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#2132967 3/21 GDT: Penguins 5 at Red Wings 4 (SO)

Posted by achildr1 on 20 March 2011 - 09:45 PM

i'll be at this game. my birthday present game. lets me rephrase that, i hope wings kick ass tommorrow night!!

i wanted to actually see crosby play in detroit, but i can settle for kennedy and fleury

No! It's my Bday present and my birthday!

UK, fun and flightless bird embarrassment!

#2130095 Ville Leino Scores Hat Trick

Posted by achildr1 on 14 March 2011 - 05:53 AM

Bottom line: Leino was terrible with the Wings.

Leino was lazy, small, and given nearly every opportunity to success here. He had the type of season Hudler had most of this year, but without the previous success and fierce comeback after 30 games. He was slow and wasn't physical. He looked out of place, disinterested, and brought practically nothing to the Wings. I'm surprised most of you guys are so vocally distrought, I'd like to see what Leino's reputation with most of LGW was at the time. With the intense Hudler bashing that went on this year, I can imagine Leino got ripped brutally and without remorse.

Want to know who was better with the Wings, is about a 45-50 point player now, was homegrown, was released for nothing at all, and brings a better overall game to the table? Tomas Kopecky. Where's all the seething Kenny bashing for that? I would still rather have Kopecky than Leino, and I don't like either one of them. At least Kopecky will check, fight, and act like he cares here.

Leino isn't good enough to play in our top six. If he was on our third line he probably wouldn't be a 60 point guy. He is essentially Hudler, but not as good, and probably has to play more minutes than Hudler to produce the same amount. Oh, Kenny and most other GM's in the league probably wouldn't trade Filpulla for Leino. For the 15 point drop, Fil brings a much better overall game to the table.

#2120849 Tomas Holmstrom

Posted by achildr1 on 23 February 2011 - 08:11 AM

In the playoffs he always brings it. It's not a red wings playoff game unless homer gets a big goal waived off for a good goal from any other forward in the league

Ahahaha! Yes. Looking forward to incredibly biased officiating this spring!

I'm kinda having a hard time wrapping my head around that we've started a Homlstrom hate thread already.

#2116390 Draper the goal scorer

Posted by achildr1 on 14 February 2011 - 11:24 AM

This guy may be the hardest worker on the team. I am blown away by how well he's playing. He could be 27 years old and there wouldn't be a difference. Its a lot of fun to watch and my hats off to him. If I were Kenny, knowing how Kenny runs the Wings, Draper would be back next year and Emmerton would be traded at the deadline.

#2115589 Isles vs Pens

Posted by achildr1 on 12 February 2011 - 11:54 PM

The suspensions:

Godard PIT - 10 games

Gillies NYI - 9 games (not enough in my mind)

Martin NYI - 4 games

NYI as a whole - $100,000 fine

There was some rampant craziness during this game but Martin's cheapshot was almost a mirror image of Bert's big mistake. Imagine being Bert and seeing this, just because the Pen didn't fall and essentially break his neck, Martin will live life like nothing happened while Bert is forever scarred by his situation.

Gillies is a tool. That showing was disgraceful at best.

#2114227 Trade Deadline and You are GM.

Posted by achildr1 on 10 February 2011 - 01:30 PM

It was his highest total since the lockout due to the fact he was playing healthy instead of constantly being either out of the lineup or having just returned from an injury. As for Stuart's defense last year and this year, you are seriously off-base. He has been at his worst defensively of any point as a Red Wing. Compare his play this year, on the defensive side only, to what he looked like in 2008 or 2009. It's not even close.

Stuart right now is no better than Lilja. He's no more physical, no more productive offensively, and blocks fewer shots. Maybe we could trade Stuart for Lilja?

If Stuart was playing anywhere near the close to uselessness Lilja provided, there'd be a bounty on his head. (Even considering the suspect Lilja love affairs! :P) LGW'ers don't ignore a bad cap hit when they see it. Its comments like that that cause me to forget any shred of a logical point that you sometimes almost seem to make. Very Mindfly-esque.

Stuart knows what his size, skates, and stick are for, things Lilja was oblivious to.

#2111674 Trade Deadline and You are GM.

Posted by achildr1 on 07 February 2011 - 09:34 AM

That was just a touch unnecessary don't ya think?

Anyways,...If Ozzie is done for the year we need a better back up,..stupid islanders.

I 2nd everything you said.

#2111633 Trade Deadline and You are GM.

Posted by achildr1 on 07 February 2011 - 07:03 AM

Look man, I figured you'd get mad. Sorry, but your ideas just aren't realistic. If that's what YOU want, great. But if this thread goes anywhere I'd be willing to bet the majority of posters would not only give an emphatic NO to the idea of trading 2 1st round picks in any one deal, let alone for a third line center. I don't believe Tallon will get that, let alone your type deal, from anyone for Weiss. He's just simply not worth it. As a note, I've heard Weiss's name in rumours too, wasn't saying he wouldn't be dealt.

