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#2329770 Report: NHL may cancel Winter Classic by November if no CBA deal

Posted by F.Michael on 23 September 2012 - 04:48 AM

Food Network FTW.


#2329768 Jimmy D Speaks out on Lockout, fined $250k

Posted by F.Michael on 23 September 2012 - 03:39 AM

Hmm...Interesting interview.

Boom there ya Dumbellano, sticking up for a midget and yet getting fined 250.000.

I think the fine is still to small he may have damaged the great DRW reputation with his cattle comments, he'd better be glad Datsyuk is busy playing in the KHL otherwhise this could really backfire for the whole organizsation.

Can you imagine still having the perfect human on our team and Jim coming out with something like this? WoW, classless idiot. Hope he gets fired on top of the fine.

Seriously - Red Wings rep damaged?

You must've not been around when Probert was a Red Wing.

I honestly :lol: at the cattle comment - ya know - he's bloody right, and brutally honest...Gotta give him props for that.

#2328439 2012 Lockout Watch

Posted by F.Michael on 12 September 2012 - 02:13 PM

I'll still support the NHL after this. Still gonna buy merchandise, try to see games, pay for center ice. Being mad at the league as a whole hasn't clouded my memory enough to forget that I love hockey a lot.
Hockey fans spend a lot of time saying "i'll stop watching if _______ occurs" but I won't ever actually stop until the game stops being exciting for me (so I'll be around at least as long as Datsyuk plays)
When hockey is back, I'll be waiting...if not impatiently

I'm in the same boat you're in Ally...I've been a fan of the Detroit Red Wings since 1984; there's no way I'd stop being a fan; the players want to play, and the owners want a season...It's just the garbage "in-between" that needs to be dealt with.

That said - I'll keep my prediction that it'll be 60/40 in favour of a lockout...I hope I'm wrong.

#2328094 2012 Lockout Watch

Posted by F.Michael on 09 September 2012 - 03:42 AM

Why should the players budge? Bettmans proposal is take, take, take, take, take, take, take and take. Not a single proposal to sweeten the pot, no "we want to take this, but we'll give you that in return" to make them go "OK". Bettmans proposal isn't a negotiation, its an ultimatum. He's treating the NHLPA like a vanquished foe trying to get the least punitive terms out of an unconditional surrender, rather than an equal partner in negotiations for the mutual good.

I was on the owners side last time around, and as I've mentioned previously he did some good things for the players such as significantly raising the minimum salary (important when ~ 40% of the NHLPA are on mimimum salary), but this is just pure greed and stupidity. Bettman needs to go as point 1 of any new CBA.


I too was on the owners side the last time we went thru this, but this time it's different...Bettman's gotten more vile as the years go by.

#2328033 2012 Lockout Watch

Posted by F.Michael on 08 September 2012 - 09:39 AM

it's so frustrating to see that it's taken a week before the deadline for these guys to show any urgency. this should have started months ago

I agree.

Unfortunately we don't live in a perfect world ;)

Maybe there's a chance that things will get resolved soon, and we'll have a full season of NHL hockey!

#2327737 Franzen Trade Bait? Possibly!

Posted by F.Michael on 04 September 2012 - 06:29 PM

I think that Franzen 29 Goals, 27 Assists (56 points) +23 @ $3.9M cap hit is a good deal.

Wouldnt trade him unless we were getting an absolute stud of a D man back in return.

I still think Franzen will score 40+ goals soon.

Wake me up when it happens...

#2327461 Move Over Winter Classic

Posted by F.Michael on 31 August 2012 - 05:52 PM

Where can I buy a beer, a hot dog, and take a leak?

#2327035 If you could reset the career of one Wings player...

Posted by F.Michael on 27 August 2012 - 08:45 PM

All of the names listed are great, and I agree on them all... With that said, I'm going to go left field on this and take one that people don't think about very often and one that was the worst scape goat in RW history... Curtis Joseph

Had he been given his fair shake and was here through his prime, it would have been epic

Good point...Looking back he should've stayed a Leaf; he was worshipped there, and unlike today - they had a really good team...The 2002 Cup Finals would've been alot more interesting had we faced T.O.

