RP-29's Comments

Posted Friday April 18, 2014, About: Threat of roster overhaul looms in Phoenix
Their lunch pail brigade style is a necessity for competitiveness because they have no scorers.

I'd expect Dave Tippett would get better quality hockey out of Malkin than Bylsma has.
Posted Friday April 18, 2014, About: Threat of roster overhaul looms in Phoenix
Only once in the history of the Phoenix Coyotes has the team had an 80-point scorer. Tkachuk did it their first year in Phoenix. Yandle led this year's team with 53 points in 82 games played.

The only seasons of his career Malkin has NOT hit 80 points is when he's played less than 70 games. He had 72 points in 60 games this year.
Posted Friday April 18, 2014, About: Threat of roster overhaul looms in Phoenix
Trade Keith Yandle, Martin Hanzel and a 2nd round pick for Evgeni Malkin?
Posted Friday April 18, 2014, About: Most important matchup in Wings-B's
"if there's one Red Wing who can turn Chara's stick into a 65-inch feather duster, it's Gustav Nyquist."

...or Pavel Datsyuk or Darren Helm or Tomas Tatar or ...
Posted Thursday April 17, 2014, About: Will Miller crack?
Bullschlitz. There's no hockey on SportsCenter.
Posted Wednesday April 16, 2014, About: The NHL's model franchise?
That's cool... To each his own. You can like your Captain Caveman. I've always preferred Bugs Bunny.
Posted Wednesday April 16, 2014, About: Packers ready for Favre reunion
Classy.
Posted Wednesday April 16, 2014, About: Packers ready for Favre reunion
Didn't you know? He's wearing Levi's now and it's got Wrangler fans whipped into a raging frenzy.
Posted Wednesday April 16, 2014, About: Cup drought weighing on Sid
Would you prefer to have the Pens get knocked out right away against Columbus to have a better shot at a coaching change?
Posted Wednesday April 16, 2014, About: Cup drought weighing on Sid
Think Trotz will wait til the Pens get knocked out to see if he can inherit this team?
Posted Wednesday April 16, 2014, About: The NHL's model franchise?
Wow. Bouwmeester would've been a nice addition to the Wings defensive corps, but I'm definitely pleased that trade didn't happen.

That said, Burke & Co would've probably ruined both players' careers and wasted the draft pick on a Russian.
Posted Wednesday April 16, 2014, About: Packers ready for Favre reunion
Packer fans' reception of Favre will be directly proportionate to how he presents himself to us cheeseheads.

If he casually walks onto Lambeau wearing Levi's and a neutral-colored tee shirt, fans will perceive that as he's still holding a grudge against the organization and the reception will not be very warm. If he walks out wearing Levi's and a Packer polo, the reception will be mixed. If he runs out of the Packer tunnel wearing his #4 jersey in full pads with his helmet in his right hand raised over his head, all will be forgiven and Packerland will roar.
Posted Wednesday April 16, 2014, About: The NHL's model franchise?
"more physical defensively unless Niklas Lidstrom comes out of retirement"

Note to the Boston Globe: Lidstrom was not a physical defenseman. He utilized his superior hockey intelligence to perfectly position his body and stick to nullify scoring opportunities.
Posted Tuesday April 15, 2014, About: For Hertl, beating L.A. is personal
While some of this is true, there are some significant oversights as well. Here are a couple more major differences.

NBA - You can win multiple championships with two or three great players plus a collection of scrubs.
NHL - You can win multiple draft lotteries with two or three great players plus a collection of scrubs.

NBA - Entering the season, only about 6 teams have any chance at a championship.
NHL - Entering the season, only about 6 teams have no chance at a championship.
Posted Tuesday April 15, 2014, About: For Hertl, beating L.A. is personal
I'm in the same boat with Pavelski. One of the best two-way players in the game; clutch; born and raised in Wisconsin; lead the Badgers to the 2006 NCAA Championship... but he plays for the Sharks.
Posted Tuesday April 15, 2014, About: The Ducks have a goalie problem
I have a close relative in his mid-80's who spends a good chunk of his retirement days playing Elder Scrolls and Diablo on his computer while his wife sits next to him at her computer playing casino games.
Posted Tuesday April 15, 2014, About: The Ducks have a goalie problem
Sadly? What's to be embarrassed about? You have knowledge of iconic instances of entertainment history.
Posted Tuesday April 15, 2014, About: The Ducks have a goalie problem
Yeah, when I saw the playoff bracket for the Stars, I immediately related Stars fans to Q-Bert and coiled purple snake.

I then related the Wings being in the East to Link acquiring the Master Sword.
Posted Monday April 14, 2014, About: A surprise return for Zetterberg?
When Datsyuk came back, he struggled to get up to game speed for the first week or so. Not only would I be concerned about Zetterberg's health, but I'd also be concerned about inserting a guy into the lineup who will slow the team down.
Posted Monday April 14, 2014, About: A surprise return for Zetterberg?
For sure! That horrendous PK tandem of Lashoff and Quincey is going to be heavily exploited in the playoffs.

All reports I've seen indicate Ericsson is on about the same timeframe as Zetterberg for a possible return.
Posted Friday April 11, 2014, About: Will the KHL tempt Ovi?
Of the top 30 goal scorers in the league at this moment, 21 of them are plus players and 9 of them are minus players.

Of those 21 plus players, all 21 of them are in the playoffs (Benn & Seguin haven't clinched yet).

Of those 9 minus players, the two players that are closest to even (O'Reilly -1 & Marleau -3) are in the playoffs. All 7 remaining players sitting worse than -3 already have their tee times set.

The line is clearly drawn. Goal scoring is great, but if you don't play defense, you don't play in the playoffs.
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