Learn2LuvIt

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    Learn2LuvIt got a reaction from Dabura in 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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    Learn2LuvIt reacted to Dabura in 2019 Draft   
    Probably lots of valid reasons, tbh.
    Differences in strength of schedule could be a sore point and would probably have fans complaining just as much if not more than they do about the current system Injuries could also be an issue, e.g. the Devils probably don't finish third from the bottom this season if Taylor Hall doesn't miss most of the season (again, fans would howl) Might change the standard development curves of prospects, as teams might be less inclined to give young players a serious look in the late stages of the season I'm sure there's other stuff.
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    Learn2LuvIt got a reaction from kipwinger in 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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    Learn2LuvIt got a reaction from kipwinger in 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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    Learn2LuvIt got a reaction from kipwinger in 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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    Learn2LuvIt got a reaction from kipwinger in 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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    Learn2LuvIt reacted to GMRwings1983 in Jeff Blashill   
    When he got home he remembered that Jimmy Howard is still Detroit's goalie.  He's not calling you back.  
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    Learn2LuvIt reacted to HadThomasVokounOnFortSt in Jeff Blashill   
    So we are banking on you? Hi Yzerman!  lol
    One more for old times sake?
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    Learn2LuvIt got a reaction from Dabura in 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).
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    Learn2LuvIt got a reaction from Dabura in Gustav Nyquist traded to Sharks for 2019 Second Round pick and 2020 3rd round conditional pick.   
    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. 
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    Learn2LuvIt got a reaction from Dabura in Gustav Nyquist traded to Sharks for 2019 Second Round pick and 2020 3rd round conditional pick.   
    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. 
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    Learn2LuvIt got a reaction from Dabura in Gustav Nyquist traded to Sharks for 2019 Second Round pick and 2020 3rd round conditional pick.   
    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. 
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    Learn2LuvIt reacted to Dabura in Gustav Nyquist traded to Sharks for 2019 Second Round pick and 2020 3rd round conditional pick.   
    It's been more-or-less established as fact that the return Holland got for Nyquist is market value for a player like Nyquist. Again, Zuccarello got roughly the same return. Now Dreger's saying the Devils want a 2nd for Johansson:
    Word on the street is that Nyquist wants $5-5.5M x 5, which, to me, is all kinds of "NOPE!" And it seems like Holland agrees. So 1) Nyquist had to be moved, and 2) Holland got market value for him.
    In Nyquist's absence, a roster spot opens up and all the young kids who are already full-timers might get slightly expanded roles. (I say "might" because it's possible we add someone through free agency or a trade or even the upcoming draft.)
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    Learn2LuvIt got a reaction from Dabura in 2/7 Chivalry Is Red GDT - Golden Knights @ Red Wings - 7:30 PM ET   
    If that horizon is this summer when Stevie becomes our GM and we dump some of our dead weight legacy players and Friday, June 21st when we draft Hughes.
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    Learn2LuvIt reacted to kipwinger in 2019 Trade Deadline   
    You've got to figure that Howard gets traded regardless of the return right?  I mean, provided he wants a chance at a Cup.  Let's say Holland re-signs him, we're realistically a few years away from Cup contention best case scenario.  Holland would be crazy to sign him for more than a few years.  Meaning, MAYBE in the final year of his new contract he'd have a realistic chance at playing for a Cup.  At which point he'll be 37 years old, and will likely suck.  So he probably wouldn't be playing anyway. 
    I think this whole, "we may re-sign him" thing is smoke screen to get the best deal possible at the deadline. 
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    Learn2LuvIt got a reaction from krsmith17 in All Star Weekend Idea   
    LOL.  You're probably right.  I'm getting old and cranky.
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    Learn2LuvIt got a reaction from krsmith17 in Just for fun where are we at the All Star break   
    Pretty much agree with all of what you've said.  I think for the total cost$/package, Kenny may have been thinking that bringing back Vanek was low price to pay to take some of the offensive pressure off of Dylan, Mantha and AA to help their development and get a player with some track record of offensive contribution.  I mean...if one or a few of our young offensive studs were to take a step back this year, who else can put the puck in the net consistently?  Nielsen and....??  Gus has been a pleasant surprise and I don't think we were counting on him contributing as much as he has this year.  Also, yes...way too many NTC's being handed out around here.
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    Learn2LuvIt reacted to krsmith17 in Just for fun where are we at the All Star break   
    The Vanek contract could have been worse. It could have been a multi-year contract. I understand why Holland may have had to attach a NTC to get him to sign here, I just don't get why he had to get him to sign here... Vanek is way past his prime, and has very little left in the tank. Sure, he's a veteran, but he's not exactly the type of veteran that we should want the kids to learn from. He's far from the type that does it right every shift, every night. Basically, he's lazy and he sucks...
    I get the reasoning behind giving out NTC's, most of the time... However, I don't think it's necessary to give almost every player one that is eligible to get one. In my opinion, Vanek shouldn't have one. Abdelkader, Helm, Ericsson, DeKeyser and Daley shouldn't have one. I can understand why Nielsen and Green were given one. Kronwall and Nyquist, sure. Detroit has the most NTC/NMC in the league at 10. It's funny though that the only team with as many, is Tampa, and most Red Wings fans want Holland replaced by Yzerman...
    Holland is great at a lot of things. Hiring the right people and allowing those people to do their job, without too much interference, he's good. Drafting and developing, very good. Negotiating RFA contracts, one of the best in the business. Negotiating UFA contracts on the other hand, one of the worst in my opinion...
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    Learn2LuvIt got a reaction from krsmith17 in All Star Weekend Idea   
    LOL.  You're probably right.  I'm getting old and cranky.
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    Learn2LuvIt got a reaction from Hockeymom1960 in Vote for Larkin!!   
    Done!
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    Learn2LuvIt reacted to F.Michael in If you had the choice...   
    This.
    As a parent of 3 lil'dudes I know exactly what you mean...9 pm cst is about when I can chillax...Game is nearly over by then if I were to watch it live.
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    Learn2LuvIt got a reaction from F.Michael in If you had the choice...   
    Option #2.  Selfishly - Now that they are in the East, by the time I get my kids to bed most games are in the 3rd period.  I kind of miss the days when we were in the West and I could settle-in at 9-10 PM and have a few beers and watch the full games in peace (no distractions from children).
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    Learn2LuvIt reacted to Euro_Twins in Merry Christmas!!!!!   
    Merry Christmas!
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    Learn2LuvIt reacted to Wheelchairsuperhero in Merry Christmas!!!!!   
    Merry Christmas fellow Wings fans. 
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    Learn2LuvIt reacted to Jonas Mahonas in Merry Christmas!!!!!   
    Merry Christmas everyone!
     
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