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#2352364 Isles acquire Tim Thomas to get to cap floor.

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 07 February 2013 - 05:26 PM

To get to the cap floor, Isles acquire Tim Thomas for conditional 2nd rounder in 2014 or 2015.



Reports out there are correct: #Isles have acquired G Tim Thomas for a conditional 2nd-rounder in either 2014 or 2015.



Just so people are clear, Tim Thomas still doesn't plan on playing this season. This a cap move by the Isles.



The question is, would theIslanders want to ``toll'' Thomas' contract for next season? Don't know that... that would be interesting





If there's a record for most money spent on goalies who don't play, it must be owned by the Islanders. 

#2352303 Sean Avery on OTR tonight.

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 07 February 2013 - 02:06 PM

Avery could've been a pretty great hockey player if it were anywhere near his number one priority in life. 


It's hard to believe the guy is only 32 and pretty much washed up because of his own doing. 

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#2352092 Stats Thus Far for Suter and Weber

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 06 February 2013 - 04:43 PM

I thought this was a pretty amusing analysis of one of Suter's recent breakdowns.


When you're in man-on-man coverage you should probably man your man



It also points out a problem that the Wings have been having.


That is both hilarious and great analysis of defensive breakdowns.  


It looks like on that play Suter was being lazy and was just hoping to circle around in coverage instead of having to stop and start to stay with his man.  


The announcers were talking about that for Jagr during the latest Stars game.  Apparently the coaches were pointing out how he was circling too much in his own end, trying to save energy, instead of stopping and staying with his man.  To his credit, Jagr apparently worked on it and joked about it being hard to break 20 years of bad habits.  



I love this one as well.  


"Analysis: maybe don't defend like this"

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#2352061 Howard = Average

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 06 February 2013 - 02:35 PM

The only reason I can think of as to why people are blaming any of the Wings' poor performance on Jimmy Howard is....ignorance. They simply don't understand the game, and can't recognize that this is the worst Defensive squad that this team has put together since...


Since the 80s? I'm too young to answer this one. 

Well, by simple virtue of not having Lids on the blueline any defensive corps is going to take a major step down so yeah, you'd have to go back to the days when #5 was Darren Veitch.  And right now Kindl is looking like another Yves Racine.  (i'm old :P)


But yeah, this is a very piecemeal looking collection.  A lot of middle pairing guys at best, many of whom aren't even playing like a middle pairing.   


Howard isn't anywhere near the top of the problems with the Wings right now.  He's not elite but very good.  And with the cap continuing to get ratcheted down it's probably better to have a value goaltender than having a ton of cap space tied up in one player.

#2351938 Toughness

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 06 February 2013 - 10:21 AM

If it were playoffs or even close to playoffs some of these guys would be in the lineup.


But 9 games into the season when guys play hurt they can end up injuring themselves more and missing even more of the season. 


The injury bug stinks.  I think the Wings as a team lack speed, size (forwards anyway) and dare I say it grit, but that's a separate issue than these injuries. 

#2351412 Mike Ilitch's Apearance

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 05 February 2013 - 04:38 PM

I agree, many of the things that Illitch has done have benefited the city.  He pursued projects which made him rich AND which tangentially helped the city.  I never followed the logic that you have to show some sort of reverence to Illitch because he's done so much for Detroit, and by "done so much" we mean "built himself a casino".  I'm glad he doesn't mind spending money on his sports teams, I love watching them win.  But he's as susceptible to ribbing as anyone else and perhaps more so, when he does things like announce a new arena with all it's fanfare, buy up all the property around the new arena which will skyrocket in value after the arena is built, and then ask the public to pay for the arena.  What a charitable soul!


While of course he's done things that benefitted him financially (he is a successful businessman after all), he's also made business decisions that benefitted Detroit when he could've gone elsewhere. 


I wasn't saying the guy is a saint.  My main point is I think it's a little childish to slander someone as senile and drunk, particularly on a website called "LetsGoWings" when he's a large part of the reason there's something to root for with the franchise.

#2351351 Canucks to wear "Millionaires" jersey vs Detroit 3/16

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 05 February 2013 - 02:08 PM

Just a little tidbit of history, The Vancouver Millionaires won the Stanley Cup in 1915. The Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) champion Vancouver Millionaires swept the National Hockey Association (NHA) champion Ottawa Senators 3 games to 0 in a best-of-five game series.


I guess this is how Vancouver figures they can say the've won a Cup?


For the press photos to be more realistic Kesler should've been laying on the ground with his arms up whining to a ref.

#2351350 Mike Ilitch's Apearance

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 05 February 2013 - 02:03 PM

Presumably by "what he's done for the city of Detroit" you mean not paying any taxes, rents, etc. while at the same time asking actual taxpayers to heavily subsidize his "redevelopment projects"?  If so, then yes, he's done a lot for the city of Detroit haha. 


But yes, he has spent a lot of money to make the Tigers a contender thank God.  I wouldn't know what to do if I couldn't go straight from watching the Wings dominate to watching the Tigers do the same. 

I know there's some dispute about taxes he owes and whatnot, but that doesn't erase the good that he's done for the city.  Of course he wants to make money off it but he's carved out an area of Detroit people can go to sporting events, concerts, eat, drink, etc.  And dealing with the city of Detroit and the city council in particular cannot be an enjoyable or easy task. 


Point being, Ilitch has done a lot of good for Detroit and certainly deserves praise for buying the Dead Things and restoring the Wings to their former glory.  It's one thing to poke fun at that awful rug on his head, but implying he's some senile drunk is pretty classless.

