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#2474570 1/20 GDT: Blues 4 @ Red Wings 1

Posted by frankgrimes on 20 January 2014 - 04:43 PM

Who is the power forward you speak of? I much to my shame dont follow the Blues/ know their players to watch for.


Backes the guy is sadly the definition of a big beast. Would love to have him on the Wings but watching our players against him is not something I'm looking forward to today.

#2474564 Nucks vs Flames

Posted by frankgrimes on 20 January 2014 - 04:28 PM

Calling the best game of the season a joke *lol*


Fans were on the seat, players and fans alike love it that's good ol' hockey the way it used and should be. I know people that are still talking and loving the Isles Pens game games like this are hard to forget, because they provide everything fans love about hockey.


Hartley has done nothing wrong, he can put the line of his pleasing outthere and he decided to choose his toughest one, good for him. Keep in mind, the Flames have been a bit of pushover team their new management doesn't like that and with O'Brien, McGrattan and now Westgarth the pushover days may be over, even as a non Flamesfan gotta love that quick turnaround.


Wonder what would happen, if Eakins sends out BigMac, Gazdic to start the faceoff *g*

#2474461 Would Samuelsson ever consider retiring mid-season?

Posted by frankgrimes on 20 January 2014 - 07:30 AM

There is nothing that can be done about the contract now. Do I blame Sam ? No, if somebody offers me such a contract I'll sure take it, the whole fiasco just like the Colaiacovo, Weiss thing is solely on Holland. After looking at it, even if Sam does retire the caphit still counts thanks to the stupid CBA.


So the  best thing we can hope for, is he does play well when he is in the lineup everything elese is out of the teams control as sad as it is.


as for Holland being ill-prepared...well that's true and given the almost blank cheque from the best owner in all sports the roster should be better, bu t it is what it is. Hopefully, next season will be "clean house" time, don't re-sign any of the vets (including Alfie there is enough leadership on this team and he wont win a cup here) and give the young guns more opportunities.

#2474264 Nucks vs Flames

Posted by frankgrimes on 18 January 2014 - 11:42 PM

NHL needs to fine the Flames coach. That was bush league move to start the game. He might have had his reasons, but this makes the game look bad,


Tortarella will get suspended, Hartley didn't do anything wrong here this makes the game entertaining, back in the good ol' days stuff like this happened more often and fans are loving it. Nice to see line brawls are slowly coming back.


Tortas is getting easily pissed off, the same thing happened against the Devils.

#2474259 Nucks vs Flames

Posted by frankgrimes on 18 January 2014 - 11:30 PM

Best hockeygame of the season by far, coming home seeing the Wings win and then all of a sudden a good ol' hockey linebrawl, superb what a sunday start.


If****** love the way McGrattan and Westgarth gone about their business, McGrattan and Sestito even talked to each other after the fight, classy guys. The NHL clearly needs more of that and less of that new nhl stuff.


Tortarella will get suspended for sure, his post game will be classic

#2473782 Perspective?

Posted by frankgrimes on 18 January 2014 - 03:17 AM

Don't see the Wings beating Boston or Pittsburgh in a 7 game series...healthy or not

Nobody saw them competing with the Blackhawks last season either.  But we managed to take them to OT in game 7.  Didn't the Wings have to win their last 4 last season just to get in?  Weren't there just as many injuries playing the little wimpy Western Conference?  Trade Jimmy Howard?  That No Movement Clause may put a damper on that.  Most teams are at or near the salary cap.  A majority of the roster has a NTC or NMC, so making trades isn't an easy proposition.  I can't think of another team that has so many starters out of the lineup.  If the Wings were relatively healthy and were in the same position, it'd be a bit more disconcerting.  But as someone else mentioned, with the. I cap and lack of high draft picks over the past 2 decades, a de,cline ws inevitable.  It would be nice if they were Championship contenders every year, but no team is in any sport is.  It's not to say that I've agreed with every move Holland has made, but the Wings have been so good for so long, the fans have become spoiled.  I don't want to see it all end either, but its going to happen sooner or later.

I'm starting to think this series really gave people more importantly Holland a false impression on where this team is headed in the future but I'll bite. The Hawks simple underestimated the team and thought it would be easy. After they've found another gear the team was simply overmatched in a lot of areas.

Like I said when the Wings were healthy and didn't score it was they need to find chemistry, new conference and all that stuff. It doesn't matter, if we as fans are giving them time or boot, other teams are winning so time to catch up is running out. The sad part is, watching this team is boring, they are pushed around way too easily, safe for Kronner from time to time no big hits or playing with an edge..

Also having Pasha or Z out should have given people a good idea on what's ahead, if Holland doesn't react.

Maybe missing the playoffs would be the best thing longtermwise, get a better draftpick and start the rebuild in the McDavid year, not a bad year to start. With gems like Tatar, Nyquist and Danny already in place it shouldn't be as painful as other ones. So yeah fairly lengthy but I'm worried about the future and Holland has to share a ton of the blame for not using the wealth this franchise has, this team used to get a player if they wanted him!

