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#2335841 Has your opinion of kenny changed?

Posted by F.Michael on 10 December 2012 - 09:36 PM

Exactly. Hes growing as an NHLer. People give up on him too easy.

We lost Eva, and his man love for Hudler...Now we have you :lol:

#2335640 [Retired] Official Lockout Thread

Posted by F.Michael on 07 December 2012 - 11:28 PM

If you ask me, the compromise is a Luxury Tax.

It's quite possible that Fehr is fine with losing this season - only to introduce a luxury tax for the 2013/2014 season...Maybe - just maybe some of the more profitable franchises push for this as a means to avoid losing 2 seasons in a row?

EDIT - truth be told - I'd love to see a luxury tax.

#2335461 Has your opinion of kenny changed?

Posted by F.Michael on 06 December 2012 - 06:57 PM

Tootoo got benched. Emmerton played. Nuff said.

Hmm - I wonder if the acquisition of the Kostitsyn bros, and the return of Radulov had anything to do with Tootoo sitting on the pine?

EDIT - can toss Paul Gaustad in as well...

#2335374 [Retired] Official Lockout Thread

Posted by F.Michael on 06 December 2012 - 07:52 AM

Key points from LeBrun...

Raising the total money in its Make Whole provision to $300 million from the previous offer of $211 million. This is a key move to say the least.

League backs off contracting-rights demands on unrestricted free agency age (27) and salary arbitration, offering to keep both the same;

However, the league stays firm on five-year term limits for contracts and 5 percent salary variance; the only exception is when a team re-signs its own free agent it could go to seven years in term

League wants 10-year term on CBA (union has asked for five-year term).

Seems reasonable to me...Drop the puck already!

#2335266 Illitch announces plan to build new arena

Posted by F.Michael on 05 December 2012 - 10:02 AM

ya, just like the Old School charm of Tiger Stadium he built into Comerica....It will be nothing but a cookie cutter arena based on the new Pittsburgh and Columbus arena's...and it will be named something by the highest bidder regardless of where the HQ is for that bidder...ie Comerica Park HQ'd in Texas.

I would love to see an Olympia style arena and I am sticking by my name of Cadillac Centre. (Not only for GM ties but mostly for Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac...founder of Detroit.)

One of you guys LONG ago made up a "Olympia" type rendition of a new arena, you shold repost it in this thread.

Found the new Olympia http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JrQgsvelr8Q

Website here http://newolympia.blogspot.com/

#2335190 Illitch announces plan to build new arena

Posted by F.Michael on 04 December 2012 - 02:58 PM

Haven't heard anything recent about this! Glad to see it's still in the works... I know previously they said they were looking to change the aspect of multimedia within the arena with technology. Like new technology that allowed you to view the big screen via your cell phone and save highlights directly to your phone from it. I'll probably be butthurt for awhile once it does get built... it'll be hard leaving the Joe. So many childhood memories with my dad....

I've got such mixed feelings about this. My brain knows that it will be great for downtown and the city in general, but my heart can't understand why hockey would be played anywhere other than JLA.

If Ilitch builds a new state of the art arena with the "old school" charm of what the Olympia had I bet many here won't feel so bad about leaving the Joe.

#2334975 [Retired] Official Lockout Thread

Posted by F.Michael on 29 November 2012 - 04:59 PM

Another prime example of how the BOG/NHLPA crap on their bread & butter - aka - the fans.

#2334380 Has your opinion of kenny changed?

Posted by F.Michael on 20 November 2012 - 06:24 PM

Well...Looking back to the 2001/2002 season - Kenny got us the Cup...

The cap more or less has handcuffed both Holland, and Ilitch...That said what gets me is how he continues to seek what I'd consider to be the "smaller/soft" types in the draft (mind you even in many of the later rounds)...That's really my only beef with the man...

I'm hoping that this lockout ends soon; if we're lucky (key term here is lucky) - maybe a few teams have to jettison a few decent players that Holland could pick up on the cheap...

"Cola" - "Sammy" - "Choo-Choo-Tootoo" were solid additions that can contribute; yeah we lost out on Parise/Suter, but so did many other teams not named Minnesota.

#2333190 [Retired] Official Lockout Thread

Posted by F.Michael on 01 November 2012 - 11:08 AM

Quit spending money on the NHL until Bettman is fired if you don't want to go through this when the new CBA expires.
I was telling everybody this after and during the last lockout and everyone laughed it off. "He got his cap, he isn't going to lock us out again" is what most people said.

Many here thought I was off my rocker this past spring when I predicted this mess.

#2332926 Ryan Suter pissed off

Posted by F.Michael on 29 October 2012 - 12:14 AM

No sympathy for Suter - what the hell did he expect?

He had a front row seat when Leipold claimed the Preds to be a welfare case...Now as owner of the Wild - Leipold knew well in advance that there would be some salary "rollbacks" with the next CBA, and Suter was not smart enough to stay away from this clown.

Not saying Suter/Parise wouldn't have any changes in their contracts (or the amount they're getting paid in the end), but you'd think these guys woud've rather signed on with a club that has a great relationship with it's players **cough - Detroit - cough**.

#2332861 Missing Wings This Fall (anyone heard anything on Franzen yet?)

Posted by F.Michael on 27 October 2012 - 04:49 PM

He's hanging out with Keith Tkachuk.

#2332815 CHL, Other Junior Leagues Look to Ban Fighting

Posted by F.Michael on 26 October 2012 - 08:12 PM


What would I rather deal with...Taking on a guy like Bob Probert in his prime in a "mano e mano" fight - both as willing combatants...Or taking a blind shot into the boards head 1st from the likes of a Claude Lemieux, or Matt Cooke?

#2330937 Drew Miller

Posted by F.Michael on 08 October 2012 - 08:50 AM

If it's not Scottish - It's crap!

#2330128 White as home jerseys or road jerseys?

Posted by F.Michael on 26 September 2012 - 06:17 PM

I grew up watching white as the home jersey...I gotta say that as the "Red Wings" - they need to continue wearing red at home games.

#2329806 Jimmy D Speaks out on Lockout, fined $250k

Posted by F.Michael on 23 September 2012 - 05:17 PM

Jimmy D is a hockey genius. He hasn't damaged the reputation of the Wings. The Wings have the likes of Jack Adams in their cupboards. You don't have to be likable or wise to be great at your job. Scotty Bowman was a jerk, too, but any team would kill to have him come back and coach them. Jimmy D is on one side of the negotiating table, that's it. Maybe he was a bit crass, but that's his style. It's his opinion, it doesn't affect his job performance, and I doubt many players take it personally outside of using it as a negotiating tactic.


Jimmy D is 1 of the reasons why the Red Wings have been such a successful franchise for so many years.

I'm certain he's sick, and tired of these labour woes between the BOG, and NHLPA, and like he said in that very same interview - he too is part of the "cattle" group, and in some way he's taking orders from the ranch owner - Mike Ilitch.

Many here also forget that Bettman (that little turd) is only doing his part - courtesy of the BOG - gotta remember they're the ones handing over $8 million to him, and he's leading the way - pushing the "cause" for the sake of the owners.

Gotta admit - it's pretty humorous that Jimmy D got such a huge fine...I'm sure Ilitch will fork over the "moo-lah".