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#2605911 ECSF: Tampa Bay Crying Coopers vs. Montreal Complaining Canadiens

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 04 May 2015 - 11:48 AM

The funniest part was Stamkos tossing Prusts's elbow pad to a fan in the stands.  

 

http://www.sbnation....into-the-stands

 

There's a gif of it out there on the internets but I can't get it to work here.  Hopefully someone smarter than me will (there should be plenty of qualified candidates).




#2605886 ECSF: Tampa Bay Crying Coopers vs. Montreal Complaining Canadiens

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 04 May 2015 - 09:37 AM

 

It's it's true it's very unprofessional, and if it's true it doesn't surprise me.

 

Agreed. 

 

Prust is an idiot so it's not exactly coming from the best source.  But there are certain refs who seem to get amped up during a game and forget they're not one of the players.  McGeough was a prime example.

 

(watch about 1 min in)

 




#2605475 Who is the coach next season?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 01 May 2015 - 05:57 PM

 

Did they also play superstar defense and kill penalties?  Then they weren't as good.

 

Edit:  None of the players you mentioned have been the best offensive AND defensive players at the same time.  None.  Only Lidstrom, Dats and Z.  Babs surely realizes this, and isn't hedging his bets on trying to find that type of situation again. 

 

I'd love for you to take that argument somewhere other than a Wings board and see how it goes.  No one is going to be the exact player as Datsyuk and Zetterberg, which is what seems to be only acceptable answer to you.  The reality is that Chicago, LA, Boston were all great teams.  

 

And it's kind of beside the point because Babcock got within one win of the  Cup without anyone in the same universe as a  Datsyuk or Zetterberg anyways.  He took Anaheim to game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals with the "star" player being Kariya with 81 points (which doesn't even crack the top 10 that year) and an assorted cast of Sykora, Oates, and Mike Leclerc. 




#2605463 Who is the coach next season?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 01 May 2015 - 04:21 PM

 

If that's really the case, then Mike Babcock isn't as great as everyone makes him out to be.  Lots of teams win Cups without a Zetterberg or a Datsyuk.  Joel Quenneville never had a 90+ point, two way, superstar.  Neither did Darryl Sutter.  Neither of them had a Lidstrom either. 

 

I sure hope that Babcock has more faith in his coaching ability than that.  Because if he really thinks he can't win without a Datsyuk or Zetterberg, then he absolutely sucks. 

 

Lots of teams? Like who? 

 

The first one I can kind of think of is Carolina.  And they at least had Staal.

 

Quenneville had an 88 point player in Kane, a 68 point great two way forward in Toews, and a Norris winning defenseman in Keith.  And Hossa.  So he had three superstar forwards and a great #1 d-man.  Quenneville hadn't been to the Cup finals until he coached a team with that talent.

 

Sutter didn't win the Cup until he had Kopitar, Doughty, Quick, along with Brown, Richards and Carter.  Sutter had several great forwards, a great #1 d-man, and a great playoff goaltender.

 

Are you really saying those two teams won the Cup without players of the calibre of Datsyuk and Zetterberg?




#2605462 At What Point Does Holland Deserve Blame?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 01 May 2015 - 04:10 PM

 

Exactly. No one knew  s***  about Datsyuk in 2002 other than he had great hands. If you had told me after the cup run in 02 that Datsyuk would go on to score almost 100 points in a season and win a bazillion Selkes I wouldn't have believed it.

 

Hell, Holland nearly traded him for Scott Gomez.

 

I may have been influenced by the number on the back of the sweater but initially I thought Datsyuk would be like Slava Kozlov.  A guy with great hands and some nifty moves who could be a great supporting piece but not one of the main guys.  Man was I wrong. 

 

That being said I don't think we have a Datsyuk or Zetterberg in Nyquist or Tatar, but I'd love to be wrong again. 




#2605375 Free agents this off season

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 01 May 2015 - 01:36 PM

And that's why Joel ward should be our number 1 target kids

Mr playoff clutch

 

That title belongs to Justin Williams. 

