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#2460100 Retaliation

Posted by Dabura on 02 December 2013 - 10:52 AM

My big issue with this vigilante justice that many of you are clamoring for is that it might very well re-write something of an unwritten rule in the NHL, which is:


Do not try to get to the Detroit Red Wings *that way*.


The way it is now, we play the Hurricanes, Muller scratches Westgarth; we play the Bruins, Julien scratches Thornton; we play the Sabres, Nolan scratches Scott; we play the Canadiens, Therrien scratches Parros (and Murray). It's an unwritten hockey code unto itself. It's a show of respect. It's a pretty good deal. On the other hand, the Bruins play the Sabres...and Scott crushes Eriksson. Because, hey, fair game.


Sure, every now and then something is going to happen. Weber almost took Z's head off, and Cowen caught Dats "on the button." But, you know what? I'd rather we take our chances with a once-every-two-or-three-years occurrence than basically tell the rest of the league, "We are the Detroit Red Wings and we will fight you!!!" That's what opposing coaches and thugs want us to say. They want us to give them the green light. They want us to dress a wildly out-of-place enforcer on our skill-centric team. They want us to get away from our game. That's why a guy would take a calculated run at Z or D in the first place. It's a bigger picture strategy thing.


And it doesn't work. If anything, it generally makes us better. I mean, just look at how good we've been since we lost Dats (and he'll be back soon enough, and we'll be even better). You could argue that, if the goal is to establish supremacy over us and soften us up for the rest of the league, taking out our best player was the single most stupid thing the Sens could've done. I don't think they go to bed last night thinking, "Ha! Datsyuk's still out! The last laugh! Haha!"


Don't get me wrong. I'm all for sticking up for yourself and your team mates and your team and your organization. I'm all for this team being tougher, more physical, grittier, harder to play against.  But you have to be at least halfway reasonable about it. It can't be, "Datsyuk got caught with an elbow in a regular season game, in November. Accordingly, we must sign and dress at least three enforces and re-enact March 27, 1997 or else we suck and should just forfeit the season." This isn't the '80s, this isn't the Norris Division. Nor is it Lemieux-on-Draper. It's a deliberately careless elbow and a choppy, chippy game from a floundering, ultra-frustrated division rival that might not even make the playoffs. And last night we beat them in their own building and further strengthened the notion that, if it was a better chance at a Cup that he was looking for, Alfie made the right choice in signing with the Red Wings. We're second in the division and third in the conference, just a few points back of the Bruins and Penguins. And that's without our best player, our third-best defenseman, an important part of this season's first line, last season's Jimmy Howard, and, basically, our second-line center. So, at the moment, I'm pretty damn happy with, and proud of, this team.

#2458055 ****(Stuff) no one says about the Wings

Posted by FireCaptain on 24 November 2013 - 10:52 PM

Man, these seats are HUGE and COMFY! What is that? CUPHOLDERS!??! The JLA is awesome! Hey, those bathroom lines look short!

#2454951 Brendan Smith

Posted by The Secret on 17 November 2013 - 09:25 PM

Not everyone can walk in and be a stand out like Dekeyser. I was one that regularly said the same thing about Ericsson that most are saying about Smith now. Ericsson took his time but is finding his ground and Smith will be the same. For now enjoy Dekeyser's success unti Smitty finds his ground.


Oh. What about that Kindl guy? 2 years ago I'd have said he was on his way out of town but he has actually finally proven some worth. Patience. It will be worth it.

#2453900 GDT: Capitals 4 @ Red Wings 3 (SO)

Posted by Dabura on 15 November 2013 - 02:51 PM

I like to think our commitment to defense will stifle Ovechkin. But he'll probably score, like, four goals. Also, there'll be some kid playing his first game, and he'll be eighteen years old and he literally won't have any eyes, but he'll score his first AND SECOND career NHL goals - the second one being an OT dagger. (Franzen will score five goals, then go eighteen games without a point.)

#2449809 11/1 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Flames 3

Posted by Dabura on 01 November 2013 - 09:51 PM

Coming next, a special on why Franzen is worth every penny of his contract


But first, a word from our sponsors:


"We like our team."


Thanks, Ken!

"You're pale. Pale people look like they'd taste better than tan people. You know, like their meat. Like how the white chicken meat tastes better than the dark chicken meat. "

True story.



