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#2340795 Jeremy Roenick's book and the introduction is AMAZING

Posted by LeftWinger on 16 January 2013 - 10:33 PM

The chapter about his day with the Cup should be a really good re.....................................................oh wait, nevermind.  

I know he is still kicking himself in the ass for picking Philly over Detroit....poor JR. He said that Detroit had the exact same offer and he chose Philly because he felt they had more of a chance to win the Cup....and then Detroit got Hasek.  I still like the guy, but he sure made some poor UFA decisions...

#2340771 TooToo - the lovable little Tasmanian Devil

Posted by LeftWinger on 16 January 2013 - 07:30 PM

Some fans will never be satisfied...soft Euro's or tough NA's...what do they want?

#2340737 Wade Redden

Posted by LeftWinger on 16 January 2013 - 04:59 PM

Not a fan of this... I don't see how Redden-White is that much better than Colaiacovo-White. Not to mention we'd be moving Kindl for a 4-5th rounder, or even lose him for nothing. Don't see the point.


As a Wings fan you should bleed Redden-White.... :hysterical:


Anyhow, Kindl is a bust anyhow. I had that feeling from day 1 and he has done nothing to convince me otherwise....should have just drafted Yandle that year, then there would be no debate about how the hell we are going to acquire him.....Holland blew this 1st round pick, as he did also for trading last years #19 pick to Tampa...Holland is a great GM, but even he makes some glaring mistakes....

#2340725 TooToo - the lovable little Tasmanian Devil

Posted by LeftWinger on 16 January 2013 - 04:26 PM











Welcome to Detroit, Jordin, Welcome to Detroit!

#2340594 Brunner's nickname

Posted by LeftWinger on 16 January 2013 - 12:46 PM

Well, don't think anyone came up with this, but after watching the game last night and learning the correct pronunciation of his name (rhymes with runner,) I am officailly going with...


Damien "The Gunner" Brunner....

#2340592 TooToo - the lovable little Tasmanian Devil

Posted by LeftWinger on 16 January 2013 - 12:42 PM

If I recall, most of the same Tootoo haters on here were Drake haters when the Wings signed him. Now they are all like, "he was so important to our 08 Cup!"  I am not saying Tootoo will get us a Cup, heck I didn't even say that in 08 about Drake, but you and you and you and even you cannot deny that Tootoo brings a dimension to this team that we haven't had since 2008.  Tootoo will not only bring so much energy to this team and the crowd, he will stand up for his superstars and fellow teammates. When Lidstrom got smoked in Colorado, Aaron Downey stepped up, kicked ass, didn't ask any questions, just kicked ass.  What happened when Brad Stuart got his jaw broken in Calgary a few years ago? Abby and Ericsson just stood there and looked at the guy who did it.  What happened when Corey Perry was beating on Datsyuk so much that enough was enough? Well Datsyuk whooped him, but Pavel cannot be fighting out there, period. What happened when Weber head slammed Zetterberg? What happens everytime Backes takes liberties on Datsyuk? You get my point. With Tootoo here, you can guarantee what is gonna happen the first time someone tries to take out Calder candidate Damien "The Gunner" Brunner. 


PLUS everyone is forgetting Tootoo is still only 29 (30 Feb. 2,) in the prime of his NHL career and is coming off his best ever offensive performance last season all while playing in a limited 4th line role. People mention Chelios and they way we and he both hated each other. Well, after 10 years of being a Red Wing, I do believe he warmed up to us and us to him very well.  As long as Tootoo stays healthy and gets a fair chance from us (unlike Hatcher and Modano did) he will become a fan favorite. I see him playing the rest of his years here in Detroit because that is what players do.  They may start their career's somewhere else, but in Detroit they finish their career's.  I am on the Tootoo train, I always was from day 1.  I loved his intensity in Nashville, his hard work and toughness.  I hated him when he played us, but wished that someone on this team had his work ethic and energy. Well now we have him.  All aboard, the train has room for everyone, but we are leaving the station soon, express line to the Stanley Cup.

