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#2102197 Nabokov claimed by NYI, refuses to report, suspended

Posted by dragonballgtz on 21 January 2011 - 06:15 PM

Asked about the Nabokov signing, Howard said: "That's out of my hands. That's up to management and what they think. If he can help us, he can help us."
Asked whether he thought Nabokov, 35, was signed as insurance or to push him, Howard said: "I don't need anyone to push me. I push myself. I work hard in practice every single day, and I just go out there and try to win games for the guys."

Read more: Wings know Nabokov a long way from joining team | freep.com | Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/article/20110121/SPORTS05/101210437/Wings-know-Nabokov-a-long-way-from-joining-team#ixzz1BiEnTq2D

This is why I called this a bulls*** move earlier. I don't think it's fair to Howard and I don't like the way he's been set up. I'm not angry at Howard for his play this year, though it's frustrating. And while I don't hate Babcock, you could say it angers me to consider the manner in which he's dealt with Howard. I've said all along that he's being set up to be run down and I didn't like it. I think he's got a load of potential and I feel like they've squandered it, and any way you shake it, to me this move feels like they've given up on Howard.

And I don't like it one damn bit.

Howard's the first guy to come through the organization that I think has the attitude and skill to be the long-term goalie since the last long-term goalie, Chris Osgood. I think it's total bulls*** that Babcock tried to fast track his development at the risk of him crashing, when he really should know better. Countless other young goalies who burn out fast tell the tale. As the pressure mounts and they're not mentally acclimated enough to the NHL game to deal with it, things fall apart. I don't think it was fair to Howard at all and I don't like it one bit.

Whether he moves to another team or never returns to a consistent form, I think it will be an absolute shame.

And the only animosity I will have towards anyone involved in the matter will be Mike Babcock.

WTF do you mean fast track? Howard has been baking in the minors for as long as possible and is 26 years old damn near 27. The Red Wings organization have taken their time with Howard getting him into the big league and now that he is struggling it's all Babs fault? During his AHL days they said inconsistency was a problem with him and this year it's showing. Last year was a great year and he carried the team for a huge stretch of the season. Guess what? When you play like that the expectation of how good you play goes up. Even with crappy defense and a poor team in front of him last year he was able to handle the load this year not so much.

IMO the Red Wings learned from last year they cannot ride a hot goalie all season long. Sure they could do it if Howard was playing great but even if he was this is a good move because they can take the load off of him and keep him fresh for the playoffs. If Howard or anyone else does not like this move to bad. The Wings want another cup plain and simple. If Holland thinks this is a necessary risk/gamble to try and get Nabby he will take that risk if it means our odds of winning the cup goes up in his eyes.

#2101641 Nabokov claimed by NYI, refuses to report, suspended

Posted by dragonballgtz on 21 January 2011 - 03:29 AM

Right. I'm actually shocked that anyone here thinks the Wings have given up on Howard. He's only 26 and, despite a couple shaky months, is one of the best young goalies in the game. Ozzie's retiring after this year, Nabokov, at 35, is Osgood's replacement, Howard's going no where!

So what will NJ get in return?

Fined? :P

#2100011 1/18 GDT: Red Wings 1 at Penguins 4

Posted by dragonballgtz on 19 January 2011 - 12:36 AM

Despite all the injuries, if Wings had (at the very least) a 2nd string goalie, they easily win this game. Easily!

Considering that they got a goal off a turn over then crashing the net to get it, I doubt it. They capitalized on our mistakes.

Also I think the 2nd line looked invisible for the most part. Again not a full 60 minute game along with very very bad passing.

I started to notice this more and more even when we were healthy. Passes are not on the stick on the break out. They are a foot in front, in the feet, slow/half ass, or behind. Even on the PP when they do a drop pass it's not even right in the lane of the forward receiving it. Detroit for the majority does not have great foot speed but what makes us look fast is that the passes are usually on the stick while the forwards are in full flight and that hasn't been happening for awhile.

