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#2471465 Pissed off: JJ speaking out

Posted by kipwinger on 09 January 2014 - 10:00 AM

You guys (and Johnson too) are basing all of this off an article that was specifically written to drum up controversy.  There are a million things about the selection process that Burnside could have focused on, he chose to include quote after quote about player evals...and almost exclusively negative evals I might add.  Narry a mention in there about why a particular player is a stud and exceeding expectations, but lots about why guys aren't. 


Point is, Richards almost certainly had a lot of good things to say about Johnson.  Who wouldn't?  Johnson is a good player.  But at the end of the day, my guess is that anything good was glossed over because the "Johnson snubbed by Team USA" story was too good to pass up. 


Same with Burke and Ryan, Burnside conveniently leaves out the part where Burke picks him but definitely leaves in the part where Burke criticizes him. 

#2471359 Team Sweden roster announced

Posted by kipwinger on 08 January 2014 - 02:01 PM





Awwww shiiiiiit man.  You shouldn't have done that.  You even know who you're messing with?  Do you have any idea what they'll do to you?  Can you even imagine the kind of hell they will bring you?  Prepare to meet your maker!  Prepare to face fear itself!  There is only terror!  Fear it!  Fear them! DOOOOOOM!



#2471345 It's time - to predict 2014 Team Canada

Posted by kipwinger on 08 January 2014 - 12:53 PM

 Already debunked your thoughts.


Canada will beat USA, however they will lose to Russia or Sweden. Just the way it is, no need to bring your insecurities into this thread and to keep telling yourself how great USA is.


Wow dude, first I'm "mad" and now I'm "insecure"?  Way to "debunk" me by attacking me personally.  Keep classing it up.

#2471343 Team Sweden roster announced

Posted by kipwinger on 08 January 2014 - 12:50 PM

How many times are you going to post the same thing?


We get it.


Don't like my posts?  Don't read or respond to them.  The person I was talking to "liked" my response, so clearly it struck a chord with the person it was intended to. 

#2471334 Team Sweden roster announced

Posted by kipwinger on 08 January 2014 - 11:20 AM

I'll obviously be rooting for team usa (being american) but being a detroit native, wings fan, and so many wings on team sweden, i'll also be rooting for them.

I think itll be sweden, canada, russia, with the US not even earning a medal.


Don't be too sure.  Canada and Sweden are good, but the USA is better than 2010 and we didn't look too shabby then.  Russia won't even medal.  Every year everyone thinks they'll place because of their forward corps, but in reality they've only got like 4 or 5 quality forwards with shaky goaltending and a horrible defense. 


The US team has a little less scoring than Canada or Sweden, but is faster than both, grittier than both, and as good or better defensively than both.  Plus our goaltending is studly right now.  Don't sleep on the Americans, lean and mean baby.

#2471332 Team Sweden roster announced

Posted by kipwinger on 08 January 2014 - 11:08 AM


I heard Team Canada is a bunch of hosers


Dude, is it just me or did another Team USA fan finally make his presence known?  For two days I've had to defend the USA squad alone.  Welcome aboard buddy.

#2471280 It's time - to predict 2014 Team Canada

Posted by kipwinger on 07 January 2014 - 07:05 PM

I know you can't predict a winner because you never know what will happen but how does Canada not have the best roster on paper?


You've got to be careful about that though because while Canada's got (easily) the best NHL roster, the international game is totally different.  For instance: There are far fewer penalties in the international game.  So guys who have tons of PP points in the NHL are going to be less effective when that's factored in.  Also, guys who are the recipients of good systems play and/or really good linemates in the NHL are going to be less effective at the Olympics.  So, for instance players for a team like Boston who's system is almost completely formulated for the NHL game, might not play so well internationally. 


Obviously, these limitations are the same for every team in the Olympics, but it's not simply as cut and dry as looking at guys who are studs in the NHL and assuming that they'll work well together in Sochi.  In my opinion, and admittedly it's just mine, the teams that play a full 60 minute game do better in the Olympics.  Fast teams that keep the pressure on tend to perform well which is why not an Olympics goes by when some team like the Czecks or Slovaks don't upset somebody with a far better NHL caliber roster because they out skate them. 

