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« Reply #60 on: January 20, 2020, 07:24:53 PM »
All-Star break is nearly here. Wings have one more game before it. Another loss today came at the hands of the really good looking and old rivals, the Avalanche. A 6-3 loss that concluded with an empty net goal. Pretty par for the course for the 2019-20 Wings.

Still have the most goals against and still have the least goals scored. A quality recipe for being last in the league, which they are. I don't really want to dwell too much on what's bad as this team is fully in their rebuild. The goaltending is very rough and that's not helped by the defense being bad like it was last year. Kronwall is retired, Danny DeKeyser has barely played this year. So we are putting our defensive faith in Mike Green and Trever Daly as the leaders of that crew. As such, you get what you get. But here we can also start with the positive. Filip Hronek has stood out this year. He's a very young player who is looking pretty good and has been a key offensive contributor which no other d-man seems to be at this point. He also gets plenty of ice time. Young defensemen usually take longer to develop as dependable players you can trust in all situations, but Filip is on track. This is his breakout year and when the old guard is not resigned, it's he who will be surely taking a top 3 spot on the Wings D in terms of salary.

Offense - Is there any vet that is bringing much of anything to the table this year? No not really. Helm, Filppula, Abdelkader, Nielsen. There likely isn't any room for them in the league once their contracts are done. Anthony Mantha is having a very nice year despite injuries. It's a big deal as last season Larkin rose to the occasion and Mantha seemed stagnant in his development. This year Larkin is putting up less points per game. He won't come close to his season total last year, but it will be another solid year. Who knows. If the Bertuzzi, Mantha, Larkin line can stay together for the rest of the year he might not even be that far off. Speaking of Bertuzzi. He is positively surprising. Current point leader on the team. That's not a good thing when you assess the team, but it's impressive on Tyler's part. Fabbri is another positive surprise. A young player who had bad luck with his knees. He gets plenty of time here as opposed to St. Louis. What's his long term outlook? Mmm I can't really say. Let's see if he notches 20 goals this year. Lastly, Filip Zadina is now on the regular roster. Anticipated to be a scoring machine, he has a lot to learn and this year is a crash course for him. 24 games played. 6 goals so far. There's about 30 games left. You would like to see him finish with high teens in goals this year. He just has so much to learn. Keep him playing you know.

I heard some hype around the players who played at the under 20 World Championship this December/January, but man I never keep track of prospects until I hear they might be called up or they have huge buzz about them in the league they play in. So I have nothing to add to that.

Tl;dr - Wings are awful and the old vets are gonna have a hard time finding an NHL gig after their contracts are up with us.

edit - forgot abut Frans Nielsen originally when talking about the forward vets. I think he is used on the PK at least.
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« Reply #61 on: January 23, 2020, 08:08:27 PM »


A little bit of fun nostalgia. And man look at all those mid-90s graphics haha. Soooo good.

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« Reply #62 on: January 31, 2020, 04:34:05 AM »
Tomas Hertl out for the season. Torn ACL and MCL. On the most innocent looking collision too. If the Sharks season wasn't already a dismal failure before, it will be now. Ship Jumbo Joe to a competitor cause he ain't winning a Cup in San Jose.

https://twitter.com/NBCSSharks/status/1222729223393005568

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« Reply #63 on: February 02, 2020, 02:10:20 AM »


Please meet up in the playoffs. The Battle of Alberta is hot this year

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« Reply #65 on: February 06, 2020, 08:43:53 PM »
Ovi tha god  8)

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« Reply #66 on: February 11, 2020, 11:36:08 PM »
Jesus Christ we suck so much. I went out to watch today's game at a Sabres bar (some friends from Buffalo), and it was just awful.

 :'( :'( :'(

Edit: Oh no. Jay Boumeester collapsed on the bench. I hope this is nothing career ending. Usually it has been though. Hoping for the best.
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« Reply #67 on: February 12, 2020, 09:01:05 AM »
Shit that was scary to watch :( His dad was there too for their dads' trip, imagine seeing that happen to your kid :-\

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« Reply #68 on: February 14, 2020, 05:28:30 PM »
He gone! Another coach gets dumped (on Valentine's Day of all days). A little late for Minny to try to pull something off this year, but the whole team is just not built to win shit if we are honest. A middle of the road team for a better part of the decade or so? I feel bad for Bruce. Not surprising that he didn't complete this season.

https://twitter.com/mnwild/status/1228349989946056704

edit: oh wait. It's Valentine's Day so I gotta add some little topical quip. Uh... heartbreak heartbreak
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« Reply #69 on: February 22, 2020, 10:02:39 PM »
Alex Ovechkin joins the 700 club. Secretly hoped it would happen tomorrow against the Pens, but hey this is sports not Hollywood.


