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#2651682 2016 Trade Deadline Thread

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 09 February 2016 - 11:32 AM

Well I hope this puts the "you can't trade within your own division" notion to bed.




#2649355 2016 Trade Deadline Thread

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 21 January 2016 - 02:15 PM

Kinda hope Yzerman lets him rott in the AHL for a bit to teach him a lesson. 


I have no idea what Drouin is thinking. His GM is Yzerman. That guy has taken more crap and dealt with bigger s*** and been coached by hard asses his entire career. Drouin is taking the wrong approach with the wrong GM imo. 

 

Its funny you say that because on non-Red Wings sites, people are saying things like "Yzerman's a bully!" and "He's chasing all their best players out of town!  He won't have a job in two years, tops."  Makes me wonder about the ages of the people posting things like this.  Maybe they're not aware that Yzerman is one of the classiest, most well respected people throughout the league, past and present.  Saying that he's the problem is foolish.  I read that Drouin doesn't want to play for his AHL team because he doesn't want to get injured and hurt his trade value.  I think that's garbage.  Managers manage.  Players play.  A manager told him where to play and now he needs to get his butt out there.  Maybe INCREASE his trade value by tearing up the AHL and showing that he's ready to move up and just needs an opportunity.  Refusing to report to his AHL team is actually hurting his trade value.




#2648969 What is everyones second favorite team?

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 19 January 2016 - 02:30 PM

Its funny, I used to have several other favorites, but as soon as I watch them in a game against the Wings, I don't like them anymore.  Honestly, I don't even feel good about even wearing another team's jersey because someday that team could screw over the Wings.




#2648904 2016 Trade Deadline Thread

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 19 January 2016 - 08:34 AM

For what its worth Eklund still feels like we're a team to "keep an eye on" as far as Stamkos is considered.  With how laid back Kenny has been in recent years, I'd be kind of surprised to see him pull the trigger on something like a Stamkos deal.  He likes to play things safe and trading young talent for even a bonafide goal scorer like Stamkos is too risky for him.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but the only big deal he made since the cap was put in place was the Hossa signing and that was just for one year.  Aside from that signing, he's basically just locked up our own players and picked up a few vets at discount prices.  I really WANT it to happen, but I just don't see it happening based on Holland recent history and that's unfortunate because Stamkos could very well be the difference between just making the playoffs and being a perennial Cup contender.




#2647313 Going to the Joe. Best place to sit at the Joe?

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 11 January 2016 - 09:09 AM

When going to the joe, the best place to sit in the joe, is literally everywhere in the joe.

 

I agree there's no bad seat in the house. Yes, you can go down to the lower bowl for warm ups. I've told this story before, my friend and I one time had seats 2 rows in front of the owners box. We got there early, found or seats, and decided to go down for warm ups. While heading down the stairs, the usher in our section asked us if we were going down for warm ups. We said "yes" and she pointed and told us, "Go that way, it's faster" :)


 

I agree, the Joe get's really loud, and people there have a great time. You can even feel the atmosphere when watching on TV.

 

I know we need a new arena, but I'll miss the place when we move into the new place.

 

I've only been to the Joe twice in my life, had seats in the upper bowl both times and loved it.  There really isn't a bad seat in that arena and the atmosphere is electric.  The fans are really into it.  

 

As someone who went from watching games at the Civic Arena to Consol Energy Center, I can tell you that while the new arena is all new, clean and modern it can't hold a candle to the old barn.  History, tradition and experience can't be replaced.  I will seriously shed a tear when they tear it down, so enjoy it while you can.




#2645455 12/31 NYE GDT : Pittsburgh Penguins at Red Wings, 6:00 EST

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 01 January 2016 - 07:39 PM

So after driving 4.5 hours to get to Detroit and see my Wings play, ironically enough, my hometown team, I get to see them play well for about 20 minutes before crapping the bed.  Is there a reason we're paying Mike Green $6 mil to play on the second PP unit?  Z looks a little slow out there.  Neither goalie apparently wants to be the starter.  Did Brad Richards forget how to pass softly?  Its like he's trying to break his teammates sticks with his passing.  Thank God Larkin made the team.  

