I heard something Chris Connely said about this generation of young people, 9/11, and other tragedies on the B.S. Report (Simmons podcast) that stuck with me. He talked about how a lot of people don't understand the obsession with social media and the need to constantly keep friends, family, and even total strangers "in the loop" about what you're doing at a given moment. And he wondered if it had anything to do with a generation whose formative years were marked by Columbine, 9/11, anthrax, and the War on Terror, and in the face of the constant thought their life could end without warning, young people "document" their own lives as a way of saying "I was here. I lived".
I don't want to drag this off-topic, but I gotta say I totally disagree. I grew up in the Cold War, and that my friend was a period when you lived every day in the knowledge that it could be humanities last. My dad was in the air force, from the age of about 5 I was aware that I could be killed by a nuclear bomb before I even knew the Cold War had gone hot. Every schoolchild was aware of the existence of the "four minute warning", not that it would have helped us as multiple Russian warheads rained down on the air bases, oil refineries and cargo terminals within a 20 mile radius of my home. Young people today use social media because young people are always at the forefront of the use of new technology, and that's it.
None of this takes away from the tragedy of lives cut short, the pain of their loved ones, and the guilt and trauma of the survivors.
I actually think Babcock is the most important person on the Redwings right now. The roster has been slowly going backwards the last 3 seasons, and its taken a big step backwards with the retirement of Lidstrom. Based on the talent of our roster right now, we're a bubble playoff team that could finish anywhere from 6th to 10th. The difference between making the playoffs or not for us is going to come down to
If Babs can somehow drag this roster to a division title he might finally win the Jack Adams he so richly deserves.
This isn't just about Ericsson - across the board the D needs to step up.
Smith needs to live up to his potential with a Calder contending season.
Kronwall has gone from being a solid 2nd pair man to #1 defenceman in less than a month, and will probably have an A on his chest too. Will he grasp the opportunity with both hands to finally show us why he was "Nick Jr" for so long, or will he be shown up as not good enough to be on the 1st pairing night in and night out?
White - can you play without Lidstrom?
Quincey - will you justify that 1st we blew on you?
Kindl - will you ever be more than an average AHLer out of his depth as a 7th D-man in the NHL?
As for Hudler, I'm not going to be that upset if he takes a larger offer elsewhere. However, it does concern me that the Red Wings are losing 25 goals and were already in need of adding to the top-six with Hudler around. There's nobody internally on the roster that is going to score 25 next season. As one-dimensional as Hudler is as a player, the Red Wings are lacking that dimension. Holland really has his work cut out for him.
I think a lot of Wings fans opinions of him are clouded by the fact he bolted for the KHL, then came back and took half a season to get into NHL shape.
The two biggest knocks on Johan Franzen are his streakiness and perceived laziness. Franzen also currently has the fourth highest salary on the team. While the Red Wings are well below the cap floor - spending money isn't a problem - what, exactly is Franzen's value to the team and what should be done with him?
There is nothing perceived about Franzens laziness.
Streakiness is something that all players suffer from to a greater or lesser degree. Even Pavel was ice-cold in the first and last months of the season (for different reasons), and red-hot inbetween. The key is to make the streaks last as long as possible, and minimise the funks.
My problem with Franzens bad attitude is that he is allowed to get away with it. Signing a lifetime contract and being allowed to coast your way through it sends totally the wrong message to the rest of the team.
Lock for the HOF, but he's in that big group of question marks for number retirement - the "lifers" like Homer, Ozzie, Draper and Maltby who embody everything about what it is to be a wing but didn't have mad HOF skillz, and the guys like Shanny and Feds who had the mad HOF skillz but weren't lifers.
The problem with using Listrom and Yzerman as your benchmarks for retirement is that we might not retire another number for the next 100 years. Some Wings fans are certainly quite snobbish about this , and wouldn't have a problem with that, but in the era of the cap and free agency, 1st ballot HOFers who spend their entire career with one club and win multiple cups are going to become increasingly rare.
Ya, its a good deal that he will definitely out perform, I was just hoping for a bit more modest raise, OR sign the big names first, then hand out the bonuses... I am all for having Helm here for the next 4 years...I, on the other hand, am not all for paying Val $5M+ when he is due up next year...and that is what this signing is going to directly lead to. Especially if Hudler gets $5M...and if Holland gives it to Hudler then I will have a fit...
What kids? Just Helm, Abby is still unsigned and I hope Quincey isn't...ever.
If Flip has another season like last year, he's going to get $5m. Honestly all you people moaning about too much money for this and that contract - heads up guys, its not 2005 anymore! The going rate for players has gone up!!
Great signing for Helm, guy busts his ass for us every night.
What about cycling, someone mentioned Tour de France?
The difference is cycling actually has a drug testing program in place, and cyclists actually fail them. You can also see the last 10 years how times have started to come down from where they were when doping was more common.
The NFL on the other hand.....when was the last time someone failed a drugs test for a performance enhancing substance? Or are we supposed to believe that linemen have gone from ~250lbs to ~330lbs purely through improvements in nutrition? And that of the thousnads of players in a sport based on speed, size and strength, where you can be cut in the blink of an eye, not one of them has ever been tempted to use doping? Its the NFLs dirty secret, the elephant in the room that no-one talks about.
Of the North American sports, its obviously a toss-up between the NFL and NHL. Don't forget the inclement weather that some of those playoff games are played in.....brrrrr!
Overall though, I think it would be hard to top the Tour De France. 21 stages in 23 days, 150km+ in the saddle everyday, in baking heat and freezing rain, up the sides of enormous mountains, then down the other side at 50, 60, 70mph with no protection. Broken collarbones are to professional cyclists what missing teeth are to hockey players.
The guy couldn't have drawn more attention to himself short of holding a press conference where people watch him get hammered.
It's not like someone took pictures from a party in Kane's backyard. He went to the University of Wisconsin (no idea why you go to Wisconsin to celebrate Cinco de Mayo) with custom made t-shirts for the event and made a total ass of himself.
When someone pays you $6 mill a year and you're one of the faces of the franchise, like it or not you have to know that the things you do in your personal life will reflect on the organization. It's not like he needs to be going to church 5 days a week. Just don't make such a drunken spectacle of yourself. People in their 20s may not disapprove, but I bet a lot of hockey mom's would think twice about buying their kid a Kane jersey if he keeps this up.
Hey, he's an ass-hat - I never said he wasn't. But to somehow suggest that Orr and his contempories didn't act like this is ridiculous. Difference is that everywhere you go these days you're surrounded by people with cameras that can instantly upload your pics to the internet.
Of course, you can suggest that this should make Kane modify his behaviour accordingly, but jocks will be jocks, and always have been,
Thankyou indeed. For your calmness, your proffesionalism, for bringing the same game night after night after night after night. For never getting injured, and then playing when you were injured. For your outlet pass, for your heads-up slapshot, for your ability to keep the puck in at the blue line better than anyone. For burying the Cherryism that no European captain would ever lift the Stanley Cup. For your arrival which directly coincided with our rise to success, for your departure which now bookmarks what all future generations of Redwings fans will call "The Lidstrom Era".