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Member Since 26 Mar 2013
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In Topic: Respect Babcock and Holland

21 November 2013 - 02:04 AM

I have a ton of respect for Holland, not Babcock. A lot of the problems surrounding the team are due to Babcock, not Holland. Although I do concede that Holland is the GM and should put his foot down, a lot of fans do not realize how much influence Babcock has in regards to what players come in and what players go out.


For recent examples, Hudler, Filppula, and Brunner are all gone because of Babcock. A close friend of mine who works within the team told me that Fil left because he was done playing for Babcock. You can take that how you wish. Hudler and Brunner, I think everyone knows why they are gone...of course I'm much less upset about Brunner being gone than Hudler, because Jiri was an extremely underrated asset...or maybe I'm just sensitive to the string of shootout losses.


As far as players coming in, Babcock was, as everyone knows, influential in bringing Cleary back and he also had a say in the Quincey signing. Obviously, both of LGW's whipping boys.


I do believe there is a bit of a power struggle between Holland and Babcock and our lack of identity is being shown by that. I also believe Babcock is not the coach to take this team forward. But that is up for extreme debate. 

In Topic: Osgood to fill in Larry Murphy's job

13 September 2013 - 11:06 AM

I think I'll rather enjoy Ozzie in the both. Great personality obviously. Think Draper would be a good pickup for the Fox team too. 

In Topic: Franzen: "I am not a goal scorer"

13 September 2013 - 10:59 AM

The real problem is that people expect him to be a 40 goal scorer, when he simply is not (Well that and we expect him to be a goal per game player like he was in the 08 playoffs). It's quite the anomaly. Even Mickey Redmond refers to him as a 40 goal guy, but check his stats, at 33, he's never scored that much. Hell, he's only scored over 30 goals once. 


Moral of the story, perhaps people need to change their expectations of how much this guy scores. He's a high 20 goal scorer. Couple that with an average of 20 assists and it doesn't seem as bad as people make it out to be. 


I do think he will largely benefit from playing with workhorses like Weiss or Alfie though. Guys who aren't afraid to get a little dirty while he gets himself into prime scoring positions (and when you can shoot the puck like him, that's pretty much anywhere).

In Topic: USA Olympic '14 Jerseys

06 September 2013 - 04:45 PM

My only two complaints are the fake laces and the logo, otherwise it's....decent?

In Topic: Datsyuk Robbed

06 September 2013 - 04:44 PM

I'm sure seeing how he's only there a few months out of the year, nothing sentimental was taken. I think I've read before that he keeps that stuff at his home in Detroit. Don't quote me on that though. Anyway, very unfortunate