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In Topic: All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

25 May 2015 - 05:29 PM

Anyone watch the game? How did Larkin fare?

It was hard to tell who was who because the camera angle was so high and the quality wasn't the greatest, but as a whole, I think Utica carried the play most of the night, and the Griffins struggled to maintain any kind of pressure. Consequently Larkin didn't stand out in any positive way, but I don't think that game is a fair assessment for him considering the whole team was off.

In Topic: Nicklas Lidstrom co-authors scientific paper in Sweden

21 May 2015 - 08:14 PM

Blech.  I feel like the focus on statistics and fancy stats is ruining sports for me.  It's turning away from a competition of will, luck, opportunity and whatnot and turning into a predictable pseudo-science.


I disagree on the pseudo-science part, but why can't sports be all the above?  Stats have been a tool for ages to help teams give themselves the best odds of success, but the game is played on the field/ice and not on a piece of paper, so exceptions to the trend and Cinderella stories that defy odds will always be around.  At the root of most of those stories historically has been a combination of will, luck, and opportunity.  I don't see that changing in the future.

In Topic: Dylan Larkin turning pro... will play for GR immediately

21 May 2015 - 08:10 PM

The Wings are fast-tracking a prospect. 


We have seen it all now. 


I wouldn't say they're fast-tracking him.  He played a year at college and absolutely dominated there, so he's definitely ready for a more challenging level, and that next step happens to be at Grand Rapids.  It also doesn't hurt that he didn't look out of place at the Worlds over the past few weeks.

I'm expecting he'll be at least a couple years with the Griffins, while he continues to adjust to playing with men instead of boys, and against people who are battling for jobs and their livelihoods.  The schedule of the AHL is more demanding as well, and I expect that will also take some getting used to.

In Topic: Dylan Larkin turning pro... will play for GR immediately

21 May 2015 - 04:54 PM


Weiss has what 3 years left? Too lazy to check. 5 mil cap hit. VERY movable. Vinny had a very long contract with a very high cap hit, and was playing nowhere near what he was making. Dipietro doesn't count because he lived on IR.  Richards has been regressing for a couple years now, and that was a bad contract from day one.


Weiss isn't some washed up has-been.  He had bad luck with injuries at the start, and was unable to play his way into Babcock's system. Weiss would absolutely have value to some teams out there.  


That's Weiss alright :lol:

In Topic: It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

20 May 2015 - 07:37 PM

This is where Holland trades Weiss, Smith, and Jurco to Toronto for Phaneuf.