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#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.

#2516251 ECQF - Game 5 - Red Wings at Bruins - 3:00 PM EST

Posted by 55fan on 26 April 2014 - 01:57 PM

Fargo's NBC station is showing an NDSU football game.  To make things worse, it's NDSU vs NDSU.  Yeah, they're playing themselves.  Green vs Gold. 


This is beyond idiotic.

#2515990 Monster confirmed to start Game 5.

Posted by 55fan on 26 April 2014 - 09:27 AM

Fear not.  Ken Holland is in the building.  He's worn the pillows. 


Please,don't get hurt, Mr Monster.