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#2485354 10 ton elephant in the room.

Posted by Echolalia on 19 February 2014 - 10:07 PM

Helene St. James ‏@HeleneStJames 2h
Bobby Ryan off to Ottawa. #RedWings had little interest in Ryan, none after lackluster performance in this year's playoffs against them.

That's wrote as fact not opinion.


Its definitely not written as fact, but if you want to interpret it as fact there's probably little any of us can do to convince you otherwise.  It was also written in July, not after the first round of the playoffs ended, and the thread link that you posted demonstrated that many of us at LGW also took the tweet by HSJ to be rumor and not a very valid one at that.  Helene St. James was attempting to fill in the blanks and its sloppy journalism (although its tough to call anything tweeted as journalism).  I don't believe she (or anyone) has published any references or quotes from Holland or any Detroit Red Wings upper management which suggests they passed on Bobby Ryan because of laziness, lackluster performance, or any of a handful of reasons we can speculate on.  When it comes to rumors like this or any type of sports journalism, sometimes its best to ignore what the author of the piece adds in, and just sift through for quotes directly from Red Wings staff or other official personnel.  I can't tell you how many times I've read an article with a certain slant on a story, only to find out that it was entirely embellished or interpreted or what-have-you by the writer of the piece, and the athletes', or coaches', or general managers' words were taken either intentionally or unintentionally out of context.  Unfortunately there's a lot of slant forming that occurs here and on other forums as well, sometimes from otherwise entirely unbiased and honest journalism, and that can snowball into serious rumors.  Anyway, that's my advice.  You're free to do with it what you want.

#2484969 10 ton elephant in the room.

Posted by Echolalia on 18 February 2014 - 11:58 PM

There's a difference between hope and crazy.

I hope we win the cup to. But facts and common sense say it's 99.9% we don't.

We are only a couple of players away from having a legit shot but holland won't make the moves necessary. We may disagree on the players but I think we all can agree on that.

Facts and common sense say the Wings have a 99.9% chance of not winning the Cup?

#2484612 10 ton elephant in the room.

Posted by Echolalia on 16 February 2014 - 09:34 PM

It's trendy to hate on Franzen. All the cool kids are doing it.

#2482421 Kris Letang Suffers Stroke

Posted by Echolalia on 07 February 2014 - 07:55 PM

I literally JUST learned about strokes in my neuro class (also concussions but that's for another thread)... Exam is on Monday!

Anyway, strokes are essentially when certain parts of the brain don't get enough blood flow and those cells which are affected die. Most people generally associate strokes with losing muscle movement/sensation on half the body and/or disruption in speech, and that usually occurs when a particular artery (called the middle cerebral artery) becomes compromised. But strokes can exhibit themselves in many different ways, depending on what part of the brain is affected.
In Letang's case, having a patent foramen ovale introduces irregular blood flow mechanics and may allow a clot to form and bypass the lungs. The article mentions dizziness as one of his symptoms which is common with strokes that occur from occlusion or hemmorhage to the vertebrobasillar artery. This artery supplies the brainstem, cerebellum and visual cortex, so it would seem that the clot that formed (assuming that's even what happened) traveled to the back of the brain/brainstem where motor coordination, vision, and a few other things are regulated, and impeded blood flow to these areas. I can't speak for Letang's case specifically, but it is common to also experience double vision, difficulty swallowing, as well as disequilibrium and vertigo for vertebrobasillar artery strokes (just in case any of you experience one in the future you know now what to look for).
The article mentioned that he would be back on the ice though, so that's certainly good news. Strokes are serious business.

#2482413 How to be a hockey player

Posted by Echolalia on 07 February 2014 - 07:12 PM

Never chirp another player's flow

#2480903 2/3 GDT: Canucks 0 at Justin Abdelkader 2

Posted by Echolalia on 03 February 2014 - 09:28 PM

Oh my goodness I've never seen those Kesler gifs. What a show!

#2480751 2/3 GDT: Canucks 0 at Justin Abdelkader 2

Posted by Echolalia on 03 February 2014 - 08:19 PM

Sheahan's line is always fun to watch

#2480422 The NHL reffing affecting the game

Posted by Echolalia on 02 February 2014 - 04:49 PM

Sometimes its tough to watch, like the tripping call in OT this afternoon for example, but my general philosophy is: if you're playing the game in such a way that the refs are able to influence the outcome in the final minute, then you're not playing hard enough in the first 59.


If the Wings took care of business in their own zone today, the Wings would have been up by two or three goals to close the game out.  As it happened, we didn't, and the invitation to hand the game to the Capitals, or the refs was thus handed out.

