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#2536674 Barry Trotz Wants Ovechkin to be more like Yzerman

Posted by frankgrimes on Yesterday, 07:31 PM

Ovechkin is the epitome of the lazy, one dimensional Russian of this generation. He is waiting for the puck on the powerplay and unloads his crazy one-timer. The Captain wore the Wings logo deep in his heart, the return to glory started with him, Stevie even changed his whole game just to help out the team. The guy basically played some playoff series on one leg and NEVER complained. Making him captain has been a real mistake, he isn't a leader and never will be he is a very good goalscorer but really has no other ability.


Ovechkin is what he is and he will never change the words Yzerman and Ovechkin in the same sentence are just *LOL*


I hate to say it but the only guy who is close to become a lighter Yzerman is captain serious Jonathan Toews :( also at least to me the best pure goalscorer and TEAM guy is Stammer, he never complains is already elite and keeps working his butt off to be in even better shape each year, something that can't be said about Ovechkin.


btw. the sad thing is if more Russians were like Pasha and less like like Ovechkin, Kovalchuck there wouldn't even be a russian factor in the NHL and some of them could MAYBE turn into useful two way players.

#2536609 Training Camp Thread

Posted by rrasco on 19 September 2014 - 01:25 PM

SO goal by Z



#2536604 Training Camp Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 19 September 2014 - 12:22 PM

His statement is that there approach is now different. Of course there isn't any examples - it's a future proclamation.


For the second time, I realize that.  Which is precisely why I'd need for him to prove it, this year, in training camp.  Because it hasn't ever been true before.  Even in the past, when the rule was "tie goes to the veteran", the ostensible rule was that in situations NOT TIED, the best player would play.  But that wasn't the case either.  So for all of posterity, I get it.  Babs says the best player will play.  Prove it. 

#2536599 Training Camp Thread

Posted by Bring Back The Bruise Bros on 19 September 2014 - 11:57 AM

Miller-Glendening-Callahan could be a great fourth line.

That's the fourth line I'm hoping for this regular season. Not sure what Callahan's chances of making it are, though.

#2536598 Training Camp Thread

Posted by WorkingOvertime on 19 September 2014 - 11:56 AM

Miller-Glendening-Callahan could be a great fourth line.

#2536592 Training Camp Thread

Posted by Euro_Twins on 19 September 2014 - 11:26 AM

Lol even in training camp people are getting angry that Cleary is on the "top line" there is literally three teams, all they are doing is getting back into game shape, it's not like it's the last 10 games and our playoff hopes are on the line here. Calm down everyone, it will be okay

#2536587 Training Camp Thread

Posted by hooon on 19 September 2014 - 10:56 AM

More interested than anything else to see how Weiss is doing


This is a great point. Weiss was a disappointment and his name gets lost in the shuffle a bit, but his health and ability this season actually have a huge impact on this team. If he returns to form, the Wings are already MUCH better off than last season.

#2536586 Training Camp Thread

Posted by ShanahanMan on 19 September 2014 - 10:46 AM

More interested than anything else to see how Weiss is doing

#2536583 TSN ranks all major league sport franchises.

Posted by Euro_Twins on 19 September 2014 - 10:32 AM

I wouldn't say they are dead wrong. TO is definitely one of the top 10 worst franchises in NA. 
When you take into account fan base size, expectations, management, and droughts between championships the Leafs are definitely tops in the NHL. Only the Cubs in the MLB, the Knicks in the NBA, and the Vikings/Lions/Jets in the NFL catch my attention as teams that are in major markets and consistently have stunk for the longest time. There are teams that have zero championships but most of the time they are new/expansions or are in minor markets. And of those teams you can say a few of them have at least made it to a championship game/series in the last 10-15 years. But the Leafs... yeesh.

Apparently Tampa and Anaheim are better franchises than the wings, while Columbus is only one back of us. Don't put any stock in that article.

#2536579 Regner: Next year could be Babcock's last

Posted by kipwinger on 19 September 2014 - 10:05 AM


This story will be over come october, Babs already said he will not be talking about it by then and just go to the next question. I'm very sure Holland will do the exact same thing.


Which will only lead to more media speculation, since nothing was finalized.  Which was my point. 

#2536574 TSN ranks all major league sport franchises.

Posted by vladdy16 on 19 September 2014 - 09:34 AM

When are people going to stop paying any attention whatsoever to ESPN, especially when it comes to hockey?  When I want to know about poker championships, I'll turn to ESPN.

Look no further than their vote for the Number 1 worst team in North America: The Toronto Maple Leafs.  Seriously?  While they have indeed struggled mightily in recent years (decades), they are far from the worst.  I don't care what the criteria was, ESPN is dead-ass wrong.  As usual.  

#2536576 Training Camp Thread

Posted by Son of a Wing on 19 September 2014 - 09:43 AM

I used to walk in every year in training camp," Babcock reiterated Thursday on the eve of training camp, "and tell them the tie goes to the veteran."

Not anymore.

"Ties goes to the best player," Babcock said. "If you're ready to play, we got a young group, you're playing. We'll find a way to do that."


Actions speak louder than words Babs...

#2536575 Training Camp Thread

Posted by barabbas16 on 19 September 2014 - 09:34 AM

It's a good thing Khan put that "T." In front of "Bertuzzi"....otherwise people might have thought he was talking about Todd instead of Tyler.

#2536570 Regner: Next year could be Babcock's last

Posted by kipwinger on 19 September 2014 - 09:13 AM

I'm already sooooooo sick of this story.  Until he signs a contract this is going to be one long, speculative, pain in the ass.  Not because of Holland.  Not because of Babcock.  Because of media goobers who see the value of rabble rousing. 


Prepare yourselves LGW, this will get worse before it gets better.

#2536568 Flames adding Truculence...Yonkman, Gillies PTO

Posted by DickieDunn on 19 September 2014 - 08:38 AM

See, to me, you say that like it’s something to be proud of. Any team can take a crack at theses two if they are prepared to suck a whole ton of ass for a year. 
Maybe I’m misreading your tone. If so I apologize. 
I know some people wish the Wings would just tank and get some top 5 picks but I’d be more proud, as a fan, if this team was able to get back into contention without really breaking stride. 

Nah that's not what I'm trying to say but I really understand what Burkie is trying to do here. He knows his team won't be even close to playoff contention so he goes out and brings in a bunch of tough guys not only for entertainment but also for protection (Gaudreau is heavily undersized and the rats would have taken advantage of him) but now there are some big SOBs looking over his shoulder :-)
. It's year two of their rebuild and let's be honest players like Eichel and McDavid aren't there every year so I can understand why teams want to get them.
Is tanking something to be proud of ? Of Course not -at least not for me- but the league is making it harder and harder for teams like the Wings to ice a great roster. And yeah personally I'd rather be a bottom 5 team than one that barely misses the playoffs and get's some midrange picks.

It depends on why you're just making it. If the team is healthy and it's a talent issue thenajor changes need to be made. If it's because of injuries to all your top forwards then you need to look at the training staff.