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#2624015 Wings hire Bryan Campbell as Director of Statistical Analysis

Posted by Euro_Twins on 28 August 2015 - 03:41 PM

Negative. Of course, you can. Not letteraly though, but math can definitely help doing that.

I wish this site had a sarcasm button. I like the analytical part of the game too, I may not always fully understand it but I do think it is a very useful tool

One has to wonder why it took so long?  Why didn't we have a guy like this before now?  Holland's usually ahead of the curve.  My knee jerk reaction is to assume that Babcock didn't care about it.  But I don't know, and can't substantiate that at all.  Just seems like the same old timey mentality that made him "not care about shootouts" might also apply here. 

I'm pretty sure that's inaccurate, at least a bit. Babs was very happy last summer when we got an analytics guy, so much so he let him do quite a bit and eventually took him go to Toronto with him. Guy even got to pick our shootout guys too

#2618005 Phil Kessel Traded to Penguins

Posted by amato on 01 July 2015 - 01:03 PM

"@leahhextall: With Kessel gone now just one player on Toronto's roster makes more than Babcock!"

#2616695 Datsyuk Has Ankle Surgery

Posted by amato on 26 June 2015 - 05:32 PM

Datsyuks ankle is our off season acquisition.

#2614756 2015 SCF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by kipwinger on 16 June 2015 - 10:57 AM

To tell the truth, I'm happy about this.  I don't want a division rival winning the Cup.  I didn't want the Stanley Cup in the south, getting gawked at by mildly bemused tourists and local swamp rats.  I don't ever want to hear "The Stanley Cup gets a sun tan" ever again.  *Puke*.  I don't give a crap about "Stevie winning one", because he stopped mattering to me the second he started working for a rival organization.   In short, NOTHING about Tampa winning the Cup would have felt good to me.  I don't care about their players, coach, staff, GM, city, or state.


Secondly, I don't feel threatened by this.  At all. The new Chicago dynasty is (so far) more impressive than our dynasty from 97-08.  So what?  We still won 4 Cups in 11 years, had top end talent to watch, and made  the playoffs every single year.  It's still SUPER impressive.  Just because the 80's Islanders weren't the 80's Oilers doesn't make them any less awesome.  This just put a stamp on something we all already knew.  We're no longer the league's model franchise.  Oh well, doesn't make our run at the top any less impressive. 

#2613543 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by amato on 08 June 2015 - 05:14 PM


For all my fellow game of thrones fans on here :P

#2613187 Which Sweater Do RWs Retire First - Feds or Ozzy?

Posted by Jacksoni on 04 June 2015 - 06:56 PM

What the heck.. Where is the 'None' button?

None of those players will have their jerseys retired. It's original six Gordie Howe Detroit, not a florida team playing hockey when folks are suntanning outside and couldn't give a s***.


Don't get me too wrong those players are good, Fedorov was probably born on skates. I wouldn't have lifted an eyebrow if he skated in an individual program in the olympics.

But they are not generational players. Like Howe. Like Yzerman. Like Lidström.

No siree.


As a sidenote, I personally nominee Holmström as a generational player and should have his jersey retired at the Joe.

#2610041 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by WingedWheel91 on 25 May 2015 - 12:25 PM

Toronto's an awesome city, I've lived here my entire life - The problem here is the size of the market and the historic lack of results across the board.


The Leafs haven't won a cup or been in the finals since 1967 - and haven't won a playoff series since 2004. 

The Raptors have only qualified for the playoffs 7 times in history - and haven't won a playoff series since 2001.  

The Blue Jays haven't qualified for the playoff since 1993.


This is the 3rd biggest city in North America, and we haven't had anything to celebrate since a first round playoff win in 2004 (although I am not a leafs fan). The media here is overwhelming, but even worse when every team is so bad... The signing of Mike Babcock is overblown but unfortunately the best thing to happen to the Leafs in a long time - as Red Wings fans we understand that he hasn't exactly been turning water into wine, and that he is in fact overrated, but it still represents improvement and direction to a franchise so desperately in need.

