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#2500574 Pens Twitter Fail:Ask Neal Anything...

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 24 March 2014 - 08:55 PM

I don't like him, but don't let his countless dirty and cheap plays cloud your judgement.
He's big and quick, and he has an awesome shot, with an amazing release.

He's garbage because of the crap he pulls, but hes definitely not without talent.


Don't forget the diving.

#2500515 Pens Twitter Fail:Ask Neal Anything...

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 24 March 2014 - 06:10 PM

While we're on the subject of Neal, former NHL ref Paul Stewart uses Neal as an example of what a joke the NHL is when it comes to discipline. 

What I am talking about there is a player who pushes things too far and becomes more of a detriment than a help to his team. The NHL does not hold this player accountable and, thus far, neither have the leaders in his dressing room.

Sean Avery was like that. When he was a rookie with Detroit and starting up with some of after-the-whistle and behind-the-play the antics he'd become infamous for, I once pinned him to the boards with my forearm and told him to cut the nonsense or I'd personally splatter him on the ice.This past Thursday, Neal was at the center of yet another incident. In a game against the Detroit Red Wings, Neal went head-hunting with a cross check directly to the head of opposing forward Luke Glendening. Neal had time and opportunity to make a legal check but instead delivered a high hit with the stick that, at absolute best, was reckless and stupid. At worst, he was deliberately trying to cause injury.


The NHL and its Department of Player Safety pays lip service to wanting to stamp out hits to the head. They claim to weigh past history in the formula for suspension. They say intent is considered. So what the hell happened here? Beats me.

He also points out how by the NHL's own policy on diving, Neal should've been suspended for getting his third embellishment penalty.  

To recap, last month Neal got his third strike under the diving protocol. He was given a break. This month, Neal was guilty of at least the seventh League-reviewed play in his career for a reckless or dirty hit. He was given a break again, in the same season where there was no choice but to banish him for five games for kneeing an opponent in the head.

The NHL has sent a message to James Neal that he can do as he pleases until the next time he causes an injury. Flagged repeatedly for diving? That's OK, just sit your two minutes and be on your way. Rinse, wash, repeat. It makes my blood boil and the gets those old enforcer instincts of mine running on red alert.


#2500424 Backes on playing against Malkin and Crosby

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 24 March 2014 - 02:04 PM


Yeah, I feel about Backes the way I always felt about Shane Doan.  The guy's awesome as hell but I cringe everytime I think about our guys going on the ice with him. 


Agreed.  Though I even have a little more disdain for Doan.  When the Kings knocked them out of the playoffs a couple years back in a very heated series, he was whining about officiating and threw a mini tantrum.  A lot of the Coyotes did actually (the series ended off a controversial hit from Brown) but I expected more from Doan. 

#2500409 Backes on playing against Malkin and Crosby

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 24 March 2014 - 01:16 PM


I can't speak for everyone else but my fascination with him has a lot to do with the fact that he's a huge powerforward who's a stud defensively, chips in 20-25 goals and 50+ pts. a season, hits like a truck, plays hard every shift of every game, is a consummate leader, and doesn't seem overly douchey as a person.  But that's just me.


Agreed.  Frankly I kind of hate him because of how he plays when it's against the Wings, but he's the kind of guy who plays on the edge that I'd like to have on the Wings.  

#2500398 Systems Analyst: Red Wings score 3 goals on the Leafs

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 24 March 2014 - 12:37 PM

My favorite hockey blog breaks down the breakdowns that led to the Wings scoring three on the Leafs.  


Justin Bourne is a former minor leaguer who does a great job explaining the finer points of the game, often in hilarious fashion.  I've been watching hockey a looong time but still find a lot of what he points out very educational.


(emphasis mine on some of the funnier parts)




This is as far back as the video goes, but what we’ve got off the top is…


…Kessel and JvR forechecking, Kyle Quincey trying to break the puck out, the Red Wings looking sound positionally, and the Leafs F3, Tyler Bozak….oh god where’s Bozie going. Bozie, you’re high, what’re you creeping in for? We don’t even have the puck!

Bozak should be staying high, and be on the strong side. He’s cheating – and cheating curiously bad. It’s not like he’s going to an open spot of ice where his team gaining possession equals a goal.

Quincey bats the puck out of the air, and gets it up to the Red Wings winger, Gustav Nyquist.

Bozak has continued on to make dinner plans with Jimmy Howard, meaning all three forwards are trapped.



I find it odd that Franson pivoted to backwards to back out the zone as the play unfolded – again, no panic button – but he again has to pivot, and now you’ve got Gleason and Franson in a foot-race with one of the NHL’s best skaters, Gustav Nyquist.


Snap your fingers and…


Granted, Franson was pivoting, but still. BYEeeeeeee.


#2500347 3/23 GDT: Red Wings vs Wild

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 24 March 2014 - 09:58 AM

Was always s***.. And no clue how he gets PP time. Has he ever in his life got a shot through from point? Absolutely brutal in every way.


