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#2483121 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 10 February 2014 - 08:34 AM

Looking at it from an outsider's POV (not really following the Olympics) I think that on paper it should go to Canada with USA and Russia/Sweden taking the other medals. Canada's goaltending is suspect and they could end up losing a high-pressure game. Their forwards aren't as good as 2010 and I think the US has gotten bigger and stronger since then. So the gold could really go to either depending how each side's goalies play. Still think Howard should be in MI right now.


Russia's offense looks decent on paper but light of great NHL talent. Malkin-Datsyuk-Ovechkin is almost impossible to contain, but if you were to pull off keeping them off the scoresheet you better have good 3rd and 4th lines to score your goals against some great Russian goalies. 


Sweden's defense seems light this year (wonder why). Their offense has some great playmakers but no real power forwards so there will be a lot of finesse but no snarl which will be tough against CAN and USA. 


But, looking at Finland's goaltending makes me think that they could play spoiler and end up on the podium pretty easily. 


So, my BRAIN picks: Gold Canada, Silver USA, Bronze Sweden


HEART picks: Gold USA, Silver Sweden, Bronze Russia. Cause f*** Crosby. 

#2473615 Perspective?

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 16 January 2014 - 11:35 PM

I think that at this point management needs to seriously consider being heavy shoppers at the deadline. Drop the trash for whatever picks you can get and maybe even try to do some lateral moves to get rid of some skill guys for some heavies. The East is obviously eating this small, non-aggressive team alive and size is needed. 

#2473105 Datsyuk - Team Russia captain for Sochi

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 15 January 2014 - 12:01 PM

Just seen it tweeted by red wings news feed, and less importantly, helene st. James.

Is St. James looked upon with disdain? This is news to me. I usually go with Khan first and her second.

#2469133 Howard on U.S. Olympic Roster

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 31 December 2013 - 01:28 PM

Wow. He shouldn't be on that team. I might even take Schneider over him on the team right now. What about Ben Bishop? Is he not a top goalie this year? He is a finalist for the Vezina at this point. 

#2467576 Maybe the weirdest OT winner you'll ever see

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 24 December 2013 - 08:51 AM

That should have been a no goal.  How can the referee not lose sight of the puck if it's in his pants?  The whistle should have been blown as soon as the ref lost sight.  Even if he saw it go in there, it doesn't mean he can see the puck.  Bad call.

Difference is that if a ref saw the puck go into his jersey/pants and chose not to blow the whistle then it stands. He knows where the puck is he just can't see it. No one will ever know for sure why a whistle didn't get blown but watching the play makes me think that the ref with the best sightline had a good idea that it was wrapped up in Smith somewhere and no one wants to blow a whistle in OT with a potential scoring play still going on. If there was no intent and the puck goes in the net the goal counts. 

#2466494 Babcock's Job?

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 20 December 2013 - 11:57 AM

Unfortunately there is a popular myth that Mike Babcock is the best coach in the league even though there is no evidence to support the claim. Just because he coaches the Canadian Olympic team he somehow is the best coach in hockey (that is the usual response).


No one should ever have a safe job in sports. If you lose when you are expected to win (in the Wings case losing would be not making the playoffs) you should be replaced by someone who can do the job better or fix your mistakes.


It is partially Ken Holland's fault. He signs the players, he negotiates with FA's and current dead weight players to keep them on the team and take roster spots away from guys like Eaves, Tootoo, Nyquist, and Jurco.


When Ken Holland retires and is replaced with someone who doesn't have the same love for Babcock (looking at you Stevie) then he will be more likely to be fired (if he screws up). But for now, short of missing the playoffs, Babcock being fired isn't a likely scenario.

#2466174 Tootoo called up

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 19 December 2013 - 02:15 PM

Hopefully he doesn't hit, fight anyone, or stick up for his teammates after they get run and make it apparent to Holland and Babcock that he is not what the Wings need right now. 


Goals Toots. That's what they expect of you. Not toughness. We have team toughness.*


* note- ignore all injuries after reading that sentence. 

#2464773 Jurco Called Up

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 15 December 2013 - 11:11 AM

Let's all remember that Sammy was scratched tonight...

...and Jurco's getting called up...

..which means Sammy is likely still scratched...

...perhaps we're seeing Holland/Babs make a little bit of sense here!


#2464094 Howard out 2-4 weeks with MCL sprain

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 13 December 2013 - 03:53 PM

So, we get to get some wins over the next couple weeks???

#2462393 Shawn Thornton attacks Orpik (leaves game on stretcher)

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 08 December 2013 - 03:32 PM


And you need to look up what exaggeration is, after all I posted a video look of another angle. I saw a skate hit a skate, I guess it was accidental right? I guess that's why he hauled his ass off the ice so fast instead of staying at the side of his injured teammate which was the point of my post.

After watching it again I think I can man up and say... yes, you are still exaggerating.


Yes, it looked accidental. May not have been accidental, but he was turning (which usually causes a leg to stick out), and trying to poke the puck away (which usually causes the stick to stick out). It looks like their skates connect and Marchand trips over Crosby's skate and stick. Probably should have been called a trip by the trailing ref. Nothing too menacing or underhanded, even if done deliberately.


After the contact, Crosby skates to the bench for a line change. At this point he had been on the ice for an average amount of time. He made his way toward the bench but stopped short of going off because of the whistle from the Neil kneeing. He lingered for a moment then got off the ice, this occured during the scrum in the Pens zone but BEFORE Thornton grabbed Orpik. He got off the ice and was replaced by another player, THEN Thornton attacked Orpik.


So, thanks for making me defend Crosby. Are you happy? I feel like Johnny Cochran.

#2460623 12/4 GDT : Flyers 6 at Red Wings 3

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 04 December 2013 - 11:33 AM

Alright Weiss, your time is now. Get some ice time and make a better impression. I would like nothing more than to see him come off that anchor of a 4th line and get promoted up when we are 100% healthy again.


I typically haven't tried to guess the scores lately but I think a little positive thinking is needed.


Wings 3 (Weiss, Franzen, Kronwall)

Flyers 2 (who cares)

#2459451 Datsyuk concussion: To Return Tuesday

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 30 November 2013 - 11:07 AM

Our powerplay will make the Sens wish they had never been born. Oh, and Cowen, his stats WILL pay for this.

#2457549 Datsyuk concussion: To Return Tuesday

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 24 November 2013 - 07:43 AM

So if our power play is our enforcer and we can't score on the power play does that mean that we can stop saying that the PP is the enforcer? I don't want to read one post about revenge or bringing up Tootoo either. I want the Wings Holland wants on paper to finish out the season. It becomes obvious against teams like Ottawa, Toronto, and Boston that the Holland Euro-skill system will not work in the East over a full season. We need to get bigger, tougher, and less pretty. 1996-97 all over again.

Datsyuk and the Wings were tossed all over the ice all night. It was a shameful game in all facets. The PP made me want to kill a puppy. The diving was pathetic and we can't blame the refs for non-calls when we get that many powerplays.

#2456817 ****(Stuff) no one says about the Wings

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 22 November 2013 - 08:45 PM

Pavel Datsyuk is the best player in the AHL.

#2456766 ****(Stuff) no one says about the Wings

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 22 November 2013 - 05:12 PM

Mickey Redmond is so eloquent.