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#2387700 The Race for Eight: Blue Jackets, Stars, Wings

Posted by toby91_ca on 22 April 2013 - 12:17 PM


Because I'm a Wings fan?


You're a parent. I dunno if you really are or not. (I'm not.) But, you're a parent. And you've got a kid. And this kid, well, he f***s up. A lot. And he's in deep. And some days, you catch yourself wishing he was never born.


But, at the end of the day, he's your kid. And you stand by him.


Doesn't mean you have to like his s***, though.

Quite possibly the worst analogy ever.  If a person catches themselves wishing their son/daughter was never born....then I'd say something is seriously wrong with that individual.

#2386730 Putting Hank's goal scoring problems into perspective.

Posted by toby91_ca on 19 April 2013 - 11:57 AM


I think it is just magnified when the team as a whole is not scoring goals. When your team isn't scoring, you look to your top guys.


And I guess the reality is this: he has nearly a point per game and is in the top 15 (?) in league scoring, and yet this team needs MORE from him. That probably says more about the team itself than Hank.

Datsyuk is 21st in league scoring and Zetterberg is 30th.  If you think about it, that's much better than what the average team has.  Problem is that the Wings probably have more below average players than average or above average.

#2386702 Putting Hank's goal scoring problems into perspective.

Posted by toby91_ca on 19 April 2013 - 09:54 AM

He's got 4 fewer goals and 3 fewer points than Datsyuk.  Neither are exploding with offense, but I think neither are the problem either.  If you are asking more form them, you are probably asking too much.  Datsyuk is producing at pretty much the same rate as he did last year and Hank is actually up a bit from last year (points perspective, goals only very slightly down).  Did a lot think they should have produced more last year and hope this year was better?  Perhaps, but that may be unrealistic as well....they are only getting older.

#2382771 Why do you cheer for the Red Wings?

Posted by toby91_ca on 10 April 2013 - 01:40 PM

I became a fan of the team for the dumbest reason ever probably.  I grew up in Nova Scotia where most people are either Toronto, Montreal or Boston fans.  My dad is a Montreal fan, but he isn't really big into sports in general, so I didn't really have an influence there (not sure why I'm so big into sports and my dad not).  I began playing hockey at a young age in the 80s and loved the Oilers and Mark Messier, can't remember why, but mostly likely picked it up from friends of mine and they were the powerhouse team at the time. 


When I got a bit older, I started collecting hockey cards, like a lot of people at the time.  One of the cards I had was a 1990-91 Fedorov RC.  It was worth a lot compared to most of the cards in that collection, so I figured, if he plays well, the card will be worth more money and I started cheering for him and the Wings at the same time (back in 1990 I guess).  I was only big into collecting cards for 2-3 years, but that's what got me into cheering for the Wings over 20 years ago.

#2382171 57.6%

Posted by toby91_ca on 08 April 2013 - 08:27 AM

Very difficult to look at that in isolation and consider there to be some sort of depth problem.  Think about it this way: Datsyuk is on the 1st line, Zetterberg is on the second line....so, the 1st and 2nd line are combining for 57% of the scoring....so 43% for the 3rd and 4th lines.   Looking at it that way makes the percentage look really good from a depth perspective.


I know you can't look at like that, just pointing out that it is not that simple just to look at the stat the way it has been done in this thread either.

#2375786 Iginla Traded to Pittsburgh

Posted by toby91_ca on 29 March 2013 - 07:59 AM

No, Calgary had a deal in place with Boston, Calgary thought they were trading him there and Boston thought they were getting him.  Iginla chose Pittsburgh instead, it was that simple and was communicated clearly as such straight from Calgary GM and Boston GM. 

The deal fall threw, because Feaster wanted Subban and Chiarelli didn't want to trade him is my guess. Which is just stupid if you ask me, the guy is from Montreal so there is no way, he is going to re-sign with Boston once his ELC is up.

