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#2440672 Steve Yzerman wants Game Misconduct penalties for fighting

Posted by mackel on 02 October 2013 - 06:18 PM

I think the problem is with "fighters" not fighting. I have no problem at all with a guy like McCarty, Shannahan, Drake, Big E, etc having the odd tustle when the chips are down.

I do have a problem with guys like Parros, Orr and the like who have no business being in the NHL. These guys are in the league exclusively to fight, any points they earn or plays they make are minor miracles.

I like tough hockey players who can fight when called for, I don't think a player who can only fight at the NHL level has a place in the league.

#2420917 Dreger: Filppula looking for $5.5m/season over at least 7 years

Posted by mackel on 19 June 2013 - 09:18 PM

Knew I forgot someone. So the starting roster will probably look something like

Franzen - Datsyuk - Brunner
Cleary - Zetterberg - Sammy
Abdelkader - Helm - Betuzzi
Miller - Emmerton - Tootoo

Kronwall - Ericsson
Kindl - Quincey
Smith - Cola


Seeing the name "Sammy" on that roster almost makes me sick... What about Tatar? Isn't he out of minor league options?

#2388382 Dekeyser Nickname Time

Posted by mackel on 23 April 2013 - 02:13 PM

"The Kaiser". As in emperor.

And if he's playing well. We could always say that "the kaiser" is on a roll...

#2359692 Trade Deadline buyers or sellers?

Posted by mackel on 23 February 2013 - 12:17 PM

I'd love to see the type of sell off the Ottawa Senators did a few seasons ago. Trade players for prospects and picks. Insert your high quality farm hands into the lineup. Draft high get some elite level talent and move on. Of course their path was a little easier with Karlsson in the pipeline but we have some high grade kids also. They kept Alfie and a few other star vets to help the kids, which we can easily do as well.

#2353446 2/9 GDT : Oilers 1 at Red Wings 2

Posted by mackel on 09 February 2013 - 08:02 PM

Did anyone else watch the game on CBC? Canadian hockey coverage is the worst! They're so pro Canada with their comments that it really makes them look stupid. All game long they talked about Lidstrom retiring, how bad the Wings PP and PK was (after only 10 games), fast the Oilers are, and have the 4th best PP in the League. They also made a comment about how the Wings are retooling and the Oilers are ready to win now. :glare:  Last I checked, the Oilers are still in the bottom 1/3 of the Western Conference. What's taking their rebuild so long?
Canadian stations (CBC and TSN) seem to have an agenda before the game starts, they don't call the game as it happens. As a Canadian, it's embarrassing.
To reply to all their stupid comments, the Oilers PP sucked today! They played sloppy all game, and had way to many turn overs.
The best announcers are ones you don't really notice. They let the game control the broadcast. Mickey, Ken, and Murph have to be amoung the best in the League, they just seem to enjoy themselves, and the game of Hockey. You won't find a better broadcast team out there then them.

As for the Wings, I think the first game was a wash, that wasn't this team. Take away Game 1 and we're 6-3-1.

I think it's a matter of perspective. You don't notice Ken and the gang because you agree with their take on the game... They are broadcasting the game to the red wings home market. The CBC broadcast is geared toward their home market Edmonton and Canada more generally.

As a wings fan I could see no more bias toward the Oilers on CBC than toward the Wings on an FSD broadcast.

Use the Chicago crew as the bar. They are disgustingly "homer" in their call of the game. The CBC broadcast today was not even on the same planet as that bar.

#2120096 Osgood's status could prompt trade at deadline

Posted by mackel on 21 February 2011 - 10:48 PM

I beg to differ and so does his career .900 save percentage and 2.9 GAA. He's on an amazing 6 game win streak right now, but less we forget his 5-10-1 start to the season with a staggering .82 save percentage. Plus, he is the Devils starter as MB30 is trying to get back into the game. Even if he was available, he's one of the last goalies I'd want.

You may want to put your comments into perspective... He's never played on a truly good team (career) and as for a bad start with the Devils this year, just look at that team as a whole early on and you'll be able to figure out where you went wrong in your analysis.

#2056445 Trade proposal

Posted by mackel on 02 November 2010 - 06:26 PM

I think this thread among others this season is a product of the eons between wings games... lets see the boys play already!

