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#2616839 2015 Draft

Posted by gcom007 on 26 June 2015 - 10:17 PM

Holy s***. This thread just wrinkled my brain. I am way too drunk for this commentary on grammar s*** right now.


#2616692 Datsyuk Has Ankle Surgery

Posted by gcom007 on 26 June 2015 - 05:26 PM

What a tough bastard, playing with that through the Tampa series.

 

Dats has played through a lot of injuries that weren't well publicized. I know for a fact earlier in his career, he was a huge mess during the playoffs several times, as in, can't even walk without a huge limp in daily life. It irks me when people get on his case about his performance or injuries. He's definitely a lot tougher than many give him credit for.




#2615388 Sean Avery - Transition Season

Posted by gcom007 on 19 June 2015 - 10:13 PM

I was ready to make a joke about Avery, then I read it.
And its shocking how down to earth and literate he is in the article.
He seems like a well balanced person, which is something I didn't think I would ever think of Sean Avery...
Thanks for the link!

 

I honestly think a lot of guys like him are brighter than they seem. I tend to think you've got to have something going on in your brain just to figure out how to be as big of an ass as he was. He knew what he was doing, and he did it very well. I think those questioning the sincerity of the article are way off the mark.




#2615266 The Bowman Effect

Posted by gcom007 on 19 June 2015 - 11:41 AM

 

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Edit: Or pay them 50f****** million dollars!




#2614635 2015 SCF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by gcom007 on 15 June 2015 - 10:07 PM

Time to hang 'em up as a Wings fan. 

 

 

 

 

I kid...I kid.

 

It's just different now that they're not in the same conference as us.

 

But...

 

When I saw the Cup on the screen, the peace I made with the matters just moments before disappeared.

 

f*** this.

 

I was ready to buy a ticket back to Detroit for the parade. I'll be there any year. f*** life! Everything sucks!




#2613738 Jeff Blashill named 27th head coach in Red Wings history

Posted by gcom007 on 09 June 2015 - 06:52 PM

I have a very exciting update on the new coach. He's sitting in front of my friend at the Tiger's game tonight...

 

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#2613623 Jeff Blashill named 27th head coach in Red Wings history

Posted by gcom007 on 09 June 2015 - 11:15 AM

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#2613497 The return of The Mule?

Posted by gcom007 on 08 June 2015 - 08:11 AM

 

I'm guessing this isn't directed to me as I am not one to put down Franzen, but here are my thoughts. From my understanding, doctors will give Franzen the okay if he is fully recovered from his concussion. It is also my understanding that with every concussion you get, you are more likely to get another one if you receive another blow to the head or even body. Based on the number of concussions he has had, and based on the fact that it appears every year he is missing more and more time, and from what I read his symptoms are getting worse and worse (this could be wrong) I hope he never plays again for his own health.

 

If it was told to me that Franzen would never have another concussion again with 100% certainty, I would gladly have him back in our lineup. Him at 100% is exactly the kind of player we need.

 

As time has gone on, I've realized that I really would like him back on the team. He has frustrating tendencies, sure, but he's still good for some goals, and when he heats up, he's a dominant scorer. Given the state of things now, it'd be nice to have that guy back in the lineup, and it really makes you wonder how the Tampa series would've gone if he was healthy.

 

But it's still hard for me to wrap my head around it being a good idea for him to play again. It just seems too risky given how bad this concussion has been. I have a feeling that at this point he will play again, and as said, part of me will be glad, especially if that's what he wants. But that won't lessen the weight of the fact that it's a scary proposition.




#2612823 The return of The Mule?

Posted by gcom007 on 02 June 2015 - 09:16 AM

People really want to give up completely on Jurco already? I get the frustration in the moment, but come on... Is it really so hard to think long-term just a little bit?




#2609669 Babcock says good-bye in full page ad. SIAP

Posted by gcom007 on 22 May 2015 - 11:20 AM

Here's the tearful final presser 

 

 

Class act to the end. I didn't have hard feelings before, all the more so now. Best of luck to him moving forward when he's not playing us.




#2609642 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by gcom007 on 22 May 2015 - 10:35 AM

I don't think we need to land a top guy.  We've already got Kronwall.  We just need to upgrade, where possible. 

 

Look at Tampa Bay's defense.  Yzerman was criticized pretty heavily for wrapping up so much money in non-impact defensemen like Carle, Stralman, Garrison, and Coburn.  None of those guys are really "top guys", but collectively they're better than any other alternative Tampa had.  And they're playing good enough to win. 

 

Exactly. I've been over the idea of getting a top guy for a long while. I'd much rather have a more well-rounded whole, and it's a much more accessible goal. 




#2609638 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by gcom007 on 22 May 2015 - 10:08 AM

This. x1,000,000,000. 

 

I asked earlier in this thread, "How did Blash use Weiss in his conditioning stints with GR?"

