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#1995830 Would a real gritty fighter help or hurt this team?

Posted by Echolalia on 07 June 2010 - 12:24 PM

Did dressing fighter Riley Cote for half the season hurt the Flyers?

I think the wings are good enough to be able to give some thug (like May) 4 mninutes a night throught most of the regular season and still make the playoffs (where said thug's services are less likely to be needed). The presence of a low-talent fighter on a team in the regular season doesn't seem to have a clear effect on the success of a team. It doesn't help much, doesn't hurt much, but it will usually provide a bit of fun in November when the susperstars are coasting, so I'm all for it.

I don't know if using the team that got into the playoffs on a shootout in the last game of the season is the best approach at getting your point across. Especially when the player in question only played in 15 games, not half the season.
Anyway, I would love to see a fighter on the Wings roster. But like others have said: I want to know that he can score when needed and wont be a liability.

#1995780 Steve Yzerman

Posted by Echolalia on 07 June 2010 - 10:42 AM

In addition to the money, Yzerman was offered a job with a lot of power, and I think that was what he was getting at with the deal that he "couldn't refuse". He was the first person signed after a front office clearing, and he gets to pick who he works with. Vinik said Yzerman will have "full reign" over all hockey related matters for the team. He won't have to consult with anybody or convince anybody of his decisions. The Tampa Bay Lightning is officially his brainchild now, and nobody else's. That's pretty nifty for a rookie GM.

#1995675 Why Holmstrom

Posted by Echolalia on 07 June 2010 - 06:40 AM

Maybe you should look at his stats and then his caphit and come back to this thread.

#1995044 Steve Yzerman

Posted by Echolalia on 05 June 2010 - 10:11 PM

I'm a fan of Yzerman (and by extension the Lightning) just about as much as the Wings, so this persona non grata thing isn't much of an issue.

#1994680 Hossa Interview

Posted by Echolalia on 05 June 2010 - 12:10 AM

you guys are no fun

#1994671 Hossa Interview

Posted by Echolalia on 04 June 2010 - 11:32 PM


Is it irony when Hossa says "We just have to be much more smarter"?

#1994198 Doctor of the Ginglymus.

Posted by Echolalia on 04 June 2010 - 08:47 AM

He'd make a great lawyer. Any opposing law team would have to face his ferocious elbows if they tried to win the case.

#1993746 MLB 2010 Season Thread

Posted by Echolalia on 03 June 2010 - 11:54 AM

They have to overturn Joyce's call. This is something so sacred to baseball that was ripped away, and all sides are seeing it the same way. Joyce admitted it was bad afterward, the Tigers obviously, fans from all over the world are in upheaval online, the NYY and Cardinals managers both say it should be overturned. When has a call garnished this much negative attention?

#1993715 Ville Leino Appreciation Thread

Posted by Echolalia on 03 June 2010 - 10:57 AM

And once again, my point is that you (and Holland) are basing that off of only half a season's worth of performance. Did you already forget his amazing run with the Wings in 08-09 when he had 9 points in 13 games? Also, by your logic, we should have gotten rid of Franzen (16 points in first 80 games) in the middle of his first season as well. Or would you find a reason for Holland to have been justified then too?

Not to fight someone else's fight, but I don't think that SWF (and Holland) are basing their response on only half a season's worth of performance. The Wings were tight against the cap and were fighting desperately just to make it into the playoffs. Holland had resources waiting (Franzen, Lilja) that could help the team climb the standings, but there wasn't enough roster space to utilize these resources. The plethora of injuries, claiming Miller, and people returning from injuries really complicated our caphit and our roster size. If Holland was serious about wanting to make the playoffs, he had to remove someone from the team to make the roster size and cap more malleable, and Leino was consistently proving himself to be the weakest link. At the very least, everyone else on the roster was bringing something to the table the Wings could benefit from. Despite his talent, Leino did not. Unfortunately, Leino was too talented a player to clear waivers so Holland did the next best thing and traded him for a pick and a defensman. Now that he's in a new setting and playing well on a team who's currently in the Finals, the move doesn't seem so ideal, but Holland didn't have too many options at the time. He would have taken way more heat from fans if he kept Leino around and never removed Franzen from IR.

#1993058 Record Ratings on NBC

Posted by Echolalia on 02 June 2010 - 11:18 AM

I'm surprised to see Indy as the 5th-best market.

I wonder if the Coyotes might end up there soon

#1992919 2009-2010 NHL Attendance

Posted by Echolalia on 02 June 2010 - 08:08 AM

Edit: page load error

Also, Pittsburgh I'm thinking has a tiny arena.

#1992468 Lidstrom Signs 1-Year Contract Extension

Posted by Echolalia on 01 June 2010 - 01:20 PM

In 07/08 Lidstrom won the norris trophy and scored 70pts and a +40

in 09/10 he wasn't even nominated for the norris and scored just 49pts +22

not bad for playing on the Detroit Griffins

#1992360 Lidstrom Signs 1-Year Contract Extension

Posted by Echolalia on 01 June 2010 - 12:01 PM

I can't believe the greed of some people on this site. The Red Wings just signed Nick Lidstrom, the best defensman of this era, and everyone is all "what a greedy person for not signing with the legendary Wings for half his value."

#1992336 Lidstrom Signs 1-Year Contract Extension

Posted by Echolalia on 01 June 2010 - 11:43 AM

Because they will be forced to put the same team on the ice as last season (+hudler) and that FOR SURE won't be enough for a championship season.

Keep in mind that the plethora of rookies will now have a year of experience under their belts. Ericcson, Helm, and Howard should (theoretically) all be more reliable on the ice, and we'll also have Abby the whole year instead of Williams. And don't underestimate what adding Hudler can do to the team. Especially if Babs wants to roll three "scoring lines". Its not the top six that wins a playoff series, but the bottom six. Next year we may also have a bit of money at the deadline to pick up someone who can add a bit of depth.

Don't count next year as a lost cause before this year's playoffs are even over.

#1990789 Wings will sign multi-year lease at the Joe

Posted by Echolalia on 28 May 2010 - 12:42 PM

So historic venues such as Fenway and Wrigley Field should be shut down as well too?

Joe Louis Arena is uncomfortable, cramped, falling apart, lacks sufficient bathroom numbers (and the bathrooms they do have are disgusting and small), and when I walk into the Joe I feel like I'm walking into a concrete sarcophagus, not a historic arena. The Joe hardly has the charm that Fenway or Wrigley have. Implying otherwise is a bit laughable.
Even though I'm a fan of the Wings I can't pretend that JLA is some wonderful historic landmark that needs to be preserved.