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@marti783 Almost completely agree with you. Agree with you, I should say, save for like 1 small detail. New Post about it. So yah, thanks for inspiring me to post.
1 year ago on Free Agent Frenzy Open Post
I want Brunner. A lot. He needs to stay, but yes, for the right price. It'd be terrible if we signed him big and he dropped off, but the thing I like about him is not just that he has a lot of potential, but that he actually scored for us in the playoffs. Quite a bit. Leino never did that.
Oh and also Vancouver's uniforms were amazing tonight. Wish they'd settle on those instead of Seafoam Green + Royal Blue with a C-word shaped Orca thing popping out of ice or whatever.
1 year, 4 months ago on Red Wings vs Canucks Recap: 3.16.2013
Pav was worth the price of admission three times over tonight (even in Canadian dollars!). He was absolutely incredible and I loved how the CBC guys couldn't stop praising his as the best all-around in the NHL and even the CBC intermission folks back in Toronto like PJ Stock couldn't shut up about Pav's magic.
Don't need to finish with a joke on the Eaves mention, Drew Remenda and Randy Hahn took care of that for you already. Dead Baby Jokes > Eaves Head Thing Jokes.
1 year, 4 months ago on Red Wings vs Sharks Recap: 2.28.2013
now legally consume vodka-OJs, gamble and hang out with our friend Patrick Kane over the off-seasons - To which I say "SHEEEEEHAN!!!!!!"
1 year, 5 months ago on Happy Birthday Petr Mrazek
6 of 6 possible points and none in shootout. Awesome.
1 year, 5 months ago on Kings vs Red Wings Recap: 2.10.2013
@behood19 But you wont have any money for a while after marriage! If you dont hold your tickets you'll never get back in, what with all the costs with which weddings are associated.
1 year, 8 months ago on Tickets, Tickets, Tickets
Actually it's just sort of the nature of the business that I'm in that we aren't "up for raises;" their more based on company earnings and personal evaluations by our management; although contracts for workers expire all the time. We do use our successes to get better raises and bonuses but we would never take to arbitration or anything like that...that's way too much of a union thang for us to stomach.
Oh I meant to say earlier too (but computer is acting wonky) that I agree on our business of not going after Weber. And gotta disagree with Garth...Jimmy D is like Jim Carey from Liar Liar. He should talk less, I've always felt, but he's not bullshitting us when he says they didn't go after Weber because of business principles. And if you want to criticise Jimmy D, Kenny and Mike Ilitch for their business principles, I'd say you're an ungrateful twat with an extremely short (less than 4 year) memory. I love what they've done with our franchise and though every offseason can't be blockbuster, I'm not gonna bitch because there are plenty of franchise with horrible owners/GMs/plans that are looking for a good staff.
1 year, 10 months ago on Jimmy D Tells It Like It Is
@marti783 "It's only fair to get paid what you're bringing in for the company you're working for." I disagree with that logic. It's not a mentality I can get behind because it's inheritantly against my principles as a capitalist. It's fair to get paid what you agree to when you agree to work for a company. If I save my company millions and make a change to an operating strategy that helps us cash in and make billions more, I get 0 extra dollars because I agreed to a salary. To say I deserve X amount of the company is cool if that's what is written in my contract when I sign on, but I, like hockey players, agree to a yearly salary. It's just a bit too much on an organised labour tactic and when you've already committed to a sum of money, it's tough to ask for more.
Which I why I think the owners are really F'ing up. They're worse than a labour union. Times are good, so naturally you ask for more money, it's a common tactic amongst striking labour unions. We want more money because cash flows are much higher than we agreed to terms in the last CBA. Yeah, I get that, but locking out the players is basically the owners way of saying "we're going on strike until we get more money" and that's my biggest problem with it. I hate to hear Jimmy D talk about the owner's "not letting a labour union push us around" when that's exactly what they're doing...only they don't officially belong to a union, per se. It's the same thing and it's a tragedy that it conflicts with my passion.
It's why I think replacements would be a cool thing. Owners don't get any plus side to it really, unless attendance is good (which it won't be), but the fans get something with which to keep themselves occupied and the arena workers get to keep their jobs.
Now that's funny.
1 year, 10 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.nightmareonhelmstreet.com/2012-articles/september/done-deal.html
Me and you posting in the same week? We're back!
@drw91 So Nashville has that going for them...
2 years ago on There's No Defending Holland - He Blew It With Weber | July
"anyone who thinks that Holland should've done this is a fucking idiot."
"what's fucking wrong with that?"
"If you think that Nashville isn't going to match this then you're stupid."lulz I love the way your keyboard compliments your attitudes towards people. It's adorable.
Seriously, everyone chill out! Not getting Weber is not the end of the world, I'm not convinced Holland is F-ing up and no one is stupid or a f-ing idiot for disagreeing. And remember, winning solves everything. And I think we'll rack up a decent amount of wins this year. As long as Jimmy's healthy and we can minimize the shots against, we'll be okay.
On the brightside, if he goes to PHI we won't have to see more than once or twice a year. He'll dominate the Pens (also good) and the players who won't be injured by blocking his shots will mean we'll have a healthy roster (esp. Dan Cleary and Patrick Eaves).
OKAY I'M TRYING TO FIND THE BRIGHTSIDE HERE!
2 years ago on This Sucks: Weber Signs Offer Sheet With Flyers | July
Howson is definitely managing with a phobia of a Detroit powerhouse and letting his emotions dictate which direction the franchise goes.
What if Detroit made such an offer that we put ourselves in a position to lose too much? And the additions put CBJ in a position to catch up to us when a (future injured) Nash doesn't get the job done and live up to a crazy contract, or worse yet, doesn't resign to become the franchise player we wanted?
But no, being stubborn and thinking "Detroit can't have our best player" regardless of the long term implications is Howson's strategy. Wish I could ask him how that's working out for him...
2 years ago on Wings Fans Can Cross Nash Off Our List | July
Growing up in a blue collar system, and very far from Phx, it wasn't until 2007 that I finally attended my first live Wings game against the Coyotes. First goal I ever saw live (Red Wings goal no less) was scored by none other than Jiri Who-dler.
I always had a soft spot for him, not quite as big a softie for Huds as, say, Mike Babcock, but I certainly never hated the little guy even when he would disappear for a while. Actually he and Sammy I never seemed to hate, especially not quite the same way much of the Wings faithful has.
And 2007? I know I know, it seems like it makes me a bandwagon fan, but trust me, I was there, listening to Ken Kal and Paul Woods on 97.1 The Ticket at my computer or watching on ESPN whenever I could for a long, long time before hand.
And I still, after missing 10 years of Phx hockey, have a better attendance record than nearly EVERY person in Phoenix.
2 years ago on Remembering the Happiest Hudler | July
@Reddy @Jay Argentina I agree with Jay. My company doesnt use labour unions on site (unless the sites vote one in, which rarely happens) and I think its a bit harsh to say we're in the wrong era of history for not wanting organised labour. Essentially, being traded is sort of like being re-aligned. Not always fair but you're working for the man, (and in this case making fucking hundeds of thousands to millions doing it); so either get over it or remember there's always a ditch that needs to be dug somewhere. Life isnt fair, and though the NHLPA protects agaisnt this stuff I dont like their role, especially in the realignment and especially in the CBA. As far as player protection, where they're only really needed, they do a horrible job (see also: headshots. See also: concussions)
2 years ago on The NHL's Opening Offer Is Insulting to Fans and Players Alike | July
Without going into my views on unions/socialised revenue/venture capitalist style ownership, I say the first two are disappointing in that they seem stubbornly, foolishly, needlessly severe and unfair. Im all for more to owners, it helps the stronger franchises pull away from the week ones, but an 11% swing? Eesh. Also the 10 yrs to UFA, what the H? Might as well say you own them forever once they sign their entry level deal.
Also, because I cant feel too sorry for people who make hundreds of thousands, nay, millions, I just dont feel too bad about any of the others. Arbitration is dumb, 5yr contracts dont seem paralizing to anyone, adjusting the cap/floor probably has some economic benefit Im too lazy to look up right now. All in all, being a hater of the idea of strong unions, I just hate how they can ruin the sport I love with their need for more money and their terrible ideas about how to earn it.
