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Nightfall

Member Since 10 Dec 2003
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In Topic: Are the Wings a Contender?

08 December 2014 - 04:40 PM

There are many here that still remember the 2002 Wings team that won the cup.  They were #1 in the preseason rankings.  In 2008 the Wings were #3 before the season started.  Many analysts gave the nod to San Jose or the Rangers because they were so deep.  Many Wings fans felt that those teams were "contending" teams.

 

Before the season started here, many Wings fans were on the cusp of bailing on this team.  No real significant signings in free agency.  No changes to the personal.  This team was ranked in the middle of the pack in the preseason and were going to possibly miss the playoffs.  I loved the tanking thread by the way.

 

Two months ago, this team was only going to be contending for a playoff spot.  Its amazing to see what happens when the team is playing well and is healthy for the most part.  Now, all of a sudden, shocked Wings fans are thinking this team can contend for the cup.  Guess what?  They can!  The teams are so even that anyone who makes the playoffs can win the cup.  Health, getting hot at the right time, and puck luck are all it takes to make it happen. 

 

I believe this team can challenge for the cup so long as they stay healthy, stay hot, and get those bounces that wins games (look at the Tatar goal against Carolina where it goes in off a defenseman's skate for instance).


In Topic: Mantha getting closer.

08 December 2014 - 01:44 PM

I have been to a few Griffins games and Mantha has been solid.  It hasn't equated to scoring like everyone wanted to see.  What he is turning in is a solid two way effort.  You can tell from how hard he is skating is that the points are going to come in time.  He missed all of training camp due to that injury, and it just made sense that he was going to struggle out of the gate.


In Topic: Senators fire head coach MacLean

08 December 2014 - 01:33 PM

This blog post sums up my thoughts.

 

http://sports.yahoo....tory&soc_trk=tw

 

Greg Wyshynski is a great writer.

 


In the “coaching vs. construction” debate over a team’s lack of success, this is about construction. This isn’t to say Bryan Murray has done a poor job, but it’s like asking an accomplished chef to create a four-star meal with some quarters for the vending machine. And as anyone that’s seen that Quickfire Challenge on “Top Chef” knows, that ain’t easy.


In Topic: Oilers schedule presser tomorrow

05 December 2014 - 11:32 AM

Wow.  Now he's basically saying don't blame me, I've only been on the job for 20 months.   That all his losses as coach was the fault of management, which he had no control over. 

 

If the Wings acted like this after being a bottom feeder team for the last 6 years, I probably would have become a Florida Panthers fan.

 

Calling out the players?  No change to management?

 

I suppose because Edmonton tickets are selling well, then the owner doesn't see a need to change.  Maybe Connor McDavid will be savior.


In Topic: Oilers schedule presser tomorrow

05 December 2014 - 10:53 AM

It'd be funny if the who presser is just Lowe telling fans not to panic.

 

I think Bagdad Bob is going to make an appearance tomorrow.

 

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Seriously though, I think something major is going to change.  As the reports say, the coach isn't getting fired.  I bet it is something high up like the GM stepping down.