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#2623813 Dan Cleary re-signing still possible?

Posted by roboturner on 24 August 2015 - 07:45 PM

I dont want this to happen, but I'm not going to lie, it would be hilarious to watch a couple people on this site freak out about it.

I will be one of them. Dear god, this guy has got to start living in reality. It's not 2009 anymore...


It's been what, 4 years since he's been any sort of useful? He's already been given 2 charity contracts (which is just something that should never ever happen if you're serious about putting together a competitive team).


I'm sure at one point he was a good 'locker room guy', but I can't see any way in which his behavior over the past few seasons could have been good for morale, especially for the younger guys. I'm sure watching a guy, with no production whatsoever, collect a paycheck just for showing up and going through the motions at practices is a great example to set


I don't even want him on the Griffins. In fact, I don't even want him with the organization in any capacity anymore. GO AWAY DAN!!! GO AWAY!

#2621327 Lovable Dan Cleary update thread

Posted by roboturner on 23 July 2015 - 01:03 PM

Thank you all for the kind words and well wishes. Means a lot.

#2620783 Lovable Dan Cleary update thread

Posted by roboturner on 17 July 2015 - 03:02 PM

My sister passed away about 3 weeks ago from cancer.


A couple of seasons ago she had a chance to go to a Wings game.


My dad had been in contact with the Wings people and they were trying to work out who she might want to meet if she got the chance. It was up to me to ask her who she wanted to meet. Of course, we were trying to surprise her so I didn't want to just come out and say "Hey you're probably going to get to meet one of the players, who do you want to meet?"


So i would ask, "Hey Care, if you got to meet anybody on the wings who would you want to meet?"


"DAN CLEARY!" she'd exclaim.


So a couple of days later I would ask again. "DAN CLEARY!!" was the answer I got again.


She knew they were going to be going to the game when she went down to Ann Arbor, so I tried again, "No..Seriously....If you really got to meet one of the current Wings players when you go to the game, who would it be?"  I could not have given her a bigger hint without flat out just telling her!




So she and my dad and uncle went to the game and had a good time. Then the game was over. As they are trying to 'leave' the building, my uncle is leading the way with directions on where to go with my dad and sister following him. She still has no idea.


They end up in an area where she figures they aren't supposed to be. "Are we allowed down this way?"


Finally they end up standing against a wall with a bunch of other people with a Wings/arena employee telling them to just wait where they are.


"Are we meeting players?!" She had finally figured it out.


While they were waiting she felt she had accidentally bumped into someone behind her. She turned to say she was sorry to them. But nothing came out of her mouth. It was Nicklas Lidstrom that she had bumped into!! (This was during his last season when he wasn't playing due to his ankle) He saw she was trying to apologize and told her it was no big deal. Other players like Pavel and Zetterberg had walked through the hallway where they were waiting.


Finally Dan Cleary came out and asked "Are you Carrie?"


I don't remember much of what else happened (I wasn't there, just heard the stories afterward), but he was super nice to her, took a couple of pictures, and signed some things.

The jersey says

"To: Carrie    Best Wishes

 Your friend, Dan Clear 11"


He also had a signed bobble head sent to our house a couple of weeks later.


I always teased her about wanting to meet Cleary over anybody else, but she really enjoyed the whole experience




#2620735 Lovable Dan Cleary update thread

Posted by roboturner on 16 July 2015 - 07:58 PM



Yeah, so his last contract was 1 year for $2,500,000.

But last year he only had a cap hit of $1,500,000.


So his $1,000,000 bonus for playing in 10 games last season did not count against lasts year's cap.


Which means we already have $1,000,000 of cap hit against this years cap due to Cleary's bonus last year.


They did the same thing with Alfie a couple of season ago.

#2614612 2015 SCF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by roboturner on 15 June 2015 - 09:58 PM

Chicago winning the Cup again is the greatest argument against a benevolent, omnipotent, intelligent god.  

Well, its official now...I can do a quick William Lane Craig impression.


Premise 1: An omnipotent, benevolent god would not let the Blackhawks win 3 Cups in 6 years.

Premise 2: The Blackhawks won 3 Cups in 6 years:

Premise 3: An omnipotent, benevolent god does not exist.



#2613356 Report: Cleary wants to return for 1 more season

Posted by roboturner on 06 June 2015 - 07:37 PM

#2613338 Tampa Bay Lightning dress code for fans

Posted by roboturner on 06 June 2015 - 04:46 PM

And everything indicates that this is due to the Lightning's sales/marketing/business people. Not the GM of the team.

#2611111 should mrazek get #1 tag next season

Posted by roboturner on 28 May 2015 - 03:41 PM

There is absolutely zero chance Howard gets moved. You can bank on the two splitting duties for at least a year. Pretty good situation, we'll have a deadly tandem where both goalies are more than capable of running with it. Lots of competition every night can't wait

He has to get moved at some point. Maybe not next season, but you can't have a $5 million cap hit for your backup goalie.

