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Booster313

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#2266939 What do you think needs to be done to fix the PP/PK

Posted by Booster313 on 05 March 2012 - 07:08 PM

Bring back #13...


#2205204 Tim Thomas Corn Maze

Posted by Booster313 on 26 August 2011 - 09:59 AM

Better than the ones the aliens make!


#2160107 2011 Round 2 Photoshop War: San Jose Sharks

Posted by Booster313 on 28 April 2011 - 05:35 PM

Really wish I could participate in this round.

For the next week I will be in between swamped with schematic drawings, working full time, and structural projects, so I may not be able to get to making anything till game 4 at the earliest.

Glad to see Sharks fans coming in here with their work. Always love a good competition.


Then plan on something with a broom. ;)


#2156444 Money On The Board - Playoff Style

Posted by Booster313 on 22 April 2011 - 03:12 PM

So to make it sure, more goals against for the Wings = more donation? Lol are you playing that evil? :)


Yeah to be honest I am hoping to donate around 100.00 total for all four rounds we are going to win this year. So if Jimmy can post between a 2.00 and 2.50 per series I'll be happy, and sprinkle in some shutouts!


#2146320 Money On The Board - Playoff Style

Posted by Booster313 on 11 April 2011 - 11:10 AM

I like this idea... Does it go to the Detroit Childrens Hospital?

For every series the Wings win I will give 10x whatever Jimmy's playoff GAA is at the end and an extra dollar for every shutout he had in the previous series.


#2141526 If there was one F/D/G you could add to the team, who would it be?

Posted by Booster313 on 03 April 2011 - 07:22 PM

Forward: Steven Stamkos: He is one of the best offensive forwards in the game. I thought about Crosby and Ovechkin but both of them are too high profile. I would prefer they stay where they have carved out identities, because of the smaller market Stamkos coming to the Wings doesn't seem as unnatural. I also thought about Skinner but he is still too unproven.

Defense: Drew Doughty: This was a tough call, but his age and the ability to mold him into Lidstrom 2.0 while playing a year or two with him tipped the scale vs Weber.

Goalie: Bryzgalov: I think he is as good as any goalie in the league and he knows what it takes to win from being on the Ducks team. He would be a great complement to Jimmy.


#2139892 Datsyuk and Howard both have setbacks

Posted by Booster313 on 01 April 2011 - 10:45 AM

Am I the only one that thinks you shouldn't make jokes about a players health?


#2120291 Chris Chelios Article

Posted by Booster313 on 22 February 2011 - 02:29 PM

The stories of bending cards and everything like that is true, I saw him do it first hand to a kid and the kid cried his eyes out. Yeah he helped win us the cup I will give you that, but ever since I saw that s*** I have never liked him. He is cocky too if you remember him doing the broadcasts on NBC for that one year where he was trashing Ray Ferarro and his career to Ray Ferarro in the intermission reports, and whatnot. Moral of the story is he is a far cry from his old man.


My experience with Brett was far different, and I don't think Chelios really has an issue with him because, when I met them they were hanging out together at Cheli's restaurant in Dearborn. (along with Shanahan and Tkchuck) We caught Brett walking thru the lobby, my buddy had just gotten back from Iraq. Brett invited us both in Chelios's private room where we met the rest of the players, they signed autographs and took pictures. Very nice.


#2102377 Nabokov claimed by NYI, refuses to report, suspended

Posted by Booster313 on 21 January 2011 - 10:56 PM

^^^^ right it's not about Howard vs Osgood vs Nabakov. It's adding a piece the the puzzle that can help the team.


#2102368 Nabokov claimed by NYI, refuses to report, suspended

Posted by Booster313 on 21 January 2011 - 10:49 PM

I will have to wait another 13hrs or so until I find the answer... Not expecting much. I think I will drink and wake up at about 11:30.


#2102300 Nabokov claimed by NYI, refuses to report, suspended

Posted by Booster313 on 21 January 2011 - 09:14 PM

If Nabokov clears Waivers, and ends up in Detroit...

AND if he's allowed to even compete for the Starting role, let alone win it from Howard....

That's proof positive that Babcock is a liar with his "Howie is our Starter. We're going to ride him." schtick, and that his bias against Osgood was personal.

Just as some here have opined.


No offense but Ozzie has been given an opportunity this year and played pretty decent and if he wasn't injured he'd probably still be playing. As far as Nabby bs Ozzie... Nabby has been the better goalie for most of the last 10 years accept one season,


#2102071 Nabokov claimed by NYI, refuses to report, suspended

Posted by Booster313 on 21 January 2011 - 04:22 PM

Philly and Vancouver do get a chance... EVERY team gets a chance to claim him. OT doesn't matter the Red Wings place in the standings, remove them rank the other 29 teams opposite the standings and that's the waiver order.


#2101575 Nabokov claimed by NYI, refuses to report, suspended

Posted by Booster313 on 21 January 2011 - 12:23 AM

I feel like I need a PhD to understand this s***... I am just going to wait and see...


#2100579 Wings Negotiating w/ Nabokov

Posted by Booster313 on 20 January 2011 - 02:43 PM

I think if this deal goes down Holland has a trade in place with whatever lower ranked team might claim him.


