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#2321942 Predators match offer sheet to Shea Weber

Posted by 55fan on 25 July 2012 - 05:15 PM

You know, for $10 a pop, I could make some serious money writing speeches like that.

"I love the ______________. I love the direction the team is going and I believe ___________ and ____________ will do whatever it takes to bring us the Cup. I'm excited to be a part of the ___________ organization and hope to remain with them for years to come.

I love the city of ______________. I love the fans. We have a great following and they have made me feel at home here.

I look forward to the next ____ years in this great city playing for this great team.

That'll be 10 bucks.

#2321938 Fabian Brunnström moves back to Sweden.

Posted by 55fan on 25 July 2012 - 04:57 PM

I have to respect anyone who moves halfway around the world to follow his dream, whether it works out or not.

Best of luck, Fabian.

#2320179 Flyers sign Weber to offer sheet: 14y/$110m ($56m 1st 4yrs)

Posted by 55fan on 19 July 2012 - 08:09 AM

...And if Nashville doesn't match, the Pred's top defense pairing is... Someguy and Someotherguy.

And we whine about Holland. Imagine how we'd howl about Poile if we were Preds fans.

*Just for the record- had to look it up- if the Preds don't match/sign Weber, their D consists of Gill, Blum, Ellis, Josi, and Klein.

#2320142 Flyers sign Weber to offer sheet: 14y/$110m ($56m 1st 4yrs)

Posted by 55fan on 19 July 2012 - 05:53 AM

Isn't this the Weber that we didn't want because he bonked our Zata's noggin?

Oh, well. Maybe if they have enough D in Philly we can get Lilja back.

Zetter is better, but Lilja will kill ya. ;)

#2319120 Dominik Hasek's agent: "He will play, and he will excel"

Posted by 55fan on 14 July 2012 - 10:47 AM

Has he been evaluated by mental health specialist ?

He's a goalie. I think that right there eliminates any sort of "normal" mindset.

#2319111 Dominik Hasek's agent: "He will play, and he will excel"

Posted by 55fan on 14 July 2012 - 10:13 AM

If I was a GM and had a potentially hot young goalie and no decent backup, I'd have a conversation with Dom about coming in as a backup and kind of mentor to the kid. If they had a similar style, Dom would be a fantastic teacher. (Not that anyone really has a "similar" style to Hasek, but you know what I mean.)

His work ethic, mad training, and drive to succeed alone would make him a valuable asset as a locker room leader. I could see him used as a veteran presence that can be relied on to carry part of the load.

He's been dominating in lesser leagues, and don't forget that his last NHL appearance was due to two bad games. He and Ozzie split time evenly during the season. They didn't win the Jennings on the merits of only one of them. It was a true tandem.

I say that if someone's willing to give him a go, more power to him. Plus it makes me feel younger if there are players in the NHL that are older than I am. :P

#2319083 looking for a pic of franzen

Posted by 55fan on 14 July 2012 - 12:06 AM

It's from Hank and Emma's wedding party.

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They had them for all the guests to wear to a party the night before the wedding. The hotel used to give them out to guests back in the day. Emma grew up near there, so they rented rooms for their guests there and when everyone arrived, they told them to change. Then everyone went down to the beach and Hank and Emma arrived by rowboat and they all partied.

#2318742 Holland Content with Current Roster

Posted by 55fan on 12 July 2012 - 06:17 PM

I'm content with this group. They are a mediocre bunch who could maybe surprise some people. They're not the Leafs or the Oilers.

I'm also content with the sofa that I got in 1976. It's ugly earth-tone paisley and my dad had to beef it up with plywood in spots, but it'll do until I get something better.

Pretty much like the Wings. What we have is good. That doesn't mean we aren't shopping around to get better. It just means that we're not going to throw out the babies with the bathwater and blow up the team en route to getting better players.

Trades? FA signings? Sure, if they improve the team at a reasonable price.

One can be content and still looking to improve. It just means that what one has is servicable.

Now if Holland had said, "I'm tickled pink with this team!" then I would worry.

#2318522 Red Wings Alumni Showdown Roster

Posted by 55fan on 12 July 2012 - 09:23 AM

If they were in before mandatory helmets, do they have to wear them? I haven't seen an alumni game (hope someone is streaming these ones), so I don't know what they've done.