#2340422 Detroit Red Wings vs Grand Rapids Griffins Jan 15th @ 6pm ET

Posted by LeftWinger on 15 January 2013 - 07:35 PM

Kindl looks horrible... Ugh...


Agree....he has been given tons of chances in his career to make the top 6 defenders.  He is not gonna do it again this season.  He is done.


I also agree that Mursak isn't look so good and haven't heard much about Emmy besides he changed his number.


Those three are expendable in my book. Franzen had a couple of attempts, but he isn't "playing" Holmstrom like he is supposed to.  His job is to stand in front of the net on the PP. He is trying to do too much... He has a chance to win me over this short season, so far, I am not too impressed.


I think Tootoo is playing hard, I am very impressed with Brunner.  The "kids" are playing a solid game. I seen a lot of Knuble in the 1st, but haven't heard much in the second. He doesn't look 40, but needs to really impress to beat out Eaves and or Miller.  Of course if Nyquist starts in GR and Mursak and Emmy get waived (or traded) Knuble could slip in...


All in all, they don't look too bad.  They will do better than most people think this short season. Covo looks very solid and looks like he will win the 6th spot from Kindl.


Datsyuk - Zetterberg - Brunner could be a top line in scoring this season. That gives Flip the second spot and the Bert - Helm - Cleary line is gonna be a bruiser! Along with Abby-Tootoo combo. I am optimistic about this team! I am with them until the end!

#2340096 Visnovsky files NHLPA grievance to void NYI trade

Posted by LeftWinger on 14 January 2013 - 04:58 PM

Holland needs to contact Visnovsky's agent to get him to agree to a trade from the Island to the Wings.

#2340087 The Power Play

Posted by LeftWinger on 14 January 2013 - 04:28 PM

Love it, better hands then Homer but will he be willing to take a beating like Homer is the question.  If he's going to be the front of the net guy he has to be all in and not half ass.


won't happen. Plus he will never be as important on the PP as Homer was. We'll see what kind of net -front guy he turns into, hopefully he finds something to keep him motivated. 20-30 goals in 48 games would up his trade value!

#2340069 Wings Looking For Defenseman

Posted by LeftWinger on 14 January 2013 - 03:36 PM

Pardon my ignorance, but are you serious about Feds wanting to return to the NHL?


If so.....If I were Holland - I'd def offer Feds a camp invite.....That guy was amazing when playing on our blueline; a 4th forward on the rush, and a guy capable of breaking up a play at any given time.....Something tells me he might've won a Norris Trophy, or two had he stayed back there.


I haven't heard anything about Fedorov making a comeback, I though he was happy being GM of CSKA.  Funny though, I too would welcome Feds back for this short season. But at 43, I'd moreso like to see him comeback in a scout/coaching position. I am still waiting for the time when our coaching staff exists of Larionov and Fetisov...


edit: On topic, I too think that the best thing to try to do is get Visnovsky off the Island (if we could convince him to play here.)  Yandle/JBo/Burns/et al. would cost way too much! Besides there will be more than a few available as UFA too come summer...

#2339781 Wings give Mike Knuble a tryout

Posted by LeftWinger on 13 January 2013 - 02:49 PM

I seem to remember before all of the lockout nonsense reading an interview where Knuble said it would be a dream come true to get to finish his career with Detroit.. so why not at least give him a chance to prove he can do it?..


Why not? Sign him so he can play a couple of games in Detroit...maybe some playoff games, get his name on a Cup.  Mostly though so he can get a couple of games in and hang em up playing for his hometown(state) and draft team...I understand. Even Modo retired a Red Wing...

#2339466 Johan Franzen - Once and For All

Posted by LeftWinger on 11 January 2013 - 11:28 PM

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It would be absurd even if we didn't owe him 22 million dollars.  His production for his price is a steal. </p></blockquote>

Leave that out tho. Cuz some people think its better to cut your best goal scorer and proven playoff producer in favor of a guy who plays with one hand on his stick and gets pushed to the boards despite being bigger than everyone else. Same people who thought Fedorov was worthless even tho he was our best forward for 10 straight years.