@garth Haha yep, thats my drunk typo and the writer that I am, I refuse to fix it. Drunk typos happen a lot when I post here, always shamelessly proud of them!
2 years ago on Nash, Semin, and Nashsemin | July
Good banter and interesting thoughts from everyone. I really just used this post to ejaculate some Semin jokes for everyone. They'd been pent up for a while, and you don't want to get too backed up on Semin jokes. May make your head explode.
Economies of scale I think he'll laugh at a 1 year $4M deal so I'll say 6.5 and maybe, worst case, match his WSH cap hit but I woudln't pay him 7 mil.
@MacAttack "Also, they play deeper in the crease to allow themselves to have a greater reaction time to pucks" Errrmmm....I'm not a goalie but I'm guessing that's NOT why people play closer to the goal-line as opposed to challenging. Maybe I'm wrong, but challenging cuts down the angles and also puts pressure on the shooters, and is not recommended for goalies with rebound problems (Luongo/Legace reference). Don't think the difference in space affords them much more time.
Also, the point of the article isn't to bash the goalies for cheating, it's to push the issue that a reduction in pad size would be favourable overall to the skills of the position and the excitement of the game (fast-reacting goalies like Thomas, Quick and Brodeur are fun to watch, plus GA would be up and that'd help our power play...okay I'm trying anything to help our PP at this point!)
2 years, 1 month ago on Goaltending The Way It Was Meant To Be (Or Why Lundqvist Is a Fraud)) | June
I always loved how surprised Vernie was by his Conne Smythe.
2 years, 1 month ago on Flyers vs Red Wings: Game 4 6.7.1997 | June
Remember when Maltby was dangerous? Wow.
Lidstrom shutting down Zubrus. Awesome.
@ChrissyKraceva @Twig Tyler of the Triple Deke remembered!
@Twig He was so short! I loved him even more for that.
@ChrissyKraceva that "knowledgeable fanbase" is also one of the loudest. Holy smokes, what a chant, each one, and all night.
I still have a Detroit Free Press newspaper diagramming that McCarty goal. It's an amazing goal. Like TDT said: Everyone knows what "The Yzerman Goal" is, everyone knows what "The Larionov Goal" is, and everyone knows what "The McCarty Goal" is.
Whoa, we killed less than 80% of penalties up to that point? Crazy! We can win with a shit PK!
CBC Colour Analyst (who's a majour douche) saying he'd love to see a defenseman win the Conne Smythe. "It always goes to a goalie or the player with the most points." So true. Good thing Nicky Lidstrom changed all that.
Seems like every shot on net by a Detroit player features another Detroit player fearlessly crashing the net. Weird, is that what wins championships?
Best game for sure of any Flyer goalie, ridiculously large shoulderpads or not...Hextall was strong save for the Lidstrom goal. Playing his ass of and answered that bad goal with some huge saves early in the second already.
@Twig He was our "Bonus Swede." Like Olaussen in '02 and Samuelsson in 08.
Boy do I miss Marty Lapointe.
What a loud LGRW chant this is. AND IT ALMOST MOTIVATES KOCUR INTO SCORING! Oh man!
Mike Vernon's style was so heart-attack inducing. I'm so glad I have a puck autographed by him. He was my fave.
Yzerman blocking shots. Inspiring team. I love him.
@Twig Hey remember when a PP didn't equate to an offensive zone faceoff right away?
Not crazy about the call, but whatever.
Wow. The highlight of the Konstantinov hit on Howerchuk was amazing.
@ChrissyKraceva Holy shit! Nice slapper Shanny!
That "Let's Go Red Wings" chant starts early. Gonna be a good one!
Can't wait. Looked forward to this all day (hard day at the office) so I'm ready for a beer and a hockey game!
Tyler at the Triple Deke has live blogged some historic games in the past, but not this one. Think he LB'd the March 26th 1997 game and the 2002 WCF Game 7, and some other silly stuff. But this should be fun.
Also, you can buy the game digitally, to have forever, on Amazon.com through their digital media something or other. It's like Amazon's answer to Netflix and I like that option.
2 years, 1 month ago on Live Blogging History | June
@JOHNxJOHN That's a great video. Thanks for putting that one up.
2 years, 1 month ago on YouTribute to Nick | May
I'm very glad he won the Cup as Captain. He really was a tremendous person and I think his greatness as a human being overshadows his greatness as a player, but that's a good conundrum to be involded in, if you ask me.
I also have countless favourite moments of him, most of which include either holding the point, firing a shot that was re-directed for a bit goal, or those times when he's skating backwards on defense and the forwards try dumping into the zone and skate past him by firing it along the glass and then cutting to the inside of the ice, and he'd so effortlessly swat it out of mid-air, picking it off the glass. Unbelievable how rarely you see that from any other player, let alone the young defensemen coming into the league now.
I think my other favourite memory of him was 2 seasons ago, or maybe it was this past season, when we were scrambling in the last minute with the goalie pulled, he took a puck at the blue line off the chest and bumped it out so another Wing could get to it and the ref called a "hand pass," so the faceoff came out of the zone. Mistake on the ref/linesman's part at an absolutely crucial moment of a game, sure, but Nick calmly skated over to him and told him it went off his chest, not his hand, and then lined up for the face off. Ken and Mick pointed out his control of emotions and why he gets the benefit of the doubt so much, because he's so rarely committing any fouls and is so respectful to the officials when he's wrongfully called. No yelling, no protesting of any kind, just letting them know what really happened. That's some serious composure, I was screaming at my TV and I have zero influence in the outcome of games.
Really just a perfect human being, and never demanded much attention, much in the way of limelight or glory quite the way some of the guys do in this game.
2 years, 1 month ago on Remembering Perfection | May
My other faves included the comments from their LBs. Oh how quickly they'd abandon their team and give up all hope in EACH game. Sickening. Also, the Polak Door. Hitchcock is such a weirdo but Blues fans ate it up and it was great to have the NBCSN/Yahoo folks get a few jabs in about how silly he looked out there. Just a complete meltdown, it was beautiful.
2 years, 2 months ago on Kick 'Em When We're All Down - Blues Edition | May
2 years, 2 months ago on Forwards We Could Use | May
Weird. I don't get it. I love Ken Daniels giving me some consolation that "even in defeat, we know we're better than you." I can understand why it's annyoing (it's Elitism at its finest) but dammit if I don't enjoy getting hard-ons for ourselves. You don't have to be gay to look at your wiener in the mirror and say "Yeah, that looks good." (Penny Arcade reference). Anyway, agree to disagree.
2 years, 2 months ago on Desert Night Life - Irresistible | May
Somebody ask Andrew if he'd by a Perry jersey if he came to Detroit
[ducks for cover]
@ThroatShot I was only half-joking as Eaves did time in Carolina of all places, home of the "Best (NASCAR) Fans in Hockey." But many people who have played elsewhere say Detroit is the best, Ken's always reminding us of that on FSD telecasts with Bertuzzi, Modano and Osgood's comments reflecting that.
And Almost-Every-Organisation can say that, you'll never hear the Coyotes say they have the best fans in hockey. At least not with a straight face.
@marti783 Whoa! It wasn't that long ago we had a "Changes Needed" article up. And this is bashing Nashville, which in my opinion is fun. I really need something to take my mind off of the disappointments of this postseason (and the last couple, for that matter), and watching Nashville and St. Louis meltdown are great decompressants for me. I am actually on the other end of getting tired of the "we need a change of philosophy" articles that are being put up by our peers. Not to say the Production Line isn't a great blog, but I'm like "I get it...you weren't happy this season, you want changes." Shadenfreude is the best quickfix for me until these changes come about though, and even when they happen (if they do) in the offseason, we have to wait til October to see them pay dividends. So yeah, I love stuff like this, but I may have some unfair Pro-NOHS bias going on.
