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#2366755 Datsyuk - Cleary - Abdelkader

Posted by Barrie on 08 March 2013 - 07:36 PM

The Dats-Cleary-Abby line is my only complaint about the team. With Franzen back, I don't know why Babs loads up a line with Brunner-Z-Franzen, then has Cleary and Abby with our best player.


Abby should be on a line with Tootoo.

#2366553 wings arent winning the cup

Posted by Barrie on 07 March 2013 - 11:32 PM

I'm not saying we'll win or lose, but this year going into the playoffs we won't have any pressure (Chicago's going to have all the pressure), and we have guys on the team who have been there and done that. All teams have to do is get a couple breaks, get hot at the right time, and believe in themselves.


Again, if I'm on another team in the west, or just a fan, I don't want to play the Wings in the playoffs. Playing this year's Wings in a best of 7 would take a lot out of you.

#2366540 wings arent winning the cup

Posted by Barrie on 07 March 2013 - 10:59 PM

Have you been watching them lately?

They look like a playoff bound team to me.. And after that, any team that makes the playoffs can win the cup.


Right, I don't know what everyone else is watching, but this team is good! They work hard, they're tough, fast, block a lot of shots, and Howard is probably playing the best he ever has. Just wait until Helm comes back!


I know if I was on one of the other teams in the West, I wouldn't want to play the Wings in the playoffs.

#2363621 3/3 GDT : Blackhawks 2 at Red Wings 1 (SO)

Posted by Barrie on 03 March 2013 - 11:53 AM

Here's what I want to see:


  • Tootoo destroying Carcillo in a fight (followed by Eddie complaining that Tootoo could hurt someone & should have only bro-tapped Carcillo on the arm)
  • A Kronwalling of Hossa (followed by Eddie complaining the Kronwall could hurt someone & should play with pads made of Nerf tm)
  • A Brunner hat trick (followed by Eddie complaining that shooting the puck at the Blackhawks net could hurt someone & that the Wings should just immediately dump the puck in the corner when entering the offensive zone)
  • Mule gets a goal (followed by Eddie complaining that the Wings could hurt someone by putting animals on the ice & that they could stick with a lineup of humans all under 5'10")
  • The Wings putting up 8 goals on Crawford in an 8-2 win (followed by Eddie complaining that the Wings can hurt someone's feelings by scoring too much & should pull their goalie upon attaining any type of lead to make things fair)

Granted, probably none of this will happen....except Mr. Subtle Interference complaining about something.


If CBC was showing the game they'd have huge man love for Toews, Seabrook, and Keith and would mention the 2010 Gold Medal win 27 times along with 10 replays and stats from the tournament. When they weren't talking about the 2010 Olympics, they'd mention 15 times how Lidstrom retired, the Wings are lost with out him, and can't get the puck out of their own end. Then there would be 14 mentions about how great Crawford is to make the people in Quebec happy, and 9 mentions of Emery leading the Sens to the 2007 Final to make people in Ottawa happy... Oh wait, can't forget about Sharp, he's from Manitoba.


Who cares about the game, because it's "Our Game"!!

#2363331 Faceoff violation Penalty

Posted by Barrie on 01 March 2013 - 05:35 PM

I'm still steamed about that call last night against Datsyuk that cost us the game against LA.  Its a call that's rarely made and to make it in a close game to put a team down two men is a complete joke.  The linesman need to drop the puck and not try to be the star of the show.  Don Cherry was complaining about it earlier this season and he's right, that call should never be made.


That's one of my complaints about NHL officials. They have way to much effect in momentum swings in games based on their calls. And it doesn't help that most of their calls are based on the score. They almost have as much effect on the momentum of the game as the players do, sometimes more.

#2361239 Official 2013 MLB Thread

Posted by Barrie on 25 February 2013 - 05:22 PM

Cabrera will definitely be in the starting 9, as will Rasmus I'd say. I think the Jays are in a good spot this year. Orioles will regress, the Yankees keep getting bad news, and the Red Sox have added a lot of new faces, but I don't know that it they will be better than last year. The Rays are still a threat, and despite the Yankees' poor off-season, they are still the Yankees. That said, I think the Rays could easily take a wild card spot. That line-up is loaded with power and speed.


Regardless, anyone bragging about a ST win is crazy, especially when it was in the late-innings when it's farm system vs. farm system.





Another tough loss for the Yankees. Any chance they trade for Alfonso Soriano?


I'm wondering if the AL Wild Cards are going to come out of the Central and West? Toronto, Baltimore, TB, and Boston could finish 10 games within each other (I still think the Yankees will win the division), meaning Chicago, Oakland, and Texas may battle for the two Wild Cards. Chicago has all those games against Cleveland, Minnesota, and KC, while Oakland and Texas play against Seattle and Houston. There's no easy games in the East.

#2360914 2/24 GDT : Canucks 3 at Red Wings 8

Posted by Barrie on 24 February 2013 - 08:33 PM

Is it just me, or is this season more interesting and exciting to watch then the years when we'd steamroll the West? With the way the League is set up and 8 teams making the playoffs, our season was usually done by December. This year regular season games mean more.


I'm not being ungrateful, I've appreciated everything I've watched the last 21 years with this team, but I find myself watching more regular season games this year.