#2610755 WCF : (3) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (1) Anaheim Ducks

Posted by Hockeytown0001 on 27 May 2015 - 11:41 PM

The NHL is a Ducks/Lighting win away from ratings hell. 

#2607459 ECSF: Tampa Bay Crying Coopers vs. Montreal Complaining Canadiens

Posted by BottleOfSmoke on 12 May 2015 - 11:58 PM

I don't want Yzerman to have a cup with another team. There. I said it.

#2607458 ECSF: Tampa Bay Crying Coopers vs. Montreal Complaining Canadiens

Posted by rick zombo on 12 May 2015 - 11:57 PM

God I hope Tampa getsf****** destroyed in the next round

I hope the Caps win tomorrow so I can watch them terrorize Tampa.

"Didn't even have to whine about the referees not being nice to us this time."

What a smug looking asshat.

#2607381 ECSF: Tampa Bay Crying Coopers vs. Montreal Complaining Canadiens

Posted by rick zombo on 12 May 2015 - 04:25 PM

I hope Paquette and Brown are nailing some Habs douchebags tonight and end the series.
Gallagher is like a little Marchand always yapping, always complaining but never backing it up.

A sentence that contains the words "Paquette" and "douchebags" but fails to make a direct link between the two?
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#2607242 WCF : (3) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (1) Anaheim Ducks

Posted by 55fan on 11 May 2015 - 06:23 PM

I rarely have to resort to this, but I'm rooting for Analheim because Getzlaf's cute.


That, my friends, is true desperation.

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#2606569 ECSF: Tampa Bay Crying Coopers vs. Montreal Complaining Canadiens

Posted by Bully76 on 07 May 2015 - 01:11 PM

I want Tampa to advance too.


So I can watch that Caps team hit them into the ice and terrorize Tyler Johnson.

Agreed. I f****ing hate Johnson. I mean, it's not Patrick Kane-type hate. Not by a long shot. But I'd love to see him get lined up and dropped by some of the Caps.

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#2606194 Players who might be available due to teams cap issues

Posted by BottleOfSmoke on 05 May 2015 - 08:24 PM

Lucic is a piece of s***. An absolute scumbag. I don't give a damn how good of a player he is, it would be an embarrassment to have him in a Wings jersey. There's a lot of players I hate that would be great on the Wings and I would be more than happy to suck it up and bring them in (Weber, et al) but Milan "Human Garbage Can" Lucic is not one of them. f*** that guy.

#2605457 ECSF: Tampa Bay Crying Coopers vs. Montreal Complaining Canadiens

Posted by 55fan on 01 May 2015 - 03:44 PM

The series goes to 7 games.  The first 6 are 1-0.  All goals are scored when the puck bounces off someone standing in front of the net pointing a finger at an opposing player and whining about something.


By game 7, they have all learned to stand and cry without pointing.  In the intermission before the 7th overtime of a 0-0 game, Steve Yzerman visits the locker room and asks to speak to Filppula.  He has brought with him a medium who looks deeply into Flip's dreamy... blue... ey...........


Oh, sorry.  But.  Those eyes...


She asks him to recall a previous life.  She sees the colour red.  He blinks.  He stares at Yzerman.  He sees the Cup Rings on Yzerman's hand.  Where has he seen that before?


Then it comes to him!  The heart of a Bolt remembers!  It is transformed into the heart of a Wing! 


And what happened next?  Well, in Whoville, they say, that Filppula's balls grew three sizes that day!


He skates onto the ice, wins the face-off, takes the puck himself, skates between the Canadiens players who are crying about an unfair puck drop.


He scores, winning the series for the Lightning.  A breathless Cooper asks him, "How did you do it?"  Filppula proudly replies, "I'm a Red Wing!  I cheated."


Then they go on to get blown away in the next series and we all live happily ever after.  The end.