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#2265386 NHL and steroids according to Laraque

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 01 March 2012 - 11:52 AM

It is well known that former Leafs/Canadiens enforcer John Kordic died of heart failure caused by a drug (some say steroid) overdose...I have no doubt in my mind that there is performance enhancing drugs in the NHL.

Anytime you're talking about the elite level of a sport with millions of dollars involved, there's a pretty good chance performance enhancing drugs are involved.

Even if its not to bulk up, I could see players using steroids and other drugs to try and speed up recovery time from injury.


#2265384 Presidents Trophy

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 01 March 2012 - 11:44 AM

As many have said, home ice advantage matters. President's trophy itself doesn't mean much.


#2265383 Brad Stuart's family issues

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 01 March 2012 - 11:43 AM

Lidstrom has played games in the past about "oh, I might move back to Sweden" Even the perfect human is all about the dollars. To think otherwise is naive.

The reality is you have no idea what the actual claim or situation was. I could totally understand him seriously returning to his native country to raise his kids there and be with his family. I can also see an agent using that possibility as leverage.

To think you could possible know it was all about the dollars is extremely presumptuous.


#2265118 Lidstrom to win Norris trophy?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 29 February 2012 - 11:40 AM

I can't see Lids winning it. Karlsson should be in the running for sure, but unless he ends up top three in points in the league, he shouldn't win. It would take that kind of offensive output to make up for the lack of defense. Before anyone brings him up, Coffey was insanely productive offensively, but was also pretty good at playing defense too.

In general I just hope the Norris remains the best all around defenseman and people actually vote that way. I don't want it to go the way of the Selke, which has become best forward who scores a lot of points and is also good defensively.


#2264990 2/28 GDT : Red Wings 5 at Blue Jackets 2

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 28 February 2012 - 09:40 PM

all these things that are "no big deal" now will come back to bite them in the playoffs.

you know, like...hudler and bertuzzi being two of the worst top-6 forwards in the league? everyone cool with that?

that's no problem when you beat the worst team in the league that just gave away half of the decent players they had.

but when the wings are going out in round 2 yet again? well, at least we know what to expect.

These things do matter in the playoffs, I agree.

But had hudler and bertuzzi played awesome tonight, you likely would've said it didn't matter because the blue jackets are so crappy.

The Wings definitely have issues to work out if they want to get past the second round of the playoffs this season. But if they can win games while they work out those issues, awesome.


#2264972 2/28 GDT : Red Wings 5 at Blue Jackets 2

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 28 February 2012 - 09:22 PM

they played a terrible 50 minutes and then got a couple goals, the first being incredibly lucky.

does that change the piss-poor effort? the abysmal special teams? hudler being generally awful?

i hope teams aren't planning on taking shots at datysuk, because this team won't win a playoff game without him.

piss poor effort. special teams suck. one of the best defenseman of all time out of the lineup. one of the best forwards in the world out of the lineup.

Wings are winning 5-2.

Somehow I'll manage to suffer through that kind of game.


#2263996 2012 NHL Trade Deadline Thread - February 27th, 3:00 PM ET

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 27 February 2012 - 03:13 PM

....and cue the *****-fest.

I won't ***** exactly, but I gotta admit that I'm disappointed.

Probably Lidstrom's last season, the team is good, we have a ton of cap space. I was hoping he'd make a serious move to go for it this season.


#2263839 2012 NHL Trade Deadline Thread - February 27th, 3:00 PM ET

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 27 February 2012 - 02:19 PM

I agree. Kenny did a great job filling that need. Problem is, we have more then one need. We have a ton of assets, ton of cap space, and don't have a ton of scoring depth or grit on the bottom lines. Obviously we miss Datsyuk, but if we rely so heavily on one guy to spark the offense and the PP, we're in trouble. Likewise we don't have a strong 4th line center or much grit/big bodied players. Those types are available, like I said, time to make deals. I don't care what anyone feels, if Holland stands pat up front, I think it's a mistake.

I tend to agree with you, only because of Lidstrom potentially retiring. Like you said, they have the cap space. When was the last time that happened? If Holland was ever going to gamble, now is the time.


#2263638 D Commodore dealt to Lightning for cond. 7th round pick

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 27 February 2012 - 01:04 PM

I would love to see Smith playing more... but there is no need to trade Commodore. Something more is coming.

Let's hope so.

Trading Commie for a bag of pucks better not be the only Wings move today.


#2263002 Johan Franzen Depreciation

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 26 February 2012 - 12:45 PM

I don't know that he's on a downswing. It's so hard to tell with Franzen. I wish I could still find the quote where he basically says he gets bored in the regular season.

It's certainly not that he's awful, it's just that he could be so much better if he had the compete level of someone like Darren Helm.

Goal scorers are often streaky, but he can be amazingly invisible for a 6'3" 225 lbs guy. What frustrates me about him is not that he's not scoring. It happens. But sometimes he looks like he doesn't want to play.


#2262908 Neil hit on Boychuk

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 26 February 2012 - 12:19 AM

Anyone got clip of Chara paying Neal back in the fight?

I know he didn't, but I wish Chara would've gotten a 2, 5 and 10 minute misconduct for instigating after a clean, hard hit.


#2262904 Ericsson out One Month

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 26 February 2012 - 12:08 AM

I think you misunderstood what I meant. Do I like that he fractured his wrist? Of course not. Will I miss him on the ice? Not at all, and that's what I meant. He makes me facepalm on a regular basis like nobody has since '05-'08 Lilja.

You may not miss him, but the Wings will. Unless Kindl or Commie make a marked improvement in his absence, the Wings just got worse defensively.

It seems like you'd want the best lineup on the ice.


Ericsson also was 4th on the team in PK minutes (tied with Lids). In his absence that means those pk minutes will be picked up by Lidstrom, Stuart, Kronwall, and now Quincey.

Like I said, picking up Quincey now becomes a good move as he can pick up some of those minutes without them having to go to Commie and Kindl.


#2262887 Ericsson out One Month

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 25 February 2012 - 10:57 PM

I'm not at all sad.

Wow. Not at all bummed that a Red Wings player just fractured his wrist and will be out of the lineup for at least a month?


:thumbdown:


I'd remember this post of yours when you think of lecturing someone on not supporting the Wings.


The Wings just got worse defensively. Picking up Quincey definitely is a good move now.


#2262488 Just Say 'No' to Mikael Samuelsson

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 25 February 2012 - 06:33 PM

I still don't get why people hated Sammy so much when he was here. Yeah he was a logo hunter and shinguard assassin, but like I said, for the money he was a steal.

19 goals 40 points in 09
11 goals 40 points in 08
14 goals 34 points in 07
23 goals 45 points in 06

His contract was $1.2 million for all those seasons except 06, when it was $537,000.


#2262485 2012 NHL Trade Deadline Thread - February 27th, 3:00 PM ET

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 25 February 2012 - 06:24 PM

I wouldn't want him neither.

Here is a tweet from Nick Kypreos:

Nick Kypreos ‏ @RealKyper Reply Retweet Favorite Open
#SNtrade. 3 teams that have heavy interest in #Stars Steve Ott are #Leafs #Flyers and #Canucks. Philly reluctant to move Van Riemsdyk

Given that Ott is a douchebag, the Flyers and Canucks seem like the best fit.