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#2386474 Tatar frustrated; says he will only play in NHL when contract done

Posted by kipwinger on 18 April 2013 - 01:44 PM

Here's what I don't understand.  Even if we cut all the fat from the forward corps.  Let Cleary walk, buy out Bert or Sammy or both, and replace them will all the GR guys who deserve to come up, we're still one of the smallest and softest teams ever to be assembled.  You can't have a top six of Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Filppula, Tatar, Brunner, Nyquist, Jarnkrok.  They'll get forced to the outside, and wither away playing a perimeter game.  So it's pretty obvious that at some point some of these guys are going to have to be moved out and replaced with gritty guys with size right?

#2386441 4/17 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Flames 3

Posted by kipwinger on 18 April 2013 - 12:17 PM

We cannot score. When will people understand this. 12 Dekeysers and 4 Howards on the ice, and we still CANNOT SCORE. Either we add 2 snipers in the off season and dump our garbage (white, Colo, Bert, Sammy, filppula, cleary) or we watch low scoring one goal losses for a while. Its not rocket science.


I don't know what you're talking about man.  Babs just said that Abby is a 20 goal guy IF this were a full season.  And obviously we'd score loads of goals IF Franzen brought it every night and IF Sammy and Bert weren't hurt, and IF Filppula would shoot more. 


Doncha see?  We're not a low scoring team, we're a dynamic powerhouse offense who has somehow earned the wrath of the gods through no fault of our own.  Probably by being so bad*ss for so long, if I had to guess.


Long story short, no need for scorers, we've just got to "compete harder" and "want it" more than the other guys.  WE'VE GOT SPIRIT YES WE DO, WE'VE GOT SPIRIT HOW BOUT YOU?!?!

#2386273 4/17 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Flames 3

Posted by kipwinger on 18 April 2013 - 12:11 AM


yes... like i said, we need more goals, we can't win if we can't score. Saying the team didn't play well however is incorrect, Calgary had no business winning tonight,


I disagree.  It was sort of like, who's the smartest dumb kid.  They couldn't score and didn't really play much defense.  We couldn't score, didn't play much defense, AND actively gave them goals.  We were clearly the worse team because we scored their goals for them, those weren't lucky bounces, they were miscommunications and screwups.  Neither team was good, but we were probably the less...um...gooder?


Edit:  We gave them two goals by screwing up, they gave us one goal by being Canadian and therefore forsaken by God.

#2386242 4/17 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Flames 3

Posted by kipwinger on 17 April 2013 - 11:50 PM

Just finished watching Columbus.  Late in the game, playoffs on the line, playing the second best team in the Western Conference and they were all over Anaheim in the third period.  Watching it, you just knew they were going to score. 


Compare that to us.  Late in the game, playoffs on the line, playing the second worst team in the Western Conference and we were nowhere to be found.  Watching it, you just knew we were f***ed. 



#2386071 4/17 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Flames 3

Posted by kipwinger on 17 April 2013 - 10:57 PM

"Some guys score goals and some guys don't.  We've got a lot that don't" - Mike Babcock.

#2385840 4/17 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Flames 3

Posted by kipwinger on 17 April 2013 - 09:23 PM

eeesh, Brendan needs to take his own advice and keep it simple during his interviews.  Never thought I'd long for the days when Yzerman would say absolutely nothing at all during his intermission chats. 

#2385823 4/17 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Flames 3

Posted by kipwinger on 17 April 2013 - 09:16 PM

Datsyuk eats little pieces of shyte like Hurdler for breakfast!


"I eat pieces of s*** like you for breakfast"


"You eat pieces of s*** for breakfast?"



#2385295 Semin re-signs with Carolina: 5 years, $35 million ($7M/yr)

Posted by kipwinger on 16 April 2013 - 09:26 AM

Never miss a chance to perpetuate a rumor eh boys?  Pretty sure the reason his numbers are down since then have nothing to do with him getting a new contract.  Have a look at this...




Carolina has won two of their last sixteen games, and during that time have been outscored 62-26.  They're in the middle of a MASSIVE losing streak which, I hate to tell you, can't really be blamed on their (point per game) top line winger. 


Edit:  Four times during this losing streak he was recognized as the teams top performer, and has compiled 3 goals and 8 assists in those sixteen games.  Pretty sure it's not his fault. 

#2385175 Ryan White headshot on Kent Huskins

Posted by kipwinger on 15 April 2013 - 08:30 PM

Sucks for Kent, he played well for us and I wish him the best. 

#2385155 Concerned - we might not make it in to the playoffs

Posted by kipwinger on 15 April 2013 - 07:45 PM

Well, Sharp is out if that's any consolation.


