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#2430456 Datsyuk Interview

Posted by T.Low on 17 July 2013 - 03:12 AM

Tell us how does iPhone Siri knows you are the Magic Man?


“How? Well, I picked up the phone and called Apple. I said ‘Let’s do this! It will be a great project!’

"And it turned out to be great, everyone is happy. It was easy. You just need to have the right connections!”


I love Dats.  He should be interviewed every game....twice.


10 bucks!

#2428450 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by T.Low on 07 July 2013 - 12:38 PM

Brunner  has the most deadly shot on the team.  It seemed like 50% of his goals last year were terrific snipes that were placed just right, places other shooters would have been less likely to hit in the heat of battle.

And close in around the net, others just jamb away but he lifts it up and through holes.


His defense is underrated.  He is good with his stick, can thief from behind, poke and agitate well, and  the smaller ice is much easier for him to cut off passing lanes than it was in Europe.


Too often people mistake skating slowly through shooting lanes for floating.  He is not the guy you want mucking for pucks in the corner.  He is the guy that finds open shooting angles so the corner mucker can get the puck out to him for a one timer.  


Even when he has struggled and been ineffective and shut down all game long, he can find that open part of the ice in the chaos of the game's last minute of play, and bury the puck in the back of the net better than anyone else on the team.  


While Nyquist, Tatar, and Brunner are very similar players, they are not carbon copy's of each other.  They each have unique strengths and all add value to this team.  But noboby has a deadly and confident shot like Damian Brunner, and at the end of the game, it's all about getting goals in the net.  We need a guy who's primary obsession in life is to score goals, and he is it, and at a pretty good price.

#2427977 who's on their way out of Detroit

Posted by T.Low on 06 July 2013 - 10:46 AM

Nyquist. Datsyuk. Franzen
Zetterberg Weiss. Alfredsson
Tatar. Andersson. Bertuzzi
Abdelkader Helm. Miller/Tootoo


No one knows if Helm is going to be able to play unfortunately, btw.

Your post is a good illustration of the fact that
With this roster, the line combos are virtually endless. Babcock is going to have fun matching up against other teams and keeping chemistry fresh.

#2427902 Darren Helm - Career in Question?

Posted by T.Low on 06 July 2013 - 01:49 AM

Pierre McGuire today team 1040 Vancouver said Helm is skating with the youngsters in Grand Rapids. FWIW

#2427499 Dan Cleary Watch

Posted by T.Low on 05 July 2013 - 04:31 PM

Go home, Holland. You're drunk.

He should quit while he is ahead. .

#2426778 Dan Cleary Watch

Posted by T.Low on 05 July 2013 - 12:22 PM

I think Abby has shown that he can take over Cleary's role- I don't see where the Wings have room for Cleary.



Dan Cleary had an awesome time in Detroit.  Resurrected a non career,;knocked Phanuef all the way back to Ontario;  stood up to Chris Prongber;  was key in a Cup victory; heart  and soul player that gave it his all, exactly what you want players to do in the playoffs.

I will always remember the awesome Dan Cleary.


Make lots of $ and enjoy Dallas.


Edit; I type slow on this thing.  

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#2425425 How much is too much?

Posted by T.Low on 03 July 2013 - 12:51 PM

"Competitive monopoly" is a rather unique situation that appears in sports more so than other areas of the marketplace. I haven't seen anyone post about it yet, but it's really a big reason on why UFA prices can be so ridiculous.

For example; While there may be five 2C's that are capable of 25 goals 35 assists per year, there is only one Vinny Lecavalier.

If you want a Vinny Lecavalier on your team, the local Sporting goods store does not have five Vinny Lecavaliers on the shelf. There is only one in all of the world.

You could buy a Weiss or a Filp instead, but its not the same as a Vinny. Vinny Lecavalier has a monopoly on Vinny Lecavalier's.  If you want one, you are going to have to bid against everyone else that wants one too.

When you have a monopoly on something,you are a price maker, not a price taker.

The salary cap was meant to level the playing field in regards to acquisition powers. It has proven to be kryptonite to Illitches checkbook and has taken the Mickey out of Hollands off-season. He has chosen not to overpay during UFA season. And I can't blame him. There is only so much pie to slice up for your team.

#2425313 How much is too much?

Posted by T.Low on 03 July 2013 - 10:04 AM

UFA's will be inherently over priced because demand is high and supply is low.  They will ruin the salary structure of your team, and quite possibly the attitude of the room.


We all know that Holland and Illitch understood after the '05 CBA that prices for UFA's would be waaaay hyper inflated and therefore went to a philosophy of building a team through the draft.


As you see, Wings fans are having a difficult time living on a budget when we never had to before.  We can't handle not buying every Lecavalier and Horton that we see become available, like the good ole days of  buying up a Lucky Luc and having no room for him except on the 4rth line.


That is one reason winning the Calder Cup was so significant.

#2424422 Canucks trade Schneider to Devils for 9th overall pick

Posted by T.Low on 01 July 2013 - 11:54 AM

I'll never figure things out in Vancouver.


And probably never will.





Don't worry, neither will Gillis.

#2424392 Edler is on the block?

Posted by T.Low on 01 July 2013 - 10:55 AM

Tatar and Smith I believe.




#2423129 Dreger: Filppula looking for $5.5m/season over at least 7 years

Posted by T.Low on 28 June 2013 - 02:27 PM


If you're an impending UFA and look around at the type of money paid to other guys that you know you're better than, I don't know how you can consider it greed.  Players around Flip's age have to lock down that one big deal to make the bulk of the money they'll make in their lifetime.  Logic and reason tell you that with the cap going down, players like Filppula can't be paid $5.5 mil per year, but experience tells you that somebody will pay that, or close to it.  Crap, teams like Phoenix, Columbus, etc. need to hand out a bad contract or two just to stay over the salary floor!


Have you ever left a job voluntarily that you weren't fired from?  I suspect most people have (or have considered it), and some people consider doing it on almost an annual basis.  Did you feel like a greedy traitor knowing that somebody else had to take over your work and clean your mess up so you could go earn a little more money somewhere else?





And, while he has done well and is a valuable part of the team here, he has not flourished.  It is not like Federov's situation; he will go on to enjoy success and hopefully get a good payday.  He may blossom a bit with a change of scenery.  


I appreciate all that you have done here and really enjoyed watching you play, but the time has come.

#2422441 Wings looking to trade before using buyouts

Posted by T.Low on 26 June 2013 - 12:48 PM




Now I love me some Helm but it seems everyone is forgetting the struggles he has to have his hands catch up with his feet...


If there's one thing Filppula has over Helm is that his hands are far more superior. Helm's skill set is ideal for a 3rd line center. 


He just doesn't have the finishing nor the playmaking ability to be a 2nd line center.



While I hope that I am right and you are wrong, I wish more people on this forum could respectfully counterpoint the way you do. Props.

#2422237 Wings looking to trade before using buyouts

Posted by T.Low on 25 June 2013 - 02:41 PM

I agree; I DO NOT want to trade away Mr. Butterfield.  That boy's got jump, and I luved the playoff Gordie Howe Hat Trick.  Tatar brings it.

#2420829 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by T.Low on 19 June 2013 - 03:40 PM

If he wants 2.5 mil for a couple years, great. If he wants more, bye. Very simple.




#2420771 Grand Rapids Griffins Win Calder Cup! 5-2 win in game 6

Posted by T.Low on 19 June 2013 - 01:42 AM

Andersson got the pass from Tatar on the empty net 2 on 1, but instead of getting the goal himself, he waited until Tatar was in he clear then fed him for the goal.  Very cool.