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#2435623 Report: Cleary to sign with PHI, 3 yrs, $2.75m/yr, NTC

Posted by Nev on 10 September 2013 - 12:26 AM

Well, first of all, thankyou Dan Cleary for all you did for us, for laying your body on the line for us, and for being a heart and soul Red Wing.


Second of all, what a terrible deal for Philly.  Not just a massive overpayment, but a contract that's 2 years too long for a guy whose playing style has wrecked his body.

#2434990 Bettman getting a raise (again) 8 - 8,3 million in 2012 - 2013

Posted by Nev on 04 September 2013 - 03:38 PM

Much as I begrudge him every penny, Bettman is a rank amateur when it comes to lining his pockets with his sports money.  Sepp Blatter and Bernie Ecclestone wouldn't bother getting out of bed for $8.3M

#2434049 Samuelsson: IR to All-Star?

Posted by Nev on 24 August 2013 - 12:59 PM


Hahaha :lol:


My personal fave was during the '08 finals.  For some reason the NHL stops giving us the CBC/Versus/NBC/local feed during the finals and gives us a special "international" commentary that treats the viewers like idiots.  Anyway, the intermission interviews are always a Euro from each team and they always finish the interview by saying "would you like to say something in you native tongue for the folks back home?" and the player will give a line in whatever language.


So one game it was Sammy for Detroit.


Dave Strader:  Mikael, one last thing, would you like to say something in your native tongue for the folks back home?


Samuelsson:  Not really *walks away*  :lol:

#2434004 NHL Network 1995 Final VS NJ 12-3pm EST Today

Posted by Nev on 24 August 2013 - 03:15 AM

Lidstrom can live to be 100, win 5 consecutive terms as Swedish Prime Minister, be awarded the Nobel Prizes for Peace, Medicine and Literature, win the Oscar for best actor for his portrayal of Gustavos Alophus in Sean Avery's 9 hour epic "The 30 Years War", be raised to Sainthood by the Roman Catholic Church, all to go with his 4 Stanley Cups, Olympic Gold, World Championship gold, 12 All-Star appearances, 7 Norris Trophies, and 1 Conn Smythe.


And on his deathbed, all he will be able to think about is that last second shot that he fired straight into MAF's chest.

#2433934 NHL Network 1995 Final VS NJ 12-3pm EST Today

Posted by Nev on 23 August 2013 - 12:05 PM

1995 never happened - it's all propaganda!  The season was cancelled.  Yeah, that's it - cancelled.


No, I remember 95.  2009 Game 7 though?  I have no memory of that.  I'm guessing aliens were involved somewhere along the way.

#2433807 Grand Rapids Griffins - Behind The Benches

Posted by Nev on 22 August 2013 - 06:59 AM

There is a thread for this in the Griffins forum, but since no-one goes there, and no-one has seemingly seen it, I hope the mods allow this thread to remain.


The Griffins did an HBO 24/7  style "behind the benches" series of videos for each round of their playoff run, which are frankly amazing.  The production values are incredible and they offer a fascinating insight.  The links are for the 2 videos from the finals, but all the previous rounds are linked beneath the videos.



Several things spring to mind watching them.


Blashill is mini-Babcock.  Very cool and proffesional.

Ferraro has a mouth and an agitating style to match Maltby, and drops the gloves to boot.

Tatar is a VERY confident individual, borderline arrogance and I can see why he rubs some Wings fans the wrong way.  He's going to really wind the opposition up.

The importance of the veterans on that team.  Some round here would I think like every player on the Griffins to be under-21, but its clear guys like Hoggan and Grant were hugely important on and off the ice.