Last season Kindl was one of the only guys who could seem to get a shot through from the point. 


Now it's like he's completely forgotten. 

#2499513 Dallas Eakins loses his cool...thanks to some water

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 23 March 2014 - 11:26 AM


#2499511 Kassian on the way out of Van?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 23 March 2014 - 11:14 AM

I guess Probert would never be on the RW for most here..... So sad......




Pretty much.  People have become so used to our softness that they refuse to accept a player that occasionally goes over the edge.  


Probert wasn't known as a cheap hitter, but he did some dirty stuff in his career like every tough guy.  


Nice strawman you guys are building.  Not wanting Kassian doesn't equal hating guys who play with an edge.


Kassian hasn't "occasionally gone over the edge."   He's been suspended for dirty plays multiple times in multiple leagues and he's only 23 years old.  It's not like we're talking about players like Backes or Doan here. 

#2499508 Dallas Eakins loses his cool...thanks to some water

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 23 March 2014 - 11:00 AM

Eakins is a loser. No doubt.

But Hall is a loser too. And maybe he did it on purpose, which would be completely unsurprising and really classless.


Hall slammed the water bottle down on the bench.  That would be pretty difficult to hit the coach intentionally doing that. 


According to Oilers fans Eakins benched Hall for 16 minutes and also came out in a new suit jacket in the third period.  Ridiculous.  



Some Oilers fan threw another jersey on the ice and Scrivens used his goalie stick to hurl it back into the crowd.  Pretty awesome. 

#2499006 3/22 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Wild 2

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 22 March 2014 - 02:07 PM

For some reason Smith is way better as a #2 then as a #5.


I'm sure his defensive partner is a big reason.  He can trust the guy next to him and focus on his own game. 

#2498758 Kassian on the way out of Van?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 21 March 2014 - 09:30 PM

So Kassian is a D bag, that makes Legwand a what after last night? Spearing a guy in the balls........

Legwand to the best of my knowledge has never been suspended in his 14 year NHL career. He gave an ill-advised cheapshot to one of the dirtiest star players in the league.

Kassian has been suspended twice this season alone for a total of 8 games. 2 seasons in the NHL, 2 suspensions. Then there's the 20 game suspension he received for a headshot in the OHL. Then there's his 3 game suspension in the OHL playoffs. Then there's the 1 game suspension in the WJC. Then there's him being charged with assault after a bar fight in Windsor.

The only time you hear about the guy is when he's done something idiotic.

EDIT: Not sure I've got all his suspensions straight, but it's so many it's hard to keep track.

#2497339 Maple Leafs 2 @ Red Wings 3

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 19 March 2014 - 05:55 PM


Somewhere Eddie Olczyk is nodding his head approvingly. 


Which should be a meme for whenever the Wings do something poorly


Like a gif of Chelios cutting in front of the camera with Mick and Ken.  


"Subtle Interference!!"

#2497331 Is the Real Brendan Smith Finally Starting the Show Up?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 19 March 2014 - 04:22 PM

Last time he was with kronwall he did great so I expect the same to happen. It truly is amazing what happens when he isn't paired with Quincey, kindle or lashoff.




I'm glad that moving him to forward wasn't some sign the Babcock had given up on Smith.  If he's putting him the top pair, he must still believe in him. 

#2497303 Injury Updates

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 19 March 2014 - 02:08 PM


It's weird, right? Kindl last year vs. this year on the PP confuses the heck out of me. Last season he was probably our best player in terms of getting the puck on net, through the PK'ers. Yesterday as I was watching him on the PP, his mobility seems to be so off and he can't seem to find the passing/shooting lanes. He was off by the half boards at some point and just looked confused.



Which is fine, and I think the idea was to address this at the deadline. The issue was that prices were too high, and the need for a center outweighed the need for another defender (in the eyes of management). Giving an opportunity for the kids to jump into the top 4 is all well in good, but it hasn't worked to this point. 


Personally, I would have liked to see the team try out Smith-Dekeyser as a pairing more. Perhaps it's just me, but I don't think I've seen them together often, if at all. Quincey just sort of exists - he's made some stand-out plays throughout the season, but he's not a top 4 guy, in my opinion. If the team's going to go through rough patches trying to mold the kids into top 4 guys, I'd rather have them paired with someone they're going to play with in the future (since Quincey hasn't seemed to stabilize Smith's play).


That's a good point about Kindl.  Last season I remember I was saying he's one of the best on the team at getting shots through, and I'm hardly his biggest fan. 


But it's why there's little hope for him developing into a solid D man.  Every time he seems to take a step forward, it evaporates a few games later. 

#2496464 Is the Real Brendan Smith Finally Starting the Show Up?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 18 March 2014 - 12:35 PM



Then that's definitely a step backwards for the Wings blueline.