This isn't the night to get on the hype machine, unfortunately Crosby's one of the rare ones that lives up to the hype. If you think two goals and four points isn't a HUGE story after the guy missed eleven months I don't know what to tell you.
"NHL needs to learn how to market its top players like other leagues."
"Holy sh!t. NHL.com is talking on and on about Crosby's insane night. What idiots."
Am I the only one annoyed that this thread about something real that is positive is being turned into a personal complain fest?
Seriously. I don't think any of these guys have egos. If I was in that section, I might think Rolston or Heddy was acknowledging the fans too. Honest mistake. Big deal.
And for posting quotes from players about the fans...that's what it is all about. This isn't about having an ego but knowing that the players are appreciating what this group set out to do: supporting the team during a tough year and giving them some energy (an actual home ice advantage). The arena seemed loud on TV on Friday and it was awesome. I can't remember a regular season game that loud in years (not including Rangers, Banner raising or Marty record games). Now is it all due to the supporters? Of course not, but you can't deny their energy. Hopefully their energy carries out throughout the building or helps pick up on other energy areas around the building to the point where you won't need to decipher between any sections because the whole stadium is rocking.
I think a few people are just judging this group based on a few groups before them and are ready to pounce on them for no real reason.It's a fvcking cheering section for goodness sake. Everyone is supporting the same team. What is their to fight about?
I can't even begin to describe how idiotic that timeout by Jim Caldwell was. It was pretty much insane. He gave the Jets an extra timeout. There was absolutely no way that the Colts were getting the ball back. He called timeout at 33 seconds, so if he doesn't call it they won't get a play off until 23 seconds and you make a young QB scramble. Instead, you stop the clock and give the coaches a chance to call their best play. Absolutely crazy.
While this might not be the most popular idea after what has transpired over the past year, but there were still a ton of great moments that came from Jamie that are worth celebrating. It was only a short time ago that Jamie was one of the most respected players on this team by the fans, and it seems like no matter what we thought, he still was very respected by his teammates. Once again, we don't know what happened behind the scenes or in his personal life over the past year, so it is hard to judge. Maybe Jamie would have done it all differently if he had the chance. Anyway, let's get back to the good stuff and keep this thread positive. There were some good times...really good times.
My favourite moments:
2003 playoffs. 11 goals and really stepped up in the first 3 rounds when Elias and Gomez were nowhere to be found. Kept this team alive in game 7 against Ottawa with 2 goals.
2008-2009 season. It was a really fun regular season partly due to the ZZ Pop line. It was exciting every time these guys got on the ice. You thought something could happen. Then in the playoffs, missing just 3 games due to arthroscopic knee surgery and scoring in game 7.
Dolphins talking to Jim Harbaugh as possible candidate for the head coaching job....not sure if that's a good mix (or that Harbaugh is ready for the NFL)
Personally I think he should take the Michigan job (it's probably a better fit and I wanna see him prove himself under some pressure before he jumps to the pros)
Sorry Crasher. You are very wrong. Jim Harbaugh is ready for the NFL. He's a hell of a coach. And why would he go to Michigan when he is probably the most sought-after coach in NFL history. 4-5 teams are bidding for his services. No reason to fix the mess in Michigan.
Just read Rolston's quotes from TG, and all I could think is that Brian Rolston needs to shut the fvck up. He got a ridiculous contract that severely overpaid him. Not for one minute of this contract did he even play close to the way he did with the Wild. Brian Rolston was never worth $5 million at any level in his career, and he certainly never lived up to that amount here. His agent took advantage of a pathetic free agent year just like Wade Redden and Brian Campbell's agents did. And look where Wade Redden is...stuck in the minors for years. Brian Campbell could be there too but his contract is just too ridiculous, and it cost the Hawks some serious talen this off-season. So he should count his lucky stars he isn't where Redden is. Because he could have been there a long time ago. It helped that the Devils were not in cap trouble and things were going so well in 2009 for anyone to really care.
