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#2506232 Glendening signed to 3 year extension

Posted by Dabura on 05 April 2014 - 05:32 PM

Who cares about goals? Who's gonna score if our top 2 lines get shut down in the playoffs? To make it far you need all 4 lines to chip in with goals from time to time

Darren McCarty cup winning goal vs flyers? Among a few others .... Maltby.... Draper

Hell even Joey kocur scored some nice playoff goals for us when we went on our cup runs

You can say who gives a crap if he doesn't score but chances are if he doesn't score a few in the playoffs along with miller or whom ever chances are we won't make it far


Getting on Glendening because he hasn't scored a goal is totally missing the point of him. It's almost like getting on Nyquist because he doesn't block enough shots. In a tight playoff series, how do we know a shot that Nyquist doesn't block won't end up being the difference?


Glendening is a shutdown center. His duties lie 100% on the defensive side of the puck. Any offense he provides is essentially a bonus. He takes the vast majority of his faceoffs in the defensive zone. He's clutch on the PK. He checks and grinds and pushes, shoves, yaps, agitates. He frustrates the likes of Crosby and Stamkos. In a tight playoff series against a top-heavy team like the Pens, a Luke Glendening would, in theory, give our top three lines more room in the matchups battle. If Datsyuk doesn't have to shadow Crosby on every shift he takes, he's probably going to be more dangerous offensively. Maybe Helm can cheat up ice a little more. Throw in the last change at home and the fact that Babs is a matchup wizard, and that's potentially the difference in the series right there.


But that's not even the big thing with him. The big thing with him is that he works hard, plays the right way, takes care of business, is zero-maintence, etc. He's a coach's dream and the kind of guy you love to have on your team. I don't think it's totally a coincidence that Babs says Glendening's line was our best against the Sabres and then, bam!, he gets extended. Our team has problems with keeping it simple, giving consistent effort, staying focused,  sustaining intensity, being responsible defensively, avoiding complacency. Those things aren't an issue for Glendening, and that's a big deal - for the team as a whole. That was on full display last night. He can be a steadying presence. Things getting dicey? Crosby running amok? Key PK? Too much cuteness? Throw Glendening's line over the boards. He may not score, but 1) big deal, and 2) he's going to score eventually, and then we'll be complaining that he doesn't score enough.


I mean, yeah, he's never scored in the NHL playoffs. That's true. But he's never actually played in the NHL playoffs. He's got, like, 50 games of NHL experience. And he's, what, like, 16 years old? Pretty sure this is the first season that fellow blockhand Darren Helm has shown the slightest bit of real scoring prowess. (That he's 27 probably has something to do with it.)


I just think it's nitpicking, saying Kocur scored some playoff goals therefore Glendening is useless.

#2506145 Glendening signed to 3 year extension

Posted by Dabura on 05 April 2014 - 10:34 AM

Sweet! Glendening is awesome.

Expected this ... Babcock is in love with him

Maybe with a lot of hard work and determination he will continue his goalless going into year 3


Who friggin' cares about the goals as long as he's doing his actual job, which is stopping opposing players from scoring.

#2506104 4/4 GDT - Sabres 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by Dabura on 05 April 2014 - 12:16 AM

Also, Jimmy needs to save that McBain shot. Soft as a baby's bottom.


Also, Smith needs to smarten the eff up. If Quincey can stay out of the box and be mostly quiet (in a good way) through 60, so can he. I know Mike Emrick thinks he's the s***, but Mike Emrick also thinks goalies wear waffles on their hands.


Also, winning as much as we are with Kindl and Lashoff seemingly never leaving the ice is quite impressive.


Also, negativity.

#2506084 4/4 GDT - Sabres 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by Dabura on 04 April 2014 - 09:23 PM

We killed the Sens last time we played them too. The Habs are a good team, but I do not fear them they are nothing compared to the Bruins whom we just beat. If the Wings bring their game, they get a huge W tomorrow night.


Psh, I don't fear the Habs! I'll never truly fear a Therrien team. But, generally, they've really been clicking - and being without Murray makes them that much better. Plus, it's the Bell Center.


Basically, what we did in the first period tonight? Do that for three periods.

#2506077 4/4 GDT - Sabres 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by Dabura on 04 April 2014 - 09:17 PM

The Habs are f****** scary right now. Hope we bring it tomorrow.

Also: 21 fart gun salute for Don Van Massenhoven! You will be missed.

