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In Topic: ESPN Future Power Rankings: Red Wings #2

20 September 2013 - 08:24 PM

“Like Chicago, the Red Wings have done a good job drafting without the benefit of lottery picks"


*lol*  Because the Blackhawks didn't benefit from lottery pick charity... Let's pretend their last two Cups weren't won on the backs of their back-to-back 3rd overall and 1st overall draft picks (Toews/Kane).

In Topic: Gustav Nyquist (whats next)

16 September 2013 - 08:35 AM

well so much for Nyquist taking a huge step forward this season..


lol  Do you really think Holland plans on burying Nyquist in the minors for very long?  He's just making room so he can get a trade done for one of the veterans.  This is 100% about asset management.  Holland of all people wants Nyquist to play as much time in Detroit as possible.  Think of it this way-- it'll be easier to find a trade partner once Bert and Sammy have a chance to show that they can still play and other teams find the need to add a veteran due to injuries.  At this point in the season every organization is busy evaluating their young talent going into the pre-season.


It's in Holland's best interests to make sure the Wings' young talent has the optimal environment to thrive. 

In Topic: Oilers Headcoach Dallas Eakins removing past pictures

16 September 2013 - 08:29 AM

I think he's got the right idea.  He's just taking the pictures out of the dressing room...  if he feels that he needs to make a statement to his young players about looking forward instead of backward this is a pretty simple way to do it.  It's not like the Oilers are taking banners down or changing anything other than the home dressing room.

In Topic: Change to goalie pads.

27 August 2013 - 09:27 AM

It's worth noting that the act of changing goalie gear isn't as simple as it sounds.  To do it right you can't reduce the protection offered by current gear.  Composite sticks and elite athletic training aren't going anywhere so goalie gear can't become less protective. 


I've ranted about this on LGW before but it's worth saying again:  Next time someone mentions Kevlar vests stopping bullets in a goalie gear discussion be sure to tell them to ask a police officer just what happens when a Kevlar vest stops a bullet.  Broken ribs, extreme pain and deep bruising is infinitely better than being shot unprotected but it's hardly a worthwhile trade-off for a goalie looking to reduce gear size.

In Topic: Change to goalie pads.

27 August 2013 - 09:17 AM

I think it'd be interesting to have a private panel consisting of the following:

--Current NHL goaltenders (a mix of stars and back-ups/young guys)

--Former NHL goaltenders (who played in the last 10 years)


--Persons who previously worked on product development/strategy for big hockey gear manufacturers

--Persons who previously or currently work on product development/strategy for big manufacturers of protective gear for other sports (American football in particular, don't take companies with a hockey division)


Have the final recommendations made available to the public *but* all names of contributing members are kept secret from the NHL, NHLPA and everyone else.


As an engineer I'd be really interested to read what a group like that came up with in terms of recommendations for rules/gear changes and even ideas for new gear innovations.