#2096359 Joey MacDonald

Posted by Booster313 on 12 January 2011 - 02:14 PM

Howard needs breaks for his head more than his body. As much as it'd be easy to pin some of this stuff on the physical toll of overplaying, I stand by the opinion that the mental toll is far more of an issue right now. He played this much and more last year and never flinched. He didn't flinch until the reality of being the starting goalie really set in come playoff time. It's carried into this season as well especially as the season's gone on. The guy has got the skills to be a starter, no doubt about it, but rushing him into it obviously hasn't done him any favors.

Look at the last few games and the outcomes for him. In Vancouver, he wasn't expecting to start and got surprised, and on top of that, with all of our injuries and the Canucks recent strong play, most were expecting us to lose. He was facing a different kind of pressure than usual and he responded exceedingly well. Might that not also be compared to last year when no one expected him to be the starter and he basically just fell into it when Osgood went down? He's just out there playing last year, just like he was out there playing Saturday night.

Compare that to last night and countless other games lately. He comes in clearly as the starter and struggles. He looks frazzled, he gets no bounces. Sure, last night and many other times he didn't get any help and the level of blatant softies is not at all equivalent to the goals against numbers, but does anyone honestly think that the Howard we saw Saturday night and the Howard we saw the majority of the regular season last year would give up 4 goals against of any nature in the first 15 minutes? No way.

And to make the point clear, compare Howard's time in net last night to Macdonald's. Macdonald wasn't given many new favors, but he went in with no pressure. You're already down 4-1 and you're just the Grand Rapids call up. This game isn't likely to add a loss to your record let alone is anyone going to hold it against you. He was just a kid out there playing hockey. It made a big difference, and let's be clear, Joey Macdonald may be a good kid, sure, but does anyone really believe that he's 1/10th the goalie Howard is? Of course not. Well, I hope not. I have one word for you if you do: Legace.

Jimmy looked like a different goalie in the playoffs. The calm, loose demeanor on his face showed more frustration and fear. He also played like a different goalie. This year, it's no different; he just looks more and more scared and frustrated out there as the season's gone on. Again, we know he's physically and technically capable of being a great goalie. He's been given time off to relax, rest and work with Bedard. But upon returning, he still allows 4 goals against early on in a game. He finished strong, but it was too little too late. Next game he plays great when he wasn't expecting to play at all. The following game, back to Jimmy having to be the starter again and suddenly it's 5 goals in 15 minutes.

And it's not that Jimmy Howard should have stopped those 4 goals last night, it's that he's more than capable of stopping 3-4 of those goals and he simply isn't these days. Again, this isn't a physical thing, nor is it a new thing. Just look at the last 2 months to see the pattern. I really believe that the only logical explanation is that Howard's mental game is a mess right now. As I've been saying since last year, I just think we put too much on him too early. The mental element of being a starting NHL goalie is not something that's learned overnight or in a rookie season. It takes time. He hasn't been given that time and I believe that to be the reason he's now faltering.

All that to say, I have plenty of faith in Jimmy Howard's ability to be a solid if not great NHL starting goalie. Unfortunately though, I have more than a few doubts about the Wings management being able to reverse what they've done and get him back on a developmental path that will allow him to have a career in this league as opposed to becoming yet another goalie living up to the cliche of "great rookie year followed by sophomore slump." Babcock and/or Holland seemed to be realizing the need to give him some space to relax, watch and work on his game lately, and I hope that despite Osgood going down, they try to keep up with it a bit. I'd rather lose some games with Macdonald to help Howard long-term rather than continue to burn him out early. It'd just be an absolute shame to if we drove him to the point of no return.

And if you don't believe it's possible, just look at the long list of young goalies who have 1-2 strong years before crumbling into mediocrity and oftentimes falling out of the league. Some struggle with injuries, some with consistency, some get burned out, some crumble under pressure while some just make no sense any way you look at it.

Just to name a few...

Brian Boucher, Roman Turek, Corey Hirsch, Blaine Lacher, Roman Cechmanek, Darren Pang (Calder finalist) and last but certainly not least, the king of the one season wonders, Jim Carey.

How's Steve Mason's (Calder winner) career going? How about Pascal Leclaire? Where's Martin Gerber playing now?

And how many other goalies didn't come out of the gates looking like stars only to eventually develop into solid NHL goalies?

Hell, Hasek was a backup for 3 seasons before he ever got a chance to be a starter. And he started in the NHL at 25 too. Who's to say whether Hasek could've done all that he did if he had to carry the starter weight early? Maybe he would've been fine, but maybe he would've crumbled under the pressure. Only one thing can be said for certain: sitting back and watching other successful, proven starters do it for a few years certainly didn't hurt him. Not one bit.



I agree that some of Howard's lapses could be attributed to rookie mental mistakes, but I think they are few and far between. Howard has shown plenty of poise, I think you are fishing for a problem that simply doesn't exist. Even the greatest goalies had bad games or bad stretches we measure success in seasons not in games. Howard has had 1.5 seasons to evaluate him on and so far is deserving of a B+. Let's see how he finishes this year before we start worrying about if rushing him took a toll on his development or not.