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#2613955 Time for an offer sheet?

Posted by kipwinger on 11 June 2015 - 09:10 AM

Our GM, Ken Holland, is NEVER going to offersheet someone like Dougie Hamliton.


Thank god.  I don't think I could seriously cheer for something called "Dougie". 

#2613879 NBC Sports chairman wants NHL ban playoff beards

Posted by kipwinger on 10 June 2015 - 01:19 PM

That's an awesome idea. Take a glowing puck, throw in glowing helmets, turn off the lights and it's like a rave.


It's like Tron.

#2613860 NBC Sports chairman wants NHL ban playoff beards

Posted by kipwinger on 10 June 2015 - 10:30 AM

In the pantheon of bad ideas in hockey, this isn't even really all that big of a deal.  This guy's job is, in part, to market the NHL.  Given his relative position, he's probably good at that.  So he pitched an idea that he thought would do the trick.  Nobody was interested, and the idea died.  No harm, no foul.  It's not like he's on an anti-beard, or anti-tradition, crusade.  He was thinking like a sports TV executive...which he is. 


I mean, this is far less threatening than the stupid "glowing puck".  That was truly a stinker of a marketing ploy. 

#2613848 Free agents this off season

Posted by kipwinger on 10 June 2015 - 09:08 AM

Ok seriously, whose sock account is this? 


My initial thought was GMR, but it's not clever enough. 

#2613847 NBC Sports chairman wants NHL ban playoff beards

Posted by kipwinger on 10 June 2015 - 09:06 AM

I'm surprised people are more upset about the infringement on tradition than the fact that it's not so subtly racist. 


“The players won't like this, but I wish they all would stop growing beards in the postseason,” Lazarus said. “Let's get their faces out there. Let's talk about how young and attractive they are. What model citizens they are. (Hockey players) truly are one of a kind among professional athletes. 

“I know it's a tradition and superstition, but I think (the beards do) hurt recognition. They have a great opportunity with more endorsements. Or simply more recognition with fans saying, 'That guy looks like the kid next door,' which many of these guys do. I think that would be a nice thing."



Translation:  These guys can be sold to Middle America because they're not black, scary, and/or a "thug".  They don't have tattoos or dreadlocks.  They look like you.  We can work with this. 

#2613740 Jeff Blashill named 27th head coach in Red Wings history

Posted by kipwinger on 09 June 2015 - 07:06 PM

Ur faster than cool hand luke


Cool hand Luke was famous for his pluck.  His moxie.  He wasn't notoriously fast at anything in particular. 


Get it together man.  You're slipping. 

#2613695 Mcnulty and wheaton unsigned and going back into the draft

Posted by kipwinger on 09 June 2015 - 01:59 PM

I'm confused.  Aren't these guys both really big...and North American?  That means they'll probably be really good right?  Why did we fail to sign two of our best prospects? 


Classic Holland. 

#2613516 2015 Draft

Posted by kipwinger on 08 June 2015 - 11:12 AM

I don't think Edmonton even makes the playoffs next year - Just like Pittsburgh didn't the years directly before and after drafting Crosby, just like Washington didn't the years directly before and after drafting Ovechkin, just like Tampa Bay didn't the years directly before and after drafting Stamkos, just like New York didn't the years directly before and after drafting Tavares... and why is this? Because you get drafted at 18 years old.


But eventually - these players develop, and eventually, these players make the team that drafted them a contender. (Each of those 4 teams qualified for the playoffs this season and 1 of them is still playing)


Connor McDavid is no different, and if you would rather have Eichel - congratulations on being the only person alive today that would make such a bad decision. Even the Buffalo Sabres (Eichel's future employer) expressed disappointment in losing the "McDavid Sweepstakes",


I take it as a point of pride that I don't buy into the insane, and annual, hype that surrounds the 1st overall draft pick in all major professional sports.  That's because I've seen too many of the bust, or underwhelm, for all sorts of reasons.  I'd rather they show me what they've got.  In lieu of that, I'd rather rely on more objectives things, like size, speed, stats, the degree of difficultly in their respective leagues, etc. 


The only thing I know absolutely, positively, 100% about Connor McDavid is that he's far and away the most POPULAR player in the draft.  No denying that.  But I still have to be convinced that he'll be the best NHL player to come from this draft. 