And I don't consider talking about why we have the best run outfit as "smelling our own farts" when guys like Patrick Eaves call us the "best fans in hockey." And I guess I don't understand what you mean by teams that beat us before the '08 Cup. Anaheim did so and went on to win the Cup. Since then, SJ and NSH are the only teams to beat us outside of the SCF and it has been great to get have the ammunition that they haven't really won anything so they shouldn't be on any high horses (I say this, obviously, from my high horse).
Thanks for putting this up! And giving the fans some context on Scottsdale in relation to where they stay (usually right next to the arena). No surprise Radulov played like shit on Sunday...even getting called out by Kieth Jones as Puck Daddy points out.
But isn't it weird that they are suspended today. And not like, you know, Sunday, right after it happened? Isn't it like if Shanahan let players he suspended get one more game in before issuing the verdict? Retarded, as well as undisciplined.
@DetCapC19 Haha I think that is very far-fetched. Saying he should come back another year is a no-brainer and it's good for the game, the sport, the fans and probably the players since he exudes such an air of class. I wouldn't look too deeply into that one, they know it's going to be tough to keep him no matter what because Lidstrom or no, there are 30 teams interested in Suter.
2 years, 2 months ago on Nashville Exposed | April
"There's also the lack of hilariously absurd good luck going Nashville's way"
I don't know man, that Yip goal in Game 1 was about what I've come to expect from NSH. I mean I'm glad it didn't result in NSH winning but that's the kind of crap that they live off of. After that, I'll agree that their luck has seemingly run out.
Only problem is that I can't route for Phx. And I'm not too bitter about the Nashville series, we beat ourselves so I don't think they're a strong team nor do I think they warrant any hate from me. It's almost become a battle of which fanbase I can tolerate less. The Underwoods or the Oh-My-God-I-just-saw-Jeremy-Roenick-on-a-Scottsdale-Golfcourse-and-he-winked-at-me's. I mean really? Jeremy Roenick? Their icon?
Whoa look at our man Eaves! Nice stache indeed, and some of the best hockey hair in the business. Glad we could boost his spirits in any way possible. Miss that man. Thanks Josh (and Michelle) for the work put into all this, it's great to be a part of.
2 years, 2 months ago on Operation Eaves Complete! | April
Holland just bit into a sour grape it looks like.
I want Parise, very, very badly. And some good D-men because we're losing Stuart, Quincey was terrible and Nick (I know I may be burned alive for this) just may be leaving. Franzen has the ability to be a game-changer when he's on it but I'm happy either way it works out, keep him and we've got a good threat or ditch him and Hudler and get something more reliable in return (ie NOT a guy like Marleau or Pavelski).
It's tough, but in the end I trust Ken Holland.
2 years, 2 months ago on Changes Mean Changes | April
It's weird thinking how much younger than me Milan Lucic is. Very weird.
I like the comparison of the two though, they both bring different things to the table but side by side, Lucic & Franzen have (in the playoffs anyway) similar shooting percentages, 12 & 13%, respectively, but Franzen with 3.2 SOG/G and Lucic with 2.0 SOG/G. That helps Franzen's point/gm output reach 0.83 in the playoffs top Lucic's 0.57 points/gm. I know Lucic is younger and way more physical but you also get that dumb factor. PIMs, no one is mentioning the PIMs. Franzen has spent a total of 70 minutes in the box in his 7 postseason appearances compared to 173 for Lucic in 5 postseasons. And if you've seen the Bruins play you know that these aren't often "good" penalties to be taking.
2 years, 2 months ago on Keep Franzen, There's Nobody Better For The Price | April
@ThroatShot True on all ends except for Babs' "depth" comment. I think we're all looking a bit too deeply into that one. Pav, Z, Mule and maybe Fil and Huds are our primary scorers. Bert and the 3rd/4th liners, plus the D, I'd count as secondary (and tertiary, depending on the players) scoring. I think Babs was referring to that. Their D stepped up and was HUGE in the series.
Anyway, let's judge Babs by his results and not a comment or two. His results are 3 years of nothing beyond the second round. Not good enough? Of course not, but he had little to no personnel improvements over the years so I take that into account to.
2 years, 3 months ago on Pour Me Some Whiskey: Our Season is Over | April
@marti783 Bigger/Stronger is exactly what SJ wanted last offseason. Didn't work out for them, they had a crappier finish than us. Our defense was very good this year, but it could be better and we don't need to beef up to get it where it needs to be. I say we focus more on defensive accountability (i.e. new ass't coaches) and sharpen that scoring to a more consistent threat.
@Little_One Do we win Game 2 without Emmerton's goal though? It was the second of our 3 in a 3-2 win...tough to bench him after that...
@CalumB A deep, honest, heartfelt thanks to you CalumB. Means a lot. If there's a game we potentially run into one another next season, lemme know and the first beer's on me.
@Tnhgeno If it makes room for Parise and some defensive replacements, I'm all for it now.
@D.M.N Thanks man. And Prost! And a ziggy-zaggy-ziggy-zaggy-OY-OY-OY! while we're at it.
after 82 games of "Just wait til playoff-Franzen shows up"?
Just because I said that very thing about Franzen, I am against this :(
This is going to make you sick in the morning if you read it, so reader beware:
Odell IPA and Hazed and Infused plus some Kraken+Cokes for my liquor fix. Also, a nightcap of scotch (Ardbeg. Really, really peaty scotch).
I hate to look too far ahead but how about that second round matchup against Phoenix? Kings and St. Louis likely to meet and oh my goodness a WCF against the triple B's or the Kings? Yes please. Then my ideal SCF opponent would be the Flyers because Bryz is no Rinne, in my biggest understatement of the playoffs.
But it all has to happen taking it one game and one shift at a time. Team played well last game except for a few defensive brain farts. Let's hope that doesn't discourage them. They really possessed the puck well and either tested Rinne or beat him and sent it wide or hit the posts (Damn you HUDLER!). LGRW gangue.
2 years, 3 months ago on One To Remember... Or Not | April
This was my post from last year in regards to the same topic:http://www.nightmareonhelmstreet.com/2011-articles/may/feeling-superstitious-baby.html
Be interesting to see if anyone here commented then and look at how their superstitions have changed.
2 years, 3 months ago on Get Out Your Superstitions - We're Gunna Need All The Help We Can Get | April
Last year I hit the road to "get some" for Game 4 against the Sharts, missing its entirety. I swore to Drew that, since we won, I'd continue to forego watching until we lost again and that "I may not be able to watch another game until next season." I think I proved my committment to that by foregoing Game 7. Didn't watch a single win nor Gm7 and I'd file that under the "ones that start whenever they win and continue until they lose" sort of superstition you had mentioned. Unfortunately, this season hasn't given me much chance to develop a superstition I can rely on.
Oh and 2008 it was not exercising on gamedays plus drinking a homebrew I'd made during the game. I had 2 left for Game 5 and swore I'd save them for celebration (they were delicious) and after we lost I ended up drinking them both for Gm 6.
@Twig @OctoWing I thought you were serious at first there Twig but then I did a double take and saw you're implying the Preds have 7,438 fans. That's just silly!
2 years, 3 months ago on What the NHL is Dead Serious About | April
Maybe it says something about the maturity of us, but me and most of my internet "fake friends" (TM Herm) have described pooping in one way or another when making an anal-ogous argument to "player safety and suspensions" this postseason.
Here's mine to my non-hockey-watching-friends: 'If you have a guy raised by wolves living in your house, you expect him to be wild, but you need to let him know certain behavoirs won't be tolerated, regardless of result. So to say no injury happened and that it's okay is like letting him sink his teeth into your mother's arse when she visits and, based on her injuries, either throwing the book at him or just awkwardly ignoring it and hope everyone moves on. Same for catching him squatted in a corner ready to shit on your favourite J. Giels Band record. You need to punish the behavior, not the result. "You stop that!" is not a good enough deterrent just because he didn't actually lay cable on your most prized possession. It's an unacceptable behavior and you need to look yourself in the eye when things progressively get worse after that (which, in the case of Shittsburgh, they did. They really, really did get worse).'
