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#2598422 WCQF : (4) Nashville Predators vs. (5) Chicago Ham Hocks

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 22 April 2015 - 11:57 PM




We all have our personal reasons, I do hope Hawks get eliminated in the next round if they advance.  

I just hate Preds more than Hawks, probably cuz of what Weber did to Z in 2012 and the fact that nothing was done about it in terms of discipline.  Maybe it is the lesser of 2 evils.  



Honestly the lack of punishment is what pissed me off about that whole thing.  Much more than the event itself.  


And as much as I hated Weber in that moment, I'd still take him on the Wings in a heartbeat.

#2598349 Carcillo speaks out on Montador's death and mental health issues

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 22 April 2015 - 05:27 PM

Honestly, all the league would have to do to take this seriously is stop penalizing the result of things like hits and start penalizing attempts to hit the head consistently. Fighting is another issue, tough.


I agree about the attempts.  Injury should certainly factor in to the length of punishment but right now it plays way too big of a rule.  If a guy is luckily enough not to get concussed (or if the symptoms of that concussion have not manifested themselves yet), that doesn't make the play that caused it less dangerous. 


It's why I think elbows and attempted elbows to the head should be punished severely.  That's not a hockey play gone bad.  It's a deliberate attempt at a headshot. 



I'm also surprised that the NHL doesn't have a more established support system for former hockey players.  Most of these guys didn't go to college and even lived away from home as teenagers so they could play hockey.  It's been the basis of their entire life.  Whether you leave the game as a 27 year-old retiring due to concussions or a relatively healthy 40 year-old who just won the Stanley Cup, it has to be a massive adjustment.  

#2598318 Carcillo speaks out on Montador's death and mental health issues

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 22 April 2015 - 03:21 PM


I hate the way he plays the game, but I have a lot of respect for Carcillo for doing that. 




EDIT: I thought this warranted it's own topic so I split the thread. 

#2598093 ECQF Game 3 GDT : Lightning 0 at Red Wings 3 - DET Leads series 2-1

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 21 April 2015 - 08:58 PM

The Wings win to go up in the series. Mrazek plays great and gets a shutout. Yet people are fixated on Howard??   :eh:


I will never, ever understand the desperate need for goalie wars here.

#2596614 J Ericsson - really?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 19 April 2015 - 01:35 PM

You know what Ericsson is? The old saying, addition by subtraction. Get rid of him and we get better.


By giving his 20 minutes a game to who exactly? 

#2596479 J Ericsson - really?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 18 April 2015 - 10:44 PM

He was good back in the late 00's, but it seems that he plateaued after a few years and has been regressing ever since.  Sucks that it coincided with him signing that long contract....


I don't think he was good and regressed so much as he seemed decent and people projected an improvement in his play that was unrealistic for a converted forward picked last overall in the draft.


If the Wings had a decent blueline, Ericsson would not be on the top pair and he'd look much better.  He should probably be a #4 guy who also plays on the PK.  But he has great size and actually uses it, not as much as I like but he's our most physical defenseman.  He's one of the few guys who can actually clear the crease.  Generally he has a good first pass, especially for a defensive d-man, though this  year his decision making some games has been suspect.


He hasn't been a stabilizing force for the defense like you'd like him to be, but I wouldn't put him at the top of the list of the Wings defensive problems. 

#2596477 Oilers win the Draft Lottery

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 18 April 2015 - 10:31 PM

As a Lions fan, I feel bad for Oilers fans having to watch that disaster of a franchise.  


That being said, I can't believe the Oilers get 1st overall again.  Four 1st overall picks in six years is nuts.  Somewhere built into the playoff lottery system should be a factor that accounts for when you last had the 1st overall pick.   And how many times that's happened.

#2595357 ECQF : (7) Sénateurs d'Ottawa vs. (2) Les Canadiens de Montréal

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 17 April 2015 - 08:31 PM

Ok, can someone explain to me--in a non-biased way without using the word "attitude" or any of its synonyms--why people seem to hate PK sooooo much? Because I *really* struggle to see what is so outrageously offensive about him. I get it--he's similar to B Smitty in that he has immaturity and impulsivity issues, but SO DO A LOT OF PLAYERS. I never see the same vitriol pointed in their direction. Would people seriously not want him on the Wings? Or is he only hated because he's on the Habs? This is an honest question, help me understand.


I'd take him on the Wings in a heartbeat.  I don't know why anyone wouldn't.  The guy is an immense talent. 


He's still got growing up to do for sure but I think the Red Wings culture would help that.  As would getting out of the ridiculous hockey environment of Montreal.  


The diving drives me nuts, but the hate for Subban does seem disproportionate to what he actually does.  And in interviews and behind the scenes footage he always seems well spoken for a hockey player and pretty humble.

#2595302 ECQF : (7) Sénateurs d'Ottawa vs. (2) Les Canadiens de Montréal

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 17 April 2015 - 06:26 PM

Stone is playing? 


