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#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.


#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

Hmm...

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.

Exactly.

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".


#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.

FOOD FIGHT!


#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.

Agreed.

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...