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#2522262 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by frankgrimes on 31 May 2014 - 11:04 AM

No thanks to Stralman and more undersized guys, the Wings need size, grit and toughness. McKee will soon be ready but someone to fill this role for the next season going forward is still needed.

 

The best option to fix the defense would be Niskanen, which will for sure require a bit of overpayment, as for scoring maybe Matt Moulson if he doesn't sign with the Wild.

 

as for Vanek - for 4 - 5 mill sure which won't happen so no thanks, the guy is a floater.




#2522260 WCF: (6) California Dreamin' v (5) The Night Chicago Died

Posted by frankgrimes on 31 May 2014 - 07:45 AM

Kings are perfect in game 7 so they are going to finish the job in Chicago tomorrow. Sucks but can't change it now.




#2522166 Going to post it, but...... Thornton.....

Posted by frankgrimes on 30 May 2014 - 12:02 AM

Dare to elaborate please ? I just don't understand the point of this thread sorry




#2522081 If Renny goes to Florida, who replaces him?

Posted by frankgrimes on 29 May 2014 - 10:49 AM

He wasn't just good he was excellent the guy knows how to run the PP, when someone like Lidas talks you better listen and execute his plan. He doesn't need to coach just work on the strategy and Babcock then tells the team how to do it win-win.




#2522051 ECF : (5) New York Rangers vs. (4) Les Canadiens de Montréal

Posted by frankgrimes on 29 May 2014 - 04:36 AM

Wonder what team up 3-2 will be the first to advance now (or at all). 

 

Rangers king Henrik will be motivated as hell for today I expect him to shut them down once and for all.




#2521874 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by frankgrimes on 27 May 2014 - 02:33 PM

Wow what a great tsn article, man I will miss those well written and well thought out pieces of hockey next season :(

 

Basically I agree with every - who can't you ? - but one quote makes a bit nervous:

 


Holland: ""Those days are over. That was a bit of the league prior to 2005. Those days are over. This is a league now where you've got to draft, you've got to develop, we've got to make people better.""

 

No, they aren't over you just have to choose wiesely on whom to spend a fortune and on whom to pass. You can't build a cup contender solely by drafting or solely with free agent signings the right mix needs to be there. The biggest problem is, the UFA market is declining every damn year AND it's harder to find late round draft-gems ==> tough job for every GM not drafting in the top 10..

 

Having said that I really hope the Wings aren't going after the big fish this off-season [Thomas Vanek], we need defense first. But if Ken goes into UFA with the mindset of kicking the tires guys like Niskanen, Callahan aren't going to sign here teams need to blow them away money and perspectivewise in order to sign..




#2521585 Blues re-sign Elliott, announce Miller won't be back

Posted by frankgrimes on 24 May 2014 - 04:28 AM

I know Miller didn't have good playoffs by his standards but him being a backup ? Oh my god I think people are really starting to underrate the guy, he will gezt a starting job easily somewhere *cough* Vancouver *coughs* and I think Miller could be a great mentor for a guy like Lack, who was clearly fed to the wolves by their former coach/gm duo.

 

The monster/Howard duo should be far down the list, #1 needs to be defense #2 character, qualityguys and a more rugged gritty type of style for the third and fourth line.




#2520704 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by frankgrimes on 15 May 2014 - 07:11 PM

Krug at $7M...
I'm out


Um 7 mill over 3 years is 2,333 each something I'd easily pay for him


#2520653 ECF : (5) New York Rangers vs. (4) Les Canadiens de Montréal

Posted by frankgrimes on 15 May 2014 - 12:06 PM

Go king Henrik


#2520579 ECSF : (4) Montreal Canadiens vs. (1) Boston Bruins

Posted by frankgrimes on 15 May 2014 - 05:07 AM

Handshakes suck anyways these two teams hate each other, personally I would have just gone into the locker room and be done with it.


#2520349 WCSF : (7) Minnesota vs. (5) Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by frankgrimes on 14 May 2014 - 07:09 AM

Best USA player in the nhl right now...IMO of course. I've actually felt this way for years even when he used to have off ice issues.

