I was just looking at this project on a map. It's not a stretch to say they're literally rebuilding an entire portion of the city. The footprint on it is absolutely massive. Anybody who thinks this is just another arena is nuts.
I guess we'll just wait and see what the future and Cleary's knee holds. I'm also not sure how much confidence I should give their trainer given the Wing's extensive injuries last season.
Obvious speculation about "damage control" aside, Mike Barwis isn't the Red Wings trainer. He's an outside specialist and (based on my very brief internet search) seems to be pretty well respected and established.
Checking the validity of what's said doesn't move something from the realm of "truth" into the realm of "opinion". If Holland says "our powerplay is bad because we've been injured" and a reporter says "wait a minute, your powerplay is bad even when the team isn't injured"; that doesn't make what the reporter said an opinion. And wouldn't you rather have a reporter ask that follow up question than just trumpet "our powerplay is bad because we were injured" back to you whether that's the actual truth or not?
I couldn't disagree more with that first sentence...
By the sounds of it your advocating for a media atmosphere more like Toronto. I live in that media sphere and let me tell you it is one huge distraction for that team.
I didn't say a word about Toronto and you're misrepresenting my point to the extreme in order to validate your own. Surely you'd agree that there's a happy middle ground between "not questioning the organization at all" and "being endlessly combative for the sake of validating oneself".
I don't think anybody should second guess each and every single little roster decision the coach or GM make. But I also don't it would be asking too much if the next time Ken Holland said "We don't want to overpay for free agents", a member of the media would respond "didn't you just overpay for Cleary and Quincey? Why is it ok in those instances?"
So the Powerplay is struggling, whatya have to say about that Mr. Holland? We've had a lot of injuries. What's there to follow up on? What could Chaka Khan or HSJ say to that? No, you're wrong, it's all your fault for the poor signings? Gee, guys, you're right, I suck and I'll quit right now. If it wasn't for your hard hitting reporting and pointing that out, I might not have realized that.
So you signed Danny Cleary when it wasn't popular with the fans, what do you say to THAT? Well, it was popular with our players and coaches, and that's who I listen to. I also promised DC that when he chose to come back to the Wings that if he signed with us for a year, I'd give him a second year and we keep our promises, for the good and the bad. But we think Cleary sucks and we need a defenseman for our PP. You do???? Oh, well then, I'll tear up the contract and go sign a top rated RH offensive minded D man for the league minimum. I didn't realize we needed help there. Thanks for being such good reporters!
The powerplay has struggled since 2010. Was it injuries every year or is there a bigger problem? You know who would be great at answering that question? A member of the sports media.
I don't really have a problem with how Alfie played. He was alright. But I still just think we'll run into the same exact problem we have for the last five or six years. Good teams will keep us to the outside and block shots. Alfie doesn't help with that. If we don't get guys into the lineup that can play (and score, sorry Abby) around the crease then we'll just keep running up against the same obstacles year after year.
Recently, I was planning a bachelor's party for my brother to celebrate his upcoming nuptials. As I was going down the list of people I needed to invite, I came across an interesting name. Let's call him Stan Dearly. There are no obvious advantages to inviting Stan. He's dumb, provides nothing of substance to any gathering, is not funny, interesting, or good natured. He's also cheap, and wouldn't buy a round of beers if you held his feet over a fire. In short, I hate Stan Dearly. A lot.
But through some sort of cruel twist of fate, Stan Dearly is married to my sister. I cannot, for the life of me, explain why someone as seemingly clear minded as my sister would marry Stan Dearly. He is a fool. She is not. And so I chalk it up to god's will, and choose not to ask questions I can't answer, similar to when my pet turtle Bingo died when I was 7.
I will have to invite Stan Dearly to that bachelor's party. Despite every single inclination to the contrary, I have to do it. If only to make my clearly misguided sister happy. I'll hate every second of it. He'll be dull, disinterested, and sleazy. He'll spend too much time on his smart phone, and complain about the cigar smoke. He'll try and test my patience in ways that should never have happened if there were any sort of fairness in this universe.
And that's exactly how I feel about the Dan Cleary signing too.
Tatar wants out anyway though, he's pretty much made that clear. He's threatened more than once to bolt back to the KHL if not brought up, which I completely don't fault him for being subject to such an incompetent and disconnected GM, but nonetheless I think he's already decided he rather play somewhere else.
One thing we have a plethora of is forwards, might as well take a risk and get a guy with a killer right shot from the point.
Regardless, wouldn't save our dumpster fire of an offseason though.
No he hasn't. When commenting on his contract earlier this summer he said...
"On Friday we'll begin negotiating a contract. It's tough to talk about it. Detroit's my priority. I'd say that it's 90% that I'll stay there, only if a fantastic offer came from another team, that Detroit didn't want to match. Everything depends on negotiations. I can't go below the price that a similar player in the league will have earned. But I like the team, and I'll settle there. It's all business, though, and the team could always replace me."
Doesn't sound like a guy that's dying to bolt to another team or the KHL.
Isn't there some sort of non-verbal commitment between the GM and the fans, owners, and other players on the roster that every year an attempt will be made to improve the on-ice product? I mean, life if full of little non-verbal commitments between parties. What makes this commitment so much more important? Doesn't Ken feel honor bound to Zetterberg, Franzen, or Kronwall for taking discounts to give him all this cap space he keeps squandering? Isn't there some commitment to give Babcock some semblance of a competitive roster? Hell, I'd like to think he (as part of his contract signing process) gave his word to the Illitchs that, at the very least, he'd make a half hearted attempt to win championships.