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#2200997 Report: Gary Bettman makes $7.5M

Posted by VM1138 on 25 July 2011 - 11:16 PM

Reasonable salary, really. He probably does just as much work as any athlete, constant meetings, planning, public affairs, travel, etc. I'm pretty sure Bettman probably lives his job and puts in as much time and a lot of travel as the athletes do.

Whatever our feelings of Bettman, the fact is he has overseen the rebuilding of the sport into a much more marketable, and arguably more popular version nationally. At least he did something (as much as I hate to admit it) to earn the raise, unlike some of our other corporate CEOs who profit while their companies implode.

And this will probably be the one and only time you see me defend Bettman.

#2200712 Are you addicted to the Red Wings?

Posted by VM1138 on 24 July 2011 - 11:38 AM

Is it bad I would cancel a wedding for a Wings playoff game?

This is why we scheduled our wedding for mid-July, to avoid any playoff conflicts.

#2200495 Winnipeg Jets' New Logo

Posted by VM1138 on 22 July 2011 - 08:18 PM

the problem with this logo is it is just way too "vectory" looking for me. even though it is simple there are so many tiny lines and strokes that it doesn't make for a very good logo, imo.

I think it's really cool. Totally unlike any other logo in the league. I'm surprised so many people seem to hate it. They didn't do some crazy design where you can't even tell what it is. They didn't use obnoxious coloring, and they didn't make it cartoony. What more do people want? It's a logo that can be taken seriously and that's all you need.

#2199814 Jimmy Howard Debate Thread

Posted by VM1138 on 20 July 2011 - 11:20 AM

Fuuuuuuuck! Well, perhaps, statistics say otherwise... Yes, I mentioned it, that's my mistake. Can you name me a person who would feel safe going with Howard to Game 7 of SCF? He is going to let pucks in. Period. Red Wings somehow need to deal with it scoring, scoring and scoring. I remember (I bet you too) those times when our goalie didn't let pucks in in a game just because he played good not because a team in from of him played excellent. These were 97 and 2001-2002 season. Since then we have Howard-like goalies.

PS Notice, I'm not going to ask you how to "watch hell-lot-more than 70 games". Simply because it is no more than 106 every season for SC finalist.

I would. He's very solid. Gives up some weak shots, but all goalies do. He seems mentally strong which is HUGE in today's NHL among goaltenders. He's gotten his rebound control under....well control.

#2199396 Chris Osgood announces retirement

Posted by VM1138 on 19 July 2011 - 11:57 AM

Kind of sucks, because his last two seasons were really sub-par, mostly due to confidence, lack of playing time, and finally injury. I never felt he was declining quality-wise, only that he hit a rough patch. I never really felt that he just couldn't hack it anymore. Sad to see another player retiring basically due to injury. Who knows, maybe with proper conditioning and a couple years off treating the groin area right he might pull a Hasek and come back for one more run at glory.

EDIT: And I think one of the greatest legacies he leaves is not his success on the ice, but that with all the drama constantly swirling around the goaltending situation he never caused problems, and always wanted to come back to the Wings and stay with them no matter what. A true team player. I've never seen a player take so much crap and still so earnestly want to stay in the city that treated him in such a bipolar manner.

#2197650 This is why Commodore was the best signing ever...

Posted by VM1138 on 09 July 2011 - 10:46 PM

After a big hit, or a goal, I bet the DJ at the Joe will play one of these jingles from old Commodore commercials.



Edit: I actually remember the "I Adore my 64" commercials :blush:

I just hope the crowd does the one finger salute from those commercials, too!

#2197614 Best Current Russian Player

Posted by VM1138 on 09 July 2011 - 06:07 PM

Well, look at it this way. Ovie admitted to watching Datsyuk videos in his off-time. That settles it for me: Datsyuk, and has been for a while.

#2196952 WMU head coach finalist for Wings' assistant coaching spot

Posted by VM1138 on 06 July 2011 - 05:52 PM

He may be a finalist but there's no way he picks him. It was probably a family member or friend who leaked this as a means of getting his name out there for other teams moreso than a claim that the Wings are really leaning towards him.

#2196950 Wings re-sign Ericsson to 3-year, $9.75m contract

Posted by VM1138 on 06 July 2011 - 05:50 PM

Basically Ericsson deserves this contract because he's 6-foot-5.

I was just going to post something like this. Holland mentioned it twice in that article, as if it mattered. Who gives a damn how big he is if he doesn't know how to play his position?

#2196729 Salei to Play in Russia..

Posted by VM1138 on 05 July 2011 - 10:49 PM

The KHL: The NHL's Retirement Home.

#2195997 Wings offered Jovanovski 2 years, $5 million

Posted by VM1138 on 03 July 2011 - 10:42 PM

I'm no expert on White, but I do know enough to know that White > Jovo.

#2195744 Brett Lebda traded to Nashville

Posted by VM1138 on 03 July 2011 - 11:50 AM

I swear, the more stupidity I see among people in power (politicians, businessmen, GMs) irritates me all the more that an educated person like myself has such a hard time making money.

#2195387 Yandle on the block?

Posted by VM1138 on 02 July 2011 - 04:12 PM

You are kidding yourself if you think Yandle isn't a player to build a team around. He's af****** stud... and he's only 24.

He is, for sure. I wouldn't mind giving up Flip for him, either, but your previous assessment of Smith and Filpulla are just incorrect, I think.

Which would have to include Filpulla / Helm / Nyquist / Smith + 2 first round picks instead of Abby

I understand that the Wings will have to give up somethign to get a talent like Yandle, but as good as Yandle is and could be, he's no Hasek or Lidstrom, why on Earth would any team give up that much for him? I can see two players and a pick. I can see maybe three players, but not four players and two first round picks.

#2195050 Forward lines next season?

Posted by VM1138 on 02 July 2011 - 09:04 AM

well, looking on the bright side...

the main problem seems to be that homer and bert are keeping our top two lines from becoming elite...and that both are un-playable on the 3rd or 4th lines. well, next season both are UFAs. And even without replacing them with high-end FA's, I like the looks of these lines a whole lot more:


easier said than done with huds, but i agree full-heartedly

I see your point but I don't think it's bad to have Bertuzzi or Homer on the top lines. Homer still scores on deflections and Bertuzzi had a great year last year. We just need a bit more consistency from him, but everyone but Datsyuk suffered in that department last season.

I would gladly bump one of them if we could get a bona-fide second line scorer, though.

#2195039 Wings re-sign Ericsson to 3-year, $9.75m contract

Posted by VM1138 on 02 July 2011 - 08:48 AM

His exact words were, "if we don't find another top 4 defenseman, Ericsson will fill that role".

Read the article again. It's a definite possibility.

Thank you, I don't know why everyone jumped down my throat. It was written right in the article from Holland's mouth.

Top 4 is different from Top 2 as quoted by VM.

Lidstrom-Stuart-Kronwall-Rafalski/Ericsson. That's where I made that stretch. Ericsson filling a top 4 when there are already the other top 3 is the same as filling Rafalski's place. Maybe he won't be replacing Rafalski exactly in the sense that he'll be doing the same role, and maybe that's what people thought I was saying, but the reality is if E is in the Top 4 that means the Top 4 took a hit from last season, which is bad.