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#2497217 Maple Leafs 2 @ Red Wings 3

Posted by frankgrimes on 19 March 2014 - 08:11 AM

I'm not too worried about DeKeyser in the #2 spot. He can handle It. The kid has poise and a good head on his shoulders. It's the other shmucks being promoted to more ice time that scare me.
And one more comment: the Leads fans infuriated me. Not only did they take over our house, but they did a better job at being fans than the Detroit ones. Theyy were loud, engaged and excited. Really made me realize how stale and dull our fanbase is.


Well to be fair the Leafs are known for taking over every arena they play in but despite that you are right. I really believe this team needs to do a better job in getting the fans excited again, be it a big, nasty hit a fight here and there just something to get the crowd into it and create an intimidating atmosphere for the opposing players again. The Joe really has lost it's mojo during the last years it shouldn't be easy to play against the Wings IN Detroit.


Sadly I don't have a lot of hopes for the new arena most of these super modern ones are first class but they aren't encouraging a fanlike atmosphere, as an oversea guy I wish the NHL would be more like our leagues here with all the chanting, cheering, flag waiving :-)

#2497214 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by frankgrimes on 19 March 2014 - 08:05 AM

Holland said some stuff:




I didn't listen, because every time he gives an interview I come away miffed and disappointed.


I will say this: if he's not going to address our blue line's issues because we've got some kids coming up soon (which would likely just be a euphemism for "It's really hard to get a good defenseman. I'd rather not doing anything and just wait, because it's easier and because I get paid the same salary either way"), he needs to be punched in the face repeatedly.


Here is what he had to say (nothing too bad/good)


- knows replacing Lidstrom, Stuart and Rafalski is very hard

- thinks Kronwall has grown into the leadership role plays hard and physical (well we could need his physicality more often...)

- wasn't expecting some of the kids - namely Tatar, Nyquist - to be that far ahead of their planned schedule

- is happy with the development of Sheahan and Jurco

- hinted that these guys "could" play lesser roles next year when the team is healthy and guys like Legwand are re-signed ---- I really DON'T like the tone of that for obvious reasons

- Still believes if the team is healthy they could make some noise


that's basically it

#2496580 What Are You Playing?

Posted by frankgrimes on 18 March 2014 - 05:45 PM

South Park Stick of Truth it's like a lot of episodes of my favorite cartoon series the humor is outstanding :D

#2496340 Maple Leafs 2 @ Red Wings 3

Posted by frankgrimes on 18 March 2014 - 06:55 AM

Losing this game = Leafs are more than out of reach


I have absolutely no expectations save for an honest effort of course.

#2496123 3/16 GDT: Red Wings 1 at Blackhawks 4

Posted by frankgrimes on 17 March 2014 - 02:23 AM

Well I am not that upset because I expected a loss. Personally I've said it last year an I'll say it again it was a good run but it is really time for some serious changes. This has nothing to do with making the playoffs or not it simply can't be the Wings goal to just squeeze into the playoffs. This team went from: being the superior class of the NHL to a good team to behind the pack to a team fighting for the playoffs....that's not Wingsstyle it's unacceptable, period.


Players are expected to perform to the highest levels night in and night out so should GMs. If I am the owner I'm telling Holland listen: This is your offseason to turn this team into the right direction, we need to get bigger, meaner and the defense needs a fix spend whatever it takes just do it...if you aren't willing to do so I am more than happy to promote you to become VP and let Steve Yzerman run the show. Maybe missing the playoffs will be the best possible outcome longterm, because no more signing over the hill and undersized guys it would (hopefully) lead to housecleaning. Imagine if this team would have been still in the west they might be competing with the Oilers, Flames...for one of the top 5 picks *lol*

#2495630 3/16 GDT: Red Wings 1 at Blackhawks 4

Posted by frankgrimes on 16 March 2014 - 05:12 PM

2 possible outcomes


1 (more likely). complete domination by the Hawks = boatrace

2 (tight game) with a chance for a point


Bollig versus Tootoo could be interesting although I'd say edge Bollig :(

#2495421 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by frankgrimes on 15 March 2014 - 03:51 AM


Yeah but no one has a top three like that in the entire league right now. St Louis comes close. You could totally win the cup now s***tier D than that. 


The Blues are such an easy team to cheer for in the West, built the right way, big tough and mean and all that done with a shoestring budget, unbelievable.


God I miss the days of having Lidstrom Rafalski in front of Hasek, The Russian 5 plus the bash brothers...and the captain as our leader man hockey post 2005 is just laughable compared to pre 2005.

