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#2562075 Franzen on IR

Posted by kipwinger on 09 January 2015 - 04:34 PM

Whiplash, huh? 


Why didn't she just say "head and neck trauma" ?   




"Bruising about the head and neck area"



Let's come up for some other euphemisms for a concussion!!  C'mon HSJ you can say it:  "KUN KUSH UN!"


I hope it's just a euphemism for a concussion.  If he's really out with whiplash then he should be ashamed of himself. 

#2562070 Franzen on IR

Posted by kipwinger on 09 January 2015 - 04:21 PM

Helene St. James reporting that Franzen has whiplash lol.  Whiplash. 

#2562066 McGratton on waivers

Posted by kipwinger on 09 January 2015 - 04:01 PM

Nothing about this thread is disappointing me so far.  Also nothing about it is surprising me either.  God bless LGW!

#2562049 McGratton on waivers

Posted by kipwinger on 09 January 2015 - 02:55 PM



How about Boston claims him, and he can beat the s*** out of Lucic in practice every other day?


I hope those stupid bastards do claim him.  It would be great if they let Shawn Thornton walk and then acquired another meathead in his place. 

#2562045 McGratton on waivers

Posted by kipwinger on 09 January 2015 - 02:50 PM


Then Detroit could claim him, and pay Lucic back for spearing DeKeyser, then wave him.


Then Montreal could..............


Wouldn't that be great?  If like 5 or 6 teams in a row claimed McGrattan the day before they played the Bruins just so Lucic could get punched in the face. 


I hate fighting, but I think I hate Lucic more.  This is a toughie. 

#2562042 McGratton on waivers

Posted by kipwinger on 09 January 2015 - 02:47 PM

Clearly Frankgrimes and GMRwings haven't heard the news yet. 


They're going to be absolutely devastated when their one and only chance to land McGrattan has came and went.  Devastated. 

#2562040 McGratton on waivers

Posted by kipwinger on 09 January 2015 - 02:45 PM

I hope not one team claims him


If I were Buffalo I'd claim him, and the next time I played Boston I'd finally pay Lucic back for running over Ryan Miller. 


Then I'd waive him again. 

#2562037 McGratton on waivers

Posted by kipwinger on 09 January 2015 - 02:41 PM


#2562017 Lines Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 09 January 2015 - 01:37 PM


Is Klingberg really much of an upgrade over Jensen/Marchenko/Sproul?


From what I can tell, he's Dallas' version of Ouellet, in the sense that he's ready to play NHL hockey right now.  And he shoots right.  As far as the other three I'd say this:


He's probably got more offensive upside at the NHL level than Jensen because Jensen doesn't have a great point shot...Klingberg seems to. 


He's an offensive defenseman, so the comparison to Marchenko is shaky.  They're not really the same animal. 


He's probably got the same, or a little less offensive upside than Sproul.  But he's ready now, and Sproul isn't.  Also, he's much skinnier than Sproul and would need to put on weight to have the defensive upside that Sproul has. 


Again, just my assessment.  I'd go to Nill with Ouellet and a 3rd to start the negotiation and go from there.

I'll admit, I don't know much about any of the bottom 4 guys, other than Postma, who played quite a bit of hockey in the minor league here with the St. John's IceCaps. But Klingberg and Savard are kinda intriguing based on their stats this season. I doubt either would command a ton in a trade, but like I said, I have no idea what any of these guys are worth...


Neither did I.  I basically just looked up right shooters on bad teams, and then started unpacking the stats, ice time, scouting reports, and commentary on them.  I didn't know much about the last four either...before today.  But figured it would be a worthwhile endeavor to see what was out there beyond the usual Myers, Green, Yandle, etc. crap.   

#2562005 Franzen on IR

Posted by kipwinger on 09 January 2015 - 12:39 PM

I believe Franzen and Holland would work something out, -- IF -- Franzen actually decided to hang them up... but I agree Kip, we're going to see Franzen on this roster for a loonnnnnggggg while.  Ultimately eating up a roster spot that could be used more effectively.


