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#2209599 9/25 Pre-Season GDT: Chicago Blackhawks at Red Wings

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 25 September 2011 - 05:15 PM

It's good to catch preseason games so i can adjust to all the new guys and their numbers. :blink:

Like Mick said, I keep thinking Maltby's out there.

Whichever Wings player that just was, PLEASE don't go don't to block shots in the preseason.

#2208986 Shelley Suspended 10 games for hit from behind

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 22 September 2011 - 07:29 PM

"Shelley hit Boyce squarely from behind into the glass," NHL senior vice president for player safety Brendan Shanahan said of the second-period hit. "Boyce's back was turned toward Shelley well before the contact, requiring that Shelley avoid or minimize the check. He did neither.

"Shelley's two suspensions last season weighed heavily in this decision," Shanahan added.

Shelley was suspended twice last season for four games and is considered a repeat offender under the league's collective bargaining agreement. He was also fined $67,073, which will be paid into the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.


I honestly think this is a great start for Shanny. 10 games seemed harsh at first, but this was such a clear hit from behind that could have easily been avoided. When there's as little grey area in what happened as a hit like this, I think the league should come down hard.

I don't want to jump the gun, but here's hoping there's no more Campbell Wheel of Justice.

#2208813 Kindl

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 22 September 2011 - 11:41 AM

Great to hear.

Though he should probably avoid saying he wants to be a dirty player in the press. :P

He should use the more vague and acceptable "gritty" or "edgy" or "Pronger."

#2208804 Will Ericsson Earn His Raise?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 22 September 2011 - 11:16 AM

From what I have watched (every game since 2006), Kindl is far more sound than Erickson. I have seen the typical rookie mistakes, but it says a lot when I feel way more confident when Kindl is back there. He's not overly physical, but he gets back as a serviceable skater, protects the puck, and makes quick sharp passes out of the zone. When was the last time anyone saw Big Rig have a quick sharp pass on the tape? On the other note- I dont know how Smith will take the job of Kindl if they are going to be in 2 different leagues this year. Smith can still be sent down, and will be in order to get top-pairing in the AHL and 20+ minutes a night. Kindl will most likely rotate in and out with whoever is sucking more- Big Rig or Commodore.

To the larger topic at hand- I am still drinking the KennyKoolAid. If your largest mistakes as GM are named Cory Cross, Quincy, Hatcher, and the current Big Rig contract, then you are still by FAR the best GM in Hockey. I hope to see Erickson improve- I really do. However, I gave up on him last season. There were too many times that he just stagnated, and I just do not see the faith being fulfilled. If only someone would find out what he was eating during the Anaheim series, and feed him that from now on it may end up being alright. But as I said before- I do not believe at this point that I will be seeing that defenseman any time soon.

This line of reasoning always confuses me.

Kindl is "far more sound" than Ericsson, yet Babcock inexplicably only plays him 13 minutes a game in 48 games. Whereas Ericsson plays the full season at almost 19 minutes per game. And Kindl didn't see a second of playoff time. If he's far more sound, why would the Red Wings utilize him that way? They had Salei battling with Kindl for the final spot, so it's not like they're going to give it to Ericsson just on experience or reputation. And as you mentioned, Holland gives Ericsson a big raise, in spite of having a more sound player in the minors ready to fill his role?

Those are some pretty terrible decisions by Babcock and Holland if what you're saying was true.

The reality is Kindl is not more sound than Ericsson. That's not to say he won't develop and become that. But so far, he just isn't. More than anything, Kindl needs to prove himself and secure a permanent spot in the lineup. Then we'll see how he develops.

#2208144 Tampa Bay to have no fighting policy in training camp

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 19 September 2011 - 02:57 PM

A player at the Blackhawks` training camp was injured last season in a fight.

It seems a tad stupid to allow players on the same team to fight each other.

Agreed. And from a management perspective you just paid one of your players to injure the other.

Not surprising that teams would have a policy against it.

#2208065 Yet another lawsuit filed against Bert

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 18 September 2011 - 08:53 PM

Not sure i understand. I don't think anyone thinks what bert done wasn't absolutely the stupidest thing he or pretty much anyone has done on the ice in the nhl. But the question is. When is enough enough if in fact this is a new case against him and if he has already paid money out to moore.

