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#2535999 Ericsson and Alfredsson not 100%

Posted by rick zombo on 11 September 2014 - 05:25 PM

Less talk about this forum and people whining.  More talk about the actual topic please. 

My apologies.

The problem is that there's nothing to discuss. The OP flavored the opening post with "and it begins".

Considering nothing about this thread is new news and only gives people a pseudo chance at "I told you so" it was a recipe for disaster from the get-go. Just my opinion.

#2535998 Rule Changes for 2014-2015 Season

Posted by rick zombo on 11 September 2014 - 05:17 PM

The whole video review 'improvements' reek of vagueness and subjectivity. I'm polishing up my tinfoil hat.

#2535974 Ericsson and Alfredsson not 100%

Posted by rick zombo on 11 September 2014 - 02:32 PM

Just wait for the first in-game injury. This forum is going to be something.

This forum is going to be 'something' regardless of what happens.
If Mantha plays 40 games and has 15 goals it won't be:
"Awesome, this kid's the real deal and our future is secure. Way to go Holland and staff for drafting this guy!!!!"  
It will be: " f*** you Kenny for signing Cleary and Quincey and letting Hossa go and not giving me a team as tough as Calgary and for not signing Niskanen"
Some dudes on here have spent too much time building their opinions and reputations and dealing in absolutes. Whatever happens this year, people are going to feel the need to spin it whatever way they need to in order to back up their zealousness.

#2535851 Jonas Gustavsson - Monsters Hall of Fame new mask

Posted by rick zombo on 10 September 2014 - 12:04 PM

******* awesome.


Between Jimmy and Monster (and even Mrazek) we've come a long way from this:



#2535585 Cam fowler skated at the wings practice today

Posted by rick zombo on 04 September 2014 - 08:12 PM

Only on LGWs can a “Cam Fowler Skated at Wings Practice Today” predictably spiral into a trade/Quincey hate thread.  :lol:

#2535550 Red Wings add Jim Hiller and Andrew Brewer to coaching staff

Posted by rick zombo on 04 September 2014 - 10:49 AM

Awesome read on Brewer. Only 28 years old and shares the same alma mater as me :cheesy:




Seriously though, these hires din't really generate much interest here at LGWs during our Summer of DoomTM tirades, but I think they could end up being great moves.


I really dig the part about Brewer offering to help with analytics.

#2535549 Dekeyser signed. 2 yrs $2.187 million AAV

Posted by rick zombo on 04 September 2014 - 10:42 AM


Thanks for the responses guys!


Now this is where my beef lies with Holland...Re-signing Cleary - giving Quincey a raise - not signing 1 of our better Dmen who's most likely only to get better?


If Holland fails to get a deal done with DeKeyser and totally messes up the entire thing, then you have a beef. But we both know that he's going to get a deal done because one of his strengths is handling RFA contracts.

#2535533 Dekeyser signed. 2 yrs $2.187 million AAV

Posted by rick zombo on 04 September 2014 - 08:52 AM


I wonder if they're trying to gauge whether Alfredson will be playing or not, and basing how much money is potentially available, and how to structure the contract on that.  It would explain the delay in signing a contract, and it would also explain why both Holland and Dekeyser seem like they aren't too worried about Dekeyser not signing here.


No to be that guy who goes there, but the DeKeyser/Alfie math would be a lot friggin easier without the 5.75M that's tied up in Cleary and Quincey.  

#2535426 Howard's new 2014-15 mask

Posted by rick zombo on 02 September 2014 - 11:05 PM

Whatever helmet he wore that time he beat up Crosby. That’s the best one. 

#2535154 potential team names for las vegas!

Posted by rick zombo on 29 August 2014 - 09:44 AM

The Las Vegas Gonzos


(in honour of Hunter .S. Thompson)

#2534830 Holland signs 4 year extension with wings **MOD Warning Post 130**

Posted by rick zombo on 23 August 2014 - 11:12 AM

Ummm I guess we'd all have to be massive idiots to not realize that Nill and Yzerman are or will be great GMs most likely because of what they learned working for Holland.

Reading some of the s*** on here? Some of you are off the friggin hook.

