Anyone who's upset about this, or even anyone who can understand why someone would be upset over this, is ridiculous. It was a hundred-round preseason shootout between the Leafs and Sabres, and I can barely remember the names of the goalie and guy who did it. Carlyle was smiling and laughing. Rolston was having fun with it. People are making it sound like the guy threw his skate at the net or something.
Hundred-round shootout in a preseason game. Lighten up. Hockey's allowed to be fun every now and then.
And another thing: everyone's talking about it. I mean, beyond just hockey fans. I say that's good for the game.
I was looking forward to watching Ouellet, Sproul and Jarnkrok....DAMN!
...was at work for last game, it was on the TV there, but only got a chance to see about 5 mins. I did see my boy Danny Diesel's goal though! Awesome! This guy will be here 20 years, mark my words! No way he leaves on his own or the Ilitch family trades him...
OK. I know we've got the new enemies thread and I've run my mouth in it quite a few times about this subject and yadda yadda yadda. But, seriously, how are we not more pumped about the move to the Eastern Conference?
Less travel. More attractive to free agents (mostly because less travel). Earlier start times. The East sucks. Etc.
I feel like I almost want to call Holland a genius now. Because if you think about it, all the complaints and stuff that we've been voicing for so long...are they as relevant now, given that the East sucks?
Oh, sure, every team in the East likes to hit, and most carry at least one knuckledragger. But I find it weird that everyone, when talking about this Big Bad East thing, totally forgets that the West boasts the likes of the Ducks, Kings, and Blues. Oh, and hey, that reminds me: guess what! We don't have to play the Blackhawks 997 times a season! Think of all the points we might get back now. Or, here, think of it this way: say we only play the 'hawks roundabout twice last season. Do we still finish in seventh? NO. We don't.
I know, I know, THE PENGUINS. Well, they're trending downwards. And they were never that good anyway. And I know, I know, THE BRUINS. The Bruins do not scare me at all. I mean, sure, they're probably going to give us problems here and there, more so than any other Eastern team. But, again, it's not like we haven't had the New Blackhawks (best team in hockey, though it pains me to say it) rammed down our collective throat the past few seasons. And, again: Ducks, Kings, Blues (I almost feel silly putting them on this list, but they're big and strong and grinding and nasty and their blue line is crazy and their goalies are good. They just can't score. Or win.) And the Sharks always beat us, at least in their building. And even the Flames, they always beat us, at least...no, wait, the just always beat us.
And another thing. You know that whole "getting up for Detroit" thing? Where, like, the Preds and Jackets and all the lower-mid-to-bottom clubs play us extra hard every time they play us? I doubt we'll be seeing nearly as much of that in the East, at least not in the first several years or so.
Maybe I'm being stupid. But I just think that this move suddenly makes us legitimate contenders. And I just think that's really, really awesome. (And that's saying nothing of our bright future, e.g. friggin' IMAGINE what our blue line will look like in five years ish.)
We've been playing teams that know us inside-out, and, generally, have figured out what it takes to beat us. Not (as) true in the East!
etc. etc. etc. etc.
Agree with me. Be pumped, excited, incredibly psyched that we're in the East. Because it's gonna be awesome.
(And don't get on me about destroying our karma or dooming us to finish in last place. I'm not the only one who feels this way. There just aren't enough people who feel this way. Which is the point.)
I bet he said something to Babcock he shouldn't have. I think you're right, Dabura. You bark at one of the best coaches in the NHL, you probably are going to find your butt in the KHL before too long.
It's a shame, because he was actually pretty decent prior to last season. But then, anyone who's paired with Nick Lidstrom is gonna look pretty decent. Not saying he's not a good defenseman. Just, yeah.
He's a bit of a journeyman, isn't he? Been with a lot of NHL clubs, I think.
Just had a brainwave... yes helmets cause more injuries in fights than the fists that inevitably get injured, however what would happen if the league came out and said "helmets are worse for fighting related injuries than punches"? Imagine if Easton heard that and went, "I'm sorry, what?" Kiss that chunk of advertising revenue goodbye.
Just a thought though...
It's not just wearing a helmet, though. ("If you put on our helmet, you may incur injury! mwahahah!")
If we're talking about helmets in the context of fighting, hands are inextricably intertwined with the issue; it's not that helmets can lead to injury, it's that punching a helmet is almost guaranteed to screw up your hand(s). Ask Joey Kocur.