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#2212511 Going to Friday's opener? TV show interview opportunity!

Posted by Matt on 05 October 2011 - 07:53 PM

A producer for Sportsbrand Media Group is filming a segment dedicated to fans of the Detroit Red Wings for its show titled "More than a Game" this weekend ahead of the Red Wings' season opener this Friday at the Joe.

Are you interested in taking part in an interview?

If you're a passionate Red Wings fan that'll be heading to the Joe on Friday please send me a PM through the forum here (or via Facebook Message or Twitter DM) with your contact information and I'll try to get you in touch with one of the show's producers!

#2211148 October 2011 Schedule Wallpaper Now Available!

Posted by Matt on 30 September 2011 - 11:04 PM

I'm changing it up a bit this season and NOT going with a monthly "featured" player (at least for this month, depending on feedback). Oftentimes the addition of a player messes with the layout when adjusting for other aspect ratios, or I have a rough time finding a nice, high-resolution picture to use. I hope you like this year's edition!

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#2199234 Chris Osgood announces retirement

Posted by Matt on 19 July 2011 - 06:45 AM

I'm honestly surprised that he's retiring via a conference call -- shocked, really -- even if he is taking up a position within the organization. Perhaps this was Osgood's personal choice as I'm sure a press conference in the Olympia Room and a retirement forthcoming at least a year before the player wants to reach that point is going to be extremely emotional.

Thanks for the memories, Ozzie. It was a helluva ride.

#2199069 Chris Osgood announces retirement

Posted by Matt on 18 July 2011 - 03:48 PM

He has to be coming back. A player with the history he has with this club, three Stanley Cups, does NOT retire via a conference call with the media. They'd do an actual press conference in the Olympia Room in the same manner as Brian Rafalski, who has a much less storied history with the franchise.

You re-sign for 1-year at a bargain-basement salary with incentives via a media conference call.

#2192233 Changes in the offseason

Posted by Matt on 29 June 2011 - 10:22 PM

Not sure why, but for some reason I think the Wings may be serious players for Richards come Friday. Cement the 2nd line center and PP point, Hank plays with Pavel, clutch player... Key would be accepting the Wings' new "self cap", which I would assume would be Datsyuk's $6.7m/yr, which I don't consider a big sacrifice when you combine it with what his agent said Brad is looking for: a cup contender and a hockey market.

If the Wings can pull of a miracle at the $6.7m they still have plenty of cap space to throw around to land a decent defenseman, goaltender, etc. (Honestly, I would prefer they go for an impact player and a lesser defenseman than overspend in a seller's market on Wisniewski/Ehrhoff when the Wings will be right back in this position next summer.)

If Holland is somehow able to pilfer off Hudler that'd make it even easier.

Oh, the joys of dream scenarios...

#2192107 No, No, NO! Jagr interested in Detroit.

Posted by Matt on 29 June 2011 - 07:55 PM

No. Just, no...

#2189397 Habs shopping Wisniewksi's rights + for a 2nd rounder

Posted by Matt on 24 June 2011 - 11:13 PM

I will say that I'd be shocked if the Wings keep all of those 2nd rounders and use them to draft players tomorrow. You've got Nick for one more year, it's additional ammo you can use to bolster the roster. Use it!

#2189381 Habs shopping Wisniewksi's rights + for a 2nd rounder

Posted by Matt on 24 June 2011 - 10:59 PM

Even if they did lose out on him, not worth a 2nd. We are the Wings. We can sign a UFA. Honestly if we missed out on him and had to go down and sign someone like Andy Greene or Montador. We could take that second pick and trade for someone better.

Oh, please. The "WE ARE THE WINGZ" talk only reaches so far. And if we did miss out on him and he was the Wings' true target... Who are we going to get for that second rounder that's better and available? At that age, skill level, etc.. Let me know and ease my mind a bit.

BRYZ WAS TRADED FOR A 3RD!!! That was a while ago, and included the number one goaltender, where there is only two quality UFA's. Liles got traded for a second for crying out loud. Not the rights.

Comparing a defenseman to a high-priced goaltender is apples and oranges. Phoenix had a VERY limited market to sell him to because of all the talk from Bryzgalov's camp about breaking the bank this summer and the fact that he's gotten shelled in the playoffs for two years now. Phoenix was lucky to even get anything, let alone a third, before he hit the market. Heck, Vokoun was still out there, so that even further diluted the market for elite netminders.