#2493989 If Kronwall isn't a #1

Posted by frankgrimes on 10 March 2014 - 04:06 AM

If Kronwall doesn't qualify as elite to you, then neither should Seabrook. Also Yandle is nowhere near as good as Kronwall in the defensive zone. And all I have to say about Chara is watch him closely next time you watch the B's. He's a good defenseman no doubt, but far from elite. He's not even the best all around defenseman on his team.


See that's why I've said the guy is extremely underrated. The reason why Keith can do what he does is Seabrook, the guy is like an insurance for every mistake ie. the former Suter/Weber pairing. The thing with Chara is because of his enormous size he is looking slow but watch this guy skate and shutdown the best of them.


This is nothing against Kronwall I like him but I just don't think he is a top 10 but for sure not top 5 defenseman. Since Suter left the Predators I don't think Weber is the best one anymore I think Keith and Pietrangelo will soon be better if they aren't already, although if Weber plays like in the olympics there would be no debate that was insane.

#2493988 Question: 2 scoring line/2 checkers or 3 scoring/1 checker?

Posted by frankgrimes on 10 March 2014 - 04:00 AM

For obvious cap reasons I'd go with 2 scoring and 2 checking lines, so a true top bottom 6 kind of approach. An advantage would be the cheaper third and fourth lines so more money for the top 6 and top pairing. The fourth line would be the energy line, used whenever things are getting out of hand and to produce energy. The third line would be a mixture of grit and youth.

#2493880 Yzerman's contract up after 2015

Posted by frankgrimes on 09 March 2014 - 02:13 PM

I'd love to have Stevie.. but I think he stays in Tampa. He's doing good things there


That's why I want to come over and help rebuilding this franchise :) oh nevermind just read Vinnik gave him an A plus and already wants to start contract talks not good for us not good.

#2493866 3/9 GDT: Red Wings at Rangers

Posted by frankgrimes on 09 March 2014 - 01:58 PM

The second goal was just a hard tto track deflection no chance on that but the third one, ugh. This team needs some serious stability on the defensive side I know it will not happen this season but for next season, take advantage of the Canucks firesale and get someone like Hamhuis, Bieksa, Ehrhoff or Andy Macdonald. Our goalies need to almost play flawlessly every time in order to have a chance..

#2493381 If Kronwall isn't a #1

Posted by frankgrimes on 09 March 2014 - 08:52 AM

The problem with Kronwall is simple: the guy is asked to run the damn PP and HE isn't that type of guy period he should focus more on a shutdown role and be a physical force again. Where are his so impressive crushing open ice hits? You know the stuff Phaneuf and him are known for.


Guys who are clearly better:


Chara - *lol* at the notion that this guy is overrated he is an absolute monster and can do it all


B. Seabrook - this is one of the most underrated guys in the whole league, he rarely makes a mistake and gets the job done quietly











bold = elite, so yeah Kronwall is around ~ 12 good but not in the top group and for sure not elite

#2493136 2014 draft thoughts.

Posted by frankgrimes on 08 March 2014 - 10:32 AM

Defenders, Defenders, Defenders and thanks to some questionable moves find another young center with potential.

#2493135 Trial date set in Steve Moore’s lawsuit against Todd Bertuzzi

Posted by frankgrimes on 08 March 2014 - 10:31 AM

Just listened to his interview and I must say I fully understand him. Listen I am a huge fan of tough hockey, enforcers and line brawls but what Bertuzzi did not only crossed the line in real life this would have led to trying to murder sb charges, so it's serious.


The NHL just again shows how stupid they are, the smart thing would been to settle this without the court. Now like Moore said a lot of details are coming to come out, the league will look absolutely terrible and the only differense is NOW they have to pay a huge bill while a lot of secret stuff will have to get unveiled.


No doubt in my mind that this incident led to the instigator penalty making the job much more difficult for honest enforcers.


IF Moore is still suffering from concussions and set backs boy oh boy the court will rule heavily here.

#2492398 3/6 GDT: Avs 3 at Red Wings 2 (OT) Sorry Nick.

Posted by frankgrimes on 07 March 2014 - 09:03 AM

Rafalski left, Stuart left, Lidstrom left, and non of them were replaced. Holland is lucky Dekeyser fell into his lap.

Holmer left and he never replaced him one of the most underrated retirements ever. Overpaying for depth instead of stars won't fix anything. Come off season a defenseman needs to wear a winged jersey next season.