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Echolalia

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#2134601 Helm

Posted by Echolalia on 22 March 2011 - 02:31 PM

I love this guy. He is my second favorite player behind Datsyuk, and he may surpass Dats depending on their postseason play.


#2133149 Weekend Picks 2010-2011 - Week 21

Posted by Echolalia on 21 March 2011 - 12:33 PM

Sunday may have saved me slightly, ended up going 5/6, only game I picked wrong was PIT/NYR. Went .500 the rest of the way finishing with 12/20. Damn Vancouver for screwing up my x2 on Friday.


Thumbs up for the it crowd


#2130262 No offensive creativity

Posted by Echolalia on 14 March 2011 - 02:51 PM

There hasn't been a killer instinct with this team for a while, now.


#2130251 Bettman 5 step plan

Posted by Echolalia on 14 March 2011 - 02:32 PM

I'm glad to see they're addressing the issue. Its a shame it took up until Crosby's concussion for the league to make a move, though.


#2130078 Brule crushes Letang

Posted by Echolalia on 14 March 2011 - 12:44 AM

Nice hit.


#2127426 Chara's hit on Pacioretty

Posted by Echolalia on 09 March 2011 - 12:11 AM

The league can fine tune the rulebook and tweak the rink designs over and over and you're still going to see players getting severely injured on borderline plays. In the end it comes down to respecting each other and hitting to make an effective play, not to injure somebody. Its a shame that so few players practice this philosophy.


#2127003 mccrimmon

Posted by Echolalia on 07 March 2011 - 02:13 PM

Who knows who the cause of the defensive struggles are without lockerroom access? It could be Babs, McCrimmon, the players, all the above, etc. We may likely never know.
However, as defensive coordinator, McCrimmon has proven that he isn't part of the solution. I want a coach in Detroit who can take prerogative and come up with innovative and effective solutions. I haven't seen any of that in a couple years.


#2126836 Babcock speaks out (in a very good way)

Posted by Echolalia on 06 March 2011 - 06:52 PM

"Oh no, boys, put those away. Pucks won't be necessary for this practice."

Worked like a charm for my old team. <_<


#2123473 Wings sign Howard to 2-year, $4.5M extension

Posted by Echolalia on 28 February 2011 - 01:46 PM

This is a "show me what you can do" contract. Jimmy showed last year he has the potential to be a top 10 goalie in this league, but this year he's shown that he has problems on consistency. 2 year deal is nice and short, the cap hit is fair, but I'm seeing it as Holland just gave Jimmy two years to prove that he's worth a better contract when the time comes. Hopefully he takes his opportunity seriously.


#2120972 JLA Seating question

Posted by Echolalia on 23 February 2011 - 01:34 PM

Poor Stevekrause, gets flamed for how he does or doesn't spend his money...
It is his money, he can be as entitled as he wants. Don't like the arena, don't go to it. Nothing wrong with that philosophy at all.


#2120823 Tomas Holmstrom

Posted by Echolalia on 22 February 2011 - 11:58 PM

How are they similar?

Holmstrom is 38.
Franzen is 31.
Hudler is 26.

Holmstrom is slowing down, his last ES goal came on Decemeber 11th.


In terms of production (as that is what this issue is about, right?) they're completely similar. Player A doesn't score for a certain period of time. Player B doesn't score for a comparable period of time. Player C doesn't score for a comparable period of time. Nobody is immune from droughts regardless of how old or young they are. Selanne still has droughts, so does Lidstrom and Knuble and Whitney and Alfredson. Would you have preferred if I used them in my analogy instead of Franzen and Hudler?
I also alluded earlier to the fact that lines are not concrete, but rather fragile and malleable. The moment something isn't going smoothly for the team, Babs mixes things up. Homer gives him some options to play with. No he's not a good skater or stick handler or shooter or passer or checker or fighter, but he never was. Not now when he's 38, and not back when he was 28. What he's good for is giving goalies hell in front of the net, working the corners down low, and attracting as much defensive attention to himself to open up the ice around the mid-boards or slot area. On the lines that he's been on since mid December, those skills aren't as utilized as when he's playing with top 6 talent.


#2120811 Tomas Holmstrom

Posted by Echolalia on 22 February 2011 - 11:04 PM

Personally, I think he's almost done.

He's not really being utilised on the PP anymore as we have 6 regular forwards (Dats, Hank, Huds, Cleary, Bert, Franzen) and he's really rather limited in what he can do 5-on-5. He has 2 goals the past 15 games, and now that Datsyuk has found two linemates in Hudler and Cleary, where does Holmstrom sit in the big picture? You could maybe blow up the current second line and put Homer alongside Hank, but I don't like the proposed new third line when Filppula returns. Pairing Flip with Homer screams potential disaster to me, as neither of them will play to their strengths.

Thoughts? Will he amp is up come playoff time where his types usually shine? Will this thread work as a jinx and he'll start scoring like he has in past years? I do wish he was only on a 1 year deal though.


2 goals the past 15 games doesn't indicate that his career is "almost done". He's in a slump, not unlike Franzen, or Hudler for the first half of the season. Yeah, Dats, Clears, and Huds have some pretty good chemistry going but we all know that isn't going to last. Players run hot and cold, and coaches run hot players until they're cold, then change the lines up to get 'em going again. The moment that one of Datsyuk, Cleary, or Hudler slows down in production, the line is blown up.


#2117538 Illitch "definitely committed" to new downtown arena

Posted by Echolalia on 16 February 2011 - 11:08 PM

IMHO the primary reason why Ilitch hasn't broken ground on a new arena is because he's looking for financial assistance...Too bad for him the bulk of the cost will come outta his own back pocket.


He was banking pretty heavy on the leverage that he would get from owning the Pistons. From what I've gathered, the idea was to entice the city to fork over more of the coverage costs for the arena and in return, Illitch agrees to bring the Pistons back to Detroit. Unfortunately the owner of Palace Entertainment wasn't fully honest about the value of the sale. Illitch inevitably found out and the plans fell through.

Who knows what's in the plan now. All I know is that the Joe is a dump.


#2116444 Injury updates

Posted by Echolalia on 14 February 2011 - 01:26 PM

http://www.freep.com...urn-later-month

Cliffnotes:

Modano is hoping to return as early as the end of this month against the Dallas Stars (Feb 24), but thinks a more realistic return date is sometime during the road trip afterward. He has started participating in contact practices, so that's a great sign. He also mentioned briefly the possibility of returning next year to get the full experience with the Wings, depending on the usual.

Filpulla is feeling ok, hasn't started skating yet but sounds optimistic he'll be back soon. he's been doing okay on the stationary bike

Osgood is almost ready to start working with Bedard again, possibly as early as today. He wants to get a couple sessions in with Bedard before practicing with the team.


#2115297 Jiri Hudler Watch Thread

Posted by Echolalia on 12 February 2011 - 02:25 AM

As long as 2011 Hudler shows up for the playoffs, I can forgive him for missing 2010.