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#2649171 Brian McGrattan

Posted by Echolalia on 20 January 2016 - 06:47 PM

Nothing like celebrating the long-held ritual of giving and receiving head injuries

#2648923 2016 Trade Deadline Thread

Posted by Echolalia on 19 January 2016 - 11:34 AM

What I do not get though is why it's taking so long for Stamkos/Yzerman to get a long-term deal done?


Was Stamkos, and his agent waiting to see what Kopitar got?


Me thinks if everything was grand in sunny Florida - a deal would've been done by now...The chances of Holland swinging a trade is still unlikely - just my 2 cents.


Its still quite possible Stamkos bolts (see what I did there) in the offseason once he's a free agent.  I mean the guy has liked multiple tweets asking if he should play in Toronto, and apparently did some batting practice with the Jays, too.  At the very least I think its worth his time to see if the Leafs make him a solid offer in June and go from there, because he's clearly interested in playing for them despite how many times he tries to convince us it was his pocket that liked those tweets.

#2648915 If You Could Be Mod For A Day, What Would You Do

Posted by Echolalia on 19 January 2016 - 10:46 AM

I would run a tight ship and bring GLORY to the word ADMINISTRATION.  Violators of the rules will be given swift punishment and the victims of trolls will receive JUSTICE like never before!  Under my regime we will target wrong-doers, flame-baiters, trolls, and anyone who goes into the "post every time you look" thread but doesn't post by ip tracking, finding their coordinates on google maps, and dispatching MOD MEN to the scene to deal swift PUNISHMENT.  No ban will outright be given as I am a man of forgiveness and second chances, however I don't think many will be posting for quite some time after MOD MEN visits.

We will have to hold an official application process for MON MEN volunteers, of course.  If you are interested in joining I encourage you to apply.  Applicants will be vetted and pending a physical will be given a MOD MEN badge and coinciding avatar and signature to display their AUTHORITY in LGW.  As this is a free site MOD MEN will not be payed in cash or perks but in the HONOR of helping to keep the streets of LGW clean!  WE WANT YOU!

#2648912 2016 Trade Deadline Thread

Posted by Echolalia on 19 January 2016 - 10:15 AM

I think the odds of Stamkos even getting traded are steadily dropping now that Tampa is comfortably in a playoff spot. Not to mention they went to the finals last year with essentially the same roster, so they gotta like their chances in the playoffs. It's tough to move the biggest piece of that team in that scenario.

#2648695 1/17 GDT : Flyers (2) at Red Wings (1) Shoot Out

Posted by Echolalia on 17 January 2016 - 10:08 PM


What goalie doesn't.

To the degree that Mrazek does it?  Not a lot.  I've already seen Mrazek's helmet off in his one year as a Wing as I have any two goalies through their entire careers.

#2648674 1/17 GDT : Flyers (2) at Red Wings (1) Shoot Out

Posted by Echolalia on 17 January 2016 - 10:03 PM

Def interference, but Mraz really sells these things

#2648558 1/17 GDT : Flyers (2) at Red Wings (1) Shoot Out

Posted by Echolalia on 17 January 2016 - 09:19 PM

I'm not sure how that wasn't goalie interference.  Wings are definitely getting some good breaks tonight.  

i feel like a lot of these official challenges the refs are more looking not so much whether there's interference, but rather if any interference prevented the goalie from making a save.  I know there's been a couple times when Mrazek was clearly interfered with, but the goal would have happened anyway, and the refs called it a good goal despite there being goalie interference.  That's how I'm looking at this one too.  Helm's back brushed up against their goalie's glove, but that's not why the goal was scored.  It was scored because the puck bounced off Gudas and went right over the goalie, who had no clue where the puck even was at that point.  If Helm doesn't touch the glove that goal is still going in.

#2648471 1/17 GDT : Flyers (2) at Red Wings (1) Shoot Out

Posted by Echolalia on 17 January 2016 - 08:18 PM

That power play was embarassing

#2648301 Over The Garden Wall

Posted by Echolalia on 16 January 2016 - 06:07 PM

Over the Garden Wall




The wonderfully whimsical, yet haunting tale of two brothers who find themselves lost in a mysterious wood.


Elijah Wood as WIRT



Collin Dean as GREG




Christopher Lloyd as THE WOODSMAN



And others!  Including Tim Curry!  John Cleese!  and more!


The show is a 10 part miniseries, with each episode chapter at approximately 12 minutes long.  SO ITS NOT A LONG INVESTMENT LIKE BREAKING BAD OR WALKING DEAD!   You can crunch this one out in a couple hours and come out on the other side in time for dinner!


