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#2608677 Report: Oilers hire McLellan

Posted by rick zombo on 19 May 2015 - 11:58 PM

If Babs goes to Buffalo, it will be an ongoing story line for next few years to see which coach can bring their respective teams to respectability.  As an indicator, let's say the 1st team to make it to the playoffs.  I'll say McLellan.


It'll take three years for either of them to get more win in a season than Blashill. There's your respectability.


#2608001 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by rick zombo on 15 May 2015 - 02:18 PM

 

The fact of the matter is unless we are picking in the top 10, our chances of drafting an elite player are going to be very slim.  If you look at the offensive leaders this year, most of them have been high draft picks.  In fact, in the top 10 this year, only Jiri Hudler and Jamie Benn were chosen in the 2nd round and later.  Every other player was a 1st round high draft pick.

 

In the new NHL, you can draft smart like the Wings and not get a star player.  You have a greater chance of landing that franchise player by having bad seasons and drafting high.  This is how the Blackhawks built their team.  This is how the Lightning built their new team.  Here is a great article on the value of players and the draft pick position of those players in relation.

 

http://www.sportsnet...hl-draft-picks/

 

In short, if we want an elite player, we either have to get lucky in the later rounds OR have a poor season and try to get a elite player in the first 5 picks and hope it pans out.  Since getting an elite player is easier for those that are picking high, it would make sense to have some poor seasons to get those high draft picks.  Nothing is for certain though.  Its not like everyone picking #1 is drafting a stud.  There have been some real dogs out there for sure.

 

But it is possible to get an allstar D man in outside of the top 10:

 

Weber - 2nd round

Subban - 2nd round

Keith - 2nd Round

 

Even Karlsson went 15th.

 

There is hope.




#2607905 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by rick zombo on 14 May 2015 - 11:22 PM

All hail lil Bert!!!!! Best prospect since Matha was the best prospect until everyone turned on him. Welcome to LGWs. Where an appropriate sample size for a player is two weeks. Give or take.


#2607745 WMHC 2015

Posted by rick zombo on 14 May 2015 - 02:24 PM

Isn't Eichel playing 4th line center? Pretty sure Larkin has been top2 lines all tournament. Guess doom n gloomers go as far as the worlds these days

 

Everything about the Red Wings sucks. On all stages.

 

#worldstankit




#2607736 Free agents this off season

Posted by rick zombo on 14 May 2015 - 01:03 PM

I'd like to have him too but it looks like he wants to be in Montreal.... 

 

 

They always say this.




#2607725 Breaking News: Gordie Howe Int'l Bridge

Posted by rick zombo on 14 May 2015 - 11:50 AM

I'd say, during construction, a lot of the pipe connections will be 90 degree connecting joints.

 

Also know as "elbows". 




#2607718 Breaking News: Gordie Howe Int'l Bridge

Posted by rick zombo on 14 May 2015 - 11:16 AM

Tubular

 

It's a bridge, not another tunnel.




#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.

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"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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#2606987 Free agents this off season

Posted by rick zombo on 10 May 2015 - 01:22 PM

The question was about trades. More to the point: trades for star players. Something we haven't done in a long time. Yes we have made some trades, but those were for band aid type players, not difference makers.
Yes it is true that talent can come from many places. But and again this is key: we are only using 1 of the 3 major sources. No big time UFA signing-even Weiss wasn't big time, and no trades. That leaves only drafting. Yes some nice pieces have come through our system, but not enough to replace our loses. We are now a superstar less team. All of our stars have retired or have declined due to age where they are no longer stars. Good yes, but not the type of players that scare other teams and force teams to game plan to counter them.

Mrazek's going to be star. Maybe even a super one. And that's going to win this team a lot of games.


#2606936 WMHC 2015

Posted by rick zombo on 09 May 2015 - 08:12 PM

[quote name="Mckinley25" post="2606866" timestamp="1431176421"]When did Michael Bay start directing sporting events?[/quote[quote name="derblaueClaus" post="2606861" timestamp="1431168489"]
You mean that kind of atmosphere ?
 
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I take the friendly atmosphere in US stadiums over our so called "fan culture" here in in Europe any day.[/quote]



I didn't know Vancouver had a soccer team.


#2606920 Dominic Turgeon signs 3 year Entry Level Contract

Posted by rick zombo on 09 May 2015 - 03:44 PM

If you want to play this game, you have to learn how to spell his name right.


Hey, I'm just spelling it the way he probably did until he was 20.


#2606747 There is no Presidents' Trophy Curse

Posted by rick zombo on 08 May 2015 - 12:58 PM

There was a while there back in the 90s when I was convinced that finishing 3rd was our "Stanley Cup Sweet Spot" :lol:

 

I was the exact same way. No lie.

 

That's certainly how things worked out in 1997.




#2606733 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by rick zombo on 08 May 2015 - 12:30 PM

All the best Babcock, his job got harder each and every year. Will be interesting to see what Blashill can do...Hopefully Holland provides him with a better team otherwise the ever so important streak will end. Get your cup number two Babcock

 

Unless there's another "positive surprise" in your future.




#2606719 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by rick zombo on 08 May 2015 - 11:36 AM

http://kuklaskorner...._medium=twitter

 

Holland has spoken to the media. Apparently the Wings drafted a "letter of compensation" that teams must sign if they want to have serious discussions with Babcock. They'll get a 3rd round pick. Also, it seems like this window closes May 25th.