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#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



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.

#2114395 Ilari's turn ?

Posted by Echolalia on 10 February 2011 - 06:53 PM

A lot of Kindl's mishaps can be attributed to being a novice in a pro league. Everyone has rookie mistakes and they learn from them. If Holland brings up Smith to replace Kindl, I don't think we're going to see much better hockey. Even if Smith has more athleticism than Kindl, right now he has less pro hockey experience, and that's just as crucial.

As far as bringing up I Flip, if it even happens, he's going to be playing bottom line minutes like Tatar and Mursak did, not getting second line minutes and again its because of lack of pro experience. You don't want a novice out there against top six opponents for 15 minutes/night. Even if they have a great skill set, they're still ignorant to the pace and tendencies of the NHL.

#2111568 Datsyuk is back

Posted by Echolalia on 06 February 2011 - 11:04 PM

Hell yeah, my girlfriend just surprised me with tickets to this game!

#2108086 Wings new lines

Posted by Echolalia on 01 February 2011 - 06:38 PM

Yea, what's goin on here. Did Homer get injured and we don't know about it?

Not sure if serious

#2105069 Enforcer Poll

Posted by Echolalia on 25 January 2011 - 07:19 PM

I gave you a +1 for being honest.

I gave you a +1 for positively enforcing honesty.

#2105047 Enforcer Poll

Posted by Echolalia on 25 January 2011 - 06:44 PM

Even in the 90s when there was no cap, the Wings fighters were also regular point-getters. Shanahan was a beast with the puck, Kocur almost broke 40 points, McCarty almost broke 50. Hell, even Probert was known to light the lamp.

No enforcer. Its a waste of roster space, they never fit into the wings' system of rolling four balanced lines and will put further strain on the top two lines to do the bulk of the scoring.

Currently completing a double major in biology and pre-med (biomedical science), and minors in Chemistry and German.

Go Broncos!

also: no enforcer, BS in biomedical science, double minor in chemistry and psychology, currently interviewing at medical schools (Wayne State was yesterday, MSU is on Thursday) for Fall 2011.

#2104859 If Lidstrom retires....

Posted by Echolalia on 25 January 2011 - 01:21 PM

offer sheet to doughty, give him lidstrom money for the next 10 years if thats what it takes.

I would love nothing more than to have Doughty in a Wings' uniform, but he's gonna be a King for life, imo

#2104713 "The Red Wing"

Posted by Echolalia on 25 January 2011 - 02:37 AM

Oh, don't be immature.

...It's just maple syrup to put on all the waffles.

That is the goofiest avatar I have seen on these boards