 

I think Kessel is still better, he just doesn't have much help.

 

The Hawks are again starting to worry me bit, now with Crawford playing better and better plus their top guys coming up big, Anaheim/LA better eliminate them.




#2520212 Canada can support 3 more teams in 20yrs

Posted by frankgrimes on 13 May 2014 - 10:39 AM

There is nothing wrong with Saskatoon,but some players would probably like to get out of the cold climate of Canada and go some where with a warmer climate.there is reason why the Nhl puts teams in places that don't really have hockey climate weather


I think want out because of the constant scrutiny and no privacy. Most hockeyplayers can afford to have two houses, so its easy to buy one for the winter and one for the summer


#2520114 Canada can support 3 more teams in 20yrs

Posted by frankgrimes on 12 May 2014 - 11:56 AM

 

if the league thinks that those team need to be moved then they will be moved,but until then they are staying right where they are.

 

i googled the term non traditional hockey market and this is what i found:

Any place that polar bears and/or eskimos don't need a parka to survive. (Usually a term used by northern/canadian hockey snobs to try and deter southern fans)
Dallas is a non-traditional hockey market

 

 

The game is called ICEhockey for a reason, so if you put icehockey into places where you have almost no winters, not a lot of funding AND a non winning enviroment it's a setup for a team to fail. Personally speaking I don't want the game to grow. Less teams would be a good thing for a lot of the Original 6 teams:
 

- less revenue sharing

- less competiton for playoffs, stanley cups

- more talent for less teams = higher talent pool

- players: stars/superstars can finally get their huge paydays without GMs having to worry about the cap

 

This stupid "more scoring, oh no we can't have a white sport, grow the game" and other mantras are really pissing me off. If people want to see double or triple digits = watch NFL, NBA ...if people don't want to watch a white sport watch NBA, NFL, soccer where countries even have to  take foreigners into the national teams because the real natives have given up on the sport (as did fans). Constantly tweaking and bitching things about the game will only lead to the following: fans who are happy will give up and it's harder to gain new fans than to keep the old ones.

 

The best analogy would be the Simpsons: look at this great series during the early episodes and compare them to now ? It's almost like two complete different series, they've completely lost their charme because some smartguy thought it would be a good idea to go even more mainstream and change from hand drawn to computer animated episodes and add more "pop references" ...changing for the sake of change is not always the way to go.

 

If the Stars, Jackets, Coyotes and Panthers aren't cutting it then move them to Canada, the league didn't have a problem moving the Jets, Nordiques and other teams from Canada...so fair is fair.

 

Also as a disclaimer:

I have absolutely nothing against their fanbases but if not enough people are showing up, what can you do ? Expecting other teams to pay for their failures ? That's just stupid because it would mean teams like the Wings are helping the competition out and the reward would be losinga gainst them ? Sorry, but no.

 

 btw. the league can't support 30 teams so going to 32 would not only be overkill but absolutely idiotic. My personall view is, even support 24 - 28 is a hard thing at some point sports become too big for their own good - i.e soccer - hope that doesn't happen to hockey in my lifetime.




#2519923 ECSF : (5) New York Rangers vs. (2) Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted by frankgrimes on 10 May 2014 - 03:45 AM

Seriously comparing the King to Howard ? Quick, Rinne, Rask and the King are in a league of their own, then come guys like Price, Miller and between but Howard definately is not one of the top 10 goalies in the league. He is good and can be outstanding, but he lacks consistency. The King is basically bailing the Rangers out every damn year, they wouldn't even make the playoffs without him.


#2519792 Do Maple Leaf fans deserve better?

Posted by frankgrimes on 08 May 2014 - 11:29 PM

I love the overreaction from leafs nation signing an extension doesn't mean that a coach cannot be fired. For sure Nonis will include some buyout clauses in this. Although I'm wondering what Carlyle has done after winning the cup with two HHOF defenders, really nor much..