#2534617 Lines Thread

Posted by rick zombo on 20 August 2014 - 11:20 AM

Ya I don't think a single line on their will be right to start the year.


No s***.


6 guys will pull their groins in pre-season, leaving:


Tatar - Sheahan - Jurco

Nyquist - Helm - Abdlekader

Miller - Anderson - Pulkinen

Cleary - Glendenning  - Callahan



#2534469 Holland signs 4 year extension with wings **MOD Warning Post 130**

Posted by rick zombo on 18 August 2014 - 10:45 AM

I'd recommend everyone watching the TSN story about the Pens and Lemieux some of the stuff basically admitted that they were trying to lose. Sure players would never want to lose but the front office especially GM and coach can put players into impossible situations. Like TSN mentioned playing the 3 pairing on the PK, or let the fourth line play the PK stuff like that.


Funny, how emotionally invested some posters seem to be in a Ken Holland. Yes he has done great things but after losing Yzerman, Nill he really seems to struggle and there is debate about that because the results are there since 2009. It is impossible to rebuild a team via draft or solely via UFA, the mixture needs to be there. With Pasha continuing to slow down I really hope the front office isn't banking on finding another Pasha outside of the top 3 in 2015. I don't care how many excuses people want to make the  point is, he now has 4 years to change the UFA perception of this team and to lay down a plan. The current strategy of barely staying over the water won't entice players to sign here, as the core continues to age and the question marks continue to rise. Wheter some fans like to admit it or not but that's exactly how top guys are viewing this team right now.


Sometimes a step back can mean 2 steps forward in the long run, so I would have been much more happy with seeing the young guys getting a chance, create cap space and go for a top pick in one of the best drafts since 2006. Also I'm sick of Holland's if you make the playoffs everything can happen, yeah everything can happen if you are stacked as the LA Kings in most cases you are going to face the Big Bad Bear or the high powered offense of Pittsburgh = first round exit again and a worse draft pick. This is a team which needs a make over in terms of playstyle and soon on key position, you simple can't do that by drafting alone, we won't have the luck of getting a Z, Pasha or - dream on - Lidström again because every team has improved their worldwide scouting and finding gems has become harder and harder.


Shero brought the Pens a cup, a cup final experience, an ECF << more success than Holland and Lemieux decided to fire him because the expectations are sky high in Pittsburgh. The Wings lost out on top UFAs, the team became stale, complacent, UFAs shying away and hasn't even flirted with a third round since 2009 and yet Holland gets a 4 year extension. This just doesn't feel right for me.


I have nothing against Holland, he has done a lot of great things but I personally believe he has lost his inner fire to guide this team through some rough rough years and maybe the game has evolved too much for his ideas.  Hopefully we can hire Shero as an assistant and if things go south have him taking over.


Not sure what you're getting at here Frank with the first paragraph, but I'd be ashamed if I was a Penguins fan. And as a Wings fan I don't think I could ever condone that organizational strategy. The Peguins tanked on purpose for about 5 years, couldn't half-fill a rink to save their lives and were 99% on the move to Kansas City. Anaheim were the statistcal favourite to win the Crosby lottery but Pittsburgh got lucky. On top of all that, after being handed soooo much, they have one cup. They are a "win now" team that isn't winning. Not even close. No wonder Shero got fired.


The Wings organizition and Holland still have high standards but they're not at the same stage from a franchize/legacy standpoint as the pens are.

#2534378 Holland signs 4 year extension with wings **MOD Warning Post 130**

Posted by rick zombo on 16 August 2014 - 10:52 AM

Yup ufas aren't coming and the prospect pool is dry after Pulkinen

Frank, I can't tell if you truly feel this way or if your over-zealous dissapproval of Holland has spiraled out of control.

Eveyone's entitled to their opinion for sure, but this statement I quoted is just plain wrong.

This defense and this goalie isn't going to get us anywhere in the playoffs provided we even make it in. Sorry but you'd have to be an incurable optimist to believe otherwise.

And what about incurable pessimists?

#2534095 Helmer: First one to get a herniated disc in the new Season?

Posted by rick zombo on 12 August 2014 - 01:37 PM