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#2348955 1/29 GDT : Stars 1 at Red Wings 4

Posted by LeftWinger on 29 January 2013 - 10:40 PM

Nah...we can't use a player like Tootoo, he will bring nothing to this team.....



There is still room on the train guys, hop aboard!

#2348339 OHL vs. College Hockey Quality?

Posted by LeftWinger on 29 January 2013 - 07:52 AM

Where did you get that list at LeftWinger?


NHL.COM just went through each draft year from 1979 and sorted by "Amateur League"



#2348325 Things that are better than the Wings special teams.

Posted by LeftWinger on 29 January 2013 - 01:38 AM

Getting a shave at Todd's Barber Shop and hearing in the background...."Figaro, Figaro, Figaro!"

#2348287 How do we solve our PK issues?

Posted by LeftWinger on 28 January 2013 - 09:50 PM

We don't have any PK issues...he just re-signed with Montreal!  :taunt:

#2348285 Wings Looking For Defenseman

Posted by LeftWinger on 28 January 2013 - 09:48 PM

I heard about a trade for pk to detroit quite a few times over the last week, but obviously that ship sailed. No one ever super credible really mentioned it though, so who knows

Ya, Holland refused to give up Franzen....

#2348271 Things that are better than the Wings special teams.

Posted by LeftWinger on 28 January 2013 - 08:52 PM

Things that are better than the Wings Special Teams:



"We kicked the tires and decided that the right deal wasn't out there."


"We need to get bigger and tougher and gritty"


"<insert name> is our deadline acquistion"




The 40 year old Belle Tire girl that used to be hot when she was the 20 year old Belle Tire Girl...


Closing the bar and looking at the only girl left, ordering one more shot and saying  "f*** it!"


Ringing up $400 in gorceries only to have your debit card declined....with 6 other people looking at you....


Traveling to Thailand and meeting a nice girl, taking her back to your hotel, getting hot with her, receiving a great mouth hug, removing her clothes and....WTF!?!?! OMG!!!!  Then you hear the song in your head "I know all there is to know about the crying game...."

#2347512 Wings Looking For Defenseman

Posted by LeftWinger on 27 January 2013 - 07:07 PM

Speaking of Red Wings and defensemen, I always liked Steve Chiasson when he was here, and although he was the main piece in the Mike Vernon deal, I wish he was able to be part of that 1997 and 1998 Cup team...Speaking of Steve, on a side note to the Western v. Michigan game, it's nice to see his son following in his footsteps. Mike Chiasson, who was 8 when his father died in that car crash, plays of The University of Michigan. I am not sure if he has been drafted but he looked pretty solid last night before Western opened up the whoop ass...



The Wings could use a defender the likes of Chiasson right now...I remeber Chiasson and Vladdy playing together as a pair and totaling destroying opposing players.

#2347487 OHL vs. College Hockey Quality?

Posted by LeftWinger on 27 January 2013 - 06:23 PM

College hockey has made leaps and bounds compared to what it used to be.  There is a reason a lot of good young Canadian/European kids choose US Colleges for playing.  I do think though that there are still more scouts that watch the OHL compared to US schools, so you will get a lot more kids trying to go to the OHL to get "looked" at more. But you have to take your hat off to USA Hockey in todays world, from College's to USA Natioanal Teams in the way they have improved in the last 20 years.  I would say the quality of play is similar/very close, but I think the more talent still goes to CHL (which contains the OHL/WHL/Quebec Major) for the exposure...AHL is just that, minor leagues of men who are near NHL ready or past NHL quality. 



edit: It would be very cool to see the NCAA Champion take on the CHL Champion in a game for fun....of course there are other leagues in the USA that develope kids very well too the UNited States Hockey League being one of them (Justin Abdelkader played for Cedar Rapids)


Here is a link to a list off ALL Hockey Leagues around the world and as you can see the Canadian and USA list is vast:



#2345189 1/22 GDT : Stars 2 at Red Wings 1

Posted by LeftWinger on 22 January 2013 - 10:17 PM

We were not out-goaltended....we sucked.  If anything Dallas was out goaltended, if it weren't for Jimmy they would have scored 6 or 17...

