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#2536996 Datsyuk 2nd degree separated shoulder injury - out approx 4 weeks

Posted by F.Michael on 23 September 2014 - 01:26 PM

Ouch...Hitting that rounded glass at the end of the bench is like hitting a brick wall - no give.


Wouldn't be too surprised if Dats is out for a month plus...Hopefully he'll be 100% when he does return since he'll only sit out alot more if he re-injures his shoulder.

#2536545 Flames adding Truculence...Yonkman, Gillies PTO

Posted by F.Michael on 18 September 2014 - 08:32 PM

With all this tuffness in the Flames lineup - it's certain Hudler will finally become the 40 goal scorer he was destined to become!

#2536476 Mantha's Injury

Posted by F.Michael on 17 September 2014 - 11:33 PM


Yeah an enforcer would have pounded that rut right out of the ice and Mantha would be fine.


You can always count on an enforcer to make sure the ice is at its highest quality.

Nah...All the enforcer would need to do is stare it down...And then say - 'ya wanna go'?


Rut would then slowly melt away - as if it never existed.....Never underestimate the capabilities of a tuff guy, and what they can bring onto the ice.

#2536438 A Perfect fit for the Bruins...Ville Leino?

Posted by F.Michael on 17 September 2014 - 01:59 PM


I know.  Which is why Loui Eriksson has been kicking so much ass for the Bruins.  Guy's a monster.

David Krejci's is gonna spend some of that $$$ with that new contract on his tougher teammates (dinner - drinks - lap dances)...It's the least he can do.

#2536437 Mantha's Injury

Posted by F.Michael on 17 September 2014 - 01:52 PM

Now if the Wings dressed some enforcers for that game.....That knee injury would've never happened.

#2536383 Dekeyser signed. 2 yrs $2.187 million AAV

Posted by F.Michael on 16 September 2014 - 08:50 PM

First glance, it seemed like a bit of an underpayment to me, but when you look at the cap comparable players it makes sense. Luca Sbisa, T.J. Brodie, Chris Tanev, Dmitry Orlov... all guys are 23-24 and have that possible upside. Not necessarily the same situations, but similar age and arguably, potential. It's a good deal.



This deal is good for botrh sides; DD is getting a significant pay raise, and a wonderful opportunity to prove to the Wings what he's capable of these next 2 seasons (which will give him a great chance at negotiating a more lucrative contract while still in his 'prime'), and for Holland he's still got room under the cap to sign Alfie.

#2536310 Dekeyser signed. 2 yrs $2.187 million AAV

Posted by F.Michael on 16 September 2014 - 02:17 PM

It was definitely a small sample size with Dekeyser, but I think him being 24 years old and playing 4 years in college helps with that. He's not some 19 year old kid.  I also think his performance last season is being understated a bit.  It's in great part due to Ericsson's injury but Dekeyser was arguably the 2nd most important defenseman on the team.



Among Wings d-men:


23 points, only 5 of which came on the PP.  (2nd only to Kronwall's 49, 25 of which were on the PP)

21:38 minutes a game (2nd only to Kronwall's 24:18)

averaged 2:13 per game on the PK and 1:34 on the PP

+10 (tops among Wings defenseman)

30 PIMs (lower than everyone but Kindl, who plays significantly fewer minutes)



It is only 81 games total in the NHL, but he was thrown in the deep end as a rookie and handled himself admirably (think Kindl or Smith for examples of how else it could've gone). He played big minutes and played all roles on the ice.   The question is obviously how much will he improve, but I'd be surprised if he took any steps backwards. 

A bit off topic...


DD didn't get to spend any time with Lids - unlike Ericsson, and Kronwall - he was thrown in full speed ahead, and didn't look outta place one bit.


IMHO - he's our 2nd best Dman, and with Ericsson questionable...Well - Holland better get this kid signed.

#2536306 Dekeyser signed. 2 yrs $2.187 million AAV

Posted by F.Michael on 16 September 2014 - 01:41 PM


Exactly, this off season has been the worst in almost 2 decades if Danny has to sit out now and god forbid miss training camp, the defense will take a huge hit.

