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#2615246 Free agents this off season

Posted by F.Michael on 19 June 2015 - 09:36 AM

UFA Dman Cody Franson.


Might be a better option than either Wiz, or Dion.


EDIT - Franson's also a righty.

#2614968 The Bowman Effect

Posted by F.Michael on 17 June 2015 - 03:59 PM



The best thing to happen to the Chicago Blackhawks was the death of 'Dollar' Bill Wirtz.


That idiot, and his minions ran that franchise into the ground by the late 90's, and were the laughing stock for the better portion of 10 years.


Rocky Wirtz taking the helm isn't too shabby either.....He at least understands the economics of the game today, and whom he has to deal with (NHLPA).

#2614178 Here we go AGAIN - Coyotes, part DUH!

Posted by F.Michael on 12 June 2015 - 05:27 PM


Quebec is far from a slam dunk market.  What has changed from the 90's?  Are they going to have more corporate and government support?  Will they still insist focusing on how French they are and have problems getting English language coverage?


I'm not convinced the Jets have a long term future either.  They have a small arena, and even with selling out almost every game they're only the 20th valued NHL franchise.  If they don't win consistently, which was their major problem in Atlanta, the novelty of having "Our Jets" back will wear off and fans will stop spending the money on games.

There's significant changes since the Nords moved to Colorado...


The Canadian $ is alot more in line in terms of value with the American $.


Corporate media giant Quebecor is interested in an NHL franchise http://www.theglobea...rticle20342350/


And there's a new 18,000 seat arena underway.


Unlike Phoenix - the attendance was always well above average at Nordique games (roughly 14,000 in a arena that held a little over 15,000).


Remember a few years ago with Nordique Nation traveling all over the place, and attending NHL games.


IMHO - it would be silly not to consider Quebec City as a major player for an NHL franchise.

#2614000 Free agents this off season

Posted by F.Michael on 11 June 2015 - 11:43 AM

Signing our RFAs will probably be our only move



I can see Blashill wanting to promote a few of the young Dmen from GR instead of spending big $$$ on any UFA.

#2613995 Here we go AGAIN - Coyotes, part DUH!

Posted by F.Michael on 11 June 2015 - 11:34 AM

Glendale's suggestion to the Coyotes:


A sassy ginger milf?

#2613231 Which Sweater Do RWs Retire First - Feds or Ozzy?

Posted by F.Michael on 05 June 2015 - 07:44 AM

Neither.  And neither was spelled correctly.  


Retire Red Kelly's number first.

number9 might've been enjoying a barley pop, or two while starting this thread.

#2613093 Khan: Jeff Blashill to be announced new head coach next week

Posted by F.Michael on 04 June 2015 - 06:55 AM

I knew you were hiding in the bushes somewhere.

No - that would be Margot Kidder.

#2612883 Tampa Bay Lightning dress code for fans

Posted by F.Michael on 02 June 2015 - 04:55 PM


You should have put on a Chelios Wings jersey.  That would have done it.  

I recall a few years ago Chelios was honored by the Blackhawks, and many boos rained down upon him when mentioning his Cup wins with Detroit.


Those fans in Chicago will eat their own young.

#2612882 Tampa Bay Lightning dress code for fans

Posted by F.Michael on 02 June 2015 - 04:45 PM


I remember a few years ago I was at Joe Louis West as I like to call the Hawks' barn, wearing my Yzerman jersey and a Hawk fan yelled at me, "Why are you wearing that? He doesn't even play for them anymore! And Red Wings suck!" It was then I looked at who he was wearing and it happened to be a Byfuglien one so I said, "Why are you wearing that? HE doesn'e even play for the Hawks anymore." He then tried to tell me that Byfuglien still does, and that he just bought it because Byfuglien is a, "Beast," and will win cups with the Hawks for many years to come. So I laughed in his face and left. Then some of their fans tried pushing my little brother down the stairs getting outside. It was a real...magical...expierence.

And hell I remember when Wing sweaters took up 85% of that place, they couldn't even give tickets away, what a joke.

I kid you not - I was at a game in the UC where nearly 70% were Wings fans (back in 2003 when the Hawks were in the dumps), and the Wings scored - the crowd went wild, and the loud horn went off (the guy behind the button must've fell asleep, and thought the Hawks scored due to the noise from the crowd).

#2612821 Tampa Bay Lightning dress code for fans

Posted by F.Michael on 02 June 2015 - 08:33 AM

I really think the Captain (#19) may have lost some credibility, although i have no idea if he has a hand in this childish behavior.  I attended the first Tampa home game against the Wings, with  the Captain as the new GM, where over 80% of the crowd was wearing Wings sweaters, shirts, hats, etc.. now this, please see the following link.    http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-06-01/tampa-bay-s-hockey-dress-code-insults-lightning-fans 

  To be clear, i am not alleging that the Captain had anything to do with this decision, but it is an absolute embarrassment to the Lightning organization as well their fan base. I guess once expansion teams enter the picture this type of behavior exists.  

While TB's policy is nothing short of retarded - has anyone here other than myself been to a game in Chicago while wearing your Red Wing jersey?


Hawks fans can be pretty classless turds toward visiting fans.

#2610980 WCF : (3) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (1) Anaheim Ducks

Posted by F.Michael on 28 May 2015 - 08:24 AM

The NHL is a Ducks/Lighting win away from ratings hell. 



Just think of the difference between a Bolts/Ducks, and a Rags/Hawks ratings for the Cup Finals.

#2610618 The return of The Mule?

Posted by F.Michael on 27 May 2015 - 08:55 AM

IMHO the Mule should hang up his skates, and enjoy spending time with his family.


Lord knows he'll never have to work another day in his life; being on LTIR he'll continue to receive  paychecks for what's left of his contract which is what - 4, or 5 more years?

#2609732 Babcock says good-bye in full page ad. SIAP

Posted by F.Michael on 22 May 2015 - 02:28 PM

Best wishes to Mike Babcock, and his family.


He's a class act in my humble opinion.


No issues from me with his decision.

#2609445 Dylan Larkin turning pro... will play for GR immediately

Posted by F.Michael on 21 May 2015 - 01:59 PM

Helm isn't going anywhere , seriously doubt it he can play the wing as well and has a ton of speed

Tell Babs when he comes calling for glendening to pay up a 1st or take a hike lol



At times Helm was a force to reckon with in the post season...He's finally turning into the player that we had hoped he'd become, but then again - as bad as it sounds - maybe his trade value is at a all time high, and what we get in return will fill a few holes?

#2609283 Datsyuk's House

Posted by F.Michael on 21 May 2015 - 06:25 AM

I can totally see Datsyuk moving to Moscow and living in one of those giant apartment complexes (yours truly used to live in one too).  

You lived in Moscow?  


I didn't realize you were so 'worldly'.....And here I thought you were crashing in your parents basement for the past 10 years :crazy:

Well, I guess I'm busted. Pav is moving in with me.

We have an arrangement wherein he does all the chores I don't like and I do absolutely nothing for him in return. I think it's a pretty sweet deal on his end.

Is this a 'shack job', or is this something more permanent?


If I see Dats looking sad on the bench - well that means something is wrong with his home life, and I'm holding you responsible.


You don't need to tell me.  I can tell you a Moscow, break-in, apartment story you'd never believe.  

Were the Spetsnaz involved?