Where was the great shot to help the power play? Where was the great speed he had? Where was the good two-way game and the effort? None of that has been there for two-and-a-half years. Instead we saw some serious pansy ass sh!t along the boards and a piss-poor effort.
Oh and Rolston things he is a sacrificial lamb? Here's a message to him: You're not a sacraficial lamb you idiot. You don't think Lou has tried to move half the roster already. He'd trade 4-5 guys, but knows he can get some value at the deadline. You on the other hand have no value. Not only do you have no value at your current contract, but not one GM in the league would take you at half the price. But you blame the economy? Is that a joke? Have you seen teams slow down the spending? The answer is no. Still a ton of players getting overpaid. It isn't the economy. It is 29 other GMs in the league have you seen you play against them and know you suck. That is why no one wants you. Because you fvcking suck and will be 39 next season. It is because you have 2 goals right now and are on pace to finish the year with 6. It is because every team for the league min can get a guy who will give more of an effort and might score the same amount of goals. But sure blame the economy. And back to the sacrificial lamb part. You want to know a real sacrificial lamb? How about John MacLean. The coach who got canned for coaching a bunch of sh!tty hockey players like yourself with big ass contracts like yourself. He will most likely not touch a head coaching gig for years if he is even lucky because of players like you with big fat contracts. That is a sacrificial lamb, especially when the GM cant get rid of half your teammates. This is the new NHL. sh!t like this happens to guys with big contracts all the time. Except most of those guys are simply cap casualties who actually give a fvcking effort. You are lucky you are still with the Devils and not in Albany. Maybe down there you'd see some guys actually working their ass off to get to a league you've taken advantage of for the past few years. Take some responsibility.
I still can't get over how Ilya Kovalchuk ruined Brian Rolston's career. I mean Brian was living up to every $ in his contract for a year and a half before Ilya was traded to this team. He's gone downhill ever since.
Now don't get me started on how Ilya has ruined Matt Corrente's development...
I'm not sure if Lesnar will work out. He is hated universally it seems by UFC fans, and if no one thinks he is going to lose, I'm not sure how much interest there will to watch him squash opponents, especially one that everyone hates.
UFC is different than WWE and I think a lot of the fans are too.
Maybe Triumph can tackle this on his blog, but was Tallon that instrumental in the rebuilding of the Blackhawks? I see a GM that drafted two obvious stars in Kane and Toews. I don't think anyone else would not take Kane #1 overall and Toews 3rd overall.
But Tallon made a ton of blunders in his time as GM. In his first draft, he swung and and missed by taking Jack Skille with the 7th pick. He followed the draft up by signing a few players to ridiculous contracts. He gave Khabibulin a 4-year $27 million contract, which at the time of a $39 million cap was dumb. It is still a very crazy contract nowadays, but even more so at the time. Tallon then added Lapointe and Aucoin to 4 and 3-year deals respectively to round off an unimpressive first off-season. Lapointe's deal was worth $7.2 million.
He gave Christobal Huet an absolute awful deal (4 years at $5.635 a season) Gave Brian Campbell a cap crippling contract worth $56.8 million over 8 years. Although he made a very nice trade to get Patrick Sharp, he undoubtedly overpaid to keep him with a 4-year contract worth just a few hairs under $16 million.
Now Tallon did do some great work getting Havlat for practically nothing. And made possibly an even better move getting Kris Versteeg for nothing. But for every good move he made, he seemed to balance it out with a sh!tty contract.
Keep in mind that the draft picks of Barker, Bolland, Seabrook, Byfuglien, and Duncan Keith were all made before he was named GM. Although he was part of the organization at the time, who knows how much he had to do with any of those draft picks. Probably not much with scouting wizard Marshall Johnston on the staff.
The "clerical error" with the RFAs had to be the final straw for a GM that has left the Blackhawks in a very messy situation next year. Stan Bowman has a lot of work cut out for him.