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#2031710 I've Never Wached Game 7 of the 2009 SCF...

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 08 September 2010 - 06:41 AM

I'm just wondering who here is old enough to be a Wings fan, or remember, before 1997? 2009 was bad, but as a fan since the late 1980's, it wasn't the worst for me. 1994, 1995, and 1996 was much worse.

After winning the cup, playoff defeats, for me, were easier to take.

94 was bad because it was a huge upset, but it was just the first round and we knew this team was going to be great in the very near future. 95 was really disappointing after the way they smashed through everyone, but I mean... they were swept. They weren't the better team. 96 was bad because we had the greatest record of all time, but again, that wasn't the Finals. 2009 was the worst in my opinion. We had a MUCH better team and despite the injuries and non-calls, we were within one game of the Cup. The Stanley Cup was in our building and the biggest d-bag in the NHL lifts it. That's about as bad as it gets.

#2031342 I've Never Wached Game 7 of the 2009 SCF...

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 06 September 2010 - 03:19 PM

What hurts about the loss isn't the loss, its how it happened. The Wings were clearly the more talented team, even Pens fans will admit to that, but we had tons of injuries, the instigator/suspension with Malkin thing, the 6 guys on the ice thing, Talbot slashing Datsyuk's broken foot, the Crosby taking cheap shots at Z, pretty much the whole Pens team gooning it up in Game 5, Talbot is their "hero" in Game 7. If the Pens had played a clean series and won because they were a better team or a more talented team, it would be easier. But losing to a team that acts like a bunch of dbags and watching Captain WhinyFace lift the Cup in the Joe, is what stings.

#2027058 How big of a Wings fan is your Wife/Girlfriend/Significant Other?

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 18 August 2010 - 11:01 AM

My wife would probably fit in the category of casual fan. She knows the names of the top players and Detroit and the Joe Louis Arena are special places to us because we got engaged after a Wings game in a hotel not far from the Joe. But she doesn't watch the games with me because she says I'm "too intense" and when the Pens play the Wings I always hear, "You live in Pittsburgh. You should be cheering for the Penguins!" She doesn't like the pressure of being a Wings fan in Pittsburgh. All her friends are (bandwagon) Pens fans and she doesn't want to be the odd one out. After 24 years of being a fan, I'm used to the me against the world scenario. :cool:

#2025746 should there be another team in the NHL?

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 13 August 2010 - 07:52 AM

Absolutely not. The NHL has too many teams as it is now. Ever since the Columbus, Nashville, Minnesota, Atlanta expansion there has been a noticeable drop in the quality of the teams. Take a look at the teams of the 80's and the early to mid 90's. They were loaded with talent. There were 30 goal scorers on the third line. Plus, every team was competitive and had stars worth paying to see. What players on Nashville, Minnesota and Atlanta are worth the price of the ticket right now? Columbus has Rick Nash, otherwise they wouldn't have anyone worth watching either. If anything, the NHL needs less teams to improve as a product.

#2024760 NHL examining other long term contracts

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 10 August 2010 - 10:34 AM

They can examine the contract for Z and Mule all they want, no way should they be "withdrawn". Lidstrom is playing right now at age 40. Chelios was playing for us till he was 47. Hasek played with us when he was 43. Yzerman played when he was 40. Zetterberg and Franzen are signed till 40 which is a realistic age to still be playing, at least on this franchise.

#2022332 Mike Modano signs with Detroit

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 04 August 2010 - 09:46 AM

It makes sense. The reverse of 9 or 09 is 90. Boom! 3 imaginary points! :cool:

#2020769 Most hated team in NHL.

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 30 July 2010 - 12:03 PM

I keep reading in the comments that Pens fans believe they're hated because they're good. Its like, "No, your team is hated because they're full of whiny, arrogant, obnoxious d-bags." The Lemieux-Jagr-Francis teams were not hated and they were good.