Actually, you would be hard pressed to find someone who thinks Franzen and Fedorov should even be mentioned in the same sentence. Franzen could not and will never be good enough to even sniff Sergei's sock hat...One can argue that if Fedorov is not on our team for those 10 years, we may still be in a Stanley Cup drought, that same can NEVER EVER be said about twinkle toes Franzine...


Franzen should be traded. And speaking of comparng him with Hossa, sure Hossa may get pushed around easily, but Franzen is like a bowl a jelly as well and when the going gets tough he turtles.  Oh sure, he can pick on a teenager and throw his mouthgaurd out, but when someone challenges him, he is no more tough than Hossa...they are both soft.


Hossa is better than Franzen...period. Franzen will never be Fedorov.

#2338797 Canadian hockey fans - they mad!

Posted by LeftWinger on 09 January 2013 - 11:11 AM

If there is a weakness with the Canadians, it is definitely goaltending. Teams are definitely getting closer, but not even close right now to Canada.


edit: sorry about the last picture, it's blurry for some reason.


Well, I would say they are getting closer...as a matter of fact that is what said. But to say the are not even close is ridiculous...tell that to the Canadians they last 4 years of WJ's...sure they had a great run for 5 years in a row, but I said, training has changed in the US the last decade and the kids that have started receiving that new training as a 5 and 6 year old are now in these tourney's and playing JUST AS GOOD as the Canadian kids, and it seems, for the last 4 years, the USA and others have played BETTER.  The tide is changing, another 5 or so years and you will at least see an even ranking of American and Canadian players in your top 10...


again, back to topic, there are some hockey fans that make a mockery of their Country, no matter whatr Country they live in and those particular Canadian fans are among the worst... Got to love the Rivalry though!

#2338628 Canadian hockey fans - they mad!

Posted by LeftWinger on 08 January 2013 - 06:20 PM

Regardless of whether teams are catching up they still aren't on par with Canada, even I can admit that as an America that moved to Canada. Canada still produces the best hockey players and it's really not even close. I know within 50 KM of Toronto (GTA), stars like Giroux, Stamkos, Getzlaf, Perry, Duchene, Skinner, Neal, Staal bros, Spezza, Nash have made the NHL just to name a few off the top of my head. The rest of Ontario alone is stacked, then within Canada it's not close. Mackinnon and Drouin for example will go within the top 3 this year in the draft, two of which are Canadian.


Well, that is just not fact. For every one of those Canadian born players, the an every much as good American born player. I am not arguing the quality of Canadian born players, but the American are becoming just as good and are proving it in the ranks year after year.  Russian's and Swede's as well.  The #1 CSS prospect is Canadian and #2 is American (highest ranking Defenseman) so these programs are on par.  I would say the only reason you have more Canadian's today making a big splash is that it's a Nationwide love of hockey and that is what they look forward to playing.  In America, it's a regional thing.  Again, for every GTA player you listed, there is an equally as good player in the Minnesota/Wisconsin/Michigan/Boston area as well as Russian and Swede.

#2338599 Tomas Holmstrom Retires

Posted by LeftWinger on 08 January 2013 - 04:21 PM

Homer was my favorite, but this retirement is the right time.  He's had a great career.


Thanks Homer!

I'm a HUGE homer fun, but HELL NO to jersey retirement.  He just simply wasn't that good.  Just because a player is beloved, doesn't mean we retire his number.  Save that for the Yzerman's, Lidstrom's, and Howe's.  The players that were legendary.


Hero's will be remembered, but legends get number retirement (or they never die, but...)



Well lets look at a few things:


#6 on the team in games played with 1026


#3 on the team in Powerplay goals with 122


#5 on the team in GWG with 39


Less than 100 points away from being in the top 10 in all time points for the Wings.  There is no questioning his importance to this team over his career. It's not like anyone is ever gonna wear #96 again, but I think the argument holds some water...but then again, I believe Osgood's #30 should go up there too...and a strong argument for Fedorov. But that is it. I am not looking to throw all #'s from the dynasty up there...