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#2532197 Red Wings & the Media

Posted by 55fan on 15 July 2014 - 08:19 PM

Everyone has a job to do.  If you're in PR, you have a responsibility to the team to make the team look good.  That's what they hire you to do.  The team is the one who's paying the PR guy, not the newspapers.


As for reporters/bloggers, they can write whatever they want within the laws of libel and the standards of their paper (in the case of reporters). 


If the PR guy for the Wings doesn't work well with some reporters/bloggers who don't report the team in a good light, he's just doing his job.  It doesn't silence the reporters/bloggers.  It just means that they don't have a red carpet that leads straight to their information.


There's news and there's opinion.  If a reporter is reporting news (i.e. Wings sign Player X) then what will be reported is the facts.  If the reporter is posting opinion (i.e. Player X is the next big thing) then that is what will be published. 


The PR people have a responsibility to provide the news reporters with their facts.  Any opinion reporters can take those facts and comment at will, but it's the PR guy's job to see that the news reporters get accurate data.


As a hyper-fan, I'd love to get more inside information, but these guys are people with lives and it's also the PR guy's job to protect that whilst still giving fans access to the players.  If you work for the team, you're not going to work with a reporter/blogger who wants access so he can rip a player apart or throw him under the bus.  That's not taking care of your team, which is part of your job.  There has to be a level of trust there if we expect the players to open up to the media for us.


I'm checking the news daily in hopes of seeing "Danny DeKeyser re-signed" and when I do, I will first seek out the facts, and then come here to get all of the opinion I can handle on the subject.  Sure, I will probably read some opinion articles and some blogs if I run into them, but at the end of the day, any one of us here who is reasonably literate could be a blogger if we really wanted to.

#2532010 Red Wings new assistant coaches

Posted by 55fan on 14 July 2014 - 12:36 PM

I vote for CHRIS DRAPER :thumbup:

If you can meld Chris Chelios and Kris Draper into one person, I'm on board with that.

#2531832 Confused on the direction of this team going forward

Posted by 55fan on 12 July 2014 - 12:31 PM


Holland made it quite clear to both of them, and to the fans through the media, that he only had the cap space to sign one of them, and whichever signed first would get the contract.  Franzen signed first, Hossa landed on his feet.

Franzen jumped first, for which I don't blame him.  He was coming off a season that few had predicted.  Hossa was coming off yet another good season.  His playoffs were bad due to injury.  I don't remember when it was that Franzen re-signed, but I thought it was a great deal at the time.


Hossa knew he could make more elsewhere, even though he'd probably have stayed if the money was right.  Franzen wasn't sure if anyone else would offer that plus he wanted to stay in Detroit. (The part about Hossa is a guess.  The part about Franzen was what I remember him saying, but after this amount of time, I have no link for it.)


As to the direction of this team, I'd say it's getting younger, but still with some veteran presence.  If this means a lag whilst the young guns get a couple years of experience under their belts, than it is what it is.  I just hope they don't wait until Kronner, Dats, and Z are old to get another Cup.

#2531563 Please Help Me Win GDT of the year.

Posted by 55fan on 11 July 2014 - 01:24 PM

Congratulations!  Did you get to skate around the internet with a cup or did you just run around your kitchen or something?

Whatever you did to celebrate, I hope you enjoyed every moment!*

*Note from our legal department:  It is assumed that since Flashy is an upstanding guy that no living or dead animals, people, or houseplants were harmed in the execution of the celebratory moves, nor was any property vandalized or damaged, intentionally or unintentionally, other than his liver. 

#2530695 NHL Trivia: Players locked out in both 1994 and 2004

Posted by 55fan on 08 July 2014 - 06:52 PM

That one was tough.  When the answers appeared, I found myself thinking, "Wow, he's that old?" a lot.  I guess that means that I'm old if I find them to be young.

One of these days I will be able to spell Robitaille under pressure.  I can do it now, but when the clock's running, forget it!

#2530692 NHL Trivia: 2000+ PIM Club

Posted by 55fan on 08 July 2014 - 06:36 PM

I love the sporkle quizzes.  I do the periodic table ones just to keep my mind refreshed.  The problem is that I'm still convinced the Yzerminium is an element.

#2530463 Please Help Me Win GDT of the year.

Posted by 55fan on 07 July 2014 - 04:57 PM

My mama told me to stay away from places where creepy people hang out.

If I went there, you'd have my vote because you're awesome.


Now I just have to hope mama doesn't find out I'm hanging out here...


(kidding, people.  kidding)

#2524331 Eaves is OUT in Nashville

Posted by 55fan on 17 June 2014 - 09:27 PM

Good luck two-chicks-at-the-same-time-look-a-like guy.



<shakes head>

I like Sunshine.  I hope he finds a place where he's happy and employed. 

#2524326 Dan Cleary may return...sigh

Posted by 55fan on 17 June 2014 - 09:16 PM

How does that saying go?  "If you love someone, set it free.  If it returns to you, lock the doors & don't take any of his agent's calls."

No, it's "If you love something, set it free.  If it returns to you, you're in love with a boomerang."


Cheap Cleary in GR would be ok. 

Keeping the promise to "take care of him" by giving him a desk or scouting job would be better.


He's a good image man for the team and provides leadership, but those things can be provided without taking up a roster space.

#2523963 Slow News Day Thread

Posted by 55fan on 15 June 2014 - 06:43 PM


By who ? 

If the Avs draft Griffin McCarty, I'm checking myself in to asylum.

#2523138 17 Years Ago Today

Posted by 55fan on 07 June 2014 - 03:14 PM

Amazing to think that there is a whole generation that doesn't remember life without a recent Cup.

#2522135 Members photos

Posted by 55fan on 29 May 2014 - 06:59 PM

In Michigan?


(Wow, you even look good drunk.  You'd make a good cabana boy.)

#2521449 Abdelkader ejected for "vicious" hit at World Championships

Posted by 55fan on 22 May 2014 - 03:32 PM

In live action, it looked painful.  I thought he'd get a penalty, but was surprised that it was a game until I saw replays (repeatedly).


The worst part for the team was that they lost composure once their leader was gone.  CR scored twice on that PP, and it wasn't until after the 2nd intermission that the US looked like they had their heads back out of their straps.


Once Kronner got the A, he scaled back a bit on his hits (having been injured a lot over the years and just plain getting older might have been a factor there too).  With Abby wearing the C, he needed to be more careful.


On the other hand, it was up to him to set the bar for the team and lead them, which I think is what he was trying to do.


He's no Claude Lemieux.  He's just a guy who made an error in judgment.  I hope he doesn't get suspended, but it wouldn't surprise me.

#2520253 Tatar fell off the bench during team pictures at WC

Posted by 55fan on 13 May 2014 - 04:56 PM

Was he standing or sitting on the bench

Apparently doing neither one well.


My guess was climbing up on to it, but it's hard to tell.  If anyone can translate the interview video, that might help.

#2517177 4th Annual Playoff Money On The Board!

Posted by 55fan on 26 April 2014 - 05:02 PM

Whelp.  $10. 

Screw it.  I'm doubling it.  $20 sent.