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#2556482 NHL Mumps Outbreak

Posted by kipwinger on 13 December 2014 - 05:16 PM

I'm still trying to figure out exactly how this is Gary Bettman's fault.  I mean, I know it is.  I just can't figure out why. 




#2556426 Vaya con dios Damien Brunner

Posted by kipwinger on 13 December 2014 - 12:39 PM

I'm not sure what the argument here is.  Damien Brunner didn't have a bad attitude in Detroit.  On the contrary, many of the articles and interviews about him talked about his good attitude, constant smile, and generally jovial attitude. 

 

He left because he wanted more money than he was worth.  Not because he was some kind of *******. 




#2556378 Babcock "I don't think it will be my final year here"

Posted by kipwinger on 13 December 2014 - 02:56 AM

IDK when I try to talk with him about it he gets a vacant look in his eyes and then runs away.

 

Like Tim Robbins in Mystic River?




#2555994 12/12 GDT : Panthers 3 at Red Wings 2 (SO)

Posted by kipwinger on 12 December 2014 - 01:56 PM

Oh, you can bet I'll be sneaking looks at LGW.
 

 

Atta boy.  Priorities are priorities.




#2555991 12/12 GDT : Panthers 3 at Red Wings 2 (SO)

Posted by kipwinger on 12 December 2014 - 01:48 PM

Don't wedding rehearsals only really matter for the bride, groom, maid of honor, and best man?  The key is to be the third in line, and then just follow the guy in front of you, stand there, and look handsome.  You really don't have to do anything else. 

 

EDIT:  Ahh, he is the groom.  I guess you sorta have to be there then.  Be sure to take your smart phone though.  I mean, don't wedding reherseals only really matter to the bride and her mom anyway?




#2555984 Babcock "I don't think it will be my final year here"

Posted by kipwinger on 12 December 2014 - 01:38 PM

Better than dreaming about him reupping here and then be disappointed when he signs with a contender. With this strategy I can only be positive surprised as it was the case with Pasha

 

Are you saying that you intentionally believe unlikely things, so that when they don't happen you're happy about the surprise? 

 

Because it sounds like you are. 

 

In which case I wonder, why stop there?  You could believe a whole host of horrible (and unlikely) things and then celebrate your good luck when they don't happen.  Here's a couple...

 

1.  I'm going to get eaten by a shark tomorrow.

2.  Next Thursday my house will be poisoned by radon. 

3.  Racoons will abscond with my cat.

4.  This year, I really will get a lump of coal for Christmas.

5.  I'm probably already possessed by Satan (or perhaps some lesser imp). 




#2555942 Babcock "I don't think it will be my final year here"

Posted by kipwinger on 12 December 2014 - 09:56 AM

That might be kind of entertaining. At the very least maybe Kukla would add a guy who does more than copy other people's work and complain about how tired he is.

 

Thank god someone else feels this way.  His whole hypochondria schtick is the thing I like about him least.  Seems like every post has some vague reference to some chronic ailment.  Depression?  He's got it.  Bad back?  You betcha.  Arthritic knees?  Why not?

 

None of that stops him from getting loaded with a bunch of coeds in Traverse City at training camp every year.  Nada.  Never a "chronic flair up" of any of his "conditions" when his readers are paying his way to hobnob with the Wings. 

 

I can't stand Malik. 




#2555927 Are the Wings a Contender?

Posted by kipwinger on 12 December 2014 - 09:15 AM

Brian Rafalski wasn't "great in his own zone either", but I don't recall anybody complaining about his 40-50 pts., transition game, and powerplay ability.  Not every defenseman is a two way superstar.  Doesn't mean they can't be exceptionally valuable to the right club. 

