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#2483093 NHL players will not participate in 2018 Olympics (Mod Post #99)

Posted by 55fan on 09 February 2014 - 09:38 PM

2018 Olympics:

Gold: Russia (capt. Kovalchuck)

Silver: USA (capt. Chelios)

Bronze: Sweden (capt. Samuelsson)


Seriously, if the NHL pulls out and other leagues (SEL, KHL, etc.) still play, we can pretty much kiss good-bye the hope of ever winning a medal for the US or Canada again.


I think the Russians will dominate. 


I doubt that the big names making big money and/or the franchise players will purposely take on contracts that will leave them free agents in Olympic years, but some guys who are borderline players who happen to be free agents might consider playing abroad so that they'd be free to get the chance to play in the Olympics. 

If we're watering down the pool, guys like Hudler, who will be 34 in 2018, might leave the NHL early for the chance to play if they've never been chosen before.


I know it will kill my interest in Olympic hockey if I don't know any of the names.

#2482616 Getting a captain's C stitched

Posted by 55fan on 08 February 2014 - 06:53 PM

I still gotta do the same.  Mine has an A.  :nono: Must C that.

Wear the A as a badge of honour.  It says, "I've supported this dude for a long time."  The longer he plays, the more time-honoured it is. 

#2482604 Jiri Hudler shoots and misses ... again and again

Posted by 55fan on 08 February 2014 - 06:25 PM

Is Hudler really that small or was the guy infront of him just that huge ?

Both, I think.  Huds is only about 5'8" IIRC.  Pro basketball players are usually much taller.


Huds looks like me shooting- except that he made one at the end.

#2482378 The Niklas Kronwall Appreciation Thread

Posted by 55fan on 07 February 2014 - 04:14 PM



Time flies when you're crushing bones.

#2482347 So what do we call the 26 - 15 - 21 line?

Posted by 55fan on 07 February 2014 - 03:22 PM




*crickets except from a few Star Trek fans*

#2481770 So what do we call the 26 - 15 - 21 line?

Posted by 55fan on 06 February 2014 - 04:58 PM

some excellent line names throughout the thread.


rise n grind line

Oh, the implications...

#2481601 NHL may rethink Sochi

Posted by 55fan on 05 February 2014 - 10:44 PM

No phones? No lights? No motorcars? Not a single luxury?

Let's hope there's plenty of bamboo.


Honestly, unless one country is singled out for better or worse treatment than the rest, they're all on the same playing field.  Maybe ones from less advanced countries will benefit because they're used to a rougher existence, but the others are in the same boat... luge... whatever.

#2481347 Slava Fetisov Interview

Posted by 55fan on 05 February 2014 - 12:13 AM

I may be remembering this wrong so I'm putting this out for those who may remember in hopes that someone will confirm or refute this.


As I recall, Vladdy was amongst those benefiting from the Toast of Hockeytown and other fund-raising charitable events when he was first injured and began his rehab up until his lawsuit against Gnida and/or the limo company was settled.


As far as responsibility, I'd think that the NHLPA would be more beholden to help than the team, but I can see why the team (and owners) would have a personal reason to step up and help. 


In the end, we don't owe each other (outside of our families) anything.  Rising up and giving to each other out of the goodness of our hearts is what makes us realize the good that is out there and gives us incentive to carry on and contribute to help those who need it in the hope that they will continue as they are able.

#2481154 So what do we call the 26 - 15 - 21 line?

Posted by 55fan on 04 February 2014 - 10:17 AM

Two Toms and a Tink.


The Future Line.


The Fighting Slovaks. ("Fighting" for Sheahan's Notre Dame)


The Graduated Griff Line.


JST ice (pronounced justice).


The Replacement Parts.

#2480400 The Hottest Red Wing

Posted by 55fan on 02 February 2014 - 04:06 PM


Hey.  Don't forget that today's my Bert-day.

#2480122 The Hottest Red Wing

Posted by 55fan on 02 February 2014 - 02:28 PM

Happy Birthday, Sweet Baby!


#2479737 What's wrong with Pasha? (Mod warning post #57)

Posted by 55fan on 01 February 2014 - 09:19 PM

Between being the captain and having his home country hosting, you know the Olympics are on his mind.  They only happen every four years. 


No one is asking if he wants to get healthy and play with the Red Wings.  That's just a given.  It will happen whether it happens this week or next month.

The reporters are asking about the imminent Olympics.  This is what he is answering questions about.

I think that if the Olympics weren't this year, he'd be getting fewer interviews and the questions (and his answers) would be more centered around the Wings.

#2479713 Cory Emmerton waived

Posted by 55fan on 01 February 2014 - 06:52 PM

The Axe would certainly be devastated.

He was waived too.  Maybe they'll be picked up by the same message board and live happily etherafter.


Seriously, for all the crap Emdog got, he wasn't all that bad.  I was actually relieved when he got called up this year because it was someone who already knew the system and the players.  He fit right in without having to go through freshman jitters.  Good call up, just not good enough to be here all the time.

#2479707 What's wrong with Pasha? (Mod warning post #57)

Posted by 55fan on 01 February 2014 - 06:21 PM

Datsyuk will miss his 12th consecutive game due to an unspecified lower-body injury. He practiced again on Thursday, after which coach Mike Babcock said, “He was still one-leg skating today.”


Per Khan. 1/30/14 on MLive.


Since it's an "unspecified lower-body injury", I'm guessing toothache, ear infection, or dandruff.

#2479244 1/31 GDT: Capitals 3 @ Red Wings 4 (F/SO)

Posted by 55fan on 31 January 2014 - 04:40 PM

3000th home game for the DRW.


We win 3000-0.