16th or 17th game now with 4 goals against

I count 19

#2099386 THN: Zetterberg should be disciplined for skipping ASG

Posted by dragonballgtz on 18 January 2011 - 02:55 PM

Wonder if Campbell is going to call for Crybaby to be disciplined now.


Whine, Sid, whine. Once again, he's showing his inferiority complex to Zata.

I think you hate Crosby so much you are starting to become obsessed with him.

#2097302 1/14 GDT: Red Wings 2 at Blue Jackets 3 (SO)

Posted by dragonballgtz on 14 January 2011 - 07:42 PM

Where's mindfly when you need him? :hehe: :lol:

#2094455 1/8 GDT: Red Wings 2 at Canucks 1 (SO)

Posted by dragonballgtz on 09 January 2011 - 02:03 AM

#2093521 Stuart out 6-8 weeks with broken jaw

Posted by dragonballgtz on 08 January 2011 - 01:22 PM

watch the last part of this video. he's so angry. i feel so bad for him. :(


and he scares the bejesus out of that girl in white.

After looking at it again look how he lines up Stuart about 3 or 4 strides before he hits him and pumps his elbow. He wasn't going for the chest or going to try to take the stick, he 100% knew what he was doing when he went for the head.

#2091930 Viva México: Winter Classic This Sunday

Posted by dragonballgtz on 06 January 2011 - 12:49 PM

Don't drink the water :ph34r:

#2090871 1/4 GDT: Red Wings 5 at Oilers 3

Posted by dragonballgtz on 04 January 2011 - 10:23 PM

Draper has been playing well imo

miller is so sitting once we get healthy (at least Danny and Dats wise)

#2090471 First 6 All-Stars Named

Posted by dragonballgtz on 04 January 2011 - 01:29 PM

Why don't we stack the ballot? Conspiracy indeed.

I would rather they skip it and get some rest. If a player did say to the fans he really wanted to go then I would vote.

#2090450 Howard, Stuart, Eaves possible Tuesday against the Oil

Posted by dragonballgtz on 04 January 2011 - 01:08 PM

While Howard has been shaky for the past month or so, those 3 goals against Philly were not as bad as many are making them out to be. The difference between an awesome goal from a sniper and a bad goal that the goalie should have stopped is the Winged wheel. That's the way it goes on LGW. Praise your own, s*** on the rest.

The #1 most overlooked fact on LGW for the past week.

The past week? This s***ty play has been going on for the pass month. It's just more evident now because the two players that showed up every night are out.

#2089790 1/2 GDT: Flyers 3 at Red Wings 2

Posted by dragonballgtz on 02 January 2011 - 10:53 PM

Tough loss.

Unlucky goals against Howie. Not really his fault. Ozzie came up big in relief.

We need to be less Jessica Alba and more Rosie O'Donnell out there.

If I was the opposition I would let Jessica Alba do whatever she wanted. I would crush Rosie since she bats for the same team.

#2083532 NJ fires head coach

Posted by dragonballgtz on 23 December 2010 - 02:48 PM

It's Lou that should be fired. He is the one that has hurt this team the most with his piss poor cap management.

Oops got names confused. :blush:

#2081887 12/19 GDT: Stars 4 at Red Wings 3 (OT)

Posted by dragonballgtz on 20 December 2010 - 05:21 AM

You know, the Wings actually played a pretty good game today. They got their fair share of chances, finished decently.. I mean, sure, Helm missed an open net, but we know he has hands of stone anyhow, and the play was started solely by him... it shifted momentum as a bonus. Ozzie played a good game. Overall, the Wings looked fairly good.

However, I would particularly like to thank Rafalski for singlehandedly costing Ozzie career win #400 by a stupid giveaway, a penalty in overtime (wtf are you doing with your stick that close to the legs of one of the biggest divers in the league?) and poor timing on joining the rush in OT.

Thanks, Raffi.

After his give away and the penalty I am surprised Babs let Raf play any more during the last minutes of OT.

#2079459 24/7 debuts tonight on HBO

Posted by dragonballgtz on 16 December 2010 - 03:08 PM

because you hate good television

torrents FTW