Posted by thegerkin
on 17 November 2014 - 09:29 PM
Puck Daddy article. "The crux of this list is simple. Which of these awesome players do you select first to start a new team in 2014?". From the list of 45 players, 10 players (22% of total list) are from our beloved Red Wings.
6. Steve Yzerman (2009): Stevie Y took a lot of praise for changing his game and becoming more of a two-way player. But that shouldn't hide that his 155 points in 1988-89 are the highest in NHL history by a player not named Gretzky or Lemieux.
8. Dominik Hasek (2014): The ‘Dominator’ was the best regular season goalie in the NHL during a time when defense ruled. Game-stealing goalies are rare, and he was one of them.
17. Brett Hull (2009): Hull was a one-dimensional winger … but what a dimension it was. His ability to simply just score goals was surpassed by just Gretzky and Lemieux.
28. Chris Chelios (2013): Chelios was another ‘dead puck’ relic who shifted his game perfectly when offense gave way to defense. His longevity was something to marvel at playing until he was 48 years old. Chelios played well in the ‘live puck’ era, but his speed just may not be enough for today’s day and age.
29. Paul Coffey (2004): Offensive dynamo and second-highest scoring defenseman in NHL history. His game was hurt by the league’s defensive shift, but would be perfect for today’s more free-flowing systems.
31. Luc Robitaille (2009): The left-winger came out of nowhere with 84 points as a rookie and never stopped scoring. His hand-eye coordination was some of the best the league had ever seen. His skating became good enough to play in any era.
34. Brendan Shanahan (2013): One of the rare power forwards with a super skilled side – still hard to see how he and Mike Keenan never got along – Shanahan helped make the 2004 rule changes, and benefited from them. Still, was never ‘the guy’ on a winning team. Was more just an ancillary part.
36. Larry Murphy (2004): Longevity describes this defenseman. He changed the way he played once he got to Detroit, going from a positionally sound offensive defenseman to a defensive shutdown duo with Nicklas Lidstrom. That being said, Murphy’s lack of skating ability would do him in with the new rules. He may have been a nice piece in the old NHL, but not the new NHL.
37. Mark Howe (2011): Gordie’s son didn't start playing in the NHL until he was 24 years old. But he became a three-time All-Star, and someone many thought should have joined the Hall before 2011. Fast, smooth skater, good offensive instincts. He would be an excellent blueliner in today’s day and age.
39. Dino Cicarelli (2010): Every team needs a guy like Dino. With such an emphasis on skating in today’s game, few players go to the ‘hard areas’ like Cicarelli did. But for a player like him to succeed, you need great point play, and a good center.
My team would always start with Yzerman. Even in today's NHL, Stevie Y's leadership more than makes up for a lack of skating speed with that knee.
I'd take a 40-something Alfie over a few of the forwards on our team (Emmerton, Andersson). I just can't understand people sometimes. Detroit had a terrible year last year, not just Alfie, He never got to click with the team because the team was never fully healthy. It was just a lousy year for the team. And Alfie still put up 49 points in 68 games.
I just don't see many teams buying this technology in the near future. Zamboni's are expensive and are usually good for a long time. Once a team, especially in the lower leagues, has committed to purchasing a Zamboni, they won't need to purchase more ice resurfacing equipment for at least 10-15 years. It makes zero financial sense for many, many teams to purchase this new technology. This is especially true considering that, even though there is a drastic reduction in resurfacing time, the intermission is still 17-18 minutes regardless.
Same here about Charter. Hoping they add this. It's only a 20 minute drive to Van Andel for me to watch the Griffs, but I would love the opportunity sometimes to make that a 0-minute drive by watching on TV
I think Franzen has been pretty good for most of the year. He's been hitting and shooting and playing a good game. He has an A now for a reason. I think he's stepped up well. If he played like this with Z and Pav, it would be amazing to see.
To be fair, Franzen is wearing the A due to attrition. However, I agree that he has stepped up his game and hopefully gets on his "playoff beast-mode" a few weeks early
It's scary enough to see someone get injured physically, but like PredsFan said, when something goes wrong internally and it happens on the bench, that's enough to rip out your heart out with worry. Get well soon!
I just pray they remove the POS-SO skills competition. Yay! Year 'round individual stick and puck! Awesome! Forget all that 65 minutes of team play! I was against it before and nothing will change my mind that the SO is pure garbage. A horrible gimmick that needs to be put down now. Otherwise, the 65 minute game was great!