I don't think it's that hard to understand. People are cutting Bert a lot more slack now that he's a Red Wing.

And I don't think this is a new lawsuit, or that Bertuzzi has paid any damages to Moore at this point.

Everything I've read just refers to Moore's lawsuit finally getting a court date. Nothing about it being new.

It's an extremely misleading thread title by the OP. The first part of the article he linked to says:

A civil case pitting former NHL player Steve Moore against Todd Bertuzzi(notes) and the Vancouver Canucks could finally see the inside of a courtroom late next year.

The target date for the Ontario Superior Court trial to begin if necessary is Sept. 24, 2012 if Bertuzzi is still an active player, and Oct. 22 if he’s not, according to court documents viewed by CBC.

Court-ordered mediation between the sides has failed to lead to a settlement.

#2207134 McCrimmon, Salei on board Russian plane crash

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 10 September 2011 - 07:54 PM

They came by the tens of thousands to mourn, from world leaders to ice hockey stars to ordinary Russians, with flowers and tears and aching hearts.

An estimated 100,000 people flocked to a memorial ceremony Saturday in the western city of Yaroslavl for the victims of the Russian plane crash that devastated a top ice hockey team.

"For the first time in my life, I had trouble entering an ice arena," Vyacheslav Fetisov, a former NHL star who is chairman of the Kontinental Hockey League, said at the ceremony. "It's an inexplicable tragedy."


#2207012 McCrimmon, Salei on board Russian plane crash

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 09 September 2011 - 12:58 PM

Idk if this has been posted yet. its pretty moving.

Everyone remember to keep these families in your prayers...


Here's the video embedded.

Surreal and heartbreaking.


#2206684 Crosby's 2012 Season now in Question

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 07 September 2011 - 01:48 PM

The whole point of the conference was Crosby and doctors talking about Crosby. If that's not the Crosby Show, I don't know what is.

All for: "I don't know when I'm coming back."

No one outside of Pittsburgh gives a s*** about him today. Dozens of hockey players died, leaving behind families and friends forever. Sidney is having headaches and might not play for a few months, or maybe he will. The conference was a whole lot of nothing being announced, while they're still pulling the bodies of hockey players out of the Volga.

Just wait one day; how tough would that have been?

He's not just "having headaches." He has a brain injury.

One could also argue that in light of today's tragedy, maybe we should all take a break from hating on players for petty reasons.

#2206614 McCrimmon, Salei on board Russian plane crash

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 07 September 2011 - 11:51 AM

Ruslan Salei confirmed dead by ESPN. there are no words.

Given the crappy job ESPN does with hockey, I'm hoping they got this wrong too.

#2206368 Eklund is an idiot

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 06 September 2011 - 10:22 AM

Eklund is a total idiot, but he's made a pretty sweet gig for himself.

He gets 1,000 predictions wrong, but then people will point to the one story he broke minutes before it was on TSN and say "see! he does have the inside scoop!"

#2206253 Brian Burke should be arrested of grand larceny

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 05 September 2011 - 01:46 PM

I wish I wasn't on my phone, so I could plus it to even it out... I've stopped trying to understand the plus/minus scores people give on here...

I don't get it either most of the time. I gave it a plus to help even it back out. Don't know why it would've gotten negged unless Lebda is a member here.

#2205717 I could have made it to the NHL!

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 31 August 2011 - 08:37 PM

I blame my parents.

I didn't start really following hockey until I was 11, and didn't start skating until shortly after that.

Thanks Mom, you go get me baptized as a baby but don't put me on skates? What the hell?!

#2205715 Cup dropped and dented... again...

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 31 August 2011 - 08:33 PM

Must be Canucks fans who set the table up.

I heard one of them tried to drink out of it but they choked.

#2205255 Your Favorite Wings Lines Ever

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 26 August 2011 - 04:16 PM

All great choices.

Maybe not my all-time favorite, but as a blast from the past, I'd say Gallant, Yzerman and Probert. Man they were a fun line to watch.