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« Reply #70 on: February 23, 2020, 11:06:21 AM »
Another emergency backup goalie situation yesterday, I like stanning for those guys :rejoice  I don't even like Carolina or Toronto but I had to watch the replay to see the zamboni driver in action  8)

Also Canucks wiped the floor (ice?) with Boston, you hate to see it  :jawalrus

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« Reply #71 on: February 24, 2020, 02:47:12 PM »
TSN TRADE TRACKER

Big one yesterday was Kovalchuck to the Caps.

For us Wings fans, we gave both Mike Green and Andreas Athanasiou to the Oilers. Sam Gagner came back our way and several draft picks.

The Oilers also grabbed Tyler Ennis from the Sens. Looks like they are building their offense for a playoff run this year so that they have more than just McDavid and Draisaitl taking care of scoring.

Patrick Marleau is going to get his chance ofr the Cup this year with the Pens who gave the Sharks a 3rd round pick. Kinda surprised they couldn't convicne SJ to take a 4th round pick instead, but that's neither here nor there. I'm curious if Joe Thornton gets traded too. I don't see why not.

And speaking of the Pens they also picked up Conor Sheary and Evan Rodrigues from the Sabres.

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« Reply #72 on: March 02, 2020, 06:17:26 PM »
Gonna watch the Wings tonight after not seeing any of their games for several weeks (did I miss something? No lol). They currently sit at a "-120" goal differential. It's gonna be fun to watch the Avs who are looking like a legit contender this year. I mean the rivalry died eons ago so I'm not getting all heated up for this game for that reason.

Also gonna be fun switching to the Oilers/Preds game. Watching McDavid and Draisaitl is beautiful.

As for the current standings. The west is a wild one. Who knows how the wild card will shake out. Arizona constantly looking on the outside in. Can't score enough even though they went out to get Kessel and Hall. Hmm... what's the deal there boys? Goaltending has been strong. To miss out on the playoffs with that type of goaltending speaks volumes of your offensive game. Can Minnesota sneak in? They shouldn't. they aren't exactly a good team and it looks like they will finally be rebuilding after this season. Winnipeg. Biggest disappointment this year in the West? I would say so. They had some tough off season loses to their roster, but this is a team that with a few tune ups should be competitive for several seasons. Nashville is sort of in between. Pekka Rinne is no longer good it seems and that's been their biggest issue. Saros has played just as many games as Pekka, but hasn't fared that much better. It's never a good thing to have your goalies both playing below a .910 save %. Perhaps the biggest issue for Nashville is their special teams. They are no good on both sides. I don't know. Of all the bubble teams in the west, I feel like they are the ones who are playing with fire. Though I'd rather see them in the playoffs than Minnesota.

The East is kind of clearer. Florida is bad. They stink even at home. Screw em. Rangers lost Kreider to a broken foot (or something like that). So they are done. Carolina lost their number 1 goalie in Mrazek and I'm not sure how long he will be out. But c'mon. You guys have to knock Columbus out. Columbus really ain't that good even if it's a feel good story of how they overcame losing most of their star players in the offseason. Carolina actually went out to improve their team at the trade deadline. They have a few games in hand over Columbus too. Funny thing. Columbus' last game of the regular season is against Carolina in Raleigh.

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« Reply #73 on: March 11, 2020, 11:32:42 PM »


The NHL telling the NBA "ya'll cowards don't even smoke Corona-chan"

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« Reply #75 on: March 12, 2020, 01:39:33 PM »

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« Reply #76 on: March 12, 2020, 02:00:16 PM »
Well shit. I guess it's better to not take any chances but I'm still bummed  :corona_mj

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« Reply #77 on: March 17, 2020, 06:45:04 PM »
It's early on in this Corona-chan timeline. Nobody anticipates any hockey in April.

Some ideas that have popped up in the meantime:

https://www.tsn.ca/nhl-players-spitballing-late-july-return-august-postseason-1.1458274?fbclid=IwAR3UDrDr10bNX-EfwbyUW5TSTDtQGUWesygULYI12FpsmnN8Cc3xRFnVxTc

This one seems pretty wild. Especially with how they would push the conclusion of the season to nearly the end of summer. Considering how you still have a 20-21 season to play after all.

https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/24-team-stanley-cup-playoffs-look-halted-season/

A little less crazy scenario

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« Reply #78 on: March 19, 2020, 11:31:29 PM »
I figured the Bruins would come out on top this season, but not like this. :lol
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« Reply #79 on: March 23, 2020, 10:14:30 PM »
Most interesting

https://www.instagram.com/p/B-DDytwhIZE/

That's Tayler Hall and I'm assuming his girlfriend.