#2480413 What's wrong with Pasha? (Mod warning post #57)

Posted by Echolalia on 02 February 2014 - 04:32 PM

How will you all feel if he plays in Sochi injured and comes back with a medal and a more serious injury that knocks him out of the rest of the season?


I remember Stevie Y doing this in 2002 and I ask all of you, is it worth missing a chance at the playoffs?


It would suck, but I would do the same thing in his position.  Olympics are a big deal.  Hosting them is an even bigger deal.  Representing your country as Captain is monumental, and it may very well be the last chance he gets at fighting for gold.

#2479671 Cory Emmerton waived

Posted by Echolalia on 01 February 2014 - 03:59 PM

It's getting harder to remember who is up and who is in Grand Rapids. I thought Emmerton was in GR already

#2476449 Look who's top in GR scoring

Posted by Echolalia on 24 January 2014 - 12:24 AM

You know, I was thinking about our situation today and we might not be as bad off as it seems. Here are a couple options that I see:
1) Convert Waka Flocka Chewbacca from the wing to defense. He's a big guy and I could see him being a good net clearing presence until Big Poppa gets back.
2) Make a trade. We don't have a ton of tradeable assets right now, but maybe General Tso's Chicken could pull a rabbit out of his hat. I'm thinking we could package together Destiny's Child and Can't-stop-thinkin-bout-that-girl-I-banged-in-Starbucks-bathroom-kinda-wish-I-got-her-number-espesh-cause-now-it-burns-when-I-pee-oh-well-hope-its-chillz for an elite puck moving defenseman, maybe someone like Hello Kitty.
3) If all else fails it might be time to come up with some new nicknames for the team I mean how can the team be expected to perform at an elite level with old nicknames, sometimes I feel like I have to think of everything shesh...
Tigerpenis - Bed, Bath & Beyond - (Sound of nails on chalkboard)
Crazy Legs - #16andpregnant - Grande Half-Calf Extra-Shot Extra-Hot Extra-Whip Sugar-Free Caramel Macchiato
Katherine Heigl's Taint - Dirty Diaper Full Of Hot Indian Food - Hair Club For Men
Smells Like Teen Spirit - Great Odin's Raven - Mud Butt
Hello Kitty - Hot Topic
I Know What You Did Last Summer - Waka Flocka Chewbacca
My Little Pony - Dances With Wolves
~&~ (The Player Formerly Known As Steve)
The Orthodontist
Mrs. Doubtfire

Dude General Tso's Chicken isn't going to move Destiny's Child, especially cuz Suit n Tie McFly has such a hard-on for him.
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#2476219 Turning point!?!?!

Posted by Echolalia on 23 January 2014 - 12:16 AM

It might be a turning point in that if Babs/Holland don't realize that Bert and Cleary are done NOW.... they never will. I wouldn't hold them personally responsible for all goals, but it was fairly obvious tonight which line was causing bad things to happen. 


And with Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco dominating supposedly the best team in the league...how do you send any of them down?


This is what I'm worried about.  Both Jurco and Sheahan have played far better than I expected they would, and they've been difference makers in just about every game they've played.  Furthermore, that line with them and Tatar has been consistently putting pucks into the net.  In the playoffs last year our first two lines did what they had to do, but it was the depth at our third line which put us over the top and got us past the Ducks and to game 7 against Chicago.  We need to get back to that.

#2474539 1/20 GDT: Blues 4 @ Red Wings 1

Posted by Echolalia on 20 January 2014 - 03:23 PM

I still want to see a Nyqvist Helm Tatar line

#2471328 It's time - to predict 2014 Team Canada

Posted by Echolalia on 08 January 2014 - 10:28 AM


I didn't realize it was "spewing propaganda" to be a fan of the country you're from.  Particularly when they played pretty damn well the last time around.  And because they've improved since then.  And because the larger ice is to their advantage.  And because the only team that beat them last time has lost some pretty important pieces.


Sooo, any Team Canada fans have anything to say about the topic that doesn't involve A) Calling me names, B) Accusing me of "propagandizing", or C) Knee-jerk belittling anyone who dares suggest that another team could possibly be good at hockey too?


I know there are some pretty decent people out there who happen to want Canada to win gold, unfortunately they're being over-shadowed by their more...thoughtless...peers.


I'm looking forward to Inglorious Backes picking fights with all the Canadian players leading up to the Olympics

#2471327 Team Sweden roster announced

Posted by Echolalia on 08 January 2014 - 10:22 AM

I heard that Carl Haglin sucks on the powerplay and that he's a "jitterbug".  Anybody else hear that?


I heard Team Canada is a bunch of hosers