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#2518195 Ken Holland Quotes (Apr 29th

Posted by FlashyG on 29 April 2014 - 01:31 PM


Yeah, that's the only way I would personally justify keeping Franzen (playing him on the 3rd line).  That's what he was projected to be anyway until he went beast mode for two years in the playoffs.


The quotes about Babcock make me think he might be getting tired of dealing with the rosters that Holland keeps giving him and would consider going to another team after next season.  I have mixed feelings about that but we'll see what happens.


I don't know where people keep getting the idea that Holland and Babcock don't get along. Every time the topic is raised to either one of them the re-iterate how well they get along. Babs has stuck around for 9 years here, with Holland in charge for every single one and he's never complained about him. I also think its pretty crazy to think any GM makes roster decisions or moves without first discussing it with the coach and the rest of his staff.


He's already said he will keep coaching the Wings year to year and if not them, he'll go to U of M. 


I'm also not sure where everyone is getting the idea that Franzen is regressing or that he's not as effective now as he was in the past. He put up .76 points per game this year, which is slightly above his career average. He will end up regressing before the end of his contract but so far there aren't any signs that is imminent. The idea of buying him out is ridiculous, the only reason to do it would be to acquire someone better and given the look of this years FA market, its not all that unlikely that Franzen would be the best forward available.

#2518098 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by FlashyG on 28 April 2014 - 10:31 PM

And people who make mudpies thing they have value. It doesn't matter what they think, they are selling a product.


I go to multiple games a year, buy their merchandise, watch their broadcasts. I am their customer and their product is fast becoming s***.


If you're unhappy with the product then stop buying it.


No team is going to change its direction because a small group of fans wants them too.

#2518001 Grand Rapids Griffins - defend the cup

Posted by FlashyG on 28 April 2014 - 01:39 PM


This is encouraging. But I think it's extremely unlikely he stays with the organization much longer.


I don't think its an accident that his contract ends at the exact same time as Babcock's

#2514611 2014 Round 1 Photoshop War: Boston Bruins

Posted by FlashyG on 24 April 2014 - 10:39 AM

The Second Coming of the Swede.



#2512986 ADQF | Game 3 | Boston 3 @ Detroit 0, BOS leads series 2-1

Posted by FlashyG on 21 April 2014 - 10:44 PM





Props to Aflac for the design inspiration on the scoreboard. Mine doesn't look quite as good as his, but copies never do.


Hopefully we get the Wings from Game 1 for this one, and hopefully we get a Nyquist Explosion. He's due for one.

#2509064 2014 Round 1 Photoshop War: Boston Bruins

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


#2509058 2014 Round 1 Photoshop War: Boston Bruins

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


#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.



#2504467 Dive of the Year

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


#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.