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#2578307 LeBrun: Babcock for COY and Holland for GMOY

Posted by toby91_ca on 04 March 2015 - 05:45 PM

Pierre LeBrun is a Canadian and TSN guy who happens to contribute articles to ESPN....he's legit...wouldn't write it off just because it's from ESPN.



#2577612 Is East just as good or better than West this year?

Posted by toby91_ca on 02 March 2015 - 01:58 PM

Wings are 16-3-3 against the West, Rangers are 13-3-5 and Pens are 12-4-2.

#2577431 Is East just as good or better than West this year?

Posted by toby91_ca on 02 March 2015 - 12:40 PM

Since trades are at a bit of a lull right now...


The top 6 teams in the East are all over 80 points and only 3 teams in the West are at that level.  Is this mostly due to more high end and low end teams in East vs. more parity in the West?


For what it's worth, East vs. West games have been almost a dead heat....with the West having a very slightly better win percentage (175-130-42 for East vs. West and 181-140-35 for West vs. East).


Maybe it's just me....but I haven't really noticed any big and scary, consistently dominating West teams yet this year.  Nashville is the obvious team to point to (1st overall), but for some reason I just don't see them as dominating....maybe that's just history and I'll just need to get used to it...we'll see.

#2577328 Lindros suing Paul Stewart

Posted by toby91_ca on 02 March 2015 - 11:06 AM

If the story written is untrue, I can understand the lawsuit.  I'm sure Stewart thinks it's true, but it's very dangerous to publish stories that you are hearing second hand...so he's finding that out.


However, if I'm Eric, my guess is the lawsuit has more to do with Stewart than the actual story.....since, the lawsuit is bringing a lot more eyes and attention to the story than would have by just having the story out there. 

#2575621 Zetterberg leaves after 2nd Period; "upper body injury"

Posted by toby91_ca on 27 February 2015 - 01:59 PM

I'm not sure how anyone could even consider giving Benn supplemental discipline for that.  If I were the ref and watching the whole play, I'd give them both two minutes, Z for holding or interference and Benn for roughing.  Normally in these incidents though, it either goes totally unnoticed (no one gets called) or they call the roughing as they are following the puck off the draw and aren't paying attention to the interference.


This was in no way a sucker punch in my book.  Z was tying him up, he made a forearm push to get free, which didn't work and then punched him in the head.  A sucker punch would be when a player is just standing there and a guy punches him for no reason.  Z was tying him up and Benn was trying to get away.  That same play probably happens, on average, 5-10 times in every game....it just happened to have a bad outcome here.

#2565425 New Zealand and South African Hockey?

Posted by toby91_ca on 21 January 2015 - 12:52 PM

While Kolzig and Coetzee were both born in SA, I think it's a bit of a stretch to suggest that SA produced those players.  Kolzig moved to Canada when he was 3 and Coetzee moved to Canada when he was 4.

#2560816 Randy Carlyle relieved of his duties by Leafs

Posted by toby91_ca on 06 January 2015 - 09:41 AM

There has been talk of Babcock in Toronto, but just talk, certainly nothing of substance behind it.  This firing doesn't make me think it's any more likely though, makes me think the opposite actually.  If the plan was really in place to try and bring Babcock in as coach, you'd think they'd keep Randy for the rest of the year and then replace him in the off-season.  Now, they will need to bring in someone else, who I'm sure wouldn't be planned to just be around for half a season.

#2555070 It's gotta be asked....What's up with Hank?

Posted by toby91_ca on 09 December 2014 - 11:36 AM

It may be tough to admit, but I think both D and Z are beyond their prime years.  Both will still have stretches of greatness, but I don't think either would sustain for a real lengthy period of time.  It's just the way things work. 

#2554816 Jonathan Bernier - Nelson Mandela Comments

Posted by toby91_ca on 08 December 2014 - 11:52 AM

The issue isn't really that he had no clue who Mandela was.  While that is crazy to think, not totally unbelievable as a lot of these guys would have been totally focused on their crafts from a very young age...spending little to no time staying up on current events.


