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#2329007 [Retired] Official Lockout Thread

Posted by Nev on 16 September 2012 - 12:28 PM

If I'm the NHLPA, the first thing I do before I start any negotiations is demand the immediate resignation of Bettman. How can they negotiate in good faith with someone who has locked them out 3 times?

#2328956 2012 Lockout Watch

Posted by Nev on 16 September 2012 - 02:38 AM

You think the likes of Phoenix is bleeding cash now? Lock the players out again...we'll be back down to 24 teams in the NHL.

Bettman = Worst thing to happen to professional sports.

Much as the poison dwarf needs to go, he can't hold a candle to the likes of Sepp Blatter or Bernie Ecclestone. FIFA is corrupt to a scale that would shame a mafiosi don. F1 has 50% of its revenue go not to the teams, not to the drivers, but straight to a private investment firm (via Bernie of course. Who through a multitude of off-shore companies also owns just about every piece of F1, from promoting the races to the TV deals).

So it could be worse. But still, Bettman out!

#2328383 Where Do You Rank Our Defense?

Posted by Nev on 12 September 2012 - 10:59 AM

A big question mark. Kronwall has gone from being a #4 to an undisputed #1 in just 2 years - a huge step up. He was probably the best #4 in the league, but is he good enough to be a #1 and lead the D-corps? Now I wish he'd been given more (any?) time on the first pairing these last few years.

Smith is still a rookie - a talented rookie, but a rookie nevertheless. Quincey, White, Ericsson can all be good 2nd pairing or bad 3rd pairing players depending on how well they perform. Kindl deserves to be in the AHL.

#2328113 2012 Lockout Watch

Posted by Nev on 09 September 2012 - 02:31 PM

So, in your opinion, the players need not make any concessions because there are no issues with the league finances right now?

Not at all, thats not what I said.

The problem with Bettman's proposal is that its the players making ALL the concessions. There has to be give and take. So the owners want the players 57% share of revenue cut - OK, offer a 50/50 split but also offer an increase in the minimum salary to say, $600,000. The owners want the length of contracts reduced to 5 years max - OK, but also offer to reduce the age a player reaches UFA by a year. Then you have the basis for a negotiation, rather than the current list of "sign it or we lock you out" demands

#2328093 2012 Lockout Watch

Posted by Nev on 09 September 2012 - 02:36 AM

I wish I was just as confident. Neither side is willing to budge. I think we won't see hockey until November.

Why should the players budge? Bettmans proposal is take, take, take, take, take, take, take and take. Not a single proposal to sweeten the pot, no "we want to take this, but we'll give you that in return" to make them go "OK". Bettmans proposal isn't a negotiation, its an ultimatum. He's treating the NHLPA like a vanquished foe trying to get the least punitive terms out of an unconditional surrender, rather than an equal partner in negotiations for the mutual good.

I was on the owners side last time around, and as I've mentioned previously he did some good things for the players such as significantly raising the minimum salary (important when ~ 40% of the NHLPA are on mimimum salary), but this is just pure greed and stupidity. Bettman needs to go as point 1 of any new CBA.

#2326930 Most overrated player.

Posted by Nev on 27 August 2012 - 01:36 AM

Any prospects in the minors, on any team. Leafs prospects are particularly over-rated though. For 10 years or more it seems they've had a Stanley Cup winning roster in waiting on the Marlies.

#2325153 Who was the best player on our 2002 squad?

Posted by Nev on 14 August 2012 - 11:33 AM

Are we talking just playoffs here? Tough call for best player. As someone else said, Yzerman was the most valuable player with his leadership playing on one leg, but I would have to go with Dom - he set a record for most shut-outs in the post season, out-goaltended Roy in the WCF, and hung in there when Irbe was standing on his head.

Favourite player was Feds.

#2322597 Your thoughts on Sergei Fedorov

Posted by Nev on 28 July 2012 - 01:09 AM

My favourite player on the Wings in the 90s too. Such a shame it ended the way it did, because based upon every other criteria #91 deserves to be hanging from the rafters.

I know the Sergei haters bang on about his lack of effort in the regular season, but when it mattered - when it really mattered, in the playoffs, he always showed up

#2321442 Logo Hunter vs. Missing the Net - Fight!

Posted by Nev on 24 July 2012 - 11:03 AM

Wouldn't Filppula be more prone to missing the net than Franzen?

He'd have to actually shoot the puck to have a chance of missing the net ;)

#2320841 Avs hockey journalist/blogger killed in cinema massacre

Posted by Nev on 21 July 2012 - 02:38 AM

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.

#2320607 Does Babcock walk?

Posted by Nev on 20 July 2012 - 02:05 AM

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

1) Health
2) Goaltending
3) Coaching

If Babs can somehow drag this roster to a division title he might finally win the Jack Adams he so richly deserves.

#2315643 Jonathan Ericsson. Knock, knock...

Posted by Nev on 05 July 2012 - 11:28 AM

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?

#2311724 Jordan Staal traded to Carolina, signs 10-yr, $60m extension

Posted by Nev on 01 July 2012 - 11:57 AM

Somewhere, Valtteri Filpulla's agent is rubbing his hands with glee

#2311327 Hudler to test free agency

Posted by Nev on 30 June 2012 - 02:35 AM

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.

#2311066 The Grass Is Always Greener - Johan Franzen

Posted by Nev on 29 June 2012 - 11:30 AM

tl;dr below the stat-headedness.

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.