 

However, problems with the Wings play aside, I had the most AMAZING night ever at the Joe!  Anyone that was at the game last night, got to see a good portion of my family.  First, the dance off between the brother and sister during the 2nd period were MY KIDS!

 

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And then second, the woman on the zamboni during the second intermission, the "First Lady of Hockeytown", was my wife, Maria.  Thus, the reason why they played "Maria" from the West Side Story.  10 years ago we were at the Joe for the New Years Eve Wings game and I asked her to marry me.

 

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Both were kind of spur of the moment things that just sort of happened.  My kids were randomly selected for the dance off and then whomever was supposed to go on the second zamboni with the guy dressed as Abe Lincoln didn't show, so my wife, who was already down there with the kids was like, "I'll do it!!"  I was absolutely floored!  We won 3 practice pucks, 4 gift cards for Massage Green Spa and a $25 merchandise gift certificate.  

 

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Since we don't live in Detroit and don't have a Massage Green Spa near us, my wife was just going around Detroit last night and today just handing them out to people. lol  She felt bad that I didn't get the ride on the zamboni (I totally didn't care, I loved seeing her out there, plus NOW she's a big Wings fan) and gave me the certificate, so I got a sweet Stadium Series Abdelkader t-shirt.  So despite the unfortunate play of our guys, it was a pretty unforgettable night for our family.

 

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#2645226 12/31 NYE GDT : Pittsburgh Penguins at Red Wings, 6:00 EST

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 31 December 2015 - 12:00 PM

I'll be at this one, anyone else? 


I'll be there with the family. We drove 4.5 hours yesterday from Pittsburgh. It'll be just my second (and probably last game) at the Joe. My kids are beyond excited for the game. We got pics in front of the Joe yesterday. Here's hoping this is a blowout win for the Wings and not another "blow the lead, go to OT and lose" kind of game. My brother is a hardcore Pens fan and he doesn't think the Pens have chance tonight. So here's hoping he's right lol


#2643801 Heading to Hockeytown

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 21 December 2015 - 10:30 AM

So 10 years ago on New Years Eve, my girlfriend bought me tickets to go see the Wings at the Joe Louis Arena for the first time in my life (we live in Pittsburgh).  Later that night, I asked her to marry me and we got engaged.  So to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of our engagement, my now wife bought me tickets to see the Wings at the Joe again on New Years Eve this year and of course, ironically enough, they're playing the Pens.  I feel like that was a sign I'm supposed to go.  

 

Anyways, we have two kids now and they're going with us and I've only been to Detroit once, so I was hoping you guys could help out.  Obviously, we're doing Hockeytown Cafe.  We'll probably check out the Spirit of Detroit statue too.  What other fun things are their to do in downtown Detroit that would be kid appropriate?  We're staying in a hotel that's 0.3 miles from the Joe.  

 

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks!




#2639050 2016 NHL Outdoor Games Jerseys.

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 23 November 2015 - 05:13 PM

Its not a bad looking jersey.  Its different, "modern" and a nice look for one game.  The originals and the Winter Classic jerseys are still way better.




#2636619 Abby Signs 7-year, 29.75 mil Extension

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 12 November 2015 - 01:33 PM

If we didn't lock him up, somebody out there would have paid more (probably around $4.5-5 mil) and we lose him.  If we lose Abby, who creates havoc in front of the net?  Who is a physical presence on our team?  When D, Z and Kronner retire, who is looked to for veteran leadership?  You may not agree with the length or the amount, but truth is we NEED him.  When he got off to that fast start last month, he showed how much of a positive impact he can provide for our team.  Because he's a physical player, I'm a little unsure about the 7 years, but considering all the good things he does for our team, $4.25 mil per year is a GOOD deal.   You also have to take into account that $4.25 mil won't be the same 7 years from now.  The cap will continue to rise and that hit won't be as impactful.  




#2618295 Wings sign Brad Richards 1 yr, $3 million

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 01 July 2015 - 03:50 PM

Richards wasn't very good last year and he was on a great team.  I'm not against signing him, but I'm interested in how much and how that cost would compare to Martin St Louis's price.




#2615242 2015 SCF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 19 June 2015 - 09:21 AM

 

We haven't drafted a Datsyuk or Zetterberg type player in 15 years.  Those were diamonds in the rough but that was a while back.  And please don't compare Nyquist or Tatar to them until they become elite, top 10 caliber players.

