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#2524891 Joe Thornton to the Wings?

Posted by frankgrimes on 20 June 2014 - 03:39 PM

Paul Statsny - -the man with the difficult name -- would be available for nothing but cash, he is also younger so I would prefer him. Giving Jurco for Thornton would be a huge mistake.


Also keep in mind the guy has a no movement clause and I highly doubt he would waive it for another team entering the twilight and soon rebuildtime.

#2524858 Shawn Thornton will not be returning to the Bruins

Posted by frankgrimes on 20 June 2014 - 12:43 PM


 Special how?  I get that you like enforcers, and I'm certainly not going to try and talk you out of it, but you're starting to inflate Thornton's qualities into something mythic.  Even as far as enforcers go he's not all that great. 


- Leadership

- Physicality

- Can play the game (watch his penalty against Pavelec that was some serious hockeyskill right there)

- fight


I know a lot of people think Thornton is like Scott but the guy can/could play on a fourth line role. Guy changed the whole dynamic against Vancouver in 2011 and that team was loaded with talent. Finding enforcers like him is very hard and to be honest I think the Bruins will regret this decision in a lot of ways. Bergeron is extremely talented and a hardworker but he doesn't strike me as someone who would tell his own teammate to shut up and take a seat.

#2524846 Brad Richards bought out by Rangers

Posted by frankgrimes on 20 June 2014 - 12:14 PM

I feel bad for him, yes I know I shouldn't because of all the money he is making but seriously the guy is human too and has a compete level in him. But man sitting in your over the top mansion, partying it up with hot babes and getting paid millions of $ for not working is like a dream come true.


If I'm Y I'm offering him 4,5 for 3 years he can could fill the St. Louis void there.


The amount of center depth this year is indeed extremely outstanding: Spezza, Kesler, Richards, Thornton, Statsny wow

#2524771 State your unpopular opinion *Mod Warning Post #'s 200 & 219*

Posted by frankgrimes on 20 June 2014 - 04:45 AM

I think the Big Bang Theory is one of the worst sitcoms I've ever seen.


Not a football fan but after some stuff I read Go Redskins Go, Cowboys >>>> Indians

#2524580 Detroit re-signs Gustavsson 1 yr $1.85 mill

Posted by frankgrimes on 19 June 2014 - 11:41 AM

The hype for Mrazek is funny the guy hasn't done anything worthwhile at the NHL level and yet people are already making him the next starter. Reminds a lot on a certain guy named Jacob Markström.

In 11 games in the nhl, he has a 1.8 gaa and a .926 sv%
And obviously he has been great in the ahl also

There are a lot of guys who have done well over such a small period of time but I think you really need to see a bigger picture like 30 games for two seasons to really get a better evaluation

#2524567 Compliance buyout expected to be used on Tootoo

Posted by frankgrimes on 19 June 2014 - 11:07 AM

I think teams should have to pay 100 % of a players contract if they decide to buy them out, it doesn't count against the cap and the players would have a little more security.


Also the Tootoo situation is a bad one, I've always been against this signing saying that I'm really wondering what Holland and Babcock expected out of this guy ? If you bring in someone like Tootoo you should expect energy, a scrap here and there and some decent low ice time minutes nothing more. Hopefully he can sign somewhere else and retool his career there.


I'm really starting to think that this front office has a false idea of what a fourth line should and shouldn't be.


Nothing but the best of luck for him.

#2524545 Compliance buyout expected to be used on Tootoo

Posted by frankgrimes on 19 June 2014 - 09:19 AM

Weiss can't be bought out because the deal was sadly signed after the new CBS otherwise perfect candidate.

#2524518 Detroit re-signs Gustavsson 1 yr $1.85 mill

Posted by frankgrimes on 19 June 2014 - 04:19 AM

I think Holland might also want to re-sign him in order to push Howard to be better. Without the monster this team doesn't make the playoffs so having two capable goalies is not the worst thing in the world.

#2524517 Shawn Thornton will not be returning to the Bruins

Posted by frankgrimes on 19 June 2014 - 04:17 AM

If they are facing the enforcer out and let the rats ruin the show, hockey will become like soccer on ice = unwatchable.


It's funny how often Thornton gets called a goon, the guy has skill and brings a lot of energy, leadership teams like the Oilers should be lining up to get him and his leadership. He could do some huge guidance for Gazdic or join the Flames and build the toughest 4 line in the NHL with McGrattan and Westgarth. There is potential for him that's for sure. Guy will be in the NHL next year and thanks god this game needs more not less players like him.


It's also funny, when the team with the softest fourth line in the league is talking about wasting a roster spot on someone like Thornton. For years now our so called fourth line has been a joke compared to the ones from Boston, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Kings heck even Chicago has a more physical fourth line.


Mark my words Chiarelli will regret this decision as soon as the Leafs are rolling into B-town. Would love to see a reinnovation of a grind line and the bash brothers but I also know it wont happen.

