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#2024435 Wings sign Ruslan Salei

Posted by 55fan on 09 August 2010 - 01:58 PM

As a Lilja fan, this is sad for me as it now looks like he will not be returning to us. I wish him happiness wherever he goes.

Salei has not caught my attention in the NHL, but he did catch my attention during the Olympics. I think that since players put it all on the line during the Olympics, that this is a better indicator of how someone plays during the playoffs than the regular season.

That said, if he is playing as a bottom pair guy, he really can't hurt us too much if he is just consistent and steady with no intellectual interludes. If he brings it in the big games, he will do well in the playoffs.

I'm trusting Babcock on this one. He knows better than anyone.

EDIT to add: Off to find Edi and share a bottle of something that will knock our livers to San Jose or further. :P


#2023468 This or That

Posted by 55fan on 06 August 2010 - 08:50 PM

Please don't. I'm allergic to most kinds.

EDIT: Lucky I don't hold a grudge, Dawn. You beat me.

I don't hold grudges, but I do reserve the right to be cautious around someone in the future.


Greatest American player ever: Cheli or Modano?


#2022636 Red wings Photos

Posted by 55fan on 05 August 2010 - 03:45 AM

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#2021929 Bold Predicitions for the 2010-2011 Season

Posted by 55fan on 03 August 2010 - 10:13 AM

Howe taking out Pronger would warm my heart.


Let's see...

Lilja returns to the Wings and has a great season.

Someone finally tells Pierre that he's creepy and needs to back off in an interview. If they say, "Quit rubbing your dick on my shorts." on live TV, I will be their fan for life unless it's Pronger or another untouchable.

Tampa wins the Cup by beating the Wings, which causes Wings fans to experience such a paradoxical situation that LGW disbands for the summer so that we can all get extensive therapy.

The Canadian government reveals the results of a super-secret DNA project from the 80's and 90's wherein they took DNA from the best to create the Ultimate Hockey Player. Excitement dies down when "Wayne" -as he is called- proves to have the hands of Bill Clement, the pugilistic skills of Wayne Gretzky, the masculinity of Pierre McGuire, the face of Mike Ricci, the speed of Derian Hatcher, and the singing talent of Darren McCarty.

Someone spells Valtteri Filppula right.


#2021327 Corey Perry

Posted by 55fan on 01 August 2010 - 05:49 PM

Perry is the annoying kid that followed you around on the playground. You'd love to smack him, but he'd tell the teacher and you'd get detention. He threatens you, but all it is is talk and bother. You know that one of these days he'll get his, and you'll laugh. And laugh. And laugh.

I don't wish an off-ice injury on the guy. I just hope that he gets ragdolled like Ericsson did to him again- only this time by someone with serious fighting skills. I'd have loved to see what Probert or Kocur could have done to him.


#2021309 Wings offer Aaron Downey Tryout?

Posted by 55fan on 01 August 2010 - 04:44 PM

I miss his photos.
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I wish him well no matter where life takes him. Even if he ends up a Duck, I still wish him well off the ice.


#2021177 ran into abdelkader last night

Posted by 55fan on 31 July 2010 - 09:50 PM

And he's keeping up with getting his degree as he promised his mother.

Good boy. :thumbup:


#2021175 Blackhawks Like Repeat Chances

Posted by 55fan on 31 July 2010 - 09:44 PM

They have Kopecky. Right there's their chance to repeat.

Hey, a few months ago we were all glad that they were becoming a force in the otherwise dull central.

As has been said, they still have their core. Add to that young guns that (according to the article) should have made the team last year (sound familiar?) and you have a team that has more of a shot than many others.

Will they make it? Only time will tell. It's hard to repeat, but it can be done. I'm betting not, but I've been wrong before.


#2020675 KHL President offers Kovalchuk 17-year deal, choice of team

Posted by 55fan on 30 July 2010 - 01:43 AM

He's a UFA. He can go where he pleases. If he chooses to go elsewhere, that's his business. I can understand going to his home country. I can also understand playing for the Cup.

He's talented and has every right to decide what he wants to do. I don't understand the animosity.


#2020452 Pick Your Favorite Wings' Title

Posted by 55fan on 29 July 2010 - 03:04 PM

2008 for me. At the time, I didn't think it would mean the most, but my dad was in the hospital for much of the summer of '08. No matter how dull the stay, or how painful or annoying the tests, he'd always raise his spirits by saying, "oh, well. At least we won the Cup." It got him through. He died in February of '09, so he went out on top.


#2020344 Could/Would you give up watching/following Hockey for money?

Posted by 55fan on 29 July 2010 - 08:17 AM

Money can't buy happiness, but at this point, I'll settle for renting it.

That said, I couldn't do it. I went without a computer for a day and a half and I went nuts without LGW.


#2019417 Red Wings Making Play for Modano

Posted by 55fan on 26 July 2010 - 01:34 PM

:ninja: Yeah, like when we pushed that one new kid to the fourth line in 2001-2002 in favour of some old folks like Hull and Luc. What was that kid's name? Oh, yeah. Datsyuk. Yeah, he never forgot that. :ninja:

Sarcasm mode off.
Helm and Abby have worked hard to make the team, and make the team they will. No one is promised anything. A contract does not mean that you can't be traded or that you won't be sitting in the press box. Only training camp can decide that.

If they spend one single year at the beginning of their careers on the fourth line, is this going to stunt them any? I say no. If they are better than Modano, then they will rise to the third line. If not, then they stay on the fourth.

Of course they want to push up in the line-up. All players want to be at the top. This is just one more runner to pass in the race. Competition is a good thing.

If we get Modano, great. If not, great. Either way, we have enough forwards to cover the positions. Adding Modano only means that the competition goes higher.


#2019366 Kids drop the gloves and are ready to fight

Posted by 55fan on 26 July 2010 - 12:30 PM

Good to see there are a few kids left who are willing to stand up for themselves instead of crying to mommy.

We wring our hands about their self-esteem, but don't let them grow their own balls (or ****) and then wonder why we have crybabies. Let the boys be boys, teach them to do it responsibly; and when they're men, they'll be real men.


#2019355 Watch what you eat at Detroit Area Pro Sporting Events

Posted by 55fan on 26 July 2010 - 12:18 PM

I've worked many, many years in food service. This is minor. Just saying.


#2018694 Red Wings Making Play for Modano

Posted by 55fan on 23 July 2010 - 04:19 PM

I'm thinking that Helm and Abby probably grew up watching hockey and will not be offended in the least that their contracts are taking a few weeks longer considering that they might get the chance to play with Mike Modano.

The guy's pretty famous. It would be very cool to say that they played with him.

Right now it's not "Do we play in Detroit?" it's "Do we play with Modano?"

If their jobs were on the line, then I could see some trepidation.