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#2272082 Did Holland build a BMW instead of a Chevy?

Posted by akustyk on 20 March 2012 - 05:46 AM

So, do we need to build a more traditional engine with some hop up parts or is F1 performance the only way to a championship?

using car analogies: US car is usually much bigger than European car and there's by far much more space under the cap to do safe and easier handled assembly. for smaller cars, with less space under the cap, you need to compromise some serviced comfort and ease of error handling in order to have the thing perform good and fit under the space limitation. and I think it has more to do with space limitation that with certain alignment of parts that make up for the whole. it't not much different with other NHL teams.

speaking of car brands/makers - I honestly can't stand drivers of German cars. not all of them, but particulary Volkswagen and BMW drivers are pain in the * and I often wish I had a gun in my car to get rid of those cocky SOBs who thing they have the road all for themselves. can't comment about American car drivers, because we don't have many here - space is too precious (and fuel too costly), especially in Netherlands, to waste it with oversized and uneconomical tank-sized vehicles, when something like Toyota Aygo, Peugeot 206 or at most VW Golf is perfectly fine...

#2266128 Do Maple Leaf fans deserve better?

Posted by akustyk on 03 March 2012 - 02:11 PM

but Burke was supposed to be the best GM out there who only builds winning franchises....

I can't stand Burke and his love for flashlights. looks like he'll go down in the very best place to do so - Toronto. there won't be shortage of flashes and media attention when he's fired next season...

gotta say... loving every minute of this situation. this team has been atrocious for years - too bad to reach the playoffs, to proud to admin being bad and tank the season for a high draft pick. and I'm sure they won't pull a decent losing streak for the rest of 2011-12 but do their best to finish 9th.

Toronto Maple Laughs. epic fail written all over it.

plus: it's great fun to follow Toronto Sports Network how their tune changed from "this is the year" in the beginning of the season to the current doom and gloom.

#2264602 Columbus GM Reveals Nash Demanded Trade

Posted by akustyk on 28 February 2012 - 04:01 PM

if you listen to the interview Nash sends pretty obvious message: this management is s***ty, the team, city, fans and he himself deserves better. he's making it a bit to "bright" and trying not good enough to hide his own desire to get out of the mess, but he clearly repeats that the ask for trade was for the good of "team, city, fans and myself" blatantly and continuously omitting any mention of management. and he's not trying to be overly political and nice so you get pretty obvious impression that he's not happy with the situation.

I think it has something to do with him simply wanting to get out and playing some real hockey in playoffs. he probably thought it's gonna happen and now is sore it didn't work out and even got out to the public. can't blame him for this, although he could be a little bit more political about this thing.

Howson going public with "it was him"... is pretty classless here and smells a lot like a guy trying to save his a$$ when his whole resume is 1 playoff appearance in more than 10 seasons. even Maple Leafs achieved more in this time...

#2263015 Johan Franzen Depreciation

Posted by akustyk on 26 February 2012 - 01:10 PM

I still think it's just him floating and trying not to catch any injury and ensure he's healthy in playoffs. and I definitely refrain from any evaluation before the season ends.

and yes, I think he still has it in him, it's just a matter of catching fire and excitement. of playoff hockey

#2259838 Kyle Quincey traded to Detroit in 3 team trade (TBL & COL)

Posted by akustyk on 21 February 2012 - 04:35 PM

not sold on this trade. hope to be wrong

#2257344 Ken Holland: "Right now, Joey is our #2 goalie"

Posted by akustyk on 16 February 2012 - 10:14 AM

I liked Conklin with his first sting with the Wings, but boy oh boy... this time he's pretty brutal...

#2256540 Rinaldo gets two games for the charge on Big E

Posted by akustyk on 14 February 2012 - 02:11 PM

personally, I don't like this decision. Rinaldo makes two bad decision in short span of time, agreed.... but suspension?