It has spectacular animation and beautifully crafted landscapes reminiscent of a Miyazaki film, so if you're into artistic design its worth the two hour investment in that alone.  BUT WAIT!  The story is excellent also!  At first glance it seems like a simple children's tale of two boys trying to make their way home after getting lost in the woods.  But its so much deeper than that!  The writing is clever, managing to be simultaneously charming and horrifying, again the comparison to Miyazaki is warranted here.  Except there's elements of Tim Burton as well, without being so over the top about it (a plus!)  As it was initially aired on Cartoon Network and the target audience at first glance appears to be kids, you may think this isn't going to be very interesting.  But you couldn't be more wrong.  While the story caters to kids there's also plenty here for adults as well (in fact much of the story's deeper stuff will go over most kids' heads).  Symbolism like whoa!  Literary references!  Existentialism!  Metaphors!  What are you waiting for!


PLUS THERES MUSIC!  Who can forget that classic hit POTATOES AND MOLASSES??  Or my personal favorite A COURTING SONG!  Yes there's a song for everyone in this gem!



And the best part?  Chapter 1 is on YOUTUBE for free!  


SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??  Over the Garden Wall is an EMMY AWARD WINNING classic worth watching!  AND THATS A ROCK FACT!



Echolalia gives 5 stars, recommended for all ages 

#2648247 Red Wings at the Halfway Point

Posted by Echolalia on 16 January 2016 - 01:00 PM

Anything can happen in the playoffs.  I feel like health and luck are just as important in the post season as actual skill.

#2648229 Red Wings at the Halfway Point

Posted by Echolalia on 16 January 2016 - 08:11 AM

I really don't see this team making the playoffs unless they get some help on D.

They're currently third in the Eastern Conference.

#2647724 2016 Trade Deadline Thread

Posted by Echolalia on 13 January 2016 - 03:33 PM

Nyquist is the type of player who makes a living off exploiting what other teams give him.  He's incredibly dangerous and knows how to take advantage of the chances he's given.  Give him time and space, there's a pretty solid chance Nyquist might score.  Find yourself out of position or a step behind, and Nyquist is probably going to make it count.  These players are important to have on a team, especially when you're building a team to be fast.  But they can't be the only type of player because if the opposition plays a defensively sound game, players like Nyquist become invisible.  They don't receive an opening from the opposition, then they don't get any opportunity.

Compare that to someone like Helm, who isn't as efficient at taking what other teams give him.  Odds aren't as good that Helm is going to make a team pay when they give him open ice or an extra half second to do something.  Instead, Helm is the type of player whose offensive output is from making chances where there wouldn't otherwise be one.  He isn't good at capitalizing on what other teams give him, but he is good at simply making an opportunity and forcing the other team to fight him for it.  This guy will straight up take the puck right into the slot from the half wall regardless of coverage and make a defender make a play on him.  Then he'll crash the net.  It doesn't matter if the other team is in good position. He's gonna try it anyway.  And sometimes it results in a Wings' goal.

I think a good hockey team has a solid mix of these two types of players, and right now I'd say the Wings have an excess of players who rely on what the opponents give them, and lack players who simply take what they want.  Its why I'd rather move Nyquist in a trade over Tatar.  Nyquist is a receiver.  Tatar is a taker.  I'm not saying one style of play is better than the other, or that a player can't be good at both (see: Datsyuk in his prime), but right now I'm evaluating any trades that happen with the Wings on whether the players Holland brings in are takers.

#2646492 Ken Campbell predicts Stamkos to Detroit blockbuster

Posted by Echolalia on 07 January 2016 - 01:33 PM

Seems pretty steep for someone who is going to be a FA at the end of the year and has liked multiple tweets about continuing his career in Toronto.

#2646373 The Elite Dylan Larkin

Posted by Echolalia on 06 January 2016 - 03:44 PM

Yeah I was kind of under the impression that at this point a lot of these guys are asked whether they'd be interested in participating prior to the official announcement.

#2646358 The Elite Dylan Larkin

Posted by Echolalia on 06 January 2016 - 12:57 PM

How about this for a happy medium:


Dylan Larkin is an elite member of his draft class.


See, now we recognize his (potential for) greatness, but also keep in perspective that he needs to do it consistently over multiple years before he is elite in the NHL!!!


This i can dig.


I just have a hard time acknowledging eliteness in a player who is 66th in league scoring, ranking alongside the likes of Adam Henrique, and Frans Nielson.  48th in goals, 127th in assists, 85th in points/game.  He is tied for first leaguewide in +/-, which is certainly worth mentioning, but I don't think that's enough to label him elite just yet.

If we are comparing him to other rookies?  Definitely elite.  If we are grading based on potential?  Definitely elite.  But if we are comparing him to the league as a whole and not putting limitations on his competition, then he hasn't proven himself to be elite in any statistical category other than +/-.  That's not to say he won't next year, or the year after that, or averaged over his entire career.  He just hasn't done so to date.