#2345155 1/22 GDT : Stars 2 at Red Wings 1

Posted by LeftWinger on 22 January 2013 - 10:11 PM

Each and every game so far. Yes, they are terribly rusty/out of sync, but everyone is already calling for every player's head to roll. It's a short season, but we're only 1-2 (if we don't win tonight). Is there a reason to worry? Not yet. And yes, I realize it's a shortened season, but you have to give them a handful of games to hopefully start to gel.

...and there was no reason to worry last year (when we HAD Lids and Stu) when they couldn't score a goal...again, if it weren't for the new OT rules and a fluky home game win streak, they would have missed the playoffs last season...this has been a steady decline since 2009 and Holland refuses to make the deals he needs to make. Sure he went after Parise, but lost out, so he opted for Sammy? This team is stale.  It's been that way throughout last season and thus far this season.  There comes a time when change needs to happen.  Our top 6 needs a shakeup....he needs to get what he can for Franzen and Filppula and go from there. It that means acquiring a REAL #1 defender or a REAL Sniper, it doesn't matter. Franzen may not even get you a high draft pick they way he hsa turned out.....but at least someone will come up with some heart...and Nyquist is not the one.  He needs to get off the small skilled bus....one is fine, 8 is not...

#2345094 1/22 GDT : Stars 2 at Red Wings 1

Posted by LeftWinger on 22 January 2013 - 09:53 PM

Holland needs to make a huge trade or step aside...Franzen and Filppula need a change of scenery...They are our two most tradeable, expendable assets, yet Holland thinks that Franzen is Sergei Fedorov...

#2344720 Tomas Holmstrom Retires

Posted by LeftWinger on 22 January 2013 - 04:58 PM

Uh.....one question from the press? Really? 1000+ games and you only have one question? Sheesh!

#2344715 Tomas Holmstrom Retires

Posted by LeftWinger on 22 January 2013 - 04:50 PM

My favorite - even though it was pre-season:



WTF? :blink:  How does that ref even still have a job? Sheesh!

#2344712 Nino Niederreiter's camp has requested a trade

Posted by LeftWinger on 22 January 2013 - 04:47 PM

Little Neddy Nederlander? So I guess that Amigo gig isn't cutting it anymore...



Here is the phone call:


Garth Snow: You want what? You aren't famous enough yet to call your own shots...


Agent: No, he is infamous!


Snow: In-Famous? What are you talking about?


Neddy: You see Garth, I am In-famous its when you're MORE than famous. Yes, I am El Nino, I am not just famous, I am IN-famous! Trade me!

#2344677 Red Wings sign D Kent Huskins to 1-year, $750k contract

Posted by LeftWinger on 22 January 2013 - 03:58 PM

Yea, why have confidence in Holland?  All the playoff appearances, the Stanley Cups as recent as 2008 and the finals in 2009.  I mean, geez, he really has lost it.  I give up.  You win.

I think what he is referring to is all the playoffs appearances, the Stanley Cups, the Presidents Trophy's, etc....are all attributed to Scotty Bowman, Haken Andersson and in my opinion Bryan Murray as well.  This is the first team that Holland has tried to build by himself and no matter what the circumstances, he is failing at the moment.  It goes back to deciding to sign Franzen instead of Hossa (which Bowman would have NEVER done) and it is showing today with his inabilty to land what he needed in the off season and totalling busting a nut with Quincey.  Even though Holland has been the GM for a long time, Bowman has always been an advisor and has had a ton of influence on players coming to the team....this is no guarantee, but I have a feeling if Bowman would have been on those plane trips to Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, our chances would have been a lot better of coaxing them to play away from home.  Total specualtion, but Scotty always got his man...Holland has yet to do it. We will see what the future brings, but I do believe what Axe said, Holland was made to look a lot better when he had Bowman in his back pocket...


A long time ago Haken Andersson used to be the only guy to travel to the remotest area's to find the diamonds like Datsyuk, now, after all of his success, every team has a European scout that goes to Siberia to find these kids.  The Red Wings have lost the upper hand in that area.  Plus they lost when Scotty left for Chicago...


Holland has let this team slowly get worse and worse....it was headed that way with Lidstrom and Stuart, so no that is not the only reason...