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#2104362 Nabokov claimed by NYI, refuses to report, suspended

Posted by sputman on 24 January 2011 - 02:25 PM

wang is really being a dick about all of this.


#2104218 Wings Have To Toughen Up Soon

Posted by sputman on 24 January 2011 - 10:13 AM

http://www.freep.com...toughen-up-soon

We all know Detroit is a blue-collar town. We also know the Red Wings have been the best franchise in Detroit for a long time. However, it is becoming increasing obvious that the Wings have become way too comfortable in the spa-like atmosphere.

This current team lack heart and toughness. Night after night, teams play the Wings with no fear of being hit or having to face anyone that would constitute an enforcer. Holland, a good GM, is a nice guy who apparently likes to surround himself with similar type players. That's good for team harmony and prevents players from stirring the pot. But it makes for boring hockey and makes it watch as teams push the Wings around.

Game after game, the Wings' opponent know they can punch players in front of their own net without repercussion. It is embarrassing to watch and must get under the skin of Hockeytown Heroes like Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Joe Kocur, Darren McCarty and guys that played with heart like Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan.

I know the salary cap forces teams to keep players that are not truly NHL caliber. For example, the Wings have Todd Bertuzzi and Tomas Holmstrom. They constantly take dumb penalties and give the puck away like it is the object of the game. Johan Franzen leads the team in goals but doesn't show up every night and, although he is one of the biggest players on the ice, is as soft as they come.

This is Detroit, the home of Joe Louis and Detroit Muscle. It is long past time to draft more North American players that play with heart and would do anything to win the Stanley Cup. Remember Stevie Yzerman playing on his busted up leg, trying to win? Do you see any one with that type of heart on this team?

There are some bright spots with the likes of Darren Helm, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Justin Abdelkader and, of course, Nicklas Lidstrom. But does this team have the heart and toughness to win it all? I think not. However, there is hope. A trade or two could improve the heart of this club. Yes they have had lots of injuries, but that is part of the game.

Wouldn't die-hard Red Wings fans like to see more players like Howe, Lindsay, Kocur, McCarty, Shanahan, Bob Probert, Martin Lapointe in the lineup. Let's hope the "Holland House" becomes a thing of the past real soon.



sure this is one person with his own opinion, but i call derp on this article.

first off, i am pro-enforcer and i do get tired of watching the players i love get smacked around. even players who don't normally play with a chip get a lot chippier against the wings (jordan staal, you so tough). kostopoulos should have been pounded into pulp. but that didn't happen and won't - this year, and maybe next, and maybe never. and that's a shame.

but to say that these players have no heart is ridiculous. sure, we don't have an extreme example of somebody playing on a knee with no cartilage, needing to use his stick to prop himself up off of the ice. that's symbolic. but i'd say this team has plenty of heart - more than most if not all other teams. brad stuart comes immediately to mind. he takes a slapshot off of the back of his head, misses a few games, comes back, has his jaw broken by a nasty hit (insert enforcer rant here). while walking off of the ice he slams his stick not because of the pain but because he knows he'll be out for a long, long time. these guys want to play and win, and yeah they can be frustrating to watch sometimes when it seems they forget how good they are, but they're hustling their asses off on both ends of the ice.

toughness is another thing. i think the idea of what is consider "tough" gets blurry in a game where fighting is allowed and expected. this team throws their weight around plenty, leading games in hits very frequently. after-whistle scrums and stupid roughing penalties are not tough.

i grew up watching the wings kick the living crap out of everybody and it was fun to watch! but they sure didn't win much. now, they're perennial contenders and the envy of every team in the league as far as management and work ethic. can we have both?


#2101910 Nabokov claimed by NYI, refuses to report, suspended

Posted by sputman on 21 January 2011 - 01:19 PM

during the game broadcast on Sat. Red Wings LIVE!!!!!! lol


my guess is that he's taking his talent to south beach.


#2101888 Nabokov claimed by NYI, refuses to report, suspended

Posted by sputman on 21 January 2011 - 01:01 PM

why couldn't we just sneak him out of russia like we did fedorov?


#2101436 Nabokov claimed by NYI, refuses to report, suspended

Posted by sputman on 20 January 2011 - 10:56 PM

Bob McKenzie Twitter...



