaholics guy/a wrestler)

 

Your mom is my mom too...because we are the same. So are you saying that I tried to fight our mom?  Because nobody talks about our mom that way!  And if you say it again I will punch your mom in the face, so help me god!




#2583255 3/19 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Panthers 3

Posted by kipwinger on 20 March 2015 - 11:13 AM

Sigh...

 

Okay so if someone said DeKeyser has been our best defenseman lately you would spend your time going through footage of the past 5 games pointing out every turnover would you? You would point out that awful coverage in last game, when he allowed a weak pass from the other end of the ice get past him to a wide open Boyes for a clear cut breakaway... No, you only go through such lengths to prove Smith's blunders...

 

The point is, a lot of people on here (you especially) are undeservedly extra critical of Smith's play. He has cut down on his turnovers, he does sometimes try to make the cute play instead of keeping things simple, but he has been improving leaps and bounds since the beginning of last season. His game has never been about defense but he has improved in that area immensely, all while providing a spark offensively. He will continue to get better, and I believe he will grow into a legit top 4 defenseman. Time will tell...

 

But here's my vow to you.  The next time someone says Dekeyser is our best defenseman over the last three games, and in reality he was wholly (or partially) responsible for three goals against and a breakaway...I'll look up the video. 

 

Just do me a favor and point out when people say that about Dekeyser in those situations, because as far as I can tell they never do. 


 

 

 

I understand all of this. I just wish you two would settle this debate. We've got Trolls to battle. :lol:

 

I didn't bring Smith up today.  Didn't say a word about him. 




#2583241 3/19 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Panthers 3

Posted by kipwinger on 20 March 2015 - 10:31 AM

kipwinger - "It's always easy to pick on the forth line, or third pair defense"... (a.k.a. Brendan Smith)... No kidding eh? :lol:

 

Showing video of Smith screwing up, and blaming him for loses aren't the same thing.  I did the first.  I never did the second.  And if you'd take the time to go look at my recent comments on Smith you'd see that I said this at the time I posted the videos of his play:

 

"Third pair defense are rarely to blame for losing streaks, and this is no different.  But you are all insane if you think Smith has played well the last three games.  He hasn't.  I don't blame him for the failures of our PK, but he's EASILY been our worst defenseman 5 on  5.  Here's the evidence.  Disagree with me?  Go find the videos to prove it."

 

 

I know that you're just dying to catch me contradicting myself, but you're just going to have to keep trying.