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    News From Around the NHL

    "No bed bugs at Doral"
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    GDT 9/17 - Blackhawks at Red Wings 730 EST

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    Reddit red wings thread

    Is this some sort of new radical therapy?
  4. What?? Hot-n-Ready Pizza's aren't good enough for them?? Live by the sword...die by the sword.
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    News From Around the NHL

    We were the 4th worst team in the league last year. I hate to say this as I'm usually pro "accumulate talent based on priority of needs"...but we need major help in every area. Offense, defense, goal-scorers, shut down D, offensive D, puck movers, ....you name it and we pretty much need it. I'd lean towards best available talent with the best contract terms for the Wings and our 3-5 year roadmap. We could debate the bigger wants/needs for months, and maybe Stevie and the Wings brass have a better idea of what gaps to fill first, but the reality is that we need a lot on both ends of the ice. Just my $.02
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    Zadina Says It

    Nice!! The ol' "I'm not very good at my current position, but believe I could be super successful if I took a promotion to a higher position". 60% of the time, that argument works every time!
  7. I see you point but IMO highly, highly unlikely Kronner ends up in GR. A couple of reasons I have this opinion: GM's (just not our previous loyal Kenny, but most GM's) don't do this to veteran guys who are going on their 16th season with the team and have played a integral part in winning Stanley Cups. They find other options for them if they don't believe he can contribute on the NHL level. Also, from Kronners perspective, I think his pride would not allow this to happen at all costs. I think he'd have a talk with Stevie about hanging them up or options on a graceful way out. And I wouldn't blame him a dam bit.
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    "The Russian 5" Documentary

    Watched it (finally) last night. Really, really good. A lot of good insight into how tight that team was off the ice. Loved it when Mac explained the difference between a sucker punch and getting cold cocked. Hilarious. If I had one very minor "I would have liked more" from this, I would have liked to have more insight from Stevie on his perspective as the Captain and how he dealt with their style of play, speaking very little (if at all) English when they first arrived and how this effected how they communicated, how he dealt with the perception among the other teammates that "Russians were bad for NHL hockey", etc. However, top to bottom a outstanding film. Yes! I definitely got the impression that Kozlov had a major edge to him.
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    News From Around the NHL

    My buddy just texted me: If we could sign him for super cheap $$, do I think we should sign Phaneuf for a 1 year (2 max) to stabilize our D and provide some leadership until we're able to bolster our D via GR, draft, and trades? My one word response back to his very long text was "NO"
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    Maybe. As said by Jonas I don't remember hearing anything at all publicly about this. IMO-Hard to think that Holland could have blocked anything from the owner of the team and a guy as hands-on as Illitch. What leverage would Holland have and why would Illitch even need his approval to do what we wanted to do?
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    Kinda dumb piece. It's like documenting the collapse of your washing machine. So great at first, but WHAT!!!!....after 20 years it breaks????! Preposterous!!! Moving on.
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    Signed: Finnish Defenseman Oliwer Kaski

    This Highlight reel (and most in general) of young players are awesome. Two minutes of them high fiving their teammates, replaying every highlight three times...each time in even slower motion. I need one of these!! Me making a sweet transfer of leaves into the yard bag, me loading the dishwasher with supreme efficiency, pulling up close enough to the drive through ATM machine so I don't have to "superman" out of the window, etc. I could easily fill a....3 minute highlight reel.
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    Holland set to become GM of Oilers

    Totally agree. Had to be tough for him and he's handling it with pure class.
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    Holland set to become GM of Oilers

    Heard Holland on the radio this morning. Today, he sounded like the whole notion of him being the architect and making the Stevie Y thing happen was posturing and BS. Paraphrasing, but he made a comment along the lines of: The Ilitches made it clear that this was a distinct possibility (bringing Stevie in as GM), with this being a possibility he felt it was time for time to step aside, and the Illitches made him a fantastic offer. A few weeks ago when the announcement was made, there was some press hype that this was Kenny idea from the start, and he was proactive in making this happen and was pushing for this to become a reality. IMO-Didn't sound that way this morning and I sensed in his voice that he wasn't jumping for joy throughout this whole process. Probably really happy for Steve and wishes him and the Wings the best, but I think the press MAY have gotten out of their lane a bit on reporting this.
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    Holland set to become GM of Oilers

    Since Edmonton seems to have miraculous "luck" with landing the 1st overall pick, Kenny may finally find himself in the rare position of getting THE top prospect to build the Oilers. That would be new and interesting to watch unfold in the sense of player pick and said players development. Another topic for another day:....how the Heck does the Oil land so many 1st overall picks? Canadian Hockey Elite Conspiracy? Next question: with such top end talent coming in, shouldn't it be a punishable by law that they've been pretty much garbage (except for 2016-2017) for such a long time. I don't get it.
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    Is Mike Babcock overrated?