Best line of the series - Triston Grant on being complimented on his playoff beard "Thanks, I have my mothers genes" :lol:

#2433751 Wings sign Nyquist to 2-year, $1.9m deal ($950k/yr cap hit)

Posted by Nev on 21 August 2013 - 01:16 PM

That's what Tatar is there for

Tatar-helm-nyq = shot-speed-hands :P


Ha, reminds me of the supergroup Rod Stewart, Elton John and Freddie Mercury were going to form - Hair, Nose and Teeth was the planned name :lol:

#2432880 Joakim Andersson re-signs, 2yrs, $1.465m ($732,500k cap hit)

Posted by Nev on 09 August 2013 - 03:02 AM

Did Emdog not center our 4th line the last 2 years?



2 years ago we had Helm but not Andersson.  Last year we had Andersson but not Helm.


If Emmerton wants to avoid being waived in October he needs to be sticking pins in the back of his Darren Helm voodoo doll.

#2432878 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by Nev on 09 August 2013 - 02:43 AM

When is that, again?


Says the poster who constantly bewails the money we're paying to depth veterans.

#2432704 Shawn Burr has passed away per Bill Roose

Posted by Nev on 07 August 2013 - 12:40 AM

Its a truism in the west that we don't like to speak ill of the dead.  If Gary Bettman died tomorrow, the media would be full of stories of what a great guy he was, how he loved his family, all the charity work he did that no-one knew about.....


With Shawn Burr, its very obvious - VERY obvious - that he was a genuinely great guy.  Various forums, news sites, Facebook, are all full of little personal anecdotes like the one Echolalia tells above.  The mother whose murdered son was a friend of his daughter, the beer league team he bought a full set of kit for, his interaction with fans away from the rink. 


Shawn Burr was a genuinely larger than life character, a giant-assed goofball with a heart of gold.

#2432703 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by Nev on 07 August 2013 - 12:32 AM

Not when everyone is healthy he isn't.

#2431511 Devils sign Jagr (1 yr deal, financial terms not yet disclosed)

Posted by Nev on 26 July 2013 - 03:09 AM

Me too, I have never been a big fan of him great player but questionable attitude and not a very loyal guy.



Really?  I agree that he doesn't care about the logo on his jersey, but his proffesionalism and off-ice work ethic are well known.  At 41 he just scored 16 goals in 45 games - more than anyone on the Wings btw. More than Franzen, more than Brunner, more than Z.  You can't do that with a bad attitude.

#2431508 Brunner Contract Talks

Posted by Nev on 26 July 2013 - 02:51 AM

I don't care if Tatar is a ****** or arrogant or full of himself.  The only thing that matters - the ONLY thing - is that he performs on the ice.


Everything else is secondary.

#2431037 List of Lidstrom's defence partners over the years

Posted by Nev on 21 July 2013 - 03:40 AM

This was inspired by me and GMR jesting in another thread about how important Dmitri Bykov was to Lidstrom's 3rd Norris trophy, and it got me thinking to the um, variable, quality of his partners, particularly in his Norris years.  So here is my attempt to compile a season by season list.


I do require you guys help to fill in the gaps in my fading memory.  Please note I am not looking for every partner he played with that year, just his main even strength partner.


Names in Bold are Norris years, names in Italics indicate a career year for that partner.


91-92:  McCrimmon

92-93: ?/Coffey?

93-94: Coffey?

94-95: Bettman / Coffey (won Norris)

95-96: Coffey

96-97: ?/Murphy

97-98: Murphy

98-99: Murphy

99-00: Murphy

00-01:  Dandenault

01-02: Olausson

02-03: Bykov

03-04: Schneider

04-05: Bettman

05-06: Schneider

06-07: Markov

07-08: Rafalski

08-09: Rafalski

09-10: Rafalski

10-11: Rafalski



Have at it guys, I'll edit this post with updates and corrections as we go.  Thanks

#2430929 Fedorov: ‘We had the chance’ to bring Datsyuk to KHL

Posted by Nev on 20 July 2013 - 02:05 AM

Like it wasn't enough when they took my boy Bykov from us in 2003.


I'll never forgive Russia for that.  


Word.  No way Lids three-peats as Norris winner without Dmitri.