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#2471859 Franzen having trouble processing information

Posted by Dabura on 10 January 2014 - 10:03 AM

Anyone remember that bit from training camp about him struggling greatly with a particular drill? Makes me wonder.

#2471468 Pissed off: JJ speaking out

Posted by Dabura on 09 January 2014 - 11:04 AM


#2471388 THN came up with the All-Snubs Olympic rosters

Posted by Dabura on 08 January 2014 - 05:52 PM

And I mean seriously, Petr Nedved makes it?


Everyone wants to get with his wife.

It's actually pretty funny, he's not even being talked about at all as having even been close.  This is a guy that was on the  2010 team and is actually having the best statistical season of his career.


Clearly, everyone is taking his post-season collapses very seriously and won't trust him until he proves he's past that.


Probably for the best. Can you imagine what'd happen if he were to singlehandedly submarine Team Canada? I'd fear for his life.

#2471338 Team Sweden roster announced

Posted by Dabura on 08 January 2014 - 12:10 PM

Like pretty much all of my fellow American LGWers, I'll be rooting for the US of A, but my heart is kinda with Team Zetterberg.

#2471051 If we become sellers...

Posted by Dabura on 06 January 2014 - 01:54 PM

Holland woud stand pat, say, "We like our team," and blame it all on our injuries and the move to the Eastern Conference. "Can't make the playoffs every season!" etc.


But I could absolutely see him doing the classy thing for Alfie (i.e. talking to him about it, asking him what he wants, and acting accordingly).

#2471023 Seasons half way, thoughts?

Posted by Dabura on 06 January 2014 - 12:33 PM

I didn't make any really specific predictions. Well, ok - I thought we'd be better. Much better. Actually, I predicted we'd face the Kings in the SCF.


So much trouble in our own end. Many nights, you'd think half our team had never had to play in the d-zone prior to this season. We have this strange compulsion to be fancy and complex and make nine passes, or try to carry the puck from behind the net and around nine forecheckers just to gain the n-zone. What happened to smooth, simple, safe, set outlet plays? What happened to crisp, concise first passes? Where'd all that go? Rhetorical questions, I suppose. Lidstrom and Rafalski are gone and our D is young and jumpy and injury prone. And we have Kyle Quincey.


Add to that the injury woes, the scoring woes, the Jimmy Howard woes, the shootout woes, the two-goal lead woes, the two-goal deficit woes, the taking-too-many-stupid penalties woes, the lineup woes (see: Cleary, Dan/Daniel/Danny/Dammit), the we-don't-do-well-with-cameras woes, the we-don't-do-well-with-NBC-broadcasts woes, and, of course, the we-hate-playing-in-our-own-barn woes, and I think it's safe to say that this first half has left a lot to be desired.


The really frustrating thing about it all is that we're a great team when we want to be. Actually, the really frustrating thing is how many points we've left on the table with our TEN shootout losses. If we were merely bad in the shootout, as opposed to mindblowingly godawful, we might be challenging for first in the East right now. If only we were one of those teams that gets by on skill....

#2470978 Alexey Marchenko called up

Posted by Dabura on 05 January 2014 - 07:54 PM

Lashoff has been a real pleasant surprise this season.  There's been almost zero bitching about him, which is quite frankly amazing.  OK he's playing the fewest minutes of all our regulars on D, but he may be carving a niche out for himself - at the very least he's a reliable placeholder till one of the kids plays him off the roster.


Out of intrest, did Smith get an PP time last night with DD out?


Lashoff has quickly become one of my favorites on this team. He knows his role (big, nasty defensive defenseman), and he plays it.

#2470456 Alexey Marchenko called up

Posted by Dabura on 04 January 2014 - 05:40 AM

I'm pretty fed up with this season.

#2470271 Another 'Would You Make This Trade?' Thread

Posted by Dabura on 02 January 2014 - 06:44 PM

Jimmy has a NMC through next season.




Is there a single player on this roster who doesn't have a no-movement/trade clause?


...something Holland has been unable to do since July.  He'd have to get Buffalo to take on guys like Quincey and Samuelsson.


I like to think he hasn't really been trying.

#2470266 Another 'Would You Make This Trade?' Thread

Posted by Dabura on 02 January 2014 - 06:24 PM

Hi. So, a friend of mine just dropped an interesting trade scenario on me.


In this scenario, Ryan Miller is getting moved this season and the Sabres are getting a massive return for him. And, to help them fill the void in net (because we're charitable like that), we're giving them Jimmy Howard, plus an additional piece or two. In exchange, we get Ott, Moulson, and Ehrhoff, and maybe a useless gentleman's agreement that the first two will re-sign in the summer.


Is this insane, or does it actually make some sense? I can't decide.

#2469778 1/1 Winter Classic 2014 GDT: Maple Leafs 3, Red Wings 2 (F/SO)

Posted by Dabura on 01 January 2014 - 03:47 PM

I can see Tatar scoring in the third and then using Chelli's celebration.


He's been great. I like him because he's very high-end, but he plays with the tenacity of a grinder/checker/energy guy/agitator.

#2469766 1/1 Winter Classic 2014 GDT: Maple Leafs 3, Red Wings 2 (F/SO)

Posted by Dabura on 01 January 2014 - 03:37 PM

Female hockey players. Mmmmmm...



I have a bad feeling about this final 20. We really need these two points.

#2469763 1/1 Winter Classic 2014 GDT: Maple Leafs 3, Red Wings 2 (F/SO)

Posted by Dabura on 01 January 2014 - 03:29 PM

Out-shoot them, out-chance them, out-muscle them, out-compete them, flat-out out-play them...and we go into the third tied, because we can't convert on our chances, and the opposing goalie is playing out of his mind.


Red Wings Hockey!

#2469635 1/1 Winter Classic 2014 GDT: Maple Leafs 3, Red Wings 2 (F/SO)

Posted by Dabura on 01 January 2014 - 02:32 PM

Whats the deal with Darren Helm? Does anybody know if he's just sitting this one out because of his groin and the cold. Or is he hurt AGAIN?


Helm should just retire. At the rate he's going, he'll be dead by age 30.

#2469630 1/1 Winter Classic 2014 GDT: Maple Leafs 3, Red Wings 2 (F/SO)

Posted by Dabura on 01 January 2014 - 02:27 PM

Really though, we gotta be happy with that period, spent a lot of time in the Leafs zone, had some good chances, shame they fell to Miller and Cleary.....


But how in the hell is that not 5 and a game misconduct for Lupul?


Suspension-worthy. Blatant headshot.


So, wait, the Leafs acquired Tim Gleason?