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#2538217 10/3 Preseason Game: Detroit Red Wings vs Toronto Maple Leafs

Posted by rick zombo on 03 October 2014 - 08:09 PM

It's going to be a loooong season...

 

I know eh. Considering this will be our starting line up right? Eh? Right? 




#2538133 TSN Luke Schenn could be available

Posted by rick zombo on 03 October 2014 - 11:46 AM

 

Hopefully this doesn't derail the thread too much, but you hit on something that I've thought about for years.  Why does anybody care about Don Cherry's thoughts on hockey.  He wasn't a successful player, and he wasn't a successful coach.  He's not Scotty Bowman or Pat Quinn; he's John Tortorella without the accomplishments.  Why would anybody listen to this blowhard clown and think, "now here's a subject matter expert"? 

 

Ugh, I frickin' hate Don Cherry.

 

He's a personality.

 

I never ever agreed with him on a general level. There was a time when he'd occasionally have an endearing moment but mostly I just found him entertaining. These days, he can't even speak properly and rants and babbles like Abe Simpson.

 

IMO, he wore out his welcome a decade ago.

 

I'm sure this digression will open up a Molson Canadian full of worms.




#2538121 TSN Luke Schenn could be available

Posted by rick zombo on 03 October 2014 - 11:13 AM

But he's big.  I mean, look at the size of him.  Who cares if he's any good or not?  He's big.  That's all that matters.  We could pair him up with Mike Mckee and teams would be scared to death.  Because NHL coaches, the league over, are bewildered by club footed meatheads.  You know, cuz they're big.

 

And Canadian. And Don Cherry likes guys like this. And he was a good coach that time in 1976. I say we trade our best Euro for this kid.


http://www.nicholson...insider-trading looks like he could be had for a B level prospect. If I'm Holland I'd be all over this guy hits like a truck, brings size and will stick up for his teammates and the best thing Schenn will can only get better.

 

 

Fixed




#2536979 2014 Preseason Thread

Posted by rick zombo on 23 September 2014 - 11:21 AM

from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

 

http://www.sportsnet...n-ominous-sign/

 

 

 

Are these the things that worry you the most?

 

Here is a more exciting preview from Sportsnet.

 

http://www.sportsnet...roit-red-wings/

 

 

Biggest story line to watch: Can the kids grow up quickly enough to keep Mike Babcock around? The best coach in the business is in the final year of his contract, and while he’s said all the right things about staying (and GM Ken Holland has echoed him), if the team can’t improve on last season’s just-scraping-into-the-playoffs effort, he might go somewhere that offers him a better chance at a Cup. That said, there’s a lot of talent here, and if there’s a man to get the most of it, it’s Babcock.

 

2014-15 prediction: A slow start turns into a rolling finish as the Grand Rapids kids infiltrate the lineup even further and the Wings start simply outskating opponents with one of the league’s youngest lineups. They run through the first two rounds in six games each and find themselves tied 2-2 in the third period of Game 7 against the Penguins with a spot in the Stanley Cup Final on the line.

 

 

Sorry if it's not doom-and-gloomy enough to scratch that itch, people.




#2536653 Barry Trotz Wants Ovechkin to be more like Yzerman

Posted by rick zombo on 20 September 2014 - 12:24 PM

Ovie? Like Yzerman? More defensive?

 

Excuse me for a second while I…….

 

AHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




#2536564 Flames adding Truculence...Yonkman, Gillies PTO

Posted by rick zombo on 19 September 2014 - 08:02 AM

Is tanking something to be proud of ? Of Course not -at least not for me- but the league is making it harder and harder for teams like the Wings to ice a great roster. And yeah personally I'd rather be a bottom 5 team than one that barely misses the playoffs and get's some midrange picks.

 

You make it sound like these are the only two choices. This barely missing (or is that 'barely making?')  the playoffs thing is new to the Wings. I feel like if they can hold ground over the next couple of seasons, we're going to see them slowly moving back into contention. I like to think that 5-7 years down the road when Detroit can contend for a cup again, that I'll look back on the years leading up to this more fondly than I would if they had to be Buffalo/Florida/Edmonton/Chicago/Pittsburgh bad in order to get there.

