For the record... and I know I've "seemingly" given the guy some s***, but I hope John Scott destroys Shea Weber in the hardest shot competition.
....and if he doesn't... he grabs him by the head and smashes him against the glass.
I'm looking forward to Big Buff in the fastest skater competition
...and I thought he was in the paczki eating competition!!
The skills comp is always somewhat fun, I'm set up with a few beers ready for this damn thing.
I hope dylarks destroys that speed record.
Brent Burns On John Scott
"What he does is one of the hardest jobs in hockey, everyone on the bench with him gains about 30 lbs and a few inches when he's next to you, and even in the locker room he just makes you comfortable. He's a good guy and probably one of the smartest guys off ice that are here."
I'm a pint of bloody mary and two beers in. Should be great... except I work at 8am.
Which part did you *thumbs up* HM60? Sorry with my x3post/edits. I'm highly manic right now.
I guess I'm just confused as to what makes those thinking he should be suspended a lynch mob?
Because if we want him suspended, we're lumped in the anti-violence/anti-fighting in hockey crue... Not that fighting between players on the ice and crosschecking a linesman have any correlation what-so-ever. ...but even more to the point, isn't that counter-intuitive? If we're all pacifists and we want him justice through suspension... why would we form a inherently violent, vigilante type of operation with torches, pitchforks, etc (aka a lynch mob) to go after Wideman?
When Woods or any other commentator says, "Howard wishes he had that one back." He's talking about *that* goal. Mrazek has "wanted a few back" too. Were they "Jimmy goals" or were they "Petr goals"?
Either way giving up a goal you want back and having a commentator - television, radio, print, interwebz, telegraph operator, semaphore flag waver, etc. say so, isn't the whole sixty minutes wrapped up into a nice package. It's one goal. It's a commentary on one goal.
LGW s***ting on Jimmy and saying so in the GDT because of one bad goal is not an indictment of his overall play either. It's par for the course.
Also, if you know that Jimmy is starting... and we're going to lose...so you don't watch... Don't think we're going to take your non-professional commentary seriously. You didn't watch the game. So you don't know.
Yawn. But whatever...
Opinions are like something something mumble mumble ramble rant...
At the beginning we all were cool with the splitting of games and it was working.
Yes, most of us were and it was... I just hope the way that we feel when Jimmy gets in the net is not how he feels when he gets in the net.
I hate over analyzing every single rush, shot, and goal that comes his way, but here I am doing it.
We can speculate all we like about him losing his way, how he's never going to get it back and what his behaviour and attitude are, but for the team's sake, I hope he can pull it together for the remainder of the season.
When called upon, will get in the net and play his heart and guts out to the best of his ability.
Even when the world will watch and over analyze every single play; I believe he will remain the consummate professional that he is and has been throughout his time here. I don't believe that Jimmy Howard is one to "sulk" about his situation. It is what it is.
...and when the season is over, I hope Howard tells Ken Holland that he would not be upset about being traded and waives or opens up his NTC.
I actually think Holland was right in keeping Kindl at that point in time.
Did he refuse to waive him? Yes. ..but wasn't that the plan all along?
See if you can make a worthwhile trade for him before just tossing him aside?
Later in the year you're looking at the prospect of having a new coach in the coming season; is it better to see if a player like Kindl will pick up his play under that new coach or to waive him without giving him the chance?
See if he's got more value in a trade then?
...and It's not at the expense of your younger players if the plan is to let them over-ripen in the AHL.
He's kinda been doing it for years, so I don't see why we're at all surprised when it happens.
(Nyquist, Tatar, Pulks, Jurcs, the list goes on and on)
I'm not saying it's right or that I agree with it, but there are reasons behind it. It's not Holland being stubborn or not doing anything or really refusing. It's call doing his job in the manner that he sees fit.
Just because we don't happen to like it doesn't mean that it doesn't make sense to the General Manager and his plan.
You're surely welcome to call him out on it, but it's not making and breaking the team.
No GM has any control over being able to get the guys you want to clear waivers to clear and the guys you want to get picked up to get picked up. Case in point: Chicago and Bryan Bickell (not claimed) Viktor Tikhonov (claimed)
guess nobody really wants our scrubs then...here is the sad thing, we've been hindering the young players by playing guys in our NHL roster that nobody else in the NHL would even take for free...why have we been mediocre again?
I don't see how another team not wanting to claim some of our players means that we're hindering our younger players.
Do not forget his hand shuffling the puck in the playoffs vs Tampa from the bench, leading to a penalty.
Time will tell.
So... IN THE PLAYOFFS? How'd we even make it there with Smitty in the lineup? Gee.
I don't want to belabor this point. He makes mistakes. So does every defenseman in the league before, after, and including TPH - Niklas Lidstrom. Saying that Smith alone is going to keep us from the playoffs is hyperbole to the Nth degree.
We know Smith ain't that bad if kip is here to defend the guy!
If Smith is a later bloomer, which I have no idea if he might be (odds say no), I'll project him becoming our best defenseman.
If he's not a late bloomer, I'm guessing he will play a major part in us breaking our playoff streak.
...because Kindl, a late bloomer, who never blossomed and made serious blunders throughout his time with the big club, was a major obstacle every year for the past however many he played during our current playoff streak?
The guy has made some mistakes and may continue to do so, but he's been improving, and playing with more confidence, and he's certainly not going to break the team in half with a few bonehead errors.
People shat on MDZ in a similar manner and now he's gobbling up 20 minutes a night for Philly. His career had been declared dead and look at that zombie go. In a similar fashion, Smitty gets s*** on, probably rightfully so, but like you said BoS he's not half as bad as people make him out to be. He's under the microscope because so many people think that XO or Sproul or Jensen are going to make less mistakes. Which to date, as far as I'm concerned, is an unknown.