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#2266111 3/2 GDT : Wild 0 at Red Wings 6

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 03 March 2012 - 12:42 PM

I like how the headlines say the Wings ended the home losing skid. I guess after 23 games in a row, two home losses is a "skid." :lol:

#2266109 Brendan Smith watch thread

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 03 March 2012 - 12:35 PM

The defense looks way better without Ericsson.

And Lidstrom apparently? They've been out of the lineup the exact same games.

We should get rid of both of them.

#2265673 Quincey Return to Lineup,

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 02 March 2012 - 12:53 PM

Any of them are better than Error-son.

I was skeptical about Quincey at first, but I've liked his play thus far.

That's about as clever as the people who used to say Osbad.

Ericsson is better than both Janik and Kindl. I agree with what this guy said about E:

I must say, I've seen a dramatic improvement in Ericsson the last few months. He's getting more physical without being stupid and is making less mistakes. If he keeps this up I might start finding him acceptable.

Keep it up Big E.

Quincey is a nice addition though he makes Kindl even more expendable.

#2265516 Current standings

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 01 March 2012 - 07:44 PM

I've removed all posts related to personal attacks and ones that did nothing but criticize another member instead of responding to the content of their message.

Please keep the discussion relevant to the topic at hand (standings, schedule, etc). Thanks.

#2265406 Brad Stuart's family issues

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 01 March 2012 - 12:41 PM

I certainly remember the stories claiming he was "reconsidering" the possibility of moving to Sweden. He has done that for as long as he has been earning the larger contracts. Every contract year I have heard stories about this.

It wasn't every contract year.

I'm not saying there weren't stories of this. I remember it too. But you're assuming it's purely a ploy for more money and not a legitimate consideration of taking his family and raising his kids back in his native Sweden.

#2265386 NHL and steroids according to Laraque

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 01 March 2012 - 11:52 AM

It is well known that former Leafs/Canadiens enforcer John Kordic died of heart failure caused by a drug (some say steroid) overdose...I have no doubt in my mind that there is performance enhancing drugs in the NHL.

Anytime you're talking about the elite level of a sport with millions of dollars involved, there's a pretty good chance performance enhancing drugs are involved.

Even if its not to bulk up, I could see players using steroids and other drugs to try and speed up recovery time from injury.

#2265383 Brad Stuart's family issues

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 01 March 2012 - 11:43 AM

Lidstrom has played games in the past about "oh, I might move back to Sweden" Even the perfect human is all about the dollars. To think otherwise is naive.

The reality is you have no idea what the actual claim or situation was. I could totally understand him seriously returning to his native country to raise his kids there and be with his family. I can also see an agent using that possibility as leverage.

To think you could possible know it was all about the dollars is extremely presumptuous.

#2265118 Lidstrom to win Norris trophy?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 29 February 2012 - 11:40 AM

I can't see Lids winning it. Karlsson should be in the running for sure, but unless he ends up top three in points in the league, he shouldn't win. It would take that kind of offensive output to make up for the lack of defense. Before anyone brings him up, Coffey was insanely productive offensively, but was also pretty good at playing defense too.

In general I just hope the Norris remains the best all around defenseman and people actually vote that way. I don't want it to go the way of the Selke, which has become best forward who scores a lot of points and is also good defensively.

#2264990 2/28 GDT : Red Wings 5 at Blue Jackets 2

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 28 February 2012 - 09:40 PM

all these things that are "no big deal" now will come back to bite them in the playoffs.

you know, like...hudler and bertuzzi being two of the worst top-6 forwards in the league? everyone cool with that?

that's no problem when you beat the worst team in the league that just gave away half of the decent players they had.

but when the wings are going out in round 2 yet again? well, at least we know what to expect.

These things do matter in the playoffs, I agree.

But had hudler and bertuzzi played awesome tonight, you likely would've said it didn't matter because the blue jackets are so crappy.

The Wings definitely have issues to work out if they want to get past the second round of the playoffs this season. But if they can win games while they work out those issues, awesome.

#2264972 2/28 GDT : Red Wings 5 at Blue Jackets 2

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 28 February 2012 - 09:22 PM

they played a terrible 50 minutes and then got a couple goals, the first being incredibly lucky.

does that change the piss-poor effort? the abysmal special teams? hudler being generally awful?

i hope teams aren't planning on taking shots at datysuk, because this team won't win a playoff game without him.

piss poor effort. special teams suck. one of the best defenseman of all time out of the lineup. one of the best forwards in the world out of the lineup.

Wings are winning 5-2.

Somehow I'll manage to suffer through that kind of game.

#2263996 2012 NHL Trade Deadline Thread - February 27th, 3:00 PM ET

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 27 February 2012 - 03:13 PM

....and cue the *****-fest.

I won't ***** exactly, but I gotta admit that I'm disappointed.

Probably Lidstrom's last season, the team is good, we have a ton of cap space. I was hoping he'd make a serious move to go for it this season.

#2263839 2012 NHL Trade Deadline Thread - February 27th, 3:00 PM ET

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 27 February 2012 - 02:19 PM

I agree. Kenny did a great job filling that need. Problem is, we have more then one need. We have a ton of assets, ton of cap space, and don't have a ton of scoring depth or grit on the bottom lines. Obviously we miss Datsyuk, but if we rely so heavily on one guy to spark the offense and the PP, we're in trouble. Likewise we don't have a strong 4th line center or much grit/big bodied players. Those types are available, like I said, time to make deals. I don't care what anyone feels, if Holland stands pat up front, I think it's a mistake.

I tend to agree with you, only because of Lidstrom potentially retiring. Like you said, they have the cap space. When was the last time that happened? If Holland was ever going to gamble, now is the time.

#2263638 D Commodore dealt to Lightning for cond. 7th round pick

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 27 February 2012 - 01:04 PM

I would love to see Smith playing more... but there is no need to trade Commodore. Something more is coming.

Let's hope so.

Trading Commie for a bag of pucks better not be the only Wings move today.

#2263002 Johan Franzen Depreciation

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 26 February 2012 - 12:45 PM

I don't know that he's on a downswing. It's so hard to tell with Franzen. I wish I could still find the quote where he basically says he gets bored in the regular season.

It's certainly not that he's awful, it's just that he could be so much better if he had the compete level of someone like Darren Helm.

Goal scorers are often streaky, but he can be amazingly invisible for a 6'3" 225 lbs guy. What frustrates me about him is not that he's not scoring. It happens. But sometimes he looks like he doesn't want to play.

#2262908 Neil hit on Boychuk

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 26 February 2012 - 12:19 AM

Anyone got clip of Chara paying Neal back in the fight?

I know he didn't, but I wish Chara would've gotten a 2, 5 and 10 minute misconduct for instigating after a clean, hard hit.