And here's one final thought.  I don't think it's a stretch to assume that if Jack Eichel were A) Canadian, and B) playing in a weaker league against a bunch of teen age boys, that he'd be as dominant AND as heralded as Connor McDavid. 

#2613511 2015 Draft

Posted by kipwinger on 08 June 2015 - 09:44 AM

lol... I'll just stay quiet and wait for everyone else to figure out how good Connor McDavid is.


He is not a normal draft pick. No, you would not rather have Eichel.


He'll probably be super duper good right?  Like, Hart Trophy, 100 point seasons, Olympic Gold, type good?  I mean, he'll probably be soooooooooooo good that people will anoint him the second coming of Gretzky.  He'll have scoring titles and accolades for days and day. 


Nobody's been that good in a long, long time. 


Except for Crosby...and Ovechkin...and Stamkos...and Tavares.


They've got a whopping 1 Stanley Cup between them.  It's too bad they don't give Stanley Cups away for your Junior Hockey career and your pre-draft hype.  These guys would be rolling in them.  Connor would too. 


Sadly, we still do it the crappy old way where you have to earn it by winning NHL games. 


McDavid will be good.  But lots of teams will win lots of Cups without Connor McDavid.  So maybe everyone should temper their idolatry a little bit. 

#2613343 Report: Cleary wants to return for 1 more season

Posted by kipwinger on 06 June 2015 - 06:09 PM

Lol.  I kind of want it to happen just to see people lose their minds. 

#2613262 Which Sweater Do RWs Retire First - Feds or Ozzy?

Posted by kipwinger on 05 June 2015 - 12:32 PM

My Sergei wasn't a crush. Can't you read? He was the love of my life. The others are mere flights of fancy in comparison.

But defensive awareness is a requirement for any man in my life, honestly.


Atta girl.  It's important to have standards. 

#2613258 Which Sweater Do RWs Retire First - Feds or Ozzy?

Posted by kipwinger on 05 June 2015 - 12:30 PM

If they have sick flow, rest assured the back end is well covered.


Is that a triple entendre or quadruple?  I lost count lol. 

#2613254 Which Sweater Do RWs Retire First - Feds or Ozzy?

Posted by kipwinger on 05 June 2015 - 12:21 PM

Federov was a hack.

Fedorov, on the other hand, was one of the best two-way players to ever touch a puck, was the love of my life, and had a sick flow. He would most certainly have been in the rafters if he hadn't taken a squirty dump all over his "Detroit Legacy." Just the way things work around here. The only way I could see it happen is after Mike Ilitch passes, but it's a long shot.

Osgood, while his accomplishments here were many, imo is not the caliber of player to get a banner.


The list of your hockey crushes is long and varied.  Perhaps one day you should rank order them.  Take heed, I'll be truly disappointed if ANY of your crushes wasn't a committed two way player.  Just because you like their "flow" doesn't mean you're allowed to sacrifice defensive awareness. 

#2613248 What changes do you think we'll see with Blashill?

Posted by kipwinger on 05 June 2015 - 10:46 AM


Abby scored 20+ goals last season and you want him on the fourth line?


We gotta make room in the top six for a 20+ goal scoring power forward, who's big, gritty, and plays in the hard areas.  Once we get Abby out of there the only problem will be finding a guy like that. 

I've always liked Abby but I think there are players with more potential to put in the top 6 with Datsyuk and Zetterberg. I also think he's too good for the bottom six. Perhaps he could be good trade bait.


I'd trade half a dozen guys on this team rather than Abby.  The NHL is a man's league, and Abby plays a big boy game. 


Trade Nyquist or Pulkkinen before you trade Abby.  He's practically the only guy on our team who A) can score goals, and B) isn't a complete pantywaist. 


If anything we need more guys like him (Drew Stafford anyone?), not less. 

#2613158 Khan: Jeff Blashill to be announced new head coach next week

Posted by kipwinger on 04 June 2015 - 02:57 PM

I hope they announce that s*** *during* thef****** game.

And big ups (1991 called, wants its slang back) to the Knube!

Edit: wow thats a lot **** of *****f****** ****stars ****



I was just looking over Mike Knuble's career stat line.  That guy was damned impressive.  He's probably the most underrated ex-Red Wing in history.  Very quality career he put together.