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#2532768 'District Detroit': Red Wings' New Arena Details Released

Posted by kipwinger on Yesterday, 08:53 AM

Is this project really worth all the criticism it is getting. I figured most arenas get paid for by the city so I don't understand why the big fuss about tax dollars paying for it?


This project is getting criticism because like with almost everything else in the world, reactionary dips***s got all bent out of shape about this before they knew all the facts.  People hear "tax dollars" and assume their personal income tax is going to go up, or some retiree's pension will get cut, to pay for this or something.  Then, because they're already outraged, they can't just stop and admit they were wrong when they hear that the "tax dollars" used to pay for this project have already been collected, and were specifically designated for projects exactly like this one through the Downtown Development Authority. 



#2532754 'District Detroit': Red Wings' New Arena Details Released

Posted by Seraph on 21 July 2014 - 10:42 PM

I've noticed it's the people in the suburbs who are usually pessimistic about downtown. I've been living here the past two years and it has been a blast. No one here is "waiting for a revival." It's already pretty awesome. I have no doubt these plans will make it better.


Here is the view from my apartment and you can see the lots along Woodward where the stadium will stand. You can see the FOX theater sign for a point of reference. I'll post more pictures once they start construction.



#2532615 'District Detroit': Red Wings' New Arena Details Released

Posted by Datsyukian-Deke on 20 July 2014 - 10:07 AM

Pics or it never happened ;)

They showed a clip of it during the Wings vs. Hawks game the next day on NBC.

#2532583 'District Detroit': Red Wings' New Arena Details Released

Posted by Datsyukian-Deke on 19 July 2014 - 10:20 PM

Cautiously excited - if this arena is planned anything like the Wings last 3 off seasons it could be a disaster. 

Thankfully Holland will have no input in building the arena or it would come out looking like a pizza hut.

Im not thrilled about this because 2 years ago i was married on the ice in Joe Louis. Its going to be sad if they tear it down and we cant go back to where we were married.

#2532459 Dekeyser/Tatar status update

Posted by hooon on 18 July 2014 - 10:09 AM

I'd be very surprised if we sign either of these guys for more than $2M per year, look at Smith and Nyquists' contracts over the last two years as a guide.


This. Neither has even played a full NHL season yet.


These are RFA contracts, not UFA guys that any team can sign. Nyquist is making 950k a year and Smith is making 1.2. While I do think both TT and DD will make a bit more, it won't be MILLIONS more as some people are suggesting. That isn't how it works with restricted free agents.


They will be short "bridge" contracts to hold them over until they get paid for real (and prove they're worth it over a larger sample size). 

#2532438 Dekeyser/Tatar status update

Posted by Dabura on 18 July 2014 - 12:57 AM

That piece I linked to also mentions Tatar, and that he's a possession monster. That's what makes him so valuable - the kid lives to own the puck and drive the attack and make stuff happen. Granted, he faced relatively weak competition and sheltered usage for a high-end forward (and probably for good reason, i.e. his shortcomings on the D side of the puck), but, if we're going to be the kind of team I think we want to be, one that owns the puck and is always on the attack, then Tatar's golden. I don't believe he's going to be a prissy, entitled holdout, but even if negotations go that way, he's worth slightly overpaying. If we weren't struggling to attract top-end talent, it might be a different story.

#2532351 Callahan and Nestrasil re-signed

Posted by uk_redwing on 17 July 2014 - 02:25 PM



We'll lose him to waivers.

#2532165 Alfie wants to play

Posted by PumpIron on 15 July 2014 - 02:15 PM

If we didnt resign Cleary and Quincey i'd be all for this, Have yet to see what a healthy alfie and zetter on the same line for a season could do.

#2532140 Alfie wants to play

Posted by rick zombo on 15 July 2014 - 11:27 AM

Where is Alfie going to play? Top line?


Z - Pav - Alfie

Nyquist - Weiss - Franzen

Jurco - Sheahan - Tatar

Helm - Glendening - Abby




That doesn't look bad bad, but our D is atrocious...and our goaltending is average at best.


Someone should start a thread about this..............

#2531402 NHL-Game of Thrones Edition

Posted by T.Low on 10 July 2014 - 10:00 PM

Canucks= Theon Greyjoy. Ouch. Very ouch.

#2531362 NHL-Game of Thrones Edition

Posted by BottleOfSmoke on 10 July 2014 - 08:43 PM


Got a good chuckle out of this, and it's amusingly accurate to boot. Also a nice diversion from the suckage that has been this offseason so far.

Spoilers, maybe, for some that aren't up to speed on all the eps...

#2531545 Tom Renney could be leaving, too.

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 11 July 2014 - 12:15 PM


I wonder if the assistant coaches know Babcock isnt coming back next year already.

They are securing jobs now rather than wait till the new head coach shows up, and hires his own assistant coaches??


At the very least, I think the uncertainty about Babcock's future as coach of the Red Wings would have to factor in to some coaches and players' decisions about the Wings. 

#2531050 What is the plan with Mrazek?

Posted by joshy207 on 10 July 2014 - 03:04 PM

I'm OK with them bringing back Gustavsson for one year.  Two years would have been a problem for me.  Mrazek will play 60+ games in Grand Rapids unless he is called up to Detroit for any length of time.  My prediction is that he'll back up Howard in 15/16 and start 25 games, see more of an even split in 16/17, and take over the starting role in 17/18, if not sooner.

#2531028 What is the plan with Mrazek?

Posted by number9 on 10 July 2014 - 02:04 PM

Mrazek is better off with a heavy workload in GR. And if monster or Howie go down with injury he's the only one I trust to step in. The teams done a good job managing tender depth since Conklin IMO

#2531479 Wings re-sign Cleary $1.5 mill + $1mill in game bonuses

Posted by krsmith17 on 11 July 2014 - 07:38 AM

I'm a huge fan of Dan Cleary, he is a heart and soul guy, he will go through hell for his teammates and he is a great locker room guy. He works his ass off on and off the ice, and he is a great mentor to the kids. However, I believe his time has come and he should hang 'em up. I'm not a fan of this signing, but not for the same reasons as a lot of people on here. I don't think it's the end of the world, and I'm not about to burn down the Joe or Holland's home...


Before this signing I was fully expecting Jurco to start the season down in Grand Rapids, and I'm completely okay with that. I think him getting top line minutes, and being the go-to-guy down in Grand Rapids will be great for his development. I'd much rather a 21 year old kid get top minutes down in the AHL then have him get limited third line minutes in the NHL, but that's just me. The biggest problem I have with this signing is the potential of losing a kid that is out of options that I really, really like (Mitch Callahan) because there isn't room for him on the 23 man roster. I will be very disappointed if Callahan is placed on waivers and gets claimed because of this signing...