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#141 WizardOfOz30

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 10:43 AM

Could Bettman sound any LESS interested right now?

He's being forced to promote Detroit a little. I wasn't able to watch the video here at work but I have no doubt he is not acting professionally if he isn't excited about this.

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 10:49 AM

I am beyond excited for this and all of the games and the GLI going on at Comerica this sounds like its going to absolutely huge.

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 10:49 AM

I'd just like to take a second to thank Mike Ilitch. He doesn't take over the Wings, chances are we wouldn't be here right now. There's no way to articulate the huge change he made in the future of the Wings and the city of Detroit. WTG, Mr. Ilitch!
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Posted 09 February 2012 - 10:56 AM

Watching the presser. WC 2013. Yeeeeeeeeeeee

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 11:13 AM

This means no NYE game. Not complaining, it just means the tradition is interrupted.
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Can't wait to read the "Phoenix: I still think it's a hockey market" chapter of Gary Bettman's autobiography. I'm guessing it's going to be chapter 11.

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 11:16 AM

Let's just hope there are any games played after the playoffs in 2012. Would only seem fitting for a lockout to occur and mess up our party.

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 11:30 AM

Its so funny how enthusiastic Bettman really is. Sorry it can't be Pittsburgh every year Gary

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 11:35 AM

I'd just like to take a second to thank Mike Ilitch. He doesn't take over the Wings, chances are we wouldn't be here right now. There's no way to articulate the huge change he made in the future of the Wings and the city of Detroit. WTG, Mr. Ilitch!

I'd say hes done more for the city of detroit than any politition, mayor, etc. or anyone for that matter. He truly believes in this city.

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 11:37 AM

Congrats to Michigan !
Can't wait to see it.

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 11:53 AM

We'll see what we can do on this side of the border to turn this thing into a Leafs home game. :P

Going to be a lot of fun.
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Posted 09 February 2012 - 11:54 AM

So many players I'd love to see ceremonial shifts for.

Red Kelly, Ted Lindsay, Gordie Howe, Mickey Redmond...so many I'd love to see skating in Wings jerseys but I think they're simply too old.

EDIT: Didn't Mexico City host an outdoor hockey game a few years back? I think it'll only be a few years before they do this in the NHL. Once the Winter Classic gets stale, they're going to try it outdoors in a warm climate. Once the tech catches up.


Las Vegas hosted an NHL preseason game with the rangers playing the kings. The ice actually held up really well. The main problem for that game was grasshoppers jumping all over the ice.

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 12:09 PM

This means no NYE game. Not complaining, it just means the tradition is interrupted.

Been broken before. There was no New Years Eve game the last time. The home and home games against Chicago...I was at both, I remember well since I was working on getting tickets to the Wrigley game the night before.

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 12:19 PM

Does anyone here have some input on good sight lines for the game? Id assume theyre the same as the big chill setup, so let us all know.
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Posted 09 February 2012 - 12:20 PM

The sign-up website for pre-sale tickets through mapleleafs.com has already crashed.

#155 Jedi

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 12:58 PM

Now let's all hope the owners and players can agree on a CBA, so we don't have to worry about the game being cancelled...

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is a fearsome king with a deep mighty voice, least, that's what I've come to understand.

And I've also heard it told, that he's something to behold, like a lobster, huge and red!

When he sets out to slay with his rain gear on, carting bulging sacks with his big great arms, that is so I've heard it said.

And on a dark cold night, under full moon light, he flies into a fog like a vulture in the sky!

And they call him Sandy Claws!


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Posted 09 February 2012 - 01:10 PM

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 01:14 PM

I declare a union strike on the bridge and tunnel for December 31, 2012. ;)

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#158 Jedi

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 01:20 PM

From the Red Wings official twitter feed...

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Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Howard, Kronwall and Lidstrom are at the Big House...
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"And the best, I must confess, I have saved for the last, for the ruler of this Christmas land,

is a fearsome king with a deep mighty voice, least, that's what I've come to understand.

And I've also heard it told, that he's something to behold, like a lobster, huge and red!

When he sets out to slay with his rain gear on, carting bulging sacks with his big great arms, that is so I've heard it said.

And on a dark cold night, under full moon light, he flies into a fog like a vulture in the sky!

And they call him Sandy Claws!


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Posted 09 February 2012 - 01:22 PM

Could Bettman sound any LESS interested right now?

Hmm - seemed fine to me.

I'd say Bettman looked pretty upbeat about this; who wouldn't want to showcase 2 long time rival Original 6 teams on the grand stage known as the Winter Classic?

Just hope there's no lock-out, and HBO will continue the 24/7 series.

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#160 Jedi

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 01:43 PM

One last picture from the presser at the Big House...

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"And the best, I must confess, I have saved for the last, for the ruler of this Christmas land,

is a fearsome king with a deep mighty voice, least, that's what I've come to understand.

And I've also heard it told, that he's something to behold, like a lobster, huge and red!

When he sets out to slay with his rain gear on, carting bulging sacks with his big great arms, that is so I've heard it said.

And on a dark cold night, under full moon light, he flies into a fog like a vulture in the sky!

And they call him Sandy Claws!






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