Not really, Sharp AND Hossa were both out for that 7-1 ass beating we took earlier this year from the Hawks.  We'd need Toews and Seabrook to be out for the series, and possibly have Stone Cold Steve Austin playing power forward for us, in order to win a series against that team. 

#2385144 Tambelinni fired, MacTavish new Oiler GM...Scott Howson new Sr VP

Posted by kipwinger on 15 April 2013 - 07:28 PM

From Edmonton Journal:


awww how cute, he uses his accomplishments as a player to validate his management screw ups.  By that logic Wayne Gretzky should have been the greatest coach ever. 

#2385133 nhl.com calls Kenny the best GM

Posted by kipwinger on 15 April 2013 - 06:48 PM

So who would be the best?


There isn't a GM in the league that has faced the kind of losses we have and done any better at staying competetive. Most haven't been around long enough to try rebuilding on the fly and/or never even built a team successful enough in the first place.


The thing is, we were less and less competitive before all of our major losses.  We had two early exits from the playoffs before Rafalski retired and three before losing Stuart and Lidstrom.  They were already trending downward before the losses and they're continuing that trajectory in the wake of said absences. 


In one sense I suppose you're right, we're close to making the playoffs so we are competitive to an extent, but on the other hand I have a hard time feeling like we're all that competitive when we're competing with Dallas and Columbus for a playoffs spot and we're barely above .500. 


I'm not trying to be contradictory or anything, obviously no other GM has Ken Holland's resume, but to say he's currently the best GM in hockey is sort of a nod to his cumulative career and not because of anything he's done recently...which, of course, is nothing. 

#2385052 Tambelinni fired, MacTavish new Oiler GM...Scott Howson new Sr VP

Posted by kipwinger on 15 April 2013 - 12:17 PM

Really ??  They had Brobovsky a supposed Vezina candidate when Howson was around?  I don't remember that.  Isn't he like one of the major reasons why CBJ is in the race at all?  Didn't Howson fire Hitchcock who seems to be doing well in St. Louis?  Signed Wisniewski for $7m?  Rick Nash episode.  


I don't think he is the worst GM like Sather or Garth Snow but his name might be mentioned next in line.  


Howson was responsible for bringing in Bobrovsky during the offseason, before he was fired.  Actually he was responsible for every major move the team has made since 2007 (except the Gaborik trade) including bringing in Dubinsky, Anisimov, Aucoin, Wisneiwski, Johnson, Prospal, Umberger, Tyutin, Foligno, Nikitin, Letestu, and Erixon. 


So pretty much their entire team was acquired by him in one form or fashion, and they're playing well right now, so credit where it's due. 


Also, says something about how woefully inadequate their drafting and development is if you've got a team made up of this many trades and UFA signings.


Edit:  Wisniewski doesn't make 7 million dollars, so you might want to brush up on your fact checking a bit

#2383709 Red Wings lack offensive creativity

Posted by kipwinger on 12 April 2013 - 01:20 PM



Said Babcock: “We don't score that good so we got to keep grinding. The bottom line is I thought we put a good effort in. We got another game tomorrow (at Chicago), so let's get on the flight and get something in us and get ready to go.''


The Red Wings continue to struggle to score. It doesn't look like that will change.


“The league tightens up,'' Babcock said. “Some guys score and some guys don't, and we got a lot that don't.''


"Some guys score goals and some guys don't, and we got a lot that don't" -Mike Babcock


"No sh*t" -Planet Earth

#2383683 Steve Ott tried "licking" Jeff Halpern's face

Posted by kipwinger on 12 April 2013 - 12:09 PM

My guess is that everyone who has to play against Ott is going to be in favour of making them mandatory! :P


It was kind of hard to tell from that angle, but it almost looked more like he stuck his tongue out in a licking motion rather than actually licking him.   I don't think he was actually trying to lick.


Haha, I watched Brendan Shanahan's video explanation of the incident.  According to Shanny every player is responsible for their own tongue, and much like their stick, they must be held responsible for ensuring its proper use.  Additionally, while there was clearly intent to lick, no penalty was assessed by the on ice officials.  Furthermore, it must be taken into account that Jeff Halpern was not injured as a result of the incident and was able to return to the ice later that period after squeegeeing off his visor. 


In Summary:


Clearly intent to lick

No "licking" penalty assessed

Halpern was not (physically) injured; no mention of the psychological effects


Because of this the Department of Player safety has decided to issue a warning to Buffalo's Steve Ott.  He will be considered a repeat "licker" going forward.