As someone who lives in Phoenix, I would love to see the Coyotes stay here under new ownership. However they really screwed up by building the new arena out in Glendale. LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION! Such a shame.
No matter what happens, I'm proud of this team. With all the changes, all the kids, and the short season with next to no training camp and no pre season. The way they responded when in a situation where they had to win out the last 4 games of the season just to make the playoffs. Having the kids learn playoff intensity on the fly and make this a hell of a series that WILL go to game 7.
Love the direction this Wings squad is going, and even if no moves are made, this team will be even better next year.
When most teams rebuild, they dwell in the basement for a few seasons. When the Wings rebuild, we give the #2 seed all they can handle in the playoffs. And when we force game 7, anything can happen! BELIEVE
That wasn't a head hit. What don't you people understand about that? It was a terrible missed call, but how can you compare it to this hit?
The problem is that every hit needs to be looked at separately. I'm not comparing Abby's hit to any other hit. He got suspended and while I didn't think it was dirty, it's completely reasonable for the league to make the call that it was.
I mention the Weber hit because it is a perfect example of why people get upset about suspensions. The league cannot say that they are worried about head injuries or that they are going to suspend hits where the head was targeted if they are going to blatantly ignore cases like that one.
@D_Mac25: What a f'ing joke - Abby gets 2 games for playing hockey how I grew up playing it. The way it should be (cont) http://t.co/lb1gd0ynkQ
Read the whole tweet. I'd give anything to have a player like Mac again, who makes the other teams look over their shoulders and worry... even a little... about taking liberties with our guys. Miss you, Mac.
Then you're blind. He clearly hits the head first in all angles, and even if he leaves his feet after initial contact, you're still not allowed to leave your feet on purpose to make a hit worse. By the way his body was during that hit, it appears that he left his feet in a controlled manor. The only way you don't see it for what it is is if you're a homer. And I am 100% if this were Perry on Datsyuk, you'd be crying for blood.
And the point remains, if Abdelkader kept himself on his feet, and his shoulder down, this would have been a big CLEAN hit, no penalty, no misconduct, no possible suspension. Just another case of Abdelkader being an idiot and making the worst possible play and costing the Wings a playoff game, just like 2009, 2010, and 2011.
Actually, leaving your feet after initial contact is completely legal and the main reason Kronwall has never been diciplined for his hits. Personal attacks aside if this situation were reversed and Datsyuk or any other wing was injured on the play I'd be defending the hit just the same. Its a contact sport and all contact to the head is not illegal or avoidable.
What is illegal is jumping INTO a hit, which we seem to disagree on in this instance. I don't think Abby left his feet prior to contacting Lydman, and I don't think the head was the principle point of contact. The head was contacted certainly but only after the shoulder to shoulder impact and as a result of the upward momentum of the hit.
The only thing I don't like about the hit is because it's from the blindside, but by the letter of the NHL rules this isn't worthy of a suspension. That being said neither was Gryba's hit and he got 2 games so who knows what happens to Abby.
It all depends on how badly Lydman is hurt.
NAD timing for Abdelkader. I just don't understand why Pavel's hits are always flawless and the most devastating, while our other players (Kronwall & Abdelkader) can't ever just deliver a good body check. Watch the beginning of Datsyuks goal against Nashville this year. He starts by knocking a guy on his ass. No elbows, no flying arms, no leaving his skates. Just good technique.
Datsyuk's hits have the element of surprise as nobody expects him to hit them. Also until this hit from Abdelkader neither he or Kronwall have ever even had a suspension or even a hearing from my recollection.
Re: the clip Axe posted: I love Nik Kronwall more than ever. And Hank. And I agree with them, that the hit wasn't even called for penalty until Lyman just laid there for a while. Guess this will be up to the politics of the game as it's played now.
I wear homer glasses most of the time with the Wings, but wonder if this had been Perry on one of our guys, if he wouldn't have just gotten 2 minutes, and done.