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#1953352 NHL playoffs TV ratings up 21 percent

Posted by VM1138 on 21 April 2010 - 08:30 PM

ESPN doesn't show as much hockey because they don't make money off it. They don't have anything against the sport itself.

Anyways this is great news, finally the NHL seems to be on the right track.

They bash the NHL every chance they get. They always try to diminish it. It's not a matter of not covering it because they don't broadcast games, they literally tear it apart when they do discuss it.

#1953073 NHL playoffs TV ratings up 21 percent

Posted by VM1138 on 21 April 2010 - 02:37 PM

I'd be willing to bet those numbers would be even higher if the NHL was on ESPN.

I don't know. ESPN has spent so much time bashing the Nhl over the years their audience is probably automatically going to dismiss the NHL and not try watching it. Which would be justification for ESPN to limit NHL coverage (they would probably start out with small coverage thus making all the NHL progress over the past few years moot).

Keep it on VS. The only issue is reaching an audience which seems to be happening.

#1947972 Report: Hudler released from Moscow Dynamo

Posted by VM1138 on 17 April 2010 - 11:10 PM

Not that I necessarily want to trade Hudler away or anything like that. I'm just curious. What could the Wings realistically get for him in the trade market?

Again I'm not really for or against trading Hudler right now. I'm just wondering what the Wings could potentially get for him. I'm one of the bigger Filppula slappies on LGW and I was still curious what the Wings could get for him.

They could get some talent for him, I'm sure. Hudler has proven he can score. Obviously weaker teams would want him but I see no reason for the Wings to trade him. We need him.


I like that lineup.

The bottom 6 will need to be arranged. I didn't want to list them because I'm not sure what combination to use but I see these guys returning (obviously): Helm, Miller, Eaves, Abdelkader. Draper could return, Maltby could return, who knows.

#1945607 WCQF Game 2 GDT: Red Wings 7 at Coyotes 4

Posted by VM1138 on 16 April 2010 - 10:01 PM

The Wings can do this. They are picking up steam.

Frustrating as hell with the officiating though, per usual. Once again I have fears that missed calls and phantom calls will cost the Wings.

However, it's nice to see them hitting, I just wish they wouldn't be chasing the puck so much. And how is it that Phoenix always seems to intercept the puck and coming flying into our zone?

I have faith, the Wings will win tonight!

#1942916 WCQF Game 1 GDT: Red Wings 2 at Coyotes 3

Posted by VM1138 on 14 April 2010 - 11:47 PM

The bright side is:

There is no way the Wings penalty kill can be THAT bad two games in a row.

What a clusterf****.

But we've been here before, just one game, no worries. Despite how well Phoenix smothered the Wings, they still only scored on the powerplay.

Wings now know what players to defend against and they will get their crap together.

Phoenix came out excited and physical, but experience (as we've seen as Wings fans), usually wins out. We just have to be patient, as frustrating as that was.

#1940476 WCQF Game 1 GDT: Red Wings 2 at Coyotes 3

Posted by VM1138 on 13 April 2010 - 11:29 PM

Oh man, work is going to be rough tomorrow. I can't believe it's that time of year already. Go Wings!

EDIT: I love how the picture of Byrz shows him allowing a goal. It's the subtle, little things in life that add the flavor. :P

#1939280 Snakes

Posted by VM1138 on 12 April 2010 - 11:36 PM

All those wannabes in other cities need to realize you can't just make up a tradition because you'er bored, it takes time and has to stand for something.

Exactly. And what's worse is that they just simply copy ours. Their "tradition" doesn't even mean anything, they just think we throw dead animals so they should too.

#1933868 Where will the Wings play next year?

Posted by VM1138 on 07 April 2010 - 11:54 AM

I'm going to believe that they'll stay at the Joe. Like someone else noted their ticket rep told them, it takes a lot to move and they haven't started. Especially with a (hopefully) long playoff run there's no way they can do it.

A new thought just occurred to me. If they share with the Pistons that means there will be Pistons memorabilia and crap all over, ruining the pure hockey experience. An arena should be a temple to the Wings alone.

#1933184 Should the Wings part ways with Osgood?

Posted by VM1138 on 06 April 2010 - 08:50 AM

He'll be back, for loyalty, for cap reasons. The only way he leaves is if he wants to leave and asks to be traded.

I honestly think now that we know what we have with Howard, and the fact that next season we hopefully won't be fighting such ridiculous bad luck and injuries, Osgood will get more consistent starts.

It's not Osgood's fault that Babcock needed to rely on Howard because the team was so terrible for most of this year. Next year when they get a fresh start he'll be a backup still but it'll be split more evenly like it was intended to be this year. You can't get any better than Osgood for his price, and if given the chance to play semi-regularly he'll get his game back and be the best possible backup in the league.

#1932641 Ozzie hides when backing up

Posted by VM1138 on 05 April 2010 - 08:35 AM

Other than the first goal Ozzie played well. Not great but then again he hasn't really played in forever. But he was better than usual. But he needs to be sat. He's just too out of the loop now to use him. Babcock really dropped the ball on the goalie situation. Hopefully over the summer Ozzie can get his stuff together and get a fresh start next year.

#1925133 3/26 GDT: Wild 2 at Red Wings 6

Posted by VM1138 on 26 March 2010 - 10:49 AM

It feels good to believe that the Wings can win a game again. Let's go Wings!

#1919740 Hank and Flip Not Working Out Well

Posted by VM1138 on 20 March 2010 - 11:29 AM

Flip should be traded next year. He has talent, but he's just not working for the team. He has no chemistry, can't score, won't shoot, among other criticisms. We could someone decent for him, and the WIngs should trade up for a scorer who might work out better.

#1919551 3/19 GDT: Red Wings 2 at Oilers 3 (SO)

Posted by VM1138 on 19 March 2010 - 11:19 PM

Their play since the Olympic break has put them in a good situation. Edmonton was not necessarily a MUST WIN. They're tied for 8th with a game in hand. As long as they don't make a habit out of this losing thing, they'll be okay. They are four points out of 6th place with a game in hand. Don't blow many more games and they can finish as high as 6th relatively easily.

Oh, and Murph always sounds drunk.

#1919524 3/19 GDT: Red Wings 2 at Oilers 3 (SO)

Posted by VM1138 on 19 March 2010 - 11:14 PM

Flip? Strange choice.

Babcock had to think about it. He wrote down Datsyuk and Williams immediately without hesitation, but he waited about 5 seconds as his pen hovered on the page before he picked Flip. I don't know why he doesn't go with Franzen.

Howard really blew that shootout though. The second goal should have been stopped. I missed pretty much all of the game before this because I had to go somewhere, but at least the Wings got a point. They're certainly not going to get a cushion for a while, and their inability to win 4 in a row is disturbing.

EDIT: Oh, and to all you saying "playoff teams don't lose to s*** teams like Edmonton." Yes they do. In fact, the '02 Wings, if I recall correctly, made a bad habit out of getting torn apart by weak teams.

#1908940 KHL hopes to add Kovalchuk

Posted by VM1138 on 03 March 2010 - 08:14 PM

God, the KHL is like some guy who offers your girlfriend/wife to sleep with him right in front of you. Classless.