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#2456765 The Dan Cleary Hate Zone

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 22 November 2013 - 05:10 PM

Dan Cleary is 2nd on my list of disposable players. At least he occasionally provides a net-front presence. But if by some miracle Sammy is moved/dropped, Cleary is next in my sights to clear up some room for the kids. He floats, is injury prone, and worst of all is a drain on the cap. I could handle the first 2 at $1mil per year, but this is a little sad.


Still a better option than Sammy though, what has he done this season? I would trade them both for minor leaguers and bring Tootoo/Eaves up in a minute.

#2452729 Holland: The wings are still learning about the Eastern conference

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 11 November 2013 - 12:01 PM

The Halloween conference has costumes, dude. COSTUMES.

So we could get Quincey and Cleary to dress up like hockey players. 

#2451373 Tootoo Waived

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 06 November 2013 - 01:40 PM


#2449984 Philly Capitals line brawl

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 02 November 2013 - 12:36 AM

They can't ban Emery for fighting. The Don Cherrys in the media who are fanatically pro-fighting would lose their minds. FYI, I want to keep fighting in the game, but this was a couple steps below assault (in a legal sense). 


Karma got the Flyers though. That punk Downie ate a great punch and hopefully Cashgrabvalier is out too. 

#2447189 Ten Games in: Player Grades

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 23 October 2013 - 10:48 AM

I think Tootoo is worth of at least a B-. When he gets on the roster, he does his job. The biggest complaint about him before the season started was that a player like him offsets any positives he brings with penalty minutes. He has zero so far. I can also think of one situation where he drew a penalty that lead to a goal. I would like to see him hit a little more and get to the net a little faster once they get into the offensive zone to be a net-front presence but overall he is doing well.


Now let's see how much longer they will keep him around. With Helm on the way I am sad to say that he seems to be the odd man out.


I would much rather see Cleary and Sammy sent away before Tootoo. But I am not expecting much from Holland in terms of creativity to keep a player he has already shopped around.

#2446445 Coaching Error

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 20 October 2013 - 09:26 AM

Yes, as it was obviously because of Howards performance that the Wings lost last night. Oh wait......

You don't risk it. He wasn't horrible, but he wasn't good either. Gus has been outstanding at points during his streak. Good enough to be in the top five in the league in save percentage. 


Give me one reason why Howard should play over a hot goalie. One legit reason. You can't. "He needs to get back into form?" No. When you're winning you ride the streak. "He's our starter and he should play if able?" No. Starters start because they have a better chance at winning than the backup. But when the backup is NOT LOSING you play the backup. Look at VAN, BOS, and PIT as a historical model, they don't care who is in net as long as they win. Fans complain and cry about loyalty but they keep winning with their backups in net and their starters watching. Thomas/Rask, Vokoun/Fleury, Schneider/Luongo. Interchangeable and competitive.


Why automatically go with Jimmy over Gus? If you know Howard is ready, let him backup the hot goalie. It will give Gus a boost of confidence that Babs trusts him, and he certainly needs it after last season. 

#2446440 Coaching Error

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 20 October 2013 - 08:56 AM

When you have a goalie playing his a$$ off in the middle of a winning streak you don't start a cold goalie. You wait for the hot goalie to lose. I thought this was known. I don't care if it's Sawchuk, Brodeur, or Hasek sitting on the bench. 


Gus was winning and Jimmy was cold. What's the worse that could happen? They get embarrassed by the Yotes for the 2nd time in a row? Well, mission accomplished. 

#2445798 Kronwall Injury Update

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 18 October 2013 - 08:08 AM

I'm going with 5 games. 


Also, big props to Ericsson for not hesitating to grab that piece of chit and get him to the ice. That hit will be remembered for the next game. Hopefully Tootoo will get to McLeod first next game. 

#2443923 10/12 GDT: Flyers 2 at Red Wings 5

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 13 October 2013 - 02:10 AM



If it were allowed, this would be my avatar AND signature.

#2439588 Did they change name plates on jersey?

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 28 September 2013 - 05:26 PM

Death. Taxes. And this thread every season. 

#2439328 9/27 Pre-Season GDT : Maple Leafs 2 at Red Wings 5

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 27 September 2013 - 02:17 PM

As always, these games don't count. So all I can hope for is no injuries and for our kids to show that they are better than Cleary and Sammy. So... GO JURCO!!!


Also, don't get blown out by the Leafs. Their fans are insufferable... present company excluded.