#2318521 Doug Janik signs with Adler Mannheim, DEL (germany)

Posted by 55fan on 12 July 2012 - 09:20 AM

Best wishes to him. It was good being able to say, "No need to panic, we have Janik" but all good things must come to an end.

#2318510 Holland Content with Current Roster

Posted by 55fan on 12 July 2012 - 08:58 AM

Sorry, but conceding another hockey season (Babs didn't think his roster last year was going to be able to compete) won't fly in this town. Not signing one of the top 5 talents in the league because "we don't like what we hear about him" is ok if your team already has a sniper or two. Well, we don't.

I understand being smart with your money, but when you straight up DON'T SPEND money you have, you are more or less throwing it away. We had $5 million in cap space last year that we didn't spend. Essentially, the Detroit Red Wings cap sat $5 million lower than the NHL cap. That makes no sense to me....

I have to disagree. Not spending if you can't get your money's worth is a good thing.

I may have credit approved for $5000 but if I can get what I need for $3000, I'll do that and save the remainder.

Is Semin worth what he will eventually go for? Or is it a matter of waiting until he "goes on sale" due to lack of interest and ends up signing at a lower price? Or does he have problems that make him worth less than his asking price?

As far as dmen go, who is there that could replace Lidstrom? No one. We will have to settle for filling his place in the lineup. This won't happen with any free agents. We'll need to trade or wait a year and get someone better.

If anyone has a player who is that good, I have serious doubts that he will be on the trading block unless he's seriously overpaid, has health issues, or is a problem in the locker room.

We're taking a chance on Tootoo. I'm not sure it woud be wise to bring in Semin and a dman who may have issues as well.

We may add another forward, but I don't see us getting a big-name dman this season. The trade price would be seriously high. If they are trading a dman, they will want serious assets at the forward position, and we're all up in arms about how we need more snipers and have a pelthora of muckers and grinders. Any trade partner with a seriously good dman to trade will not be looking at dime-a-dozen grinders for a trade. At best we'll get a moderate dman for a couple of good forwards, and still need to improve in each category.

I'm not saying that this is the end of the road, I'm just saying it's not the Yellow Brick one.

#2318394 Reminder: Personal attacks, trolling will not be tolerated

Posted by 55fan on 11 July 2012 - 09:43 PM

There's forum rules? lol.

I read them very briefly years back. I just try to make my point and provide proper research when i post and try not to be a kak when i do it... Seems like an easy enough approach. There's a lot of very knowledgable guys on here (ex Drake_Marcus), a lot of very optimistic guys in a trying time for the Wings which I like (ex LeftWinger) and then you have the funny guy that always has an epic comment to add, yes, that's you esteef, and that's what makes this site great.

I think the main problem is that we havn't seen 55 fan on here recently, and our voice of reason isn't here to calm everyone down.

I'm on vacation.

#2316740 Wings hire Lidstrom as overseas amateur scout

Posted by 55fan on 07 July 2012 - 12:21 PM

It sounds like he'll be following up on draftees.

According to Google translate, anyway:

Legend of the big interview about the future, money and lavish building a house

Nicklas Lidstrom has landed back in Västerås.

Sportbladet got the chance to talk money, VM, house building and the future with him and one thing is already clear.

The recently retired NHL star will continue to work for the Detroit Red Wings.

- I will keep track of Swedish players who have been draftade of the club and then also be a sounding board when it comes to the game and the team, he says.

For three weeks past Nicklas Lidstrom and the family settled back in Västerås again. It took 18 baggage to get the key from the United States. Lidas long hockey career is over but then he came to Sweden, the pace is not calm down.

- It's good to be home again, but these weeks have been hectic. Many people who want to pull me in different directions and in addition, we are building houses, he says.

Do you regret that you put off with hockey?

- No, I do not, at least not yet but maybe it will. I get to look forward to hockey again when autumn approaching, but it feels good with the decision I took.

How do you feel in your body now that you are not exercising the same amount?

- It is creeping in me, but I've trained a little bit both running and gym and it's nice not having to push themselves to the max. Starts to receive so you can calm it down.
What will you occupy your time?

