That's some solid praise. Dekeyser actually reminds me quite a bit of Lidstrom in that he plays the game with his brain above all else. He's not overly physical, he doesn't have that booming shot, he's not particularly flashy in any aspect of his game. But when he's on the ice, the puck doesn't go in the back of the net. Dekeyser is so solid at shutting down plays, particularly for it only being his second year. I (like most of us) have high hopes for his future. He could definitely become a piece to build around if he continues to grow at the rate he's been going at.
Posted by Echolalia
on 10 February 2015 - 05:38 PM
When I was a kid, I had a t-shirt depicting Calvin and Hobbes peeing on a Ford Truck logo. It proves, at the very least, how the Calvin, Hobbes, and Ford hierarchy shakes out.
Just a side note because I'm so passionate about Calvin and Hobbes, but those logos frustrate me, because they were all illegal use of Calvin and Hobbes. Watterson intentionally avoided marketing Calvin and Hobbes memoribia because he thought the whole concept was completely against the whole idea behind his comic, and Calvin and Hobbes as characters. Somebody, somehwere made the Calvin pissing logo and before long it was everywhere, with Calvin peeling on all sorts of different logos and what not. Pursuing a ceast and desist or lawsuit was difficult due to how many different companies were involved and how widespread it got. So it persisted, and Calvin peeing became an iconic image, with everyone pretty much using the image freely. Watterson got nothing for anyone using the image, and frankly he didn't want anything (or the image to even be out there in the first place).
Anyway, it has nothing to do with hockey. I'm just a diehard Calvin and Hobbes fan and saw the opportunity to vent. Carry on!
Posted by Echolalia
on 09 February 2015 - 01:26 PM
I agree that it's great for Mrazek's confidence. However, I do think it's more to just wanting Howard to get a few more days of practice and conditioning in before he's thrown in again. I'm sure they'd rather him get his first start in over a month against the Jets rather than against a pretty potent Penguins team. Petr has been playing great, but make no mistake, it's still Jimmy's net.
I agree, and I would rather Jimmy start off against the Jets than the Penguins, partially to ease him in, but I also want Jimmy to have a fire lit under his ass that he's riding pine against the Penguins while some kid is between the pipes. All in all, I'm happy Mrazek is playing over Howard for the next game, win or lose.
Posted by Echolalia
on 03 February 2015 - 11:02 AM
I mean, a second round pick is pretty much all Holland is willing to give up, so Holland is happy. Franson is a right handed defenseman so Babcock is happy. People can still satisfy their urge to yell at their TVs about a Franson/Franzen screwing up, even with Franzen on IR, so LGW is happy.
It's a win win win situation!
edit: a second round pick for Franson seems kinda low, especially if we're talking about a potential intradivisional trade. If he goes for just a second rounder, I'll be shocked.
I think with waiver claims it's not announced until after the deadline to claim the player (so sometime tomorrow afternoon). I could be wrong though. I think all teams that are interested have 24 hours or so to put a claim in, and then sometime tomorrow the league looks at all the claims and gives the player to the lowest team in the standings.
Given how Oulette has been playing, the fact that Kindl is higher on the depth chart, and Holland has been unable to trade the guy for something, I'm not suprised to see Lashoff hit waivers. I'm also not suprised to see Marchenko get the call up. Oulette has had a while to demonstrate what kind of player he is at the NHL level and did a decent job (thus making Lashoff obsolete). Now let's see what Marchenko is capable of. If we're lucky, we might not even need to trade for a right-handed defensman at the deadline. Considering it's only a month away, it's probably a good time to find out.
Oh but haven't you heard? Last night's loss means they can't beat any of the good teams. The 65 points they've earned this season have come from playing Buffalo 30+ times and doing well in skating drills in practice
Given how the Wings operate, I'd rather play Tampa 30 times than Buffalo