#2471273 It's time - to predict 2014 Team Canada

Posted by kipwinger on 07 January 2014 - 06:42 PM

Lucic may not be the fastest skater, but the guy provides size, physicality and intimidation not one team in the whole tournament has someone like him. Backes is tough but he wouldn't stand a chance against Milan Lucic.



Were you expecting a lot of fights at the Olympics?  Because in no other way is Lucic a better hockey player than a guy like Backes, and he's infinitely less suited for the Olympics than any of the big forwards that Canada chose (Benn, Carter, Nash, Marleau, Perry, or Getzlaf).

#2471262 Kindl not representing Czech Republic @ Olympics

Posted by kipwinger on 07 January 2014 - 05:02 PM

This entire time I thought Kindl was Swedish.


Actual exchange from CBS Sports comments regarding choices for the Czech Team:


17 hours ago

How can they leave off Marian Hossa, a possible future Hall of famer?




16 hours ago

Probably because he is playing for Slovakia where he is actually from?

#2471248 Team Sweden roster announced

Posted by kipwinger on 07 January 2014 - 03:25 PM

1) USA

2) Canada/Sweden

3) Canada/Sweden

#2471244 It's time - to predict 2014 Team USA

Posted by kipwinger on 07 January 2014 - 02:57 PM

Favorite things about Team USA: Tenacity and Swagger.  These guys are lean and mean.  It's like playing a whole team of Tomas Tatars, except some of our Tatars are as big and mean as David Backes. 

#2471092 Kyle Quincey/Brendan Smith or Ian White/Carlo Colaiacovo

Posted by kipwinger on 06 January 2014 - 06:32 PM

This is a tough question and a good topic.  Kudos to the OP.  Quincey and Smith definitely have the higher ceiling and more potential, but they're so flagrantly boneheaded I find myself at a loss for words at times.  Colaiacovo and White were often overmatched physically, but they didn't make poor decisions the way Quincey and Smith do.  So for a career I'd take Quincey and Smith, for a single playoff series this year I'd take White and Colaiacovo.  Also depends on the size of the team we're playing.  A smaller, faster, team and I'd definitely take White and Colaiacovo, a bigger and slower team would be better served with Quincey and Smith.

#2470813 Alexey Marchenko called up

Posted by kipwinger on 05 January 2014 - 12:43 AM

He definitely looked like it was his first game up, and in my opinion he was pretty pensive out there, but who wouldn't be in his situation.  Reminds me of so many players who got called up before they were ready and just trying to tread water.  He wasn't bad, but clearly isn't ready for the NHL.  As far as their first games go, I think Ouellet was better.  But I really love Marchenko's size and skating ability.  Let him round out for another year and then we'll see what he has to offer.

#2470332 Alexey Marchenko called up

Posted by kipwinger on 03 January 2014 - 10:04 AM

Well I'm interested in seeing this kid because I don't know anything about him.  But why not Sproul.  He's been conspicuously passed over it seems to me.

#2470202 Datsyuk vs. Zetterberg

Posted by kipwinger on 02 January 2014 - 11:15 AM

Simple:  All things considered, who's the better player.  Knee jerk is obviously Datsyuk because of his skill level, but I've been thinking about it and conclude that Zetterberg is the better player.  Skill alone doesn't make one better.  Their points per game are nearly the same, very slight edge to Datsyuk.  Both are extremely good defensively.  Datsyuk has the hardware and the takeaways but in my opinion Zetterberg gets the tougher defensive matchups as evidenced by his shutting down Crosby in the finals in 08 and 09, and doing the same to Toews last season.  Datsyuk is the better passer while Z is the better goal scorer, though neither are too shabby in either department.  Both makes their linemates better.  Z is (in my opinion) more versatile, able to play both center and the wing with equal aplomb.  Dats hasn't ever shown much from the wing.  Finally, intangibles.  Zetterberg ALWAYS rises to the occasion, scoring key goals when it matters and is a playoff beast.  Dats is by no means bad in the playoffs, but Z is a monster.  Also, Z seems to have the ability to carry the team on his back for extended periods and generally relishes the role.  Finally, Z's got the leadership capacity in spades.  Dats leads by example, Z in every way possible. 


So, your thoughts?