#2449283 Varlamov Arrested

Posted by cusimano_brothers on 31 October 2013 - 12:45 PM

When in doubt...



#2447636 Sportsnet releases 24/7 broadcast schedule.

Posted by 55fan on 24 October 2013 - 02:11 PM

Do they not have HBO in Canada?

They do, it's just pronounced HABAOA.

#2447155 10/23 GDT: Senators 6 at Red Wings 1

Posted by T.Low on 23 October 2013 - 03:46 AM

If Franzen had as much hutzpah as Elaine, he'd be a perennial 40 goal gal

#2447128 10/23 GDT: Senators 6 at Red Wings 1

Posted by FlashyG on 22 October 2013 - 08:30 PM

Senator's Roster and stats have now been added.


Fun fact - Over the past 5 periods of hockey the opposition's goalies have outscored the Wings 1-0.

#2444956 Sabres' Kaleta suspended 10 games.

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 16 October 2013 - 09:51 AM

As much as I don't like Kaleta, 10 games for that hit is really excessive. Was the head targeted? Absolutely. Was it reckless? You bet. I think a few games is appropriate.

What I don't understand is how the refs missed it. There wasn't even a penalty called on the play.

It's not excessive to me as I don't see it as just for that hit. As Shanny points out, Kaleta was fined or suspended 6 times in the last four seasons. Kaleta was suspended 5 games for boarding just last march. We're only five games into the season and he hits Johnson in the head.

Plus that hit was the exact kind the league is trying to eliminate. Johnson was moving along the boards at a slow and consistent speed. He was an easy target for a solid check to the body. Instead Kaleta chose to fly by, raise his shoulder and clip Johnson in the head. At the NHL level you don't accidentally miss hitting someone like that when they're barely moving.

This wasn't just a suspension for that hit. This was a message-sending suspension to a dirty player like Kaleta.

#2444602 Luke Glendening?

Posted by amato on 15 October 2013 - 10:36 AM

you guys talking about glendog in here?!   :bye:

#2444109 Favorite Red Wings Memes Thread

Posted by Doc Holliday on 14 October 2013 - 08:22 AM

My greatest contribution to the internet:



#2443995 Monday 1 PM start time?

Posted by 55fan on 13 October 2013 - 03:33 PM

It's for me.


Gary and I were having lunch last summer and I mentioned that I work evenings and have to miss games.  He said that he'd like to put one in the afternoon for me, but that people wouldn't be home to see it.

I told him to have one on the 14th because it's Thanksgiving in Canada.  Once we established that Canada is a country north (mostly) of the US, and that they watch hockey there and spend money on the sport, he agreed that revenue was good, so the date was set.

I told him to be sure to have two Canadian teams, but he doesn't remember that the league has any since the only time that he pays attention is when being booed when giving the silvery thing that's taller than he is to a smelly man in shorts and long socks (at least that's the part that he sees).


I assured him that if he had to use two American teams for the game, that it would be ok since it's Columbus Day in the US.  Despite his obvious marketing talent, I managed to convince him that Columbus playing on Columbus Day would not mean that the league would get over 90% of the television market because Columbus (the team) sucks.


He was amazed to learn that Columbus Day was not named after the BJ's (a subject near and dear to his heart - or the organ that stands in for one in his case).


Upon learning that all school children in the US learn (erroneously) that Columbus discovered America, he thought that this man Columbus deserved a daytime game to commemorate his great feat.


It was a beautiful moment.  Bettman actually showed some emotion when he pondered what would have happened had Columbus not been the first person in America (see erroneous data above).  His heart broke at the thought of all of those buildings in New York that would be sitting empty since there were no people here before Columbus (see erroneous data above).  The loss of revenue floored him, and he declared that a daytime game was indeed proper and fitting.


So now you know.

#2442668 Will young talent ever speak out against Wings philosophy?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 08 October 2013 - 12:35 PM

Let's keep this on topic about hockey and not a discussion of what makes America great.

Also, any player that took a run at Zetterberg and injured him would find himself about as far from being in the lineup as you could get.

#2442583 Pet Names

Posted by kipwinger on 07 October 2013 - 08:30 PM

Don't name it after a Red Wing, name it after someone especially deserving here on LGW.  Then we can all compete for your favor by "liking" all your posts.  Person with the most "likes" wins the prize.