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#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. 

#2561831 Osgood circa 2008 *Mod Advisory @ #18*

Posted by kipwinger on 08 January 2015 - 01:54 PM


Almost Hall of Fame worthy but apparently not quite. :glare:


Sooooo annoying when I hear that.  He actually beats Fuhr across the board, and is back and forth with Roy as far as who has better numbers. But everybody knows Osgood played behind a great team, while those other two played behind a bunch of bums and had to do it all themselves.  

#2561808 Nashville has yet to lose 2 games in a row this season

Posted by kipwinger on 08 January 2015 - 12:44 PM


I feel like they could have gotten more for Richards at the time. Maybe not.


Weren't both players traded because they like to do this too much?richards-carter-party-1.jpg


That's the rumor.  Although, they haven't sniffed success since these guys left so maybe having a couple juvenile, alcoholic, ***** hounds on the team wasn't such a bad thing after all.


I mean...it seems to work for Patrick Kane. 

#2561805 Osgood circa 2008 *Mod Advisory @ #18*

Posted by kipwinger on 08 January 2015 - 12:40 PM

He was absolutely great in 2008. Two shutouts to start the finals against that Pittsburgh offense speaks for itself, great team in front of him or not. 


But I actually thought he was better on an individual level in the 2009 playoffs, despite putting up worse stats. When you consider how well he played despite having to play behind a very battered team that even lost Lidstrom for some games, I think there's no way he wouldn't have won the Conn Smythe had we beaten Pittsburgh. 


He deserved the Conn Smythe in 2008.  Hank was awesome, don't get me wrong, but Osgood kept us alive. 

#2561796 Nyquist Fined for Diving/Embellishment

Posted by kipwinger on 08 January 2015 - 12:24 PM


Man, I miss Maltby sometimes...sometimes I think Kirk Maltby is my spirit animal.


I like to think of Kirk Maltby knocking back some Carling Black Label and listening to Bachman-Turner Overdrive. 

#2561753 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 08 January 2015 - 10:26 AM

If That's the case, I feel bad for the caps


I'm sure they're not too worried about it.  If I recall correctly they've got a pretty good shooter too. 



#2561752 Lines Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 08 January 2015 - 10:22 AM


I'd be OK with keeping Tatar, Datsyuk , and Helm together and giving Teemu a big center to play with. 


Nyquist - Zetterberg - Abdelkader

Tatar - Datsyuk - Helm

Weiss- Sheahan - Pulkkinen

Miller - Glendening - Cleary


Weiss and Sheahan both like going to the net and they are excellent passers in tight. I could see Pulkinnen getting some room to shot.


Yeah, I like these a little better.  Both Weiss and Sheahan should be able to find Pulkkinen in the open. 


An aside...does anyone else laugh at the thought of Doc Emrick saying "driiiiiiiiiiiive" every time Pulkkinen shoots?  If Pulkkinen cranks a really hard slapper I think Doc's head will explode. 

#2561414 Nyquist Fined for Diving/Embellishment

Posted by kipwinger on 07 January 2015 - 07:39 PM

Smart enough to be more subtle about it, maybe, but more or less yeah.


I think there's a pretty big difference between saying all players will get away with as much as they can, and saying all players will trap a guy's stick between their legs, jump straight up in the air, and fall down as if shot. 

#2561399 Nyquist Fined for Diving/Embellishment

Posted by kipwinger on 07 January 2015 - 06:26 PM

Definitely deserved but what about teams like Anaheim and Pittsburgh that breed divers? I don't see them getting fined.


Considering they've only handed out like 3 fines so far, I'd say just wait a while.  They'll get theirs.


Hitting someone in the head and embellishing are slightly different things.


I think you're being a bit too hard-line about this. Diving sucks, but it's a thing. That's why they're doing this fining system - it's gotten slightly out of control and the league wants to clamp down on it. (Granted, the same can be said of hits to the head. But, again, I'll take a dive over a shot to someone's head. Not that I condone either one, mind you.)


Point is, you can rationalize just about anything by saying "we're not the only ones doing it".  Doesn't make it any less dirty.  It takes ZERO class to dive.  If Yzerman didn't do it, and Lidstrom didn't do it, and Datsyuk and Zetterberg don't do it, then our next generation stars and leaders shouldn't do it.  Nyquist obviously feels like it's ok to do.  He should be broken of that flawed thinking by the coaching staff. 

#2561391 Nyquist Fined for Diving/Embellishment

Posted by kipwinger on 07 January 2015 - 06:16 PM

Sheeesh you guys act like that never happens and he's not the only one doing it.  


By that rationale we should be ok with it if one of our guys cheap shots someone in the head.  Ya know, because other people do it too. 


I'm a proponent of having higher standards than that. 

#2561378 Nyquist Fined for Diving/Embellishment

Posted by kipwinger on 07 January 2015 - 05:36 PM

Talk about playing heavy.


But seriously, he should be ashamed of himself.  Hopefully this gets him demoted for a few games.  If not, Babcock's full of it too. 

#2561357 Randy Carlyle relieved of his duties by Leafs

Posted by kipwinger on 07 January 2015 - 04:18 PM

I wonder if Babcock would be a good GM.. My d twitched a bit when I thought of holland as VP, babs as GM and blashill as coach but I'm unsure


How easy is it to find 23 Luke Glendenings?