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#2202124 Who will replace the retired Wings?

Posted by Feldmarschall on 02 August 2011 - 09:23 PM

I'm starting to think that maybe blueadams wrote the article.

Nonsense. There's not a single attempt at guessing what the lines will look like.

You're spot on for the rest, though. That is one talentless writer.

#2195184 Forward lines next season?

Posted by Feldmarschall on 02 July 2011 - 12:51 PM

The lack of respect for Miller and Bertuzzi astounds me. These claims that Bert can't handle second-line ice are 100% bulls***. The guy outscored Homer and Flip. He produces about a point every other game on average. That's what you expect from a mid-level second-liner. He was also one of the hardest working defensive forwards we saw, five-on-five, and got props from Babs for it on a few occasions. He's a good player. Same with Miller. He's unspectacular but he's effective at what he does and he works his ass off on the defensive side of the puck.

Sometimes a team adds by subtraction. Losing Drapes, Modano, and hopefully Hudler, the forward corps loses a couple of its softest forwards and another whose job was replaced by Helm long ago. Equally true on defense. It cannot be said that Rafalski wasn't a defensive liability at even strength. He was just too easy to muscle off the puck. Period. And the back end still has people that can generate offense, even if a big trade doesn't come down. Lidstrom and Kronwall are elite, offensively. Stuart is capable if he gets back into the swing of acting like the defenseman he was in SJ and Boston. Ericsson and Kindl have considerable untapped offensive ability as well. It's all about improvement from within. This team's got a big pile of guys in their twenties right now. If they get better, the team will do fine. If they regress, the team will suffer.

At the very least, subtracting its two softest forwards and its softest defensemen, the team will be tougher to play against, even if it's a bit of a loss with respect to top-end skill. I like the change.

#2153861 Calder Trophy Nominees

Posted by Feldmarschall on 19 April 2011 - 09:01 PM

Not the sexiest pick, but I like Grabner for it. He scored his ass off on a weak team, and was one of only three guys on the Isles to run a +. Skinner and Couture got some nice linemates - Grabner got what, Frans Nielsen?

#2130558 Brule crushes Letang

Posted by Feldmarschall on 15 March 2011 - 04:58 PM

The fault is on Letang for not keeping his head, hands, and stick up to protect himself. He got caught completely stationary, turned around, watched his pass for a second, forgot about the forecheck in doing so, and got buried. Brule coasted in, hit him front-on, with his arms up on his chest, while Letang was totally unready to get hit hit. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this play from Brule's end.

#2123608 Buffalo Commentator

Posted by Feldmarschall on 28 February 2011 - 04:58 PM

If I could get my radio feed and tv to sync up, I would watch the game on mute and listen to Ken Cal and Paul Woods 100 times out of 100.

How the uh hell can uh you uh listen to Paul uh Woods talk? He uh says uh so much he's uh really hard to uh deal with for uh me.

#2028134 Lilja: Red Wings only team to offer contract

Posted by Feldmarschall on 21 August 2010 - 06:35 PM

The name is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the fact that he was essentially our toughest player for a while but was an absolute pusscake compared to most teams' proper tough guys.

#1989121 Why would anyone want MTL to win.

Posted by Feldmarschall on 24 May 2010 - 06:42 PM

Their fans have booed the US National Anthem one too many times. I can't root for them, as much as I hate Pronger and the Flyers.