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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, 5 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