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#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.

#2612662 WCF : (3) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (1) Anaheim Ducks

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 01 June 2015 - 07:56 AM

Any chance the Ducks would want Howard?  


Howard is average, and that Swedish creampuff Andersen is below average.  If not for him, they'd be in the Finals right now. They don't need a top goalie, just someone decent.  


Not a chance.  Andersen (25) is still pretty young and made it that far.  Plus, they still have John Gibson (21) waiting in the wings behind him and he's pretty spectacular.  I wouldn't be surprised to see him be the starter at some point next season.  Howard may get dealt, but it won't be to Anaheim.

#2612659 2015 SCF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 01 June 2015 - 07:52 AM

After how uninspired the Lightning looked against us in the first round, I'm pretty surprised they made it this far.  Experience means a lot and the Hawks, unfortunately, have that edge.  But the Lightning are a high scoring team, have beaten 3 other original 6 teams to get here and might be fresher not having played a bunch of multiple OT games against a physical team.  I want the Lightning to win, but I really can't see how that will happen.  Bishop is shaky and the Hawks forwards are way deeper than TB's.  I mean, seriously, as we saw in the first round, if you take away Tyler Johnson, this team is basically done.  Hoping it'll be TB in 7, but it'll more likely be Chicago in 5 or 6.

#2608580 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 19 May 2015 - 01:15 PM

If true, fine by me ... in the end, he wasn't as sought after as he or most people thought.  Toronto, Buffalo, Det were the only true options.  Nothing from Pittsburgh, SJ, Edmonton, St. Louis ... 


Guess he's not even close to the 'best coach in the NHL period'.


We've been pretty spoiled when it comes to coaches over the past couple decades.  Look around the league, the coaching spot has been a revolving door, meanwhile we have a guy that led a mediocre Ducks team and led them to the Finals, took a Wings team that was in some serious transition after the Yzerman era and made it to the final four 3 times in a row with a Stanley Cup championship.  He also won a couple Gold medals at the Olympics.  Yes, he hasn't done much since recently, but he hasn't had much to work with since either.  Lidstrom, Rafalski and Stuart all left within a couple years and really were never replaced.  Franzen fell apart.  We've been breaking in new goalies ever since Osgood retired.  He's not blameless for the playoff failures of the past few years, but I don't think this lack of success is any indication of how good he is as a coach.  He's done a heck of a lot more than any other active coach in the league.

#2606668 WCSF : (6) Minnesota Wild vs. (5) Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 08 May 2015 - 06:39 AM

While I hate seeing the Hawks advance, part of me smiles everytime I see Minny get eliminated.  I hope Parise and Suter are enjoying their long term commitment as perennial playoff losers.

#2605985 Jim Devellano on Mantha's play: "Very disappointing"

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 04 May 2015 - 08:06 PM

I hope his "very very very disappointing" year doesn't entice them to trade him as a knee jerk reaction especially for Phaneuf


If they wanted to trade him, publicly calling him a disappointment isn't the best way to increase his trade value.

#2605558 ECSF: Tampa Bay Crying Coopers vs. Montreal Complaining Canadiens

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 02 May 2015 - 08:52 AM

i dont know how i feel about this series, i'm still angry we lost to tampa, but ive always hated the habs with a passion  :confused:


Before our series against Tampa I said I'd root for whomever wins that series, but now that we've played them, listened to their fan base, listened to their coach accuse us of cheating and witnessed this BS Kronwall suspension, I just don't have it in me.  If they win, great for Stevie, but if they lose, I'll be more than okay with that.  This is why you can't have a second favorite team as soon as they play each other in a playoff series, regardless of the outcome, you'll end up hating one of them in the end.

#2602572 ECQF Game 6 GDT : Lightning 5 at Red Wings 2 - Series Tied 3-3

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 28 April 2015 - 07:42 AM

If it wasn't for Mrazek, TB would have had 6 or 7 goals last night.  He has two shutouts in this series and was 5 min away from a third and this isn't some grinder team we're playing either.  This is the highest scoring team in the NHL.  I was a little skeptical about starting Mrazek over Howard in the beginning, but I think after Game 3, he cemented himself as our starter for this series if not the entire playoff run, which needs to be longer than just one more game.  Our team is inconsistent as hell, but we've battled this hard and nobody gave the Wings a snowball's chance to win this thing.  Heck, people were picking Winnipeg to win their series over Anaheim, but not us.  Time to make these "experts" take the Winged Wheel seriously again.