 

Also, Yandle's "defensive shortcomings" are overblown.  He's not bad defensively, none of Phoenix's defensemen are.  Tippet is a defense first coach, and he plays a defensive system.  Yandle's as good or better defensively than probably three or four of our defensemen.  It's just a label he got suck with as a 20 year old that dummies keep repeating ad nauseam to justify not wanting him.  Is he a shutdown guy or two way superstar?  No.  Know who else isn't?  Kronwall.  Smith.  Karlsson.  Shattenkirk.  Wisniewski.  Subban.  Faulk.  Ehrhoff. Burns.  Edler.  etc. etc. etc.  Yet all of them are good players and none of them are liabilities.  Neither is Yandle. 

 

I'm sick of this "he's not great in his own zone" argument.  Not every player on a team needs to excel two ways.  Also, the argument is usually only used to malign players we're already convinced we don't like, considering more players than not do not excel at the two way game. 




#2555872 Vaya con dios Damien Brunner

Posted by kipwinger on 11 December 2014 - 06:19 PM

Apples to oranges.

At only 23, there's a chance Nestrasil may still have some upside and he can still be retained as a restricted free agent at the end of the season if he works out. He's also got four inches and 20+ lbs. over Brunner, and has the versatility to line up at both center and wing. He also has an easily bury-able cap hit that is a fraction of Brunners.

On the other hand... At almost 29, Brunner pretty much is what he is. A small winger who hasn't been able to hang onto a top six role in what amounts to about two seasons of NHL experience, but doesn't have the tools to play in his own end and is basically useless in a bottom six role.He also carries an unfriendly cap hit for a player that may end up buried in the AHL. His documented issues with PDB likely also make GM'S apprehensive.

My guess here is that he has refused an assignment to the AHL, which is likely best for him at this point, if he wants to stick at the NHL level.

 

Next to the amount of words wasted on the waiving of Colton Orr and Frazer Maclaren, that's the most text I've ever seen spent on two players who matter as little as these two do.




#2555829 Babcock "I don't think it will be my final year here"

Posted by kipwinger on 11 December 2014 - 02:32 PM

*sigh* as long as it doesn't come from the insiders all these  rumors are just that rumors.

 

The media seems to have a hard time getting a simple fact:

Babcock won't negotiate during the season, period.

 

I'm already prepared to see him coaching Crosby & Co. next year

 

No doubt.  Stupid suck ass media.  All they do is speculate and fear monger.  Not the kind of thing frankgrimes is into.  Nope.  No way.  Errr....wait

 

"I'm already prepared to see him coaching Crosby & Co. next year" - frankgrimes




#2555825 Vaya con dios Damien Brunner

Posted by kipwinger on 11 December 2014 - 02:25 PM

Nestrasil picked up, Brunner left in the bin.  What a wacky world we live in. 




#2555776 12/10 GDT - Maple Leafs 2 at Red Wings 1 (SO)

Posted by kipwinger on 11 December 2014 - 09:39 AM

Bombay did. He put Julie "The Cat" Gaffney in for Goldberg when Gunnar was shooting for Iceland. :hehe:

 

Damn, that's what I get for not reading all the way to the end.  I saw that post and thought for sure I'd be the first to comment lol. 

 

Well played.


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#2555775 12/10 GDT - Maple Leafs 2 at Red Wings 1 (SO)

Posted by kipwinger on 11 December 2014 - 09:29 AM

Has anyone actually ever switched goaltenders for the shootout? 

 

Coach Gordon Bombay once swapped backup Julie "The Cat" Gaffney with starter Greg Goldberg because her quick glove hand provided an edge against Team Iceland sniper Gunnar Stahl, who favored shooting high glove in the shootout.     


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#2555240 12/10 GDT - Maple Leafs 2 at Red Wings 1 (SO)

Posted by kipwinger on 10 December 2014 - 12:41 PM

If Bernier is in goal win it for him :

 

nelson-mandela-400.jpg

 

LGW !

 

I remember watching him play when I was a kid.  To this day he's still the best athlete I've ever seen. 




#2555216 12/10 GDT - Maple Leafs 2 at Red Wings 1 (SO)

Posted by kipwinger on 10 December 2014 - 09:46 AM

Franzen, Weiss, and Sheahan should theoretically be able to murder just about any third line in the league.  Theoretically.