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#2563576 Jimmy Howard.......All-Star!

Posted by Echolalia on 15 January 2015 - 09:55 PM

His OPMGLBICDF (opposing player's man games lost due to bacterial infection contracted during fight) is 1st league-wide. He deserves to captain an All-Star team.

#2563496 1/15 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Blues 2 (OT)

Posted by Echolalia on 15 January 2015 - 09:31 PM

Pulkkinen's shot is just scary

#2563369 Could the Wings be better off trading Pav & Hank for draft picks?

Posted by Echolalia on 15 January 2015 - 04:42 PM

What would be the benefit of trading Zetterberg and Datsyuk away?  I just don't see how it would be worth it in the short term, or long term.

#2563294 Brodeur retires. Named Sr. Advisor to Blues GM

Posted by Echolalia on 14 January 2015 - 10:51 PM

Ha.  Good goalie, but those names are not in the same league.  

Or any league, for that matter

#2563173 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by Echolalia on 14 January 2015 - 02:05 PM

Mrazek has a .920 save percentage and a 2.16 goals against.  Not only are those numbers solid for a #3 goalie, but they're on par with some excellent #1 goalies.  Its tough to gauge exactly where he stands because NHL.com doesn't include Mrazek or a handful of others on the list of goalies they rank statistically (presumably because of limited starts), but there are only 5 goalies listed that have a better GAA than 2.16.  The .920 save percentage is presently the same as Howard's, who is sitting at 12th in the league at that category.  Mrazek is obviously a rookie goalie, and he's going to make rookie mistakes out there, whether that's being too aggressive, too passive, poor rebound control, whatever.  But through the ten games that he's played this year, as well as the nine he played last year, Mrazek has proven to be a solid goalie that can be relied upon.  The only question now is whether he can do it as a #1 goalie, and not a backup getting the occasional start.

#2562623 McGratton on waivers

Posted by Echolalia on 12 January 2015 - 11:38 AM

Should Weber have let Cooke spear or cross-check him in the face a second time? The Wild play the Predators on Feb 26, let me know if Cooke does that to Weber again.


Weber is free to respond how he wants, but lets not pretend that fighting prevents cheap shots from happening.  On the contrary, its been demonstrated repeatedly that higher rates of fights are associated with more violent acts and injuries, not less.  I think Cooke of all players is a good example of this.  He's been fed his lunch on several occasions in fights, and yet his suspension history for dangerous and illegal shots is still as long as anybody's.

#2562617 McGratton on waivers

Posted by Echolalia on 12 January 2015 - 10:58 AM

How do you define a staged fight? Was S. Thornton v. Cooke staged? Was Getzlaf v. J. Thornton in game 6 of the WCQF staged?


IMO there needs to be more team toughness in the NHL and fewer enforcers.

It happened yesterday.


No worries, everyone.  Weber took care of that rat Cooke by fighting him, so Cooke will be on his best behavior now.

#2562460 Jimmy Howard.......All-Star!

Posted by Echolalia on 11 January 2015 - 10:51 AM

Our goalie tandem has the worst groin against average in the league.

#2562361 1/10 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Capitals 3

Posted by Echolalia on 10 January 2015 - 07:50 PM

I gotta say I've been impressed with Pulkinnen defensively.   Hes still adjusting to having less time and space to work with, but he looks like he has all the tools to be a game changer in the future.

#2562123 McGratton on waivers

Posted by Echolalia on 09 January 2015 - 06:04 PM

If Kenny picks him up, I take back everything negative I've ever said about him and this team.

Realistically, I hope someone picks him up and he sticks around the league. Why did Calgary waive him? He was basically a regular on their 4th line last year. What happened?

I can tell you what didn't happen.

#2562121 McGratton on waivers

Posted by Echolalia on 09 January 2015 - 06:01 PM

A moment of silence for the fall of our protector, and for truculence everywhere.

#2562108 McGratton on waivers

Posted by Echolalia on 09 January 2015 - 05:24 PM


#2562064 McGratton on waivers

Posted by Echolalia on 09 January 2015 - 03:55 PM


Front office? Doing what? Security? :lol:


He'd absolutely destroy any rats creeping around, but he only gets like 1 doughnut and 3 coffees every 40 shifts.

#2562030 McGratton on waivers

Posted by Echolalia on 09 January 2015 - 02:26 PM

2 years @ 1.5M?  How is that even possible

#2561652 1/7 GDT: Red Wings 3 at Flames 2

Posted by Echolalia on 07 January 2015 - 11:42 PM

Smith adds nothing. He just barely gets by which is an improvement I guess. Still disappointed in his development. He should be contributing by this point in his career. You just watch Kindl with bias. He usually is our best defensemen in the offensive zone, which isn't saying much, but it's very valuable to the team


I could see how this would be a valid complaint last year, but this year Smith has been very steady.  Still not the offensive defensman that I was anticipating, but he has been the best defender we've had at moving the puck up ice under pressure, and I include Kronwall in that list.  That's something we should be welcoming considering how badly the Wings have struggled escaping their zone under pressure in the recent past.  He's playing much smarter hockey than he was last year, much more consistent, much more reliable in his own end.  He's also our toughest defender. 

Just a side question: how far did you expect Smith to develop at this point?  Collectively he has played less than two NHL seasons' worth of games (currently at 154).  That's not a whole lot of time to adapt, especially for a defensman, and especially for a defensman who plays under Babcock.  Give him some time, he's trending up.  And its not like he's hurting the team out there in the mean time.