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#2651019 2016 Trade Deadline Thread

Posted by F.Michael on 05 February 2016 - 12:32 PM

It's undetermined. Mrazek looks like a star but who knows. I'm worried about the equipment/net changes will force small goalies out of the league

We do everything we can to acquire Buff, and throw his fat butt in net :lol:

#2650774 All Star Skills Competition

Posted by NerveDamage on 31 January 2016 - 06:53 PM


...and he says he's going for the Gordie Howe Hat-Trick!

#2650517 Dennis Wideman Suspended 20 Games

Posted by DickieDunn on 29 January 2016 - 08:08 PM

Clearly (to me anyway) he was dazed and thought it was an opposing player, but that won't stop the lynch mob from demanding his head on a platter.

Even of he was loopy, he still extended his arms and smoked the linesman like a joint at Willie Nelson's house. He didn't just bump him or skate over him.

#2650219 Joakim Andesson on Waivers

Posted by Jesusberg on 26 January 2016 - 03:38 PM

Maybe Holland is hoping that if he moves Andersson enough, he'll get stuck on waivers... Like some kind of purgatory for fringe NHL'ers.

#2649425 Bravo, Smitty

Posted by kipwinger on 22 January 2016 - 09:49 AM

Ugh.  I can't believe I'm about to defend Brendan Smith. 


First, bottom pair defensemen (and bottom 6 forwards) are almost NEVER the reason for a bad season.  The difference in quality between our bottom pair and that of...say...Washington, is marginal.  If we don't make the playoffs this year it will be because none of our high end players (aside from Larkin) was comparably better than their counterparts on more successful teams.  None of Dats, Z, Tatar, Nyquist, Kronwall, Green, etc. have been as good as they should be. 


Secondly, Smith's handpass from the bench.  I'm tired of hearing about it.  For two years prior to that play, I'd been regularly pointing out that Smith just wasn't very good, and was almost UNIVERSALLY met with opposition.  Smith could blow coverages, turn the puck over in the d-zone, make bad pinches, or take untimely penalties and the chorus was generally, "Smitty's good.  He's dynamic because of his skating.  He's the only guy that will drop the gloves".  People loved that dope...inexplicably.  Then the handpass happened and all the same people who loved him before, started s***ting on him.  But that wasn't his low point.  His low point was the previous two years when he regularly sucked and everybody said "Smith's playing pretty good right now, maybe our best defenseman". 


Now Smith IS playing pretty good.  He's rounding out his game in a way I NEVER thought he would.  And people are still talking about that handpass.  It was dumb.  I agree.  But it's far from the worst thing he's done on the ice (not that anybody had bothered to notice before).  And he's far from the player he was when he did it.  So can we all get back to bitching about Ericsson already? 

#2649406 2016 Trade Deadline Thread

Posted by BottleOfSmoke on 21 January 2016 - 09:31 PM

Throughout this discussion, one thing has become painfully clear to me:

Yzerman gets a pass. Unless I find out he raped or killed someone, I don't give a s***. He could wipe his ass with Stamkos's jock strap and hold a press conference about how awesome it was, and I would be like "oh, my captain, you so crazy! LOL!" I'm not saying I like this about myself, but there you have it. :lol: Guy was my childhood hero.

#2645080 12/29 GDT : Detroit Red Wings at Winnipeg Jets, 8:00 EST

Posted by Aethernum on 29 December 2015 - 10:42 PM

Obviously the last few games have been frustrating to watch, but I'm not as convinced as the rest of this board that the lines are the problem here. Could the lines be improved? Sure. But paring everything Blashill does to merely putting numbers with numbers seems remarkably oversimplified to me. Whoever's on the ice needs to be making plays, and that comes from the system and the execution far more than it does the pairings. The coach isn't paid to put people with people; he's paid to install a system and ensure the highest possible execution therein. Blaming everything on who is playing with who just doesn't make sense in that context.


Take Datsyuk, for example. Datsyuk with Helm makes sense to me. Helm's speed can open up the ice for D to make a play. But Datsyuk with Z also makes sense. So does Datsyuk with Larkin, or with Abby. But you can only pick two. so whoever ends up playing with Datsyuk, that group needs to come up with plays. It's not a question of finding some magical chemistry that can be a silver bullet to all of our problems. It's a question of avoiding simple errors - giveaways, missed passes, all the things that still seem to be plaguing this team - and playing the system with smarts and speed. 


Some of it breaks down to understanding the concept of consistency. We seem to have this notion on here, as fans, that players at the NHL level are immune to ups and downs in their game. Some people on the boards think Smith is a useless bonehead who does nothing but make stupid errors. Others note that he has been one of our best D-men in the last few weeks. I don't view those observations as exclusive of one another. Smith can be our best defenseman one night, and our worst the next. And that's not even a bad thing - that's now athletic competition works. Sometimes our scoring is going to come from the Top 6. When it doesn't, the third and fourth lines or the defense needs to contribute. Sometimes our goalie is going to post a shutout. When he doesn't, the offense needs to step it up.


Teams with real depth don't rely on consistency to win games. They rely on knowing that someone, somewhere, is going to step up and make a play when they have to. And that person isn't always going to be the same every time.


So to me, when this team struggles, it's not a question of shuffling our players around so that our best players on any given night are in the Top 6. For one thing, there's no way of knowing who will perform the best on any given night. And even if Blashill did know, we'd have to have a line swap every night to accommodate that type of system. When we struggle, it's usually because we fail at the basics - smart defensive play, turnovers, offsides, winning the faceoffs, etc. Those things don't improve just because you swap around some numbers on a white board.


Am I saying I'm happy with the lines? I'm not sure. But I don't get paid to think about those things - Blashill does. And I'm not arrogant enough to think that I know better than one of the best minds in hockey. Every single NHL coach knows far more about these things than I do or anyone else on these boards does, so barging into the forums saying if only Blash would put X with Y or bump up so-and-so or demote that-one-guy everything would change...it just strikes me as childish and ill-informed. We can do better.

#2644744 Bravo, Smitty

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 29 December 2015 - 01:57 PM

Yes Bravo Smith



#2644505 Evander Kane Under Sex Investigation, Not Charged

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 28 December 2015 - 11:17 AM

I hope the Sabres overreact before they have all the facts and trade him for Joakim Andersson.  

#2644508 Evander Kane Under Sex Investigation, Not Charged

Posted by ami on 28 December 2015 - 12:07 PM

It is a climate change in Buffalo area to blame!!

#2644207 Naming The New Arena Suggestion

Posted by Jersey Wing on 23 December 2015 - 12:52 AM

Stadium Stadium

#2643860 Franzen to LTIR

Posted by matt198913 on 21 December 2015 - 05:23 PM

Please retire Mule. You were great but concussions are no joke. You will be missed

#2643198 Patrick Kane's point streak reaches 25 games

Posted by BadgerBob on 17 December 2015 - 12:23 AM

Now onto the next streak; How many off seasons can he last without getting into trouble with the law?

#2642466 Patrick Kane's point streak reaches 25 games

Posted by Echolalia on 12 December 2015 - 01:17 AM

He sure knows a thing or two about scoring on people who try to deny him


#2642451 Patrick Kane's point streak reaches 25 games

Posted by BottleOfSmoke on 11 December 2015 - 11:30 PM

Patrick Kane is the human equivalent of an ingrown toenail. Or diaper rash. Or restless leg syndrome. Or that cramp you get when you have really bad diarrhea. Yeah all of those things.

But hey keep scoring those goals! It's so nice to be a professional athlete--you don't have to feel obligated to not be a garbage can person!

*high five*

He's a great guy both on and on the ice.

I lol'd