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#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.

#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 ;)

#2324521 Bob Probert: 2 Years Ago Today

Posted by F.Michael on 09 August 2012 - 07:23 PM

i love in his book how Probie speaks in detail about those Domi fights as well as many others.

The second time I read his book I would youtube the exact fights I was reading about... it was like having him do play by play.

It was very interesting to watch the all the fights he references, after reading his breakdowns of them...you see an entirely different tilt When your looking for the things Probe writes about that occured.

Definately a different era. the respect they all
had for each other was amazing. there seemed to only be a few dbags and it was universally known who they were and most the heavys enjoyed some of the beatings they laid on those individuals.

It's why I'm a firm believer that the instigator rule should be removed.

Some here who didn't watch hockey back then claim that the removal of the instigator pen would result in an alarming increase of tuff guys taking liberties on the opposing skill guys - anything couldn't be further from the truth.

#2323950 Bouwmeester opinions? Potential trades? *merged*

Posted by F.Michael on 06 August 2012 - 05:30 AM

Kronwall, Quincey, and Ericsson are better
Smith and Kindl might be
Solid +/-??? He was a -21 last year and is -54 in his career

Kronwall I can agree with, but Quincey, and Ericsson - no way.

As Dobbles rightfully pointed out - JBo plays top pairing minutes; plays against the other teams top line; has had "so-so" defense partners in the past few years; he's on a rather "so-so" Flames.

The guy has a ton of skill, but isn't physical enough, nor generates enough offense to meet the critics high expectations courtesy of his bloated contract.

With all that said - his 2 years left isn't as big of a anchor on the shoulders of Holland as some would think, and he does have the athletic prowess to play the puck possession game that Detroit will most likely keep playing for some time.

EDIT - it's been beaten to death, but the whole +/- stat may not always indicate the true qualities a certain player could bring to any NHL franchise.

#2322477 Semin signs one year, $7m deal with Carolina

Posted by F.Michael on 27 July 2012 - 12:28 PM

A $7m deal would have instantly made him the highest-paid player on the team. That's no reclamation project, and handing that sort of salary to a guy who has such a poor reputation and so much to prove would have been an insult to others on the team, not to mention that poison in the locker room is always a terrible thing. And Semin's potential to be a cancer in the locker room is almost certainly why Holland avoided the guy; Holland does not sign players who are risky in that area.

Does making a trade for Chelios (I'd never play for Detroit), or allowing Hasek back onto the team a season after signing Joseph factor into anything?

Honestly - who cares if signing Semin for 1 year at $7 large "insults" anyone?..Is this a game played by little boys, or grown men?..Is Holland trying to improve our beloved Detroit Red Wings, or is he sitting idle as UFA's sign elsewhere because he's too worried about what the precious stars may think if he signs someone for more $$$.

Holland is a top notch GM - no doubting that, but giving him this "he can do no wrong" moniker gets rather annoying because it's pretty obvious that with what's taken place this summer - Detroit will be lucky making it into the playoffs.

So what's left for Detroit? Doan and a possible trade for Ryan? It's interesting that Semin didn't sign with the Red Wings. Either Detroit didn't offer him a contract good enough or he didn't want to play in Detroit. I can't imagine why Holland wouldn't extend a one year offer Semin's way. There's ample cap space and virtually no way to spend it now. What would have been the harm in signing a former 40 goal scored to a 1 year deal worth $7 Mil? If he tanks, so what? You lose the money that was going to go unspent? Big deal. Low risk, high reward situation. I'm surprised this didn't get done.


#2322256 Semin signs one year, $7m deal with Carolina

Posted by F.Michael on 26 July 2012 - 05:45 PM

How on earth is it that he could be a reclamation project? Holland's reclamation projects are the likes of Cleary and Samuelsson: guys with talent whose careers have reached a nadir and who are effectively below the radar. Semin absolutely does not fit into this category.

Maybe Harold meant that a change of scenery, and an attitude adjustment by playing in Detroit alongside a fellow Russian with a great attitude, solid work ethic, and a plethora of talent would get the most outta Semin,,,Instead of a 60 to 70 pts guy - Semin becomes a 85 plus pts guy in the Motor City?

#2322252 Semin signs one year, $7m deal with Carolina

Posted by F.Michael on 26 July 2012 - 05:34 PM

:D at Kenny....he is fail. Epic. An off season that started out so promising too. Lowball some more players and GMs. Hey Ken, a player can make more than Pav, ya know? Damn him and his "team" salary cap. Enjoy this roster!

Well...As others have rightfully pointed out...We're gonna see how some of the youngsters from GR perform while wearing their "big boy pants" in Detroit.