#2363327 Alexei Kovalev to be bought out but FLA

Posted by toby91_ca on 01 March 2013 - 05:17 PM

I love it, Tootoo gets penalties for playing hockey, Datsyuk gets a penalty for falling, Crosby gets to do whatever he wants like a spoiled brat, people get "instigator" penalties for even talking about fighting... I heard they are trying to introduce a triple spin swan dive as well...

Why the baseless type comments?  Where are the bad calls on Tootoo?  Where is the video showing Datsyuk getting a penalty for falling down?  What are the things Crosby is able to do?


Pittsburgh has had 85 power plays so far this year and have had to kill 85 penalties.  By comparison, Detroit has had 90 power plays and and has had to kill 84 penalties.  Does that really show anything?  Not really, but it's better than simply spouting off comments.


I'd love to see the video of the call on Datsyuk though because I've seen several of the same calls this year.

#2359282 How much of the current trouble is attributable to injuries?

Posted by toby91_ca on 22 February 2013 - 07:36 AM

Very, very little.  I don't think they'd be doing much better with everyone healthy...that's normally how things work out.  When injuries occur, other players step up.

#2348145 OHL vs. College Hockey Quality?

Posted by toby91_ca on 28 January 2013 - 12:45 PM

The average US college team or average Cdn University team would probably beat the average CHL team, but the best players still go through the CHL.  It is tough to compare because the biggest difference that people need to consider is that the players in the CHL are probably, on average, at least 2-3 years younger than college players.

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#2345825 Schenn suspended 1 game for a clean hit

Posted by toby91_ca on 24 January 2013 - 12:19 PM

SHoudl have been a 2 minute penalty or the refs just let it go cause it was borderline, to start suspending guys for hits like this is a slippery slope.

The refs let it go because they screwed up, didn't see it, whatevere.  Slippery slope is a nice buzz word and all, but there is no "slippery slope" here.  You can't jump and hit guys in the head....period.  It's pretty black and white really.


On Tootoo's hit, I'd have to look at it again to see if it was charging, but I'd lean towards no.  He didn't skate from the other side of the ice to make the hit and he didn't leave his feet.  What is for sure, it wasn't boarding.  He didn't hit a defenseless player.  You'll never see a boarding call when  player get hits squarely in the chest, it will come from hits from behind, to the side, etc.

#2345635 Schenn suspended 1 game for a clean hit

Posted by toby91_ca on 23 January 2013 - 09:30 PM

I understand why some people have a problem with the suspension, but they need to get over it and understand that you can't hit like that.  It really isn't that difficult to avoid.  The video even acknowledges that players will leave their feet sometimes on natural follow through, but he clearly went airborn long before contact.


If the shoulder went into his chest, it would simply be a 2 minute minor for charging.  Since it made contact with the head, it's a suspension.  Simple as that really.

#2344527 KHL develops new system for deciding draft picks

Posted by toby91_ca on 22 January 2013 - 01:25 PM

Honestly, I hate the idea.

#2342866 The Ken Holland Quote Thread

Posted by toby91_ca on 20 January 2013 - 11:58 PM

"it's time to get younger and draft a guy in the top 5 for the first time since Yzerman, and not give Yzerman our 1st rounder to make Tampa better."

A guy not named Joe Murphy or Keith Primeau that is.

#2340529 Regular Season Record Predictions!

Posted by toby91_ca on 16 January 2013 - 09:18 AM

28 - 14 - 6  62 Points should be good enough to make the playoffs as a 7/8 seed

I'd think 62 points would be closer to 2 or 3 seed, that's the equivalent of a 106 point full season.

#2339701 Kovalchuk says he may stay in KHL

Posted by toby91_ca on 13 January 2013 - 02:00 AM

these guys are the 1 % best hockeyplayers on the planet.

top 1% probably isn't the best statement since they are really the top, approximately, 1/500th of a precent.