#2609885 Z and Emma expecting

Posted by roboturner on 23 May 2015 - 03:52 PM

I honestly thought he had a kid or two also, maybe his beard sprouted off and had a few when he wasnt looking.

I knew he didnt have any kids, which is why it was weird.

#2609551 Nicklas Lidstrom co-authors scientific paper in Sweden

Posted by roboturner on 21 May 2015 - 06:47 PM


New theories on game intelligence could change the world of team sports forever. Game intelligence is not necessarily something you are born with but something you can learn, according to the authors of the article "Game Intelligence in Team Sports". Co-author and former NHL player Nicklas Lidström embodies the evidence.

Through the use of mathematical statistics, individual players and teams can learn to prioritize during games to change the outcome. They can calculate how to act in given situations and, hence, improve their results - regardless of their physical capabilities.


Lidström - perhaps the greatest defence player the world of ice hockey has ever seen - has long been known to have that "extra something" that makes him stand out in comparison to others. Excellent players like him are often praised for how well they read the game. However, in their article "Game Intelligence in Team Sports", Lindberg and Lennartsson try to show that it's not just genes that made Lidström great - but statistics. And the living ice hockey legend agrees.


Lidström confirms that as an active player he always tried to position himself so the odds would be in his favour. He consistently analysed the situations as they occurred during a game, learning when to dribble, when to engage, and when to sit put.


So Lidstrom wasn't actually an author of the paper, but his part in the research was so valuable that they gave him like an honorary authorship.


Here's two articles:




And here's the actual paper:


#2609238 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by roboturner on 20 May 2015 - 09:05 PM

Won't happen.


People, not just you, can be such homers. Yes, we're supposed to hate the rival Leafs, but don't lose objectivity. The Leafs will make the playoffs next year and probably every year Babcock is the team's coach. I don't predict a Cup win anytime soon, but Toronto has some good players, a weekend friendly schedule (home almost every Saturday night), and a coach that can get mediocre teams to over perform.

I agree, I enjoy watching the Leafs train wreck every year as much as the next person, but lets not forget about all those years that the Wings really struggled before things got turned around in the early 90's.

I hope they can get it turned around, I'd love a truly competitive rivalry with them.

#2609210 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by roboturner on 20 May 2015 - 07:15 PM

I don't really see anybody saying he's going to do it 'better' than Babs, just different than Babs. If different turns out to be better, so be it.


I think people are just looking forward to not seeing the ridiculous line combos and stubbornness that we got from Babs, as well as someone who has worked with and has a repertoire all of our up and coming kids.

#2609203 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by roboturner on 20 May 2015 - 07:01 PM


People forget these things quickly. Backup goalie. Backup quarterback. Add GR head coach. Blashill better watch his back if gets hired for the Wings job, because there'll be a fan push for the new GR coach to take his job within a year or so no doubt...

I'm sorry but it really doesn't work like that. People wanted Mrazek because he looks to actually be better than Howard. People want Blashill because he actually looks to be one of the better options.


I'm not denying that fans will say stuff like that in some situations, but this clearly isn't a case of that and it seems kinda lazy and ignorant to reduce everybody's analysis of those situations (including Babs in regard to Mrazek and Holland in regard to Blashill) to "We WaNtZ tHE BAcKUP!!!" It's just not the case.

#2606424 Call Out the NHL on BS

Posted by roboturner on 06 May 2015 - 08:47 PM

Goons were phased out because in the cap era you can't afford to have a guy on the ice who looks like he's always half an inch from falling over that can't do anything but fight and plays 6 minutes a game. Not because there aren't people who won't take huge money to be punched in the face and not because teams don't want a pit bull on their team, it's all because of the cap, if you can't score or grind or defend, you lose your job

 Yeah, guys that were pretty much only fighters just didn't have a spot left roster and cap wise.


Guys like McCarty who would fight, but also contributed offensively just seem so few and far between now days. I know I don't watch alot of other teams but I can't really think of anybody.

#2605826 Call Out the NHL on BS

Posted by roboturner on 03 May 2015 - 10:30 PM

I don't understand the reason..

I think the reason was that they wanted the home team fans to see the home team colors.


But I think the other way was better. You already know you're own teams colors so every home game you would get to see a different color come in.

Like how most or all MLB teams home jersey's have the team logos on them, but when they are on the road the jersey's have their home city written on it.


But then again I like how NFL's home team wears the colors, but that might just be cuz I'm a packers fan and the green jersey feels a little more 'home' because it matches the super green grass at NFL stadiums. It always seems weird when they wear the whites or the blue throwback at Lambeau