    Yeah, overrated in regards to what they are paying him for sure. If I had my pick, there would likely be two current coaches who I'd take over Babs. However, what happened to the Leafs/Babs last night I believe more a testament to how awesome the NHL Playoff's are and what a massive grind and accomplishment it is to win The Cup. The "second season" is a bit cliche, but it's soo true and what makes the playoffs compelling even in the 1st round. Compared to some other pro sports like the NBA, the 1st round is really a formality (e.g. see Piston's basketball). With the NHL, you never freakin know and "upsets" happen every single year. Crazy...but awesome. Babs will have a tough summer and likely a tough road ahead in Toronto indefinitely until he either gets them The Cup or deep (like game 7 of the SCF deep). He'll bear the brunt from of an old saying he saw here daily in Detroit: "To whom much is given, much is expected".
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    Report: Detroit to name Steve Yzerman as GM

    Super excited for this new era in Wings hockey. First off, THANK YOU KENNY! You brought us some AMAZING accomplishments in your time. Not always what the fans/myself wanted, and I questioned and swore your name often, but you overall slate of work was outstanding. Thank you. Although freakin super pumped about Stevie...now that this is official...it's kind of bittersweet. Stevie had closed out his career here in Detroit in the classiest way, and really couldn't have walk away in better standing with the Wings fan base. He was The Captain and beloved by all of Detroit. Now, another chapter. Will I be hating on/critical of Stevie in the future?? Yep, likely won't agree with some of his moves. That's what sucks, sometime in the future I'm going to be critical of Stevie and I never thought I'd be in that position after he retired. For me, will i now have to compartmentalize that he was a LEGENDARY player for us...but not so much as our GM? Hoping I won't, but prepared to do so...being a GM is tough. Dam...I kind of liked him up on that pedestal under the glass case.
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    2019 Draft

    This video compilations of players are always really interesting to me. I tend not to pay too much attention to the one-timers directly in front of the net (that's really more of a product of a great assist), or the wrist shots from 15' out...those plays and associated skill set don't typically translate on equal par to the NHL game as other qualities (IMO). What I DO (or stood out) like about this Podkolzin kid is his calmness and power in controlling the puck through traffic...and then the finish. Very small sample size, but impressive. One last thing that i noticed was his teammates reaction when he scored...although a national/pride game being played, they all seemed super pumped for him and swarmed him..I wouldn't even consider drafting a player on this last observation alone...but it doesn't suck that he seems to be well liked by his teammates.
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    2019 Draft

    Fair point for sure
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    2019 Draft

    Yep. Also IMO, this goes against strategy of trying to create consistent parity within the league. The way it is now, the poorest get the best chance to get significantly richer. If they changed it to "play for the pick", then it changes the equation to: the poorest will likely remain poor because as stated, they were the poorest and shouldn't be expected to miraculously become better in the final stretch of the season to win the highest or very high draft pick. They are the poorest/worst team for a reason and the league has a vested interest in making sure these teams have a fighting chance at becoming rich in the future. Last thought...playing for the pick might actually cause teams to "fake tank" ...."lying in the bushes and wait" until the "play for the pick" sweepstakes begin...then they kick it in gear and suddenly look like the best of the worst teams and win the highest for a very high draft pick.
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    MacKenzie Weeger gets revenge on Paul Byron

    This. Is. Hockey. Totally the way it should be and why the game is the greatest sport in the world. Actions, Consequences, and Prairie Justice
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    Who will score more goals to end the season, Larkin or AA?

    AA - Purely because his Shot% is higher by like 4%. Dylan is a 50/50 pass vs. shoot player this year. AA is most always thinking shoot (which is not necessarily a bad thing).
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    Jeff Blashill

    No worries, I'm very used to is. People (girls in particular) never call me back. I've devised ways around this though. I just need to find out where Coach Q lives so I can continue to try and make this a reality.
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    Jeff Blashill

    I sat next to Coach Q on a flight out to San Fran a month ago. Our connection from DTW was in Chicago, and that's when we ended up on the flight together. No sh--. He was flying into the area for the All Star game and had his wife and kids with him. (i can provide a picture of evidence if actually needed to support the following.). Not posting this to play any type of big-shot or "name dropper" (I got bumped to first class and was originally had a ticket in coach), just thought the below was funny. Long story, long flight, but i basically told coach Q the following scenario that I'd love to see play out: I prefaced this with saying this could be next year or the year after: Jimmy D retires or at least gives up his official role as SVP of the Wings, Kenny moves into the SVP position, and Stevie takes the reins as GM. Stevie hires Coach Q to be our coach. We potentially have Jack Hughes and a stable of younger talent with growing cap room and expiring contracts to improve the team considerably and fairly quickly. Coach Q can keep his family in Chicago if he wants (he said his family loves the Chi area) and be a 40 minute flight to jump to-and-from home when wanted/needed. I also pitched him in relocating his family to the Detroit area as the lifestyle/community is somewhat similar (midwest values, etc.) to that of Chicago. He said he loved the Detroit area and had spent a lot of time here over the years (he named a few areas, restaurants, and golf courses that he really likes). He also gushed about the Wings organization. The deep history, the way they run the organization and what a marvel they've been for so long, original 6, etc.. He commented that "you have this all thought out don't you!" I think he actually liked my plan (hopeful but I doubt it). I told him to call my cell if he wanted me to "set the wheels in motion" lol. I have not heard from him though (yet..lol).
  25. I agree. I've been hearing the same thing...Nyquist's future here in Detroit was all but sealed and he wasn't going to be here next year as his asking price tag $ was prohibitive to keeping him. I like that Kenny is actually starting to make "rebuild" moves rather than trying to keep "above average/good" players and overpaying, giving NTC, and signing them for way too long of contracts. On top of gaining the ability to attain more players with the hopes of finding a few "diamonds", draft picks, even if they are 2nd rounders or even later rounds picks can be very useful in throwing in deal packages to get future deals done. Lastly, it's refreshing to see us cut a kid who grew up on our system loose instead of playing the loyalty card which has burned us many, many times in the past.