- I will work for the Red Wings. The idea is that I should shop around and look at some players that the club has draftat here in Sweden. It becomes a form of talent scouting but I will also go back to the States a few times a year and meet sponsors. Once down there, I will also attend the various events around the team. Also, I will follow Detroit near the club wants me to know what is happening and be able to come up with the view of the game.
"Rated ten offers"

Has the Ice Hockey Federation has contacted you regarding the World Cup 2013?

- I've talked to fastest with Christer Englund who is president. He called me shortly after I took the decision to quit. I do not know what they have in mind but we will be heard after the holidays and then we will see what they say.

Can you imagine a role as general manager?

- I do not think they've thought that I should take over from Garpenlöv and I do not think that I am interested in either. At least not right now, it's too close since I quit. Now I want to land in Sweden and not just jump on things too quickly.

How many offers have you received since you put in?

- I think I got ten of them and it is both in Vasteras and Stockholm. There are some TV stuff and also from companies.

Expert commentator in hockey?

- Do as I said some things to think about.

How do you for a job for a sports channel?

- Hard to say. I've never tried so I do not know if I'm made for it or are good at it. But it's probably no problem being in front of the cameras. The hard part is to get the message. Would probably be able to see and recognize things but to convey them is another matter. Then it's about what I want and what suits me.

Who do you think will take over the captain's role in Detroit?

- There are a couple of different options, but clearly that Zetterberg has been assisting long and would probably fit very well. He has grown into the role of leaders in the right way. Even Niklas Kronwall has taken a giant step off the ice as a leader last season, both are good guys. A player who Valtteri Filppula could work as an assistant.

What do you value the absolute highest in his career?

- I can not distinguish between an Olympic gold medal and to win the Stanley Cup. I rank them both equally.

What will you miss most from hockey?

- It's competition rounds. Stepping onto the ice for the packed stands when there is only one minute left of the match and it really comes to something. The rush can not get anywhere else.
"Stay very well"

How do you spend your money?

- I have always loved cars and had a nice sports car. Right now I own a Bentley a few years now but has also had other brands. Then I also bought a larger boat as the family likes to be at sea and take a trip to Stockholm at times. They are the ones I've treated myself but otherwise it's no special lyxsaker so. We do not buy just because we have money, it is needed.

How is the house you are building then?

- We have always dreamed of building a house just like we want it and yes, we will live very well. It will include a pool and a wine cellar. The wine cellar, we have a bar with a slightly different game, just as we've had in the U.S..

What do you do with the house in the U.S.?

- We are selling it right now so we will go back in late summer at some point depending on how fast we get it sold. In our home we had 18 luggage but still managed not to empty the house as several furniture that we want is still standing.

What is your relationship with money?

- I think that we live normally even though we have money. Certainly, money is a security, we do not work if we do not want, but you do not become happier because they have money.

How spoiled is your four children?

- We try not to spoil them. Sure, they own an Iphone and such but they can also assist you and do some chores at home. We consider them to be able to do things that other children do, and also my wife and I did as youngsters.

What have you missed during your career?

- I was there when my children were born. It was a year when I was in Denver, as my wife called in the evening and said she had begun to have sensations. Then I started to panic but reached home. But otherwise, so that it can not be there all the time. Sure, I try to help with homework and shunting but you still miss some theater in school or any hockey tournament at the weekend, where other parents are but I could not.

#2316512 Buck Wild?

Posted by 55fan on 06 July 2012 - 07:01 PM

They needed Suter as much as we did. Their D is not exactly notable.

That said, I have high hopes for them.

I was talking to a Wild fan yesterday, and he was telling me that on July 4th once the news got out, they had to call in extra people to man the phones for season ticket sales.

Will they be a top team? Not without better D. Will they make the playoffs? I think so.

#2315510 Jonathan Ericsson. Knock, knock...

Posted by 55fan on 05 July 2012 - 07:44 AM

Gabe. Dude. You stoned or something? That was...eloquent.

Jonny has potential. He has shown flashes. He needs to get it going on a regular basis. He's coming. He just needs to take the next step.

When we had Lids and Stewie, we didn't desparetly need him to step up. Now we need it.

Will he do it? I sure hope so.