i feel bad for smith. he is great in interviews saying 'yeah my goal is to make the team but if i spend another year in grand rapids that's fine, too.' but you know inside he is going mental.
i want to see this kid play really bad, and i hate that he's just getting older in GR as he has proven that he is NHL ready.
on the other hand i want commodore's attitude and toughness in the lineup, and with the *shudders* imminent departure of our captain he will get more ice-time in the future than he would now, and he can log a ton in GR gaining experience and honing his defensive skills. of course this has all been said to death.
As someone who has watched Smith in Grand Rapids last season (I had season tickets last year and went to 34 games), I can tell you that he needs another season in Grand Rapids as a top line defenseman. Now, if he can get partnered with Nick and play first line minutes in Detroit, that would be fine with me as well. The experience of playing with Nick could go a long way to helping his career. What I don't want to see is Smith playing 3rd line minutes in Detroit. He needs a bit more experience. For as gifted as he is, there are people here that would lambaste the guy because he would be a lot like Rafalski. He is a offensive defenseman and can make some mistakes when it comes to pinching in on the boards or trying to make a play.
am i the only person here who actually doesnt mind the shoot out? i mean its the best option in my eyes to end a regular season game with excitement without dragging the game on where either people may leave or perhaps a player gets injured. Im good with the shoot outs in the regular season. Maybe a small addendum to the current role, play one 10 minute OT and then shoot out? is this being tossed around? no silly 3-3 to 2-2 , just 5-5 hockey , and if it gets past the 10 minute OT, give me the shoot out.
I am a big fan of the shootout as well. At the same time, I would rather see a 4v4 5 minute OT followed by a 5 minute 3v3 OT. In some games 5v5 isn't going to cut it. I believe that a 4v4 is more exciting and a 3v3 would be even more exciting to watch. Just my .02 cents.
This has to be the dumbest story I have ever heard. I really think someone has to be trying to make a mountain out of a molehill here. Its not like these guys are party animals and giving the club a bad name. There is no fire here. Heck, there isn't even any smoke here. What we have is someone said something, and the press is taking off with it. To make matters worse, the press isn't even looking at the validity of the story.
I was not a fan of hockey back then, but just doing the math, Montreal had a much more dominant season and playoffs than the Wings did. They swept 2 of their playoffs series. This Montreal team was so dominant, they still hold the record for most points in a season.
Look at that roster and you will see how they dominated.
People can knock is defensive game, but he is a point producing machine. I see the same upswing from Brendan Smith as he has the same skillset just in a bigger body.
On a sidenote, I am pretty disgusted with some of the comments here. The "Don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out" comments in specific. He helped bring a Stanley Cup to Detroit. He took a hometown discount to come play here. A little respect would be in order.
Lets be honest here. Rafalski is a elite defenseman in the NHL. If he does decide to retire, that puts the Wings with a BIG hole. It may also influence Lidstrom's decision as well because they will be losing a piece on defense. These things being said, it could have an upside, but I really don't see anyone on the free agent market that is as good or better.
The crop of free agents hitting the market now are not as good as Rafalski. I know that Weber has been mentioned, but Nashville isn't going to let him go. The Wings are not going to sign him because of the loss of all the draft picks he will cost. Brendan Smith isn't ready for the NHL yet. I have seen him in Grand Rapids, and while he is a great defenseman, he needs some help on the defensive part of his game. I think he needs at least another full year in the AHL.
If he does decide to retire, he is going to be missed by the Wings. I know I will never forget meeting him the year he signed with the Wings. I shook his hand at a meet and greet at Van Andel that season ticket holders got to attend. The Wings swung by and did a practice at Van Andel that day and really put on a good show for the fans. What a nice guy.
At the same time though, he has accomplished a lot in his career. Three Stanley Cups and two Olympic silver medals are more than many will have ever accomplished.
That series was one of the best I have seen. Yea, the Wings didn't win in 7, but man they showed a lot of heart. Jimmy Howard played solid all playoffs. I hope that Howards performance will silence his critics for about 3 months.
They never surrendered or gave up. I am proud of the Wings effort even though they came up short. Rest up this summer boys. See you guys in September for training camp.
I really think the wings fans have to put this into context.
Every game except game 6, has been a 1 goal affair. Either team could have been up 3-0. A bounce here or there and the Wings could have been up 3-0 on the Sharks. These teams are very very close in terms of skill level. This game 7 will be the same probably. If the Wings win, it will be an epic comeback. If the Wings lose, its going to be a sad day for me because if you are going to make it this far, you have to seal the deal. At the same time though, you gotta have realistic expectations.
If the Wings play hard and lose, I am going to be as proud of the team if they played hard and won. Support your Wings in winning and losing. Thats the key.
Quit with the calling out of "band wagon" fans. People had every right to be furious with the wings for most of the game. I was certain we weren't going to win but I've never been happy to be wrong.Guess I'm a bandwagon fan?
Furious? Hell, I was furious. Furious does not equal bandwagon fan.
Counting their team out and saying that the team is worthless? Thats bandwagon fan talk.