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#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.

#2172702 Homer wear #15

Posted by Echolalia on 11 May 2011 - 08:53 PM

Tomas Holmstrom signed my 1997 Stanley Cup with the Number 15!! I still have that thing today!!! I LOVE IT!! When I met him, he spoke 0 English!! HE didn't say anything to me, just signed whatever I had!! I think he was star struck by all the Wings fans at Wingsfest that day!!

He still speaks zero english.

It amazes me how fluent and without accent Lidstrom is, and then in contrast Homer sounds like a chainsaw hacking away at what can sometimes be deciphered as English language. It adds to his charm.
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#2160758 Boston Announcer Does it Again....

Posted by Echolalia on 29 April 2011 - 06:56 PM

He must be related to John Keating.

#2159733 Greetings from LetsGoSharks.com

Posted by Echolalia on 27 April 2011 - 10:31 PM

I have a mental picture of Matt that I envision with red clothes, but now I'm envisioning Mike Lee looking the same way, except with blue clothes. Apparently in my mind, hockey forum administrators are brothers in the same sense that Mario and Luigi are brothers.

Anyway, good post and good luck.

#2156440 Throwing an octopus at the Joe no longer allowed

Posted by Echolalia on 22 April 2011 - 02:52 PM

It's been proven time and time again that the octopi that get thrown are not slimy. The opposing players just hate it and have complained claiming that. And Gary, like the narrow minded man he is, never bothered to investigate whether or not it was true.

This would be a good thing for Shanahan to research in his hockey research division this summer.

#2145899 Great Job Dallas!

Posted by Echolalia on 10 April 2011 - 07:33 PM

At least Vancouver doesn't have a guaranteed sweep now <_<

#2141997 This years black aces

Posted by Echolalia on 04 April 2011 - 09:53 PM

Mursak is the only one that I can see making any real difference in the postseason, at least right now. Maybe I'll eat crow, but hopefully we don't get to the point where we could find out.

#2141933 Babcock healthy-scratch decisions

Posted by Echolalia on 04 April 2011 - 06:14 PM

Babs never cared much for personal benefit or individual milestones. I remember reading that the team had to really coax him into letting Ozzie play at home so he could possibly reach whatever milestone he hit recently in front of a home crowd. He's 100% about what's best for the team and I don't think personal stories factor even the slightest into who's dressed or not.