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#2487207 Systems Analyst: Gap Control

Posted by kipwinger on 26 February 2014 - 10:45 PM

As soon as I read "gap control" and "hurricanes" I knew Semin was the goal scorer.  That guy's wrister is unreal.

#2486825 2/26 GDT - Red Wings 2 at Canadiens 1 (OT)

Posted by kipwinger on 26 February 2014 - 12:25 PM

Jesus what a mess those lines are.  Wouldn't it be nice to be in a situation where just once we knew what our lines were largely going to look like for a prolonged period of time.  Like, the lines would be set and if individual players were injured the only question would be which players would step in for the injured guy...not how the injury would affect all four of our lines, plus our scratches, plus who plays in what  positions.  Ugh.  Soooooo old. 

#2486660 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by kipwinger on 25 February 2014 - 02:25 PM

Next season's need is most definitely defense.  This D needs to be re-tooled and not include the likes of Q or K or, and I hate to say it, Smith.  Not unless they hang on to Smith and he proves next season that he can make the jump to a full time reliable guy.  I think you look at the D and keep Kronner, E and Diesel as your core, everyone else is up in the air.  Laser makes a good #7 relief guy, but again, hasn't grabbed that #6 spot by the horns and probably won't. So outside of those 3 keepers, the other 4 are very expendable and that is the reason we are doing not so good this season.  We need a top line guy and 2-3 solid #3-#6 guys. 


I fully believe that our offense will be fine, maybe find a specialist out there to help the PP and/or Shoot Outs (Boyes) that won't cost too much.  But I love our kids and Mantha is just tearing up the Q.  He may not step in next season, but there is quiet the possibility...


So the way I see it is:


Kronwall - Top Line Guy

Ericsson - Solid #4

Dekeyser - Solid #5



...I know Almqvist is out of options, but I do not see him on this team and would be better served in a package or just get a pick for him.


I agree we need to improve the defense.  I also agree that we need to cut loose of Kindl and Quincey.  BUT I have to disagree about Smith.  As much as I think he's a bonehead and god awful at playing defense, I also used to say the same thing about Ericsson.  I'd want to give Smith the chance to grow into a real player...BUT...that means being firmly entrenched as the THIRD PAIR puck mover and nothing more.  I don't want that s*** for brains anywhere near the second pair until he outplays someone and takes their spot.  Until then, third pair puck mover and a "good luck kid".  Let him sink or swim without Kindl or Quincey to take the fall for him.  If he does...great.  If not...no harm done because he's on the third pair.

#2486614 Injury Updates

Posted by kipwinger on 24 February 2014 - 11:52 PM

It's been a long time since I took Intro to Logic in college.  But I'm pretty sure that it's entirely possible that Weiss could both suck this season AND still be a good signing...regardless of his injury proneness or lack thereof. 


Does that seem reasonable or have we devolved to the point in which "either/or" logic is the law of the land?

#2486611 Trade deadline fast approaching - who should we target?

Posted by kipwinger on 24 February 2014 - 11:11 PM

Probably more than he's worth, given the year he's having. Also don't think the Isles would trade him.


That depends on if you consider the year he's having a breakout year and sign of things to come, or whether it's just a freak occurrence.  I don't know the answer to that, but it's worth noting that he's generally trended upward (with the exception of an injury year and the lockout year) after being brought into the league too early and having to learn on the fly in the NHL.  It's not unreasonable to think that he's a star in the making and this is his coming out party.  Then again, it's not unreasonable to think he's just having a freak year either.

#2486581 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by kipwinger on 24 February 2014 - 07:30 PM

Boy that Mitch Callahan fella just keeps scoring goals doesn't he?

#2485924 USA-Canada Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 21 February 2014 - 03:06 PM

Alright I'm back from the bar and ready to take it like a man.  Congratulations Team Canada...you played the better game.  Good tourney Team USA, it was fun.  Now, I'm going to set it up for the Team Canada fans to spike.


That win was so sweet...(fill in the blank)

#2485775 USA-Canada Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 21 February 2014 - 09:16 AM

s*** is getting intense already.  I woke up, had a raw egg breakfast, and listened to Motley Crue's "Too Fast For Love" album in it's entirety.  Afterward I took a ten minutes period of silence to reflect upon the sacrifice and hardship endured by George Washington and his men at Valley Forge.  Most recently I spent time identifying which Western movie heroes were most like Team USA's current stars.  David Backes is Rooster Cogburn, and Patrick Kane is Shane.  That's as far as I got.


America rules!  Motley Crue Rules!  Rooster Cogburn and Shane Rule!


I'm out (for now)!


Edit:  Blake Wheeler is Jeremiah Johnson. 

#2485578 USA-Canada Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 20 February 2014 - 03:18 PM


Oh it will be bonkers. If Canada wins tomorrow, I already have some idea's to post to rub it in a little more.


Great minds think alike, I did the same thing.  Can't wait.

#2485567 USA-Canada Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 20 February 2014 - 03:11 PM

Haha i remember that! Everyone in chicago wanted to kill that guy. They were spelling out "f*** you" in peperonis on pizza he ordered lmao.


Yeah, in some instances they literally tried to murder that guy...but nary a word about how their beloved Cubs (a team I despise with the intensity of a thousand dying suns) couldn't hold a THREE run lead despite a superior lineup and home field advantage.

#2485552 USA-Canada Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 20 February 2014 - 03:06 PM

I could care less about womens hockey, i'll keep my views on that to myself. But if ud been watching the OT, the officiating was easily the worst ive ever seen.

2 absolutely bogus calls in a row. A netfront battle for a loose puck called as a slash and an obvious penalty shot that was called a crosscheck.

Doesnt take away the gold though! Congrats ladies!


Hold a lead and you don't have to worry about that kind of stuff.  This all reminds me of that time the Chicago Cubs blew a three run lead before Steve Bartman touched a foul ball and the Cubs ended up losing.  If you don't blow leads, you don't have to worry about this stuff.  Bartman was a scapegoat...so are the refs.  Again, congrats Team Canada.

#2485525 USA-Canada Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 20 February 2014 - 02:55 PM

Why does every loss always have to be about the refs?  Isn't it possible that the better team won, despite the fact that the better team wasn't the one you wanted?  Congratulations Team Canada.

#2485410 USA-Canada Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 20 February 2014 - 11:38 AM

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord, he is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored, he has loosed the fateful lightening of His terrible swift sword, his truth is marching on.  Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! His truth is marching on.


#2485407 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by kipwinger on 20 February 2014 - 11:30 AM

Ok fellas, I called the Canadian fans out yesterday for not being online during their close game and heavily implied that they were "hiding" from criticism until the game turned in their favor.  To protect myself from similar criticism I have a few things to announce...


1)  I took a half a day off from work tomorrow to watch this game.  Because I have no responsibility I will be watching it in a bar and getting drunk (so I won't be on LGW).

2)  However, because I took a lead part in hyping this matchup and participated heavily in the trash talk it's only fair that I be here to take my lumps if USA loses.

3)  So...in the pursuit of fairness, I will be on LGW the second I get home to be taunted endlessly by you Canadian Scallywags in the event of an unlikely American loss.

4)  God help you if/when we win.

#2485364 USA-Canada Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 19 February 2014 - 11:55 PM

I'm so excited for this game I can't even talk s***.  It's on my mind about every ten minutes.  Most recently David Backes won the game all by himself...not figuratively, literally.  I was literally imagining David Backes playing Canada by himself.  Needless to say, pretty pumped.