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#2509064 2014 Round 1 Photoshop War: Boston Bruins

Posted by FlashyG on 12 April 2014 - 10:35 PM

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#2509058 2014 Round 1 Photoshop War: Boston Bruins

Posted by FlashyG on 12 April 2014 - 10:15 PM

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#2508640 Bobby Ryan to Ottawa

Posted by FlashyG on 11 April 2014 - 02:11 PM

I wouldn't have minded Ryan if it wouldn't have cost us Nyquist + to get him.

 

I think Nyquist is the better player straight up although that's debatable considering the lack of sample size and the likely unsustainable scoring rate for Gus.

 

Ottawa fans are already regretting the trade so maybe we were right to get out of the Ryan sweepstakes.




#2507540 Mike Babcock Appreciation Thread

Posted by FlashyG on 08 April 2014 - 11:35 PM

Let me get this straight, the guy just passed Jack Adams for most all time wins (with the wings), and yet he's never won the Jack Adams Trophy for Best Head Coach?? hmmm...

 

Bowman had to win 62 games in a season to get one.

 

I absolutely hate how that award is given out. Its basically the coach of the most improved team award.


He rolls out horrible lines and makes all kinds of nonsensical "gut" line-juggling decisions, but he has a great relationship with the players, if not the best, and knows how to instill confidence and pride in his team.  Which makes him the most irritating, and probably one of the best coaches, in the league today. 

 

He's had at least some players who didn't get along with him. Filppula apparently didn't get along with him at all, which is why he didn't entertain the idea of coming back this year. Commodore believes Babcock tried to end his hockey career and hates him with a passion and there were even rumors a while ago that Zetterberg didn't get along with him.

 

Then again there's a saying about coaches like Babcock and Bowman. 364 days a year you hate his guts but on the 365th day you get your ring.




#2507535 Mike Babcock Appreciation Thread

Posted by FlashyG on 08 April 2014 - 11:23 PM

Compare the teams that Scotty had to the teams that Babs had and this is mighty impressive.

Babs also did it in less time with less games played (lockout).

 

Sure he makes some questionable decisions at times, but seeing as how he's been so dominant I'm willing to (mostly) overlook them.

 

We've got a great coach who I'd like to see stay as long as he wants and be able to walk away on his own terms. The guys deserves that much at the very least.

 

Edit: you beat me to it

 

Not to take anything away from Babcock who has been a fantastic coach but I don't think his win total is more impressive than Bowmans.

He definitely did it with less talent than Scotty, and in 5 fewer games (same amount of time though 9 years) but he had the advantage of the shootout.

 

Bowman's NHL had ties to contend with for all his tenure as Wings coach. Using his win % over his time here he'd have another 52 wins with shootouts.

 

Either way though I think Babcock passes even that number next season or the one after that and I wouldn't be opposed to extending him for another couple years. Something I didn't think I'd be saying last season.




#2507081 Lightning sign GM Yzerman to contract extension

Posted by FlashyG on 07 April 2014 - 10:22 PM

 

What about the last few years?  Don't count or matter?

Personally I think in a few years when Nyquist and Tatar are carrying the team offensively, with a couple of Dekeyser, Smith, Sproul, Ouellet, Marchenko or Backman carrying the defensive load. We'll be looking at these last few years in a much more positive light than we are right now.

 

Teams like Edmonton are insanely jealous of how we've managed to rebuild on the fly. 

 

He's made some bad signings and a couple of questionable trades, but what GM hasn't? What he'll be evaluated on is how well the organization transitions from the Euro Twins era into whatever the next generation of our team is.




#2505428 The Goose is Loose Game

Posted by FlashyG on 03 April 2014 - 02:27 AM

Simple yet oddly addictive game using pictures of Nyquist.

 

The goal is to use the arrow keys to merge identical pictures. Every time you merge you get a next level image, If you can match 2 eleventh level tiles you win.

 

http://games.usvsth3...-loose-edition/




#2504467 Dive of the Year

Posted by FlashyG on 01 April 2014 - 10:15 PM

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#2504400 Do Maple Leaf fans deserve better?

Posted by FlashyG on 01 April 2014 - 03:37 PM

The Raycroft and Kessel trades are exactly what that fan base deserve. Along with the Clarkson and Phaneuf contracts.

 

Like every other fan base in every other sport the loudest and most outrageous fans tend to paint the entire fanbase in their colors.

For all the Leaf fans that deserve those trades there are millions who really do deserve to see some success.

 

Night after night through decades of futility they continue to fill their arena, while also paying the highest ticket prices in the league.

 

The waitlist to get season tickets there is so long that signing up right now would give your grandchildren, or great grandchildren the opportunity to buy tickets.

 

I may hate the team, but living in this city it's hard not to feel bad for the fans that just want more than anything else in the world to see their team win. We should have some sympathy for them considering the 42 years our fanbase went without a cup. They're closing in on 50.