And I totally 110% agree with you that they Philly/Pit debacle wasn't a result of the Weber hit, that's insane and people who think that way put way too much significance on what happens to people wearing the Winged Wheel. It's not quite as bad as saying "If Claude Lemieux never hits Kris Draper, 9/11 never happens" but they're both linking behaviors where there is no link.
For some reason this reminds me of the time I was shocked in 2007 of when Pronger got the suspension for elbowing Homer's head into the glass. Shocked. The league never suspends players for dirty hits on a Red Wing during the playoffs. Of course I thought maybe the world was finally making sense the day Pronger got suspended, but as Drew points out, the world just isn't making sense.
And I'm not really surprised.
2 years, 3 months ago on SHOCKING: Weber Not Suspended | April
My intent was to prevent the feeling of disappointment when they let him go.
It didn't work. I'm still pissed.
2 years, 3 months ago on Stunned: Weber Fined $2,500, Not Suspended | April
Absolutely poorly managed from the start.
2 years, 3 months ago on Suspension? I Predict No, Here's Why | April
I know hindsight is 20/20 but I feel like I'm the only who thought he should have sat as we got the news he was going to play in Gm1. Our PK wasn't in dire shape and I just didn't feel he'd be up for playoff intensity quite yet. People playing injured, even when they don't re-aggrevate their injuries, are more likely to get hurt (with a new injury) than those that are closer to or at 100%. I'm not happy he was in and I'm not happy he's out, but like you say, silver lining is that it's not career ending (like Modano...I'm ignoring the fact that Modano was old).
2 years, 3 months ago on Helm Out For Rest of The Playoffs | April
@JOHNxJOHN You summed up my post in 3 sentences. That's exactly how I feel.
@KevinMichael No, you're not. Thankfully. Weber's just such a bigger, physical guy that his presence alone is more of a "force." But this shit is a "lia-f***ing-bility man", to quote Rocco from Boondock Saints.
@ChrissyKraceva Oh the fine lines we walk when we call for retribution whilst Darren McCarty is in retirement and Todd Bertuzzi is skating with a Winged Wheel on his chest.
2 years, 3 months ago on Red Wings Playoff Recap: 4.11.2012 | April
@KevinMichael I have not heard his name as "iQ27" before but for that I thank you. It's wonderful!
There seemed to be a lot of ill-advised hate towards Stuart during this game on the twinternets, btw. But after he saved another goal along the goal-line (which is what he does), people shut the f*** up. Also, I'm angry, hence my latest post (shameless Sullvertising here).
Well if this isn't your best work yet then I'm a real blogger. Every tip is (apart from being masterfully numbered) either sound advice to me to help me cope with the anxiety and despair this time of year brings so often or what I do already.
I love being a Red Wings fan. Cheers!
2 years, 3 months ago on Playoff Stress and You | April
@garth No, you're a hater for saying we were sucking off Bert. And I'm not pissed, I honestly think the garbage you spew forth is hilarious. Think of me as the Stephen Merchant to your Karl Pilkington. Your stance on Ericsson is like his on monkeys. Talking shit, that's all it is.
And no, I didn't prove your point by saying it's the salary-cap era. My point is that it is much more difficult to shop for the perfect fit on your team at the optimal price. You have to take what's available and keep them by whatever capspace you can manage. Comparing his price to others on the team or those with more/fewer goals, which you continue to do, is simply not what we're doing here. That's all I'm saying. I'm going to stop trying to convey our difference in the term "salary" and "rating" because it's not getting through.
Clearly pissed off,
Sully :) xoxox
2 years, 3 months ago on Wings End Of Season Awards Banquet | April
Jesus, grow up, no one is sucking Bert off without a gun pointed to their head (you laugh, but you'd be surprised how often that happens) and I'm beginning to recall why "hyperbole" was word-associated with a certain hater.
Seriously, hate Ericsson all you want and bring zero facts to the table here while you're at it, I get a laugh out of it and it sparks meaningless pissing-contests of discussions. But saying he isn't worth his paycheck only makes me ask the question "What qualifies you to determine who on this team is worth any dollar amount?" The amount any player makes, at the end of the day, is determined by Ken Holland. And if his screen name is "garth" then I'll back the fuck up right now but otherwise this shit is way too much fun. It's like teasing your little brother for having a crush on the mentally deranged girl in school as he swears up and down "that's so stupid!"
Oh and "salary" does not equal "rating" in this universe. It's the cap era, let's all remember.
Okay, enough of dictating this little spiel, I'm getting parched and Bertuzzi hates how I perform when I'm parched.
I KNEW Edzo needed to get his eyes fixed when he made that call on Datsyuk's OT winner in Chicago about Franzen interfering! I f***ing KNEW it!
2 years, 3 months ago on Prediction Smirsmiction | April
@garth It's actually pretty clear Ericsson is the most underrated when you think about how much hate he had coming into the season. You can't blast the guy as a complete waste of space and say you aren't rating him low, it's a catch-22. He is better than most Wings' fans opinion of him, meaning they underrate him, which is all you're doing the more you hate on him. And contract, I'm not worried at all about how much money he makes, how the organ-I-sation rates him and how we as fans rate him are two totally different criterion.
And Kronner is definitely All-Star worthy. It's just a shame the All-Star voters are mostly idiots. Why on earth did Jimmy have to be a write in with the season he had? Oh and I apologise for saying he was 5th on the team in goals, double check says he was 6th. 6th in goals in a season on the Detroit Red Wings as a D-man is pretty solid performance.
White is very soft in the corners, and though he seems noticeably bad in those puck battles, he can cover for himself with good stickwork. He's basically like a light version of Rafaslki, costing us 1/3 the price. But I don't think he's 1/3 the D-man Raf is. So as far as being Raf-Light is concerned, I give him an all-around pass.
Not strong, in fact pretty weak and small. But sound technique usually.
That's precisely why I voted for him. He's "rated" by people so terribly low that it's not hard for him to exceed expectations. And he was actually pretty good this year. Turnovers happened, but they happened to everyone. And the stats (JJ at Wingin It in Motown has more on the CSSI) on the PK show he was actually, painful as it is to admit, our best PK defenceman. Scary, I know, but his absence supports that claim.
@garth I guess I'd say "we" are underrating Kronner. Not voted into the All-Star game with those stats is a crime.
And glad to know your Ericsson Hate extends beyond the realm of A2Y.
Just kidding, totally agree about Bert though. He seems only to do well in the shootout or when paired with Pav.
The best thing I heard about Hudler (don't want to sort through the emails we sent back and forth) is that Hudler is back to the level he was in '09. So that doesn't really count as an improvement. So if you voted for him, I hate you :)
People blowing those annoying Tootoo whistles. They all are really in for it.
2 years, 3 months ago on That's a Paddlin' | April
Letting Jim Howard get run by Jordin Tootoo. That's a paddlin'. Not capitalising on the power play to deter NSH from gooning it up. That's a paddlin'. Brendan Smith not playing, and it's not just that I'm soft on the kid because he was named after me (way after).
I'm offended that people think trigonometry is hard, but flattered at the same time because it makes me feel smart. Was that an actual tagline the Zohan movie used? I believe that it is, but it's also unbelievably stupid. It's like STLGT stupid.
2 years, 3 months ago on Don't Mess with the Johan | April
True, the team is like part of the family, yes. But I'm talking more about the stress that one feels when there's a game to look forward to in the evening and you can't focus on work because of the immense playoff stress and nerves one experiences all day. That's what is similar to coming home to a broken home.
2 years, 3 months ago on Bad Relationship? Wings Fans Know All About It | April
I sort of reminds me of that South Park where the Japanese are killing all the whales and dolphines "F*** you, whare! F*** you dorphin!" because they think that the atomic bomb was actually dropped from an Enola Gay plane piloted by a whale and a dolphin. Just replace that with Bertuzzi and Franzen and you can get an idea of the hatred.
But St. Louis was never bombed (from any outsider, at least). So why so bitter?
2 years, 3 months ago on Kick 'Em When They're Down: St. Louis Edition | April
I love these things so much, but this is by far the best "Kicke 'em when they're down" that has ever been done. It's not only incredible the things these kids say, it's also great you can gather some numbers to show how ridiculously stupid they are.
