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#2614828 2015 SCF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by kipwinger on 16 June 2015 - 06:05 PM

"King Henrik" is about as intimidating as a pair of dress socks. Guy can't get it done in the playoffs. I'll count him out for next season right now. He is overblown.

#2614802 The Bowman Effect

Posted by kipwinger on 16 June 2015 - 02:17 PM

Bologna.  There is no "Bowman Affect".  Chicago wins because they have superb talent (not drafted by a Bowman) and superb coaching (not hired by a Bowman). 


People just want to attach Bowman's name to it because they love hero worship.  Everybody loves piling on to a legacy.  Scotty Bowman's affect on the Chicago Blackhawks is negligible.  They were trending up before Bowman came around, and they'd have been a winner without him. 


Take a look at the guys Dale Tallon is drafting down in Florida.  Look familiar? 

#2614756 2015 SCF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by kipwinger on 16 June 2015 - 10:57 AM

To tell the truth, I'm happy about this.  I don't want a division rival winning the Cup.  I didn't want the Stanley Cup in the south, getting gawked at by mildly bemused tourists and local swamp rats.  I don't ever want to hear "The Stanley Cup gets a sun tan" ever again.  *Puke*.  I don't give a crap about "Stevie winning one", because he stopped mattering to me the second he started working for a rival organization.   In short, NOTHING about Tampa winning the Cup would have felt good to me.  I don't care about their players, coach, staff, GM, city, or state.


Secondly, I don't feel threatened by this.  At all. The new Chicago dynasty is (so far) more impressive than our dynasty from 97-08.  So what?  We still won 4 Cups in 11 years, had top end talent to watch, and made  the playoffs every single year.  It's still SUPER impressive.  Just because the 80's Islanders weren't the 80's Oilers doesn't make them any less awesome.  This just put a stamp on something we all already knew.  We're no longer the league's model franchise.  Oh well, doesn't make our run at the top any less impressive. 

#2614519 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by kipwinger on 15 June 2015 - 01:55 PM

Well jeez Kip, why the long-face...?


I can't help it, I'm a neigh-sayer. 

#2614009 Report: Cleary wants to return for 1 more season

Posted by kipwinger on 11 June 2015 - 01:00 PM

This is all being blown out of proportion.  Cleary will not sign another contract with the Wings.  I'm willing to bet on it. 


They'll either do like they did with Maltby, or if he's really hell bent on playing, they'll do like they did with Chelios.  With the tacit understanding that he'll have a job in the front office when he'd ready to hang up the skates. 


Edit:  Here's another reason why it won't happen.  Jeff Blashill LOVES Landon Ferraro and Mitch Callahan.  You think he'll be ok exposing them to waivers for Dan Cleary?  No way. 

#2613958 NBC Sports chairman wants NHL ban playoff beards

Posted by kipwinger on 11 June 2015 - 09:18 AM

Sounds like backpedaling to me.


Exactly what you'd expect out of a beardless pantywaist. 

#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.