I don't think Alfie came here to win a Cup. He packed up his family and moved to Detroit. He bought a house. He went all in on a long term life change to come here. He's not going to want to be traded. I think he just wanted to play for a solid team with good management where all the pressure isn't on him. I don't think he's retiring this year, either. He still wants to play but recognizes he's not the number one guy anymore.
I don't think he wants to be a floating mercenary like Jagr and Iginla.
I don't know about you guys but I'm already done with this season. I'll watch as many games as I can but we aren't going anywhere this year. Zetterberg may need surgery, Datsyuk isn't 100% and Franzen could be done as well. Time to look forward to next season already.
In for a penny in for a pound. I'll be done with this season when lockers are being cleaned out.
Then why are you here? I DO care about the NHL season and the Red Wings. I don't give a flying f*** about the Olympics. I want the players who are being paid to play here to have their loyalties to the Red Wings. "We" don't owe them anything. Zetterberg has the life and career he has because of the Red Wings, not because of Team Sweden. Let's hope this puts an end to this ridiculous Olympics BS once and for all.
Spoken like someone whos never gotten the shot to represent there country in something. To most athletes (especially those from Europe) representing ones country is the highest honor. Yes even more so than the Stanley Cup. Hank owes nothing to the Red Wings or Red Wings fans. He has the life he has because he worked his ass off not because the Wings gifted him a paycheck. He helped bring a Championship and almost a second to this city when the team was supposed to be in transition. If anything the fans owe him for the joy hes brought them. He's earned the right to put Sweden over the Wings. I dont know what fantasy land your in but the Wings are not contenders this year. Sweden on the other hand was a contender for a Gold Medal. Common sense dictates which one he should go for at the end of a career. Challenging his loyalties because he went and played in the Olympics is just disrespectful for a guy whose battled for over 10 years for the Wings and its fans. Get over yourself.
Z will slowly have to gain back my respect since he dared to try to play in the Olympics - it could have jeopardized his playing time with the Red Wings.
Yes because carrying this team on his injured back the past couple months is not worth your respect.
Posted by Euro_Twins
on 14 February 2014 - 07:43 AM
Not if Weiss plays how we expected him to when we signed him.
While I agree with this, and I was a big supporter of the Weiss signing, there is a whole lot riding on him becoming who we signed him to be, but if z ends up on ltir, we can keep the kids up and roll 4 dangerous lines, with Weiss, helm, franzen Datsyuk, alfie, nyquist, tats sheahan, and jurco, we could be a force to be reckoned with, shame it has to be on z's back (no pun intended) though...
Posted by kipwinger
on 11 February 2014 - 11:50 AM
i for one am happy kane is american.. say what you want about his attitude or whatever but he's a damn good player.
Yeah, for real. I actually don't think he's got an attitude...any more. Even if he did, that dude is about to light it up for the Americans and bring us the gold. I'd gladly watch him punch ten or twelve cab drivers so long as I don't have to feel like I did four years ago.
Posted by kipwinger
on 11 February 2014 - 09:57 AM
What's the point of picking a team in the Olympics if you aren't going to pick your national team? That's literally the ENTIRE point of the Olympics. Unless you're a German hockey fan and don't have a horse in the race, it's completely absurd to root against your country in an event which is specifically designed for nations to compete with one another. I could understand not caring who wins, and only caring about seeing good games. But that means that you would be just as happy to see your team win as any other. But to actively hope another team is better than your national team makes no sense to me.
Would you root against our home country's world junior team? How about your hometown high school team? Silly.
As general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Steve Yzerman has every reason to want NHL players to stay home from the 2018 Games. As an Olympian and now executive director of Team Canada, he wants players to participate indefinitely and enjoy the experiences he savored.
"Absolutely, I think this is fantastic for our league," he said. "You go back for the last year, and even beyond that, how much attention this draws, how much conversation it draws, and not only in Canada but around the world. It promotes our league. It promotes our players. I believe it's good for our game. I believe it's good for the NHL.
"It's once every four years. I'm hopeful that we can continue."