#2360060 Red Wings to be in an Eastern conference in latest NHL/NHLPA proposal

Posted by Barrie on 23 February 2013 - 09:47 PM

No thanks, I don't like those 7 and 8 team divisions. Plus I don't like how you only play the teams outside your division only once. All it means is more priority games, and the owners can charge even more for tickets.


I still don't understand what's wrong with the 6 divisions. Just move Winnipeg West and Columbus East.

#2355631 Justin Abdelkader

Posted by Barrie on 14 February 2013 - 09:43 PM

This was inspired by the Valtteri Filppula discussion, I don't see Abby's name in a discussion title. So he doesn't feel left out if he visits the board, feel free to talk about his game here. 


Let me start:


OMG he's only plays 13:11 minutes a night and has 1 Assist in 13 games!!!! What was Holland thinking drafting him at 42nd overall?! Abby only played College Hockey at Michigan State! Holland doesn't have a clue!



#2355452 Time to sit Ian White

Posted by Barrie on 14 February 2013 - 11:38 AM

Yeah ok, with 2 defenseman injured, let's sit White.



#2355451 Babcock: Is he the right guy going forward?

Posted by Barrie on 14 February 2013 - 11:34 AM

:rolleyes: here we go again...


Yes Babcock is the right guy for this group. If we replaced Holland and Babcock, the rest of the League would think we are insane! There would be a bidding war for their services, and they could name their price.


Plain and simple with this team (if people are disappointed and stressing out) the bottom 6 forwards need to score more. All have the ability to light the lamp 10 times in a 82 game schedule. With Helm, Bert, and Smith injured and the 3rd and 4th lines not producing, we're still 7-4-2. No one is going to catch Chicago, so we'll finish 4th, 5th, or 6th in the Conference. With everyone healthy and reaching their potential, there's no question we're one of the front runners to win the Cup.


To respond to the Holland comments, I don't know how many times I need to say this! The way to build is through the draft. Free Agents and trades are way overpriced, and with a cap, can handcuff a franchise for 10 years. Let the Minnesota's kill their chances for the next 13 years paying only 2 guys.

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#2354539 Biggest mistake Red Wings have done

Posted by Barrie on 12 February 2013 - 10:39 PM

I'll add, for a team that's won 4 Championships since 1997, and 6 Cup appearances since 1995 (By far the best in the League), it's tough to nit pick on mistakes.

Fedorov was perhaps the greatest 2-way player ever. The guy could make an all star team playing defense or offense. Unreal talent, would have never traded him unless you were getting a top teir forward to replace him


Right, there's NO WAY we would have won 3 Cups from 1997-2002 without Fedorov.

#2354535 Biggest mistake Red Wings have done

Posted by Barrie on 12 February 2013 - 10:35 PM



could be not giving up osgood for roy after the 11-1 game.  probably directly cost them multiple cups.


recenlty, keeping franzen over hossa looks really, really bad.


I've heard that argument before about not getting Roy cost us extra Cups. Remember Roy only won 2 cups with Colorado, on a team that was very similar to the Wings, and on paper had better goaltending. I highly doubt we would have won anymore than 3 with Roy.


As great as Roy was, his big ego and taking things to personal, cost the Avs extra championships. In certain situations, Roy couldn't handle the pressure. He had some big loses, three from us (1995, 1997, and 2002). Add to that, I don't think he could handle being the Red Wings goalie, as we're historically tough on our goalies. He's a big baby, just imagine how he'd react if he started booing him. Ozzie with his level head and mental toughness was a perfect goalie for this market.


If the original offer for Roy would have cost us Osgood and Fedorov, maybe we only would have won 2 Cups with Roy, or only 1. Imagine our run from 1997-2002 without Fedorov? Fedorov was excellent for us in the playoffs.

#2354017 2/10 GDT : Kings 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by Barrie on 10 February 2013 - 03:19 PM

I like this team a lot, they have to work hard for their wins. 5th in the Conference :thumbup:


Looking forward to Wednesday vs. The Blues

#2353391 2/9 GDT : Oilers 1 at Red Wings 2

Posted by Barrie on 09 February 2013 - 05:12 PM

Did anyone else watch the game on CBC? Canadian hockey coverage is the worst! They're so pro Canada with their comments that it really makes them look stupid. All game long they talked about Lidstrom retiring, how bad the Wings PP and PK was (after only 10 games), fast the Oilers are, and have the 4th best PP in the League. They also made a comment about how the Wings are retooling and the Oilers are ready to win now. :glare:  Last I checked, the Oilers are still in the bottom 1/3 of the Western Conference. What's taking their rebuild so long?


Canadian stations (CBC and TSN) seem to have an agenda before the game starts, they don't call the game as it happens. As a Canadian, it's embarrassing.


To reply to all their stupid comments, the Oilers PP sucked today! They played sloppy all game, and had way to many turn overs.


The best announcers are ones you don't really notice. They let the game control the broadcast. Mickey, Ken, and Murph have to be amoung the best in the League, they just seem to enjoy themselves, and the game of Hockey. You won't find a better broadcast team out there then them.

As for the Wings, I think the first game was a wash, that wasn't this team. Take away Game 1 and we're 6-3-1.