As for the Wings being hated, its jealousy. The Wings built another Stanley Cup contender through the draft while at the same time won Stanley Cups. Meanwhile, teams like Toronto and NYI have had high draft picks for years and still suck.

The blog post should have been "Which teams to you really hate?" not "Which teams are you tired of losing to?"

#2018034 Wings should sign Paul Kariya

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 22 July 2010 - 12:20 PM

I'd love to see Kariya in a Wings uniform, the guy can still fly and still has a great shot. But the bottom line is he'll want more money than we can pay, especially now with the whole Modano, Helm, Abdelkader situation. Its a good thought, but its not practical.

#2017616 NHL Rejects Kovalchuk's Contract

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 21 July 2010 - 05:23 AM

All these front-loaded contracts are dumb, including the contracts of Franzen and Zetterberg. They really go against what the salary cap was intended for. The cap hit should be what you pay a player in any particular year.

The problem is the players salaries are rising faster than the salary cap. Teams are being forced to come up with ideas like this to get around it. If these mega deals get rejected and things stay the way they are, you're eventually going to have a situation where every team in the league has just two stars and a bunch of AHLers or a team of mediocre players.

#2017276 Kovalchuk Re-Signs with Devils

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 20 July 2010 - 11:51 AM

I know I'm in the minority, but I like deals like this. It keeps superstars from jumping around the league and it keeps the cap hit low so they can afford other players. Is it cheating? Its shady/ingenious but its not cheating. Their isn't a rule against that type of contract, so its all good. I felt pretty good when I saw Z sign that huge deal last year and knew he was going to be with the Wings for a long time, plus his cap hit won't cripple us and we'll remain competitive. The Penguins are getting killed right now because they have two $8.7 players on their team. As a result, Matt Cooke is their 5th best forward now.

If you want to have a cap, that's all fine and good, but the cost of players is rising faster than the salary cap. If teams didn't make these huge mega deals like the Kovalchuk one, you would eventually have a situation where every team in the league would consist of one or two stars and a bunch of AHLers or a team full of mediocre players.

#2017268 Gagne to Lightning

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 20 July 2010 - 11:29 AM

He will get some nice goals and play about 40 games.

I think its funny that when you get injured a couple times in your career, you're "injury prone". However, if you never get injured, teams avoid you because you're overdue to be injured.

I think its a great move. Gagne is a very Red Wings-like player and that is the direction Stevie is taking this team.

#2016791 Kovalchuk Re-Signs with Devils

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 19 July 2010 - 12:56 PM

Bettman will find a way to disallow these type of contracts soon :ph34r:

Not before Crosby, Malkin and Ovechkin sign deals like these.

#2011931 Red Wings Making Play for Modano

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 07 July 2010 - 11:40 AM

And he never will if they keep signing washed up 40 yr olds to play in front of him. Hey I know lets sign Maltby and Chelios probably still wants to play I'm sure? we could sign him up again so we could lose Kindl on waivers. Makes total sense.

The Wings are not losing any young talent by signing Modano for a year.

#2006671 Modano done in Dallas

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 29 June 2010 - 01:42 PM

I must admit I do not know anything about the Stars prospects and this is a new cap world but to me this is a slap in the face to Modano. Let him decide if this is it he has earned that right.

Totally agree. He's been with that franchise since they were the Minnesota North Stars. Could you imagine the Wings letting Yzerman go near the end of his career? Or the Avs letting Sakic go? Or the Rangers letting Messier go? All they had to do was sign him to a small deal and put him on the third line. There are certain players that have earned the right to decide when its time to end it. Modano has been the face of that franchise for 20 years, he's earned it.

Having said that, I would like to see him play a year in Detroit.

#2002459 Wings' Schedule

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 22 June 2010 - 11:19 AM

Pittsburgh twice again? For a third straight year? Really?????

Enough already, the NHL has got to stop it with this Detroit-Pittsburgh crap.

Its a rivalry, so they have to keep it going somehow. Besides, watching Crosby act like a spoiled brat when the Wings beat him is good entertainment.