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#2215602 10/15 GDT: Red Wings 3 at Wild 2 (OT)

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 15 October 2011 - 09:34 PM


The PP scores on a weak call, but I'll take it.

White had a great game tonight.

That actually looked like it went in off Powe's skate.

#2215553 10/15 GDT: Red Wings 3 at Wild 2 (OT)

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 15 October 2011 - 09:02 PM

The LGW whipping boy gets another goal and no respect. Great tip Hudler.


It's dangerous enough standing in front of the net, but even moreso when your head isn't higher than the crossbar.

Edited for grammar.

#2215438 10/15 GDT: Red Wings 3 at Wild 2 (OT)

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 15 October 2011 - 07:34 PM

The PP will start clicking once we get Rafalski out there.

oh. crap.


#2215410 Roenick's Rant

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 15 October 2011 - 07:14 PM


I love that video.

Roenick is/was a loudmouth, but he was great for the game. He's a perfect example of how a guy can have personality without being Sean Avery.

#2215305 DiPietro out AGAIN

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 15 October 2011 - 12:05 PM

It's the curse of the Wang.

Seriously, I feel bad for the guy. He could be a good goaltender if he could ever stay healthy. Gee, I wonder why the Islanders wanted Nabby?

#2215179 Asham KOs Beagle

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 14 October 2011 - 05:57 PM

Another story within the story developing..


For the life of me I can't understand why the NHL has to babysit players so much about the concussions issue. While they're certainly arguing against the PC wind blowing in the direction of babysitting possible concussions, it's good that they stand up for themselves as responsible adults understanding that with physical play can come consequences.

I don't think it has anything to do with being politically correct. It's not like some group is protesting outside NHL headquarters with signs "what about the players' brains??!"

We know a lot more about concussions than we ever have before, and beyond that there's been a rash of them in the league, especially since the lockout. While the policy may not be dialed in, I think the league is genuinely trying to protect its players and figure out what's going on and how they can reduce brain damage while leaving the game intact.

And from a purely business perspective, they're paying these guys to play, so they also have a financial interest in protecting them. Sidney Crosby is making a lot of money for skating no-contact drills right now. Add to that instances like in the NFL where dozens of former players are suing the league for not protecting them better from concussions during their career.

A younger player may think "I want to get back out on the ice" instead of sitting in the quiet room. But a retired player with chronic headaches, depression, and memory loss may think "why didn't the league who made so much money off of me do a better job protecting me?"

#2214988 Abdelkader pounds Lapierre

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 14 October 2011 - 12:20 AM

If Lapierre had any dignity, he would've lost some of it in that fight.

#2214653 10/13 GDT: Canucks 0 at Red Wings 2

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 13 October 2011 - 08:01 PM

I imagine Abdelkader became offended when Lappy welcomed him to the diving club after watching that dive a week or two ago.

I'm pretty sure the Canucks couldn't fit Abby in under the cap.

#2214490 Hudler?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 13 October 2011 - 10:38 AM

You got this:

So if Hudler scores 80 points this year and then signs a 5 year, 16m deal with the Wings, you'd be unhappy? That's insane.

From this??

but I still hope come October 2012, Hudler is not on this team, or at least making what he is worth, and that is no more than $1.2M-ish.

#2214107 Bouchard suspended 2 games

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 11 October 2011 - 12:52 PM

I wasn't trying to kill him officer. I was just shooting my gun through the fence. I didn't see him there.

What if the slashed player lost an eye. Would 2 games be too much still? If it had been an accident, sure, 4 min would be enough. But he was INTENTIONALLY slashing him. Regardless of where the stick ended up, he was WRECKLESS and it needed to be addressed. A fine would have also sufficed instead of games IMO.

I agree with this part.

A fine and the 4 minute major would've been plenty. Calvert initiated the altercation and Bouchard responded in a way that's a fairly common play in hockey. As slashes go it wasn't particularly vicious, just with an unfortunate outcome.