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« Reply #80 on: March 24, 2020, 06:36:21 AM »
https://www.instagram.com/p/B-DnBVaDNnG/

Ilya Kovalchuk also doing some things with his wife

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« Reply #81 on: March 24, 2020, 06:39:24 AM »
I'm just assuming in 9 months there will be enough hockey babies born to form at least a few future NHL teams  :larry

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« Reply #82 on: March 24, 2020, 10:15:41 PM »
https://wgnradio.com/sports/nhl-extending-isolation-period-for-players-and-staff/

NHL extending isolation period for players and staff

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Deputy commissioner Bill Daly on Tuesday confirmed the NHL has asked that players and staff extend their self-quarantine 10 days beyond the original March 27 timeline to April 6 further pushing back the earliest team facilities can reopen.
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Commissioner Gary Bettman said recently the decision to resume play would be made in accordance with health officials. The league is working on various scenarios about what a potential return to play could look like.

Bettman remains optimistic about resuming this season and awarding the Stanley Cup. That could mean playing games deep into the summer or early fall.

The NHL plans to stage a full 2020-21 season, even if it means starting as late as November.

Nothing surprising. Heck here in Chicago I think we're under quarantine until April 7th anyway (for now).

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« Reply #83 on: April 05, 2020, 12:26:34 AM »
https://www.tsn.ca/nhl/video/lebrun-nothing-likely-to-change-for-nhl-following-call-with-president-trump%7E1934230

Nothing much to say about hockey at the moment. The video in the link is relevant after Trump spoke to multiple league commissioners today. I don't know if Lebrun meant he doesn't expect hockey in 2020 or if he meant he doesn't expect this 2019-20 season to have an ending. Because I think this season is done for, but I'm not losing hope for the 2020-21 campaign to start in October just yet.

Plus Calgary won't have any gatherings until after June 30th for now

https://www.tsn.ca/mayor-no-flames-stampeders-games-in-calgary-before-june-30-1.1463128

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« Reply #84 on: April 05, 2020, 12:38:55 AM »
So we can just call this season for the Bruins right? :rejoice
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« Reply #85 on: April 05, 2020, 05:58:21 AM »
 :) :'(  :awesome :heart :hyper :rejoice :like :success :preach :win :aah


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« Reply #86 on: April 07, 2020, 07:14:45 PM »
best thing about this downtime in the season is all the classic clips popping up or recaps of them.



 Hey Patty :ufup

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« Reply #87 on: April 11, 2020, 11:20:02 AM »
Tragic news

https://twitter.com/EdmontonOilers/status/1248988749746155520

Somehow thought he was going to pull through. Sadly that didn't happen.

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« Reply #88 on: April 11, 2020, 11:42:31 AM »
Damn, RIP. I also thought he could be treated somehow  :-\

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« Reply #89 on: April 11, 2020, 02:05:46 PM »
RIP. So sudden. :(
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« Reply #90 on: April 13, 2020, 08:22:20 PM »
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« Reply #91 on: April 22, 2020, 12:18:54 PM »
https://twitter.com/AndySlater/status/1252982970161549313

They can just play the games in Arizona. No one would notice the difference.

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« Reply #92 on: May 08, 2020, 06:18:03 PM »
Not much to report my boys and girls. Season still in limbo. Don't know about the draft at this point.

A few things that happened this week:

Washington Capitals cut Brendan Leipsic. turns out he's a misogynist pig and a bit of a behind the back shit talker.  :hmph

the NHL will not play its scheduled European season openers for the upcoming season. There was going to be a game in Finland and the Czech Republic.

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« Reply #93 on: May 21, 2020, 11:39:17 PM »


The look at the 24 playoff team idea if the playoffs started immediately. the buzz in the last 7 days has been to use this structure.

That's your NHL update for the time being.

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« Reply #94 on: May 28, 2020, 09:44:06 AM »
Lol. Settle down there NBC Sports social media person  :lol

https://www.facebook.com/NHLonNBCSports/posts/3219252838094971

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« Reply #95 on: May 28, 2020, 10:49:37 AM »
B's racking dem awards up :win

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« Reply #96 on: June 03, 2020, 09:29:31 AM »


Interesting roundtable.

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« Reply #98 on: June 06, 2020, 05:46:31 PM »
Big Z is the best. :'(
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« Reply #99 on: June 11, 2020, 08:22:19 PM »
Phase 3 begins July 10. That means training camp. Resuming games date has yet to be determined.