#2473647 2010-2011 drafts will be our savior

Posted by frankgrimes on 17 January 2014 - 04:07 AM

Well honestly I don't really get your point of view. Waiver options or not, Callahan is 22 and Glendening is 24. Despite Callahan's recent scoring success he's also probably a career 4th liner like Glendening. Have you watched Glendening play? Not only does he have a lot of strength to throw around, but he plays with an angry fire that 99% of our roster doesn't have. I also don't expect scoring from our 4th line. It's nice when it happens, but not something that's relied upon. Glendening had been a pleasant surprise IMO.

If Calllahan really does have scoring potential, let him stay in the minors and develop it and his confidence while he still has the opportunity to do so. I'd be thrilled if he really surpassed all expectations.


Agreed and I really like Callahan and his play but the point is, the fourth line isn't there to score goals. A well built fourth line is going to provide tenacity, shutdown roles and physicality these guys don't need to be scorers they just need to be big, tough and willing to work hard each shift even with limited icetime.


More often than not, all thse stupid "state sheets" aren't telling the whole story, if someone is snakebitten and still plays unreal no data / score sheet or whatever is going to recognize that but coaches and people who actually watch the game will do so. Personally I couldn't care less if a well built 4 line doesn't score at all in a season, it's just not their job. I also like Gelendening.

#2473622 1/16 GDT : Red Wings 0 at Rangers 1

Posted by frankgrimes on 17 January 2014 - 12:12 AM

The injury excuse is getting old fast, this just isn't a very good hockeyclub and other teamd are having injuries too. Assuming the club would still be in the west they'd be already six points behind in the standings. At the end of the day at least Holland and Babcock are getting a lot of answers for next season and hopefully reshape this team in a lot of ways.

#2473063 I'd like to talk about this off-season/next season

Posted by frankgrimes on 15 January 2014 - 05:14 AM

My wish list is Steve Ott Dan gurardi mdz Wayne Simmons

Girardi, Ott, Westgarth would be a great Ufa day
Buyout Mule or Weiss to create more capspace

#2472838 2010-2011 drafts will be our savior

Posted by frankgrimes on 13 January 2014 - 07:46 PM

None of these guys has yet played a full season in the NHL, so how about waiting before we overhype them ? There is definately some potential but at the end of the day. I think, they are going to help fo sure but how much well the jury is still out on that.


The biggest hurdles will be replacing Pasha and Z either through UFA or draft :(

#2471837 1/9 GDT: Red Wings 1 @ Sharks 4

Posted by frankgrimes on 10 January 2014 - 03:48 AM

The olympics are the only international hockey tournament I really care about. It's nice to see the nations best players going at it for .

#2471835 What is going on in Edmonton?

Posted by frankgrimes on 10 January 2014 - 03:47 AM

Couple of things:


1. Rookie GM stating he would be bold things, well it takes two to make a trade and if he doesn't want to get rid off one of the younger guys for defensive help, there isn't much for him to do.

2. Six Rings Kewin Lowe - if he would really know something about winning (in his position), things would already be better  for them.

3. Rookie Coach who doesn't respect tradition, thinks he has to reinvent every wheel

4. maybe the most important thing: they aren't drafting BPAs needwise. Instead of trading down and getting another pick in the process picking another forward with KHL possibilities has was just dumb. Why not go for defensive help and add another nice pick for forward depth?


plus they aren't tough enough to play against, Gazdic doesn't get enough icetime for what he brings and waiving Bigmac clearly didn't help their toughness.

#2471505 Certain NHL attendance metrics are better than NBA

Posted by frankgrimes on 09 January 2014 - 03:40 PM

Is it sad that all I can ever think of when it comes to the NHL vs the NBA is this?




Well pictured, when I think of soccer and basketball I think of people lying on the floor crying and when I think of hockey, Bergeron, Stamkos (playing with a broken nose), Campbell (broken leg) are instantly coming to mind or lately Clearly, losing 6 teeth and gets back outthere.


Soccer or basketball players would act like the end is near.

#2471444 Pissed off: JJ speaking out

Posted by frankgrimes on 09 January 2014 - 04:21 AM



I fully support and understand him, if my *own* coach isn't willing to go bot bat for me, I would be having a hard time giving my all and more for him. Seriously, Jack Johnson was traded to the BLue Jackets, came in with a positive attitude and that's the kind of "thanks" he is getting from Richards ? Man if my personal coach would tell others I'm not good enough I would be changing him immediately.


Richards should kiss his .... thanks to players like JJ he is still having a job, yeah the guy [JJ] may not have the best season, but he is still miles better than the likes of Faulk. So how about backing him up and helping him out instead of basically throwing him under the bus ?


I'm starting to wonder, if team USA should change their braintrust, I think some of them can't spell the word "classy" it just isn't in  their vocabulary.

#2471408 Team Sweden roster announced

Posted by frankgrimes on 08 January 2014 - 06:57 PM

team USA all the way  but count me in as well as rooting for Sweden as my 2nd team. 


I find this Roster to be the best on paper IMO. 


It is a very good roster but their defense to me doesn't seem to be that good, especially compared to the very good Canadian one. Would have prefered Hedman or Murray over Oduya.


In the coming 4 years let's hope Nyquist is going to play his way onto that way.