 

I'm curious who the "bunch of Zetterberg and Datsyuk type players" you refer to are.   

 

I'm not going to compare Nyquist and Tatar to elite players when they were in their prime, but I am going to compare them to when they first got into the league.  Nyquist and Tatar are showing a ton of promise just like Datsyuk and Zetterberg did back in 02, 03 and 04.  I feel like Nyquist is every bit as good as Zetterberg was in his first couple years.  Their numbers are actually pretty similar too.  As for Tatar, he scored more goals in his second full NHL season than he ever has in his career with 29.  The guy is only 24 years old.  He also put up more points than Datsyuk after his first two NHL seasons. I'll be really interested to see what the 23 year old Pulkkinen can do with a full season in the NHL after putting up 34 goals in 46 games in the AHL.  Not to mention we still technically don't know what we have in Mantha yet and Dylan Larkin has been showing tons of promise.  We also just signed Axel Holmstrom, who was Sweden’s junior hockey player of the year.  Maybe none of them will pan out or maybe all of them will, who knows?  But saying we haven't been drafting well over the past 15 seasons isn't true.  If you want to be pessimistic, that's up to you, but there's a ton to be excited about.  We're not going away anytime soon.  :)




#2615065 2015 SCF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 18 June 2015 - 10:13 AM

Jonathan Toews > > > Henrik Zetterberg AND Pavel Datsyuk

 

Toewser has it all!!!

 

Member of the Triple Gold Club - World Championship Gold Medal, Olympic Gold Medal, Stanley Cup (youngest ever)

2 time Olympic Gold Medalist

Named Captain of the Chicago Blackhawks after just 64 NHL Games (4th youngest ever)

4 time NHL All-Star

3 time Stanley Cup Winner

Conn Smythe Trophy Winner (2nd youngest ever)

Frank J. Selke Trophy Winner

 

Oh yeah and hes just 27 years old......................

and has the hottest WAG EVER!!! Lindsey Vecchione. :wub:

I bet he has a huge **** too LOL. :lol:

 

This post might work better on a Pens board seeing as how they passed on Toews and have a first round pick superstar that is also 27 and is supposed to be doing all this.  There's no denying the Hawks success or Toews who is clearly the most successful among Crosby, Ovechkin, Malkin, Stamkos, etc.  But Wings fans don't care.    As far as we're concerned, once we're finished rebuilding your dynasty will be over.




#2613604 2015 SCF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 09 June 2015 - 07:44 AM

Tampa bay > Chicago.. You could say this the whole series actually...

 

Yeah, kind of surprising actually.  If it wasn't for the Game 1 collapse, TB's up 3-0.  I thought the Hawks talent and especially experience would have given them a better start to this series.  I was expecting a Wings/Pens 2008 type of series.

 

Which is all great, except they're a bunch of dix.

I'm pulling for Chicago.

If Chicago wins, it will be gross, but I'll except it because that's what they've been doing and that's what's supposed to happen. It will be really painful if Tampa wins this series because it could have been Detroit.

 

It'll be less painful for our most bitter rival to win their 3rd championship in 6 years than to have our Captain get his name on the Stanley Cup again, all because they beat us and it could have been us there?  I suppose anything could happen, we could have made it to the Finals, but it was the first round.  Its not like it was the Conference Finals or something.  A lot would have had to happen for us to get that far.  The Wings matched up well with TB.  Can't say the same about Montreal, they were a team that TB owned.  I'm over our loss.  I'm even over Cooper and his whining and their fanbase.  The Lightning have had their moments of jerkiness during these playoffs, but it's nothing compared to Chicago that chants "Detroit sucks" in their sleep.  




#2613151 Khan: Jeff Blashill to be announced new head coach next week

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 04 June 2015 - 02:18 PM

So not even interviewing other candidates great just great

 

What would be the point?  I'm pretty sure it was decided years ago that when Babcock was no longer the coach, Blashill would step in.  He knows the system and he's been very successful in the AHL playing our system with our prospects, that he will now be coaching on the Wings.  You're not going to find anyone else out there with those kind of credentials.