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#2510297 2014 draft thoughts.

Posted by Richdg on 17 April 2014 - 08:00 PM

Sorry guys, but our 1st and Almqvist is not going to get us a top pair Dman. Would you make that trade if you were the other GM? Of course not.

#2508530 Maple Leafs Name Shanahan New Club President

Posted by Richdg on 10 April 2014 - 08:19 PM

Interesting. A team with no idea of where it is going and what it is doing, hires someone with no experience. Good luck.

#2507332 Draft Rankings 2014

Posted by Richdg on 08 April 2014 - 07:19 PM

Tuch at 12, perfect. A few euros and G's will go before him, so he will be there when we pick 17-20ish.

#2506122 Around The League - Eastern Conference Playoff Race

Posted by Richdg on 05 April 2014 - 07:49 AM

Have to love this time of year. Checking scores every few minutes, logging in for the updated standings, doing the math to see how many possible points other teas have left vs us.... it is GREAT! Not as great as running away with things, but still a ton of fun. BTW if I have done the math correctly-we need 2 more wins and 1 NJ loss to clinch! Then we win the tie breakers on ROW.

#2506030 How about some love for Howard!

Posted by Richdg on 04 April 2014 - 08:51 PM

robo, no one has said, not once that Howard has had a great year. he was bad in Nov/dec when he was hurt. Bad knee, drained fluid from it twice. TBH he shouldn't have been playing. Since then he is much closer to his career norms. His career save % is about .920 which is top 8 in the league of the guys that are starters. Everyone has bad years, injuries etc...... You can trade out goalies every year. Doesn't work that way. Now for the last 2 months he has been playing much better, and oh by the way, that is the same period were we have moved back into strong PO contention.

#2505888 How about some love for Howard!

Posted by Richdg on 04 April 2014 - 07:07 PM

As I showed in the Howard=Average thread, of the top 30 goalies in games played this year, Howard is top 6-10 for his career. very few guys are better than him. We are talking about a G that coming into this season had a better career save % than Brodour does.

#2505608 How about some love for Howard!

Posted by Richdg on 03 April 2014 - 07:46 PM

Howard has been very good when healthy. he had a very good October, bad November and decemeber-had his knee drained twice in that span, very good in January, ok in Feb, and rolling along nicely since then. One stinker in march.

No he is not a good puck handler, many goalies are not. But he is good at stopping the puck, which is pretty important.

#2505590 How about some love for Howard!

Posted by Richdg on 03 April 2014 - 06:45 PM

Yes he had a bad first half of the year. But now he is healthy and playing much better. Last nights game was Classic Jimmy. The RW were outshot nearly 2 to1 yet win because he kept us in the game. Kudos Jimmy!

#2504257 Ovechkin and ES

Posted by Richdg on 31 March 2014 - 09:58 PM

LOL. Why would anyone want a 27 year old RW that scores 45+ goals per year and is good for 200 hits per year. blindness by some is funny. Praising backstrom over Ovie? really? I would take Ovie every day over backstrom. Not even close. Go do a google search for Backstrom struggling to score. There have been stories about it every year he has been in the league. Backstrom is -19 BTW, so it isn't an ovie thing. Washington has a terrible backend other than Carlson.

Now if one wants to ralk about how ovie is used, that is a worth while debate. he is told to find a good shooting spot and stay there. To be a force in the offensive zone. That is what he does.

Some of us are old enough remember when Stevie Y didn't play D either. He was told to score and did. it wasn't until Bowman
threatened to trade him that the captain learned to play D.

#2501646 Callahan called up from GR.....

Posted by Richdg on 26 March 2014 - 12:45 PM

Rick, big difference here. bert is done. toast, finished, career over. Callahan is just beginning. maybe he becomes something, maybe not. we don't know. But he needs to play so we can find out. There are many reasons why he was a step slow. unfamiliar, nerves, told to focus on skating, etc....... I still think he is a 4th line checking guy, which is fine. maybe adds 10-15 goals per year. Great!

#2500548 Pens Twitter Fail:Ask Neal Anything...

Posted by Richdg on 24 March 2014 - 07:45 PM

Thing is, with guys like neal you need to have 4 so that you always have 2 or 3 in your lineup. Others are on suspension.

#2499423 Kassian on the way out of Van?

Posted by Richdg on 22 March 2014 - 10:28 PM

I guess Probert would never be on the RW for most here..... So sad......

#2497405 3/20 GDT - Penguins 4 at Red Wings 5 (OT)

Posted by Richdg on 20 March 2014 - 08:14 AM

I don't care if it is 1-0 or 8-7, find a way to win somehow!

#2496551 Franzen calls out team

Posted by Richdg on 18 March 2014 - 03:59 PM

Lets set some things straight.

1. Franzen has not played great all year. He has played like crap fro most of the year. In October he played 12 games and scored 2 goals, both in the same game. In November he played in 10 games-missed 4 while hurt and scored 4 goals. In december he played in 8 games, missed 6 while hurt and scored 3 goals. In january he played 1 game, missed 12 and scored 0 goals. In February he played in 2 games, missed 4 others and scored 3 goals-all in the same game. March he has played in 7 games, missed none and has 3 goals. But again nothing the last 4.

2. Leaders lead, not push. If you want to lead Johan, put the puck in the net! That is how leaders do it.

3. Leaders also don't disappear. I understand that no one scores in every game. But goals scorers do it more than once a month. Your even worse, because when you don't score you stop skating, checking, playing D etc.....

#2496284 Red Wings sign college FA Colin Campbell

Posted by Richdg on 17 March 2014 - 07:37 PM

Would love to see us pick up Trevor van Riemsdyk.

Also lets add Barcley Goodrow to play LW. He is 6-2/215 has 30 goals for North bay and was at our prospect camp last summer.