#2029381 Osgood

Posted by mackel on 26 August 2010 - 10:25 AM

The goalies I mentioned in my post are/were every bit as good as Osgood... unfortunately for them they weren't playing on the Wings...

Osgood is the Bic lighter of goaltenders... useful, but easily replaced.

You've got to be kidding me with those names.

How many of those goalies have won a Stanley Cup? None. Only Irbe has come somewhat close.

And Osgood has won two - one as a starter and one coming on in relief, when you come on in relief of somebody in the playoffs unexpectedly you're usually going golfing soon.

#2029320 Osgood

Posted by mackel on 25 August 2010 - 11:31 PM

Posted this in the last Osgood topic:

why does this always happen when Osgood's name comes up??? lots of people blowing gaskets about how good/not good he is... I thought we all agreed last year he was a mediocre goalie who played for great teams and consequently has better numbers than other goalies of his ilk... such as Arthus Irbe, Dan Cloutier, Damian Rhodes, Ron Tugnutt, Steve Sheilds, Manny Fernendez, etc

#2017588 Loophole

Posted by mackel on 20 July 2010 - 10:56 PM

Remember that we are talking about a game here. A sport, nothing more. A competition between teams conducted within a very specific set of standards and regulations.

Hockey is a game. The NHL is infact a $3billion industry.

also that increased parity in the league, I don't like the cap, but I freely admit that it's only because otherwise the Wings would have an advantage over almost all other teams.
The only reason the Wings would have an advantage is because of the hard work the Illitch family has put in over the last 20 plus years of owning the business. They built it, they should reap the fruits of their labor.

you nor anyone else here knows if he followed the letter of the law or not.
It's common knowledge that the contract follows the letter of the law; that is the entire premise behind the term "loophole".It's perfectly legal according to the letter of the law even if is not in agreement with the spirit of the law. Thats why so much time is spent on the language of a contract and/or a government bill.

Further more, the draft is socialist too. It's not fair that a team has to pick last because they finihsed first. The only fair way to determin a draft order is to have a totally random lottery. But i know thats to heavy for most of you sheeple to even fathom.

I agree with you on this: It's not fair that a team has to pick last because they finihsed first.

Aside from that... I think you need to lay off the Republican Kool-Aid

#2014146 Osgood may retire following this season

Posted by mackel on 12 July 2010 - 04:54 PM

Osgood is a Legend.

This is a joke right? Because I laughed out loud when I read it.

#2010412 the wings may be big free agency players

Posted by mackel on 05 July 2010 - 01:41 PM

next year we have Lidstrom and draper most likely retiring so that means next summer we should be going into free agency with at least 7.5, or if ozzy retires then about 9 million in potential cap space going into free agency.

in 2 years we may be having homer bert and raffi retiring for a total of about 9.5 million in potential cap space.

what relistic players are becoming ufa's in the coming years that you would like to see in detroit? discuss

Knowing Kenny, a 3rd liner with some jam, plus a stay at home defenceman. LOL

#2010121 Getflaf for Zetter

Posted by mackel on 04 July 2010 - 07:59 PM

I'm 100% positive that there are a crowd of people on these forums who would agree with my assertions on this matter.

That's nice... but again you are assuming you're right because you said something. The odd fact or example would do wonders for your posts. It would make them a little less editorial.

#2010106 Getflaf for Zetter

Posted by mackel on 04 July 2010 - 07:39 PM

Hah, yeah, because the loyalty this organization shows to its players is NEVER reciprocated, NEVER makes other players want to play in Detroit, and, in general, NEVER pays this organization any dividends. Oh, wait... you're wrong.

Yes, the loyalty has its downsides, namely that some longtime players get contracts they may not deserve. However, you're completely oblivious to every intangible if you think that it doesn't have far more upsides than downsides.

Nice speech, care to add some substance to that rhetoric? Or are you going to stick to broad assertions that are meaningless to anyone besides you?

#2010094 Getflaf for Zetter

Posted by mackel on 04 July 2010 - 07:11 PM


Zetterberg is the better player, and trading him before he starts to decline (and probably even after that) would put a black mark on this franchise in relation to loyalty that would take decades to recover from.

This loyalty stuff is Hocum, hockey is a business... loyalty is why we have Draper still and may eat another year of Maltby two guys well past their best before dates.