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#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.

#1998243 Leafs changing jersey; naming Phaneuf captain

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 11 June 2010 - 02:14 PM

I might have to jump on the Lightzerman bandwagon.

Ha! Lightzerman... I like it :thumbup:

#1997539 The Curse of Marian Hossa

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 10 June 2010 - 11:37 AM

If at first you don't succeed...


#1995815 Jimmy immortalized?

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 07 June 2010 - 11:50 AM

This will look good in my Red Wings mancave that I'm in the process of building :cool:

#1995812 Stanley Cup Finals eeriy similar to 2009

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 07 June 2010 - 11:38 AM

1) Features a team from the Midwest against a team from Pennsylvania.

2) Also features an extremely overrated player heralded to be something he is not (Crosby:Gretzky Toews::Yzerman)

3) Home team goes up 2-0 despite being outplayed

4) Home team has held serve up until this point

5) Both game 5's resulted in blowouts for the home team

We were outplayed in the first two games? We were outshot by a little, but won those games by a total of 6-2.

and in both, the Pennsylvania team is filled with d-bags...


#1992371 Lidstrom Signs 1-Year Contract Extension

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 01 June 2010 - 12:09 PM

For all those people that are complaining about the pay cut wasn't enough, let me see you guys take a pay cut from your jobs.

I'm just happy he's coming back and don't really care too much about the cap hit, but telling someone who has close to $100 million dollars to take a pay cut vs someone who won't make $1 million in their lifetime to take a pay cut is just a little different.

#1992361 Lidstrom Signs 1-Year Contract Extension

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 01 June 2010 - 12:02 PM

How does that logic work???

We're getting the best defenseman in the game back for another year and he's playing for more than 5 cents! Geez, do I have to draw you a diagram? :D

#1989435 Steve Yzerman named TB's new GM

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 25 May 2010 - 11:00 AM

I REALLY hate to see Stevie go, but he has a lot of good young players to start off with, he gets to pick his own coach, and he gets to live it up in Florida. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal. There's no question who my second favorite team is now.

On a somewhat related note, isn't it ironic that he went to the Lightning? The Wings are red/white, the Lightning are blue/black (the exact opposite colors). His best player has the same first name (except he's called Steven, not Steve or Stevie) and has the same two numbers, except in reverse (91). Its like Yzerman went to the bizarro Wings. :D

#1983434 ECSF Game 6

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 11 May 2010 - 11:39 AM

Either way, I'm proud of the Pens. We play hard, we do contracts correctly. We might lose in seven to a team that also upset the President's Trophy winners, but at least we didn't lose in 5 to the biggest choke-artists of all time.

Wait a minute... two weeks ago you guys were laughing "Ohhhhh the Caps choked!! They lost to the 8th seed how pathetic!" Now you guys are in a Game 7 with that same 8th seed and you're "proud of the Pens". We lost to the #1 seed in the West, a team loaded with superstars. You're in a dogfight with a team that finished with the 18th best record in the league and has played the entire series without their best defenseman and now their second best is injured too.