I'd rather see Ericsson stop admiring his own passes and watch out when standing behind the goal and being free target for anyone charging from middle field. period.
I can only repeat Clarke's comment after Umberger got destroyed by Campbell (see: http://www.youtube.c...h?v=XD03ut-iUzg ): "kid needs to grow up and stop admiring his own play". sure, it's different part of the ice and Rinaldo's hit is not clean. but come one...

don't like this call, at all...

#2251728 2/2 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Canucks 3 (SO)

Posted by akustyk on 03 February 2012 - 05:33 AM

one lesson from this game: Cleary + Miller + Helm look more and more like the dream checking line, one like Mac + Maltby + Drapes. Line that come playoff time is invaluable for your team. and with Flip emerging as regular point producer... you can only wish Kenny to land a cup-hungry veteran and this team looks great for a deep playoff run...

#2249055 Does the NHL suspend Toews?

Posted by akustyk on 24 January 2012 - 05:31 PM

Hartnell is an all-star? Give me a break... We'll finally see someone like Rory Fitzpatrick making all-stars game.

I'm actually wondering how is it, that Hartnell hasn't yet made it to the All Star Game before. he's Flyers workhorse
and one of the hardest working guys in the NHL. He belongs to this game more than a good number of other

not that I cared about ASG anyway, just to make a point, that this very guy deserves this nomination like few other
in this league...

#2249047 Does the NHL suspend Toews?

Posted by akustyk on 24 January 2012 - 05:16 PM

to be honest, with Ovechkin's decision it looks more and more like "Datsyuk and Lidstrom was 2009, we don't want to do this anymore".

frankly, as a Wings fan, I do feel cheated on this one. apparently, the league can hit Wings players with consequences, yet others have green light to do practically the same.
and yes, I understand the rules. but it doesn't look much different. especially in case of Ovechkin. he's free to go and opts by his own choice to not do it. it's his right, but I'd like the league to suck it up and admit what was done to Datsyuk and Lidstrom was not really fair.

#2245173 The ONE thing I can't stand about Wings games on FSD.....

Posted by akustyk on 13 January 2012 - 08:15 AM

At any rate, it sure beats listening to Olczyk and Pierre on NBC any day. I tend to enjoy Keating's awkwardly quirky remarks.


and yes, my favorite worst is indeed Bernstein. but hey... local tv is local tv... :siren:

#2244570 Congrats to Jimmy & Pavs

Posted by akustyk on 12 January 2012 - 01:36 PM

2 Wings too many. but I can live with that. I'd be OK with both Pavel and Jimmy having some mysterious "injury" just prior to the All-Star Weekend.

as I said multiple times: I'd rather watch Wings players participate in All Star games in June ;)

#2242326 1/7 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Maple Leafs 4

Posted by akustyk on 07 January 2012 - 07:37 PM

Can anyone help me out with a stream?

It would be greatly appreciated!


works for me

#2237740 Quebec culture minister upset at Habs

Posted by akustyk on 21 December 2011 - 09:04 AM

it is not ordinary to see a government official/section have a stated opinion on the coach of a hockey team.

I don't want to start a flame war about politics but...

it's perfectly ordinary to see politicians stirring the pot with statements whenever they think they can gain any popularity, nevermind the subject and any common sense about issues really having anything to do with politics.

so, apparently, Quebec officials decided, that their electorate is likely to appreciate government doing its best "Francophone small **** syndrome" impression. If anything, this speaks volumes about... the electorate. Aparently, French-Canadian are more concerned about the language than the fact that their team is worthless...

#2233287 Realignment decided - 4 Conferences

Posted by akustyk on 06 December 2011 - 03:52 PM

I for one like this realignment. and am pretty impressed with the fact that Bettman got this so easily done.
world is full of haters and the guy gets fair share of blame for everything starting from erection problems
to starvation of malaysian flying ants... but this realignment is his huge success and will probably bring
a lot of pennies to the NHL treasury. money to pay those Florida teams, among others.

as for Penguins and Caps... if you look at the stats of 3 recent years, their conference will be the most
competitive at this moment and it's never sure both of them will advance into playoffs at all.
Bruins on the other hand...