#2439283 Bertuzzi Needs To Retire

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 27 September 2013 - 09:40 AM

10 years ago Bertuzzi was the premiere power forward in the world. Size, speed, hands, and grit.


He still has 3 of those qualities. You need people on the 3rd and 4th lines that can pass, score, and take the body. We aren't expecting 30 goals from him, but we are expecting him to play gritty hockey. Right now, from what I have seen, he is bringing snarl to the ice every shift. If he hustles instead of coasting around waiting for a pass I think he is an upgrade over both Sammy and Cleary, and at times is an upgrade over Franzen. Also, he doesn't take sh*t from the other team on the ice when they chirp at skill guys. When Weber threw Z's head against the boards, we all weren't saying, "Oh boy! Wait until Z gets back up and kicks his a** on the powerplay." No, all of a sudden, Bertuzzi was an enforcer to fans on the board. And guess what happened the next game less than 2 minutes in, even in a small scale, Weber had to answer. Against a bigger, stronger, and younger guy Bertuzzi did the job of a non-existant enforcer.




Until he can't skate at all or loses his ability to handle the puck, he is the best player we have in the bottom six.

#2439169 The beginning of a new season.

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 26 September 2013 - 02:27 PM

Some experts have them winning the Cup. Some have them winning the East. Some have them winning the Atlantic. Some have them finishing 26th. 


All pointless. Anything can happen. These predictions are all based on the current roster of healthy players. One puck to the face, or knee-on-knee hit, or tweaked groin can turn a team from Cup-contender to barely missing the playoffs.


Howard tears a groin muscle. Datsyuk gets a concussion. Zetterberg's back acts up again. Kronwall blows out a knee. All spell doom. Not to mention other teams. Crosby takes a big hit and can't keep his eyes in focus. Chara takes a slapshot to the wrist and can't hold a stick for 4 months. Quick breaks his hand trying to stop a puck rolling along the boards behind the net. Freak accidents that no one can predict, not even experts.


BUT, experts also don't take into account players having career seasons. Weiss scores 40 goals. Alfredsson gets 60 assists. Franzen scores a goal in every away game for 3 months. Quincey leads the team in hits and +/- and does a great Konstantinov impression all season. DeK not only wins the Calder but gets Norris nods. All improbable, but still possible.

#2438457 Wings to Keep Tootoo?

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 23 September 2013 - 01:14 AM

<Doing a kind of wiggly happy dance>
I'm a happy girl now.  If the boys stick to the injury schedule, we'll be able to work everyone in with no trades.

Glad I don't have to change my signature. I want Tootoo as a fourth line regular. We will have plenty of skill guys to rotate in and out. We only have a handful of grinders and Tootoo will have a role every game in the East.

#2437925 Gallant and Barch find a way around the new helmet rule

Posted by Wings_Dynasty on 20 September 2013 - 10:48 AM

I logged in just to comment on this.


This is hilarious, cute, worrisome, and depressing all at once.


Hilarious: Great way around the rule. How can you stop it? They are being gentlemanly about it and playing/fighting within the rules (as ridiculous as they are).


Cute: How awkward they are. It's like two teenagers figuring out where to put their hands for their first dance. They are both obviously aware of their roles and both trying to stay on the big team. They both don't want to hurt each other (by letting the other remove the helmet) but immediately start to try to hurt each other. This is both cute and honorable and one of the reasons I love hockey fights, the pageantry of two enforcers knowing they have to meet at some point and being classy about it. Some people hate the "set up" fights, but I think that the fans of each of the teams want to see it and are somewhat disappointed if they don't. The other reason being the pure hatred that is built up over a game/season/career that is only curable through fists. Those fights are usually better (Mac/Lemieux).


Worrisome: This isn't going to last long. I bet the first draft of the rule is already written. Probably 2 for delay of game, 5 for fighting, game-misconduct, and maybe a short suspension/small fine.


Depressing: That it's come to this. So many recent, stupid rules (instigator, jersey tuck, glove tuck, goalie pads, puck over glass, trapezoid, spin-o-rama, stick curve, GOALIE INTERFERENCE OR NOT!?!?, and the dumbest: OTL). It's killed the game and made it so complicated that causal and new watchers are so confused that they won't attempt to watch it. If I were to talk to one of my co-workers who I know are into sports (NFL, NBA, MLB) and ask them what they know about hockey, 90% would mention "allowed to fight" in their answer. If I ask them why they don't watch it at least half would say "confusing/rules are weird."