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#2606488 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 07 May 2015 - 08:21 AM

Ugh, I don't know why I have such an aversion to guys sliding across the ice on their knees.  I mean, I realize it's an important game, and you just scored a hat trick, and that tons of guys have done way worse and all.  But I still get this overwhelming urge to throw a battery at his head when I see him do it. 

#2606437 At What Point Does Holland Deserve Blame?

Posted by kipwinger on 06 May 2015 - 10:03 PM



She disagrees.  





She looks like a mannequin. 

#2606222 Players who might be available due to teams cap issues

Posted by kipwinger on 05 May 2015 - 09:11 PM

I'm just saying if not liking a player for his on-ice antics is the sole reason for not wanting him, we've had players who have done plenty of dirty s*** in the past on the team. 


Well I certainly don't disagree with that.  But I think this is slightly different.  He's overpayed, overvalued, and underproducing.  No need to acquire a guy like that just because he's "real big" and "real tough".  He's a bad player and his own team is dying to get rid of the guy.  That should tell you something. 

#2606207 Players who might be available due to teams cap issues

Posted by kipwinger on 05 May 2015 - 08:51 PM



Speaking of big guys who are totally awesome, and could help the Wings; have you heard of this guy Brian McGratton?  He's an AHLer in Calgary's organization and is just the kind of power forward that Detroit needs to A) keep the rats at bay, B) deter cheap shots against our stars, and C) create space for Dats and Zetterberg. 


Just a thought.  Ya know, because he's the biggest Laffy Taffy of them all.

#2606203 Players who might be available due to teams cap issues

Posted by kipwinger on 05 May 2015 - 08:36 PM

He's seemed less effective the last few times I watched Boston too.
And how many pts did he put up this past year?
He's like watermelon laffy taffy, that no longer has the candy seeds.
He used to be a lot better


He's a watermelon Laffy Taffy that you stretched out to three times the size of all the other Laffy Taffies (i.e. he's better because he's bigger).  Get with the times dude.  Big is good.  Small is bad.  It's science. 

#2606178 Jim Devellano on Mantha's play: "Very disappointing"

Posted by kipwinger on 05 May 2015 - 07:15 PM

All the detractors keep talking about how the Wings need accountability within the organization.  Then Devallano comes out and tries to hold an underwhelming, yet highly anticipated, prospect accountable and people complain. 


Whatever, there's no reason to "poo poo" the kid.  Athanasiou and Nosek were rookies, who dealt with injuries, this year too.  I don't see  anybody talking about how disappointed they are with AA or Nosek.  Why?  Because those guys figured it out and played like professionals. 


I'm not saying Mantha is a bust or anything.  But I don't see a single problem with the organization voicing their dissatisfaction with his play.  He's not been very good.  Should they keep telling him how wonderful he's been?

#2605899 ECSF: Tampa Bay Crying Coopers vs. Montreal Complaining Canadiens

Posted by kipwinger on 04 May 2015 - 10:20 AM

Hmmmmm. What do Burrows, Tucker, and Prust have in common?



#2605898 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by kipwinger on 04 May 2015 - 10:18 AM

You guys are right. Just play all of our young kids from the Griffins. They will probably carry us to the promised land. Oh wait, haven't we been doing that? Hasn't it not been working?


I know right!  Tatar, Nyquist, Sheahan, Jurco, Ferraro, Glendening, and Dekeyser all failed to win us the Cup in their second professional season.  What a bunch of losers!  Time to tear down and rebuild, because this strategy is obviously flawed. 

#2605710 ECSF : (4) Washington Capitals vs. (1) New York Rangers

Posted by kipwinger on 03 May 2015 - 01:31 PM

What a goal by OV today.  I'm not a big fan of his but man that was beastly. 




And honestly I could care less who wins this series, which actually makes it pretty fun to watch.  I'm not emotionally invested so for a change I can sit back and watch the hockey.  To each their own but I don't totally understand who stop watching once the Wings are eliminated. I highly recommend watching a series you're not invested in if the hockey is good.


I felt that way about the Capitals/Islanders series.  It was a great seven games worth of hockey.  It's educational to watch these other series.  When you only watch one team, you have a tendency to get tunnel vision about the team's successes and failures.  There are a lot of ways to be good, and bad, at professional hockey. 


Edit:  Jesus Christ.  Ovechkin is unreal.  Too bad he was all washed up a couple years ago eh?  Lol. 

#2605708 Free agents this off season

Posted by kipwinger on 03 May 2015 - 01:25 PM

The Wings passed on drafting Jagr because of their troubles with Klima. Management often looks at the past to predict the future.


Boy that was dumb wasn't it?

#2605471 Who is the coach next season?

Posted by kipwinger on 01 May 2015 - 05:10 PM


If you need me to point out to you why in 2009 Crosby (who had 103 points in the regular season and 31 in the playoffs) and Malkin (113 points regular season, 36 points playoffs) were as good as Dats and Z were in 2008, there's really no point in continuing. 


Did they also play superstar defense and kill penalties?  Then they weren't as good.


Edit:  None of the players you mentioned have been the best offensive AND defensive players at the same time.  None.  Only Lidstrom, Dats and Z.  Babs surely realizes this, and isn't hedging his bets on trying to find that type of situation again. 

#2605454 At What Point Does Holland Deserve Blame?

Posted by kipwinger on 01 May 2015 - 03:40 PM

You know who will be better next year as well? Detroit. We have two young point producers, a fast, aggressive, shutdown fourth line, a power forward who just had a monster year, and a goalie who won't totally suck in overtimes/ shootouts.

#2605442 Who is the coach next season?

Posted by kipwinger on 01 May 2015 - 03:16 PM

And like I said, if he can't win without a datsuk or zetterberg then he's not that good.

#2605420 Free agents this off season

Posted by kipwinger on 01 May 2015 - 02:43 PM

Rather do a trade if possible

Ward williams upfront could be nice additions

Back end I think a trade would be in our best interest considering the defensemen available are mostly 3rd pairing guys which I'm sure could help but we need a top 4
I think you should stop coming up with excuses for weiss ... Let it go

He's a bust

Had like one 60 pt yr ... He was never gonna be a 60-70pt 2nd line guy here ... Took a chance and didn't work


I agree he is a bust.  But neither you, nor Ken Holland, knew that at the time of the trade.  People act like Holland traded for a player who was already a bust.  Which isn't true.  His sports hernia, failure to do anything about it, subsequent surgery, and improper rehab were the death knell of Stephen Weiss' career.  All of which happened after the trade. 

#2605418 Locker room Clean-Out Updates

Posted by kipwinger on 01 May 2015 - 02:40 PM

The suburbs of Detroit are some of the most affluent in the country.  And downtown is WAY nicer than it was 10 years ago.  It's on the uptick for sure.


Plus, 3-5 million (or whatever Babs will get) goes a lot further in Michigan than it does in California.  Just food for thought.