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#2537257 Datsyuk 2nd degree separated shoulder injury - out approx 4 weeks

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 25 September 2014 - 07:04 AM

And the stars on those teams still get run.

Yes, and this is because the league will protect the dirty players. Scrap the instigator rule and leave the policing to the players. If a guy is willing to face the music after running a star then so be it, I agree there's no stopping them, but at least dont protect these clowns. Let there be another Lemieux beatdown. I bet more than a few players would think twice and even change their game. Frankly, it cannot get worse than the current state.

#2536141 Who should get cut/traded by game 1 of the season?

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 13 September 2014 - 12:30 PM

I would love to see Callahan steal Miller's spot. More grit and possibly also better scoring touch.

#2535923 Ericsson and Alfredsson not 100%

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 11 September 2014 - 07:22 AM

Alfredsson should just retire. He emptied the tank last year in the Olympics. He was completely invisible after the break. I would rather see Mantha in his spot.

#2535795 Ottawa Senators are trying "European style" supporter sections

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 09 September 2014 - 09:50 AM

I predict the games will be more fun...right up until fans from the supporter sections start beating the hell out of opposition fans.  I get the feeling that in North America this will turn violent.  Then again, maybe not.  The Canadiens already have an atmosphere very much like this, and as far as I know nobody had been injured.

It is not exactly a friendly environment in Europe either. This is just a bad idea and it could turn sour really quick.

#2535324 Expansion draft - how many players can each team protect ?

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 01 September 2014 - 02:09 PM

I'd say they'd protect Mrazek. Can't really see an expansion team drafting Howard.

I think Howard would be exactly what any expansion team is looking for. He is a very reliable veteran goalie.

#2533682 Red Army Documentary

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 04 August 2014 - 11:45 AM


Here is a Swedish documentary on this topic for those of you speaking Russian (or Swedish).

#2533681 Candiens, P.K. Subban agree to 8 year contract

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 04 August 2014 - 11:30 AM

How has he acted like he is above the team?  What over the top celebrations?  I've seen him be incredibly excited for a goal but I've never seen him do a dance over a flaming stick or anything.  It sounds like their relationship is actually fine now but Therrien is as much to blame with his handling of Subban and any friction there. 

Therrien is certainly not an uncontroversial coach either, if you care to learn more about it I recommend "Tales of a first round nothing" by Terry Ryan. A very interesting read.

#2533596 Candiens, P.K. Subban agree to 8 year contract

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 03 August 2014 - 03:25 AM

I would also count Subban as an elite defenseman, he may not be as complete as Weber but he is also not as one dimensional as Mike Green. He is definitely a game changer as seen in the series vs the Bruins. I think Subban is much more of a team guy than he is given credit for. He is no Yakupov by any stretch.

#2529366 Quincey re-signed by DET. 2 yr s $4.25 mill AAV

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 02 July 2014 - 09:52 AM

This is right on.

Ken Holland took a giant dump yesterday, and when everyone rejected what he's done to the Wings... He goes and throws an insane amount of money at the worst player on last year's blue line.

That's right, instead of letting the absolutely worst defenceman on the team go, he gave him a huge raise in hopes that the extra cash would magically make him a better player.

Genius move by KH.

Kindl was the worst defenseman on the team last year.

#2529284 Quincey re-signed by DET. 2 yr s $4.25 mill AAV

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 02 July 2014 - 02:40 AM

Even without additions this team will improve as the kids gain more experience and confidence. Smith and Dekeyser will be a year older and this should help. Now I dont expect much improvement on the injury front as this team is still terribly soft. On the other hand it cannot get much worse can it? The Red Wings is a playoff team with the current roster. Will be interesting to see if any deal can be made and if Mantha can compete for a roster spot.

#2529263 Quincey re-signed by DET. 2 yr s $4.25 mill AAV

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 02 July 2014 - 12:27 AM

Quincey actually played well defensively the second half, he is just not producing much offense. I'll take it if Kindl is gone.

#2526036 NHL Draft 2014: First Round

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 27 June 2014 - 03:59 AM

I predict that Holland will trade down and pick Barbashev. Or they keep the pick and select Kempe.

#2524568 Detroit re-signs Gustavsson 1 yr $1.85 mill

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 19 June 2014 - 11:07 AM

Re-signing Gustavsson would be a wise move I think. There will be injuries, so Mrzek will probably play some in the NHL anyway.

#2524563 Todd Bertuzzi will not be re-signed

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 19 June 2014 - 11:03 AM

About time, thanks for the service and best of luck.
The only UFA I'd be willing to re-sign is the monster, Alfie should finally sign a deal with the Sens and retire there even if its just a 1 day contract he deserves it.

I agree, let Alfie walk. You could see he slowed down considerably during the second half of the season. I hope Holland has learnt from his mistakes with Cleary, Samuelsson and Bertuzzi...

#2523619 Trading up?

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 12 June 2014 - 02:02 PM

Zetterberg for Ekblad?
If so, you cray cray.

I'd do it, and I dont think it would be very crazy. Zetterberg is nearing the end of his career and Ekblad is a possible franchise defenseman.