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#2494096 Is the Real Brendan Smith Finally Starting the Show Up?

Posted by lwing on 10 March 2014 - 04:15 PM


I think you need to temper that a bit.  I agree that he's a rookie and therefore it's premature to throw in the towel on him...but...lots of other rookies (Lashoff and Dekeyser for instance) manage to go game to game without being noticeably terrible at protecting the puck or maintaining zone coverages.  Smith is bad at both...even for a rookie. 


The guy you were responding to is wrong for thinking that Smith's deficiencies doom him to a awful career, likewise you're wrong for insinuating that his being a rookie excuses him from having to play responsible defense.


True, I was a bit hard on the guy, but its not like a hockey forum is a place for careful critical thinking and rational arguments. You sir are a gentleman and scholar while I was... less so. Still, Smith is the last player I am pinning my hopes on for this team. 

#2493799 3/9 GDT: Red Wings at Rangers

Posted by lwing on 09 March 2014 - 01:40 PM

No chance for Jimmy on that one

And yet goalies like Lundqvist and other top performers repeatedly stop shots where they should have no chance. That's why they get the big bucks. Why does Howard get the big bucks? I have no idea why. There, he just failed to step up again. It's never his fault is it? There is always a reason.

#2493782 Is the Real Brendan Smith Finally Starting the Show Up?

Posted by lwing on 09 March 2014 - 01:36 PM

Honestly, I still can't get over how he single handedly contributed with one bone-headed play after another and destroyed our chances in beating Chicago in the playoffs last year. He was the stupidest player, young or old, I had ever seen on the ice in a Wings jersey. A complete moron who earned a benching thirty times over. Whether or not he is suddenly getting a few ounces of grey matter and scoring here and there is irrelevant - he will never be a player of consequence on this team or any other team. 

#2465210 Can't remember the last time we were this pathetic

Posted by lwing on 16 December 2013 - 07:54 AM

Yes, Holland has to go. There is no strategy, no plan, no building let alone maintaining this team. 


Detroit fans and press love to play the sycophant. Holland and Babcock are untouchable. The buck never stops with either. I'm tired of it. 


Holland has proven he can't be a "genius" without a big fat checkbook. Unless he can go buy a Hull or Hasek, he is lost. He has no idea how to work within the constraints of the NHL since the cap and it has been long enough. His actions this off season were mickey mouse at best. He'd probably fail picking a fantasy team. Babcock comments to the press after every pathetic loss are coming from a spectator, not a coach. While everyone see's him as a genius, I see him as a guy has blown 2 cups in game seven losses and has been wasting the talent of Zetterberg and Datsyuk for years. He has no clue how to use two of the most dynamic players in the game and they are carrying HIM on their skill and effort. Lidstrom did too of course. 


Okay, I'm going back to my half mug empty of coffee now.

#2465209 The Nyquist/Tatar Thread

Posted by lwing on 16 December 2013 - 07:43 AM

Thanks for the articles and a thread on just about the only good news these days. I love how the author rips Holland on his poor choices and obviously flawed strategy for going with has-beens at the expense of hungry young skilled players like these guys.


#2428716 Wings sign Stephen Weiss, 5-years, $24.5m

Posted by lwing on 08 July 2013 - 06:18 AM

I looked at some videos of Weiss and found a few fights. He is not afraid to drop the gloves (imagine that in a Red Wing if you can), but the problem is he get's his butt kicked every time he does. Thank God we have Franzen to protect him.

#2416417 Wow... Danny Cleary

Posted by lwing on 30 May 2013 - 10:07 PM

Danny plays hard and, as we know all too well by now, guys like that are worth their weight in gold in the playoffs. He's had a string of injuries for years here and that's tough, but even without this I was happy with him. Yes, he was a little timid and cutesy a few times when he could/should have just taken the darn shot, but they guy just oozes effort. He comes to play, it is always the case. Others could learn from his level of dedication and effort.

#2415998 WCSF Game 7 GDT: Red Wings 1 at Blackhawks 2 OT (CHI wins series, 4-3)

Posted by lwing on 30 May 2013 - 06:36 AM

Only in Detroit can people find a way to be proud of failure. Then again, what else do we have? We had our proverbial foot on their throat and failed to finish it off. Failed. Failure. Failing. Get it? You all saw the games and if thats the kind of performance, coaching and effort you can be proud of (games 5 and 6 in particular), then I bet you probably Applebees is a gourmet restaurant, the new Dodge Dart is a BMW M series and Hazel Park is the Hamptons. 

#2414551 Trade Smith ASAP!

Posted by lwing on 29 May 2013 - 02:28 PM

All I can think about is what will this thread be like Wednesday night after the game? That's all that matters now.

#2410675 Red Wings don't belong in the same rink as the Hawks?

Posted by lwing on 23 May 2013 - 10:20 PM

This deserves a bump or something after tonights game going up 3-1. This is the most absurd sports writing fail and when I read it the first time I was mad, but now I just laugh and laugh and laugh.

#2407164 Red Wings don't belong in the same rink as the Hawks?

Posted by lwing on 19 May 2013 - 07:57 AM

This guy is not a true sports writer where being a shameless homer is considered unprofessional. His "article" is more like a bad email (or forum post) by an angry teenage. In short, he belongs more in a place like this than a real newspaper.

#2407004 Red Wings don't belong in the same rink as the Hawks?

Posted by lwing on 18 May 2013 - 04:25 PM

Someone has to tell these Hawks fans (and homer sports writers, truly the lowest form of reporter on Earth) that very rarely in the history of the league does a good record translate into a leisurely walk to Lord Stanley's Cup. Here's hoping to their learning the hard way, with bitterness, tears and whining all the way down.  

#2402066 Ovechkin -- Laziest Play Ever

Posted by lwing on 11 May 2013 - 07:39 AM

Still, he put up a 41 goal/95 point performance this season. Hes not paid to play defense, hes there to put the biscuit in the basket. 

And that's why he will never hoist the Cup!

#2402063 WCQF Game 6 GDT : Ducks 3 at Red Wings 4 (OT) - (Series Tied 3-3)

Posted by lwing on 11 May 2013 - 07:30 AM

I have to apologize for all my smith bashing all game. I use this forum as a way to vent my frustration and think of it like I'm talking to myself.

If I had posted all the stuff I was muttering to myself about Flip, I'd probably be banned on my first post.