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#2305194 Vokoun moved to Pittsburgh for a 7th Round pick.

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 04 June 2012 - 02:02 PM

Good move for PIT. I guess Vokoun will have to play the backup role after all.

Not necessarily. With as inconsistent as Fleury plays, it could be a 1a 1b situation. At the very least this should put the heat on him to keep his level of game up. It's not exactly a vote of confidence in Fleury from the Pens organization. I'm sure Vokoun is there to try and win the starting job, not be a backup.

#2304652 Tim Thomas.

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 01 June 2012 - 03:27 PM

Is it just coincidence the amount of crap Timmy's gotten since making his political affiliation known? I think not.


I think it has to do more with how he handled that situation than his actual political affiliation.

More than any snub of the presidency or anything, for me it was just a shame how he created this major distraction from what should've been a great day for his teammates.

And honestly, let's keep this thread about him taking a year off and away from politics. There's a thread about Thomas skipping the whitehouse in the political forum, so any discussion of that should go there.

This forum is one of the few safe havens where I don't have to think about that crap. :P

#2304558 NHL Salary Cap Temporarily Set At $70.3 Million For 2012

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 01 June 2012 - 11:03 AM

Honestly I think they could set it at a bajillion dollars because it's fictional until they re-negotiate the new CBA.

If anything they probably want the highest, most optimistic projection for next year's cap so they can ratchet it down a bit in the new negotiations.

#2304441 Red Wings Next Captain

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 31 May 2012 - 08:18 PM

I say bring Homer back for one more year, give him the C, & watch hilarity ensue as refs across the NHL have to translate his Swenglish.

That is a brilliant idea.

Just getting to watch O'Halloran have to talk with Homer after disallowing one of his goals would be totally worth it.

#2304284 Nick Lidstrom retires after 20 seasons

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 31 May 2012 - 11:19 AM

NHL network showing the NHL 36 on Lids.

That restaurant he went to before every game should name his usual pre-game meal after Nick.

Gotta be a sad day for Homer. HIs close friend is hanging 'em up and going back to Sweden, and it sounds like Holmstrom still wants to play but may not have a place in the lineup.

#2304257 Nick Lidstrom retires after 20 seasons

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 31 May 2012 - 10:50 AM

I feel like he and his family probably walked out to the parking lot, got in a spaceship and flew home to whatever hockey god planet he came from.

#2304231 Nick Lidstrom retires after 20 seasons

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 31 May 2012 - 10:26 AM

Now that he's retired I feel like his accent has already gotten more Swedish. :lol:

#2304222 Nick Lidstrom retires after 20 seasons

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 31 May 2012 - 10:18 AM

The tank is definitely not empty Nick, it just started to move down a tiny notch from "god" closer to "mortal."

#2304219 Nick Lidstrom retires after 20 seasons

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 31 May 2012 - 10:15 AM

I'm confused. When does he get to the part where he says he's pleased to announce they've signed Suter, Weber, Doan and Parise and he's really looking forward to playing alongside them next season?

#2303850 Nick Lidstrom retires after 20 seasons

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 30 May 2012 - 03:07 PM

Sad? hell no. I have 20 years of great memories and 4 cups because of nick. he is one of the best ever to play the game. It is time to say THANK YOU! as loud as we can, and look forward to the next chapter. can we get a waiver and hang Nick's jersey in the HOF on Friday?

Thanks Nick for all the time, effort and memories!

Great post.

I've been watching the Wings long enough to remember when #5 was Darren Veitch, but it's still going to be so strange not to see Lidstrom on the Wings blueline.

Whenever some great player comes charging into the Wing's zone, there won't be any sigh of relief when you realize Lidstrom is the defenseman they have to get past.

#2303832 Nick Lidstrom retires after 20 seasons

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 30 May 2012 - 02:57 PM

Well s***. The end of an era for sure.

Now I really wish Holland had made a big run at it this year, even if it meant mortgaging the future a bit.

#2303771 Patrick Kane at it again

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 30 May 2012 - 01:16 PM

Yeah, because players in the 70s never used to get drunk and hit on women. And everyone had camera-phones in those days too, they just chose to respect the privacy of sports stars in that era :rolleyes:

Privacy of sports stars?

The guy couldn't have drawn more attention to himself short of holding a press conference where people watch him get hammered.

It's not like someone took pictures from a party in Kane's backyard. He went to the University of Wisconsin (no idea why you go to Wisconsin to celebrate Cinco de Mayo) with custom made t-shirts for the event and made a total ass of himself.

When someone pays you $6 mill a year and you're one of the faces of the franchise, like it or not you have to know that the things you do in your personal life will reflect on the organization. It's not like he needs to be going to church 5 days a week. Just don't make such a drunken spectacle of yourself. People in their 20s may not disapprove, but I bet a lot of hockey mom's would think twice about buying their kid a Kane jersey if he keeps this up.

#2303454 Hasek wants to play in the NHL again

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 27 May 2012 - 03:09 PM

Good luck on your comeback Dom, just not with Detroit.

#2302868 Wings look into Jonas HolÝs?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 23 May 2012 - 05:04 PM

Considering Ericsson has only played three full seasons, no. Neither I nor anyone else remembers that. :)

Kindl wasn't really a rookie either. He played 48 games in 10-11. He's improved a bit, and will almost certainly improve further in the next few years. But he doesn't look like he'll ever be anything special. I don't think he's a whipping boy yet, just pretty irrelevant.

Agreed. Kindl has now played 106 games in the NHL.

And Ericsson is a converted defenseman taken dead last in the draft. Taken 19th overall, I think Kindl is the highest pick the Wings have had since drafting Marty Lapointe. I had higher hopes for him but he couldn't even hold a spot over Commie and didn't see a lick of ice time in the playoffs. And he's not exactly that young either. People can bag on Quincey for how he plays, but he's only a year older than Kindl. He's just been playing big minutes for several seasons. Kindl is also an inch taller and 10 lbs heavier than Q, but you'd never know it from how he plays.

There's still hope he'll turn into something, but when the Wings picked him in 2005, I'm guessing they were hoping they'd have an NHL ready defenseman by now.

#2302867 #8 Los Angeles Kings vs. #3 Phoenix Coyotes

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 23 May 2012 - 04:54 PM

Brown will get what's coming to him, just like Turtle did.

A Stanley Cup?

I hope so.