This was a favor for Meehan plain and simple


possibly, but does don really need a favor? look at all of his clients:

Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings
Luke Adam, Buffalo Sabres
Colby Armstrong, Toronto Maple Leafs
Jason Arnott, New Jersey Devils
Alex Auld, Montreal Canadiens
Keith Aulie, Toronto Maple Leafs
Sean Avery, New York Rangers
Dave Backes, St. Louis Blues
Josh Bailey, New York Islanders
Jay Beagle, Washington Capitals
Todd Bertuzzi, Detroit Red Wings
Paul Bissonnette, Phoenix Coyotes
Francis Bouillon, Nashville Predators
Drayson Bowman, Carolina Hurricanes
Dustin Boyd, Montreal Canadiens
Darryl Boyce, Toronto Maple Leafs
Tyler Bozak, Toronto Maple Leafs
Tim Brent, Toronto Maple Leafs
Eric Brewer, St. Louis Blues
Mike Brodeur, Ottawa Senators
Troy Brouwer, Chicago Blackhawks
Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix Coyotes
Gregory Campbell, Boston Bruins
Luca Caputi, Toronto Maple Leafs
Daniel Carcillo, Philadelphia Flyers
Brett Carson, Carolina Hurricanes
Erik Christensen, New York Rangers
David Clarkson, New Jersey Devils
Cal Clutterbuck. Minnesota Wild
Mike Commodore, Columbus Blue Jackets
Matt Cooke, Pittsburgh Penguins
Matt Corrente, New Jersey Devils
Ryan Craig, Tampa Bay Lightning
Matt Cullen, Minnesota Wild
Michael Del Zotto, New York Rangers
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
Jordan Eberle, Edmonton Oilers
Matt Ellis, Buffalo Sabres
Steve Eminger, New York Rangers
Jonathan Ericsson, Detroit Red Wings
John Erskine, Washington Capitals
Justin Falk, Minnesota Wild
Eric Fehr, Washington Capitals
Nikita Filatov. Columbus Blue Jackets
Nick Foligno, Ottawa Senators
Alexander Frolov, New York Rangers
Dan Girardi, New York Rangers
Tim Gleason, Carolina Hurricanes
Mike Green, Washington Capitals
Matt Greene, Los Angeles Kings
Nicklas Grossman, Dallas Stars
Matt Halischuk, Nashville Predators
Dan Hamhuis, Vancouver Canucks
Travis Hamonic, New York Islanders
Scott Hannan, Washington Capitals
Martin Hanzal, Phoenix Coyotes
Josh Harding, Minnesota Wild
Kristian Huselius, Columbus Blue Jackets
Patric Hornqvist, Nashville Predators
Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
Ed Jovanovski, Phoenix Coyotes
Ryan Jones, Edmonton Oilers
Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators
Evander Kane, Atlanta Thrashers
Chris Kelly, Ottawa Senators
Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
Andrei Kostitsyn, Montreal Canadiens
Sergei Kostitsyn, Nashville Predators
Maxim Lapierre, Anaheim Ducks
Chad LaRose, Carolina Hurricanes
Pascal LeClaire, Ottawa Senators
Brian Lee, Ottawa Senators
David Legwand, Nashville Predators
Robin Lehner, Ottawa Senators
Trevor Lewis. Los Angeles Kings
Nicklas Lidström, Detroit Red Wings
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Derek MacKenzie, Columbus Blue Jackets
Peter Mannino, Atlanta Thrashers
Brad Marchand. Boston Bruins
Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens
Matt Martin, New York Islanders
Shawn Matthias, Florida Panthers
Jay McKee, Pittsburgh Penguins
Brandon McMillan, Anaheim Ducks
Brendan Mikkelson, Calgary Flames
Fredrik Modin, Columbus Blue Jackets
Travis Moen, Montreal Canadiens
Ethan Moreau, Columbus Blue Jackets
Matt Moulson, New York Islanders
Chris Mueller, Nashville Predators
Evgeni Nabokov, SKA St. Petersburg (Formerly San Jose Sharks)
James Neal, Dallas Stars
Kris Newbury, New York Rangers
Eric Nystrom, Minnesota Wild
Johnny Oduya, Atlanta Thrashers
Cal O'Reilly, Nashville Predators
Ryan O'Reilly, Colorado Avalanche
Patrick O'Sullivan, Minnesota Wild
Nathan Oystrick, St. Louis Blues
Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils
Jeff Petry, Edmonton Oilers
Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
Dion Phaneuf, Toronto Maple Leafs
Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues
Chris Pronger, Philadelphia Flyers
Brandon Prust, New York Rangers
Kyle Quincey, Colorado Avalanche
Wade Redden, New York Rangers
Mike Ribeiro, Dallas Stars
Brad Richards, Dallas Stars
Mike Richards, Philadelphia Flyers
Brad Richardson, Los Angeles Kings
Craig Rivet, Buffalo Sabres
Bryan Rodney, Carolina Hurricanes
Bobby Ryan, Anaheim Ducks
Mike Santorelli, Florida Panthers
Luke Schenn, Toronto Maple Leafs
James Sheppard, Minnesota Wild
Rob Schremp, New York Islanders
Jody Shelley, Philadelphia Flyers
Ryan Smyth, Los Angeles Kings
Nick Spaling, Nashville Predators
Steve Staios, Calgary Flames
Matt Stajan, Calgary Flames
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Viktor Stalberg, Chicago Blackhawks
Jarret Stoll, Los Angeles Kings
Jason Strudwick, Edmonton Oilers
PK Subban, Montreal Canadiens
Andy Sutton, Anaheim Ducks
Brandon Sutter, Carolina Hurricanes
Danny Syvret, Philadelphia Flyers
Henrik Tallinder, New Jersey Devils
Matt Taormina, New Jersey Devils
José Théodore, Minnesota Wild
Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, Philadelphia Flyers
Jordin Tootoo, Nashville Predators
Tom Wandell, Dallas Stars
Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
Stephen Weiss, Florida Panthers
Jeremy Williams, New York Rangers
Ryan Wilson, Colorado Avalanche
Daniel Winnik, Colorado Avalanche
Jeff Woywitka, Dallas Stars
Nolan Yonkman, Phoenix Coyotes
Mats Zuccarello-Aasen, New York Rangers