Does anybody know if there's video evidence of the Datsyuk's dangling in the third when he that the broadcast crew laughing after he lost a Blue in the nearside corner after several spin moves and dekes? No real majour chances came from it but just his ability to lose the guy and make everyone "ooh" and "aahh" in the process was pure Datsyukian artistry. I love that tricky little Russian.
2 years, 3 months ago on Red Wings Recap: 4.4.2012 | April
@brandic1313 JJ from Kansas asked everyone on twitter if the Leino Lounge is going to be replaced by the Kindl Klubhouse....and I promptly asked: Can we get the back of his jersey reworked to read "EKINDLSSON"?
I do love everything about this post, except the fact that this team never seems to be able to manufacture "playoff" intensity when it isn't the playoffs. So if they shit the bed, I'm not going to say it's indicative of their playoff effort in a week's time.
Anyway, LGRW and I hope to hear Milbury at intermission talk about how frustrating it is to watch the Red Wings play once again, just like last time we played the B'Lose on NBCSN-VS-OLN-CSNChicago.
2 years, 3 months ago on Detroit vs St. Louis: Playoffs Start Tonight | April
Patrick, we love and miss you and wish you a healthy future. The team sure isn’t the same without you in the lineup. I’ve been a fan for a good number of years, long enough to have a deep appreciation for the famed Grind Line of the 90’s and all the depth scoring, epic penalty killing, responsible defensive play, and trust in the lines out there during the last minute of play that comes with it.
Being a reliable PK and defensive specialist is like a badge of honour in Detroit, and we always look fondly upon the guys we can count on in the waning seconds of a game or shorthanded. It’s not embarrassing for me to say at all that it is really special to watch you play and give it your all each time you’re out there, whether it’s by blocking shots and making the ultimate sacrifice or getting those unselfish passes from teammates trying to set you up for a hat trick from 150 feet away. My heart skips a beat everytime I see you block a shot but we can always rejoice in knowing we have skilled players with a heart like yours and a fearless sense of sacrifice that will do absolutely whatever it takes to win.
It is all a part of the winning culture in Detroit and we love it that way, and miss our heroes when they aren’t able to continue giving it their all each and every shift. Get well, we miss you every game and still look for your return each night.
2 years, 3 months ago on Time to Lift the Spirits of a Wounded Wing | April
Being that there's no hockey in the desert I might donate some to the charities which I already donate. Child's Play (which gives toys/games to sick children) and just since The Children's Hospital of Detroit won my heart over in H2H, I still give to them. So they'd get more, plus some to cancer foundations and those that work with brain diseases.
I'd also be selfish and hire hands around my estate (I call it an estate, it's a friggin' house). That way I'd always have a fresh cooked meal, a clean house and a well-kempt yard.
2 years, 3 months ago on Mega Millions at $640 Million: Helping Others Live the Dream | March
Is there any research of an NHL-equivalent to the Madden-curse? If so, I don't want any Wings on the cover. Actually, I don't want any Wings on the cover to begin with. I'm old school, and video game cover recognition isn't exactly the attention I like. It's sort of like the NHL awards. Really there's only 1 trophy that matters.
2 years, 3 months ago on NHL 13 Cover: Which Wing Should Have A Chance? | March
Whoa now, Ken Daniels is awesome, what's this all about? He's intelligent, enthusiastic (whereas Strades is very monotone) and hsi chemistry with Mick and Murph is great. Plus he's condescending to opposing fans and at times teams/refs, but so subtly it doesn't lack class.
I think your phrase "Strader was the shit" is totally valid, he "was." But he's not anymore. He called games for Phx down here in the desert for a few years and he's got a lot of drive to be like Mike Emmerick, playing dumb and softballing questions to the colour analyst to make him feel smart and educaute dumber fans (which is what Phx needs) but too much of that has brought him into an ideal role for NBC-SN telecasts, which is to say that he dumbs it down too much.
Ken Daniels has a lot of insight to the past (both recent and back in Mick's era) and his trivial quips are usually ones that we pick up on and make us feel like we've been loyal fans for a long time, like when he references an obscure event and says "remember that?"
In any event, Ken ain't all that bad and Strades was ruined by Phx and is still being further ruined by Gary's NBC-SN/VS/OLN crap.
2 years, 3 months ago on 15th Anniversary of... | March
Emmerton at least shoots the puck on occasion and hits people too.
But Mursak...I love the kid because I love his fanclub. "Jan Mursak is amazing hockey player because he play for Detroit Red Wings!" Love those guys, one of my favourite Ken and Mick moments this season (amongst many).
2 years, 3 months ago on Nyquist Needs to Stay | March
The knee of McCarty into Lemieux's head along the boards after he drags him right in front of the face of who again? Kris Draper.
Or Mac scoring the game winner. Also amazing. Homer firing punches from his back as a rookie fresh out of Europe on Mike Keane was pretty cool too. Actually, everything about this game was cool. Except Adam Deadmarsh. That man gave me nightmares.
I think Conk's heart was only outdone by Pavel Valerievich playing clearly injured and still making passes and steals at ttimes from the seat of his pants.
An enjoyable game against the best team in the league, no shame in dropping this one on the road with the team we're icing right now.
2 years, 4 months ago on Red Wings Recap 3.21.2012 | March
It's his untimely penalties that seem to make me hate him. I think his play is actually acceptable, and come playoff time if everyone's healthy he'll be a good guy to have for that added depth and not have to rely on Kindl very much. But it seems every penalty he takes is because he's SO far out of position he has no choice but to throw his stake at the back of the guy's head who's on a breakaway.
I'm just not 'comfortable' with him out there yet, but he's got a few games to change that and, most importantly, like you say, let's not forget the context of the injury-plagued times we're in right now.
2 years, 4 months ago on Kyle Quincey: Reflections On The First Few Weeks | March
I'm not too worried about Howard either. And before I rant and rave about how pathetic it was, let's face it, we iced the Grand Rapids Griffins plus a 2 lines of actual Red Wings. What do we expect from a team with this many call ups? Doug Janik is on the ice for crying out loud. Look at the brightside, the kids like Smith are getting great experience and Nyquist has proven he's not quite ready to crack the lineup and be a legitimate threat just yet.
2 years, 4 months ago on Red Wings Recap: 3.13.12 | March
Even more reason to like it. Love it, actually. Thanks for that. And I see that our talking about it like this has helped it in the poles. Fun how that works.
2 years, 4 months ago on March Movie Poster Madness: Round 3 | March
Fahrenheit 451 is a Ray Bradbury Sci-Fi book ca. 1953 and is one of my favourite books of all time. Not sure the reference of 5-4-1 opposed to 451 but still, the 5-4-1 has my vote because the book is just so damn good.
41% of the votes say YES meanwhile 45 states say no....kind of paints the picture that nobody outside of PA gives a sh*t. Which is awesome.
2 years, 4 months ago on Intent To Know: We're A Red State! | March
Blaming the ice not what I meant, but look at the impact...you can infer his injury wasn't due solely to the shoulder. The ice contributed tohis injury and I guess my point is that you can't say by how much or how little, so you can't say that the hit alone gave him the concussion. Therefore, the shock value argument doesn't carry as much weight.
2 years, 4 months ago on Intent To Know: NHL Makes The Right Call - No Suspension For Kronwall | March
I thought for sure it would be, but Twig's explanation in the previous post clarified the rule for me. Good non-call. Not a dirty hit but the result is what people were up in arms about. And really, how much of the injury was the head hitting the ice?
Oh and Clement's comments on the refs not blowing the whistle. Yeah, about that, Bill Clement is a jackass, for starters. I know you're upset Bill, but come on, you're a professional, you can mask it a bit. Also, I can sort of see Philly fans' being upset about that. I don't know the rule specifically, but as I understand it they blow the whistle if the defending team's player suffers "a serious injury that needs immediate attention." Deemed by the officials of course. I've seen people lose testicles blocking shots and not move afterward, only to be scored upon because they couldn't move and no whistle blew.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTh9fo9znHk(Maybe that's why Bill Clement was so mad...)And the direxion the game is going with head injuries, and our stance on concussions/potential concussions, I just feel like maybe a possible concussion (Voracek's body language after his head hits the ice is disturbing) like that one warrants a whistle. I'd like to know what Shanahan tells those refs after he reviews it. Really wish I knew what referee feedback was like, being that players are so candid about spewing info from their talks with Shanny.
