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#2592985 No Scoring and No Fighting

Posted by frankgrimes on 13 April 2015 - 02:36 PM

Give it a few more years and this game will be like soccer on ice, figure skating with sticks and gear and players will be asked to play in a synchronized way ...instead of acting like men they will be forced to run to Quintal and asking him for help.

 

I don't care about the scoring part don't think it's that important but you are - as always - damn right in all other points.




#2592903 Babcock: Petr Mrazek is starting Game 1

Posted by frankgrimes on 13 April 2015 - 12:25 PM

Man, we talked about this but now that it's happened in real life, Babcock must have lost all faith in Howard. He's basically trying to replace him with a rookie.
Ferraro being in. Is a wasted roster spot though.

If I'm Howard I'd be very! upset

The playoffs aren't the time for testing rookies. Sadly I'm starting to wonder if Howard did rush back too early :(

Howard is a huge reason why this team has made the playoffs he deserve done reward even if his play dropped off after coming back


#2592882 Babcock: Petr Mrazek is starting Game 1

Posted by frankgrimes on 13 April 2015 - 12:10 PM

Going into the playoffs with a shaky, inexperienced goalie against a far superior team oh boy.


#2592612 43-25-14......3rd seed in Division. Success or Failure?

Posted by frankgrimes on 12 April 2015 - 04:37 AM

 

I dont think he was saying Z was a loser, just that Z wasnt playing to the level that we are used to seeing him play, the bar is very high. I'm sure its because of injuries/natural regression and you cant fault the guy for that at all. He gives it his all, and that's all you can ask for.

 

Exactly I still like the guy a lot I mean, Z will play through anything if its possible  guy has set the bar sooo high so expectations for him are often - fair or unfair - different. Pasha and Z are the two last remaining (super)stars on this team and I would have loved seeing them get another cup or at least not having to stand up for themselves..

 

As far as Howard goes, before the injury success after that so-so.




#2592579 43-25-14......3rd seed in Division. Success or Failure?

Posted by frankgrimes on 11 April 2015 - 11:54 PM


Just like Babcock I didn't think this team had any business of making the playoffs. Now they did so I'm positively surprised. That being said the team has fallen of a cliff in March and their reward is now playing a far superior team in one of the deepest drafts ever. Tatar had a great season, Nyquist a good one, Danny and Sheahan great season. Also nice to see that Abdelkader is finally using his frame. Disappointed: Z, Kronwall, big E, Smith.


 
The funny thing is that with the new playoff structure even if they got 9 more points this season and finished with 109, we would still be facing TB in the first round, just with home ice advantage. I kind of wish they went back to the 1-8 seeding. Though I guess this new structure does put more of an emphasis on divisional games.
 
Montreal's reward for winning the division is a red hot Ottawa, they cant be loving that right now. That's the last team I would want to play. I don't see them winning the cup or anything, but I see them taking a top seed or two out while they are hot.

Fully agreed the new format simply sucks but I'm not surprised the NHL front office contains too many bad apples.

Montreal will go as far as price can take them. Hammond is hot right now and the Sens are high flying this series could go either way...if course hoping for a Sens win soooooo happy for Murray.


#2592558 43-25-14......3rd seed in Division. Success or Failure?

Posted by frankgrimes on 11 April 2015 - 10:13 PM

Just like Babcock I didn't think this team had any business of making the playoffs. Now they did so I'm positively surprised. That being said the team has fallen of a cliff in March and their reward is now playing a far superior team in one of the deepest drafts ever. Tatar had a great season, Nyquist a good one, Danny and Sheahan great season. Also nice to see that Abdelkader is finally using his frame. Disappointed: Z, Kronwall, big E, Smith.


#2592145 Buffalo clinches last spot

Posted by frankgrimes on 10 April 2015 - 08:38 PM

They're put up a good fight against the jackets but lost 2:4 Even if they win tomorrow and Arizona loses Buffalo has less rows so congratulations you are getting one of the 2 phenoms. With that pick plus the deep pockets of Pegula this is going to be a very scary team soon and their fans deserve it. Enjoy McEichel


#2590897 Do Maple Leaf fans deserve better?

Posted by frankgrimes on 09 April 2015 - 12:23 PM

Leafs are doing a classy thing by calling up Colton Orr for Saturday. Should have had him as an energy player way sooner, if you have to lose lose with style and not many are better in that regard than him. Orr - Prust should be one for the ages. Guy will be an UFA this season but sadly Burke will sign him.


#2590894 Is A First Round Exit Imminent?

