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#2624512 So this is why teams hate the wings

Posted by F.Michael on Today, 12:02 PM

Datsyuk's work ethic trumps Fedorov's sense of entitlement for me any day.

Must agree here.


Don't get me wrong - I'm a big fan of Feds - however it was known that he had his moments of sulking, and it affected his play, and eventually his time with the Red Wings organization.


Dats works hard each, and every night.

#2624426 So this is why teams hate the wings

Posted by F.Michael on Yesterday, 12:16 PM

I may be in the minority, but I actually think the recent rebuilding years 2003-2006 and 2011-Present, are far more interesting than the contending years.  There's more to think about, talk about, speculate about, and (quite frankly) ***** about.  Watching your team win the Cup is awesome, but I don't want to see it every year.  Or even be a real possibility every year.  Sometimes you have to struggle a little bit in order to work through it and know what optimism feels like. 


IMO being a fan of a super team is lazy.  And boring.  Which isn't to say that I want our team to be the Chicago Cubs of hockey.  But I don't want us to be the Yankees either.  If you choices each season are A) compete for the championship, or B) be disappointed, then you're missing out on a ton of awesome fan experiences. 

Being a fan from 1984 - that was 13 seasons (and 1995 Final) of frustration, and near misses for me until Detroit won the Cup in '97.

#2624423 Howard's New Mask

Posted by F.Michael on Yesterday, 12:05 PM

I like Mike Vernon's 1st mask with the Wings the best...Simple, and classy.



#2624422 So this is why teams hate the wings

Posted by F.Michael on Yesterday, 12:02 PM

I became a fan in 1984, and I cherish each, and every season of Detroit Red Wing hockey.


IMHO - nuthin beats the early 90's thru mid 2000 when Detroit was one of the top teams in the league year after year.


Yeah - some will point to Ilitch's bank account, and his willingness to spend on UFA's, but a significant portion of our rosters back then were made up of smart drafting, savvy trades, and of course some luck.


Those years we had a little of everything; talent, grit/toughness, coaching, and above all the leadership of Steve Yzerman.

#2624257 RWN-HQ GTG

Posted by F.Michael on 31 August 2015 - 12:27 PM

Got it.  Then I've got two years to go to my first (and last) game at the Joe Louis Arena. 

Maybe this might be a good opportunity for members here at LGW for a 'meet & greet'.


Tickets aren't too tough to get (unless of course it's a game against Toronto), and we could all meet up at a 'watering hole' near the Joe.


I'll buy 1st round.

#2624201 Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

Posted by F.Michael on 30 August 2015 - 08:37 PM

Wouldn't be surprised if he had 60+ pts this season

He'll certainly get more than his share of ice time on the pp.


I'm hoping he can stay healthy, and be productive like he was with the Caps a few seasons ago.

#2624142 Free agents this off season

Posted by F.Michael on 30 August 2015 - 12:16 AM

This is more about next year... Am I the only who thinks Stamkos is heading to Toronto next year? I mean I think it's a 50/50 chance the other fifty going towards Tampa signing him for atleast ten mil I feel like if he stays in Tampa he's going to be the highest paid player in the league probably making a small amount more than Kane and Toews

I doubt it since Shanahan & Co are all about a total 'rebuild'.

#2623983 Stadium series Wings vs Avs 2016!

Posted by F.Michael on 28 August 2015 - 09:20 AM

@sportslogosnet: According to sources, here's the #RedWings #StadiumSeries jersey

#Avalanche jersey in link: http://t.co/eKIMHbqyPthttp://t.co/pcM4IlyEKB


Truth be told I'd like to see something like this used again...



#2623742 Franzen back on ice

Posted by F.Michael on 22 August 2015 - 10:21 PM

I always feel bipolar when it comes to Franzen.  One minute I want to defend him, and the next, I want to punch that stupid ass grin off his face because he's so damn frustrating to watch.   You see the stats and think damn, he's still good. Look at the points.  But then you watch the games and you see him get knocked down and then he looks around waiting for the call and then ever so slowly gets to one knee and then stops and then finally gets up and moseys on over to the bench while the play is going on in the other end.  Then you see him score 7 goals in 10 games or whatever and you think hot damn, the old Franzen is back!  Then he's hardly noticeable for the next 20 games and the Wings are losing games and not scoring worth a damn and there he is on tv like wuh??   Who me????  I'm not a goal scorer.  I'm a defensive specialist!  STFU. Did you tell Ken Holland you were just a defensive specialist when you signed the long term deal?  Then it's, well, his cap hit is a bargain for the points he scores, right?


On the health front, knowing what the medical community knows now about concussions and you have a guy who's already said he's had life altering symptoms trying to come back with a wife and kids, and you think what a selfish moron for putting himself at risk like that. Thank you for 2008, go back to Sweden and have a nice life. Then the next minute you think wow, he must really be dedicated to try and come back from this.  But will a guy at his advanced age and history of multiple concussions really contribute much?  Do we want him taking up a roster spot?  But what if can come back and chip in 20 goals?  Or would it just be better having that cap space if he goes on LTIR really be better for all involved?


I guess it all comes down to expectations and potential.  They guy has all the physical gifts.  Year after year, you hear the Wings need a big tough winger who can score.  That could and should be Franzen, but it isn't.  You wonder if its his health.  Then he and the team say no.  Next thing you know,  Franzen is out for multiple games with some "mystery" ailment.  


I'm decidedly undecided on the guy.

Pretty much sums up how I feel.

#2623694 Grantland: The Heavyweight Belt of NHL Rivalries

Posted by F.Michael on 21 August 2015 - 06:19 PM

Colostomy bag.

#2623691 Grantland: The Heavyweight Belt of NHL Rivalries

Posted by F.Michael on 21 August 2015 - 05:59 PM

That's definitely the point YOU are making. But several other people here have insinuated that the amount of punching is directly proportionate to the intensity or bitterness of the rivalry and lamented the future of rivalries because fighting is down. Which is crap. There are tons of REALLY intense rivalries that exist because of the game, and not because of the penalties.

Just like a-holes - everyone has an opinion.


And for the record - as a fan - it's been years since I 'felt' the intensity of past rivalries...IMHO - there isn't a rivalry today that can  match-up to what we saw 15 plus years ago.


Yes - the fighting - the cheapshots - the hard nosed play are all key, and it lends a helping hand in hating a rival.

#2623619 Grantland: The Heavyweight Belt of NHL Rivalries

Posted by F.Michael on 20 August 2015 - 03:36 PM

Rivalries today just don't seem the same as they were 15 plus years ago.

#2623612 Getting bigger.

Posted by F.Michael on 20 August 2015 - 02:40 PM

Got man luv for this guy...



#2623177 Mullets - post pics

Posted by F.Michael on 15 August 2015 - 09:32 PM


Stevie Yzerman

Our Motor City Hero

Hockey Hall of Fame

#2623141 Mullets - post pics

Posted by F.Michael on 14 August 2015 - 11:57 AM





Enforcer mullet

Repels all blood sweat and tears

Use conditioner




Probie the badass

Threw down like nobody else

Rest in peace big guy