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#2496544 Maple Leafs 2 @ Red Wings 3

Posted by Dabura on 18 March 2014 - 02:58 PM

If it was about goals I assume they'd call up Callahan since he's second on the Griffs in goals, rather than convert a defenseman to forward (all put ensuring he won't score).  Babs likely wants Smith for his perceived forechecking ability and "heavyness", which will yield exactly zero goals, make our defense weaker, and take a chance away from a kid who's worked his tail off for an opportunity to play a game with the big club. 


I think you're reaching because you hate Smith.


I don't like him as a defenseman. If he were a few years older and wiser and more mature, maybe. But, right now, I'd like to see what he can bring to the bottom six - which is why I've been calling for it all season long. He has good offensive instincts. He's an excellent skater. He likes to hit, isn't afraid to get his nose dirty. He's bigger than most of our forwards. He's been a weak link on the back end, a guy you know every opposing coach is telling his bench to exploit. And, finally, all forwards are morons (I played defense and forward, so I'm allowed to say this), so he's less likely to look like a fool as a forward.


I'm not sold on Callahan. I think having Glendening, Ferraro, Emmerton, and Callahan is too much (i.e. too little). Maybe Callahan should've been called up instead of Ferraro, but whatever. Coin flip.

#2496523 Legwand to Detroit for Eaves, Jarnkrok + cond 3rd/2nd

Posted by Dabura on 18 March 2014 - 02:14 PM

No one thought Z would be half as good as he's become.



#2496509 Franzen calls out team

Posted by Dabura on 18 March 2014 - 01:43 PM

I don't need to read the quote. Lets fuc$&@g go . No need to understate things here you walk out of that room you see the crowd and lights. Push it more than you have so far


F****** right. Push it harder than you ever have before.


I have no problem with us losing and missing the playoffs if every man on the team is giving his all at all times. Then it's just a matter of us simply not being talented enough and every other team being healthy and pushing, and that's not this current lineup's fault.


But I really do feel like if there's maximum effort along with real heart and trust and all that good stuff, we've got a good chance. Anything less than that, though? Start booking tee times.

F****** right. Push it harder than you ever have before.


That's what she said.

#2496505 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by Dabura on 18 March 2014 - 01:30 PM

Gary Roberts runs an elite program but would never sign on with any one team nowadays.


He's stated publicly he loves the freedom of running his own program and training whom ever he wants.


So you're saying all we have to do is take his freedom away?


Doesn't Mr. I have mob connections or something?

#2496497 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by Dabura on 18 March 2014 - 01:15 PM

No problem. It's why they pay me the big bucks.



#2496492 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by Dabura on 18 March 2014 - 01:07 PM

They need to find the guy (dont recall his name, Gary Roberts maybe?) that got Stamkos up like 30lbs in an offseason. And send em to workout with him. Return next season in beast mode. 6-2 210lbs with speed and skill. Oooooh killem.


Can't remember if it was Roberts or not, but it probably was. He's known for his conditioning program.


Hire him as a trainer or some sort of fitness adviser, why not. Or even put him on the coaching staff. Can't be any worse than what we've had this season.

#2496459 Here Is A Hint For Wings To Catch Playoff [ new ]

Posted by Dabura on 18 March 2014 - 12:30 PM

He does have a point. Our blue line sucks and Howard's contract extension hurts pretty bad right now. And it's not exactly a secret that Bertuzzi has too many stars.

#2496124 Legwand to Detroit for Eaves, Jarnkrok + cond 3rd/2nd

Posted by Dabura on 17 March 2014 - 03:06 AM

I like this deal better now that we're struggling. The logic being, Holland might've turned Jarnkrok into several seasons of service from David Legwand (who we'd probably appreciate much more with a fully healthy forward corps) and a really good first-round draft pick who might be better than Jarnkrok (provided we miss the playoffs, of course).

#2495581 Is the Real Brendan Smith Finally Starting the Show Up?

