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!
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!
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.
"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."
I have re-enabled the negative rating, with the anti-spamming safeguard of 24-hour caps on the number of +/- reps you can give. We'll see how this goes (I prefer to have both available, too) and if the caps need to be adjusted I'll do that.
(I believe in a future forum update that posts that hit a certain neg rating will either lighten and/or be made invisible. So the option may be for that down the road, too.)
I look forward to witnessing the Red Wings' first empty-net goal of the playoffs tonight.
/that is all
AND DID I EVER!
I love this team. I know we're all spoiled as fans to have such a 20-year run, but I can honestly say I haven't felt this exhilirated with a win like this in years... Maybe even as far back as Game 4 of the Cup Final. That was for different reasons, of course, but coming back this way -- and hopefully being able to complete the miracle on Thursday night... Wow.
It's hard to be more proud of this team than I am right now. Unbelievable.
This was originally brought up in this thread over the weekend but I was waiting for final artwork approval. Wait no longer! I've added the designs to the LGW.com Fan Gear Shop on a variety of different colors and shirts. Some of the additions:
Almost all of these designs can be applied to any color of shirt -- you're not just limited to red or white. I have already set some up on black and ash, but you're able to change the color to whatever you want on the product page.
Also: There are many different shirts available, so use the "Categories" drop down to see them all!
If you have requests for specific designs on a certain shirt, please feel free to let me know and I'll add the item!