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#2520621 Should we pursue Iggy?

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 15 May 2014 - 09:36 AM

I say no simply because he is a d-bag. If we're going to go after a d-bag, let's go after a d-bag that has more than one dimension and isn't 40 years old. 

#2517962 NHL lacks class.

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 28 April 2014 - 11:08 AM

Classy doesn't win Cups. Name a team that won on "class" in the post-Gretzky era. None. Not one. All had an element of grit/toughness that could be quantified by a single player/line that played every game. The Wings didn't have that this season and haven't had that since Dallas Drake. 


The 1997 and 1998 Wings were both very tough and gritty teams. They could go toe to toe physically with any team in the league every game. That was an overall team toughness that hasn't been seen since on the Wings. It disappeared with the losses of Lapointe, Vladdy, Ward, and Kocur. These guys played minutes every game, and 2 of them were more than just big bodies and fists. In 2002 the Wings won the Cup with pure skill, but there was still a Grind Line. A line that could go out when you were down one and crash and bang and piss the other team off. That didn't exist this season. And hasn't since Downey was dropped. 


The 2008 Wings were not supposed to win the Cup. They were not as skilled as the Pens offensively and didn't match up physically. The Wings overall grit was better as their more physical players could actually contribute more than PIT's grinders. Plus, Dats and Z were physical and kept Crosby and Malkin in check every shift. Pavel and Z were both hurt this year and were not physical at all vs. BOS. That's bad news when they are supposed to be the shut down line. Kronwall can't be physical either, if he goes out of his way to level a guy it isn't Lidstrom picking up the slack, it's Brendan Smith. 


Grit, size, goaltending, and balanced lines win Cups in this era. Need at least 3 of those to make it to the Finals. Wings had half of one. Boston has 4. 

#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. 

#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???

#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.