I guarantee you we've won many, many games where it was a matter of the refs making a bad call against the other teams that gave us that little extra *something*, and I can also guarantee that you didn't give a damn, you were just happy that we won, like every other fan.
How great you must be....to know how certain people think and feel. Can you tell me your secret?
nope...that's what you're doing. I didn't mention being swept or not making the playoffs. You're reading way too much into this.
Players always seem to say it takes a lot out of them when they have deep runs into the playoffs, I was simply stating that maybe we might be fresh this year (as opposed to the last two) since we didn't have deep runs. Like I said, you totally read too much into my "faulty" statement.
no worries though.
Maybe you are right that I am reading too much into it. Just based on what you said....
Personally, I believe its a bullcrap excuse. Especially since the Wings have been through two finals appearances and two second round appearances in the last 4 years. These guys are the best conditioned athletes in hockey. So I will disagree with it.
Now, if you believe the wings have a fragile psyche or they aren't conditioned for the work, then you are right in your mind. I believe the opposite.
The first hockey I really enjoyed was college hockey. I was used to no touch icing by the time I started watching the NHL about 4 months later. I really tried to understand what the benefit was to having touch icing. Yes, there are races for the puck and sometimes icing is negated. There are some times when someone gets shoved from behind or goes into the board awkward during the race causing injury. I firmly believe the risk of injury is not worth the races for the puck. We have already seen a couple injuries because of races for the puck in the preseason. I really don't want to see any player risk injury like that.
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.