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#2593066 S'matter Yzerman, afraid of the jersey you wore for so long?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 13 April 2015 - 10:14 PM

If Yzerman was firmly against this, this would not be happening. Unless its coming straight from the owner or the president, I'm sure he has veto power. A GM literally runs the team.


They run the team in terms of player personnel, coaches, assistant coaches, support staff for the team like trainers, scouts, etc.  Things having to do with the actual hockey team that plays the game.  But as far as I know they have no responsibility or oversight of things like this, which would be promotion, ticket sales, marketing.

#2592937 Babcock: Petr Mrazek is starting Game 1

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 13 April 2015 - 01:10 PM

I don't know. Mraz just looked 100 times more comfortable out there and with his puck handling ability that does give us another D man on the back end. Howard touches the puck and you always think its going to get put into his own net like the Boston University Matt O'Connor did. Mraz just looks like he wants it more.


His puck handling I'll give you, but I disagree on the 100 times more comfortable.  And I don't know how you can tell who wants it more.  No matter how Jimmy is playing, one thing is for sure is that he's a fiery competitor.  I'm guessing he wanted to hang onto his starting job pretty badly.


I know Mrazek plays an aggressive style but there were games he was so overly aggressive he was taking himself way out of position.  And Mrazek has yet to put together a string of good performances.  Jimmy started turning his game around, had some good games and made huge saves, but then let in those brutally soft goals. 


Neither one won the starting position.  It's basically a gamble of who will hopefully screw up less, or get it together in the postseason in a way they didn't manage to during the regular season. 

#2592921 Brendan Smith

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 13 April 2015 - 12:38 PM

Immature and impulsive. He needs to really work on making better decisions on the ice, he really is his own worst enemy. He has all the physical abilities to be a solid defenseman, but MAN that brain gets in his way every time.


Agreed.  Smith's problems seem to be between the ears.  His decision making is suspect.  And he's had enough experience where a lot of that should be going away.

#2592917 Babcock: Petr Mrazek is starting Game 1

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 13 April 2015 - 12:34 PM

I love it!!! Give him a shot for sure and keep him on a short leash. Old beach ball crotch can get all pissy all he wants. He hasn't played good enough to warrant a playoff start. Babs is going with his best on the ice and that is Mrazek.


I'm fine with whoever plays, but frankly neither one performed well enough to deserve a playoff start.  


The team backed their way into the playoffs and Mrazek backed his way into starting game 1.   Hopefully the kid finds consistency in the postseason.

#2592529 2015 Round 1 Photoshop War: Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 11 April 2015 - 09:23 PM

would have never thought stevie Y would be on the joking side of things

he was captain serious before Toews could walk


Actually Yzerman always had a sense of humor.  He was one of the biggest smartasses on the Wings, but he kept it pretty well out of the public.  You didn't really hear stories until later in his career, and especially after he retired.  


Though there is the infamous moment of him taunting Domi from the bench with the heavyweight belt gesture after Domi's rematch with Probert.


Toews just seems like he has zero personality. 

#2592526 Marchenko to play Game 1 in the playoffs

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 11 April 2015 - 09:20 PM

Didn't think he was that good tonight, but heres his shot too.


I didn't see the game but he played over 21 minutes tonight.  More than everyone but Dekeyser.


Maybe Babcock was testing the kid? 

#2592014 4/9/15 GDT Red Wings 3 @ Canadiens 4 *Warning post #888 & 906*

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 10 April 2015 - 11:05 AM

yeah but even still...How many times has a penalty been called on a play like that...Especially when they really couldn't see if it went over the line of the bench or not. And to wait that long just to get baby therrien a chance to complain before they even called it?

I'm honestly surprised they called a penalty on Smith rather than just have the faceoff.

#2591991 Opinion: Petr Mrazek should be starting Game 1

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 10 April 2015 - 09:45 AM

After this game tonight, Babcock and the team have every right to be displeased with Howard. And to top that, going forward they will be even less confident playing in front of Howard because those goals he let in were the difference between us winning and losing. We could be playing Montreal in round 1 and if we play them like we did tonight, I like our chances. But if Howard is in net giving away goals, that effort won't matter. I think Babs should start Petr Saturday to get him ready for the playoffs, no time to give Jimmy a short leash. Give Pete the go. He has been by far the more consistent one and, while he may give up some weak goals, he also wins games more often than not and helps the D out a LOT with his ability to handle the puck. Judging by Babs' comments tonight I think this is the case.