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/nhl-unveils-plan-return-ice-205704515.html

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« Reply #101 on: June 19, 2020, 10:18:05 PM »
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« Reply #102 on: June 24, 2020, 05:46:12 PM »
https://www.tsn.ca/jarome-iginla-doug-wilson-kevin-lowe-among-hockey-hall-of-fame-s-class-of-2020-1.1489175

2020 Hall of Fame Class

Jarome Iginla
Marian Hossa
Doug Wilson
Kevin Lowe
Kim St. Pierre (Canadian female goaltender)
Ken Holland (GM of the Oilers and had much success in Detroit, though left the team on a lesser note after fumbling the team's rebuild the first time around.)

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« Reply #103 on: June 24, 2020, 05:52:42 PM »
I just assumed everyone on those Oilers' teams was in the HoF.

It's always been the Hall of Very Good, so no shock Iginla and Hossa made it.

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« Reply #104 on: June 24, 2020, 06:00:35 PM »
I think Iginla and Hossa are legit. Hossa probably the best Slovakian player in the last 30 years. You could argue he shouldn't be first ballot perhaps. But when I look at that I would say he's about as first ballot worthy as Teemu Selanne or Mats Sundin.

I really can't speak on Lowe and Wilson. I just don't remember them as players (Lowe I should remember, but *Reggie shrug*).

Though I can't help but think that Alfredsson should have made it in. Just as worthy as Iginla. Just as important as Mats or Jarome were to their respective long time franchises. Mogilny should find his way in one day. I think he's mainly hurt by time passing by and not enough montages to remind people that he was damn special.

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« Reply #105 on: June 24, 2020, 06:11:01 PM »
Yeah, they're in the same tier as Sundin and Selanne (though I think Selanne's had a better peak). Hossa was a stud defensively (Alfredsson wasn't bad himself).

Iginla and Hossa are legit. I just meant by the standards set by the HoF, they were easy picks.

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« Reply #106 on: June 26, 2020, 08:28:22 PM »
Red Wings select 4th
Sens select 3rd
Kings select 2nd
Unnamed team from preliminary round will select 1st.

Derp me in the face

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« Reply #107 on: July 01, 2020, 11:14:22 AM »
https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie/status/1278297602128216067

Stealing this from our good boy Madrun Badrun

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« Reply #108 on: July 01, 2020, 11:19:31 AM »
Not playing in the US seems like a wise move.  :lol

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« Reply #109 on: July 01, 2020, 08:34:33 PM »
How's the corona situation in Toronto? I read some panicky comments about it somewhere, is it really that bad there?

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« Reply #110 on: July 07, 2020, 02:27:13 PM »
The season really looks like it's gonna continue.

https://www.tsn.ca/nhl-nhlpa-on-verge-of-labour-peace-plan-to-resume-games-aug-1-1.1492767

Key dates:

Team training camps start - July 13

Teams go to their respective hub cities - July 26

Preliminary playoffs begin - August 1

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« Reply #111 on: July 07, 2020, 11:11:52 PM »
I don't post much cause I'm trying to ignore everything until games are being played again, but I really appreciate the updates Echo. :heartbeat
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« Reply #112 on: July 07, 2020, 11:15:29 PM »
Reading my early posts in the thread reminded me how much I miss hockey. :( Fuck.
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« Reply #113 on: July 09, 2020, 05:28:57 PM »
Lindy Ruff has to cross the bridge to his new job.

He is now the head coach of the New Jersey Devils

https://sports.yahoo.com/ap-source-ruff-become-devils-coach-fitzgerald-stays-151432582--nhl.html

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« Reply #114 on: July 09, 2020, 06:10:41 PM »
This will be the first hockey season I ever watch. Rooting for the Rangers.

Watched my first hockey game the other week. Loved it.
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« Reply #115 on: July 09, 2020, 08:47:25 PM »
This will be the first hockey season I ever watch. Rooting for the Rangers.

Watched my first hockey game the other week. Loved it.

Nice!

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« Reply #116 on: July 10, 2020, 11:51:49 AM »
Also the Rangers are in a hardcore rebuild phase right now, which actually might be a great opportunity to join as a fan. Good timing Cindi. :)

That said I bring it up because until the team is actually rebuilt, their performance will probably leave something to be desired. But if you're a fan it likely matters little to you.
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« Reply #117 on: July 10, 2020, 05:23:46 PM »
Just enjoy Panarin scoring goals and making other teams look foolish till then.

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« Reply #118 on: July 11, 2020, 11:15:32 AM »
Also Mika Zibanejad :heart

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« Reply #119 on: July 11, 2020, 01:57:06 PM »
https://sports.yahoo.com/flames-hamonic-first-opt-nhl-restart-160739667--nhl.html

First player to opt out of season. Travis Hamonic of the Calgary Flames. Easy to understand. He cites his baby daughter. Me, I also site the fact that Calgary has 1% chance of winning it all.