#2351348 2/5 GDT : Flames 4 at Red Wings 1

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 05 February 2013 - 01:57 PM

I have said this for years and have said it over and over....he has been given ample opportunity to crack the top 6 D...he can't even do it with all these injuries, he will never do it.  I know I am not the only one to dislike him, but I have said since day one he was a waste of a draft pick. Could have had made a much  better draft pick. Even though a draft is a gamble, but nobody understood why Kindl was taken so high, except that they figured Holland was being Holland and found a diamond...Sorry, but Holland screwed the pooch with Kindl....bye bye Jakub, wish I could say it was nice to know you!

Honestly I didn't know much about Kindl when he was drafted, but I definitely got excited for a puck moving defenseman who is 6'3" 216 lbs and drafted that highly.  I've been pretty hard on him because he shows flashes of getting it together and then fades to the background once again.


As a 26 yr old with as many chances as he's had, I don't hold out much hope.  

#2351268 Stats Thus Far for Suter and Weber

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 05 February 2013 - 10:30 AM

I understand what you're saying and it makes sense, but I don't think it's premature to pass any judgements, it's just premature to form conclusions.  It's not unrealistic to expect "elite" players to play like it when they move from one set of line mates to another, or one system to another.  Maybe a slight slump is anticipated, but certainly there's every expectation that a star will continue to be a star once he's been moved.  It's not unreasonable to expect Suter to play like a number one defender if that's what he really is, and for any noticeable lapses in defense to come from the half assed d-corps they put around him.  That would be fair.  But he hasn't looked that good, on his own merit, thus far.  Certainly not like the elite top partner guy he's getting paid to be. 


Don't get me wrong, based on what little I've seen and heard of Suter's performance to date, I certainly wouldn't be happy with his play so far given his paycheck. 


But the OP was drawing conclusions about how tied to one another Suter and Weber's success was.  It could ultimately be true, but given all the variables involved, 8 games is a ridiculously small sample to draw any reasonable conclusions about that.  Especially when we're coming off a lockout into a shortened season with no real training camp. 

#2351063 NHL rescinds match penalty to Blues' Backes

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 04 February 2013 - 01:40 PM

I believe the ref was sure, which is why he didn't confer with the other refs on the call. That doesn't mean he was right though




Backes has hit guys like this before.  His hits like this are lateral, blindside, and sometimes push the boundaries of being late.  That's a lot of the criteria for hits the league is trying to crack down on.   All he has to do is graze a guy's chin and they're going to toss him from the game and suspend him.  


With the way Huskins head snapped the ref jumped the gun.  Bad call, but I'm hardly surprised given the caliber of officiating the last few seasons.  

#2350448 2/1 GDT : Blues 3 at Red Wings 5 (Z with Hat Trick)

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 02 February 2013 - 04:13 PM

From NHL:



Best. Officials. Ever.


What's sad is in the Philly game Erskine threw an elbow that almost KO'd Simmonds.  No call on the play.  


People will always complain about officiating, but having watched hockey a lot of years, the quality of reffing really seems to have deteriorated in the last few.  



Terrible call by the refs against St. Louis,  but Backes is a prick so it's hard to feel that bad. 

#2350289 2/1 GDT : Blues 3 at Red Wings 5 (Z with Hat Trick)

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 02 February 2013 - 12:09 AM

Am I the only one who thought Dats goal went in off Mule's leg?


Bad call on the Backes hit. Great to see Z in beast mode, and yes, Ericsson has a good first pass.

#2349247 Zetterberg's Great But...

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 30 January 2013 - 03:57 PM

Over his career several people have made reference to how deep Zetterberg's tank is.  The guy's a horse.  So he ends up getting a minute or two more ice time.  


Trying to extrapolate that into some meaningful qualitative difference between the two is a stretch.  

#2349232 Kindl's future...

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 30 January 2013 - 02:59 PM

E is inept? C'mon that doesn't feel just a little like stubborn old memories refusing to go away? He's been great the last half of last season and he's continued right where he left off this season. His passing is crisp, his play in his own end has been very good. One aspect I can but somehow also can't believe we're overlooking is his ability to get out of the corners quickly, or move pucks behind the net in those areas under pressure. I've seen him just flick pucks to open guys very quickly under a ton of pressure. I haven't seen anyone do that since Nick and Raf, not even Nik. That is a huge aspect of defense, just shrugging off the forecheck like that. He does it so well and it's one of the biggest reasons why we don't notice him in his own end. And that's a good thing.


As for Kindl's future, I just don't think he meshes well here. He's average with brief flashes of something more but it's fleeting. Those flashes give his fans something to cling to and I think we've been very patient but I can't foresee him sticking around. I know Huskins isn't the best offensively but he can move the puck adequately enough to replace Kindl I think considering his defensive play more than makes up. I'm not exactly tapping my fingers impatiently waiting for points with bottom 6 defenders, I'd rather they just grind out and shut down opponents and don't make mistakes. Kindl is a decent top 4 defenseman on another team who doesn't fit into the 3rd pairing role here. It's sad but that's the reality of it. I keep getting this gut feeling his mistakes are all mental because he's trying to play into the top 4 and screws up because of it but regardless we can't wait around forever. This team is always more patient than the forums are but I think he'll be gone eventually in some sort of deal.

It is pretty funny.  People seem to bash E out of habit.  He's been solid so far this season, and was much of last season. 


He's never going to be a top pairing guy, but he's a big, good stay at home guy, who has the ability to make a great first pass (which a lot of stay at home guys don't necessarily have).