I apologize for not seeing this sooner. I've been out of pocket for the last couple of weeks due to the loss of a family member and just got back tonight -- and I have to say seeing this thread brought a smile to my face. Technically the actual 'birth' of the site is September 15th, 1996 -- right around training camp for the 1996-97 season and at that stage it didn't even have a message board. It was started on GeoCities and consisted of the cheesiest of tiled ice backgrounds, a picture of Steve Yzerman saluting the crowd from the bench after scoring his 500th career goal on Patrick Roy and a bit of text about what I was planning on doing with the site.
I really wish I had some of the stuff from those first years. After a couple seasons on GeoCities the site moved to be one of a few fan sites on PuckPlace.com, then to a server that was hosted by the previous owners of HockeysFuture.com and then eventually to where it is now (and where it has remained for the bulk of those past 20 years.)
I started this place as a bored 17-year old living in the sticks in SE Michigan and it has followed me to college, marriage, a career and two beautiful daughters of 9 and 10 (!). It's been crazy. Life has gotten in the way often and I haven't been able to dedicate as much time as I'd like to the site (and I'm always saying I'm going to get refocused) -- so I really, really appreciate the comments here and the help the moderation team has provided over the years. It's invaluable.
I've been trying to track down the exact date, but all I know is LGW is 20 years old this year, so it will be a 10-month long party.
Thanks, Matt, for creating LetsGoWings and for all the hard work you put into it.
The modern "traditional" gift for a 20th anniversary is platinum. The closest we have here to that is silver, so one lucky person is going to become a silver Booster. They will be randomly chosen. Since Gordie is the most awesome player of all time, the 9th person to PM me expressing their interest will be the one boosted. If I don't get 9, I'll eeny meeny miny mo 'cheese the ones I do receive by 9pm on March 4th, 9 days from now.
Doesn't hurt us cause we got so many great kids coming , doesn't mean we should just give them away for old damaged goods (would of benefited us putting him in a bigger deal for a dman, he was listed as a top 5 prospect at the time I believe)
Yes it's unfortunate he got hurt but everyone knew Cole was a risk before we got him(in fact he was my number 1 trade option cause if he didn't get hurt it could of paid off AND it wouldn't cost much, was wrong about that last one )
So you acknowledge that is didn't hurt us, and you acknowledge that Cole was a good option...
That trade was pretty much the blueprint for what you want in a deadline deal. We gave up two prospects who were running out of options and were never going to get a shot here for a guy who filled a need plus a conditional pick (which I think you may have forgotten about). Saarijarvi alone is probably worth more to the Wings than Janmark and Backman together, just because of the extra time we have before we need a spot for him.
Also, not sure how Cole was a risk. He'd missed 7 games the previous year, but prior to that hadn't missed any time since 2010.
No good defensemen were traded at the deadline. Wisniewski maybe, or Franson, probably the best. But that likely would have meant no Green this year. We still have more parts than we have room so that mythical trade for a top-4 defenseman is still possible without hurting our future.
Sucked that Cole got hurt and couldn't help us more, but that also meant we got the pick. But that was a good trade.
I think trading for Cole was a solid move because he was everything the Wings needed at the time. If he doesn't suffer his injury, the playoffs could have easily been a totally different game for us. And like you mentioned, we have so many prospects right now there's no way it would be worth it to hang onto the kid because he sure as hell isnt making the Wings' roster.
It's back! Due to popular demand I'm bringing back the monthly LGW Schedule Wallpapers for download. I've limited the resolutions options a bit (6 for now), but I'm open to adding a few as well as long as the size is reasonably popular. Hope you guys like them! I plan on going back to the different-player-per-month lineup I've done in years past.
I know, I rmemeber when I had one of those candy bar cell phones also
True story: when I was a young lass, I worked in a residential treatment center for adjudicated teenage sex offenders (boys). I also had a seriously out-of-date brick cell phone, which I was made fun of by one of the group members by lifting *an entire park bench* to his ear and pretending to talk into it. I thought I was going to wet my pants I was laughing so hard.
People all over the internet keep saying "I want these sheets!". They're nuts. Who the hell wants Mike Babcock's disapproving glare watching over everything they do in bed? You can almost see him thinking "Luke Glendening works harder than that" whenever you're making love to your partner.
The series goes to 7 games. The first 6 are 1-0. All goals are scored when the puck bounces off someone standing in front of the net pointing a finger at an opposing player and whining about something.
By game 7, they have all learned to stand and cry without pointing. In the intermission before the 7th overtime of a 0-0 game, Steve Yzerman visits the locker room and asks to speak to Filppula. He has brought with him a medium who looks deeply into Flip's dreamy... blue... ey...........
Oh, sorry. But. Those eyes...
She asks him to recall a previous life. She sees the colour red. He blinks. He stares at Yzerman. He sees the Cup Rings on Yzerman's hand. Where has he seen that before?
Then it comes to him! The heart of a Bolt remembers! It is transformed into the heart of a Wing!
And what happened next? Well, in Whoville, they say, that Filppula's balls grew three sizes that day!
He skates onto the ice, wins the face-off, takes the puck himself, skates between the Canadiens players who are crying about an unfair puck drop.
He scores, winning the series for the Lightning. A breathless Cooper asks him, "How did you do it?" Filppula proudly replies, "I'm a Red Wing! I cheated."
Then they go on to get blown away in the next series and we all live happily ever after. The end.