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#2186695 No, No, NO! Jagr interested in Detroit.

Posted by VM1138 on 18 June 2011 - 07:55 AM

The thing I don't get is why Jagr wants to come back to the NHL. He's never been all that attached to it, or else why leave for the KHL to begin with? Hudler did it just to get his big payday, but Jagr was already highly paid. I guess I don't understand why he would want to end his career on the other side of the world in a league he already left once. I would have concerns about his hunger to win.

EDIT: And part of me wonders why he keeps talking about playing Datsyuk and Zetterberg. On the one hand, it's obvious why anyone would want to play with them, but on the other he's automatically assuming he'll be on the top two lines and I wonder if he's just thinking it'd be an easy coast to a Cup having them do all the hard work. I only say that considering his past.

#2186352 Epic Boooing of Bettman

Posted by VM1138 on 16 June 2011 - 11:15 PM

I felt bad for him. I don't care if someone dislikes the way he does his job, but booing him like that... Gets too personal.

Like someone said on the other thread: the Cup presentation isn't about Bettman, it's about the Cup and the winning team.

You're half right. I see what you're getting at, but that is the only way for fans to express their dislike of him. A letter writing campaign won't have any effect. But public embarrassment is about the only influence the fans can have. It's not like they're going to stop going to games just because they don't like him.

#2185927 Congrats to Timmy Thomas

Posted by VM1138 on 15 June 2011 - 11:26 PM

Where did this guy come from? Totally off the radar until a few years ago. As dominate as Roy and Hasek were in their day. Let's hope he can put a few more years in and collect some more hardware.

No kidding, talk about a late bloomer. But he's awesome and dominant and I don't know anyone who dislikes the guy.

#2185020 SCF: Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks

Posted by VM1138 on 13 June 2011 - 11:07 PM

Well, if we're going by patterns Vancouver will win Game 7.

But man, is Luongo the weakest goalie mentally since Manny Legace or what?

#2184603 Mike Modano

Posted by VM1138 on 11 June 2011 - 04:54 PM

With all that went wrong with Modano this year I think his lackluster play and his reactions to the year are quite understandable if you try to imagine yourself in his place.

I understand his frustration, but not his lackadaisical attitude toward his own career. Go back to last summer (when even I was a fan of Modano coming here) and remember all the things Dallas fans said about him? Lack of heart was one of the biggest complaints they had. His behavior is a trend (maybe just a recent one), not simply a reaction to his injury plagued year.

#2184013 Mike Modano

Posted by VM1138 on 09 June 2011 - 10:34 AM

Has anyone else become really annoyed by Mike Modano? Aside from the off-season drama last year, and his lackluster play this year, combined with his "I don't think I have the fire to play in the playoffs" statement BEFORE they started, this latest development just makes me chuckle at his complete lack of heart.

He is apparently considering playing another season, but the Wings won't resign him. But his attitude is "Well, if someone offers I guess I'll play, otherwise I'll quit." Gee, who wouldn't be lining up to sign a guy who really doesn't appear to care if he plays again or not? Why doesn't he just retire if he's so ambivalent about the whole thing?


EDIT: I'm not saying he's always lacked heart, just that last season and this new development really makes him look lazy.

#2182952 Kid Rock and Wings

Posted by VM1138 on 06 June 2011 - 12:35 PM

Well that Chicago picture makes me second-guess my first appraisal of Kid Rock, haha.

#2182907 Gordie Howe/Ted Lindsay Rift

Posted by VM1138 on 06 June 2011 - 09:10 AM

Nice to have the "inside info!" I, too, had read about Lindsay insulting Howe's wife, but I thought I had read somewhere else it was either overstated or made up.

At any rate, I had heard they had patched things up, even if they're not friends anymore, a few years back, good to hear some confirmation.

And I second an earlier comment here: Tell Mr. Lindsay to get cracking on an autobiography! Not only is he significant to hockey, but he's significant to overall labor movements and such a book would be interesting and important from a historical point of view. As someone with a B.S. in History and is in the MA program, I'd be more than happy to lend my assistance. ;)

#2182512 Kid Rock and Wings

Posted by VM1138 on 04 June 2011 - 08:12 AM

Not a big fan of his music but he seems like an all right guy, as far as anyone can tell from a public figure.

#2182354 Changes in the offseason

Posted by VM1138 on 03 June 2011 - 11:41 AM

Why the hell would anyone want Tanguay on their team? Is it 2003?

#2182350 Hockey Hall of Fame - Class of 2011 - Your Call

Posted by VM1138 on 03 June 2011 - 11:36 AM

Pavel Bure
Doug Gilmour
Joe Nieuwendyk
Dave Andreychuk

Belfour probably deserves to get in. Honestly, I don't know, other than Bure, take your pick. I don't see why Lindros should ever be included in the Hall of Fame, if ever there was a definition of flash in the pan it was him.

Each year it becomes more clear to me how useless Hall of Fames are. I don't know if having annual inductions is a good thing, and I especially don't know if including so many players each year is a good thing. Sometimes it seems less like a Hall of Fame and more like some quota they have to fill. What would be truly impressive is being inducted into a Hall of Fame with less than 50 people in it.

#2182246 Re-alignment

Posted by VM1138 on 02 June 2011 - 09:27 PM

I would love to see the Conference system abandoned altogether. I find it disappointing that western teams can never compete directly for the Cup.

#2182227 Atlanta Thrashers move to Winnipeg

Posted by VM1138 on 02 June 2011 - 08:02 PM

Not taking sides in the debate, but the Moose played in Winnipeg Arena for 8 years before the MTS Centre was built, so its not like they waved goodbye to the Jets and turned right back around and built the Moose a new stadium.

Also, it's pretty well known that Winnipeg's problems stemmed from corporate support, not fan support. The fans there are fine and will support the franchise well.

#2181119 Smith to be on Wings next season?

Posted by VM1138 on 30 May 2011 - 06:26 PM

Honestly, I want him to make the jump. I have faith in Holland's strategy, and I'm not necessarily against over-ripening, but once in a while it's good to throw a player in the fire and see if he survives, so to speak. Smith has all the talent in the world, and he could really benefit from a year with Lidstrom, even playing limited minutes. He can always get used to big minutes as he develops over the years in the NHL. If Smith is as good as we're all hoping, he'll only be better for the bumps and mistakes he makes in the NHL level. And if he tanks, well, there's always the AHL for a conditioning year, right?

Once in a while it's good to take a chance. I'd like to have a potential superstar for his whole career instead of just the last 10 years of his career for once.

And honestly, if he impresses, why not just let him start the season and send him down when he's not needed? That way he doesn't just sit on the bench all season, but he doesn't have to wait until March to get in one or two games, either. I'm sure Holland could leave a little gap in the cap space to allow for this.

#2181117 SCF: Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks

Posted by VM1138 on 30 May 2011 - 06:18 PM

I think I already posted this in this thread, but Boston doesn't stand a chance. Maybe they can squeeze one game out, but they've been much shakier than Vancouver up to this point in a weaker conference. We're talking a repeat of the Anaheim-Ottawa final in '07.