Just got back from the game. My 6 year old was a very good road fan for us chanting "Lets Go Wings" for every single "Lets Go Pens". A kid across the aisle from us was waving a terrible towel and he waved it at my son when the Pens scored. When Datsyuk scored, he goes "Not waving that towel now huh?!" I was in shock, he's usually pretty mild mannered, but he was really getting into it. Everyone around us just laughed, except the kid with the towel. Here are a few good pics I got:
I'm pretty excited, I'll be there in person with my son who will be attending his very first Red Wings game. Hopefully won't have to deal with too much heckling from the other fans, but its preseason, so it should be fine.
Agreed. I would have been much more confident that Holland was going to do something smart by doing nothing after not being able to land Ehrhoff, Boyle, Stralman, or Niskanen.
Was it really necessary to sign Q on July 1? He wouldn't be there July 15th? Aug 15th?
We weren't worried about getting signed Alfie yesterday? Q is that important.
No. Pure Panic Move.
Yeah Holland signed Quincey just to say he did something. Nobody is snatching him up and if they do, so what? I'm quite certain you can get someone else to do just as good (or bad). Alfredsson should have been more of a priority than resigning Quincey. These types of signings hurt the teams image. "We didn't get the type of player we wanted, so we re-signed the garbage we were going to let go." Yeah, watch the UFAs just come sprinting to us now.
People shouldn't be complaining about getting fleeced in the Legwand deal. The team got fleeced in losing Yzerman and Nill.
This. Jim Nill and Steve Yzerman are showing everyone how its done. These teams are showing strides towards improvement. If you sit there and "stand pat" year after year while the team falls farther down the standings, what motivation would anyone have to go to Detroit? Why would anyone take less to play in Detroit? Why would anyone pick Detroit at this moment? We don't have the "shot at a Cup" shine anymore. Not when you're barely qualifying for the playoffs and haven't gone beyond the 2nd round since 2009. At this rate, its only a matter of time before Holland starts looking at his options of trading Datsyuk and Zetterberg for prospects. If you're not trying to win now, then why keep them around?
Interesting that all of the other defensemen are going before Niskanen. I figured, he'd go first and then the others would fall. Seeing the others sign somewhere else, could hurt his value. Yes, there's less d-men to go after, however, there's less teams in the running for Niskanen as other d-men sign elsewhere. I think teams are looking at his asking price and saying "yeah right" and moving on. This could cause his price to drop.
I wouldn't mind having Niskanen in Detroit, but he'll want $6-7 mil per year and he's just not worth that kind of money. He's worth maybe $5 mil tops. His offensive numbers were a little up this year, but remember he's passing the puck to Crosby and Malkin all season, he should have at least 30 assists. Before that, his numbers were nothing special. This has Brian Campbell Part II written all over it. Someone will pay him $7 mil per year and his play won't be worth that much and next summer or the year after that, they'll be trading him to some bottom feeder looking to make the cap floor.
I don't like Holland's inactivity as much as the next person, but Niskanen is going to want more than he's worth and Holland is smart not to pay it.
I'm happy for all of them, I think they're all very deserving of this honor, but I'm especially happy for Dom. One of my happiest moments as a Wings fan was when he was traded to Detroit. It was like we won the Cup in July. We all knew that it was only a matter of time. This guy on the Red Wings could only produce a Stanley Cup.
Well if Ansar Khan is to be believed, the Wings aren't likely to get a top defenseman or a top forward. Instead, only a "secondary scorer" and a "lower cost" defenseman. So that's good. Because everybody knows the elite teams around the league are that way because of all the cut rate players they stock up on.
I've still got my fingers crossed, but it's getting harder and harder to keep my head buried in the sand.
I'm not saying the Wings should go out and sign or trade for some superstar, but a secondary scorer and a 5 or 6 dman with all that cap space would be really disappointing. We just keep getting lower and lower in the standings to the point where we're barely making the playoffs. You can't just sign a couple scrubs to cheap deals and expect that to improve. We don't have to sign players to make a run at a Cup right now, but let's at least make qualifying for the playoffs a little less exciting.
Is it starting to become clear to anyone else that with the exception of some lame ass acquisition like Dan Boyle or Tom Gilbert we're going to have the EXACT same team as last year?
All the resources in the world won't make a difference if there's no will to use them. Puke.
Expect D and Z to be hurt again, expect the kids to have good but not great seasons, expect Alfie to be re-signed and then be hurt/run out of gas, and expect our defense to be poor again. Lather, rinse, repeat.
It might feel like the same team, but it won't be. The kids will be better. Maybe still just good and not great, but they're heading in the right direction. The defense... its a work in project. Most teams in the NHL are having a tough time with defensemen, which is why they get so much in free agency these days. Zetterberg and Datsyuk probably will get hurt again, but it can't be as bad as it was this year. Rebuilding is a slow process, but at least we can say we're going in the right direction. We could be watching Z and D get older with a bunch of UFA bands aid filling out the other lines because we don't have anything in the minors worth promoting.
I'm not really sure what's going on with Cleary here. Maybe he's good with the younger players or something. 15 points in 48 games last year and 8 points in 52 games this year doesn't exactly scream re-sign. Plus, he's injury prone and can't really be relied on at this point.
I think Shero needs to go, but I'm suprised Pens fans want him gone too. He's made some good moves like trading for Neal and signing Vokoun, but he's made just as many bad moves trading Joe Morrow for a rental, signing Letang to a big deal when you already have very little cap space, not acquiring a veteran back up for Fleury (for this year) after he fell apart in numerous playoffs already. Re-signing Scuderi, trading away Michalek, one of the few defensive d-men on the team. Pens fans get so excited when he signs or re-signs someone to a big contract or makes a big trade and rave about how he's "all in" and he's a "gamblin man!" and now that its all backfired on him, they want his head. Its like when the home crowd urges their team to go for it on 4th and 1 and then when it doesn't work says, "well that was stupid! what were you thinking?!"
Trotz is a great coach and has a history with Shero, so maybe Shero stays as a way to lure him to Pittsburgh, but I don't think things will get better for them this way. Trotz did well in Nashville because he essentially had a bunch of nobodies that listened to everything he said and played his system to a tee. The Penguins are the opposite of that. A new coach won't improve their salary cap situation nor will it prevent Shero from taking risky moves.
I feel bad for Brunner. I think he is a talented player, but his agent thinks his client is worth the world and now he's staying in the NHL by playing on a tryout contract. I really hope he returns to Detroit, I think he could have really worked out well in the long run for us and would have fit in nicely with all of the other young guns we have coming up through the system.