#2506074 4/4 GDT - Sabres 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by Dabura on 04 April 2014 - 09:13 PM

Special thanks to Chicago and NJ!

#2505752 Injury Updates

Posted by Dabura on 04 April 2014 - 12:45 PM

I was hoping Ericsson would be back for the first round. Guess not. Very big suck.

#2505735 Dive of the Year

Posted by Dabura on 04 April 2014 - 11:25 AM

The thing I don't get about Crosby is why he feels he needs to pull this stuff. He's already won a Cup. He's gonna win the Hart this year. His team's a powerhouse. He's the best player in the world and the face of hockey. He is, by all accounts, a real class act off the ice. Refs are going to give him the benefit of the doubt on anything and everything anyway - but not if he keeps diving.


You're better than this, Sid. Though I suppose getting clocked in the face with a metallic whistle probably isn't a great feeling. But still.

#2505730 Riley Sheahan - Underappreciated and Overshadowed?

Posted by Dabura on 04 April 2014 - 11:06 AM

He's playing like a legitimate second-line center. Given that everyone - everyone - had him pegged as a borderline bottom-sixer, that's amazing. To me, it's that he's well-rounded. Big, good on both sides of the puck, and a ton of upside. I friggin' love this guy.

#2505708 Gustav Nyquist Appreciation Thread

Posted by Dabura on 04 April 2014 - 09:21 AM

Sean McIndoe:


This series would have a lot going for it. It would feature two popular teams that boast plenty of big-name talent. It would be the first playoff matchup for Pittsburgh and Detroit since their back-to-back meetings in the Stanley Cup finals in 2008 and 2009. (Each team won once.) And it would be a divisional crossover series, which would cause maximum confusion among the majority of fans who still have no idea how this new system works.


So could the Red Wings pull off the upset? I think they could. The Penguins are top-heavy with elite talent, but their lack of depth and spotty recent postseason history makes it seem like they’re vulnerable to being knocked off in the early going. A second-round exit seems more likely, but the Wings would have a shot here.


Besides, who wouldn’t want to watch a series that prominently featured the undisputed best player in the entire league? (And when Gustav Nyquist wasn’t on the ice, we could still watch Sidney Crosby.)



#2505611 Around The League - Eastern Conference Playoff Race

Posted by Dabura on 03 April 2014 - 08:01 PM

Good stuff:


Eastern Conference Playoff Round Table Thunderdome [PensBurgh]

#2505605 Around The League - Eastern Conference Playoff Race

Posted by Dabura on 03 April 2014 - 07:36 PM

Jackets pull ahead with 2:53 left in the second.

Worth noting: the Jackets are right behind the Flyers in the standings. This...does not please Pens fans.

#2505494 4/2 GDT - Bruins 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by Dabura on 03 April 2014 - 11:20 AM

Y'know, even if we don't make the playoffs...these last couple weeks have been wild. Every game going down to the wire; Nyquist the "shooting star"; the kid line's heroics; Howard slowly but surely re-emerging; 0.4 seconds; Helm getting a hat trick; Glendening and Miller shutting down the likes of Crosby and Stamkos; Smith playing like a top-four defenseman; being David rather than Goliath (see: last night)...it's a crazy time to be a Red Wings fan.


One-year rebuild! w00t!

#2505472 4/2 GDT - Bruins 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by Dabura on 03 April 2014 - 09:52 AM

Anybody remember that time Ken Holland said that Nyquist was not going to be a "savior" or something like that?  I know what he meant and all, but how much more wrong could he have been?


I had no issue with him saying that. He was protecting Nyquist, and he was calling it like he - and everone else - saw it. This kid was not going to be our savior. He was not going to score 30 goals. Not happening. No way.


On the other hand, he was also covering his own ass. He was saying this after having kept the kid in the minors for 20 games. He'd thought Cleary was valuable enough to bring back. How valuable was Cleary to us this season? He'd thought Samuelsson was worth investing in again. Quincey! What a home run Quincey's been! Etc. So, the whole "Well, understand: you people don't know what's what, but I do. I'm the GM" thing doesn't really endear him to you. And then he trades our best prospect because we definitely need another veteran (to be fair, we probably did. And Legwand has been good), and it's Tatar, Jurco, and Nyquist scoring last night, as the kids continue to carry the team on their collective back.


But whatever. I'm just happy we're winning!

#2505459 Gustav Nyquist Appreciation Thread

Posted by Dabura on 03 April 2014 - 09:19 AM