#2326722 If you could reset the career of one Wings player...

Posted by F.Michael on 24 August 2012 - 10:59 AM

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#2326721 Fedorov 5 years/50 mil - 10 years later

Posted by F.Michael on 24 August 2012 - 10:54 AM

Feds played a huge role in all those Cups...Without him who knows how many the Red Wings would've won - maybe none?

#2326717 2012 Lockout Watch

Posted by F.Michael on 24 August 2012 - 10:42 AM

Personally I'm still a big fan of the "soft cap" with "luxury tax" idea.

Lower the cap floor; have a modest ceiling; limit the player contracts to a max of 4 years, and keep UFA at 27.

#2325998 Should Kronwall have to answer the bell for his hits?

Posted by F.Michael on 19 August 2012 - 02:13 PM

Well that's what I wonder about in a way. Maybe players go after Kronwall after some of his hits because he's always against either skilled players or in general a team's point producers. The job of a top-four dman like Kronwall is to defend against a team's best players. Is the complaint that players shouldn't have to fight after a clean hit on a skilled player unjustified based on the game's history? Because like you said; in the past, if you inflict any kind of harm on a team's point producers then someone would get in your face. Has it always been that way and now all of a sudden we have a league-wide complaint about it that came out of nowhere? If it was that way for Yzerman/Probert-Kocur and Gretzky/McSorley then how or why are people so surprised about a retaliation these days when it happens after a big hit on a team's skilled players?

Now, I'm making a lot of assumptions here but I'm just wondering out loud.

From my personal point of view - the game has toned down the physical/violent factor considerably when compared to what was the norm back in the 70's, and 80's.

5 on 5 "donnybrooks", and bench clearing brawls were fairly common back then...With todays rules in place, and a shift in the attitude of skill over physicality (courtesy of the Euro influence starting in the early 90's) we are wittnessing the results; skill overrules thuggery, and whenever we see any form of "payback" taking place - many viewers are shocked.

Again - just my personal opinion.

#2325988 Player Haters (not so) Anonymous

Posted by F.Michael on 19 August 2012 - 01:51 PM

I hate Wendel Clark, he was a useless goon that only has recognition around the league because he was the best player on terrible teams. He is everything hockey shouldn't be, he was not smart, he was not skilled and most of all he was ugly and I didn't like his hair.

Couldn't disagree more...

He was the heart & soul of the Leafs...Major props to the guy for playing "Old School" hockey; could score goals, and stood up for himself, and teammates.

His last few seasons in the NHL were nothing to write home about; a bad back, and multiple knee injuries really slowed him down due to his style of play...I'll be the 1st to admit that he was rather useless in his stint as a Red Wing back in 1999...That said he's 1 of my favorite players of all time.

Wendel was a great player

Spot on!

What a great character Wendel Clark was? I'm pretty sure he's the one that got a match penalty for slashing one of the NHL's nicest and cleanest players(sarcasm don't kill me, I hate Bryan Marchment) in the throat.

I think Sports Illustrated compared Wendel Clark very well with Alex Burrows, very similar players.


Relying on anything from "SI" to back your point of view is rather weak when considering how poorly "SI" covers anything relating to the NHL.

I bet you get your salsa recipes from "Popular Mechanics"?

#2325219 Who was the best player on our 2002 squad?

Posted by F.Michael on 14 August 2012 - 04:03 PM

I miss Shanny.

Scoring goals, and punching faces.

Old Time Hockey :thumbup:

#2324967 Bob Probert: 2 Years Ago Today

Posted by F.Michael on 12 August 2012 - 10:52 PM

i miss pre-lockout hockey :(

I miss NHL hockey from 1984-1994 in particular...Although 96/97, 97/98, 01/02 were pretty nice too ;)