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#2206391 Crosby's 2012 Season now in Question

Posted by vladdy16 on 06 September 2011 - 12:49 PM


"We asked the Penguins if they would squash retirement speculation on the record; they declined, saying they wouldn't confirm nor deny anything about the nature of the press conference."

The Penguins are holding a press conference with Crosby. As far as I can tell it will be at 12:30 tomorrow. I really hope it's not a major announcement like him missing the season, but if it's not why the press conference with advanced notice? I can't remember a team ever calling a press conference with a player just to discuss an injury rehab no matter who it is. I have a feeling this could be bad...

Unless it's to announce his retirement, I see no need for a freakin' press conference.

#2205602 Crosby's 2012 Season now in Question

Posted by vladdy16 on 31 August 2011 - 11:37 AM

How did the instigator rule get brought up in a thread about a player who was injured on pretty random plays?

Steckel didn't see Crosby, and Hedman bumped him on the boards.

It's actually a natural progression when you think about it. Injuries have been rampant lately that weren't prevalent pre-instigator rule.

#2205516 Crosby's 2012 Season now in Question

Posted by vladdy16 on 30 August 2011 - 11:14 AM

It wasn't more than several months ago Gretzky suggested the removal of the instigator pen.

I'm sure he did; no one in the history of the league benefited more from enforcers than Wayne.

#2204222 Crosby's 2012 Season now in Question

Posted by vladdy16 on 17 August 2011 - 01:06 PM

I am however quite confident that beyond skill, there is nothing impressive about Crosby as a human being and I dislike his attitude. That should count for something when there are people looking up to him.

Unfortunately it's the Hockey Hall of Fame, not the Role Model Hall of Fame. What he does with his hockey skill set will determine whether or not he gets in, not whether he whines or dives.

#2203772 Crosby's 2012 Season now in Question

Posted by vladdy16 on 15 August 2011 - 09:20 AM

I have to admit I'm shocked. I watched both hits he received that could have given him the concussion and neither looks anywhere near bad enough to keep him out this long. If he's going to go out, it had better be on a more vicious hit than either one of those. That would just be a pitiful way to derail a career.

#2203446 This writer has no clue

Posted by vladdy16 on 12 August 2011 - 11:52 AM

It's not fair to use ESPN - it's a toss-up between them and the blogger. There's probably no wrong answer to your question. :)

#2199756 Taking back a +/- rating

Posted by vladdy16 on 20 July 2011 - 09:26 AM

Well, if you actually want to give them a "+" and accidentally give them a "-", you'd have to "+" 2 posts to come out ahead instead of getting their rating back to where it was.

#2199735 Chris Osgood announces retirement

Posted by vladdy16 on 20 July 2011 - 08:44 AM

Wrestled all summer with decision - knew he could play & would miss the team and the Joe; body tipped the scales as well as being at home more with family. Kenny offered him the "coaching" job & thought he'd be more useful in that capacity. He felt it was right time; was very nervous yesterday until the words left his lips. He's confident he made right decision.
Just got back from trip with Drapes, Hank, Howie & unnamed others to UK; made it harder to make decision because he was with a lot of team mates. Drapes helped make decision.
Stony asked how he manages to shake off bad goals so successfully - earlier coaches stressed this daily; learned from Cheli and Vernon; HoF - wants to be in (!) looks forward to it happening, feels he should make it, especially after playing with NY & St. Louis; more proud of playoff performances than regular season overall. Stony admits he said no, because he thinks Oz wasn't a dominant player, albeit a good goalie.

Those are the highlights.

#2199441 Chris Osgood announces retirement

Posted by vladdy16 on 19 July 2011 - 12:43 PM

EDIT: And I think one of the greatest legacies he leaves is not his success on the ice, but that with all the drama constantly swirling around the goaltending situation he never caused problems, and always wanted to come back to the Wings and stay with them no matter what. A true team player. I've never seen a player take so much crap and still so earnestly want to stay in the city that treated him in such a bipolar manner.

QFT. Also, I have never seen anyone able to shake off a bad goal or a bad game better than him.

#2198324 Apparently, we were finalists for Vokoun?

Posted by vladdy16 on 13 July 2011 - 01:17 PM

I definitely do not understand the "I do not want Vokoun" sentiment. All of a sudden we don't want one of the top 5 goaltenders since the lock out?

I guess I'm the only one around here who remembers Howard playing lights-out in the playoffs. We have no need for a #1; we need a good backup.

#2198298 Judge rejects NHL deal with Molson-Coors:

Posted by vladdy16 on 13 July 2011 - 11:04 AM

:lol: I see a lot of the beer hipsters coming out, but no one offering up there own suggestions lest they get blasted by dissenters. Come on now, have at it!

(Miller sucks. Can't stand that wheat-flavored cat piss.)


Yeah, I said it.

#2194668 Wiz is a dick.

Posted by vladdy16 on 01 July 2011 - 06:18 PM

It's not like Mr. Ilitch is Dollar Bill - we've always spent to the cap. I think we pay what we can to have a well-rounded team; if that means players get paid less here than elsewhere, yet they get to play with a great team with a perennial chance for the Cup, who wouldn't take a little less?
I'm in the "he's entitled to his opinion" camp. Whatever. And I can't really blame him for still being pissed about his uncle. I'd probably feel the same way, new management or no.
Someday it will sink in that players take less here because they are treated with an insane amount of loyalty in return. He can ponder that when he's missed the playoffs a few years and his contract becomes an albatross in a market that has a lot less fans, albeit rabid ones.

#2192821 Wings re-sign Ericsson to 3-year, $9.75m contract

Posted by vladdy16 on 30 June 2011 - 09:04 PM

Kenny, Kenny, Kenny. You sign Derian Hatcher, I assume you were hung over at the time. You sign Bertuzzi not once, but twice, I assume temporary insanity. You sign Ericcson to that kind of contract, I'm thinking lobotomy. WTH?????

#2188303 Bettman Re-Alignment Proposal

Posted by vladdy16 on 23 June 2011 - 12:46 PM

I am shocked that Bettman would even consider letting the Wings move East. That puts all of the top-draw teams in one Conference. I'm wondering what Western Conference teams will have to say about the biggest road draw not being there anymore; will they protest because attendance will decrease or will they breathe a sigh of relief not having Wings "home" games anymore?

#2187897 Boy does ESPN suck

Posted by vladdy16 on 22 June 2011 - 12:42 PM

You should blame yourself for checking ESPN in the first place. The only time I go there is when I want to know about poker. Which is never.