I wonder solely because, maybe Weiss gets a chance under Blash the way he didn't with Babcock...

I mean, the guy did have some bright spots, some glimpses of his former self, and they were quickly buried*

 

*Maybe deservedly. I don't really remember exactly how it all went down, but I have hopes for the guy. 

I hope he gets another chance and I hope he can show he's still a capable second line center. 

I'm not saying HE IS.  I'm saying I hope he gets another chance at it and somehow pulls it off.

 

I tend to hope he might get a chance and find a place here still as well, but I wouldn't be shocked if they ship him out this summer if at all possible. As I think I said before, if he was benched as long as he was, as often as he was, and in the playoffs, clearly Babcock wasn't the only one in the organization who had lost faith in him. Babcock didn't make decisions by himself, and wasn't it said that Holland was trying to move him at the deadline? I think if Holland has the opportunity to move him this summer, he will. Whether he has anything left in him at this point remains to be seen, but it's hard to imagine the Wings taking that gamble again next year if they can find a way to not have to.


I am very excited to see what Blashill can do with this team. But what I am most excited about is there are no guarantees where players will line up on the roster... Will Ericsson remain on the top pair? Will Smith get a look on the power-play? Will Weiss have a chance at the 2nd line center spot? Will Jurco be in the top 6(9)? Will Pulkkinen be utilized better in the offensive zone (left side faceoff circle), Will Abdelkader / Helm remain in the top 6 (not necessarily saying they shouldn't...)? Will Ferraro / Callahan get a look on the 4th line? A lot of question marks... Going to be an exciting training camp. Can't wait!!!

 

This, but I really, really, really hope Holland does something on defense this summer so the idea of E on the top pairing isn't even a possibility. We're not going to land a top guy, but I have to hope we can land someone better than E...

 

And as much as I don't like E, I'd be more tolerant of him if he were in a different role on this team.

 

Smith is definitely going to get a look on the power play. He's had issues, sure, but he's still young. No way his time will run out here before he gets more opportunities.




#2609627 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by gcom007 on 22 May 2015 - 09:23 AM

 

If that were the case then Toronto wouldn't have had to so massively overpay him for the pleasure.  Hell, they could have offered roughly the same money as Detroit and been confident he'd come to Toronto because they could offer him all the "intangible" things Detroit coudn't.  They could have offered him immortality.  Legacy.  Prestige.  Greatness. 

 

But it wasn't about any of that.  They had to massively outbid everybody because otherwise Babcock wouldn't have gone there.  They didn't give him that money out of the kindness of their hearts, and he didn't ask for it just for s***s and giggles. 

 

It wasn't about winning, or family, or anything else.  Eventually, as these things often do, it all came down to cash.  Lidstrom stayed with the Wings for less.  So did Datsyuk.  And Zetterberg.  And Kronwall.  Because they wanted to win here.

 

Babcock didn't. 

 

Sure, it was about cash. If you get offered a deal like that, it obviously becomes about cash. But Buffalo had a similar deal on the table as well, and it's been said that the figure Babcock signed for is the figure that was first presented. They're desperate teams who have to make desperate offers to get his attention. If he wasn't in it on some level for the challenge, and honestly an unparalleled challenge at that, he could've gone to Buffalo and gotten paid the same, and most likely been able to get to winning quicker with a lot less pain from the media and fans. But he chose Toronto, I believe because there's no other opportunity like it in hockey, and because by all appearances, they seem to be making a commitment to rebuilding the team the right way at last. And yes, because of the cash. And the length of the contract. Even Holland mentioned a sticking point with the Wings was how long they were willing to go.

 

And let's go there for a second. Babcock has been here ten years now. If he had signed even the 4-year deal and lasted the length of it, he'd have the second longest tenure in NHL history for a head coach at 14 years. Jack Adams had the longest at 20 between 1927-1947. There are a handful of guys who did 13 years, though no one has done a single term that long in almost 20 years. Simply put, it's hardly unusual for coaches to jump to new teams. Whether as much cash was on the table or not, there's a much higher likelihood than not that Babcock would've moved on now or at some point in the near future. It's the nature of the position, and it's why I don't think it's fair or accurate to say this is only about cash.

 

Babcock knew his time was going to be coming to an end here soon enough, and he was at a noteworthy milestone, not just in his career, but in his family life. If ever there was a time to make a change, it's now. When you get offered a deal like he was offered, that obviously is going to help motivate you to make said change. When it's an opportunity to help rebuild a legendary team with management that finally seems committed to doing it right, that's obviously going to be exciting to him. Was the cash a part of it? Absolutely. But to suggest that his decision was solely about the cash is utterly and completely simplistic.




#2609418 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by gcom007 on 21 May 2015 - 01:24 PM

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Couldn't restrain myself. Last one.




#2609407 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by gcom007 on 21 May 2015 - 01:06 PM

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Does this compensate for the lack of legs in the one picture?