The problem is that Mrazek has not been by far the most consistent one. He can't seem to string together two good games.

Lately it seems like neither one wants the starting job.

#2591979 4/9/15 GDT Red Wings 3 @ Canadiens 4 *Warning post #888 & 906*

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 10 April 2015 - 09:21 AM


Idk If you really want it, or if you just wanted to make that joke, but its right around the 1:30 mark either way.

Seeing the clip actually makes it not quite as monumentally stupid as I thought. Seems like he thought the puck was headed into the bench and just reached to grab it?

Still not a smart play, but not as unbelievable as what Clowe did a couple years ago, which was not penalized.

#2591891 4/9/15 GDT Red Wings 3 @ Canadiens 4 *Warning post #888 & 906*

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 10 April 2015 - 12:35 AM

You had me second guessing myself for a second, first thought was, maybe the lighting just made Markov look really dark.



Honestly when I watched the highlights I had to watch the Montreal feed, and I think they may have misspoke and said Subban with the pass. Or maybe I just flipped them in my mind. Or maybe because he was so slow I thought it was Subban??

Who knows, I'm old and tired. I stand corrected. :P

#2591882 Opinion: Petr Mrazek should be starting Game 1

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 10 April 2015 - 12:18 AM

Babs says he is going to have a beer and decide who starts the last game...


Is there any chance he goes with Mrazek in the playoffs?


The two main differences between Petr and Jimmy right now seem to be puck-handling (in favor of petr) and experience (in favor of jimmy).


It was nice to see Jimmy playing so well the other night and in the shootout. He seemed to be getting his confidence back, and just in time. I thought he would have been the obvious choice. But now, who knows.


If the knock against Petr is a lack of experience, well, there is only one way to change that. And I think his puck-handling would be a huge asset in the playoffs. 


It's a tough call because they've both been letting in awful goals even when they play well otherwise. 


Watching the highlights from tonight's game, Howard made several huge saves.  But then let's in a couple brutal ones.  I swear it's like he's turned into Fleury.  


Mrazek seems to play more consistent throughout a game, you just don't know if it'll be consistently good or awful. 


I still think you have to go with Howard but on a very short leash. 

#2591855 4/9/15 GDT Red Wings 3 @ Canadiens 4 *Warning post #888 & 906*

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 09 April 2015 - 10:50 PM


I thought of Clowe too.  Or Thornton, squirting water from the bench. 


The craziest part about the Clowe play is the Kings were fighting for a playoff spot, he reached over with his stick and broke up an odd man rush.  Had they called a penalty I think it would've been a 5 on 3 for the Kings. 


I could never understand how all the officials on the ice somehow missed him reaching over and breaking up the play.  You'd think the officials would be watching the puck. 



The water thing was unbelievable too.  Since it was Thornton the general attitude seemed to be it was all in good fun.  I can't imagine the s***storm had it been Subban squirting Thornton from the bench. 

#2591849 4/9/15 GDT Red Wings 3 @ Canadiens 4 *Warning post #888 & 906*

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 09 April 2015 - 10:42 PM

Discuss the game, not each other or what constitutes "real fans."

#2591828 Red Wings clinch 24th consecutive Playoff appearance

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 09 April 2015 - 10:18 PM

Even nicer since the second longest streak just came to an end at 10 years.

#2590846 Playoffs don't have shootouts?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 08 April 2015 - 10:43 PM

Sure would be nice to have a few of those "meaningless" shootout victory points now, wouldn't it Babs and Howard?
Maybe work on shootouts a bit more in practice next season.

What was the original quote from Babcock again? Did he really call them meaningless? Because Babcock has also referred to working on them.

I remember Howard ripping on them in a post game after losing yet another shootout, which is pretty understandable. But that's a long way from meaning they don't work on it.

If the Red Wings aren't working on the shootout because Babcock doesn't like them, he deserves to be fired. As does Holland for continuing to employ a coach who refuses to work on something the team sucks at, even though it could cost them making the playoffs and the revenue that goes with it.