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#2202413 San Jose Sharks

Posted by Echolalia on 04 August 2011 - 03:33 PM

I see them winning the Cup this year, although I've seen them winning the Cup the past two years also. They're starting to break away from this playoff choker mentality, all the while steadily reinforcing their nucleus. Its only a matter of time before they hit the target.

#2199465 Prayers for Shawn Burr

Posted by Echolalia on 19 July 2011 - 01:17 PM

This guy was close to my coach back in high school. He showed up to our practice a couple times and I was fortunate that the winger on my line never showed up, so coach would put Shawn Burr on my line to practice 3-on-2's, dump and chase, etc. He is such a cool, genuine, down to earth dude.

#2196965 WMU head coach finalist for Wings' assistant coaching spot

Posted by Echolalia on 06 July 2011 - 06:54 PM

Frozen Four NCAA, CCHA Championship game, Hockey coach of the year by all three major college hockey publications. That is quite the accumulation for a single year of coaching. I would love to see him in the NHL working for the Wings. He certainly did my Broncos well, after years of mediocrity.

#2196683 Is there a problem with Babs?

Posted by Echolalia on 05 July 2011 - 08:52 PM

I think the rumor mill section should be abolished. Half of the sub forums get no traffic whatsoever.

#2196543 Is there a problem with Babs?

Posted by Echolalia on 05 July 2011 - 03:13 PM

I have heard he expects a lot out of his players, but this is the NHL, not Peewee hockey on Saturday mornings. I have not heard that a lot of players badmouth him and refuse to play under him.

In any event I think the point is moot. You know who else was described like that? Scotty Bowman.

#2195318 Wings re-sign Ericsson to 3-year, $9.75m contract

Posted by Echolalia on 02 July 2011 - 03:32 PM

Ericsson's agent played this game well. Losing Rafalski put our defensive roster into crisis mode, and Salei leaving gives Holland more to look for in an already dry FA market. If Ericsson walks, half of our defensive core is gone and needs to be replaced and given the talent available, this is not the year to go down that road. Holland knew this and so did Ericsson's agent. If there were more defensive free agents, Ericsson doesn't average 3.25M. If Rafalksi doesn't retire, Ericsson doesn't average 3.25M. The ball was not in Holland's court with this one, and that is why Ericsson got what he got. Not because Holland is a loony or has some secret trade up his sleeve, or that Ericsson is expected to replace Rafalski. This is a matter of minimizing damage, and losing Ericsson (regardless of how he's bashed here) in addition to Rafalski and Salei would be devastating in this years' market.

#2187965 Nashville's New Logos

Posted by Echolalia on 22 June 2011 - 03:29 PM

NP= no playoffs

This won't be the last time you hear it.

#2186307 Epic Boooing of Bettman

Posted by Echolalia on 16 June 2011 - 08:31 PM

I felt bad for him. I don't care if someone dislikes the way he does his job, but booing him like that... Gets too personal.

Like someone said on the other thread: the Cup presentation isn't about Bettman, it's about the Cup and the winning team.

I don't like the way the guy runs the league, but I can't stand when he gets booed so monumentally each year. I cringe every time it happens.

#2181320 New to the Forum

Posted by Echolalia on 31 May 2011 - 02:24 PM

hello there

#2180946 Brad Stuart

Posted by Echolalia on 29 May 2011 - 09:35 PM

I hope Stuart wears a Wings' uniform until his career ends. He's strong in the corners, blocks shots at every opportunity, and plays smarter hockey than a lot of folks like to give him credit for. Frankly, despite their contracts nearing their end, I see him and Kronner as the only secure pieces of our defensive future at the moment.

#2180627 Ryane Clowe: Kronwalled After All!

Posted by Echolalia on 28 May 2011 - 11:53 AM

Pssh seriously?? You guys are softies if trash-talking gets under your skin. I've been yelled worse stuff on the play-ground during any riveting game of 3rd grade tag I've been involved in.

#2179189 Brian Rafalski announces retirement after 11 NHL seasons

Posted by Echolalia on 24 May 2011 - 05:50 PM

Holland hopefully is not stupid and realizes Weber is worth may more than 4 later 1st round picks.

You have to go back over ten years to find a single 1st round pick that even approaches Weber - and that is Kronwall in 2000. Not since 1983 have the Wings Drafted someone in the first round better than Weber.

For instance:
Would you trade Sheahan, Smith, McCollum and Kindl for Weber?
Hell yes! And those were 'good' picks for the end of the first round.

The Wings need to win now - they are losing Lidstrom soon and Datsyuk/Zetterberg/Franzen are all getting older, their window with this crop will be closing in a few years. Holland needs to make a big play. I don't think he will end up with a chance for Weber, but he better if given the opportunity.

This is a good evaluation. If Holland is doing his job correctly, our 1st round picks will consistently be 25th and later. The elite talent is in the top 10 of the 1st round, and the talent after that likely won't be able to replace either of Lidstrom or Rafalski, which brings us to our next point: regardless of whether Lids retires this year or not, Holand needs to make a move at some point to replace him. Weber is amongst a select few in the entire league (not just in this year's free agent pool) that can effectively fill in when Lidstrom leaves. Rafalski leaving will be devastating to our offense, but there are more options for replacing him over the next few years than there are for Lids. I'm willing to sacrifice 4 1st rounders for Weber to lead the Wings' defensive core over the next decade.

#2176091 Homer needs to be a 4th liner/PP specialist next season..

Posted by Echolalia on 15 May 2011 - 11:50 PM

For all the beef he gets, Homer plays incredibly smart hockey. He knows his strengths and weaknesses and he plays a style that maximizes the opportunity to use his strengths and minimizes the chances that his weaknesses will be exposed. He's the best in the league (still) in front and around the net and plays a smart cycle. He won't be the first guy out of the zone, but that isn't his job. In fact his job is usually quite the opposite: to hang down low until the puck definitively leaves the zone. There have been a lot of times where following an offensive zone turnover, the rest of our team bails and starts back-checking only for the puck to be turned over again just inside the blue line. The team knows to just get it deep because Homer is still down there and will be able to hold the puck down low long enough for the rest of the team to reestablish the zone. Most other teams just dump the puck (ie turnover) and fall back into the trap. I've seen Cleary, Bert, and Abby follow this pattern on more than one occasion as well.
Anyways, the rest of our forwards are pretty well rounded. When you play alongside Datsyuk and/or Zetterberg, you can afford to not be a great backchecker, or have strong playmaking/stickhandling skills.

I like what Homer can bring to the table. Still.

#2175797 Draft Talk

Posted by Echolalia on 15 May 2011 - 09:42 AM

You all know what's going to happen though. It'll come to our pick and we'll draft some small but highly skilled guy. Just wouldn't the same if it didn't go down like that!

I cannot fault the majority of our recent picks as I think we've got some absolute gems in our pipeline: Mursak, Tatar, Pulu, Gus, Jarnkrok, Smith. :siren:

Actually I'm expecting Detroit to trade away the top pick.

#2175265 Jonathan Ericsson Appreciation Thread

Posted by Echolalia on 13 May 2011 - 05:58 PM

I was going to mention that Ericsson is a good player for his position as a bottom defensman and salary, but Matt just reinstated the negative thread voting system and I like where my rep is at.