That's a shock.  :lol:

#2595187 ECQF : (7) Sénateurs d'Ottawa vs. (2) Les Canadiens de Montréal

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 17 April 2015 - 09:22 AM


T he Senators are not calling for a huge suspension, what they are calling for is simple:

1. either suspend him (didn't happen) or

2. if someone slashes/runs one of their starplayers give the Sen the same penalty and non suspension.


And that's why I'm awaiting game 2 it will be pure hatred, physical and I bet Neil will fight Prust (who is by far my favorite Hab) then go on to either destroy Subban or run Price. Take his 5 min + a game misconduct and the Habs will cry foul...


If someone did that to one of our players (I don't care if it's a star or someone else) I'd be pissed too but the difference is I wouldn't count on the league to do anything, this is hockey big boy sport so I'd rather see one our players handle that stuff on the ice. And even an aging Neil is still extremely good at his role the Habs are in for a surprise tonight.


Even if Neil doesn't do anything with Pacioretty coming back after a concussion people can bet the Senators will "check" whenever possible if is head is right. Btw. this is the same franchise that called the police after Chara checked Pacioretty hard into the boards but the injury was the result of their horrible misplaced rod.


It's easy for us to sit here and say a slash on an unprotected area doesn't hurt well I know this: NHL players have had broken wrists in protected areas because of slashes and as far as I'm concerned you can't fake a broken wrist.


The only thing were I'm agreeing with Subban is that threatening thing ... it's the playoffs and it's hockey threats, trash talk are part of the game. Ray Ferraro had a good piece on that on Leafs Lunch yesterday basically saying in the age of social media people want all the information but only a minority can handle it and most fans would be surprised on what has been said and done during back in the good old days.


It seems like we're agreeing on a few things.  


I've said multiple times I'd be pissed but wouldn't expect the league to give a suspension. I'd want the Wings players to handle it. 


But their coach was threatening the league and the Habs, basically saying if you don't suspend Subban then we're gonna do the same or worse and you better only give us 5 minutes.  I still can't believe he wasn't fined.  The league really let him off the hook on that one.  And I've used the same childish logic growing up when I felt like my parents let my brother get away with something. It was pretty hilarious hearing it from a head coach.


Then calling it a "microfracture" as they continued to lobby the league, which is basically a bone bruise.  But a microfracture sounds like something is broken, which it isn't.  But it worked because media outlets started repeated "Stone has broken wrist," which isn't actually the case.


To be clear, I'm not a Habs fan.  I can't believe some of the ridiculous things they've done as a team and fanbase (calling the cops on Chara is a good example).  The Sens are proving themselves just as big of drama queens.  This series should be fun to watch. 

#2593948 ECQF : (7) Sénateurs d'Ottawa vs. (2) Les Canadiens de Montréal

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 16 April 2015 - 03:07 PM

Seeing that they never do anything to Subban for his dirty play im glad they didn't do anything to the coach or the sens as a team. 


Besides giving him a 5 minute major and tossing him out of a playoff game? 


They've also fined him for tripping and diving in the past.


He's no angel but I don't put him up there with someone like Lucic who's run goaltenders and has repeatedly tried to shish kabob players yambags. 

#2593916 ECQF : (7) Sénateurs d'Ottawa vs. (2) Les Canadiens de Montréal

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 16 April 2015 - 02:00 PM

Mad respect to Dave Cameron for standing up and speaking out, I'd be pissed off too over the Stone injury. I hope the Sens make it painful.




He's as big of an idiot as Subban for threatening both the league and the Habs, especially in the post Bertuzzi-incident NHL.


Let the players handle it on the ice.  

#2593471 Franzen on IR

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 15 April 2015 - 04:44 PM

This team is competing for first in the division, then Franzen gets injured and everything falls apart. He'll be sorely missed if he retires. He's been a truly great Red Wing during his time here. One of the best.



93 should probably be off limits from now on, like 6 and 16


Bored I guess?


Apparently you're going to keep floating them out there until someone takes the bait. 

#2593182 Why so negative?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 14 April 2015 - 11:39 AM

(Not sure how to directly reply or quote)


Roboturner: This isn't a casino, this is a fan boosting site called lets go wings.


I just don't see the point in taking time out of your day to predict negative outcomes against your team, on your teams fan website.


It's like wearing a Tampa Bay jersey this Thursday because probability suggests they are more likely to win?


To be clear, this is a hockey discussion website.  Obviously most of us here are Wings fans and want the Wings to win, but some of that discussion will involve areas where we think the team is lacking. 


All discussion here is welcome as long as it is within forum rules, including viewpoints that are critical of the team or deemed negative by other members here.


To quote someone, you should see a "Quote" button at the bottom of a person's post.  Click on that and it will open a reply window with their post quoted.

#2593066 S'matter Yzerman, afraid of the jersey you wore for so long?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 13 April 2015 - 10:14 PM

If Yzerman was firmly against this, this would not be happening. Unless its coming straight from the owner or the president, I'm sure he has veto power. A GM literally runs the team.


They run the team in terms of player personnel, coaches, assistant coaches, support staff for the team like trainers, scouts, etc.  Things having to do with the actual hockey team that plays the game.  But as far as I know they have no responsibility or oversight of things like this, which would be promotion, ticket sales, marketing.