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#2269213 3/10 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Predators 3

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 11 March 2012 - 12:48 AM

Please stay on topic about the actual game.

This thread will be cleaned up and a couple of you should check your PM's.

#2268953 Smith/Kindl/Ericsson

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 10 March 2012 - 06:23 PM

Our defense does look better without him. Now if we could only dump his salary....

So the defense looks better overall without Lidstrom and Ericsson in the lineup? Because both have been out the same games.

you'd think the defense would be better with Lidstrom in the lineup. Weird.

#2268949 Smith/Kindl/Ericsson

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 10 March 2012 - 06:18 PM

I agree. Wings game have been much more relaxing for me since he's been out. He's decent on the PK, but otherwise he seems to make mistakes about 50% of the time, especially when he's under pressure and needs to act quickly.

Do you really think he'd have a regular spot in the lineup if every other play he was making a mistake? He doesn't make mistakes anywhere near that percentage of the time because if he did he'd be out of the NHL.

So the pretty clear answer is it has something to do with your perception of things, not Ericsson's actual play. But then I guess we all baselessly bash players sometimes.

#2268902 Smith/Kindl/Ericsson

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 10 March 2012 - 02:11 PM

I said IF it was needed.

so IF it was needed because somehow Holland has painted himself into a corner financially, the Wings should demote their #5 defenseman to the minors and potentially lose him off waivers for nothing while also tarnishing the organization's reputation on how it treats its players. Got it.

Holland is a guy who let Commie go basically so he could play somewhere and try to get a contract next year, even though it would've been better for the team to have him riding the pine in case there were a bunch of injuries on D, which is the case right now.

You're such a big Holland fan it's odd that you'd think he'd ever make a bad move like that, other than the fact that it's Ericsson.

#2268881 Hockey parent uses laser pointer to "blind" opposing goalie

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 10 March 2012 - 12:31 PM

Update: "Laser Dad" to face criminal charges, says he was wrong... http://boston.cbsloc...l-face-charges/

Translation: "I'm sorry I got caught."

If a grown ass man can't figure out how stupid that is beforehand, it's hard for me to believe he truly regrets and understands exactly what a douchebag he is.

#2268806 Smith/Kindl/Ericsson

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 10 March 2012 - 02:14 AM

Ericsson doesn't have an NMC, so stashing in the minors is a theoretical possibility should the need arise in the future.

Why would the Wings put a solid #5 D man that they just re-signed in the minors? What kind of message would that send to current and future players? That would be an idiotic move by Holland.

Plus I think he'd have to clear waivers.

#2268669 3/9 GDT : Kings 3 at Red Wings 4

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 09 March 2012 - 09:50 PM

10 shots total? Are the Kings trapping? :blink:

They don't typically trap (I'm at work and not watching this game, so can't say for sure). But they're 3rd in the league for GAA. They definitely don't make it easy to score.

They're also a team who can't really score, so it's depressing they got 3 on us.

#2268433 3/9 GDT : Kings 3 at Red Wings 4

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 09 March 2012 - 01:33 PM


why ewww?

They're having a lot of problems scoring goals this season and seem to have taken a step backward overall, but they're a fun young team to watch. Kopitar plays a lot like Zetterberg. great young goalie in Quick. Doughty is super-talented, if immature still. Good young defensemen in Martinez and Voynov. Young guys like Clifford who will grind, hit, fight and score some goals.

Honestly I liked the roster more last season when they still had Simmonds. Their GM has made some panic moves at the deadline picking up Penner last season and now Carter (who will hopefully work out better than Penner). But they're still a fun team to watch.

#2268421 3/9 GDT : Kings 3 at Red Wings 4

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 09 March 2012 - 12:18 PM

Holy injury bug.

Kings are my second favorite team. I'm pulling for the Wings to win, but if they end up losing at least there's consolation in the Kings getting much needed points to stay in the running for the playoffs.

#2268339 Carter to LA

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 08 March 2012 - 09:29 PM

Not sure if that's a total dick move by Columbus or a remarkably considerate one toward the fans who may have recently purchased Carter's jersey.

I'm going to go with dick move.

Considering they announced it the day Carter was coming back to Columbus for the first time as a King, I think you picked the right one.

First announcing that Nash requested a trade, now treating a recently traded player this way. Stay classy Columbus. :thumbup:

Even if he was a flop there, it doesn't exactly send the best message about how you treat players.

#2268107 Kronwall Destroys Voracek

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 07 March 2012 - 01:46 PM

The rules state that if the ref deems a player so injured or incapacitated the whistle should be blown. If this isnt a glaring example of that im not sure what is. The fencing response by Voracek should be all thats needed for a whistle. I just think the safety of a player who is exhibiting a common reaction to a serious head injury should stop play.


It was pretty clear he was out. Scoring chance or not that's a level of injury the refs need to stop play so the trainers can get out there.

#2267712 Kronwall Destroys Voracek

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 06 March 2012 - 09:17 PM

I'm one who thinks Kronwall has been guilty of leaving his feet and not keeping his elbows tucked on a fair amount of his hits in the past, but this looks legal to me. Brutal, but legal. His skates are down, he didn't leap. He hits the head but he also catches him full on in the body. Shanny specifically showed videos of how there can be legal hits that contact the head.

#2267699 3/6 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Flyers 3

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 06 March 2012 - 09:13 PM

Keep your comments about the game please.

Bickering posts will be deleted. And it's really annoying to have to go through and delete a bunch of crap.


#2267257 Datsyuk's on the ice for today's practice

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 06 March 2012 - 06:01 PM

Exactly. I remember the "Datsyuk or Hemsky?" thread in which many here said "Hemsky." Fortunately Holland was smarter.

I wonder how you felt when Kenny brought back Osgood? I'm sure you were fully supporting this move, even before Osgood bailed out Dom and helped the Wings win the Cup in 08?

I dont' even remember the Hemsky thread you're talking about, but are you suggesting that Ken Holland, General Manager of the Red Wings who spends all day every day thinking and working on the present and future of this team actually knows more than a bunch of fans on a website? Shocking!

Of course Holland knows more than we do. That's part of being a fan is sitting back and wondering and overanalyzing and nitpicking all these moves because we love the Wings. We're fans, not cheerleaders. If all we did was agree with Kenny and think everyone was awesome, then Matt may as well shut down the site.

As for Datsyuk, i echo the sentiments of several other people here. It's great to see him making progress, but don't rush it. The key is to be completely healthy for the playoffs.

#2266950 Brendan Smith watch thread

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 05 March 2012 - 07:38 PM

I believe another big problem is that people expect that every draft pick should be a top player for the Wings. The simple fact of the matter is that many of these players don't pan out. Less than 20% of all players picked actually have a career in the NHL over 200 games.

List of Wings Draft Picks

Look at all the players that were chosen that haven't played a single game in the NHL. I really think that people should have more realistic expectations. A lot of these players called in the draft will never see NHL action for one reason or another. Its not horrible picks, but just the name of the game.


I guess it's just really that time span where they had Lebda, Meech, Ericsson and Quincey that things got a little goofy.

And yeah, overall the Wings have done a great job considering what a crapshoot draft picks are. And none of theirs are high picks.