#2213295 10/7 GDT:Senators 3 at Red Wings 5

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 07 October 2011 - 09:07 PM

At which point did Ericsson look bad tonight? I didn't notice. Most of the team looked rather sluggish for the first 15 and last 15 minutes of the game.

He didn't. But he's the whipping boy. If he isn't awesome then someone will say he sucks. Especially since Hudler scored and they couldn't rip on them.

His pinching makes me nervous, but Ericsson's play has given me some hope. Hopefully he improves.

Great start for the Wings, I just wish they could've kept it clamped down at the end.

As much fun as the five goals are, I don't want a repeat of last season's GAA.

#2213175 10/7 GDT:Senators 3 at Red Wings 5

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 07 October 2011 - 07:38 PM

I want a shut out for Jimmy Howard.

And I don't believe in jinxs.

Even beyond a jinx, it's a tradition. Part of the code of hockey.

But I'm guessing you were doing this to bait people anyway.

#2212935 Tell the Illitch Family to Drop "Presented by Amway"

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 07 October 2011 - 01:14 PM

Most fans don't really "invest" in the team. Maybe they invest emotionally, but that's about it. Yes, fans buy tickets, they buy merchandise, etc. But that isn't investment, that's simply purchasing goods and services. If the fans actually want to invest in the team, then send your money in without expecting anything in return except for a small stake in the team.

The sponsors don't invest in the either and they really have no ownership over anything. They pay money, in return they get advertising.

The owners are the ones that actually paid to purchase the team. They need to run their business (i.e. the team) to make money hopefully, otherwise, that team may not last forever (Atlanta). This sponsorship deal actually helps the fans be able to watch their team play. Without such sponsorship deals, the ability for teams to operate would deteriorate.

Without fans, a team wouldn't be able to operate either.

I know what you're saying about investment in the literal sense, but as fans we do invest in the team through all the things you listed. Tickets to games, merchandise, and by watching on television, which increases ratings and brings in more ad revenue. Hockey is entertainment, and we're the audience. Which is crucial.

I'm definitely disappointed that Illitch would sign a sponsorship deal with Amway, as I think the Red Wings (and Mr. I) are a class act. Amway is not, and definitely takes some shine of the organization for me.

#2212706 Eric Nystrom on waivers

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 06 October 2011 - 07:49 PM

Just because you say it's true doesn't make it so. Even if it were true, those players would have to be on the ice to prevent anything, and none of those players would play on the same line as Datsyuk or Zetterberg or anyone decent.

I don't know what to tell ya because it's a concept that's as old as hockey. I guess Babcock and I will have to agree to disagree with you.

I'm not interested in having a goon out there, but the more players you have that will drop the gloves when need be, the less crap that tends to happen to them. As fun as it was to see Datsyuk fighting Perry, he shouldn't have to.

Nystrom cannot score just as well as Miller. Miller has more points and goals in 100 less games played and has 2 straight 10 goal seasons with the Wings while Nystrom hasn't accomplished that feat. Nystrom has never had a positive +/- as a pro as well. So yes smartass, Miller is the better player.

You're talking about two players on six different teams, and basing it on only three or four seasons for each of them. Plus minus isn't a very useful stat for comparing such different situations.

And it's not always about who's the better player on paper, it's about building a team, and Nystrom has qualities Miller doesn't.

I don't think Holland will take a serious look at Nystrom, but it has more to do with the Wings being neck deep in forwards and Nystrom's contract.

#2212686 Eric Nystrom on waivers

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 06 October 2011 - 05:52 PM

How exactly does his punching "keep the flies off"? Fighting doesn't prevent anything for the love of everything that is good. Plus, Miller is a much better player than Nystrom. And Miller is younger. All signs point to Miller being better.

You should ask Babcock to explain it to you.

The simple answer is, if I'm a player around the net in a scrum after the whistle, I'm a lot less likely to take a little cheapshot at the goalie or give a little crosscheck to a star player if I know I will get punched in the face for it. If I only have to answer to Franzen, then it's jab away.

I don't think it prevents guys from hitting players or injuries during the game, but as for crap after whistles and little cheapshots, hell yes it does.