2 years, 4 months ago on Red Wings Recap: 3.6.2012 | March
@ShaneRozeveld Agreed, it probably will be suspended (I think it will) but not because Kronner is was targeting him. The head being the first thing he made contact with is what will be talked about. Could have been avoided, even if it's Voracek's dumbass fault for critiquing his own footwork as he skated out when he knows Kronner was there waiting. I mean seriously, if we add context, who DIDN'T see that hit coming? We held the puck in so long that both D had an easy time pinching because the PHI forwards were so tired. Of course he moves up, whether it's Kronner or Lidstrom had he been in that position. It just so happens that Kronner is going to blast you if you aren't paying attention.
The head was NOT targeted but it WAS the principal point of contact. Therefore, he gets suspended. Simple as that.
Lenny, perhaps? http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_fUzorZk31Ss/TDajlfVrzzI/AAAAAAAAHJo/0PAzR9RlN_I/s1600/lenny.gif
2 years, 4 months ago on Brendan Smith | March
@raputathebuta You've posted stuff here before that I've seen, but I'm usually too drunk to respond...so maybe I've said this before but your screen name here is without a doubt the best damn title I've read on the internet. Are you on twitter under the same name by chance? JFC, J. Geils Band fans unite. Talk about one of the most underrated acts of all time.
2 years, 4 months ago on Red Wings Recap 3.4.2012 | March
He looks like a Simpson's character in that photo. Which one?
I've never really enjoyed too many analysts out there, especially some of the stumbling slow talkers on NHL-N, but Kelly Chase last night really got me pissed off. He talked about how Detroit doesn't have team toughness and laughed a bit at Bickell firing punches to the back of Filppula's head. Okay, so you think we're soft and teams like CHI can walk all over us. Got it.
Then there was the highlight of Smith's fight, his first ever NHL fight and all he talked about was how great it was of Shaw to stand up to a guy who's much bigger than he is, and said "Shaw's got a lot of heart for a rookie" or something along those lines, totally excluding the fact that nobody knew the rookie Smith, who has played in far fewer games, was capable of delivering such an asswhooping. And oh, yeah, it means we're not as soft as he thought. But don't let that distract you from how courageous Kelly thinks Shaw is. Faggot. Shit like that really pisses me off.
Jan Mursak fan club might be one of the most amazing things on FSD all season. "He is our heedo because he play for Detroit Red Wings"
And when he almost scored Mick called 'em the gang from Czechoslavakia, I nearly pissed myself. "The guys from Czechoslavakia just jumped out of their seats and nearly fell four rows...(Ken adds that it's not just because of the excitement implying they're drunk)...but they didn't spill a drop!"
2 years, 4 months ago on Red Wings Recap: 3.2.2012 | March
Anybody remember when we won the Cup in '08 and Pasha led the league in hits going into the SCF? I loved his interview question about it, "what you think about being the league leader in hits?" He answered with "Friends with statkeeper. He give me many hits each game." The only deal is that Detroit statkeepers are usually pretty fair and Datsyuk was absolutely levelling people that season.
2 years, 4 months ago on Intent To Know: Proof That Secondary Stats Are Complete Bull | February
@DetCapC19 eeyup. They are that bad. Not only that, but we showed up with 15 minutes of no Pav, Lids or Jimmy. Funny thing though that Doug Janik tried really hard tonight.
2 years, 4 months ago on No Effort | February
Don't be too bitter about Franzen though. All season Mike has rolled 4 lines in the final minutes of a game (provided we're not on special teams). Not only is it a sign of trust in all his forwards, it's also a pretty big F-you to opposing teams that he doesn't need to "assemble" a special forward line for defensive purposes, which keeps that offensive threat alive.
And lastly, don't forget that Franzen's single shift in the final 2 minutes was over and he was on his way to the bench when Derty Bert "iced" the puck. So he stayed out there some extra time. That being said, his shot block attempt was weak and his entire gime that night was lazy and very uninspiring. I'm not going to defend his entire game (it was noticeably awful) but I will say his shift in the last 2 minutes will happen again with a 1 goal lead, and as long as he's playing better overall than this I'm okay with that.
2 years, 4 months ago on Red Wings Recap 2.23.2012 | February
If I didnt' get FSD+ in HD I'd go crazy. I feel bad for the tons of loyal hockey fans displaced so the Pistons can try in desperation to get better ratings (at the cost of hockey? Whatever).
2 years, 5 months ago on Detroit vs Nashville: Extend the Streak | February
@Reddy Goonery? I actually think most people opt for "pugilism" in these circumstances, but yes, I agree. And who really, I mean really, wants to step up to Todd Bertuzzi? Other than people with a deathwish?
2 years, 5 months ago on The System We Ott Not to Play | February
"Ken Daniels will prove to be consummate professional...but we'll have to wait and see."
I'm actually totally cool with either, but I'd prefer (just a bit more) that he takes the high road because that's the Red Wings way.
2 years, 5 months ago on Another Great Morning | February
@ThroatShot True. I constantly compare us (which is never right, nor ever fair) to the 2008-09 Wings. The team that only played in the third, or when it mattered...and had a losing record against non-playoff teams. Really a heartless, lazy team many nights but still able to win some. Difference between us and them, other than superb goaltending, is that they weren't in first. And didn't have it when it mattered in the regular season and that caught up with us. Plus, we know the 'blah' play tends to leave when the flip that playoff switch.
2 years, 5 months ago on Flyers vs Red Wings Recap: Record Edition | February
Nice Patrick Eaves hint...We Will Not Forget.
2 years, 5 months ago on Gameday Movie Poster & Open Post: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly | February
@ThroatShot Aherm...Boudreau. Not that it matters. But yes, that was also a great moment. Like "Yeah, well, okay." Then he reached behind him into a bucket of chicken.
2 years, 5 months ago on Ducks vs Red Wings Recap 2.10.2012 | February
Also, in regards to the 3 stars of the game as per Detroit Media, I had this to say (this on the A2Y LB):Joey with an absolutely amazing game. Second star only because we know we can't afford to let Durdy Bert get into one of those "I seemed to have misplaced my confidence, my ski mask, and my piano wire" kind of moods.
This was the night in which bad bounces were going to end the streaks. The Hockey Gods were not in favour of us most of the game, but Joey won their favour. Thank Bog!
And the PP is improving, but in OT it looked like they lacked desperation. Still, 19 is 19 is 19.
"I mean, she said I could either have a luxurious life and all the glory I could ever dream of, or one more night between the sheets with Sidney Crosby. And I'm like, 'no brainer,' amiright?"
2 years, 5 months ago on Caption Contest Time! | February
There is. His name is Doctor Hellstrom. I've read his book (written by Frank Herbert) called Hellstrom's Hive (which was based in the US a time ago). Interesting read.
There are also female lower halves in his underground lair, just legs and a pregnant belly, much like a stump, with tubes and wires connected. So yes, many more Nick Lidstrom's are on the way. If only we could keep pesky government agencies from foiling the plot..
2 years, 5 months ago on Babcock Convinced Lidstrom Will Return | February
But seriously, who the F are the Leafs going to ice that can remotely compare with the likes of Yzerman, Shanahan, McCarty? Not saying Toronto hasn't had great players, but the time when they were a powerhouse was so long ago compared to Detroit that it's simply unfair for Toronto fans to have to watch Yzerman absolutely dominate them once again.
He's doing this for the good of "the center of the hockey universe," as Dickbag McBurke would say.
2 years, 5 months ago on No Stevie? Y? | February
Haha it's great for me to discuss other people's E-fifty-twophobias. It's like spreading Error-Awareness, or starting an EFG (Ericsson Focus Group). And no, just because other people aren't failing doesn't mean you should, but that's ridiculous. My point wasn't complacency, it was about optimism. Totally different. "Not living up to the contract" is different for Jon-E than it is for Scott Gomez, per se. Again, neither is okay but one isn't as big a deal as the other, and certainly neither allow others to follow suit.