To add - Ericsson not being 100% (finger not healed, and not in top condition) worries me.

#2536302 Dekeyser signed. 2 yrs $2.187 million AAV

Posted by F.Michael on 16 September 2014 - 01:35 PM

^ Exactly.


I love DD but if any of you armchair GMs think it's easy to negotiate a contract with a kid who has only played 70 games or whatever, then you're snorting the crack dust, plain and simple.


To me, DD is to the D what Tatar is to the offence. Both have had similar career arcs so far, except Tatar has a Calder Cup MVP under his belt and almost scored 20 last year in his first almost full season.  


If you ask me, something like 2.75-3M/year for 3 years would have gotten this deal done a month ago. I have a hard time thinking Holland wouldn't offer that. Makes me think that it's DD's camp that is being unrealistic, not Holland.

I could be wrong, but I'm thinking DD would've taken that offer ($2.75 to $3 million per season for 3 seasons), but I'm guessing Holland is looking to offer less since DD is a RFA.


We obviously don't know what's going behind the scenes, but this is exactly what I feared...One of our more promising Dmen not getting signed, and potentially sitting out for some time.

#2536061 Dekeyser signed. 2 yrs $2.187 million AAV

Posted by F.Michael on 12 September 2014 - 11:51 AM


I wonder if he quietly chuckled to himself as he walked back to the locker room after giving this interview. 

Shortly after - he went out for fish tacos.

#2535798 Ottawa Senators are trying "European style" supporter sections

Posted by F.Michael on 09 September 2014 - 10:52 AM

I predict the games will be more fun...right up until fans from the supporter sections start beating the hell out of opposition fans.  I get the feeling that in North America this will turn violent.  Then again, maybe not.  The Canadiens already have an atmosphere very much like this, and as far as I know nobody had been injured.

Unless those Canadien fans go to Boston...


Euro football hooliganism remains to be a problem, and I don't wish to see that behavior here in N.America.

#2535639 "But I don't want to be a pirate."

Posted by F.Michael on 05 September 2014 - 07:55 PM


The Dude could abide that:










Bathrobe themed jerseys? 



I like the Seinfeld idea - its a pretty bizarre thing to do, but what the heck!

And 'white Russians' instead of water for the players on the bench.

#2535194 Las Vegas rumored to get an expansion team

Posted by F.Michael on 29 August 2014 - 04:50 PM


Someone posted a link to an article in the Toronto Star that referenced the billion dollars in potential franchise fees the existing owners would collect from expansion, so that's not glue they're sniffing.  It's cash. 


Bettman's track record demonstrates that he is willing to risk the integrity of the league in order to make his owners as much money as possible, so it's not really that surprising.  He has his circle of cronies on the BOG, and can probably drum up support from owners drooling at the prospect of the new franchise fees.  That fee is not considered Hockey Related Revenue so it's not something they even have to share with players. 


Plus with the CBA set for at least 7 more years, if there's a couple more struggling franchises it really won't effect owners until then.  And even when the CBA ends they'll likely just have another lockout and hammer the players salaries down further instead of increasing revenue sharing.  So it doesn't seem like there's  a ton of financial risk to the existing owners.

I agree with you that Bettman is selling this like he had in previous years to the BOG - you'll get more $$$, and that alone will get many members to sign on.


The issues in Glendale, AZ are far from over, and then there's the Panthers in Miami, and who knows who'll be next on the list of financial doom & gloom.


This league has some serious issues, and placing teams in non-traditional markets continues to dog them...I know I'm beating a dead horse here, but I'd much rather see a team in Quebec City, and a 2nd team in Toronto before any city here in the USA, but that's just me.

#2535151 potential team names for las vegas!

Posted by F.Michael on 29 August 2014 - 09:09 AM

How about the 'Quebec Nordiques'?


oops - wrong thread

#2533933 Greatest Wings game ever

Posted by F.Michael on 09 August 2014 - 08:39 AM

Ugh...So many to choose from.


March 26th 1997.


June 7th 1997.


May 29th 2002.


Numerous others