The market for young, skilled defenseman about to hit free agency is markedly higher.

#2189375 Habs shopping Wisniewksi's rights + for a 2nd rounder

Posted by Matt on 24 June 2011 - 10:55 PM

This is the dumbest thing I have ever heard.

If this were to happen, and I give it a 1% chance. I would demand Holland retires immediately.

Ugh, I wouldn't make that deal even if there was a contract in place.

Bottom line, he is from here. If the kid wants to play for the Wings he will have his chance to play for us. If he wants money more than that, would theyf****** be able to convince him to sign before the UFA anyways? When you are talking about a UFA, unless that guy is going to be the most coveted player at the position why would you give up a second rounder?

The only way I see a trade like this happening is if Montreal grants Detroit permission to speak with Wisniewski's agent prior to July 1st (think Marian Hossa in 2009, though Detroit didn't trade him prior). If they have a deal in place and Detroit doesn't want to run the risk of another club offering bigger money and term clouding things you make that deal. That's it.

The moves made today now makes Chicago a potential suitor (another tour there? meh), and the Montreal beat writer that first mentioned the Habs were shopping his rights replied to me via Twitter that he's heard on the draft floor that the Wild were interested in trading for Wisniewski's rights as well.

There are plenty of suitors for Wisniewski -- and all the warm fuzzy "pls home HOME!!!1!" talk means less and less the more years and million(s) you attach to a contract. Make no mistake, if Wisniewski hits the open market I would be shocked if the Wings would have the highest offer on the table for him.

#2184909 Paul MacLean named head coach of Senators

Posted by Matt on 13 June 2011 - 04:35 PM

Detroit Red Wings Hockey: "We'll Beat You With Our #%!@s"

#2182848 Judge rejects NHL deal with Molson-Coors:

Posted by Matt on 05 June 2011 - 09:55 PM

The Wings are one of the two molson clubs IIRC

Correct. (And "Boooooo!"... Labatt > Molson)

#2182417 LGW Members donate $875.40 to Children's Hospital of Michigan

Posted by Matt on 03 June 2011 - 03:34 PM

I wanted to thank every member that took part in LGW's "Money on the Board" playoff donation drive that raised a total of $875.40 for the Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation!

vladdy16 did an absolutely amazing job keeping track of and arranging everything -- this would not have been possible without her help -- thank you!

She sent in the donation to the Foundation on Wednesday this week and I spoke with Sally at the Foundation today and filled her in on how the donation came about and made sure to have it dedicated to the members of LetsGoWings.com.

I'm incredibly proud of all of you that took part and I can't wait to have more drives just like this one in the future!

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#2178666 Brian Rafalski announces retirement after 11 NHL seasons

Posted by Matt on 23 May 2011 - 06:38 PM

Found it: http://www.usatoday....-redwings_N.htm

The important bit:

Rafalski's agent, William Zito, said five teams tried to sign the defenseman — including one offering a six-year, $40 million contract — but he wanted to play for his hometown team.

... Which works out to roughly $6.67-million/season. Almost $700K -- a nice chunk of change to save.

Rafalski was a fantastic signing and a great compliment to Lidstrom on the power play. (Schneider did us a favor!) We will desperately miss that first-pass and the right-hand shot on the power play. Thanks Brian!

#2178661 Brian Rafalski announces retirement after 11 NHL seasons

Posted by Matt on 23 May 2011 - 06:32 PM

I know that at least for me it wasn't an issue of being "happy" that he is retiring -- but despite his point production you knew that his overall health was going to be a serious factor going forward into next season. When he's healthy he's a $6-million defenseman, but when he's not -- and lingering issues this season lead one to believe that he would continue to deteriorate -- he's a major strain on the Red Wings' flexibility.

Looking forward to the offseason, it'll be interesting. One new factor to consider too is that Holland won't be saddled with salary-for-salary player trades. He can afford to take on higher salary players due to the cap space. So the answer may not come via free agency, but by trade.

A Hometown discount is debatable.

It's not. He was offered more than Detroit's $6-million when he hit free agency. (It might've been the Devils to try to keep him at around $6.5-million, but I haven't looked back to confirm.) Regardless, he absolutely took a lower offer to play here. It was a big point made in the press when he signed here.

#2173195 WCSF Game 7 GDT: Red Wings 2 at Sharks 3

Posted by Matt on 12 May 2011 - 04:06 PM

"We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish the job."

~ Winston Churchill