2 years, 5 months ago on Oilers vs Red Wings Recap 2.8.2012 | February
Oh and can we snag Wendel Clark since he played a few with us? That'd make to Leafs faithful piss themselves, wouldn't it?
2 years, 5 months ago on Yzerman Back in the Winged Wheel | February
The Russian 5 + Brownov. That'd be cool. I know, I know, it's impossible, but it'd be cool. Also, is Murph gonna play? Kind of a dick move if we don't ask him to being he still works for us in the booth. Plus it's only fitting that Toronto doesn't ask him to play.
Dom and Ozzie back in net would be great, I'm okay if Vernie doesn't make it because he was with us so briefly.
When he uses his size as he should, he's very effective. And he did that several times to get good clears on the PK and good coverage on some 5 on 5 shifts. And again, blaming him for the first goal against is a bit too "I need a whipping boy" for me and I think a 5-person failure on the ice isn't worth blaming on one person. But that's just me.
And talk about not living up to his contract, there are much, much worse athletes out there that don't so I can live with Jonny for now. Besides, his flashes of brilliance only make him more marketable on the trading bloc if you want to look at the brightside.
He strikes me as a giant douchebag, just by his twitter account and the interviews in which I've seen him...so I'm going to refuse to acknowledge the fact that he has more goals than Helmer in fewer games on the fourth line. It makes me way, way too angry to think about.
I actually thought Ericsson was one of our best penalty killers. Did great work during the 5on3. Also, he's taking a lot of flack for his challenge immediately after the Cleary hit, but what no one is asking is where the other defensman was. I think the other defenesman should have been back since Ericsson was across the redline, but again, because he's our whipping boy, it sort of goes un-noticed. In any event, I'm glad it didn't cost us the game.
Boston Bruins, anybody? Their PP was like 8% in the playoffs. Bog f***ing awful.
2 years, 5 months ago on Red Wings vs Canucks Recap 2.2.2012 | February
And just because I'm an engineer, I have to say this...it's 0.038 if we're talking about a difference as a W/L ratio, but percent it's 3.8 % (x100). Still, they both win an average of 9+ games per post season, and considering our last 2 post-seasons have been disappointments, I'm thinking Babs and Kenny gear up for a big push this year.
And the author's point might not be to say that we're nothing without Bowman, but it sure comes across that way. Babs wins everywhere, at every level, because he's a winner. And if people want to say it's just because of the team, or the GM, or the things Scotty did before he left...who cares? Let 'em. They're just bitter and trying to find a way to make themselves feel that we won't still dominate the next 20 years of hockey. But we all here know we will.
Haters. Who needs 'em.
2 years, 5 months ago on Idiot Of The Week: Bowman Only Reason For Wings Success | January
Well this means we won't be losing 7-2 tonight.
And great McCrimmon ceremony by Calgary. I really thought it was nice.
2 years, 5 months ago on Gameday Movie Poster & Open Post: The Man Who Wore The WInged Wheel | January
I like how the entire Colombus Blew/Jack Its roster is on the table for being dealt. Man, that franchise is really in the dumps. Here's to hoping the Pittsburgh Penguins Model for Success works out for them.
2 years, 5 months ago on Trade Target: Forwards | January
My 3 Stars:1 - Jimmy Howard2 - Brad Stuart. I mean, come on...that hit changed the game.
3 - Gilbert Brule. Because Phoenix, you still piss me off with how dumb you are.
2 years, 6 months ago on Blues vs Red Wings Recap 1.23.2012 | January
Also big thanks to friend Twabbis @travisseake for the Bertuzzi Bread art. Inspired by our "Bertuzzi Bread and Butter" discussion, which was originally a pic of bert with spin arrows indicating rotation.
2 years, 6 months ago on My Night in Jail | January
@Josh Howard I hear when there Bert Reaper comes for you, he shows you the real meaning of life. And the real meaning of life is make pilgrimages to the Joe and say 19 Hail Howes under the banners of the Winged Wheel.
Way late to the party, I realise, but we can thank work for that. My favourite part of this game was definitely Jiri Hudler...and his awkward stretch-healing after taking that Fistric hit. Specifically, this photo sent to WIIM courtesy our old friend, Casey Richey.http://yfrog.com/nzp7zp
2 years, 6 months ago on Red Wings vs Stars Recap 1.17.2012 | January
@ThroatShot Condsidering we've never had problems drawing penalties, and we still play the same style with even more speed, I just think it's an agenda from Commissioner Bettman to tone us down. 2 PP's per game with this team if flipping ridiculous.
2 years, 6 months ago on Coyotes vs Red Wings Recap 1.12.2012 | January
I love beating this team. Pav and Z were like Eurotwins again. And Filppula was very good, Franzen played a lot better than the last game and Jim Howard continues to be dependable when we have brain farts.
I thought the Miller-Helm line had way too many turnovers though, I was quite disappointed in their lack of puck-control and poor decisions at both blue lines. Thankfully, none of it came back to bite us in the ass.
Nyquist impresses me, but really makes me drowsy. Waiting for us to roll out some Dayquist.
Honestly though I like the kid, he's been noticeable, great puck handling skills and very shifty and a good skater. Just needs to score already. Andersson has some potential but like you say, he seems so weak for his height
And speaking of all these Swedes, think they're excited for the World Juniors Championship tonight?
Chris Conner has also impressed me this season. I'll never be able to think of him outside of his shootout fail but he seems to be better than that highlight indicates.
2 years, 6 months ago on Return of #41 | January
What is a Robert Lang, exactly?
Hated that man. He's a nobody.
2 years, 7 months ago on Someone's Hurt...But Who? | December
Someone get on the horn to Bettman to let him know that's an impostor in there. I repeat, that is NOT actually Sid(ney) the Kid(ney) crying and throwing his helmet.
Seriously though, that little "I don't want to be around you guys" bit makes me want to call him "Lil' Mario" based on his statements after Rosby went out.
And yes, Jerry Sandusky and I mastrubated to this video.
2 years, 7 months ago on Home Video of Crosby Discovered | December
I'd have to say J.J. from Kansas is a 'must-follow' for me. And though @mserven doesn't block quite like the NOHS site here, he's a pretty good resource for following the Wings as well as the game of hockey in general. And what the hell, I might deny you but you can always try to follow me: @sullyosis
2 years, 7 months ago on Show Me Your Twitters! | December
I know you don't much like Joey Mac and we've had some talk here lately about him, but I really thought he proved himself as a competent, capable backup last season. Exclude that 7 or 8 goal debacle and he had a good season with us a year ago. He's also doing well in GR (can't think of his stats right now but they up there with some of his better seasons).
And this "worst-case-scenario" if Howard gets hurt, yea we'll be screwed but so is any team who loses a Jim Howard Caliber/Non-ASG caliber goalie.
In Kenny we Trust.
2 years, 7 months ago on The Detroit Goalie Conundrum | December
"where the opposing team scores first, or takes the lead"Also taking a 1+ goal lead into the third. For the first time since that season I don't go fetal and slowly sh*t myself as we crumble and lose our edge and will to win and eventually lose in a shootout. Those days, during the last 3 seasons, took a lot of years off my life. This season has added some back to it though.
2 years, 7 months ago on Comparing the Comparables | December
I actually followed along on Five for Howling through the first period. I was so hoping we would kick them while they're down here, thanks for posting this man. It's beautiful. They "hate" Red Wings fans and said repeatedly we were "the most annoying fans" they know. Going to as many Wings/Phx games as I've gone to, I can say for a fact Detroit has one of the most well behaved fanbases in Jobing.com arena. We're just a massive force and we're very loud and always very happy because we have a great record there.
Their bitterness adds IBUs to my pale ale, believe it or not.
