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#2461911 HBO 24/7

Posted by Echolalia on 07 December 2013 - 02:31 PM

I wonder what kind of bath towels Alfredsson uses

#2461781 12/6 GDT 7:00PM: Red Wings 3 at Devils 1

Posted by Echolalia on 06 December 2013 - 09:59 PM

I don't doubt that Ferraro would outplay Cleary, and Callahan would undoubtedly be a better option than Samuelsson.
I figure that's along the lines of what we'll see next season.

Is there a reference I'm not catching?

The reference itself is a joke because folks are using it as a rallying cry against Holland supposedly refusing to incorporate youth into the team. In reality, Holland saying kids are not the answer was specifically in response to whether Jurco would get called up to the Wings and contribute offensively. Most people seem to not realize this.

#2461366 Mike Commodore's experience with the Wings

Posted by Echolalia on 05 December 2013 - 11:11 PM

The stuff that he said about his time in Columbus made it seem like he likes to blame others and make excuses for why he isn't playing. After reading that I had a harder time believing his side of the story of his time in Detroit.
I also don't remember him standing out when he played.

But who knows.

#2461357 Darren Helm Injured

Posted by Echolalia on 05 December 2013 - 10:11 PM

before the season started I mentioned something about "we are going to struggle offensively, we would do well the first 30-40 games, then the size and toughness factor in the east would catch up to us". Z's back is something he will deal with for the rest of his career off and on. Glad he signed for 7 more years! Helm just doesn't have the size to hold up for the type of game he plays.
Sorry to be rude guys, but this stuff was predicted and we were warned. Flame away......

Every single season the Wings have injury problems like this. Excellent prediction...

#2460495 The Niklas Kronwall Appreciation Thread

Posted by Echolalia on 03 December 2013 - 05:53 PM

I know where you're coming from Dobbles, its just poor terminology when people refer to a "true #1 d-man", when they actually mean elite/HOF quality.  There are only about 3 active players that fit their criteria who are either elite offensively and very good defensively (or vice-versa) and if you're elite at both your name is Nick Lidstrom, Ray Bourque or Bobby Orr.


Kronwall is good to very good at both ends of the rink but is neither elite defensively (eg Chara, Webber) or elite offensively (eg Subban, Karlsson) to push him into that top-10.  He's in that next group down in the 10-20 ranking.


What annoys me is people don't apply the same strict criteria to other positions.  Where Crosby, Malkin and Stamkos are the only "true #1 centres" in the NHL.


I might be in the minority here, but I think Chara is one of the most overrated defensman in the league. 

#2460240 The Niklas Kronwall Appreciation Thread

Posted by Echolalia on 02 December 2013 - 08:38 PM

I hope the misconception that he isn't a number 1 defensman has faded. He's quietly been leading this team on defense and is among the top defensman statistically league-wide.
Edit: he has also turned blocking shots into an art-form, which I think is by far the most overlooked aspect of his game.

#2460061 Retaliation

Posted by Echolalia on 02 December 2013 - 12:59 AM

The Red Wings are built to play puck-possession hockey (or at least that's what Holland is aiming for), and not so much to play a overly physical, grinding, fast-paced emotional game. They can play tough when need be but it's not what we're built for, and 'retaliation' is essentially inviting the Wings and their opposition to play a style of hockey that we aren't the greatest at. They got the 2 points tonight and Ottawa didn't. In April that's all that will matter.

#2459455 Weiss

Posted by Echolalia on 30 November 2013 - 11:43 AM

I like Weiss and I think the signing when it happened....no doubt he has been a disappointment.

My question is....he is NOT a defensive liability so when we are up 4-0 or 5-0 like we have been the last 2 games, why not try and get him one? Get the monkey off his back. He must be beyond frustrated. Play him of the powerplay. The problem is confidence....he has ZERO and is starting to pass and defer.

If we are up, throw the guy a bone and let him play with Zetty and Franzen or Gus. Get him a goal and they will come.


Hopefully when Pavs and Bert return, Weiss is put on a line with them.  That way we don't ruin the phenomenal chemistry that the other three lines have also.

#2459000 Brendan Smith

Posted by Echolalia on 28 November 2013 - 10:48 AM

He's as confident as he's ever been out there, you can see it in his game.  Excellent for him and excellent for us

#2458998 11/27 GDT: Bruins 1 at Red Wings 6

Posted by Echolalia on 28 November 2013 - 10:36 AM

I was at this one with a buddy who is from Boston.  Best night of the year!

#2458491 Ericsson re-signed 6-yrs $4.25 mill AAV

Posted by Echolalia on 27 November 2013 - 11:34 AM

I wish LGW of three years ago could see this thread, and I wish I could see their shock at how much we are praising their whipping boy.

#2458476 Ericsson re-signed 6-yrs $4.25 mill AAV

Posted by Echolalia on 27 November 2013 - 10:58 AM

I'll take it.  He's really stepped up when we've needed it most.  4.25 is appropriate for both sides.

#2458403 Be Serious: Cleary or Fedorov?

Posted by Echolalia on 26 November 2013 - 10:05 PM

Seriously I'd pick Cleary, as much as I want to vomit saying that.  Its not that I doubt Fedorov's skill set or his hockey IQ.  I'm more worried whether he's physically able to play in the NHL.  It's been a couple seasons since he's played in the KHL, and more than a couple since the NHL.  He's also a couple weeks away from being 44.  I don't care how skilled you are, when you're that age and haven't played in a while, its tough to get the body up to form.  I see this 2 year contract and all I can think is Sammy, where in the 1st year he spends the entire season injured, and the second year (now age 45) if he's miraculously not injured, he's not effective enough to warrant being on the team.  This year Cleary has been abysmal at generating and capitalizing on chances, but he's still a +1, so at the very least he neutralizes the game for both teams on the ice.  Its also a 1 year contract which means next year I'll have the cap-space for someone else entirely.

#2458051 11/24 GDT: Red Wings 3 @ Sabres 1

Posted by Echolalia on 24 November 2013 - 10:32 PM

I really dont feel like we played all that well tonight at all. Boston on wednesday scares me.
Starting monster in net and having pasha back will make me feel like weve got a fighting chance.


Most folks will agree with your assessment of tonight's game, but its all about baby steps.  The W against Carolina was a huge monkey of the team's back, and to follow that up with a loss to Ottawa was demoralizing.  The win tonight was about regaining confidence.  It was ugly, but they did what they had to do.  Now the Wings are coming off of two wins in their past three games, with two days off to prepare for Boston.  The team is trending up.

#2458003 11/24 GDT: Red Wings 3 @ Sabres 1

Posted by Echolalia on 24 November 2013 - 07:37 PM

We may be bad, but we're not Buffalo Bad!