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#2616612 Dougie hamilton to calgary

Posted by kipwinger on 26 June 2015 - 02:56 PM

Boston is on the verge of some tough times. I don't understand what they are doing at all. I get that they have to shed salary, but why Hamilton? I mean, good for us that Boston becomes a weaker team. But I guess firing their previous GM did nothing to change trading away their youth. 


No s***.  Just take the guy to arbitration, get him signed to a reasonable bridge deal, and shed whatever salary (Chara, Lucic, Eriksson) necessary to keep him around.  I don't really get it either.  They hamstrung themselves on the return the minute the chose to move him as opposed to a half dozen other cap killers on their s***ty roster. 

On the plus side, somewhere in Beantown Jack Edwards is rocking back and forth while crying gently to himself. 

#2616596 2015 Draft

Posted by kipwinger on 26 June 2015 - 02:26 PM

So in the final analysis, Boston traded Phil Kessel for two first round picks, drafted Seguin and Hamilton with said picks, and then traded each of them?


It's not often that a blockbuster trade takes place and one team ends up with NONE of the primary pieces of the trade.  That takes some effort. 

#2616586 Wings re-sign RFA Joakim Andersson

Posted by kipwinger on 26 June 2015 - 12:41 PM

I mean, I assume that Ferraro or Callahan will out play him for a spot.  But why double down on it?  Just sign them all, let them compete for a spot, and waive whoever you don't want at the end of the process.  No need to limit your options unnecessarily. 

#2616577 Wings re-sign RFA Joakim Andersson

Posted by kipwinger on 26 June 2015 - 12:10 PM

Good deal.  He can be waived with no harm done, and he can play adequate enough in a pinch.  I'm fine with this.

#2616206 Will Wings Revisit Signing Phaneuf?

Posted by kipwinger on 25 June 2015 - 10:42 AM

Burke actually did say "green peace folks" once. It was when he sent Franks favorite dumb meathead, Colton Orr, to the minors (cause he sucks) and all 29 other teams acknowledged His suckyness by not claiming him on waivers


That press conference was a master stroke by Brian Burke.  He became the champion of "Ye Olde Tyme Hockey" by glorifying Colton Orr at the same time as he was effectively waiving him and ending his pro career.


"Look at Colton Orr here", Burke gestures, "Why he's the prototype of what a hockey player should be.  All heart, knuckles, and square jaw.  I love this kid as if he were my own son.  He a rat killing, penalty box chillin, death tollin, rock and rollin', son of a gun, and he's the kind of guy that wins hockey games..."


..."which is why I'm waiving him and sending him to the minors". 

#2615928 Will Wings Revisit Signing Phaneuf?

Posted by kipwinger on 24 June 2015 - 01:00 PM

Tool?  A little too high brow and emotive for my taste.  I prefer my metal a tad more...brutal? 



#2615894 Will Wings Revisit Signing Phaneuf?

Posted by kipwinger on 24 June 2015 - 09:59 AM


The game may be fast because of less clutching and grabbing, but the lack of comparable star power and the robotic consistency of today's goaltenders has made it less exciting for me.  The top players don't put up big numbers anymore as there's more balanced lines and goalies are too good.  And yes, the lack of fighting and big hitters hasn't helped it any in my mind.  


My guess is the NHL is not as popular for the everyday American sports fan Joe as it was in the 90's.  Don't have any stats on that, but that's the way it seems.  It's hard to promote a more exciting product but not have the big name power to go with that.  Kind of like TNA wrestling.  


There is less fighting, there is not less "big hitting".  There's just less reckless hitting.  I just provided a 15 minute long video of "big hitting" from this season alone.  It's still there, regardless of how many times people say otherwise. 


Again, I agree that there is less "star power" than in the 90's.  But in saying that, you're arguing against the original point that others were making.  Namely, that the old game was more exciting because it was "tougher".  You're saying it's less exciting because there's not as much scoring, and because the goalies are too good.  That has nothing to do with toughness. 


As far as the popularity goes, the NHL keeps setting records for attendance, revenue, and TV ratings (despite not being on ESPN).  If you accept those measures as proxies for "popularity" then I'd say it's MORE popular than it was, not less.

#2615889 Free agents this off season

Posted by kipwinger on 24 June 2015 - 09:43 AM


Because the Wings are so soft that even a women would toughen them up. Hardy Har.


Sports jokes that connect the perception of a weak athlete to a women are soooooooo funny. :rolleyes:


You just don't get it.  Because you're part of the PC police and also because you want hockey to become the same thing as women's soccer (which is significantly tougher than Men's soccer BTW).  Admit it. 

#2615884 Will Wings Revisit Signing Phaneuf?

Posted by kipwinger on 24 June 2015 - 09:18 AM

The game has all the hitting it ever had, AND it has all the speed and skill that it lacked during the clutch and grab era.  Those who romanticize the "good old days" are speaking out of both sides of their mouth.  They say they want hitting and aggression, but they willfully ignore all the hitting and aggression in the modern game?  Why?  Because they don't JUST want hitting, they want a PARTICULAR KIND of hitting.  The violent kind.  The  dangerous kind.  The kind they hurts people.  Many people say they want the reckless hits out of the game, but they don't actually mean it. They all secretly long to see Scott Stevens out there blindside hitting guys in the head, because that was AWSOME!


Except it wasn't...at all. 


Here's a "best of" video for the season, showing many of the big hits.  Nobody took toughness out of the game, they just took recklessness out of the game.  And lots of folks, contrary to what they say, don't actually like that. 


#2615750 Free agents this off season

Posted by kipwinger on 23 June 2015 - 11:02 AM

lol - I watch 82 Leafs games a year... Marchenko is already more physical than Franson... I have no idea who started the notion that Franson is a physical player. Big does not mean physical.



Well then your judgement is suspect anyway lol. 

#2615286 2015 SCF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by kipwinger on 19 June 2015 - 01:08 PM


It could be worse.  I could associate myself with Kip Winger.  


How's that worse?  Winger rulez!


edit:  To tell the truth, he has probably had syphilis once or twice himself. 

#2615285 Players who might be available due to teams cap issues

Posted by kipwinger on 19 June 2015 - 01:06 PM

Jeff Backus? 


That guy's terrible. 

#2615279 2015 SCF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by kipwinger on 19 June 2015 - 12:45 PM


I just don't see it.  I don't know why.  I just don't have that gut feeling about those guys.  Then again, I'm not a scout.  


Maybe it's my "pessimism bleeding through".  Please don't make me post pictures of Nietzsche and George Costanza again.  


There have got to be better icons for your school of thought than those two.  Maybe David Hume? 


Regardless of their views on skepticism, I'd be disinclined to associate myself with a syphilitic nihilist and a whiny, self serving, New Yorker. 

#2615117 The Bowman Effect

Posted by kipwinger on 18 June 2015 - 02:38 PM

I didn't see that version of Indian in the cupboard


If I had that Cupboard from the story, it would produce the Stanley Cup less quickly than Scotty Bowman could. 

#2615112 The Bowman Effect

Posted by kipwinger on 18 June 2015 - 02:07 PM

I heard if you say Scotty Bowman's name three times in the mirror of any hockey rink, And have a few million dollars laying around, hell come and win you a championship.


This morning, as I went to pour my daily coffee I opened the cabinet and found, to my surprise, that Scotty Bowman was inside my cupboard. 


As expected, he handed me a Cup.