#2524230 Eaves is OUT in Nashville

Posted by frankgrimes on 17 June 2014 - 12:28 PM

Eaves seems to be in that tough position where he's not physical enough to be a consistent 4th liner (including injuries), and not skilled enough to play on a 3rd line. He's got really high IQ on the PK, but he's had such terrible luck getting hurt. I wish the guy nothing but the best.


I feel terrible for him the guy deserves to play an injury free season and show the teams what he can do. Maybe he should put on a few more pounds in order to become a physical fourth liner.

#2524062 Avalanche are taking Ryan O'Reilly to club-selected arbitration

Posted by frankgrimes on 16 June 2014 - 04:45 PM


Just to be clear...ROR isn't getting paid 6.5 million because he is worth that.  He got that because Feaster tried his best to screw Colorado and make it an undesirable contract.


It was backloaded so his minimum qualifying offer has to be at least 6.5 million.  Colorado is doing their best to correct the situation.  Which makes complete sense.


How does it make sense? Arbiration is only accomplishing one thing: pissing off the player endlessly do you think Weber signed the enormous offersheet because he wanted to remain a Predator after they took their captain and best player to arbitration? Hardly.


From a business point of view the Avalanche are doing the right thing but hockey is bigger than business, there are also things like relationships, integrity and honesty. If that bridge is burned now O'Reilly will walk at the earliest option and have at least 20 teams offering him the moon. He knows it, his agent knows it  so the Avalanche aren't doing themselves any favors here.

#2524043 Shawn Thornton will not be returning to the Bruins

Posted by frankgrimes on 16 June 2014 - 03:32 PM

Get him add Gazdic to the mix and the softish Wings are finally a thing of the past

#2523947 Wings sign Tomas Nosek to 2 year entry level deal

Posted by frankgrimes on 15 June 2014 - 03:00 PM


Oh, that doesn't mean I don't care about identification and/or local heroes. In fact quite the opposite is true. If look up the standings of my favorite soccer club Werder Bremen (I come from the area around Bremen) you can tell I don't cheer for them because I only care for points or success.


OT: Really Werder Bremen? Ever since they took the championship away from Bayern Munich I've liked them back in the days. For me it is always about the mixture I want to see local boys, some national veterans and foreigners - but not more than a handful -  who can help the club win and teach the young players on what it takes to become succesful at "the next stage".



North American hockey is pretty thoroughly scouted. Even though there are a good collection of scouts on every team looking worldwide, homegrown gems are much more difficult to go unnoticed than someone overseas. Like Paulwoodsfan said, there's no local talent that hasn't been unearthed yet.


Ya I guess a team like the Wings has a lot of scouts everywhere and if there is no local talent available it is sad but can't change that. The question now is, what did Fisher - who I really love as a scout - see in this kid? Don't know if his old club was good or just average but if the guy can translate his game into the NA style he could be a nice stopgap for the Rapids, till the younger kids are ready. Like I said nothing against him :-)

#2523920 Wings sign Tomas Nosek to 2 year entry level deal

Posted by frankgrimes on 15 June 2014 - 09:45 AM

It's a free chance to get another rooster player maybe even more in a couple of years so there is nothing wrong with this signing. Well done Red Wings.

As for the homegrown thing : It's what annoys me most about European soccer fans. That kind of thing what I call " local nationalism", that can be felt underneath the surface of most soccer games and ultimately leads to the infamous riots during and after the game. Why does it matter from where someone is from as long as he plays for the team you're cheering for ?

Since you are from Europe too I am annoyed by the exact opposite. Fans who don't care about identification and local heroes, same goes for nationalism there is nothing wrong with wanting to be proud of your club by expecting less foreigners and more homegrown boys, especially in soccer where everyone knows there are around 8 clubs worldwide who will get the best of the best.. People who only want to see points, points and success at all costs are the typical gloryhunters and event fans who have helped turning European soccer into what it is today, a business first industry, suit driven industry instead of a sport. In short not even worth watching, following anymore

As for VM;

I fully expect our scouts - who are one of the best in the business - to also look at Michigan boys but there really is a pattern with the Wings and all I expect is a different mixture of players. I know this worked great when others where behind the curve but nowadays almost every team has scouts worldwide so finding gems is a lot tougher. Maybe the kid will be good maybe not but personally I would have prefered another Dekeyser story just at the center position this time.

like you said I think it would be important for Michigan boys to have that special feeling come draft time. I mean every kid dreams of playing for their local club once they are on the cusp of becoming pros.

#2523821 Wings sign Tomas Nosek to 2 year entry level deal

Posted by frankgrimes on 14 June 2014 - 11:30 AM

Nothing against him and my local team has done something similar and I hated it. Why not give the job to good ol Michigan boy ? I think the Wings are running the risk of becoming a very european dominated organisation, where are - save for Dekeyser - are the upcoming local heroes?