What a bonehead move to change while the other team has the puck at center ice with a full steam ahead. That's just a mistake that is so braindead, you dont even make it in juniors. Thank you, #4. Your hockey IQ is that of the stick tape.
I've no right to comment, I only ever lurk here to get updates during games since in NZ we're at work at this time, and I am too lazy to ever contibute. But I have to say mate, as far as broken records go, you take the bacon as the most annoying ever.
You've probably not heard of our hockey down here because we have maybe 1500 players countrywide, though it is one of the fastest growing sports. The haka itself is a traditional war challenge, performed by the Maori, our indigenous people. We're pretty proud of our culture hence its incorporation into the sporting arena. I was privileged enough to perform the haka when I played for the NZ lacrosse team at the World Cup in Canada 2006. (Another minority sport with about 150 senior players in total!). There's the occasional uproar here about the overuse of the haka, but I reckon it's pretty cool, shows off our little country and gets people like yourselves who wouldn't otherwise know who we are talking about us!
I reckon this trade deserves a little respect. If it isn't made our centres for the next few weeks are Anderson, Sheahan, Glendenning, and Emmerton! That's a lets give up the season and tank it line up. Call me crazy but I'm glad to support an organization that doesn't just quit. None of us know what other teams were in on Legwand, if Jarnkrok was what was the Preds required to make it happen, so be it. He's a solid producer, and while we need D long term I'm happy we've got some help to get us to the dance. Bring back the big guns then, and we're a good looking team!
Hope you don't mind Flashy, but I liked the idea of the boys laughing at the boys as women (As disturbing as the whole thing is!) So Jim B, the goalie coach, now has a copy of the GDT pic in his inbox, to do his worst with later!
After the Edmonton game, which was super loud and super fun and capped off a great "trip of a lifetime" to see the Wings, I went to a bar by the hotel for a beer. I was in the bathroom when this guy asked me about the game, said it was great, and he introduced himself, Jim Bedard, the Wings Goalie coach!
So we talked a little, and I told him my story, I guess he thought it was a good one and he invited me along to their practice yesterday. It meant I had to change my flight back to Mexico and spring for another night in a hotel, but for a once in a life time opportunity, it was well worth it! So in the end I had a private tour of the Joe, met a bunch of the support staff, photos in the locker room, had a chat with Kyle Quincey who had spent 7 days in NZ on a kind of promotional USA vs Canada tour a couple of years back (he didn't play, it was all minor league guys, but was there as the meet a real live NHL guy). Waiting for the practice, Ken Holland (Super nice guy) came out and had a chat for a while, mainly about golfing in NZ. I hope he doesn't get to go golfing there until retirement, since to go in the right season we'd need to be knocked out of the playoffs...
After practice Jim told me to wait in the locker room, so I got to sit around while the guys ripped into each other, I was especially glad to hear them all giving Brunner plenty of "you're lucky to be at the Wings man, best place ever", here's hoping he listens!
Tootoo was sitting next to me shoulders all iced up so I asked, was it just general recovery or for something specific (hoping for general recovery). His answer was awesome! "oh just general soreness... shoulders, elbows, arms... knuckles......." Knuckles! Love it!!!
Anyways, a fairy tale ending to an awesome first ever trip to the Joe Louis arena to see our beloved Red Wings. I reckon I'll never be able to thank Jim enough for opportunity, Everyone I met, the support staff, the admin guys, all the way to Ken H, were wicked nice people. We're lucky to be fans of such a fantastic organisation.
As a long time lurker of these forums - I might as well join in and say I'll be going too. Being a displaced New Zealander currently living in Mexico, I don't have any wicked connections that can get me a backstage pass, strangely enough...
But the dream of many many years, to see the Wings at the Joe, is finally about to come true. So I am pretty damned excited right about now!