If I were GM, I'd say screw it... and buy him out next off-season.  What's gonna happen?  Franzen signs with Boston and magically gets back to previous form and goes beast-mode... wait.., I best stop that right now!


Well I certainly am not against getting rid of the guy.  Wouldn't hurt my feelings.  I just don't see it happening. 


And if we did, and IF he went crazy for another team, good for him.  I'd legitimately be happy for him.  Wouldn't change my mind about buying him out one iota.  I'd feel about that exactly how I feel about "losing" Hudler. 


Honestly, you probably could trade him to Boston right now.  They're interested in getting help on the wing...and are considering Chris Stewart.  So clearly they're desperate lol.

#2562002 Lines Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 09 January 2015 - 12:19 PM

I won't be surprised to see Weiss up on the third with Sheahan and Pulkkinen before the end of the game.  Particularly if he gets a powerplay point.  I'm not sure Mike's too comfortable breaking up that fourth line if he wants to use it as a matchup line like he usually does. 

#2561995 Bertuzzi hoping for Professional Tryout

Posted by kipwinger on 09 January 2015 - 11:59 AM

Always loved Bertuzzi and wish him the best.  For years I fantasized about watching him hoist the Cup.  It would make fans of other teams CRAZY.  For the heel factor alone it became the thing I wanted to see most in hockey.


Well, that and Gary Bettman hoisting the Cup. 

#2561994 Franzen on IR

Posted by kipwinger on 09 January 2015 - 11:56 AM


The Wings missed the prime window to rid themselves of Franzen last summer when they still had the second buyout available from the lockout. They had depth at forward, Franzen is declining and injury prone and hasn't been a factor in the playoffs for five years now. I know there are factions in love with his "cap friendly deal" and for awhile I agreed, but the Red Wings were in great position to make Franzen go away without it negatively affecting the team's success. Nyquist, Tatar, Sheahan and Jurco are all here now plus Pulkkinen, Mantha and others on the way. 


Dan Cleary is still on this team because Ken Holland "gave his word".  I just don't see Holland agreeing to a contract with a guy like Franzen and not doing everything he possible can to honor it.  It's not his style.  Which is both frustrating, and decent. 

#2561981 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by kipwinger on 09 January 2015 - 10:55 AM


Regardless of what fans think of him, the reality is that Pulkinnen is a second tier prospect who is most likely still viewed as a guy who is far from a sure fire NHL player and who needs to prove that he can do more than shoot the puck at the NHL level.  I know the feeling around here is that he's going to be some kind of second coming of Brett Hull and score 50 goals a year, but he's far more likely to top out as a 20-25 goal PP specialist playing on the 3rd line.



So, Michael Ryder?  I can live with that. 

#2561851 Osgood circa 2008 *Mod Advisory @ #18*

Posted by kipwinger on 08 January 2015 - 02:55 PM

At the time I thought Ozzy should get the nod because he was playing so well, but when the other goalie is one of if not the best goaltender to ever play the game, a guy who has strapped teams on his back and carried them to the final rounds, you give him a shot.

It's funny though that you're going all the way back to 2008 to try and chip away at Babcock's reputation and the "myth" of his genius.

He's a coach who:

Won a Stanley Cup
Got to the Finals two other times (once with a cinderella team)
won 2 Gold medals
Is the only coach in the triple gold club.
second fastest to 500 wins (Bowman being 1st)

But the "myth of his genius" was formed on Ozzy's playoff run in 2008? Honestly at this point your Babcock fixation is genuinely entertaining.



Presumably you haven't scrolled down to where I said of the purpose of the thread..."Actually it was just his 2008 performance.  The Babcock part was just me being a smartass and making an aside".


And furthermore, at this point part of the reason I talk so much s*** about Babcock is because I know you'll write a report to defend him.  Kinda like krsmith17 does with Brendan Smith. 


Lighten up Harold.