 

He holds the record for most points in Game sevens (passing Doug Gilmour).  7 goals and 7 assists in 7 game 7's. 




#2605353 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 01 May 2015 - 12:35 PM

Am I the only person who doesn't want Mike green?

 

No, you're not alone.  

 

On paper he could help,  I've just never been a huge fan of the guy and he's injury prone.  If it were a playoff rental that would be different, but signing as a UFA I'm gunshy. 




#2605338 Who is the coach next season?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 01 May 2015 - 12:16 PM

 

And that's why if he leaves for a different team where he has control over his roster it will be a disaster. There's a reason managers, who can make unbiased and unemotional decisions about personnel, exist. This team would be full of Clearys and Glendenings without Holland.

 

Has he ever said he wants control over a roster?  I can see how it's natural for coaches to want more control, but Babcock seems to seek out opposing viewpoints and people who bring in new ideas.  It's his management and hiring style with his assistant coaches, so I'm not sure it's a given he would even want GM powers. 

 

I dont' put much faith in what St. James says, but this is apparently a direct quote. 

 

 

"I don't want to be a general manager. I'm a coach" Mike Babcock




#2605006 Who is the coach next season?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 30 April 2015 - 12:15 PM

My votes would be Tippett (if available), Blash, McClellen, Granato. 

 

Granato seems to have done good things here in Detroit, but I don't know about him as a head coach. 

 

He's had a couple shots at the job but keeps up ending back as an assistant.  It's hard to say for sure but there's likely a reason for that.  Some guys function better in that role of being on the side closer to the players versus overseeing the whole team and having to be the bad guy at times.




#2604981 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 30 April 2015 - 11:31 AM

Kindl gone and Wayne Simmonds in the top 6?




#2604927 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 30 April 2015 - 09:22 AM

I know on paper Phaneuf makes a fair amount of sense.  I've just never liked the guy.  

 

He's one of those players for me where my dislike is based mostly on a gut feeling and not anything rational.  That he's somehow like a Jack Johnson.  A talented guy who on paper should be great, but when you put him in a defense they somehow get worse (thought I think that's changed somewhat for Johnson in Columbus). 




#2604921 ECQF Game 7 GDT : at Lightning 2, Red Wings 0 (Tampa wins series, 4-3)

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 30 April 2015 - 09:10 AM

Let go of the West. Give up the past. Come, join me in my loathing of the Eastern Conference.

 

My hate for the Blackhawks is deeply rooted and transcends all conferences.




#2604785 ECQF Game 7 GDT : at Lightning 2, Red Wings 0 (Tampa wins series, 4-3)

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 29 April 2015 - 11:35 PM

I'd rather Anaheim or Chicago win the cup than Tampa or the Habs.

That's what playing in the East has done to my soul.

 

Did you really just say you'd rather the Blackhawks win the Cup??

 

I can't even look at you right now...




#2604727 should mrazek get #1 tag next season

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 29 April 2015 - 10:31 PM

Mrazeks been a winner everywhere he has gone ... The fact that Babcock went to him rather than howard says a lot ... Been saying for the longest time mrazek will be a star and after this series I got no doubt

That being said he's still 23 and needs to improve obviously and the only way to do that is to make him play a lot

 

To be clear, my comments have nothing to do with how I feel about Mrazek.  

 

He's just very inexperienced in the NHL.  I'm not saying he won't succeed.  I hope he does.   It's just that it's a very bold move to trade away Howard for someone with such a short track record in the NHL. 




#2604721 ECQF Game 7 GDT : at Lightning 2, Red Wings 0 (Tampa wins series, 4-3)

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 29 April 2015 - 10:27 PM

They said on the radio when babs was asked if he would be back next year he said " i don't think so"...

Ugh.bring back bowman

 

Who said that on what radio station? I wouldn't totally trust it.

 

Whether he's going or staying I find it hard to believe he'd announce it in such a flip manner. 

 

 

On future with Red Wings, Babcock says he'll be happy to "talk about that crap" later.