 

If they can pull of the rebuild-on-the-fly this time? That IMO will be Holland's legacy.




#2536551 Flames adding Truculence...Yonkman, Gillies PTO

Posted by rick zombo on 18 September 2014 - 11:20 PM

And a chance to draft Eichel or McDavid

 

See, to me, you say that like it’s something to be proud of. Any team can take a crack at theses two if they are prepared to suck a whole ton of ass for a year. 

 

Maybe I’m misreading your tone. If so I apologize. 

 

I know some people wish the Wings would just tank and get some top 5 picks but I’d be more proud, as a fan, if this team was able to get back into contention without really breaking stride. 




#2536512 Mantha's Injury

Posted by rick zombo on 18 September 2014 - 12:28 PM

Dude still has a chance of being a regular on this team sometime this season. It's not like you make the Wings out of camp or don't make the Wings at all.

 

Anyway, crappy news for him. This has nothing to do with conditioning age etc and serves as a reminder that the Wings really do have bad luck with injuries.

 

Reminds me of the time Kronwall broke his leg in California during warm-up after he got caught in a rut on the ice.




#2536510 Flames adding Truculence...Yonkman, Gillies PTO

Posted by rick zombo on 18 September 2014 - 12:22 PM

http://flames.nhl.co...s.htm?id=730840

 

Burkie going all out on truculence, it gives them a chance to McDavid and will make sure that Monahan, Johnny Hockey and Baertschi can focus on hockey plus the Flames fans will see a very entertaining product. Not a bad idea at all.

 

This team is going to kick some serious ass Bollig, McGrattan, Yonkman, Gillies, Ferland, Wolf ... god I wish Torts would still coach in Vancouver just to see his face when Hardley sends his "top 6" out

 

Well, Burke's model worked really well for Toronto................




#2536473 2014 Prospects Tournament and Training Camp (Sept. 12-23)

Posted by rick zombo on 17 September 2014 - 10:39 PM

I would prefer being the next Don Cherry

 

You don’t say?  :tounge:




#2536471 2014 Prospects Tournament and Training Camp (Sept. 12-23)

Posted by rick zombo on 17 September 2014 - 10:16 PM

 

Just like Sproul, Marchenko and Mrazek are the next Lidstrom, Pronger and Dominators *g*

 

Just like you and DeGraa are the next Bob MacKenzie and Pierre LeBrun   :lol:




#2536439 Mantha's Injury

Posted by rick zombo on 17 September 2014 - 02:00 PM

Now if the Wings dressed some enforcers for that game.....That knee injury would've never happened.

 

I think a few Bruins scouts were at that game. They all stared at his knee and BAMB!!!!!!!!!!!




#2536430 2014 Prospects Tournament and Training Camp (Sept. 12-23)

Posted by rick zombo on 17 September 2014 - 12:37 PM

Yes he is the next Crosby for sure...

 

What a thoughtful contribution.




#2536413 2014 Prospects Tournament and Training Camp (Sept. 12-23)

Posted by rick zombo on 17 September 2014 - 10:10 AM

Yup, Athanasiou looks unreal. I hope Blashill plays him and Mantha together all year in Grand Rapids.

 

Once again, extremely happy Holland doesn't have the quick trigger finger that a lot of LGWers have. A lot of people on here were ready to trade this kid just a few short months ago. I said it back then and I'll say it again now, this kid is a keeper for sure.

 

I'd trade him for Shea Weber ;)




#2536405 2014 Prospects Tournament and Training Camp (Sept. 12-23)

Posted by rick zombo on 17 September 2014 - 09:02 AM

The knock on Mantha at the draft was that he had questionable work ethic and day-to-day consistency and compete level.

 

Obviously a lot of scouts were a little off the mark.

 

edit to add: the best part is that Athanasiou also looks like he's going to a legit keeper too.