Posted by frankgrimes on 09 April 2015 - 11:55 AM

I think its funny that before the season started, everyone was propping the Kings up on the pedestal saying that they were the team to beat this year. Now, if you look at the standings, the Kings have only a 21.6 percent chance to make it in. If they make it in, are they still the favorites even if its by the skin of their ass?


The kings unlike a lot of other teams are built for the playoffs. Even Mcguire said that they can't be used as an example, going far or all the easy to the cup as a lower seed is the exception not the norm.

LA is a big skilled team with elite goaltending, defense and a deep forward group led by Kopitar and Carter. This team can beat others with skill, toughness or a shutdown style..


#2590861 Team next season?

Posted by frankgrimes on 09 April 2015 - 05:59 AM

All I'm hoping for is a culture change = finally become a tougher and not so boring to watch team and please fix the defense.


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#2589950 Redwings recall Ferraro

Posted by frankgrimes on 07 April 2015 - 01:34 AM

Feeling bad for Abby but also happy for Ferraro he deserves it guy plays well for the Rapids.




#2589949 Losing Streak affecting Babcock's Decision?

Posted by frankgrimes on 07 April 2015 - 01:21 AM

It's funny but I heard on TVA sports that indeed Habs would have interest in Babs if he becames available this summer. 👌

 

Does Babcock speak french ? I think this is a requirement there.




#2589809 Losing Streak affecting Babcock's Decision?

Posted by frankgrimes on 06 April 2015 - 10:47 AM

 

2011 - 2nd round loss to San Jose 

2012 - 1st round loss to Nashville 

2013 - 2nd round loss to Chi 

2014 - 1st round loss to Bos

 

Babs is a good coach but he is not anywhere near the best coach 'period'.  Sutter and Quennville might be the best coaches in the last 5 years.  Yes, I know there will be teams lining up for him but personally, I think Babs is overrated.  He is good but certainly not the best.  When was the last time he won a Cup?  

 

Why throw $5m/yr to have him take you to round 1 or 2 ... plenty of coaches can do that for you.  Bylsma got fired for that.  

 

Sutter: Kopitar, Doughty, Quick, Carter, Gaborik + the most active GM in the last few years in Lombardi

Quenville: Kane, Toews, Hossa, Sharp, Keith, Seabrook and upcoming Teravainen, Shaw, Saad... + Bowman who isn't afraid to take risks and make trades

Babcock: Zetterberg, Datsyuk...................Kronwall................then the hopefulls: Tatar, Nyquist, DannyD and Sheahan and a GM afraid to go for the big trades, signings

 

 I'm really wondering what a guy like Sutter or Quenville could do under that circumstances...

 

I've thought the last two olympics would have been enough proof  at wwhat Babcock can do with the right roster guess not. Sometimes I hope he leaves and then some people will see how good he really is and this is nothing against Blashill tons of potential there but it's just that potential.




#2589200 4/4 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Wild 2 (SO)

Posted by frankgrimes on 04 April 2015 - 08:53 PM

thank you H & H Howard and Helmer. Boy Howard needed this should give him some much needed confidence.




#2588766 Do Red Wings fans deserve better?

Posted by frankgrimes on 03 April 2015 - 03:16 PM

That's the beauty of going in with no expectations or more realistic ones. I didn't belieeve the team would be as good as the standings indicated nor do I believe they are as bad as currently. The current Wings edition is one in transistion, with a good mixture of young blood and veterans but they don't have the right one when it comes down to skill and grit. When was the last time another team was intimidated of a Wings player ? I can't even remember it, Cole was supposed to fix this but sadly he got hurt and still has not played since :(

 

Save for Abdelkader, Ericsson and Sheahan from time to time no one on this team is willing to man up and deliver big hits to change the momentum of a game and Abdelkader while not the most skilled fighter is at least willing to drop the gloves but does thiis team rally around him ? No, they are "middly" amused pushing the stick against the walls instead of smashing it and cheering for him. People might think it's just Mach no, that's false we've seen it all season when other teams are starting to get their forcheck going the Wings are out of answers.

 

Personally I believe premium prices should give you a premium product in terms of entertainment and I'd rather see a hardworking, big heavy team than one that tries that boring "we're too skilled to be a blue a collar team" crap. At some point a huge trade, signing needs to happen to re-energize the fanbase and the team itself, also a culture change will be needed.

 

So yeah keep blaming and mentioning fans but maybe just maybe a year of missing the playoffs is exactly what this team needs in order to make a culture change happen here. Compard to teams like Calgary our fourth line is a freaking joke and that's the easiest position to fix in hockey. I really hope the Wings can pull off the Phaneuf trade he is exactly what this team needs.