Campoli is an offensive minded 5th or 6th d-man on this team. Not worth a 2nd. Carkner would cost less, or the same (not a 2nd) and bring something we don't have.

I hold true to that, if we get nothing else at the deadline, we will most likely aquire a goaltender.

Edit: If we trade 2, 1st round picks in any deal it will almost certainly be/should be towards Nick's replacemant.

As well, I think FLA's trade block looks like: McCabe, Olesz, Vokoun, Clemmanson, Stillman, Weiss.

#2110475 At any moment... in any game...

Posted by achildr1 on 05 February 2011 - 11:37 AM


That commercial is certainly suspect. It's also curious that of all our players, Jimmy would have a commercial.

Here's my beef, we have been trashing Howard the last two months. With more than one member essentially calling for his head. Jimmy is not playing great, that's for sure. Now the "Osgood is going to save the world" posters ar coming out. None of our goalies have been exceptional or game-stealing this year. Can we please give this kid a break. The Red Wings have almost never played in front of Howard the kind of defensive hockey that they're capable of. Howard didn't play in '08 when we iced the best team I've ever seen. But, Howard showed that he is capable of stealing games and carrying this team during a season where we seen more adversity than we have in 15 years. He let in some soft goals in the playoffs, but terrible officiating and inconsistant play cost us more. He started this year strong but has been inconsistent since. If the playoffs started today, I would not be comfortable with Howard as our starter, i might even give JMac the nod. That said, Howard has the highest GAA of any goalie over the last few seasons that's played a significant number of games for the Wings...except for OSGOOD! Howard, at very least, has been a decent/adequate starter, while Osgood has made a career out of being a DECENT goalie.

Osgood is has a long history of giving up the untimely and soft goals that Howard is getting flack for, as well as recently giving up goals in which he has seemed to forget where he's even suppossed to be in the net positionally. While Ozzie has had playoff success (with 08 and 09 possibly being the best he's ever played), I personally can count the number of times that he has undeniably "stolen" games, on one hand. Last year, I watched Howard play Hart Trophy hockey for three months while we iced the Grand Rapids Griffins. He has been replaced before, arguably because he isn't/wasn't a frontline starter. His best numbers/best season were in a season where our defence was the best I've ever seen and he only played half the games.

On top of all this, until late last season when he apparently concedied to the fact that it wasn't doing him any good, he openly complained to the media about how his play wasn't his fault. Whether it was his defence not playing well, not getting enough games in a row, or Babcock's personal mission to destroy his career and confidance (ala Mike Commodore), he just wouldn't take responsibility. That's un-Red Wing like, and I'd bet if he wasn't Chris Osgood, because of his play and attitude he would have been gone already.

Ozzie has gave us some great memories and deserves his place in Wings history. I don't hate Osgood, I just don't have the same unrealistic view of what he is as a goaltender as some. I believe it should be a certainty, with his level of play and recent injury, that he does not start in the playoffs. Going by the Nabokov saga and Holland's pedigree, I imagine he agrees. My point is, judging by what we've seen of Howard so far in his career, he has a good chance of being a decent/adequate goalie in the mode of LGW's favorite 1B goalie and he is as good of a decision for the playoffs as an aging, hurt, and inconsistant Chris Osgood. All I'm calling for is a little more patience with Jimmy and some concession to the fact that Osgood isn't the answer this year either.

Note: Here's to hoping McCullom or Mrazek turn out to be bonafide big time goalies.

#2107801 Observations from March 26th, 1997

Posted by achildr1 on 31 January 2011 - 08:37 PM

It's like my Sakic comment above. I think Sakic got a penalty, for tripping, but only after he essentially butt-ended, interfered with, then literally held Yzerman with his arm, before Yzerman fell. The penalty's weren't really called unless the transgression was pretty blatent. Lots of hooking and holding.

#2107776 Observations from March 26th, 1997

Posted by achildr1 on 31 January 2011 - 07:33 PM

2nd period.

Foote/Shanahan, again. PASS guy - "that took exactly four seconds" This makes me miss what Shanahan brought to our team.

19:25 - 2 on 1, Sandstrom and Federov, Federov scores like Roy is a child.

LaPointe attacks Kieth Jones, gets the only penalty. Shanahan, McCarty, LaPointe and maybe more in the box...

Kamensky scores again, on the PP. Colorado has like five or six 20+ goal scorers, headed by...wait for it...Adam Deadmarsh. Ozolinsh leads all d-man in goals.

Yzerman is intense, he probably doesn't smile until we win.

Kozlov and LaPointe 2 on 1. LaPointe scores on a beautiful saucer pass from Slava.

Keane/Holmstrom - Keane was wailin' , Ward/Severyn - Severyn is a beast. Mickey - "What a donney brook!"

It's only been four minutes into the 2nd.
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#2107765 Observations from March 26th, 1997

Posted by achildr1 on 31 January 2011 - 07:13 PM

I decided to pull out the dvd of the game, watching it again. Here are some of my observations of a great hockey game...