#2101429 Nabokov claimed by NYI, refuses to report, suspended

Posted by sputman on 20 January 2011 - 10:54 PM

This is just weird. I can't imagine that there's not more to this. Either Holland has reason to believe Nabokov will not get claimed or there's something else going on. I just can't imagine they would do this only to see him claimed Friday afternoon.


holland has something up his sleeve, no question.


#2101394 Nabokov claimed by NYI, refuses to report, suspended

Posted by sputman on 20 January 2011 - 10:42 PM

guys, let's just enjoy our goaltending depth until 12pm tomorrow comes around.


#2101279 1/20 GDT: Red Wings 4 at Blues 3 (OT)

Posted by sputman on 20 January 2011 - 10:22 PM

man jackman just oozes "prick"


#2101255 1/20 GDT: Red Wings 4 at Blues 3 (OT)

Posted by sputman on 20 January 2011 - 10:16 PM

this team sure can be infuriating to watch sometimes..


#2101142 Wings Negotiating w/ Nabokov

Posted by sputman on 20 January 2011 - 09:48 PM

"Nabokov legally changes name to bypass waiver rule" :hehe: :rolleyes:


"Detroit Red Wings are interested in little-known goaltender named Chuck Americandude out of Flint."


#2099756 1/18 GDT: Red Wings 1 at Penguins 4

Posted by sputman on 18 January 2011 - 08:25 PM

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#2099698 1/18 GDT: Red Wings 1 at Penguins 4

Posted by sputman on 18 January 2011 - 08:15 PM

tyler kennedy's parents in the crowd tonight...

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#2096954 Mike Milbury is at it again

Posted by sputman on 14 January 2011 - 10:08 AM

I want Pierre McGuire's opinion on this.


i would love to hear pierre's opinion. it would probably involve skate-guards and pakistan, for some reason.


#2094931 Next Sens GM...Pierre McGuire?!

Posted by sputman on 10 January 2011 - 01:47 PM

just think of how much more dangerous the senators will be with buckled chin-straps..


#2094684 Kostopoulos suspended 6 games

Posted by sputman on 09 January 2011 - 06:36 PM

"I’m sorry that Brad was hurt on the play..."


that's MR. STUART to you, chooch.