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#2500679 Backes on playing against Malkin and Crosby

Posted by Behind Enemy Lines in CO on 25 March 2014 - 11:33 AM

And now we all see the value the Grind Line brought to the Wings years ago.  They could play tough against the best lines of other teams and could also score.

#2432001 Pierre McGuire's past that NBC doesn't want you to know about

Posted by Behind Enemy Lines in CO on 30 July 2013 - 06:09 PM

SI posted this linkthis morning. Apparently someone dug this up, and its making the rounds online. I know this was quite a while ago....but I'm shocked that Pierre is still in hockey after things like this. I guess NBC didn't take the time to vet him, or they just didn't care. Apologies to anyone who already knew this, but this has some gems that I couldn't pass up:







You could probably post this same info on many coaches.  For some reason, Patrick Roy comes to mind.

#2409364 Report: Roy Appointed Avalanche Coach

Posted by Behind Enemy Lines in CO on 22 May 2013 - 09:09 PM

The only way I would ever go to a Dives game with Roy as the coach is if it was guaranteed he would throw some kind of tantrum or start a fight or some other kind of shenanigans.  Maybe when the Dives goalies start to get lit up he appears on the bench at the start of the next period in full gear ready to go!


That would be entertaining as hell.

#2392440 Colorado wins the Lottery...

Posted by Behind Enemy Lines in CO on 30 April 2013 - 07:30 PM


Popeye Jones is not a local hero in Denver.


You sure about that?  Cuz when I was at the Dives game last weekend I swear I saw his jersey hanging from the rafters.   :lol:

#2380354 Babs vs. Kenny

Posted by Behind Enemy Lines in CO on 04 April 2013 - 06:02 PM

I believe it has all to do with potential.


For the older players (Cleary, Sammy, Bertuzzi, Abby, Miller, Eaves) it is the POTENTIAL to perform at a high level that keeps them IN the lineup.


For the young studs it is the POTENTIAL to screw up that keeps them OUT of the lineup.

#2345455 Franzen should have been at Tae Bo class during the lockout

Posted by Behind Enemy Lines in CO on 23 January 2013 - 01:16 PM

Franzen has the potential to be a good power forward if only he could fight.  Either his game consists of sniping/floating from the outside which has not been effective the past few years or spending more time in front of the net and mixing it up.  And by mixing it up I do not mean all the face washes he gives while being held in the arms of the referee.  The way the game is officiated right now, he is going to get mauled every time he approaches the net and the only way to stop guys taking liberties is to drop the gloves and defend himself properly, not this after the whistle crap.  This is the definition of the soft Euro tag.


I'm not sure what else he can do - it is apparent to me that he is trying and is engaged, he is just getting mugged in front of the net.  I do not recall Shanny or even Bertuzzi (in his prime) taking that kind of abuse.


Is the Kronk gym still open?





#2295357 Babs calls out Kenny, sort of!

Posted by Behind Enemy Lines in CO on 21 April 2012 - 04:13 PM

I believe this all goes back to Rafalski's decision to retire. I believe it caught Red Wings management off guard, and when they stood back and looked at their situation (including guessing how many more years Lidstrom would play) and looked at the FA market last Summer, they decided to sit on their hands and bring in the kids to see what they could do. They also figured that if things were not working they had a pot of gold to throw at someone at the trade deadline.

So they make some small changes (White, Commadore) and bring in the kids. Babcock himself said in his interview a few weeks ago that he told management he was not sure they would make the playoffs. Sitting on a backlog of prospects in Grand Rapids means at some point in time you have to use them.

And guess what. The team plays fairly well, Jimmy is having a great season and the off-season gamble they took appears to be paying off.

Then, a few injuries pop up (Howard, Eaves, Datsuyk, Lidstrom) and suddenly the mask is pulled off and the remaining team is exposed for what it is. The trade deadline comes around and while management is interested in a few potential targets the asking price is too high given management's sight is now firmly focused on the upcoming Summer FA market. Management brings in Quincey for some additional blue line help/upgrade to Kindl and decides to rely on the return of injured players to make a playoff run. In management's eyes, if the healthy team can play in April/May like it did in December/January then all will be well.

However the chemistry never did return with the injured players, and the loss of Helm was the dagger in the heart.

The playoffs exposed the Red Wings for not having a solid 4th line, i.e. the Grind Line. That should be one of their top priorities in the off season; reconstruct a new Grind Line, either with in-house players or bring in some new guys.

The playoffs also exposed the Red Wings for not having a "sniper" forward and a true "power" forward.

#1964066 I'm eating Crow for Breakfast

Posted by Behind Enemy Lines in CO on 28 April 2010 - 08:22 AM

Well, on Monday I said the yotes would win 3-1 because the Wings were not hungry enough.

Now I have to eat my crow for breakfast. My wife told me "I hope you are hungry enough this morning".

Sucks to doubt the Wings.


#1959453 Red Wings will win game 7

Posted by Behind Enemy Lines in CO on 26 April 2010 - 02:49 PM

Hate to say it but I see Phoenix winning Game 7 3-1. Wings just are not as hungry as the youngsters and they will not win a Game 7 on the road.