#2504280 % chance of making the playoffs

Posted by FlashyG on 01 April 2014 - 12:19 AM

Sportsclubstats numbers are odd at times.

 

According to the site the Leafs enter tomorrow nights game vs Calgary with a 4.6% chance to make the playoffs.

 

Should the lose in regulation those odds drop by 3.6% leaving them a 1% chance.

 

Should Columbus also win that would drop the Leafs chances by 1% leaving them at 0 despite not being officially eliminated.

 

Even worse, should Washington win their game tomorrow the Leafs odds drop another .5% leaving them with negative odds to make the dance, with a Philadelphia win dropping them further by .1 %.

 

So if things go perfectly against them they will have a -.6% chance of making the playoffs despite being only 4 pts back with 5 games to play. I don't disagree that the Leafs odds are ridiculously long but those numbers seem out of whack.




#2504214 Legwand to Detroit for Eaves, Jarnkrok + cond 3rd/2nd

Posted by FlashyG on 31 March 2014 - 06:10 PM

 

I can think of three roster spots they could have tried him in for at least a few games:

 

1. Luke Glendending, has a total of ZERO goals in 49 games... on pace for longest goalest streak in Wings history

2. Andersson - with 17 pts in 63 games and a -11, he's not really tearing it up

3. Anywhere else, we've had enough injuries, our 4th line has been a revolving whorehouse of players, Miller, Bertuzzi, Emmerton...anyone can sit.

 

again, just sayin, there were options to at least look under the hood in some NHL games, look at all the other kids that got called up this year and were sent back down...

 

If you're counting on Jarnkrok to shadow Crosby you're going to get destroyed, that's why he isn't even considered for Miller, or Glendening's roles.

 

He could play in Andersson's spot that he's currently occupying, but at the time Calle was traded, Andersson was on the checking line which is the absolute worst place for Jarnkrok to play.

 

Emmerton wasn't even in the NHL at the time of the trade, he was only called up because another center went down. Had Jarnkrok not threatened to go back to Sweden necessitating the trade he would have got his NHL shot with the Wings right then.

 

And before anyone claims that the idea of him going back to Sweden was made up, he admitted it himself to Swedish media.

 

http://arbetarbladet...em-till-brynas-

 

Headline translates to " I was close to moving home to Brynasgatan"




#2503489 3/29 GDT - Red Wings 4 at Maple Leafs 2

Posted by FlashyG on 30 March 2014 - 12:02 PM

The difference in scoring isn't that huge but I'm ok with that as long as we win.

 

Average goals for per game when Gustavsson starts - 3.27 goals per game.

Average goals for per game when Howard starts - 2.71

 

Over an 82 game season that's a difference of 46 goals.

 

It's gotten closer in the past month or so, but that's still a pretty drastic difference in goal support. I don't think Gustavsson has really played any better than Howard over the course of the season, but for whatever reason the Wings tend to score more when he's in net.




#2503439 3/29 GDT - Red Wings 4 at Maple Leafs 2

Posted by FlashyG on 30 March 2014 - 02:11 AM

Great game from the kids once again, and of course the star of the show... Helm.

 

Howard was ok he was very close to absolutely screwing the game up but was ok overall. The point is he has to be better, Toronto is just awful right now.

 

 

Franzen was the worst Wings player in this game, lazy as phuk once again, slow as a sloth and almost cost us a few goals against. If Abdelkader is back against Tampa this bum should be taken out of the lineup.

 

What game did you watch? or did you watch at all?

 

Franzen led the forwards in ice-time and hits was tied for the lead in faceoff %, had 0 giveaways, 1 assist and finished +1. 

I swear for some of you guys if he doesn't score 23 goals a game he sucked.

 

If this is how you react to a good game, what is your reaction when he actually has a bad game?




#2503418 3/29 GDT - Red Wings 4 at Maple Leafs 2

Posted by FlashyG on 29 March 2014 - 10:01 PM

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#2502848 3/29 GDT - Red Wings 4 at Maple Leafs 2

Posted by FlashyG on 29 March 2014 - 05:44 PM

Who's "tinky winky"?

 

Riley Sheahan. He was pulled over driving "Super" drunk wearing a Tinky Winky Telletubby costume a few offseasons ago.

 

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NHL Network (radio) just blasted the Wings management. 

 

Some caller they were talking to brought up Babs for being in the running for the Jack Adams. The host immediately wrote it off, saying Wings management have done an absolute terrible job with getting in successors for Lids, Ralfs, Datsyuk and Zetterberg and that Howard is awful. States after next year when Dats and Hank are bordering retirement, the Wings are looking at a long playoff dry spell. 

 

Agree with him for the most part. 

 

If I had a dollar for every "expert" who claimed the Wings were in for a long playoff dry spell I'd own the team.