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In Topic: Are the wings underrated?

30 September 2014 - 05:45 AM

The team is pretty good when healthy in my opinion but there isnt much depth at the top 6 so injuries to key players will hit us hard. I expect a much better defensive effort this season as Smith will be more experienced and hopefully Babs will separate him and Quincey. Quincey played well when paired with someone else last year. Unfortuantely I doubt there will be less man games lost to injury this season. I hope a rebound year from Howard will help improve the record from last year.

In Topic: 2014 Preseason Thread

29 September 2014 - 10:22 AM

Nobody's talking about his offense translating.  I don't think it will either.  Drew Miller doesn't produce points in the NHL either but that hardly means he's one dimensional.  Like Miller (or Prust, or Maltby) Callahan can skate, play special teams, and is defensively responsible.  So he's already miles ahead of the bozos you seem intent on comparing him to.  I'm also curious to know why you'd think he's similar at all.  He's not used in any way like those guys are.  The only thing similar is that they'll fight once in a while.  Other than that Mitch Callahan is nothing like those guys.  When a coach as good as Blashill is using you on the PP, PK, and giving you top six minutes, and leaving you on the ice at the end of games you're surely a better player than some fourth line agitator...regardless of how often you do or don't score. 

I think you might be underestimating the skill level of Torres, Tootoo and Asham slightly. They put up much better totals in juniors than Callahan and had they stayed in the AHL they would probably been on the PP too. It is true that they have a limited role in the NHL but there is certainly more to it than the skill variable. When comparing Callahan to Maltby I was trying to convey his "weight class". I know you dont care much about that stuff but that was my intention.

In Topic: 2014 Preseason Thread

29 September 2014 - 06:15 AM

Probert (RIP big man) was the best enforcer ever and I think by the old standards DMac was still a heavyweight. Players weren't that big, strong and over the top trained back in the days. Charas father is a wrestler and the guy is tough but he is also somewhat of a spotpicker - just like Shea Weber -  I've yet to see him fight against a legitimate heavyweight (Orr, Engelland and Scott ...), his fights are basically a hug match where he gets the take down and thats that. That being said guy is country strong and an absolute freak of nature.
I'm looking for a short summary of the match but can't find anything on tsn thanks to the new format *gr*

Mac usually stayed away from the heavys and let Probert or Kocur handle them, but I agree he wouldnt back down from a challenge. I dont think it is fair to put Callahan in the fighter category though. He is like a Maltby that will fight.

In Topic: 2014 Preseason Thread

28 September 2014 - 03:11 AM

It's McCarthy and even he would of got his ass kicked , chara's a freak and I'd very much like to see another freak come up soon enough so we can see chara get his

No it is McCarty. But you are right McCarty was a middleweight and compared to him Callahan is a lightweight. Probert was a heavyweight.

In Topic: Datsyuk 2nd degree separated shoulder injury - out approx 4 weeks

26 September 2014 - 10:31 AM

They haven't won a Cup in the Holland era without Lidstrom either.  And I don't think he ever had a fight, or led the team in hits either.  The softest of the soft, the skilled of the skilled.  So what?
You could just as easily argue, based on this fact, that we should go MORE toward "skill" because after losing Lids we're not skilled enough.

You keep saying this like it means something.  He didn't even play in the 08 finals.  Mike Babcock thought him so irrelevant that he scratched him, and yet here you are making it seem like he's not only important but vital to win.  He's not.  Get over it.

We have more skill than toughness, so why exclude one or the other?