2 years, 7 months ago on Kicking em While They're Down: Phoenix Coyotes | December
it's just a damn shame I had to put up with Tyson Nash because the Detroit feed was blacked out for some reason. I know the 'reason,' but seriously, I pay a lot of money to be able to watch Wings games with Ken and Mick. No reason that privelege should be taken away when they play at home against Phx. Really retarded Bettman logic there. Hate it when I can't choose my feed.
2 years, 7 months ago on Coyotes vs Red Wings Recap | December
Haha wow, and there I was at work, thinking I'd be banned for my lewd comments! Thanks for adding that, it's almost just as good as a post for me!
2 years, 7 months ago on Gameday Movie Poster: Coyote Ugly | December
@DannyG Sweet avatar, my photographer took that one last time at H2H2.
Anyway, I heard a point that ideally we'd like to have an 8 and a 7 out west, and an 8 and a 7 in the east. This didn't happen because of the volatility within the Phx organization, and if they move in the next couple of years (which is likely), then it will probably be very, very eastward. This will then give us two 8 & 7's in each half of the continent without needing any re-realignment. However, had they done two 8&7's now, they'd need to re-realign once Phx moved.
2 years, 7 months ago on The Elephant In the Room Regarding Realignment | December
@ajp28 Agree to that as well. Although I'm excluding last night's "penalties" from discussion. Last night ALL of the officiating was absolute garbage. None of those PPs were deserved, except Kronner's puck-over-glass. Kindl's penalty for tripping Oshie as he cut to the net was clearly a dive, some of the holds were weak on both sides, and Elliott's flop to get a charging call was so bad, I thought he hurt himself on his fall backwards. God awful game for the refs.
2 years, 7 months ago on See that Commie Dressed in Red? Me Neither... | December
Ericsson last night made a pretty excellent case to get Commie22 back in the routine. He was miserable. Of course, he is our whipping boy, and the game before Ian White played like a bloody, sh*tty nightmare of the game-losing-turnover type.
I think we sit Jonny though, he's a "repeat offender" under the laws of NOHS for dicking up defensively with brain-farts that lead directly to big goals against.
I kept referring to the young Swede as Santa Claus last night for all the gifts he gave St. Louis. Just awful.
@JOHNxJOHN The Only reason I'm not voting for Jimmy is because the All Star Game means nothing to me. And the way it's structured I'm pretty sure it means even less to an NHL Goalie. They're made to look like fools in the skills competition and if they play well and yield zero goals, people bitch that it's a "boring" all star game. A 1-0 final would be a complete disaster. Plus as we hard as we ride him I think it'd be good to give him a weekend off with the wife and kid.
2 years, 7 months ago on Welcome Back, Stevie. Howie Lookin'? | November
I say the Big House because, like DetCapC19 says, I've already done a baseball field. I payed 300 for each ticket at Wrigley (all the way from Tucson, AZ baby!) and I'd pay probably the less to see this one, now that I've already seen one and more seats at a bigger stadium means I have more options.
But the baseball fields have some places where it's tough to see. UM for sure is the best choice. Any discounts for high-profile blog admins?
And who to play? I say Boston...MON/TOR are Canadian teams and they won't want to waste ratings (thanks NBC!). Original Six is the way too go and NYR plays this year and CHI we've already played.
2 years, 7 months ago on 2013 Winter Classic - Detroit's? | November
@Jordan_Reis @Red_Wings-Devilmasta Don't we still have MacDonald? What happened to him?
2 years, 7 months ago on 22 down, 60 to go | November
Jimmy Howard is our MVP, far and away he has surprised the most (even though we all knew he was very good to start the season). He's really cut down on the goofy goals against and even reacts to deflections better this year. And the defense in front of him is just a bit more physical than last year, don't know how or why it has helped but our Shots Against are way down from last year. With Jimmy in net and shots rendered 25 or less, we have a winning formula.
@D.M.N It's funny bc it's true!
2 years, 8 months ago on Maybe I Don't Drink That Much" | November
@D.M.N Haha I said "we" at least. And this blog is really in high gear now with our newer additions, I'm glad it's not dependant on any of my incoherent drunken ramblings like last season. It's definitely the Premier Wings blog now.
Where the hell have we been?
Good stuff about Pav. That guy has the best quotes. My fave is his take on the NHL Re-alignment. "I just hope we don't get moved to the KHL."
Oy. Howdy from AZ.
Not. Giving. Up.
2 years, 8 months ago on Remember, No Slacking." | November
I only want him to go to the ASG so he can turn them down at the last minute. Just for the Red Wings fans...
2 years, 8 months ago on Howard's Not Just a 2nd Star of Week, He's an Elite Netminder | November
I hope you're right, but I'm still not optimistic this team has it together just yet. Moslty because I still haven't watched Saturday's game. Watching tonight though, an odd night not-on-the-road for me.
2 years, 8 months ago on Are We In The Clear? | November
Haha wow this article turned into a Kessel discussion. That's cool though, I feel like that sort of implies that Shanahan isn't doing anything TOO crazy if people's main take away from this is Kessel-stats.
2 years, 9 months ago on Shanahammer Hits Letang | October
@Lauren H Haha I knew I was forgetting teams but was too embarrassed to look em up. My stubbornness prevailed. Also, being drunk helped.
2 years, 9 months ago on Divisions - Location, Location, Location | October
I agree. Suspendible play for sure, and I'd like to leave the length out of for 1 reason. The length of suspension is still being adjusted to reset the culture of headshots in the NHL. We're going to have to get used to what seems like over-the-top suspensions until we're re-adjusted into thinking that all similar headshots are worthy of 5 reg. season games.
and if you think we'd be okay with anything less if Smith played for Chicago and nailed one of our guys like that you're fooling yourself.
2 years, 9 months ago on Smith Gets Five | September
It was determined the other day that the Hudler photo is the best photo on the Gore. I am of the mind that it should go without say the photo of Patty Eaves and his dog Ruben (or, more likely, friend in a dogsuit) be accepted as the second greatest photo on the internet.
2 years, 10 months ago on Patrick Eaves and the Michigan Humane Society Have Teamed Up Again | September
Thanks DMN. And I know it was "Gutless" that JR called Marleau, not Heartless, but you get the idea. And besides, that video game series rocked balls.
2 years, 11 months ago on Hello Again | August
Perhaps all this talk of what a Swedish Pylon he is has him thinking along the lines of an "Andres Lilja." Just maybe...
3 years, 2 months ago on Ericsson Has Got to be on Crack | May
@D.M.N Oh I like the Mule, because I'm a sci-fi nerd and Asimov's Foundation Series has "the Mule" who is a completely ridiculous superhuman. But that's just me. Franzenstein I reserve for when he looks mangled like he does this year.
I was actually worried the visor might mess with his game, since he never wears one and he's a bit of a sensitive guy who doesn't like leaving his comfort zone much. But that wrister on the breakaway was twisted...
3 years, 3 months ago on Photobomb Phoenix Round 1 | April
I laughed, out loud no less, the hardest at the Franzen pic from Sr. Naujok. Hilarious retelling of the Legend of the Franzenstein. Good going, sir.
Come to think of it J.J., I think I heard a comment about weight. Think someone accused me of weighing "100 lbs wet", which is cool with me.
And D.M.N., the best part is that we as Red Wings fans refuse to acknowledge any "rivalry." It doesn't exist. We are better and we know it, and we don't mind coming here to show em how it's done.
3 years, 3 months ago on Sully has You Covered | April
I LOVE (all caps to signify I REALLY mean it) that jetotes logo. It's brilliant beyond anything I'd ever expect to see in making fun of them. Simple, yet very offensive to these peeps.
3 years, 3 months ago on Wings 4 Jets 2 | April
Agreed on Doc, he's always been a favourite of mine too. But I think Panger is great as well, he's good friends with Stevie Y and Ozzie, so I think he's got a soft spot for Detroit too. When he used to be the colour guy for Phx, he'd always be very respectful when Detroit came to town and would always have nothing but praise for us. So I like him too.
Anyway, Helm's "boarding" penalty is total bullshit. What the hell was wrong with the hit, did he leave his feet? I like how Jovo got all crime boss on Helm too, like he had a problem with the hit. Douche.
3 years, 3 months ago on A Good Start | April