So, he'd get a pass from me for not knowing.  The issue I have is that he was attending a red carpet type event honoring an individual....you'd think he'd take a few minutes to understand the guy he was going to honor.  On top of that, he made it worse by trying to make something up to avoid embarrassment.

#2549180 Malkin hit on Girardi

Posted by toby91_ca on 16 November 2014 - 11:01 AM

I don't mind the scuffle at all....who cares of it's dirty or clean?  You don't want your players getting drilled like that.  If Crosby got lit up like that on a perfectly clean hit, if there is no response, then I can easily write that team off as having no chance of success.

#2548719 A couple of misses....

Posted by toby91_ca on 13 November 2014 - 09:29 AM

If you bring up Goodrow's offensive stats as a good argument for him, then it's really a non-starter.  He only got to over 1ppg in his 5th year in the league at the age of 21.  Normally, guys at that age, in that league, are dominating.....oh, and they aren't going very far either because if they were, they wouldn't still be in junior.


Now, that doesn't mean he won't or can't be an effective NHLer, but I can certainly see why he wasn't drafted and if he were to do well, it would be in spite of how he did in junior.  I definitely would not point to his goal scoring in junior as an argument to why he might have some upside.

#2548582 Ranking Wings Players by Draft Order

Posted by toby91_ca on 11 November 2014 - 03:32 PM

You won't find many teams with their best players picked so low because most teams best players are a lot younger, so it would be tough for a very low pick to be such an impact player that quickly.  It was 3 years after they were drafted before either Datsyuk, or Zetterberg would play in the NHL....Datsyuk was also already 20 when he was drafted.  Most of the top players these days are in the NHL the year after they are drafted with the elite of elite making it the year of their draft.


I think size has been a big issue over the years, especially in the 80s....you find several examples of hall of famers that were drafted very low or not at all.  Today's game is more about speed than size, but size is still very important (just not as important as it was 30 years ago).


Also impacting drafting with non-North American players was whether they would ever come to play....so you'd see guys like Fedorov and Lidstrom drafted so low because it was a risk to take them, much different now.


I think size was the issue for both Datsyuk and Zetterberg.  Datsyuk was always seen as flashy, but I know I questioned whether he had what it took to be an effective NHLer.  There have been dazzling stickhandlers in the past, but that's not what will make you a great player in the NHL...so there was a bit of that with him.


Then, there's always the excuse that the draft is a crapshoot most of the time when you are trying to project guys who are only 18.  There are rarely sure bets.

#2542793 Toronto Radio: Illitch is selling everything and Babs will be Leafs GM

Posted by toby91_ca on 21 October 2014 - 11:01 AM

I'm not ready to give Yzerman too much credit yet for any of Tampa's success.  He's been there for 4 years, the first year they went to the conference finals, but not much of that was due to anything Yzerman did, it was mostly due to the play of St. Louis and Stamkos.  The second year he was there they missed the playoffs.  The third year he was there they missed the playoffs.  The fourth year he was there they were eliminated in the first round.


I think they are starting to come around now, but again, that's more to do with Stamkos' maturation as well as Hedman starting to come into his own as well (both of whom were drafted before Yzerman came around).

#2538821 23 man roster set... say hi to your 2014/15 Wings

Posted by toby91_ca on 07 October 2014 - 02:49 PM

Interesting that Holland has so much power here.  Maybe it's changed over the years, but I would have thought that the coach is the guy that ultimately picks the roster and the GM would source the players.  Obviously both would have input on both processes, but in this case, looks like it's almost like Holland brings the players to camp and selects the 23 that will be on the roster and then Babcock is free to choose the 20 that dress every night.


I'm sure Babcock has more influence than that though....no way he'd stick around if he didn't.

#2538641 Datsyuk to play Thursday? Weiss to be a healthy scratch?

Posted by toby91_ca on 06 October 2014 - 08:19 PM

One of the dumbest things I've ever read:



Detroit finished 16th last season in both goals-for per-game (2.65) and total goals scored (217)