Pushor vs. Severyn - Pushor has no idea what he's doing. Severyn starts it but Jamie doesn't get much but thrown to the ice.

Sakic butt ends and holds Yzerman blatently then trips him...old time hockey?

Federov is on defence. He goes end to end like his first name's Bobby. Oh, and he stands out kinda like Datsyuk does now, its wild to see these guys in their primes again.

Valerie Kamensky scores the first goal. Beautiful, top shelf one-timer off the draw.

A big scrum a few minutes later leads to a tussle between Maltby and Corbet. Maltby was theoretically 'fighting'...weird. The highlight: Murphy and Kieth Jones wrestling a bit. FSN vs Versus!

Apparently Colorado had won the last four And seven of nine.

The guy doing the game with Mickey on PASS sports is annoying.

Almost all of our players could hit and fight. Konstantinov, Pushor, Shanahan, Ward, Knuble, LaPointe, McCarty, Maltby...

Holmstrom #15

Knuble's 1st NHL game.

Then IT happens...
I'm still blown away that Forsberg/Larionov sets it off. The play by play guy is talking like its no big deal throughout. Mickey hasn't said anything halfway through, wth. McCarty knees Lemieux in the head when he's on the boards. Vernon/Roy is vicious. I love the off their feet hit between Shanahan and Roy. Kamensky and Lidstrom had each other, never knew that.

Marc Crawford looks like he's 27. Vernon's helmet is classic.

Deadmarsh/Konstantinov. A whole :30 seconds later. Mickey: "Sticks, gloves, arms, elbows up..."

And that was just the first period!!!

#2107614 Nabokov claimed by NYI, refuses to report, suspended

Posted by achildr1 on 31 January 2011 - 12:28 PM

Like I said, I understand Nabby not wanting to play there, but this isn't Snow just doing this to screw him over. Their goaltending situation is bad. They basically have Dipietro who is a china doll, a shaky minor leaguer, and a young prospect. They don't want to throw the prospect and have him get shelled on a crappy team.

Dipietro will very likely get injured again in some way, and there is still almost a half a season left to play. No, they're not going to make the playoffs, but as GM I get that he wants to at least ice a competitive team so the fans that do come have something to watch.

Holland likely made this move because of Osgood's injury and Jimmy's less than stellar play. So he picks up a solid goalie at bargain basement prices. That's pretty much the same reasons Snow claimed him, minus the playoff situation. Roloson was a salary dump, but by claiming Nabby Snow just replaced him with a comparable goaltender but significantly cheaper. And unless Jimmy started sucking, he's the starting goaltender here in Detroit, but Nabokov sounds almost as if he expected to be the starter. He'd very likely be riding the pine here come playoff time.

Sucks for Nabokov, but Snow is doing this for reasons other than to screw with his career, and it's allowed in the rules.

Here's my problem, because obviously Snow did nothing wrong in terms of the rules

Hockey, just like any other business, has "guidelines" apart from the rules. If you want to be a well respected franchise where players will want to come and play their best, you have to act a certain way in business, considering all sides of a matter...

1. Players who sign a deal with a contender, halfway through the NHL season, who are 35 plus years old and haven't won a cup, probably don't want to play on a team that has already forfieted their season, traded veterans, been a perennial bottom feeder, continuesly ran into the ground, and is essentially certain to miss the playoffs.
a. Considering above, player may not report when claimed.
b. By not reporting, he makes said team look even worse in the media.

2. By claiming said player, you may: Instantly create an unhealthy relationship with the player, agent, agents other clients, signing team, or all. (Very much like Offer Sheets for RFA's)

3. By doing so you may: Confirm to the entire NHL community (again), on a large media scale mind you, exactly what kind of short sighted hockey operations decisions (Yashin trade and signing and releasing, Luongo trade, DiPietro signing, etc.) got you to be in the predicament you're in to begin with.
a. Repercussions include, but not limited to: even less ticket sales, corporate sponsership, or new fans.

Of course we don't expect anything different from them. But that doesn't excuse Snow from a little bit of responsibility for his short sighted actions. I still blame him because its a bad PR decision that is a huge high-risk, low reward move.

Some unlearned fan somewhere is saying, "Geez, what kind of smart, successful, business and personal relations trained GM would do such a thing?" And we all laugh and shrug our shoulders, trying to make them look as big as a certain late '90's back-up goaltender from the Flyers. A 'tender who's rags to more rags story has uninspired us all and left us wishing Mike Milbury would return to bring the Isle's back to their former glory!

#2104353 Who is the most hated man on LGW?

Posted by achildr1 on 24 January 2011 - 02:12 PM

How is Brett Lebda not on this list?

If we took Mindfly out and replaced him with Lebda we'd have a hatred power play...

Hudler. Crosby. Lemieux
Lebda. Williams

#2104314 Who is the most hated man on LGW?

Posted by achildr1 on 24 January 2011 - 01:26 PM

Currently: Jiri Hudler.

Can we start a thread called "Least talented player LGWers have a love affair with?"