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#2612522 2015 SCF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 31 May 2015 - 12:58 PM

you mean just like the red wings did in their glory years?

 

man, so nice to see everyone hating the Hawks in Detroit just because Chicago has a great team. What goes around comes around.

 

You might want to check the Wings roster from their glory years (I'm assuming you're talking 1996ish to 2000).  

 

Yzerman is the highest draft pick.  Then next I think is Marty Lapointe taken 10th overall.  Fedorov was taken in the 4th round.  Lidstrom in the 3rd. Shanahan the Wings traded for.  Draper was acquired for a dollar. 

 

Not quite the same as getting Toews and Kane in back to back drafts. 




#2612516 WCF : (3) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (1) Anaheim Ducks

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 31 May 2015 - 12:24 PM

Oh wel.  

 

I'm pulling for the Lightning but unfortunately they feel like the young Cinderella team that loses to the veteran Cup team in the Finals.  

 

 

And I agree. That goal was about as kicked as you can get.  There is zero standard for this in the NHL.




#2611359 The return of The Mule?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 29 May 2015 - 09:33 AM

Well you weren't the one regularly insinuating that Franzen was a homosexual malingerer either.  But that didn't stop plenty of people from doing so. 
 
Franzen, more than any other player on our team, has been singled out for personal criticisms which have nothing whatsoever to do with his play on the ice.  It's odd to see those very same folks showing concern for his personal well being now. 
 
Anybody can be criticized (justifiably) for their play.  But much of the Franzen hate has gone WAY beyond level headed scrutiny.


True. But I think that starts to happen to a degree with anyone who's become a scapegoat here. Ericsson, Cleary, even Howard the second half of the season. People were acting like Clearly's objective was to singlehandedly ruin the Red Wings and that he was a greedy, terrible person.

Franzen has just been a scapegoat for a lot longer than most so the bashing has gone further afield, though honestly I don't remember a ton of criticism's that involved his personal life. Though there have been plenty of childish insults.

Sometimes as a rabid hockey fan we forget these guys are real people.


#2611355 The return of The Mule?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 29 May 2015 - 09:18 AM

It's amazing how much disdain this guy generated for some, and now that he's hurt and possibly retiring it's magically disappeared.

Don't worry guys, he'll come back so we can discuss buying him out again


There's a major distinction between criticizing someone as a player and not wanting them to end up braindead.

There's guys on other teams that I hate with a passion but if they take a puck to the face, I'm not cheering. I'm hoping they're ok. (And I don't even hate Franzen but he's a frustrating player at times).

I hope Franzen stays on LTIR. And it has nothing to do with his play on the ice.


#2610990 WCF : (3) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (1) Anaheim Ducks

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 28 May 2015 - 09:14 AM

A couple more reasons not to want the Blackhawks to win:

1) Because of the joy it would bring Eddie "subtle interference" Olczyk. I always picture him sitting in the booth wearing his Hawks jersey.

2) Not wanting to see Duncan "I'll carve you up" Keith lift the Cup again. One of the dirtier star players in the league.

And don't get me wrong, I'd want the Ducks to lose in the finals.


#2610988 WCF : (3) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (1) Anaheim Ducks

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 28 May 2015 - 09:07 AM

I realize that there's all sorts of residual hate from the rivalry (or what was left of it), but I really don't understand hating the Blackhawks and wanting teams in our conference (and particularly our division) to win.  Firstly, because f*** anybody else in our division.  But secondly, because the Hawks play (and win) EXACTLY like we used to.  They're the Red Wings.  If anybody should be able to appreciate just how good they are at what they do, it's us.  If you'd just thrown Red Wings sweaters on the Hawks last night, it could have easily been confused for the 2009 conference semis. 
 
Maybe that's the reason why, now that I think about it.


For me it's basically a decades old hate for the Blackhawks. It's in my DNA at this point.

And for a slightly more rational reason, the more Cups the Blackhawks win the more they move towards dynasty status and overshadow what the Wings had accomplished.


#2610159 Dylan Larkin turning pro... will play for GR immediately

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 25 May 2015 - 10:08 PM

If he scores a ppg during these playoffs and has a big role in them winning the championship, what do you think his chances are of making the wings roster out of camp?
Or do you think they'll keep him in grand rapids regardless?

 

 

 Given he's only 18 I have to think they're keeping him in Grand Rapids for the season regardless, barring a lot of injuries for the Wings and Larkin playing lights out.  




#2610149 Dylan Larkin turning pro... will play for GR immediately

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 25 May 2015 - 09:19 PM

Off to a good start.  Larkin score two tonight.  

 

http://www.thescore....nhl/news/770206

 

 




#2610032 Ovechkin Top 5 Goal Scorer all time?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 25 May 2015 - 11:22 AM

I've been thinking about this too, was listening to MvsW the other week and they said Ovi was 9th in scoring since 1992 (NHL debut in 2005), fair to say he doesn't reach Gretzky but he might reach Bossy and Hull. Even if he doesn't, in an era where scoring is down, goalie pads are bigger etc he will surely go down as one of the greatest scorers the game has ever seen.

 

He also lost a season and a half to lockouts. 

 

Where he ends up scoring wise depends on if the trend of allowing interference continues of if the league heads back to where it was after the lockout.   He's certainly one of the greatest goal scorers the game has ever seen though. 




#2609706 WCF : (3) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (1) Anaheim Ducks

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 22 May 2015 - 12:57 PM

Go Ducks!

 

(then please lose in the next round)




#2609685 Nicklas Lidstrom co-authors scientific paper in Sweden

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 22 May 2015 - 11:46 AM

Blech.  I feel like the focus on statistics and fancy stats is ruining sports for me.  It's turning away from a competition of will, luck, opportunity and whatnot and turning into a predictable pseudo-science.

 

I'm not a huge fan of "advanced" stats because they're so often abused, but it doesn't sound like what this is about.

 

And I've always thought a big part of Lidstrom's success was his ability to make the right play so consistently.  He put up a lot of points but played pretty conservatively.  Then if the Wings were down in key games is when you'd suddenly see Lids jumping into the play on offense.  He was a coach's dream because he played the percentages, and usually correctly. 




#2608881 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 20 May 2015 - 12:54 PM

So, how would an 8 million/year signing affect say, Quenville's next contract? Especially if he wins another cup?

 

If Babcock really goes to the Leafs for 8 mill a year as coach/GM, his only victory may be the massive pay raise he gave himself and coaches around the league. 

 

 

Still, I'm not believing anything anyone is reporting at this point until it's triple confirmed. 




#2608797 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 20 May 2015 - 12:05 PM

Bit of a shocker, all along it was Det and Buff ... now this morning, Det and Buff are out and it is Leafs, Blues, or Sharks ??!!

 

Out of those 3, I think Blues would be his best option if he truly wants to win now.  Shocked that Toronto is still in the mix.  

 

It just confirms for me that no one really has an inside scoop on this or knows what's actually going on other than Babcock and the teams involved. 




#2608782 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 20 May 2015 - 11:59 AM

that one looks like a fake account. this is the real one https://twitter.com/RealESPNLeBrun

 

Good catch. 

 

Everyone needs to beware of fake Twitter accounts. Make sure they're verified. 

 

Also, posting false info will get you suspended or banned (not that it's what happened in this case). 




#2608777 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 20 May 2015 - 11:57 AM

Reliable. He works for TSN

 

He's mucked some things up in the past, like Iginla to Boston (the first time).  Probably pretty reliable but I wouldn't put him equal with McKenzie.