Posted by Dabura on 16 March 2014 - 01:34 PM

Kronwall makes tons of mistakes, many of them boneheaded. But he makes up for it by being our best defenseman and one of the 20ish best defensemen in the league. You're getting a fair amount of bad, but you're also getting oceans of good.


Smith, you're mostly just getting bad. Well, that's not fair. He plays the game well. But is it anything that your average third-pairing defenseman couldn't give us?


Hopefully he grows into a good top-four defenseman who puts up enough points to make whatever mistakes he makes acceptable. He's got about a year to do that.

#2495519 A great scrap ends in....A high five and a hug?

Posted by Dabura on 15 March 2014 - 10:45 PM

One day it's gonna come out that the entire 3/26/97 game was staged. Like the moon landing.

#2495481 A great scrap ends in....A high five and a hug?

Posted by Dabura on 15 March 2014 - 01:45 PM


#2495454 Red Wings have Recalled Pulkkinen from Grand Rapids

Posted by Dabura on 15 March 2014 - 10:53 AM

That's what I like about this kid. He's not straightforward, cookie-cutter. He surprises you.


I mean, what a statement. Tiny Euro sniper call-up steps onto our Big Men's League Roster and dishes one of the best hits we've put on all season. He looks like Kronwall there!

#2495450 Red Wings have Recalled Pulkkinen from Grand Rapids

Posted by Dabura on 15 March 2014 - 10:34 AM

Good. Play him asap. In fact, once Mantha, AA, and nastisauk's seasons are over in junior, bring them to Detroit for a bit as well.


Nice try, Anthony.

#2495084 1-13-2

Posted by Dabura on 14 March 2014 - 10:18 AM

The Wings D don't have another gear, so when the opposing team is starting to push we have nothing to push back with. I also think that the biggest culprit, aside from poor goal-tending late in games, has been the propensity to over commit on defense as well as offense. The Wings play a relatively structured game for two periods and then, as witnessed the last several games, start getting anxious and run completely out of position. Bad defense has become an epidemic even guys that are usually pretty solid are making boneheaded mistakes. 


One thing I really don't get is Babs' belief that we need to win games 2-1. Maybe that works for Team Canada (aka The Greatest Hockey Team Ever Assembled), but not for us. Not with our blue line and goaltending.

#2495076 The Leaders HAVE to step up

Posted by Dabura on 14 March 2014 - 08:13 AM

I'm glad you pointed out Quincey.  I don't think people realize (even despite all the hate) just how important Quincey was to us losing so much in the early part of the season.  There were some stats floating around the 25 game mark, I think, that showed he had been on the ice and directly the cause of a goal against a game (not an average, but an actual goal in each game) for something like 15 or 16 games.  A lot of those games were 1 goal games.  Not to excuse the poor play of everyone else, but if we had someone different in Quincey's spot, we could be well into the playoff standings right now.


Ah, Kyle Quincey.


On one hand, I feel I'm too hard on him. He's been playing like a legitimate #4, yet our blue line still kinda blows. Conclusion? The problem's bigger than Quincey. It's more our top three. And that's on Holland.


On the other hand, Quincey's boneheaded mistakes singlehandedly cost us goals and games and points. If we miss the playoffs by a few points, it's his fault more than anyone else's.


I wasn't implying any of that stuff. Just that "injuries" was much more appropriate for your analogy than any one team...


No worries, I wasn't attacking your post. Just a general point I wanted to get off my chest.


Dabura your stress level has risen noticeably since the Jarnkrok trade. lol




(Part of it is that my back pain is flaring up. I fear the kidney stones are back. (Pun?) Everyone tells me that passing kidney stones can be as or more painful than giving birth. Being a guy, I can neither confirm nor deny this. But I can tell you it's the worst pain I know. So, just imagine that I'm giving birth as I'm posting here. My stress level should make more sense then.)


(Not that this whole trading our best prospect to help us keep the streak alive only to give away two must-win games and drop to a 39% chance of making the playoffs because a team of professional millionaire athletes can't be bothered to stay healthy or play a 60-minute game business isn't stressing me.)