eeesh, Brendan needs to take his own advice and keep it simple during his interviews. Never thought I'd long for the days when Yzerman would say absolutely nothing at all during his intermission chats.
Carolina has won two of their last sixteen games, and during that time have been outscored 62-26. They're in the middle of a MASSIVE losing streak which, I hate to tell you, can't really be blamed on their (point per game) top line winger.
Edit: Four times during this losing streak he was recognized as the teams top performer, and has compiled 3 goals and 8 assists in those sixteen games. Pretty sure it's not his fault.
Not really, Sharp AND Hossa were both out for that 7-1 ass beating we took earlier this year from the Hawks. We'd need Toews and Seabrook to be out for the series, and possibly have Stone Cold Steve Austin playing power forward for us, in order to win a series against that team.
There isn't a GM in the league that has faced the kind of losses we have and done any better at staying competetive. Most haven't been around long enough to try rebuilding on the fly and/or never even built a team successful enough in the first place.
The thing is, we were less and less competitive before all of our major losses. We had two early exits from the playoffs before Rafalski retired and three before losing Stuart and Lidstrom. They were already trending downward before the losses and they're continuing that trajectory in the wake of said absences.
In one sense I suppose you're right, we're close to making the playoffs so we are competitive to an extent, but on the other hand I have a hard time feeling like we're all that competitive when we're competing with Dallas and Columbus for a playoffs spot and we're barely above .500.
I'm not trying to be contradictory or anything, obviously no other GM has Ken Holland's resume, but to say he's currently the best GM in hockey is sort of a nod to his cumulative career and not because of anything he's done recently...which, of course, is nothing.
Really ?? They had Brobovsky a supposed Vezina candidate when Howson was around? I don't remember that. Isn't he like one of the major reasons why CBJ is in the race at all? Didn't Howson fire Hitchcock who seems to be doing well in St. Louis? Signed Wisniewski for $7m? Rick Nash episode.
I don't think he is the worst GM like Sather or Garth Snow but his name might be mentioned next in line.
Howson was responsible for bringing in Bobrovsky during the offseason, before he was fired. Actually he was responsible for every major move the team has made since 2007 (except the Gaborik trade) including bringing in Dubinsky, Anisimov, Aucoin, Wisneiwski, Johnson, Prospal, Umberger, Tyutin, Foligno, Nikitin, Letestu, and Erixon.
So pretty much their entire team was acquired by him in one form or fashion, and they're playing well right now, so credit where it's due.
Also, says something about how woefully inadequate their drafting and development is if you've got a team made up of this many trades and UFA signings.
Edit: Wisniewski doesn't make 7 million dollars, so you might want to brush up on your fact checking a bit
Said Babcock: “We don't score that good so we got to keep grinding. The bottom line is I thought we put a good effort in. We got another game tomorrow (at Chicago), so let's get on the flight and get something in us and get ready to go.''
The Red Wings continue to struggle to score. It doesn't look like that will change.
“The league tightens up,'' Babcock said. “Some guys score and some guys don't, and we got a lot that don't.''
"Some guys score goals and some guys don't, and we got a lot that don't" -Mike Babcock
My guess is that everyone who has to play against Ott is going to be in favour of making them mandatory!
It was kind of hard to tell from that angle, but it almost looked more like he stuck his tongue out in a licking motion rather than actually licking him. I don't think he was actually trying to lick.
Haha, I watched Brendan Shanahan's video explanation of the incident. According to Shanny every player is responsible for their own tongue, and much like their stick, they must be held responsible for ensuring its proper use. Additionally, while there was clearly intent to lick, no penalty was assessed by the on ice officials. Furthermore, it must be taken into account that Jeff Halpern was not injured as a result of the incident and was able to return to the ice later that period after squeegeeing off his visor.
Clearly intent to lick
No "licking" penalty assessed
Halpern was not (physically) injured; no mention of the psychological effects
Because of this the Department of Player safety has decided to issue a warning to Buffalo's Steve Ott. He will be considered a repeat "licker" going forward.
He could have traded glasshunter Valterri Fillypoola during this past deadline.
Nope, couldn't have. He did everything he could do and in the final analysis the only thing he could do to improve this team since 2009 was acquire Quincey, Cola, White, Sammy, and Tootoo. That's it. There were absolutely no other options.
Every professional athlete wants to win. Do you think they want to lose? It's a team full of mediocre plugs, rookies, and Datsyuk and Zetterberg. They get outclassed in these games because the opposing teams actual deal in real talent, and put together competitive lineups. We, on the other hand, always look for the cheap "if" solution. "Well if Miller can find some offense...". "Well if Abby can play like Homer...". "Well if Kronwall can tighten up defensively...". And on and on and on.